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The Pros And Cons of The iPhone 6 Plus What You Need To Know Before Buying One

The Pros And Cons of The iPhone 6 Plus What You Need To Know Before Buying One

This year marks Apple’s first attempt at entering the so-called “phablet” market. I’m going to be up front with you and say that I am not a fan of these kinds of devices. While I actually do think that they’re pretty neat, my pockets are cramped enough as it is. Furthermore, they’ve skewed the market towards catering to users who prefer giant screens, and as such there’s no longer any high end options when it comes to ~4″ phones besides the aging 5S.

With that little diatribe out of the way, let me back track a little bit and say that even I can see that the iPhone 6 Plus has many enviable attributes, despite its inequities. Let’s do a rundown of the pros and cons, and see what we find…

The Pros

1. It’s big!

The screen on the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5″. That’s not quite as large as some Android handsets, but it’s more than enough to sate the appetite of most phablet lovers. A bigger screen means that tasks like reading books and browsing the web will be far more enjoyable. Additionally, Apple included a landscape view for the iPhone 6 plus that allows you to use it like an iPad when holding it in the landscape position, which should be especially nice on long car rides or plane trips.

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2. The battery life is awesome.

Being as large as it is, Apple was able to squeeze in a far larger battery in this beast than they were in the iPhone 6. This means you’ll be able to watch videos, listen to music, browse, and play games for longer periods of time than you can on other iPhones.

3. You’ll save money.

How could this be? Yes, the iPhone 6 Plus is more expensive than the 6, but I would bet that most people buying a Plus aren’t planning on also buying a tablet. That’s the cool thing about phablets: while they might be unwieldy when carried around for a significant period of time, their large size means that you really don’t have to shell out more cash for an expensive and somewhat redundant 7-10 inch tablet.

4. You can finally make the switch from Android.

If you’ve always secretly loved Apple’s ecosystem, but hated the 3.5/4″ screens on the iPhone, now is your time to jump ship. The Plus is perfectly suited for your needs, as most Android phones are larger than the 4.7″ iPhone 6, and thus you’ll feel right at home on the Plus’ beautiful 5.5″ 1080p screen. Note that I’m not saying that you should switch from Android, just that if you wanted to, here’s your chance.

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5. It’s great for gaming.

The A8 SoC (system on chip) that powers the iPhone 6 Plus is equipped with a powerful GPU (graphics processing unit) that will allow you to play a number of graphically intensive 3D games on your device. While it’s performance is about on par with the iPhone 6, the Plus will provide you with a bit of a better experience due to it’s gigantic screen.

The Cons

1. It’s big!

Yes, this is a pro and a con, simply because different people have different preferences when it comes to screen size. I like larger screens, but I don’t like lugging them around, and so something like the iPhone 6 or even it’s predecessor, the 5S, would be perfect for me. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, either. At the end of the day, it all comes down to whether you prefer portability or a better viewing experience.

2. It bends.

In my opinion, bendgate was a bit of an overblown scandal. Still, I think it’s indicative of a problem with Apple’s design, in that they keep going for slimmer and slimmer models instead of boosting battery life or improving internal specifications. While your Plus probably won’t bend, I still wouldn’t risk putting it in your back pocket unless you feel like risking all of the money you invested into the device.

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3. It’s ugly.

One of the main failures of the iPhone 6 design in general is that they removed the glass paneling present on the back of the 5 and 5S, replacing it with ugly plastic lines that pretty much ruin an otherwise flawless aluminum back. This is an even bigger issue with the Plus, since it’s larger and the lines are more apparent, as you can see from the featured image at the top of the article. Since most people slap a case onto their phones, this isn’t too big of an issue. Still, design is one of the biggest factors when it comes to buying a phone nowadays (since they all pretty much do the same things), and I think it’s more than a little underwhelming that the 5S arguably looks like more of a bleeding edge product than it’s successor.

4. It’s a little underpowered.

As I said above in the pros section, the A8 SoC is pretty powerful, but I worry that the Plus’ 1080p screen will strain the chip too much over time. This is because the 6 Plus has a higher resolution screen compared to the 6, despite having essentially the same A8 processor, meaning the A8 will have to work harder to push pixels on the 6 Plus as opposed to the 6. While this isn’t a problem now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the iPhone 6 Plus lag behind the 6 and even the 5S in terms of performance as the years drag on, especially since each new iteration of iOS seems to slow down older iPhone models. That’s one of the drawbacks of a large, fully HD screen; while they certainly look nice, it takes more to power them.

5. It might not be worth an upgrade.

At the end of the day, unless you really must have a 5.5″ screen on your smartphone, you can get more bang for your buck by buying the iPhone 6, or its older brother, the 5S. Indeed, I’d say that the 5S is the deal of year, as all benchmarks show it to be about on par with the 6 in terms of performance, and yet only half the cost on a two year contract. As long as you don’t mind having a 4″ screen you’ll save $200 going with that instead of the 6 Plus. Or, if you currently have an iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S, you can just wait until next year’s iPhone 6S Plus, which should address all of the manufacturing defects and design flaws of this years model.

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Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, a smartphone is a smartphone. Pretty much anything released in the last two years can get all of your basic tasks done exceedingly well. That being said, don’t let me or anyone stop you from picking up the 6 Plus if that’s what you’ve been waiting for. It’s definitely a nifty device that’s sure to please lovers of both Apple’s ecosystem and the kinds of large screens previously only available on Android handsets for years to come.

Featured photo credit: iPhone 6 Plus – Rear/ William Hook via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

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                                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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