When I was researching whether to get the iPhone 6 or 6+, I found a lot of websites about the specifications, comparisons to various other phones, etc., but very few articles about how they were in everyday life. So, I thought I'd offer my perspective and answer questions potential buyers might have.
This is not a comparison with other phones of whatever make, there are plenty of those already. Nor is it a pro brand x anti brand y rant. You are welcome to choose whichever brand you prefer and I hope you are happy with your choice.
As I learn about my 6+, both the things I like and those that annoy me, I'll post them. Hopefully, other 6 and 6+ users will post their experiences as well.
Feel free to ask questions, and I'm sure someone in this group will have an answer.
My first comment, since this is a GPS-related forum, is that I was disappointed that the map in Apple Maps did not show our new toll road. So I downloaded Google Maps, which not only showed the toll road, but also had the latest addition (it is being built in stages). I'm not keen on either of their navigation displays (I prefer TomTom), but they'll do for now. While that's more of an Apple issue than a 6 or 6+ unique issue, it is something I have to live with so I thought I'd pass it along. Also, hopefully the map will soon be updated.
The battery on this phone is fantastic! My biggest test was an all-day trip last weekend. For about twelve hours I used a combination of the GPS feature, browsed the internet, took several pictures, sent lots of messages and made numerous telephone calls (about 60% of usage). When I wasn't using the phone (about 20% of usage), I pressed the off button to darken the display.
When I got home, I spent a lot of time on the internet, email, messaging, etc. When I finally was ready to quit for the day, I still had 16% battery remaining.
For a normal day for me, the phone is in standby mode from around 8-5. I will occasionally check emails during lunch or answer a text, but it does not get too much use. In the evening I'll use it to check email, make a few calls, messaging and surfing the net. For the last two weeks I've averaged about 25% battery usage per work day.
So, for me anyway, I only charge it every other day during the week. I give it a full charge each day over the weekend as I use it a lot more then.
Thanks for the observations.
I can't find 6 in stock! It's good reading your comments.
Thank You for the Update Shooter, sounds promising.
In brief, I am very impressed with the quality of photos from this camera.
First, I suggest that you think of the iPhone 6+ camera as you would any fixed-lens camera. While it has a digital zoom, you lose quality when you zoom. Not that they are bad shots, especially when viewed on your iPhone, but you can see noticeable grain, or maybe it's not quite in focus when you look at it at 100%. (This is true of all digital zooming cameras. Ok, technically it is also true of optical zooming lenses as well, but most non-professionals don't notice the loss of quality for most shots.) As a fixed lens camera, it beats my Nikon DSLR for indoor photography. It focuses quicker and gives better pictures (without a flash) most of the time.
As with any fixed lens, that means you have to "zoom" with your feet (move closer) to fill the frame with your subject. I admit to having gotten lazy about that with the zoom lenses on my Nikon. Having said that, this camera is not designed to "reach out" and pull in long distance shots, say at a sporting event or concert. You get beautiful, color-balanced shots of the event at a distance. If you want close-ups of your child's soccer game, I recommend that you bring a camera with a zoom lens.
I'll get a little technical here for a moment. The iPhone delivers better low light pictures, not by increasing the ISO, but by allowing slower shutter speeds. I frequently get indoor shots of 1/4 s at ISO 100 or 125 that are very clear when viewed at 100% resolution. (Obviously, those are not of running children or moving pets. I haven't had a chance to photograph those indoors yet.) However, the fact that I can get perfectly focused shots at that speed screams as to how good the digital and optical image stabilization works in this camera.
What I find even more impressive is how quickly it focuses. Whether it is indoors or out, dark or bright, people or inanimate objects, moving or still, this camera focuses on what I want almost every time automatically. When people are in the scene, it will focus on them, that I understand because of the face detection technology. But when I'm taking a picture of a train, for example, how does it know I want to focus on the front corner of the engine, or several cars back? I don't understand how it works, but it gets it right the vast majority of the time without my tapping on the screen to select an area to focus. That makes getting a quick shot easier to get right. Of course, you can always tap the screen where you specially want to focus, say the lower left corner instead of the center.
Bottom line, I'll pull out my iPhone and take indoor pictures now that I never used to attempt and get very satisfactory results.
I can't find 6 in stock!
You're not the only one.
