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#153688 5-Oct-2014 01:43
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Quite curious to hear people's thoughts and opinions of the phone after having them for around a week. Did you upgrade from an older iOS device or are you new to the ecosystem? What do you like and not like about your phone?

I picked up my IP6 64 GB on release day and upgraded from a IP5. The things that have become very obvious to me after a week or so of use are the significantly improved battery life, the huge difference that the decreased thickness makes in terms of the ergonomic feel of the phone in the hand and in my pockets, and that I was wrong in previously dismissing the benefit of a bigger screen.

In terms of the improved battery life, I am not comparing a 2 year old IP5's battery life with my new phone but rather the battery life of my old phone when new versus the 6 -- doing any kind of browsing that involves the use of cellular data would lead to massive and precipitous drop in battery percentage on the 5 (around 1% every 2 to 3 minutes). On the IP5, doing no more than 40 to 60 mins of Prismatic and news web browsing a day (on mobile data), 1 push e-mail account, a bit of texting and about 30 to 40 minutes of calling, and perhaps a couple of hours of music playing would have guaranteed the need for a recharge at the end of the day. OTOH, with the 6 I am getting around 1.5 to even 2 days worth of similar usage before I need to charge my battery. And the battery level drops MUCH slower when the phone is on standby compared to the 5.

And I disagree massively with those people who say that the thinness of this thing is just a gimmick -- Apple (and perhaps to some extent HTC) seems to be the rare brand that understands the need for a device to feel pleasant to hold. Its feel "in hand" is vastly superior to my IP5.

The only thing I don't like about this thing is that one-handing it isn't as convenient as the 5 but overall I love it. And hopefully some of the laggard developers will start updating their apps to work with the 6 better. Ugly, blow up fonts are uncool :(

 

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IPhone 6+ Coming from the IP5 it seemed huge and I have had the Note before. For me it's not an attempt at one hand as I hold in my left and use my right index finger to unlock and peck with right index finger. I'm sortt of using it like a tab and more in landscape mode. What I'm happy about being 50+ is I can see more without my glasses. I did like my note but found the pen a gimmick. Played streaming Spotify to my app TV most of yesterday and have found the battery life very impressive. The camera well it's takes some nice shots but some some shots last night and it was very dark and with the auto flash was high contrast and had to darken the picture up. Internet speed on Voda is faster than my iP5 but as we know iP6 supports higher speed. Overall it's not Wow amazing it's just larger than my iP5 running iOS 8 and ease of use is better as its larger.




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Check out this review http://improvephotography.com/30019/iphone-6-camera-depth-review  on the camera very good read comparing the iP5S to iP6

 






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  #1147506 5-Oct-2014 09:11
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I pretty much agree with you, Lipex666. Aside from fanbois/gals or people who haven't upgraded for years, I don't think too many flagships these days are capable of exciting to the point that, say, the IP4 did when it was released. But the balance of "in hand" feel and better screen size has been just right for me. OTOH, I actually got to play with a Plus for a couple of hours and that thing struck me as simply hideous.



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  #1147512 5-Oct-2014 09:32
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Lipex666:
Check out this review http://improvephotography.com/30019/iphone-6-camera-depth-review  on the camera very good read comparing the iP5S to iP6



Just read that.

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The iP5 /s is a good size for most people. My wife got the upgrade from Voda and didn't want the iP6 + to large and cumbersome didn't like the look of it so I got the 64 iP6 + and is staying on the iP5S. Thinks the iP6 would be ok but not in a hurry to upgrade. Funny how so many people have jumped on the iP6 + and are prob regretting it.
















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  #1147532 5-Oct-2014 10:11
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I think you just get used to it




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  #1147551 5-Oct-2014 11:30
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joker97: I think you just get used to it


The way I see it is that it either fits into wherever you normally carry it - pocket, backpack, handbag, etc. - or it doesn't. If it fits then you it makes sense to get the benefit of the bigger display, but if it doesn't fit then you're never going to be happy with it.

