CUPERTINO, Calif. — The iPhone 6 is about the only phone that can make your iPhone 5 look fat and schlumpy.
The first thing you notice when you get your hands on one is that the iPhone 6 is pleasing to the touch: The aluminum feels great, the screen is big, bright and beautiful. This is the total package, possibly the best smartphone ever made, and definitely the best in class. I’m not ashamed to say I tried to sneak out of Apple’s demo tent with one.
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to pilfer one of the new phones, but you can be sure I’ll be pre-ordering the iPhone 6 Plus come September 12. A few seconds with it and my once-beloved iPhone 5 looks horribly outdated. Even the slim leather wallet case I use to hold credit cards and my office passkey looks really clunky now. Hopefully I’ll be getting rid of that, too, courtesy of Apple Pay.
I hate to sound like a fanboy, but I totally suspect the iPhone 6 could be the best phone ever made. For starters, it’s unbelievable that you can have a camera this beautiful on a phone. It really takes it up another notch. With the other larger-screen phones (Android and Windows), there’s always something wrong — the battery life or bulk — but there are no compromises with the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
After taking it for a spin, it looks like everything works really well. It’s big, fast and beautiful. It’s the total package. I’m going for the iPhone 6 Plus. I want the bigger screen and it fit well in my pocket. The only potential problem is sitting on it. I keep my phone in my back jeans pocket, and I’m afraid I might crack it if I sit on it. We’ll see.
I do wonder, however, whether the smaller one is really the best size, especially after talking to the other journalists about which one would be more practical. Size is always a key issue when it comes to how you use these devices. I used to think the iPad mini was the perfect size for the iPad — portable and functional — but over time it turns out that I like the bigger iPad Air screen better and use it a lot more. That may well be the case with the iPhone 6. The price seems incredible for what you get: We’re going in the direction of better, faster, smaller and cheaper.
While the killer feature on the iPhone 5s was Touch ID, it pales in comparison to Apple Pay. Being able to use your phone to pay at supermarkets, drugstores and hotels is huge – this is going to change how we go about our daily lives.
I can see it now. In three or four years, the person pulling out a credit card will be like the little old lady who gets out the checkbook in the grocery store line. Some things like parking meters or dive bars may never catch up to NFC payments, but for a lot of other things, swiping your watch or your phone will be the way to go. Welcome to the future now.