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  Reply # 1127137 12-Sep-2014 12:27
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6Plus for me,




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  Reply # 1127177 12-Sep-2014 13:13

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NikT: Worth the wait for the announcement. I want the 64GB grey 6 plus.

Anyone in the market for a Note 3?


Not any more…!

I do however wish you could write on the 6+ with a stylus and have OCR turn it to text.

My wife thinks the Plus too big for calls. However since I make 80%+ of mine using a Plantronics Legend headset it won't bother me and I'd appreciate the extra size and resolution.


I love the S Pen on the Note series, have some serious stylus nostalgia as my introduction to smartphones was with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. iOS is now close enough to feature parity with Android + Google have a brilliant suite of cross-platform apps & services that makes switching incredibly easy.

I have an iPad 2 & enjoy it. Now that Apple are making a product in my preferred form factor, I'm keen to give it a crack.

Bigger phone = bigger battery = more on screen at once. My phone is my primary device, I use it more than my other gadgets (Tablet, laptop, desktop) combined. There is very little I can't do on my Note 3, as there's a solution for almost every file type imaginable. I will miss having a file explorer, but between NFC, zip file management, third party keyboards, OIS in the camera, and the increased number of icons on screen, there's a lot to like.

Fingers crossed there'll be a 6" Plus Plus next year with an integrated stylus.




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For the top and bottom bezels, at least they are symmetrical. In a device that thin components have to go somewhere, so having a huge forehead allows room for a camera sensor of decent depth, and to get radio antennas away from your hand. The press renders certainly make the form look nice. Be interesting how it looks and feels in hand. The move away from the squared edges of the 4-5S is, I believe, to soften the impact of the bigger size in both your handle and your pocket.
The round home button is the defining feature of iOS device design. Ditching it would be a bit like BMW ditching the double oval grill or McDonalds changing the golden arches.




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  Reply # 1127297 12-Sep-2014 15:31
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Geektastic: I would agree they could have extended the screen up  - the top bezel is very big with no obvious reason (although I am wont to assume there may well be a less obvious one underneath!).

For me it is a toss up between 6+ and Note 4.

Since I have an all Apple universe with iMac, IMac Mini, iPad Air and 2 iPhones in my IT department it kind of makes sense to stick with Apple for the phones as they work very well with all the rest and I doubt that a Note 4 would be so smoothly integrated.

If I was a PC user (*shuddering at awful memories...*!) then I may well go with the Note though.


Agree that the 'full ecosystem' gives a strong incentive - I know many people in that situation.  That said, I run virtually the full gamut (Android phone, iPad, Linux home PC, Windows work PC, Synology and WD NASes) without issues.  With more and more things linked through the cloud, the lock in seems to be getting less of an issue to me.  For instance, neither my phone or iPad are ever connected to any PC.


No, my iPhone is rarely connected to my iMac. I do not use Photo Stream though so to take images off I need a cable connection.

Part of the cloud problem I have is very slow upward speeds on our VDSL. I am using Backblaze to backup my iMac off site and so far the initial backup has taken over 3 months...! 2.6Tb of data at 2.6mbps is taking some while to complete.





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  Reply # 1127299 12-Sep-2014 15:33
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Kind of wish I held onto my work issued Blackberry for a few more months so I could get one of these rather than getting the 5s through work back in June. Oh well, guess I have to deal with it for another couple of years. Moving on, does anyone have any thoughts about what the iPhone 7 will look like? wink

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Dingbatt: For the top and bottom bezels, at least they are symmetrical. In a device that thin components have to go somewhere, so having a huge forehead allows room for a camera sensor of decent depth, and to get radio antennas away from your hand. The press renders certainly make the form look nice. Be interesting how it looks and feels in hand. The move away from the squared edges of the 4-5S is, I believe, to soften the impact of the bigger size in both your handle and your pocket.
The round home button is the defining feature of iOS device design. Ditching it would be a bit like BMW ditching the double oval grill or McDonalds changing the golden arches.


The bezel symmetry is indeed one of Apple design requirements. A smaller Home button and with two small rectangular touch areas to the left and right for custom gestures would have allowed a reduced form factor and innovation.  However its only 7mm or so larger than a Note 3, a tickle narrower, so thats viable I feel. Yes, the Engadget 2 minute video preview said that also, it helps the feel.

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  Reply # 1127355 12-Sep-2014 17:52
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SheriffNZ: Kind of wish I held onto my work issued Blackberry for a few more months so I could get one of these rather than getting the 5s through work back in June. Oh well, guess I have to deal with it for another couple of years. Moving on, does anyone have any thoughts about what the iPhone 7 will look like? wink


It will look like a galaxy s7 and a note 5

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  Reply # 1127435 12-Sep-2014 19:27
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iPhone 7 still 2 years away isn't it? 6S and 6S+ to come yet. Will be interesting to see if there is a SGS7 or if Samsung will be fully invested in Tizen. Just about guarantee Sammy will launch about 15 iterations of the smartwatch before the Apple Watch 2 comes out though :-)
What is the chance that Apple will offer a mid life update to sapphire glass on the 6/6+? Reports are the supply wasn't ready for the launch, but not too far off.




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  Reply # 1127437 12-Sep-2014 19:41
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Saw a tweet from Dick Smith a few hours ago where they indicate they will have the new iPhone on launch day, so gives the impression people can buy out-right from day 1

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Dingbatt: iPhone 7 still 2 years away isn't it? 6S and 6S+ to come yet. Will be interesting to see if there is a SGS7 or if Samsung will be fully invested in Tizen. Just about guarantee Sammy will launch about 15 iterations of the smartwatch before the Apple Watch 2 comes out though :-)
What is the chance that Apple will offer a mid life update to sapphire glass on the 6/6+? Reports are the supply wasn't ready for the launch, but not too far off.


Yeah, the 7 will be two years away. My contract expires in June 16 so I'm focused on that. My original comment was somewhat in jest.

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  Reply # 1127444 12-Sep-2014 19:54
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DjShadow: Saw a tweet from Dick Smith a few hours ago where they indicate they will have the new iPhone on launch day, so gives the impression people can buy out-right from day 1


That's good if true. People better not camp overnight for that thing

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  Reply # 1127489 12-Sep-2014 21:11
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Whats the anecdotal ratio of those who buy a top end smartphone on looks/features and those who buy based only on the OS? 

Me, I prefer iOS, so I buy on that basis only.

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  Reply # 1127697 13-Sep-2014 10:27
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current shipping estimates from apple australia website

 


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  Reply # 1128269 14-Sep-2014 12:47
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This is interesting to see what it costs in the UK to have one!





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I'm more interested in the outright price. I suppose I could just look it up. In oz it's probably 14/mth x 12 = $168aud

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