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iPhone 6 review

If you happen to have an iPod Touch 5G, then the iPhone 6 is like an oversized iPod Touch, a change from the blockier shape of the older iPhone 5. Even the way that the camera lens sticks out slightly is exactly like the iPod Touch 5G.

The increase in size combined with the thinner profile makes the iPhone 6 slippery to hold. I never felt I needed a case with any other pocket-sized device I’ve used, but I worry that maybe I need one with the iPhone 6. I’d hate to drop my $750 phone on the concrete and see the glass shatter. Does anyone have a case recommendation?

The Wall Street Journal app, which was very slow and unusable on older iOS devices, works a lot better on the iPhone 6, so I guess there is some benefit to having a device with faster microprocessors. Although there’s absolutely no excuse for a newspaper app using up so much processor cycles that it won’t run well on an older device. The Wall Street Journal must have hired the world’s crappiest H-1B programmers. (Even though I cancelled my Wall Street Journal subscription months ago, the app still seems to let me read everything for free.)

I haven’t tried using the camera yet. Maybe it can replace my Olympus E-P5?

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I just realized that the home button in the iPhone 6 is also a fingerprint reader! Way easier than having to type in a security code to unlock your phone. And you can use it to approve a purchase with Apple Pay. That’s something I will have to try.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Posted in Technology

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  1. you want an otter box case, but iPhones are beginning to become prole.


    May 29, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    • I see lots of proles using them. More than they use android phones.


      May 29, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    • When driving through the poorest, blackest section of my home town recently, I saw a couple of Maserati Quattroportes parked on the streets.

      With low cost financing available, it’s hard to keep even relatively expensive products the sole province of the upper classes.

      Dave Pinsen

      May 30, 2015 at 5:00 AM

    • Iphone market share is now at 42.6%. It can’t be all SWPLs and upper-middle class anymore.

      Here is a Forbes article on Iphone vs. Android demographics:
      This is from last year though. Things change quickly.

      Current occupation? iPhone people are professionals and business people; they over-weight +38% for professional/managerial and +31% for operations/sales. Many Android people are techies: they over-weight 50% for computer/technical/medical and only slightly for the two preceding categories. Both iPhone and Android under-weight for blue-collar and retired populations.

      So the value transference class prefers Iphone from Apple, the king of value transference.
      Value creators on the other hand disregard the positional and status aspect of the Iphone and choose based on value for money.

      The Iphone could potentially become a high-low product. That would be good news for Apple’s profit margins.


      May 30, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      • The techies who like Android are wrong. They think that Android is a better value based on specs vs price, but the overall experience is that iOS is worth the premium price.

      • The techies who like Android are wrong. They think that Android is a better value based on specs vs price, but the overall experience is that iOS is worth the premium price.

        Did the Lion just admit Apple does create value?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        May 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

  2. I’m not an Apple guy, but I stopped carrying a detachable lens camera except for special situations (primarily indoor sports) after I got my Galaxy S4; its camera/camcorder is so good there are very few situations you’d need a real camera. The camera on a new iPhone is almost certainly as good, and probably better. Get a Techpro glass screen protector ASAP. It’s saved my kid’s screen at least twice so far. You can get an Otterbox, but the Techpro and a low profile case will do the job with a lot less bulk.


    May 29, 2015 at 11:13 AM

  3. I’ve had my iPhone 6 for about 6 months. I’m very clumsy and have dropped it a bunch, including on cement sidewalks. It does have a tiny crack on the corner, but otherwise has proven pretty resilient.


    May 29, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    • forgot to mention that I don’t use a case with it.


      May 29, 2015 at 12:22 PM

  4. Spigen cases


    May 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

  5. spigen iphone 6 cases seem to be the best


    May 29, 2015 at 2:06 PM

  6. I think I heard it on the Goldman Sachs Elevator, a prole is somebody who will go raw with strangers but keeps her precious iToy in a protective case.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    May 29, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    • You heard the word “prole” in real life?

      Samson J.

      May 29, 2015 at 7:24 PM

  7. For the record, Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta keeps his iPhone 6+ in a simple low profile case with a Steelie magnetic mounting pad to attach to the dashboard of my Prole-Mobile.

    I’m thinking of upgrading to this one.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    May 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM

  8. Yeah, your new camera phone should be fine. You don’t even need that obsolete old Olympus. But if you’re throwing it out, I’ll take it. I collect antiquated technology. I’m a weirdo that way.


    May 29, 2015 at 3:03 PM

  9. Derek

    May 29, 2015 at 3:38 PM

  10. OT but interesting, median household income of shoplifters who post their accomplishments on tumblr:

    slithy toves

    May 29, 2015 at 3:57 PM

  11. i dont know how anyone can accept a smartphone camera over a dslr camera. the world is awash in crappy, muddy smartphone photos. they’ll always be fundamentally limited by their small sensor sizes.

    james n.s.w

    May 29, 2015 at 4:07 PM

  12. I recommend the otter box


    May 29, 2015 at 4:18 PM

  13. So what’s the best best older iPhone? Android is driving me crazy but I don’t want to spring for the latest model iPhone.

    Mrs Stitch

    May 29, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    • 5s is excellent but iPhone battery life sucks.


      May 29, 2015 at 7:21 PM

  14. As mentioned in the other thread, I recently bought an iPhone but I opted for the 5 because I just can’t understand the appeal of these new, jumbo phones.

    Samson J.

    May 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

  15. With your review out of the way you should return it for a full refund. A newer iPhone with a better camera is coming in September-November. Unless, of course, you want to be a victim of value transference to humor your readership.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    May 29, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    • I need the phone now, and the new iPhone will just be a minor upgrade.

    • I need the phone now,

      No you don’t.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      May 30, 2015 at 4:43 PM

  16. My girlfriend just got a 6 plus, after her 5c broke. I still have a 5c. The 6 plus is huge by comparison. One thing I do with my phone is stand it up inside the hand grip of a 10 pound plate in the gym, so I can video my squats. I don’t think the 6 plus would fit.

    She has an otterbox case for the 6 plus that seems to be solid.

    If money weren’t an object, it would be cool to have a 6 plus at home, for laying on the couch reading stuff and watching videos, and maybe a regular 6 for the road.

    Dave Pinsen

    May 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    • The 6+ is too huge to use as a phone. There’s an iPad Mini if you need a bigger device than a 6. And even the 6 is a larger device than Steve Jobs would have wanted.

  17. I don’t think it can replace the Olympus EP-5…not even close really. Though Olympus has been really slow in updating that camera. They seem to put all their effort into the OMD series lately.

    Graf von Jung

    May 29, 2015 at 9:32 PM

  18. “The Wall Street Journal must have hired the world’s crappiest H-1B programmers.”

    H-1B is America’s secret weapon according to Kaku:


    May 30, 2015 at 7:21 AM

  19. I recommend the Speck Candy Shell.

    Kosher Kowboy

    May 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM

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