 
 
 
 


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  #1147576 5-Oct-2014 13:26
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That's true! Although you could get a bigger bag. It probably works best for those who go from phone and ipad to the plus.




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Lipex666:
Check out this review http://improvephotography.com/30019/iphone-6-camera-depth-review  on the camera very good read comparing the iP5S to iP6


Hmmm... re. this review - altho' this guy seems to know what he's talking about his results may be a bit suspect. I've read a few iPhone camera comparisons and his is the first I can remember that have indicated lesser quality images on the 6.
I couldn't see anything in his testing notes to indicate whether he may have been shooting in HDR mode or not - which would lead to a lowering of contrast. The facial blotchiness doesn't seem quite right for jpeg compression artefacts - perhaps it could have been caused by the iPhone process whereby the 'best bits' of several images are stitched together to create a supposedly 'better image'.
Either way - I think that it's a pretty forgone conclusion that most smartphone cameras these days are better than most people will take advantage of. These test samples are zoomed in to 100% and probably wouldn't be even be noticed in a 10"x8" print (when was the last time you had an A4 sized print done from your smartphone images?).




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  #1147904 5-Oct-2014 22:04
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I had a 5 as did my wife.

She now has a 6 and I have a 6 Plus.

I love the bigger one personally: as a phone it's fine because I mostly use a Bluetooth headset so size is not relevant. As a gaming/browsing device it's fab. The camera is better too although the pokey sensor can't handle poor light and there is a tendency to blow highlights too. Those issues would apply to most phone cameras though and in reasonable conditions it is good enough. The OIS is great on video too.

If you want to handhold for a lot of phone calls, the smaller one is probably more practical.

I'm trying to hold off buying a case until Lifecases are available for the Plus.





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  #1147994 6-Oct-2014 09:02
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I will add one annoyance that Apple will hopefully fix in an iOS update soon:

If you open the camera and turn the phone horizontally to use landscape framing, there is a serious tendency to accidentally push the Power button with your thumb (because it is now on the 'bottom' and directly opposite the volume buttons you are using as shutter buttons...) which closes the camera and sleeps the phone!!

This is annoying. I see no reason why the Power button cannot be disabled when the phone is in horizontal orientation with the camera active.





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I have actually found the battery life to be quite poor on the 6 - or maybe I am using it more so it just seems that way?

I had restored the backup from my 5, which had previously been my 4S and my 4 before that - so had also gone through several iOS upgrades.

Last night I bit the bullet and did a clean install, so i'll see if that makes a difference to battery life.

I'm also finding it a bit buggy with 3rd party keyboards. Main problem here is that when you go into a text message conversation the keyboard blocks the last few messages from view rather than sliding them up - so you get a new text and go to read it, but you can't actually see the latest message until you manually slide the whole conversation up. Only does this with 3rd party keyboards, built-in ones are fine. This is an iOS 8 issue though, and not specific to iPhone 6 - but i'm finding it very annoying, because after a day of using TouchPal, I don't want to go back to the stock keyboard.




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u tried swype? can you compare? i can't live without swype on my android but man the typos it produces drive me up the wall




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joker97: u tried swype? can you compare? i can't live without swype on my android but man the typos it produces drive me up the wall


I tried Swype, each has pros and cons. I just like TouchPal more - mainly because it has numbers and common punctuation are on the main keyboard page, TouchPal also has full swipe typing.

The issue I'm talking about above in my previous post happens with any third party keyboard I have tried. And happens on both my restored backup, and a clean install.

I just submitted a bug report at https://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html hopefully enough people report this that it is fixed in 8.1




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joker97: u tried swype? can you compare? i can't live without swype on my android but man the typos it produces drive me up the wall


It's early days for me, but they both seem to make about the same number of mistakes. Swype asks you if you want to add unrecognized word to the dictionary, TouchPal just seems to do it automatically, again I see advantages and disadvantages either way. TouchPal also has built-in emojis where Swype doesn't.

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