Sales for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are off the charts. In its first weekend alone, the company managed to sell millions and millions of units, breaking records and showing consumers that it can hang in the big phone market. This release has truly been “Bigger than bigger”—at least as far as sales are concerned.
The initial launch wasn’t without its problems; there was bendgate, a major software hiccup and other issues that typically come with big launches. But, by and large, moving up to 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens has been a huge success for Apple, and things will no doubt get better as we head into the busy holiday period.
Now that things have settled down, has the momentum from Apple’s historic launch held up? Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen some really incredible Android phones hit the market, including the DROID Turbo, Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4. That’s some stiff competition. With phones like that, Apple’s iPhone isn’t the automatic go-to choice it once was. And with Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out, Google is poised to create an even larger gap between it and iOS, which saw some minor improvements with the introduction of iOS 8.
We always try to spend a longer time using a device before bringing you our review; we waited almost two weeks before sharing our final thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus. And while we weren’t necessarily blown away by what Apple’s massive iPhone had to offer, we were impressed by the camera, design and screen. Has our opinion changed at all since we first unboxed the device on Sept. 19? Jon has quite a few thoughts on the matter.
Whenever you use something new, your gut reaction is always different when you really step back and think about it. When the Nexus 6 was first unveiled, I thought I was going to love the thing, and I did. But after using it for awhile, I felt it was just too large to comfortably use on a daily basis. Same goes for the iPhone 6 Plus. That’s just me, however. Check out the video above to hear Jon’s full impressions two months later.
It’s no easy task reviewing an iPhone. Apple isn’t like other phone makers and doesn’t create and launch several smartphone models throughout the year.
Instead, once per annum, Apple announces the new devices that it’s going to sell for the entire next 12 months. That’s it. It takes one shot a year, sits back and focuses on the next project on the table. Still, despite that approach, it manages to go toe-to-toe with Android makers that fire off several rounds each year.