Yes, the 6+ is big. Whether or not it is too big is a matter of personal preference. For those considering a move up from an earlier iPhone, it is significantly bigger. For those used to larger phones, like my old SGSII, it is not too big.
The design, while aesthetically pleasing, is very slick. Since I've yet to find a good cover for it (but that's a separate issue), I am concerned about dropping it. Therefore, I tend to grasp it tightly when I hold it. Because the edges are thin, after a few minutes it becomes uncomfortable in my hand. I'm hoping this "problem" will go away when I get a cover. My old SGSII was about the same width in its case, so it is not the width alone that makes it uncomfortable. I think it is my "death grip" on this skinny edge that's causing the problem. At least I hope so.
I carry it in my front pant´s pocket. As I mentioned in another post, the only concession I've made is not too have anything else in that pocket. It is barely noticeable when walking and if you angle it correctly, not a problem when sitting.
Past phones; Samsung Note 3, LG G3; Nokia 1520
I have the 6 PLUS and I love it. I had to return the Note 4 because it kept restarting same problem that the Note 3 had.
I just picked up an i6, getting it updated and set up.
Shooter ... have you looked at Otter Box ?
it's the dog's fault
I was a bit concerned over the size of the i6, since it is considerably larger than the 4S I have been using. But I am surprised how little the larger size affects my use of the i6. I am careful about how I keep it in my pocket, and so far that is about it. Interestingly, I never felt the i6 was bigger than the 4S, I just use it as if I was using it, or something else the same size, all along.
It is a pretty good incremental advance from the 4S. The speed is noticeable. I never thought the 4S was slow, but after I use the i6, the 4S seems slow.
Airdrop and Mac OS Integration is very nice. I'm just learning what it can do.
I have a beautiful iPhone 4S, black, 64GB, AT&T for sale.
What will you pay me to take it off your hands???
Oh and that includes free shipping too right?
About -$220. And what is your zip code so I can figure out what the free shipping will cost?
Renegade, yes I am waiting for Otterbox to come out with their case. I'm also looking at Lifeproof,but it's case for the 6+ is not out yet either.
Almost after two months, I am still waiting for my 6 plus 64 gb from Rogers in Canada. I am checking Apple stores in Toronto area, I rarely see any 64 or 128 gb showing up in Apple Store stocks.
I found the Otterbox Defender too big for my preferences so I returned it.
I now have a Speck Candy Shell case. The rubberized ribs keep it from sliding and make it easy to hold. Also, it doesn't make my 6+ much bigger (it still fits in my pocket).
We'll see how well it protects my phone.
We'll see how well it protects my phone.
Is the Speck Candy Shell about the size as the Otterbox Commuter? I am looking at the Commuter as it is smaller than the Defender. How well does the Speck Candy Shell protect?
an Incipio Feather for the iPhone 6. It is very light-weight and adds very little to the size of the iPhone. Mine is clear so it looks almost as if there is no case at all. I like it, but others might prefer a heavier case.
I have an Incipio case on my 6 and it's great. Not sure how rugged it would be if I dropped it on concrete but so far so good for everyday use.
As far as navigation goes, I love the iPhone 6 but the Apple Maps let me down time and time again. I love how when I search for something like Franklin Institute in Philadelphia it shows me something in Colorado. Really Apple? I'm not ditching my Garmin anytime soon!
I want a lightweight case. Does the Incipio Feather protect when you drop it?
The Speck Candy Shell is a little thinner than the Commuter. It is about the same size as the Otterbox Symmetry. I was going to get the Symmetry, but the only one available for the 6+ was silver (they call it "Glacier") which I didn't want. Also, the back of the Symmetry is smooth, so I wonder if it would slide on the console in my car.
From what I can see, both the Candy Shell and Symmetry would appear to offer the same level of protection. Whether that is going to be sufficient remains to be seen.
Same here still waiting for my 6 upgrade
This app on the iPhone 6 is wonderful. It works great, has onboard mapping, and the expanded capabilities due to integration with the iPhone, bluetooth and cellular data access is very good. I'm using my iPhone 6 for my automotive navigation instead of the Montana 600. I made a very simple mount with a minimalist case and velcro to hold the iPhone on the dashboard. Very slick and simple. The velcro blends into the dash when the iPhone is not mounted, which is rarely.
6+ is too big!
How so and do tell..
