Lion of the Blogosphere

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

I walked into the Apple store on the Upper West Side yesterday and looked at the new phones.

The iPhone 6 looked very nice, and thinner than the chunky iPhone 5, it looks more like an iPod Touch. It’s bigger, but still not so big that I would think it becomes unpocketable. There has been talk online about the new phones bending, but the floor sample didn’t look bent.

The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, is HUGE. That thing is definitely not phone sized and definitely not suitable for pants pockets. I would feel stupid talking on that thing, it’s so big. I give the iPhone 6 Plus a big thumbs down.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Posted in Technology

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  1. Apple’s margins on the 6+ are a lot larger than the 6. The trend is definitely towards larger phones (mirroring asian tastes in this matter) because more and more people are using their phone as their primary computing device.

    uatu

    September 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

  2. I would feel stupid talking on that thing, it’s so big.

    Yes, because LOTB is so concerned about what random strangers think of him.

    Fiddlesticks

    September 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

  3. Difference between high-trust UWS and the barrio – I was at the barrio AT&T store a few days ago – NO iPhone 6 floor models there for the homies…still just 5c and 5s.

    I realize you were at an Apple store but as we can see here, the more upscale AT&T stores do display the latest.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/a-wall-street-analyst-walked-into-an-att-store-and-tried-bending-the-new-iphone-2014-9

    Fiddlesticks

    September 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    • Harlem will be seeing a Whole Foods next year. And it will share building space with Burlington Coat Factory which attracts a large NAM demographic. SWPLs don’t shop at BCF and NAMs don’t care for the non-GMO, organic label.

      JS

      September 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

  4. I ordered the plus, and while it seemed big in the store, I have yet to determine how it will function in reality. I’m going to put it in the various pants I have. If it’s too big to be practical, will just return and exchange for a 6. There is a 14 day exchange policy.

    ASF

    September 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

  5. all it takes is one idiot to spread a rumor that the phones are easily bendable and everyone up in a stir

    grey enlightenment

    September 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    • This. It’s how “free speech” works. More like free stupid.

      Pinko

      September 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

  6. Just got my 6. Since my previous phone was a 4 (not even the 4s), the upgrade is fantastic. Mostly in terms of how much faster everything works, far better sound quality (when plugged into my car stereo), and a vastly improved camera.

    I do find the size a bit bulky. The 6 Plus would be way too large for my comfort. The 6 is just about at the limit of how large a phone could get before it became unwieldy for me.

    Oh, and finally getting voice-to-text for texting (which everybody had with 4s on) has been great, since I’m not so good at those little keyboards (the predictive text is also a lot better). I’m very impressed with how the voice-to-text is able to parse even proper nouns, peoples names, etc.

    peterike2

    September 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

  7. I just got my regular sized 6. It is shockingly much lighter than the smaller 4 I had. The fingerprint sensor works really well. I can unlock in 1 second without looking at it while I’m driving. All 3 colors are boring though: gold is really two shades lighter than the precious metal, and the other colors are just light gray and dark gray. The OS is very fast too. I have an android tablet but decided to stick with iPhone because I want my telephone to be as simple and reliable as possible. iOS requires a hard reset at most once per month. I also don’t see a way to import my iTunes playlists into android, some of which I’ve had since 2003 and am very fond of.

    It is so light that it does feel more delicate than any other phone I’ve had. I dropped my other iphones dozens of times without breaking or cracking them. Anecdotally, I see s lot more people with cracked screen androids.

    I think the 6 is the cheapest brand new iPhone so far, 200 with contract, or free with a trade in.

    zoolo

    September 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    • “iOS requires a hard reset at most once per month.”

      The fug? Do you mean a reboot/restart? That I grant you. But a hard reset… I don’t think I ever had to do that in three years of having the iPhone 4.

      Agree on the lightness of the phone. Pretty amazing technically, but frankly I wish it weighed a bit more. I preferred the weight of the 4, it’s just easier to hold that way. Too light can be just as problematic as too heavy. Though my hard plastic case has beefed that up a bit.

      peterike2

      September 29, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      • I mean turning it off and back on to fix a stuck program. I suppose that does count as a soft restart since I am not depowering it, just holding down the two reboot buttons.

        I have bad memories of older cell phones that would lock up, not restart, and you’d have to take the battery out and put it back in.

