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iPhone 6 Plus: Your Guide To Phablet Pros And Cons

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This year’s latest phone releases indicate that we now live in the age of the phablet, a device that could be considered either a giant phone or a very small tablet. Apple recently unveiled its biggest phone ever, the iPhone 6 Plus, which stands at 5.5 inches diagonally. The current king of phablets is the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4. Another Android in the oversize mobile device department is the 5-inch HTC One M8.

Should you consider buying a bigger phone? Is it the best of both worlds or is it just a mediocre phone and tablet rolled into one device? Continue on for the pros and cons of toting around a little giant.

The Pros

Great for avid readers—The larger screen size is paradise for those of you who read books or articles frequently on your smartphone.

More comfortable typing—Typing longer emails or notes on a 4-inch screen isn’t a pleasant experience. On the iPhone, the keyboard takes up half of the screen if you’re typing in landscape orientation. Drafting an email on a device as big as the iPhone 6 Plus, however, is much easier, especially with Apple’s new expanded keyboard for the screen size, which includes shortcuts for frequently used features like copy and paste.

More room for big text—Smartphone squinters, this is your salvations. A lot of people I know make their smartphone’s text bigger to give their weary eyes a break. On a smaller 4-inch screen, you’ll only get two lines of limited text at a time in iMessage if the font is made larger. A bigger screen size will allow you to see more text at once, without having to compromise font size.

Amazing screen resolution—Typically, phablets have higher resolution than smaller smartphones. The iPhone 6 Plus has a new display called “Retina HD” (1,920 x 1,080), which offers more pixels per inch and higher contrast. The Galaxy Note 4 also has an incredible 1,440 x 2,560 super AMOLED display. A high-definition screen is well-suited for quality video viewing.

The Cons

It won’t fit in your back pocket—If you’re the type to stick your phone in the back of your jeans, don’t get a phablet. It’ll be either too tall or too wide to fit properly, making the device more susceptible to theft.

Awful for people who ride public transit—You never know when you won’t score a seat and you’ll need to hang on for dear life in one hand and use your phone in the other. Most phablets require two hands, so don’t make your life even harder, bus surfer, by getting a bigger phone.

Not ideal for making actual phone calls—With a wider, taller screen, you’re more likely to get face grime all over your giant phone. It’s awkward to put up to your ear without pressing it to your entire face. Get ready to invest in a Bluetooth headset if you want to take phone calls on your phablet.

It’s heavier—Stating the obvious here: a phone with a bigger display isn’t going to be as lightweight as a smaller phone, even if it is thinner, like the iPhone 6. It’ll mean an extra ounce in your already heavy bag or backpack.

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Customers Clamor For The Largest iPhone Possible

It turns out Apple did its market research before trying to sell smart phones the size of your face. Apple and all the major carriers appear to have sold out pre-orders and are quoting longer ship times for the iPhone 6 Plus.

See also: Apple Unveils iPhone 6 Plus, A 5.5-Inch Phablet

Apple has not released numbers for how many iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 models were available for preorder, and an early rumor indicated that there may have been fewer of the larger model available. Still, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel told Re/code that demand is higher now than it’s been in either of the last two years. 

Presales were slated to begin shortly after midnight Friday, but the Apple Store was still down two hours afterward due to increased traffic. The store was active by midmorning, but with increased shipping times of three to four weeks for the larger model. (The regular iPhone 6 is still slated to arrive on the previously stated date of Sept. 19.)

Similarly, on the Sprint website, there is only a delay for the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6, clearly in lower demand, can be delivered right on time.

In the Verizon store, the company has added a red sticker to its photos of the larger model, indicating that it will be delivered by Oct. 14. The regular iPhone 6 will also be delayed, but only until Oct. 7.

See also: What Apple Announced: The iPhone 6, Apple Watch And More

Ever since 2010, when the HTC released its 4.3 EVO 4G, cellphone manufacturers have been producing bigger and bigger ones. (At 5.7 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus makes the EVO look downright tiny.) Marketers have even coined a term—”the phablet”—to best describe these increasingly tablet sized phones. 

What makes a large phone desirable now? Probably, enough time has passed and technology has improved so they no longer remind us of the bricks we carried around in the ’90s and ’00s. Slim and slight and all screen, the iPhone 6 Plus has the oversized features people want and Lilliputian where it counts. 

