Having just picked up a new iPhone 6, I thought I might take this opportunity to comment and review Apple’s latest product. I thought that a review from an everyday guy approaching middle-age might be useful, as opposed to the typical reviews you read from 20 year old geniuses who speak a completely different language than the rest of us.
I’ve been an “Apple guy” for quite some time. It started about 8 years ago when I traded in my old Sony Vaio laptop for a shiny new Apple iBook. I had that iBook for about 4 years before trading up for a Macbook Pro, which I still use as my work computer today. I even have an iPad Air, which comes in quite handy when I travel for business (you know how much legroom the airlines offer in economy class these days).
I had the original iPhone all those years ago, and eventually traded it in for an iPhone 4. Fast forward some 4 years later and I’m now the owner of the new iPhone 6. In fact, about 2/3 of our staff uses an iPhone (various models) and about the same percentage of us use Macs for our work computers.
I didn’t have any trouble choosing the iPhone 6 over the 6 Plus. Both appear absolutely huge to me, but the smaller iPhone 6 still fits in my pants pocket (the 6 Plus is ENORMOUS, and looks like a tablet that has been put on a vegan diet). The 6 is considerably thinner and lighter than my old iPhone 4, and has a remarkably sharper resolution on the screen. Battery life and processing speed are similarly impressive, as is the new camera (which I only really use to take pictures of golf courses and my kids).
But to be honest the new iPhone 6 isn’t really that different from the previous models (the 5 and 5S). Apple Pay is a nice idea, but it isn’t really something that I envision using anytime soon. The built-in Health app is nice, but it’s a lot of work to upload everything you’ve eaten and all the exercise you did, and who wants to feel worse about that donut you ate at 3 pm while sitting at your desk? Most of the other features haven’t changed from past iterations.
Is the new iPhone 6 worth the price? Probably not for a guy like me, who doesn’t get all that excited about the newest and greatest tech gadgets. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a nice phone, with a slim design, a lightning fast processer and a great screen. But it’s bigger than I’d like and costs more than it should. But would I get it again? Yeah, sure. Especially because I tend to hang onto these things for 4+ years.