U is for...
User Experience (iPhone 6) iPhone 6 Plus
You’ll definitely want to hold the iPhone 6, because it feels amazing and wholly premium. The curves make it superbly comfortable in use despite its increased size, while its thin profile also helps. On the downside, the camera lens does protrude from the phone’s case, which may not please everyone, while the distinctive light-coloured lines on the back at top and bottom won’t be to all tastes either. The latter, at least, are present for practical as well as aesthetic reasons: with a metal-backed phone it’s hard to scoot the signal in and out, and the flush rubberised lines sort this.
READ MORE: Apple iPhone 6 review
User Experience (iPhone 6 Plus)
The iPhone 6 Plus will undoubtedly be too big for some hands. That said, the combination of its super-thin body and smooth metal build make it easier to hold and use than you might expect. Plus, it offers a few advantages over the iPhone 6, namely that bigger, higher-res screen and increased battery life.
READ MORE: Apple iPhone 6 Plus review
V is for...
The iPhone’s camera isn’t just great at taking stills, it’s also pretty genius at capturing motion at Full HD 1080p. And if the videographer happens to be on the move as well, don’t worry about jerky video. Thanks to cinematic video stabilisation and continuous autofocus, your moving shots will look silky smooth, especially when paired with the iPhone’s image stabilisation.
Voice over LTE
You’ve been enjoying LTE data speeds, but did you know you’re being dropped back to a 3G network during voice calls? Not anymore on the iPhone. Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is still in its early stages, but the launch of the iPhone 6 pushed telcos to introduce this high-quality call service. This also means you get to surf on LTE speeds while you’re taking a call. Useful when you have to quickly grab a piece of info off the web while on a conference call.
You’ll also enjoy another benefit – better battery life. Without the constant switch between a 3G and LTE network when you are between calls, your phone won’t require as much effort or juice.
W is for...
Considering the iPhone 6’s 4.7-in size, its weight comes in at only 129g. Comparatively, the iPhone 6 Plus weighs 172g regardless of its 5.5-in frame. Seems pretty light for a mega-sized iPhone, we must say.
It’s a given that a new model from Apple usually includes faster Wi-Fi speed. This is true for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which support 802.11ac, which is 3x faster than regular Wi-Fi 802.11n. But again, you’ll need to know there’s a catch – supporting faster download speeds doesn’t equate to getting it. You’ll need a fast connection linked to your Wi-Fi network.
Did you know you can make a call over Wi-Fi? This is a lifesaver when your office Wi-Fi network is decent, but the area has poor cellular coverage. Even if you move out of Wi-Fi range, you won’t have to worry about a disconnected call – the phone switches over to a cellular line seamlessly.
On your Notification Centre is the Today page, where iOS 8 lets you add widgets for a quick summary of information from apps you’ve installed. To add a widget, simply swipe to the Today view in Notification Centre, tap on Edit, and enable any compatible apps on a list.
X is for...
Ok, you try finding something that starts with an X. Anyway, unlike previous iPhones Apple’s decided to do away with the 32GB memory option, opting to just go from 16GB to 64GB, culminating in the penultimate 128GB version. These larger capacity options are also more affordable than before with the arrival of the iPhone 6 – the 64GB option used to cost $1288 with the iPhone 5s, but that currently gets you 128GB.
Y is for...
Which one should you get, the 4.7in iPhone 6 or 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus? As with all things, it’s all down to preference. We find the regular iPhone 6 to be the best in terms of all-round usability, and it’s probably the perfect fit for comfortable usage too.
However, if you have large hands, need more productivity, or want a bigger display for enjoying games and video, then go with the iPhone 6 Plus. The screen is definitely worth the upgrade and subsequent tradeoff in portability. The optical image stabilisation on it is also a big plus point if you take a lot of photos and videos on the move.
Z is for...
Upon booting up your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you’ll be asked if you want your display in standard or zoomed view. As the word suggests, the latter is a closer look with larger icons and text.
Both devices in zoomed mode turn up pretty different results. The iPhone 6 displays as much content as that on the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 Plus will display as much content as an unzoomed iPhone 6. It’s up to you to decide if size or quantity is your priority.
Tip: It’s a reversible change. If you wish to escape Zoomed view, all you have to do is go to Settings > Display & Brightness > View, and choose the other option.