Size matters – two thoughts about my new iPhone 6 Plus

At the risk of sounding like a fanboy (I really do like Android too!) I noticed two things this afternoon while using my iPhone 6 Plus, which I’ve been using for a few weeks now.

This afternoon I took the train over to Ogikubo to help a friend with his computer. While on the train I was reading Flipboard, and scanning through articles. I found myself appreciating how the size of the iPhone 6 Plus was just perfect for train rides. It was not too small as to make articles hard to read, and not too large as to be uncomfortable using when sitting next to other people. And the screen was perfectly bright and beautiful. I was sitting there thinking, “This is really nice. I’m glad I upgraded.”

Then a second thing occurred which surprised me.

My friend still has an iPhone 5 (his iPhone 6 Plus is on order). I was helping him with a couple of things and had not used my iPhone 5 for a few weeks now and was shocked – really genuinely surprised – at how small and cramped the screen was. And the iPhone 5 is larger than the iPhone 4, which was larger than the iPhones before that. The iPhone 5 was lighter, it is true. But it really felt incredibly tiny and cramped. Like forcing yourself to squint through a tiny portal.

I could not believe how my impression over what makes for a good smartphone size changed in just a few weeks.


iPhone 6 Plus camera test this evening in low light – impressive

One of the attractions of the iPhone 6 Plus is the vaunted great low-light photo capability, with optical stabilization.

I took these photos this evening while walking home from Shinkoiwa station. It was well after dark. There was very little lighting – just some ambient street lights. It was basically quite dark. No flash was used. And I didn’t rest the camera on anything – just held it in my hand. No post-processing was done.

I have to say I am really impressed by the quality. They are probably the best low light photos I ever took. And they look great full size too (you can click on each one to see). There really is no noticeable noise at all.


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