It's been a month since I got my new iPhone 6+, and I waited this long to report on it because I wanted to put it through its paces and live with a little bit see the pluses and minuses. No pun intended.
Prior to my purchase, I spent a good deal of time trying to think whether I wanted the new 6+. I knew both the iPhone 6 and 6+ would be bigger than my iPhone 5, but I wasn't sure how much extra screen real estate I would need. So I decided to get the 6+, knowing that I could return it up to 14 days after receiving it if I didn't like it. Just about every day that I've used it at least several people ask me if that is the new iPhone 6+ and ask me how I like it. To be honest, I tell each of them I'm still getting used to it. That's my answer a month later: I'm still getting used to it.
I really do like my iPhone 6+ and I like the new iOS 8 that's on the phone. But my question still remains today do I need the size of the iPhone 6+?
At my age of being over 50, it is much easier to read the emails and other text on a larger screen. There's no doubt that this is a big benefit. It also allows me to view pictures and show pictures and videos from my phone that you just can't do on the older iPhones and even the new 6. The screen real estate really is helpful but is it really necessary.
The one noticeable drawback is the size the iPhone as you put it up to your ear. It is gigantic when so positioned. One of my teenage sons saw me calling on my new phone and said "Dad, you look like you're calling on a Palm Pilot." Ok, so I've raised a techno-smartass, but it does hearken back to those earlier days of mobile phone technology, so it gives the impression of being a bit awkward. A headset is required (which I use most the time to make calls) so it doesn't look quite as vintage. I'll report soon on the perfect headset match to the new iPhone 6+.
But the biggest drawback so far has been where to store it. We all know about the bending of the phones, so it's not ideal to carry in your pants pockets. So unless I'm wearing a jacket with a pocket it's hard to safely carry around. Women I know with larger Samsung's and the iPhone 6+ carry their phones in a protective case in their purse. Good resolution, but I don't do that and most guys don't either.
I've seen this holster for the iPhone it looks a bit extreme but actually upon reflection is a pretty good idea--as long as you keep your suit jacket on. It would like silly otherwise! I did find a leather holster case with belt clip, but it that has drawn snickers of it being a new type of fanny pack or man purse. One of the problems right now is the inventory of cases for the 6+ is very limited. Be aware that many so-called iPhne 6+ cases are generic and don't fit the phone particularly well. I've found a few nice ones on Etsy, but they are handcrafted and back-ordered until Christmas. I'll keep searching because I know the right one will show up soon.
One other thing I've started to notice in the past few days is that the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 look tiny when I see people using them. How can they work on that miniscule screen and keyboard? It's all about one's perspective.
Bottom line: I enjoy the features and screen size of my new iPhone 6+ but still have to resolve how to best carry it with me wherever I go, because after all isn't that the point of a mobile phone?