        I also might go from no-case 4 to case with a 6. It feels like I could crush it with my hand by accident, and feels less substantial than any phone I’ve had.

        zoolo

        September 30, 2014 at 2:57 AM

  8. Using your phone as your primary computing device is prole.

    jjbees

    September 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    • Probably true.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    • I don’t have a cellphone anymore. Is that prole? Some people would say it’s “alpha” not to carry a phone. Lol!

      JS

      September 29, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      • Woody Allen doesn’t have a cell phone.

        He married his own (adopted?) daughter who is like 50 years younger than him. So not owning a cell phone is alpha.

        jjbees

        September 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      • I have a female answer my calls, which is mostly business.

        The Blue pill – Manosphere realm believes cellphones are not needed if you have “game”.

        JS

        September 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      • * Red Pill

        JS

        September 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

  9. Lion are you a tim cook fan? He used to be their logistics guy and is an extreme workaholic. He negotiated some of the supplier contacts where the Asian companies sell at or below cost.

    Also, the whole “He’s gay but wont say it and doesnt like anyone to talk about it” is very 1964.

    zoolo

    September 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    • “Also, the whole “He’s gay but wont say it and doesnt like anyone to talk about it” is very 1964.”

      Tim Cook is just professional. What is now considered ‘in the closet’ was once referred to as ‘polite’ and ‘discrete’ back when America had ‘civilization.’

      Dan

      September 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      • “What is now considered ‘in the closet’ was once referred to as ‘polite’ and ‘discrete’ back when America had ‘civilization.’”

        That’s probably the mindset of someone like Kevin Spacey. It’s part of his private/personal life, and isn’t necessarily ashamed of it, but doesn’t identify or want to be associated with all of the hedonism that seems to come with the lifestyle.

        anon

        September 29, 2014 at 7:31 PM

  10. I regret buying a regular sized smart phone because I use my phone more than I use my laptop and desktop combined (and a phone’s more useful than a tablet).

    dsgntd_plyr

    September 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    • Tablets can have data plans, so the only thing you can do with a phone that you can’t do with a table is talk on it, receive voice mail, and SMS text messages.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      • You can technically even do all those things on your tablet using Skype or Viber, or whatever cool VoIP program the kids use these days.

        Peter Akuleyev

        September 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      • How do you put a tablet in your pocket?

        dsgntd_plyr

        September 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      • Yeah, what DP said. Tablets aren’t as convenient as their smaller phone brethren. The phone you’ve always got with you, and use more than just about any other device.

        I’m getting a Note 4 for this reason. I have an S5, which is pretty big. I just want a bit bigger.

        trumwill

        September 30, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      • My iPad lets me receive and send the same text messages as my iPhone.

        Truth

        September 30, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      • My 7 inch, 2560×1600 resolution tablet fits in my front pocket. A few times I’ve walked out of the house with it pocketed.

        The main problem with using a tablet with cell service as your phone is that it looks stupid and a decent data package alone isn’t a real savings over a data+voice. I think this is mostly price discrimination in that people with cell-network tablets who buy dataplans tend to be very well off. Cellular laptop modems have always been poor values.

        zoolo

        September 30, 2014 at 3:04 AM

  11. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/opinion/paul-krugman-our-invisible-rich.html

    Value transference in the NYT.

    Two types of people, when they see this:

    1- Wow, I want to be like them.

    2- Wow, this is unfair and we need to get rid of them.

    jjbees

    September 29, 2014 at 4:07 PM

  12. Lion – Do you consider yourself Class X anymore? Getting riled up with the newest fad and status signaling is either a prole or SWPL thing.

    JS

    September 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    • I didn’t buy one. I just wrote a blog post that I walked into the Apple store and looked at it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 29, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    • True elites shun technology.

      uatu

      September 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

  13. It looks like one of the first iOS viruses has emerged, it’s stealing passwords and telephone numbers of the Occupy Central crowd that is currently demonstrating for democracy in Hong Kong.

    iPhone possession seems to be a reliable indicator of SWPLness and liberal outlook (Lion excluded, of course). Could this be the way in which non-liberal forces like the Communist Party of China will be increasingly fighting back against Universalism in the future – by exploiting the very status symbols and accessories that liberal-sympathetic people seem to prefer?

    Nyk

    October 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM


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