Does it not fit in your shirt pocket or what?
I have found myself using my 6+ more for reading now than my Kindle Fire HD tablet. The main reason is convenience, as I already have my phone on and the size is fine. Initially, I used my Kindle for reading my books, but then I started to take a quick look at the Kindle app on my 6+. Over time, I found myself using the 6+ more and more, so that now I rarely use my Kindle Fire. I do plan to still use my Kindle Fire on the plane while traveling and listen to music on my 6+. However, I may end up giving the Kindle to one of my kids. Not what I would have expected when I first got my 6+.
I bought my iPhone 6 plus on February 11, 2015 and haven’t used my Garmin GPS ever since.
AlL I have to do to navigate, is either tap on an address in my contacts list, or type in an address manually in the map application and, literally, in mere seconds my route is ready to go. No more longitude or latitude in the equation, just the actual address.
Just to test it out, I entered the address where I used to live in Flushing, New York, as well as my current address in the Bay Area (Northern California) and within a matter of seconds I had turn-by-turn directions, all the way across the country. To say I was impressed would be an understatement.
Whenever you went off route using the Garmin GPS, you would get the voice saying “recalculating”. That doesn’t happen using the iPhone GPS. It silently recalculates and gives you instructions within seconds, on how to proceed.
Garmin also stopped supporting MP3 players, but now that problem is solved on the iPhone. I now have a choice of over 5700 songs I loaded onto the iPhone via iTunes. As the song goes:
“I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got my music, I’ve got my big screen GPS, who could ask for anything more”
Just color me “one happy camper“…
I have been using my i6 as my primary GPS too.
Garmin on the i6 is great. And the integration with the phone, contacts, cell service, etc. is fantastic. But do not forget that the Garmin app also has maps resident on the iPhone so it can still navigate without the cell system.
I use a very minimal case with a strip of velcro on the back of the case and a small piece of velcro on the dashboard and that becomes the dash mount. On and off with extreme ease and totally minimalist.
So now instead of having to carry two devices - the iPhone and a GPS - I only need to carry the iPhone6.
Garmin on the i6 is highly recommended.
I didn’t know about the Garmin app "on" the iPhone. I'm downloading it now and can't wait to try it…
Thanks for the heads up.
I never thought I'd give up using my Montana, or other stand-alone GPS, but the Garmin app on the iPhone is that good. I used them side by side in the car, no problems or detrimental differences.
I still use my 64S for hiking and biking.
Hey, I'm from the Parsons Blvd and Jewel Ave area.
Hi diesel (former neighbor),
After downloading the Garmin free HUD application, I was informed I needed to hook it up to a “heads-up display”. Since I'm not using a “heads-up display” I had to delete the app. This free app is evidently for someone with a motorcycle. All the other Garmin apps were $60 and above.
Anyway, I'm perfectly happy using the Apple maps and GPS.
Have a great day…
P.S. I'm from 193rd St. in Flushing, 2 blocks off Northern Boulevard, between 46th and 47th Ave.
P.P.S. I love the Pats and the Seahawks got just what they deserved...one gigantic slice of humble pie.
My daily job is in NYHQ, 56-45 Main Street.
P.P.S. I love the Pats and the Seahawks got just what they deserved...one gigantic slice of humble pie.
Watch for when the Garmin StreetPilot iOS apps go on sale, like $45. Extremely well worth it. Even at $60, the app adds great functionality and most importantly, onboard maps. Garmin did a great job with this app.
I was seriously considering buying either the Garmin USA or the Garmin North America app for my iPhone 6 Plus, however, Garmin states both of these applications were optimized for iPhone 5. Although I'd like to buy the Garmin application for my iPhone 6 Plus now, I think I'll wait until it catches up with the iPhone 6 Plus and the larger screen…
I started using the Garmin NA iOS app on a 4S, then replaced the 4S with the iPhone 6. Not sure what "optimized for iPhone 5" means, but the Garmin NA app is just gorgeous on the bigger iPhone 6 screen. I haven't experienced anything to complain about with the app on the iPhone 6.
That's great news! Now all I need to know is with Garmin NA running, can you turn your phone to the horizontal landscape position, or does the phone have to remain vertical?
How do you enter your destination? Just type in an address manually or can you tap on an address in the contacts app? There's not really a lot of information on the iTunes website…
Thanks for your help and advice diesel…
It works in ether portrait or landscape.
