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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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