Well, I did it. Last Friday, the day the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale, I was in line waiting for the AT&T store to open.
Since I got there about 7 o’clock for the 8 AM opening I wasn’t anywhere near the front of the line. However, the line went quickly — I was finished and out of the store with my new iPhone 6 before 9 AM.
I didn’t get one of the 6 Plus models. The lucky few that got midline the night before were able to pick up one of the twelve iPhone 6 Plus phones that were in stock when the store opened. Fortunately, the iPhone that I wanted was the iPhone 6. I really didn’t check the colors and models available, except to know that they had the gray in 64GB and 128GB versions — I got the 128GB one.
I did not install iOS 8 on my earlier iPhones until after purchasing the new model so that I could find all of the new features of both at the same time.
How do I like it?
I love my new iPhone 6. There’s only one feature that I would change.
If I could find the idiot they moved the off button from the top of the frame to the right side of the frame, I would explain what a stupid change this had been.
The new iPhone 6 is slightly wider and significantly longer than the iPhone 5s and 5; therefore, my previous uppercase and belt holster case would not fit the new phone.
I prepared for my purchase by ordering a bumper case (a flexible plastic frame that goes all the way around the outside of the case but does not cover either front or back). I also ordered a new belt case, also called a holster case, as I like to wear my phone on my belt rather than put it into a pocket.
Some of the features that I like of the new phones and iOS 8 are:
- The optional resizing of displayed fonts, which is done within Settings (by default this is set to maximum).
- The ability to store multiple fingerprints for use with the home button fingerprint scanner – now that makes the feature usable
- Simply, the readability of the slightly larger screen the 4.7 inch screen
- The huge number of emoticons built into the on screen keyboard
- The camera – wow!
- The sound from the built-in speaker is much better than the 5S sound
- Not the location of the off button!
It’s wider, it’s longer, it’s slightly heavier than my old iPhone 5S, and it’s slightly lighter than the iPhone 5.
I like the new iPhone 6. The one thing I’d change is to move the off button back to the top. For me and my old eyes, the upgrade from the iPhone 5S to the iPhone 6 was a good move.