Review: Smaller iPhone 6 proves bigger isn’t always better

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The iPhone 6 is as good as gold. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Conclusion

iPhone 6 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Now, about that power button … Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

So what is the iPhone 6’s big design flaw? It’s the placement of the power button, which has been moved from the top of the iPhone to the side — making one-handed use easier. While I don’t quibble with that, the placement means I keep hitting the volume buttons on the opposite side every time I press the power button.

Every time I turn off the screen, I also accidentally change the volume or take a burst of photos (the volume button triggers the camera). It’s been driving me crazy. I’d prefer the power button was further down the side, nearer the middle rather than three-quarters of the way up.

Is this silly? Am I holding it wrong, in the immortal words of Steve Jobs?

It’s a silly little thing that mars an otherwise flawless experience. Apple’s software and hardware have become so refined, it’s easy to make a mountain out of a tiny thing like this. It bursts the perfect bubble.

Otherwise, there’s nothing to dislike about the iPhone 6, and a lot to rave about. I love the size, the big screen. I love the quality, the luxury feel of the device. It’s sensual to touch and use. I love all the functions — it’s a capable device that replaces so many things, from my fitness band and wristwatch (for now) to possibly even my iPad.

For years, people have complained that the iPhone is boring because Apple makes incremental advances. Android fanboys broke out the pitchforks because the iPhone 6’s features have been readily available on the dark side for a good long while.

But the truth is, the iPhone 6 isn’t just bigger than the 5s and the rest of its predecessors. It’s better in every single way. I can’t imagine putting it down … until Apple rolls a 7.