Choosing a destination can be by many ways... and you can use your contacts.
Here are some of the ways you find/choose destinations:
Points of Interest: Food, shopping, fuel, bank, parking, rest areas, ...
I was skeptical at first, and now I use Garmin NA on iOS instead of my other GPS devices. My other GPS devices are the Garmin Montana and the GPSMAP 64S, pretty good devices. I never feel like the Garmin NA iOS app is deficient or missing features that I use/need on the other GPS devices.
An April's fools joke?
Can you clarify your comment?
Am I missing something?
I bought the Garmin NA for my iPhone 6 plus yesterday and I absolutely love it.
Before I made the purchase, I called Garmin to inquire about an owners manual and were surprised to find out there isn't one, however, I was reassured that being an owner of 2 Garmin Nuvi's, using this mobile application would be a breeze. The minute I installed it, and started using it, I felt totally up to speed completely at ease using the application.
I also bought 3 add-ons:
photoLive traffic cameras, traffic and urban guidance.
Then downloaded the free applications:
photo real junction view, 3-D buildings and landmarks, traffic trends and Wikipedia.
I plan on taking it out today and running it through it's paces.
I have thought about the Photolive Traffic Cameras, please let me know what that is and how you like it.
I had an occasion to contact Apple's customer support recently and was very impressed with the service. My Yahoo mail stopped working on my iPhone (worked fine on my computer and Wife's iPhone) a few days ago shortly after an iOS update. After trying resetting my password and uninstalling/installing Yahoo mail, I contacted my service provider. They had me redo everything I had already done, all to no avail. Then they said I'd need to contact an Apple Store. Since one is nearby, I figured that would be OK, but decided to call first. When I did, I was given the option to either make an appointment or talk to a service representative. I chose the latter, and soon was talking to a lady who was very helpful. Since I wasn't having problems with any other App, she didn't think it had anything to do with the iOS update. She also had me uninstall/install Yahoo mail with the same results. Then she asked about my mail account. Although I use Yahoo mail, it is actually an sbcglobal account. She suggested I enter the mail account as "other" vice Yahoo, and it worked. I'm still not sure why my email stopped working in the first place, but I was very help happy with the service I received from Apple.
What the Photolive traffic cameras do, is give you a current live "still snapshot" and not a video.
When your iPhone is in the vertical position, the traffic camera picture measures 2.5" by 1.5".
When your phone is in the horizontal position,The traffic camera picture measures 3.5" by 2.0".
When the camera you choose appears, it will tell you “the lane closest to the camera, is traveling, either North, East, South, or West”.
I don't know how often these cameras refresh themselves, so that the picture is current, but I just pulled up a camera on Highway 101 South @ Hillsdale in San Mateo, CA and it showed a ton of traffic. This image was generated at 3:30 AM, so I'm questioning the refresh rate.
There are also tons of traffic cameras to choose from (close to 150) and they're all local. No matter where you travel in the country, local Photolive traffic cameras from the current area you're traveling in, should be available to you.
Bottom line, the Photolive Traffic Camera app. is only $5.99. No regrets I made the purchase…
Does anyone know if you can load POI files into an iPhone 6+ running the Garmin NA app?
The app does not support that kind of function, unfortunately.
You can use the "Favorites" capability to collect POI within the Garmin NA app.
The answer to your question, is no.
The application uses addresses from your contacts list, or you can enter an address manually, or you can enter latitude and longitude manually, or tap anywhere on the map and the latitude and longitude of where you tapped on the map, instantly appear. As "diesel" said "you can store your POI's as Favorites". To give you an example of how easy it is to use this application, I was able to generate a trip, using 4 POI destinations, in under a minute, with the trip planner.
It's just too bad all the Garmin GPS units don't handle navigation, As easy as it does on the iPhone with GarmIn NA. It really makes the POI file...obsolete.
Hope that answers your question…
I can see where the Garmin NA app on an iPhone 6+ has functional advantages over a standalone GPSr but in my case does not make the POI file obsolete. I have several files with hundreds of locations, many with no street address. These would have to be entered manually as favorites which would be quite a task.
I still plan on using the NA app when I get an iPhone 6+ in the near future but I’ll likely carry my GPSr as backup.
Anyway, thanks tailspin and diesel for the information!
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