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With Apple’s Help, Google Search Gets Special Info Boxes For iPhone 6 & Apple Watch

Who says rivals can’t work together? If you search on Google for “iPhone 6″ or “Apple Watch,” you’ll discover new information boxes about each product that Google created with the help of Apple. Here’s how it looks for search on iPhone 6: And for the iPhone…



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Apple’s iPhone Line-Up: The Last 3.5-Inch Screen Bites It

Bon voyage, iPhone 4S. Thanks for everything.&nbsp;

When it comes to phones, Apple is now in the phablet business. CEO Tim Cook didn’t refer to the large iPhone 6 or the even more gargantuan iPhone 6 Plus as such. But there’s no doubt Apple’s phone development took a step toward tablet territory. 

Adding jumbo devices to the fray isn’t the only change to the company’s smartphone line-up, though. Apple also got busy rejiggering availability and pricing for its current stock of smaller iPhones. Apple’s online store tells the tale: Some of those devices saw price slashes, while at least one got the old heave-ho, making way for the new iPhones 6, which open for pre-orders Friday.

It’s a lot to take in. But if those changes seem confusing, don’t fret. Here’s a handy guide to iPhone availability.

Apple’s Family of iPhones Now

Apple no longer carries the iPhone 5, its 2012 device that introduced 4-inch displays to the iPhone-using public. But the model didn’t entirely wind up in the smartphone afterlife—it was reborn as 2013’s colorful iPhone 5C.

See also: iOS 8 Offers Some New Tricks For Big iPhones

At this point, the company still carries that low-end model, but it’s no longer a budget device. It’s a freebie phone now. And its sibling, the iPhone 5S—last year’s flagship phone—also went through a price change, dropping from $199 for the 16GB base model to a modest $99 with two-year contract.

As for the even older iPhone 4S, well, it’s time to say goodbye. Apple pulled the plug on the 2011 gadget. This was the last Apple phone with a 3.5-inch screen.

The iPhones 6 and 6 Plus now flesh out the premium end of Apple’s smartphone line. The 4.7-inch device starts at $199 on contract ($649 full retail, with availability from T-Mobile in the U.S. and EE in the U.K.). The super-roomy Plus will put a 5.5-inch screen in people’s hands for a minimum of $299 on contract ($749, full retail).

To sum up:

  • 3.5-inch iPhone 4S: Ciao. Thanks for the memories.
  • 4-inch iPhone 5S: The most advanced Apple device with smaller display, now $99.
  • 4-inch iPhone 5C: The reigning cheap iPhone, with the bargain basement price of zilch.
  • 4.7-inch iPhone 6: This is now considered the small iPhone, at least in Apple’s 2014 collection, starting at $199 on contract.
  • 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus: Apple’s new premium big-screen wonder stands tall on thick wallets, thanks to its $299 base price.

So it seems die-hard fans of small screens can still find some satisfaction, at least for the time being. 

See also: What You Can Do With The Apple Watch

As for the future, the changes to Apple’s inventory may leave one wondering where iPhone development will go next. Next year, Apple will probably follow its historical pattern and release a slightly different iPhone 6S (or two) instead of a major update. While not groundbreaking in itself, that could be enough to finish off the last remaining 4-inch models for good. 

The notion was unthinkable a few years ago, when Steve Jobs ridiculed the competition over its enormous handsets. But even though Cook paid homage to the late co-founder on Tuesday at Apple’s press event, it’s clear that this is his company now. And the future of Cook’s Apple is looking super-sized. 

Feature image by Yoshikazu TAKADA

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Search Preview In Apple’s iOS 8 Coming To The iPhone In One Week

Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and announced iOS 8, the new mobile operating system for Apple devices, will be available September 17th, a week from today. Here is a preview of some of the new search features within iOS 8 including Bing results within Spotlight, the new settings for…



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Apple’s New iPhone Line-Up: No 4S, Price Drops

See ya, iPhone 4S. Thanks for everything.&nbsp;

When it comes to phones, Apple is now in the phablet business. CEO Tim Cook didn’t refer to the large iPhone 6 or the even more gargantuan iPhone 6 Plus as such. But there’s no doubt Apple’s phone development took a step toward tablet territory. 

Adding jumbo devices to the fray isn’t the only change to the company’s smartphone line-up, though. Apple also got busy rejiggering availability and pricing for its current stock of smaller iPhones. Apple’s online store tells the tale: Some of those devices saw price slashes, while at least one got the old heave-ho, making way for the new iPhones 6, which opens for pre-orders Friday.

It’s a lot to take in. But If those changes seem confusing, don’t fret. Here’s a handy guide to iPhone availability.

Apple’s Family of iPhones Now

Apple no longer carries the iPhone 5, its 2012 device that introduced 4-inch displays to the iPhone-using public. But the model didn’t entirely wind up in the smartphone afterlife—it was reborn as 2013’s colorful iPhone 5C.

