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Holding the iPhone 6 in my hand for the first time

Sunday, November 9, 2014

/ by Srikanth Eswaran


Today I had the chance to experience the iPhone 6 as my friend had come home with the phone. I had [posted earlier](http://chowchowbath.com/2014/11/02/iphone-6-and-6-plus-first-impressions/) about the first look of iPhone 6 and 6 plus with my opinions on which one I would suggest to buy.

I would let the picture do all the talking on how the iPhone 6 feels in my hand. For those who wish to know I have a sufficiently large hand with long fingers. The iPhone 6 feels a bit narrow than my LG G2 but only by a maximum of about 1/2 inch or so w.r.t screen. The bezel of the iPhone does not feel all that odd.

What makes all the difference though is the thickness of the iPhone compared to any other phone. Personally after toying around with the iPhone 6 and LG G2, I still feel the latter is a little bit more meatier when it comes to size and weight. It feels just about right for holding it properly compared to iPhone. But where the iPhone scores is about how thin it gets on your palm. Its absolutely gorgeous and much like the new generation of iPods if I were to give a close match. I did initially have apprehensions that the screen might be too small to read fonts on. And it kind of feels that way. But somehow if you are not the types who will be reading too much on the phone, then it is bearable for some temporary work.

Personally I feel long hours of reading on iPhone would mean strain to your eyes for sure, but then that is why safari also has Reader mode, where the fonts are enlarged so people can read more easily. That should compensate for the otherwise lousy scale of fonts on safari. If you do not appreciate slippery phones, then you will surely not appreciate the iPhone 6 as well. Its slippery as an eel and you are more liable to drop it than any other phone that you have known.



The rear is not any more beautiful in silver than would have been in space gray for example. And the antenna patterns etched onto the rear makes this iPhone more worse in terms of looks compared to previous versions. The whole backside is so slippery that the first thing you need to do is to buy yourself a super thin matte finish case for the iPhone unless you want to break it.

So after working with the iPhone 6 would I recommend it to you? Over any other android phone? If you are looking at thin phones, go no further, you will not be disappointed with this one. Absolutely gorgeous to hold and does not feel like any of the bulky phones at all. If you do not intend to use a case, god save you as you would most definitely keep letting the phone fall down even if its not of your own will :-)




The android ecosystem along with hardware is so fragmented that its really difficult to unify that anymore in my opinion. This is however where iOS scores well. The newer refresh of iOS is uniform across Mac, iPad and iPhone and each and every native app looks and feels new and refreshed to use and enjoy. The fonts, the sizes, the colors look great on screen as compared to user interfaces such as the LG G2. This level of refinement is an absolute joy to people who use it and Apple really have done well. Given the fact that all these apps run so well with just 1GB RAM but exploiting the processor and co-processor instead, Apple is managing to sell the iPhone 6 and 6+ in large quantities.

So whether you buy the iPhone 6 or the 6+, you are not going to make a mistake. And stop comparing feature to feature with other android phones for the money you pay. If money is such a sensitive thing to you, please look at cheaper options and leave Apple alone. Else you are in for a treat with the iPhone 6.
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