Apple's journey into the unknown phablet territory has kicked off with the release of the brand new iPhone 6 Plus. The smartphone, or more precisely, a phablet, has arrived as the biggest ever from Apple in terms of size, and looks to take on the handsets that follow the 5-inch and beyond form factor.
The phablet segment, that was first brought into light via Samsung's first-ever Galaxy Note N7000 model, the segment has since seen some major improvements and shifts over the years, with the entire smartphone community also taking an interest in the segment.
Apple's iPhones have always been a classy affair. They always have a sort of a status quotient attached to them. However, this is the first time the Cupertino-based tech giant has entered the big display arena. While Samsung has already tried out that territory and even reaped fruits off it, it's still uncharted territory in the books of Apple.
However, everything has a start. And the way Apple has managed to get into the phablet business with least amount of doubt is impressive. At least, that's what we found on our first look for the Apple phablet. Although a more detailed look into the handset is more than required.
Since our first look, we spent more time with new and bigger iPhone up close. While there were a few things that needed more work, others were simply out of this world with their impressive feature and user experience. But here's a look at our exclusive review of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review: Form Factor and Operating System
As we mentioned before, this is the biggest ever iPhone in the history of Apple. And that shows when you visually compare it with the previous generation iPhones and even the new iPhone 6. The proportions definitely point out that Apple is looking to go big this time.
For people who are indeed looking to make an upgrade over the previous generation's 4-inch iphones, the iPhone 6 Plus could actually come as a major culture shock (or that sort of thing) since it will just entirely fill up your palm.
The iPhone 6 Plus measures in at 158.1mm x 77.8mm x 7.1mm and weighs at 172gms. And for the sake of comparison, this new Apple phablet is much taller and heavier than the new OnePlus One. Both the tablets, if you know your facts, arrive at a 5.5-inch form factor.
And while a few will indeed point out the fact that a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels has already been available for most Android smartphones over a year ago, and that it has also made way into many a budget handsets in recent times. We hardly believe any of them has the colour accuracy, brightness and vibrancy of the iPhone 6 Plus.
However, with its 5.5-inch display, we feel Apple has nicely balanced out it all in terms of the overall feel when holding the handset. While it's not that hard to slide it into your pocket with its impossibly thin structure (at 7.1mm thickness), you will be reminded time to time about its presence.
There are also the sizable bezels above and below the screen that provide additional height to the smartphone. And while the extra width may be somewhat minimal compared to its rivals, it's anyway noticeable in the palm since the 6 Plus makes you stretch your fingers.
The new iPhone 6 Plus also offers curved aluminium sides and rounded corners, and that's something new compared to what we last saw in the iPhone 5S. Also, the glass front of the phone extends to the edges and has also been curved to meet the aluminium frame of the handset.
The iPhone 6 Plus ships with the very latest version of Apple's mobile platform, in the form of iOS 8. And as expected, it brings a host of enhancement features and improvements, that compliments the new apps and features. Moreover, it is a fresh look from the iOS 7 that we saw last year.
Moreover, Apple's previously introduced drag and drop folder system still works well in the new handset. The Control Panel can be found when you swipe up from the base of the display. Apart from that, you will find the familiar rows of apps that have been displayed on home screens on the iPhone 6 Plus. As expected, during initial step up you will be given the option of two icon and text sizes.
Apart from that, another handy feature of iOS 8 is the ability to reply to a message directly from the notification alert at the top of screen, saving you from having to load up the messaging app every time.