See also: iOS 8 Offers Some New Tricks For Big iPhones

At this point, the company still carries that low-end model, but it’s no longer a budget device. It’s a freebie phone now. And its sibling, the iPhone 5S—last year’s flagship phone—also went through a price change, dropping from $199 for the 16GB base model to a modest $99 with two-year contract.

As for the even older iPhone 4S, well, it’s time to say goodbye. Apple pulled the plug on the 2011 smartphone. This was the last Apple device with a 3.5-inch screen.

The iPhones 6 and 6 Plus now flesh out the premium end of Apple’s family of smartphones. The 4.7-inch device starts at $199 on contract ($649 full retail, available from T-Mobile in the U.S. and EE in the U.K.). The super-roomy Plus will put a 5.5-inch screen in people’s hands for a minimum of $299 on contract ($749, full retail).

To sum up:

  • 3.5-inch iPhone 4S: Ciao. Thanks for the memories.
  • 4-inch iPhone 5S: The most advanced Apple device with smaller display, now $99.
  • 4-inch iPhone 5C: The reigning cheap iPhone, with the bargain basement price of zilch.
  • 4.7-inch iPhone 6: This is now considered the small iPhone, at least in Apple’s 2014 collection, starting at $199.
  • 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus: Apple’s new premium big-screen wonder stands tall on thick wallets, thanks to $299 base price.

So it seems die-hard fans of small screens can still find some satisfaction, at least for the time being. 

See also: What You Can Do With The Apple Watch

As for the future, the changes to Apple’s inventory may leave one wondering where iPhone development will go next. Next year, Apple will probably follow its historical pattern and release a slightly different iPhone 6 (or two) instead of a major update. While not groundbreaking in itself, that could be enough to finish off the last remaining 4-inch models for good. 

The notion was unthinkable a few years ago, when Steve Jobs ridiculed the competition over its enormous handsets. But even though Cook paid homage to the late co-founder on Tuesday at Apple press event, it’s clear that this is his company now. And the future of Cook’s Apple is looking super-sized. 

Feature image by Yoshikazu TAKADA

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SearchCap: Bing Keyword Spamming, Google AdWords Mobile Ad Extensions & iPhone 6 Search Features

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google Analytics Begins To Roll Out New Benchmark Reports Google Analytics announced today its new benchmark reports will be rolling out over the next few weeks,…



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What Apple Announced: The iPhone 6, Apple Watch And More

As usual, Apple’s Tuesday reveal was high on theatrics. 

Between CEO Tim Cook’s teasing “One more thing” (echoing the late Steve Jobs’ signature line—not once, but twice) and a U2 song release, the company announced several notable new gadgets. In case you missed it, here’s the latest Apple lineup

iPhone 6 Plus

Apple announced its biggest iPhone yet, one with a display 5.5 inches across the diagonal. The phablet contains 185% more pixels than the previous iPhone 5S while measuring measures 7.1mm, or 0.5 mm thinner than the previous iPhone 5. Apple also claims the battery will survive 24 hours of 3G talk time (as if that’s what smartphone users care most about). But the performance will be much faster, thanks to its new 64-bit A8 processor chip. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64, and $499 for the equally enormous new 128GB—all prices that require a two-year contract.

See also: Apple Unveils iPhone 6 Plus, A 5.5-Inch Phablet

iPhone 6

Technically this is the “small” one, but with a 4.7 inch display, it’s actually larger than any of its predecessors—the iPhone 5S screen was just 4 inches. A 64-bit A8 chip provides 25 percent faster CPU performance and up to 50 percent faster graphics performance. The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for a 16GB configuration, then goes up to $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB, all with 2-year contracts.

See also: Apple Releases The iPhone 6—The “Small” One

Apple Pay

Apple Pay is a new scheme that lets you make purchases in stores without taking out your credit card. Just add your credit card to the Apple Pay app on your iPhone, and tap it against an in-store terminal (at a participating merchant) to pay. Apple Pay relies on the security of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a new hardware component it calls the “secure element” to ensure your credit card information stays where it belongs.

See also: Apple Introduces Apple Pay to Simplify Payments

Apple Watch

It does more than tell the time. This wrist-mounted wearable receives iPhone notifications, tracks your fitness, talks to other Apple Watches and captures your heartbeat pattern, among other both seriously useful-sounding and gimmicky-sounding features. Outside developers will be able to build apps for it using the upcoming WatchKit SDK. When it is available early next year, the Apple Watch will retail at $350.

