This morning -- around 6:45 a.m. -- I approached the Apple Store at the Menlo Park Mall in NJ to buy the new iPhone 6 from Apple and came upon what was the longest line for an iPhone sale I've ever seen (I've seen a few). I briskly walked by throngs of people chatting, reading, and generally nerding-out at the prospect of getting this new device. To get an idea of the line, here's a picture of the mall map and the crazy-long line of people, some of which were asleep with pillows and blankets.
Figuring I'd be in line for a good 3-4 hours, I decided to forget it. I could wait ... or could I? This evening, I decided to head down to the Freehold Mall to resume my quest for this new must-have device. There was a line of around 50 people at the Apple Store, and word was, everyone was out of the iPhone 6 Plus. I headed to the AT&T Store around the way, which had a line of four people, and they had the iPhone 6 (no Plus).
While I was 90% sure I didn't want the Plus, I did go to the display to hold both options in my hand -- get a feel for it. My concerns that the Plus was too big were confirmed. Something about it just didn't feel right. It was like I was holding a smaller iPad Mini. And while some people (okay, many people) prefer the phablet size, I simply don't. For me, the screen would have to be so big that the keyboard is actually functional as a near-fullsize keyboard. That doesn't happen for me until we get up to the iPad, and I'm certainly not carrying that around in my front pocket.
So I'm happy with my purchase and will continue to live without screen-envy, since I'll just see everyone else as having pants-pocket-envy.
Some cool new features:
- Touch ID fingerprint recognition: Not new, but still a useful feature, saving valuable seconds!
- Moving the power button to the right side of the phone is a natural placement for my forefinger.
- The (again) rounded design fits more comfortably in your hand.
- The camera is much better and has nice features: auto-HDR, time-lapse video, slo-motion video
- New "Find my iPhone" feature, where it will send the location of your iPhone when its battery is near-dead. Could be a real life-saver for some people.