You may be begging for more, but you won’t mind having more of the same, we suspect.
Performance: what we don’t (like)
Then there are the things that trouble us, because while Apple is normally THE perfectionist, it feels like it might have dropped the ball a little, especially in comparison to what the competition has.
Let’s start with the design: we’ve already said that it’s lovely, sexy, oozes simplicity, and feels great in your hands.
It does all of that, and yet it’s also insanely slippery, with the metal curved sides falling out of fingers easily, and the flat metal back just as slick when your palms do eventually touch it.
Indeed, the tight grip doesn’t always work here, as the edges are just that slippery, and you’ll find a case is the best way of stopping your phone from falling out of your hand.
This isn’t the square-edged iPhone we’ve seen from Apple for the past four or five years, that’s for sure, and while the smaller size of the iPod Touch was infinitely easier to grip, part of the problem comes not from the jump from 4 to 4.7 inches, but rather from the type of edges Apple has imbued on the iPhone 6, with the iPod Touch edges flat, while the iPhone 6 is more curved.
That change, no matter how simple it was, appears to be one of the things making the iPhone 6 hard to grip. It’s a simple design flaw, but one that will leave your hands stumbling.
Also posing a problem is the balancing act of holding a phone whose control button is at the bottom.
You see, for years Apple has been training iPhone owners to hold the phone in their dominant hand with the thumb sitting on the home button. Part of this reason came from Apple’s belief that the smartphone should be designed for the thumb, and that the screen should be easily accessible by one digit — the thumb — making a touchscreen phone into a one handed device.
That made sense on the iPhone up to the 4, where the screen was stumpy at 3.5 inches in comparison to the elongated 4.5 to 6 inch screens we used today, but even on the slightly increase 4 to 5S, it worked, with the bump to 4 inches providing most of the space with the thumb on small hands, and all of it if you had particularly larger digits.
With this design, the hand could be cupped by the fingers and operated with the thumb. Easy.
On the iPhone 6, it’s a different game altogether.
With a larger screen — longer and wider — the display is not only harder to operate with just a thumb, but holding the handset with the thumb at the bottom of the unit while the handset rests against the fingers makes for a slightly troubling and uncomfortable act of having the bulk of the handset feel like it’s going to fall out of your fingers as it hands over your forefinger.