I must have been at the beginning of the delivery guy’s route today, because I got my iPhone at about 9:06. After setting it up and syncing it, I’ve had some time to work with it, and here are some first impressions.
It’s a lot bigger than I thought. I bought a basic case as soon as I ordered the iPhone; it’s a Spigen plastic case, and it cost £9 (or $11 in the US). (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) So I had an idea of the size, but it’s not the same as holding the phone in my hand, feeling the weight, and, especially, using my thumb to tap icons. I have a Motorola Moto G, and the screen is about the same size as the iPhone display, but the iPhone is much taller. It’ll take some getting used to this size.
One advantage is that in standard mode (see this article for more on Display Zoom), I can put 24 icons on each home screen, as you can see in the screenshot to the left. That’s definitely a good thing; I don’t like hiding apps in folders, and only do it for a handful of items that I don’t need to access often. Also, while I have very large hands, I can’t really reach the top-left icon when I hold the phone in one hand; it’s also hard to reach the bottom left of the keyboard with my thumb.
This said, I can’t imagine using an iPhone 6 Plus; it would only be usable with two hands.
The on/off button on the side of the phone, instead of on the top, is in the right place, at least if you’re right-handed. If it were on the top, it would be hard to access with one hand.
The display is beautiful. Since the iPhone went retina, the displays have been very nice, but the iPhone 6 has much better contrast than the 5s; it looks as though it has a better gamma setting as well, with the colors being a bit less saturated. And the larger screen size makes it easier to read a lot of apps whose developers choose font sizes that work well with twenty-something eyes, but not with those people who don’t see as well as they do. It also looks a lot better when you’re looking at the display on an angle, even hen it’s simply on my desk, and the display is roughly on a 45 degree angle from my line of sight.
It’s hefty. Not heavy, but I can feel the difference between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6: 129 grams for the iPhone 6, 112 grams for the iPhone 5s; and my cases weigh about the same amount. I’ll get used to it, but it’s noticeable. It’s a bit slimmer than the 5s, but not by much; it feels slimmer, though, because it’s larger.
Thank you, Apple, for extensions and third-party access to Touch ID. The time I’ve saved already, with those two features, using 1Password, is amazing. The ability to now log in to a web page using Safari, instead of having to either use 1Password’s browser, or switch back and forth to 1Password to get a password, is amazing. But it’s what we should have been able to do for a while; I’m glad it’s finally here, but I wish it had been part of iOS a long time ago (at least the extensions part). I think extensions will be the biggest feature of iOS 8.
The vibrator doesn’t feel any different from the iPhone 5s.
As I go through the day, and the coming days, I’ll add more observations to this post. Feel free to post any comments about your thoughts if you, too, have a new iPhone 6.