See also: Apple Introduces The Apple Watch—But You’ll Have To Wait For ItAnd: What You Can Do With The Apple WatchAnd: The New Apple Watch Leaves Fitness Trackers Looking Unhealthy

What You Didn’t Miss

There were no new iPads, despite plummeting sales. There was no rumored new smart-home product that will integrate with Apple’s HomeKit. There were no female presenters, or women on the stage—at all

See also: Once Again, Apple Has No Women On Stage

Were you satisfied by Apple’s latest presentation? Disappointed? An indifferent Android user? Let us know in comments.

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What’s The Difference Between The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

Apple’s big news today was the unveiling of two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What’s the difference between the two? Here’s a side-by-side breakdown for the 6 and 6 Plus.

Price, With Contract

  • iPhone 6: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, $399 for 128GB. All with two-year contract. 
  • iPhone 6 Plus: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64, $499 for 128GB with two-year contract. 

Price, Unsubsidized

  • iPhone 6: $649 for 16GB, $749 for 64GB, $849 for 128GB
  • iPhone 6 Plus: $749 for 16GB, $849 for 64GB, $949 for 128GB

Color and Material

  • iPhone 6: 4.7-inch screen, with rounded edges and a 6.8mm metal body. Comes in silver, gold, and space gray. The phone’s back is constructed of anodized aluminum and stainless steel, with a front made of something Apple calls “ion-strengthened glass”—a sturdy material that won’t shatter easily.
  • iPhone 6 Plus: 5.5 inch display, with a metallic 7.1 mm body that comes in silver, gold, and space gray. The model has rounded buttons, rounded corners, and a protruding camera. This phone is also made of anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and “ion-strengthened glass.”

See also: iOS 8 Offers Some New Tricks For Big iPhones

Camera

  • iPhone 6: The 8MP camera captures video at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second; slow-mo video can take 240 frames per second. The phone also boasts a true-tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, an f/2.2 aperture, “focus pixels,” and autofocus that’s twice as fast as the previous generation (that would be the camera in the iPhone 5S). The iPhone 6 also has “digital” image stabilization, cinematic video stabilization, improved face detection, burst selfies, and single shot HDR photos. 
  • iPhone 6 Plus: The Apple-designed image signal processor (ISP) helps with shaking and low lighting. The 8MP camera also has true-tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels and an f/2.2 aperture. New sensors allow for faster autofocus and better face detection. The camera features panorama shots of up to 43 megapixels, optical image stabilization and burst selfie mode. It’ll take 1080p video at 30 or 60 frames per second, with slow motion capture at 240 FPS. It offers “cinematic video stabilization” and continuous autofocus while shooting. 

Technical Specifications

  • iPhone 6: Display is 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. The phone features a 64-bit A8 chip, 16:9 aspect ratio, M8 chip motion coprocessor, barometer, advanced wireless capabilities, and supports up to 20 LTE bands. The iPhone 6 also features a faster 802.11 AC wifi and the ability to make calls over WiFi. 
  • iPhone 6 Plus: Display is 5.5 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The phone features a new 64-bit A8 processor and claims battery life sufficient for 24 hours of 3G talk time. It also has an M8 “motion coprocessor” and a barometer, supports 20 LTE bands, and supports “voice over LTE” and next-generation Wi-Fi (802.11ac), with Wi-Fi calling built-in.

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Apple Releases The iPhone 6—The “Small” One

As expected, Apple released a new iPhone on Tuesday—and redesigned gadget to give it a sleeker, smoother look. 

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen—bigger than its predecessor, and rounded edges, and a thinner, 6.8mm thin metal body are a stark difference from the iPhone 5S. The new screen has Retina HD resolution, with 1334 x 750 pixels—though there’s no indication of the rumored sapphire crystal screen.

With the new design, Apple is going back to its rounded roots in the original iPhone, and breaking away from the square and sharp edges introduced with the iPhone 4 in 2010. 

The iPhone 6 comes with an improved 8 megapixel iSight camera, true tone flash, and an all new sensor. The camera captures images at 1080p at 60 frames per second, and the slowmo video can take up to 240 frames per second. 

A 64-bit A8 chip provides faster processing power.The touch ID—first debuted with the 5S—uses human fingerprints to unlock the device and download applications for extra security. 

Other features a 16:9 aspect ratio, just like the 5S from last year, and boasts better battery life than the iPhone 5S. An M8 chip motion coprocessor to improve apps that track motion and fitness.

A new sensor, the barometer, that measures the elevation, and your activity will show up in the new health app, for instance, how many stairs you climbed. 

Advanced wireless capabilities, and supports up to 20 LTE bands, more than any smartphone. The new iPhone also features a faster 802.11 AC wifi and the ability to make calls over WiFi. 

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a two-year contract.

We’ll have more updates throughout the day as Apple provides more information about the new gadget.

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