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The months leading to the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seemed to drag on and on, but the week following flew by. Within seven short days of reserving my iPhone 6 at my local Apple Store, I had it in my hands. It’s here. And it’s lovely.

Backing up for a second, it’s worth noting that I wasn’t one of those people that was hankering for a new iPhone. I certainly wasn’t desperate for one that was a great deal larger than my iPhone 5. That phone had been with me for two years, day in and day out. It felt like part of the family, and I’ll almost miss it now it’s gone.

It’s gone because I took advantage of my two-year contract’s expiration in order to get a new iPhone. More specifically, a 64GB Space Grey iPhone 6.

This isn’t a review, by the way. It’s a largely incoherent collection of thoughts after a weekend with what will probably be Apple’s best selling iPhone ever. There are plenty of awesome reviews out there if that’s your cup of tea.

So let’s get started with my story.

After picking it up late on Friday night, I was already prepared for being uncertain about the new phone. After all, my hands are comparably sized to those of a small child. I’ve tried larger Android phones in the past and struggled. But this is an iPhone. I’ve got to at least give it a good college try, right?

Oh wow.

And look at it. It’s quite attractive, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The best endorsement I can give the iPhone 6 is to echo what a lot of people have been saying over the past few days: the iPhone 5/5s now feels small. Toy-like perhaps, though that’s being somewhat unfair to a device that just oozes quality. Still, it just feels… insignificant.

The iPhone 6 may be the same size or larger than some of the phones I’ve used in the past, but it honestly feels smaller. I’m going to lay the win squarely at the door of Jony Ive and his team here. Whether it’s the rounded edges or the slight curve towards the edge of the screen that causes it, this phone doesn’t feel 4.7-inches big, even to me. If you’re in possession of hands that fit your body, then you’re golden. The iPhone 6 Plus is a whole different ball game though, and I dare not go near one for fear of looking ridiculous as I fight valiantly to not drop it.

Now yes, I know it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. Most apps are in dire need of an update to take advantage of the new screen resolution, but those will come. And no, I don’t know why the camera sticks out other than Apple being obsessed with making its phones impossibly thin. I’m willing to forgive it though, and anyone who tells you the camera’s unfortunate protrusion is a deal breaker probably needs their head checking. It’s not ideal, but it’s fine. In truth, I’d forgotten all about it until I just started writing this piece.

Oh, and that camera is good. Very good. Much better than my iPhone 5 and the 5s that replaced it at the head of Apple’s product lineup.

When I set out 500 words or so ago, I said this wasn’t a review, and it’s not. What it is though, is an honest account of how I feel after 72-hours of iPhone 6 ownership. So how do I feel?

Well put it this way – remember my trusty iPhone 5, the one that was like a member of the family?

It’s up for adoption.

  • Micky Ganon

    some proportion .. This is just a mobile device.
    Family member?
    Adoption?
    What the hell?

    • John Wolf

      Familiar with the expression “figure of speech”?

      • Micky Ganon

        It sounded like he was waiting for his son’s birth

      • Tommy

        Hahahaha

      • Micky Ganon

        (-;

      • svartkuken

        To some of us it is. An unboxing is like a human birth.

    • jack

      are you autistic

      • Guest
      • Micky Ganon

        חבר אתה טיפש !

    • Sound_Mind24

      Lol, well said man. That what I said.

  • Alan

    I’ve had mine for a day now 128gb gold, still not sure how I feel about, a little inside I miss my 5s, even considered just returning it but Ill still try at it , for some reason still doesn’t feel apple to me :/ not sure

    • G-HaB

      Ya I loved my 5s and quiet frankly it was running so smooth on iOS 8. the iPhone 6 plus is like getting stuck on sum apps such as settings and that is such a let down

  • Tim smith

    Wait…. Your iphone 5 is up for adoption…… Does that mean I can adopt it for free?

    • John Wolf

      If you know where I can adopt anything at no cost, please share.

      • Micky Ganon

        Try Animal Shelter…

      • Rowan09

        Definitely not free, an animal is just as expensive as a child.

      • rafaelpz

        Racist.
        🙂

      • Jerry Cox

        Good advice because the iPhone is a BEAST!! Ok, I’m done trolling.

      • Hyr3m

        Wait… you’ve got a blue, X-Men-themed iPhone ? Never heard of those…

      • John Wolf

        Many charge fees so they can maintain the shelter and neuter/spay the dog.

  • Rowan09

    I saw a guy with the space gray 6 and a girl with the gold 6. Ater seeing the pictures online before the release I thought it was ugly, but seeing it in person definitely changes my mind. The phone being thin is one of the best quality to me personally. Tomorrow I’ll have my 6+ and my brother had his for 4 days now and said the battery life is great.

    • @dongiuj

      Girl with the gold. Sums up that colour model.

      • Rowan09

        Lol. Women love gold.

      • James

        Haha apparently. My wife wants a gold iPhone 5s now. The gold of the iPhone 6 is darker and not as nice looking if you ask us, especially with the solid white cellular bands going across the back.

      • Rowan09

        I actually like the gold on the 6, it is darker though.

      • @dongiuj

        They certainly do

  • @dongiuj

    Yeah, sorry you lost me by the 3rd paragraph. ZZZZzzzz….

