A friend on Twitter recently asked me to share why I chose the iPhone 6 Plus over other models, which made me think about how reliant I am on my phone. I’m not the most tech-savvy person, but if you’re in the market for an upgrade and considering the larger device, I highly recommend it.
At 5.5 inches, size is obviously a key feature of the iPhone 6 Plus. I previously had the iPhone 4S, so it was a huge jump for me. It definitely was an adjustment, but not anything that I didn’t get acclimated to in a matter of a few days. I can still text with one hand, and it fits in almost all of my pockets, though I typically keep it in my purse. The larger screen makes it extremely easy for me to access various apps on the go while using my smartphone as a substitution for my MacBook. I often draft blog posts, edit documents, update my calendar, and respond to emails from my phone. Because I don’t sit in front of a computer all day (and some days never use one at all), I also spend a lot of time reading and researching content on my phone. The larger screen allows me to see visuals better and doesn’t require as much eye strain.
Compared to the iPhone 6, the Plus offers a better battery life (24 hours versus 14 hours of talk time). If you’ve ever experienced an iPhone that caps out at a certain percentage, it will be such a luxury to not have to constantly carry a charger to rejuice. Most days, I’m out of the house for 12 hours straight, so having a battery that can last all day was a big selling point.
The cameras on the newest models are virtually identical, with the exception of optical image stabilization, which is only featured on the Plus. As a blogger, the quality of photos is important to me and I rely on my smartphone to take decent pictures when I’m not using a DSLR.
The iPhone 6 Plus really eliminates the need for other devices and offers an enjoyable viewing experience. Before upgrading, I would transition from my laptop to my iPad to my iPhone because I couldn’t do everything comfortably on one. Now, I stream digital content on my phone which is especially helpful when I’m traveling (and doesn’t interrupt my House of Cards binge-watching, ahem).
Overall, I love the iPhone 6 Plus, but if you don’t plan to use your smartphone as an exclusive computing device, it might not be worth the extra cost. The only other downside is that there is a limited variety of cases available to Plus users. I’ve highlighted the cutest ones below, with this gilded pineapple case being my favorite.