Last week Janet posted a great review of the iPhone 6 Plus. Go check it out of you haven’t read it yet. Verizon Wireless was nice enough to send me the smaller iPhone 6 to try out for a few days. Instead of writing a traditional review, I thought I would do something a bit different. I’m going to chronicle my experiences with the iPhone 6 for the next three or four days and report back here daily with a new section.
First of all let me provide a little background regarding my smartphone history. I was a diehard Apple fan for several years starting with the original iPhone all the way through to the iPhone 4S. During what I like to call my Apple years, I flirted here and there with Android but the relationship never worked out until I met the Samsung Galaxy S3. From then on I’ve shunned iPhones and have been happily using Android smartphones ever since. That’s why this will be an interesting experiment.
As I was waiting for the Fedex guy to drop of the package, I thought about how the iPhone 5 didn’t tempt me back iOS, neither did the iPhone 5S. But the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are at least a little different as far as looks. Gone are the perfectly straight sides in favor of sleek rounded edges that make this phone feel and look super thin.
It passes the Gadgeteer squeeze test without any complaints. No, I’m not going to try to bend it… The iPhone 6 is a solid phone that feels good, although slippery in your hand.
The only thing that detracts from the iPhone’s smooth lines is the camera lens that sticks out from the surrounding back case. It really seems like an odd design choice and it makes me nervous with it just sticking out there like that.
After unboxing the phone, I gave it a full charge and then removed the nano SIM card from my LG G3 and put it in the iPhone 6 which is going to be my main phone for the next few days.
One of the first things you do during setup is configure the Touch ID which is built into the home button below the display. My experience with fingerprint scanners on other devices has not been good. They never seem to work reliably for me and as a result they annoy me and I don’t use them. But I went ahead and did as instructed and set up my fingerprint. The first thing I liked was that I didn’t have to swipe the sensor to record the print. I was just asked to tap the button several times, moving my finger left, right, up and down so it could capture multiple ways you might touch the sensor. I figured it would suck just like all the other scanners I’ve tried in the past, but NO, so far it’s working flawlessly. I’m both surprised and impressed. I like that I can wake up the phone by pressing the home button and by leaving my finger there it automatically unlocks the phone. No swiping or passcode needed. And you don’t even have to pay attention to the angle you press scan your fingerprint. Nice.
I’m still in the middle of setting up the phone. I have it hooked in to my Google account for mail, calendar and contacts and have installed some of my favorite apps like Words With Friends, Gmail, Facebook, Dropcam, Feedly, Speedtest.net, WordPress and DirecTV.
After an iOS hiatus for the last two years, it feels a little weird navigating around on the iPhone. I keep wanting to press the non-existent menu and back buttons. I don’t like that I have to get out of some apps and go into the settings dialog in order to configure certain options. Also is it just me or are all the screen elements screen, input fields and buttons really tiny? I guess it’s the fact that this phone has a 4.7″ display vs. the 5.5″ display on my LG G3.
End of Day 1: After playing with the iPhone 6 today am I tempted to go back to iOS? No, not yet.