  • Ray Pereyra

    I love my iPhone 6. The leaked pictures didn’t do the phone justice.

    • Rowan09

      Absolutely agree.

  • Alexa21

    I really enjoy using my iPhone 6. I think it looks much better in person. I’m just waiting for apps to update and take advantage of iOS 8.

  • using namespace std

    omg is Oliver….. How’ve you been man. lol

  • im2slick4u

    >Slate Grey

    SPACE Grey

    • RarestName

      I still call it black.

  • James

    I surely disagree. The new design is so ugly. The online marketing photos make the front and even the sides look elegant and high-end. However, the back is atrocious, as is the camera “bump”. It makes no since to make the phone thinner if the camera has to stick out like a sore thumb. I’ve had a chance to handle the phone in person on several occasions, each time trying to convince myself that I like it, but I hate it. I don’t like to put cases on my iPhone. I like to show it off in all of its glory and keep things as thin as possible, but if I were to get an iPhone 6, which I won’t, I would have to put a case on it as the design is somewhat embarrassing. The front also isn’t great. The rounded edges of the screen make it look like it’s made out of cheap plastic. I agree that the larger iPhone 6 plus is too big to use comfortably.

    • cd d

      iPhone 6 isn’t ugly a customer of mine had one tonight I got to hold it for a minute and it felt nice in my hand it didn’t feel like a big phone to me

    • I would love to know more about all your years in design school. Instead of regurgitating what the internet is saying (spelling corrections included), “IE: It makes no sense to make the phone thinner if the camera has to stick out like a sore thumb.”

      Unfortunately, the sales of the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus disagree with your argument. You may think it’s ugly, don’t buy one. It will leave shorter lines for me and the rest of the world.

      Thanks.

      • Dan

        didn’t know you needed to go to design school to have an opinion

    • cd d

      I would put a case on it though ….lol otterbox or lifeproof

    • ishyg

      The iPod Touch also has a protruding camera, but meh.

  • Got my silver 64GB iPhone 6 on launch day (definitely unexpectedly, since I though I’d have to wait for 6-8 weeks). I have fallen in love with it. I’ve long forgotten my iPhone 5s, which did me solid for nearly a year.

    The rounded exterior, with the curved edge of the screen makes it seem so seamless. It feels great in my hand, and unlike the iPhone 4-5s, I actually prefer holding it without its case. It feels like perfection.

    With apps updating daily to master the larger resolution, it’s very quickly becoming part of my life in ways I never used my iPhone 5s. Heck, I never used Numbers or Pages on my previous iPhones, though I’m certainly using it now.

    As for the speaker, boy is it louder or what? And the camera? Yeah, I’ll proudly be taking more pictures than ever before. The slow-motion video feature on my iPhone 6 is spectacular.

    But hey, before I type too much here, I should probably just post it on my blog or something.

  • veda99

    Using 5s after 3 days of 6 and it feels different in all aspects!

    Will return my 6 tomorrow! 6+ will be delivered by the time I reach home 🙂

  • Aneeq Naqvi

    You can give me your iPhone 5 if is up for adoption. 😛

  • Charles

    I love my 6 Plus. Never was to fine of big phones but this one is just right.

    • Mohammed

      Can you tell us about battery life?
      And if you don’t mind , a screen shot of the battery usage . 🙂

      • Charles

        The battery life is amazing. I don’t know how to upload an image to this but my usage is 22 hours and I’m at 13% so I know it can last a few more hours.

  • Tom

    Iphone 6 is way 2 big and the pixels are low iphone 6 plus has way better pixels and screen iphone 5s is still king iphone 6 looks like a galaxy

    • Are you speaking ENGRISH?

      • RarestName

        謝謝

      • Jonathan

        천만에요.

      • Jonathan

        Are you typing ENGLISH?

      • Ruh ro

    • ishyg

      WUT?

  • Fanboy 

    I remember picking up the iPod touch (around the time the iPhone 5 came out) and I told myself “Wow these are so thin! Apple could never make the iPhone this thin, it sure would be amazing though”. Look at me eating my words now as I hold this beauty in my hand!

  • Andy Gostavo

    Guys, apple is still signing ios 7.1.2 until now !
    do you really think that the signing window will be always open ?

  • abdullah575

    I will get it October or November ):

  • Yunsar

    You said ‘slate grey’ I think you meant space grey

  • Bangali

    great piece..love the ending!

  • AltF5

    By “up for adoption” do you mean you are ready to simply sell it and part ways (adopted by someone else), or you may grow into liking it more like with iOS 7 (you adopt it)?

  • Jamessmooth

    I got my 6+ on Friday, and immediately I was a bit disappointed. I honestly didn’t think I could deal with such a large device being my daily phone. I must say, however, after about 3 days of “normal” use, at work, gym, going for a jog, there is no way I can go back to the size of a 5s. This phone is amazing… and I actually am one of the few (it sounds) who loves the design. The only complaint I can think of is that I wish the battery life was better. It does get me thru one day of full use, I guess I was just expecting more. Overall, I’m SUPER happy.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Hey oliver hows the battery life? I heard its terrible. We gonna be wallhuggers again?

  • mwpitt52

    Did the iPhone bend when you took a picture?