iPhone 6 : Bigger = Better?


Bigger isn't always necessarily better.
[9/19] September 9th was a big event for the mobile device industry (or for the fanboys) as it was finally that time of the year for the annual Apple eventusually unveils the new iPhone; the timeline is clear. Held in Flint Center in Cupertino at 12 PM (Pacific), it wasn’t just like any other Apple event as Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, introduced two iPhones just like what was rumoured. Heck, Apple devices are always hyped big timeseven far before the official statement.

The first one was the iPhone 6, it has a 4.7-inch display with the resolution of 1334x750 pixel. And the big brother, the iPhone 6 Plus, has a whopping 5.5-inch display with the resolution of 1920x1080 pixel. Sounds like an improvement, doesn’t it? Seems big in the number? But believe me, you might wanna hear about this first.
Apple went out of the comfort zone with the iPhone 5, as they broke the long chain of 3.5-inch display by extended it to 4-inch. The resolution was also increased along with the size, making the same “Retina Display” with the exact same pixel density. For the general public’s reactions, they were enthusiast and wouldn’t hesitate to buy one, as for the size it was still easy for one-handed use. But with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, they both walk in a whole new different level.

In 2014, people have already expected for an advancement to one of the most well-known smartphones in the world (or so-called, the most advanced; but I disagree). At least, to keep up with the current flow of technology. When they found out that the iPhone 6 would carry the same 326ppi pixel density, many of them ended up disappointed―even the fanboys―from the comments under Apple’s video promoting iPhone 6 on YouTube. They overall weren’t so happy with the size increase as they claimed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn’t look like Apple, but look more like Android devices. They complained that with a device so big, it would be hard for them to continue the one-handed use tradition on the iPhone 6. Also, they at least expected an improvement to the screen. Yes, the resolution is bigger, but with that screen size, the pixel density remained the same―326ppi pixel density, long ago since the iPhone 4. In comparison, HTC One M8 that was released in 2013 has 441ppi pixel density. Still not convinced? You can get Nexus 5 which has 445ppi pixel density in both 16 and 32GB edition for much, much less price than the iPhone 6 (hint $399 hint).

For the iPhone 6 Plus, some people said that Apple was like trying to compete with the company’s own iPad mini. Now that’s confusing. Why would you make a product that has a chance to decrease the sell margin of your own previous product with the same function? (update: it is now affecting the iPad and iPad mini) Moreover, with the bendgate (and the newest, hairgate) thing going on, this surely isn't a good sign for Apple.

Years of playing safe with their smartphone lineup, Apple finally took some guts to get out with different kinds of innovations. People either love it, hate it, or even bash the hell out of it. For the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus though, the public have mixed-feelings about them. The debates are still going on. But no matter what, their devices―that came with an enormous amount of rumours and hype all over the internet―would still sell like crazy. It’s Apple, after all. [deth.]

Disclaimer: Everything I wrote in here is my opinion, so it is most likely that it will be biased. Don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE fan of iOS, I've always been admiring its beautifully designed and user friendly interface. But I just straight up don't like the way the Apple company is running things. That's why I'm almost certain that it will be biased.