When the iPhone 6 was announced, I was a bit uncertain about the size. I’ve always said that a 4″ handset suits my hand size best. I’ve reviewed many bigger Android handsets, and some of them did grow on me. The iPhone 6 is 4.7″, which is 0.7″ bigger than the iPhone 5S but despite the 6 being longer and wider, it remains thinner.

I managed to get my hands on an iPhone 6 just over 2 weeks ago via a friend @craigwilson who visited the US, and I’ve been using it since. I’m not going to touch on the tech specs since you’re probably read it already (http://www.apple.com/iphone-6/specs/).

1. Size
This is unusual coming from me, but it helped that I’ve used bigger handsets so the transition went quicker than I thought. At 4.7″ it is still smaller than some of the smartphones I’ve used. But it’s made me use my handset differently – I’m getting writing done on the Notes app; I’m buying magazines on the MySubs app; and I’m watching TV series on it. Previously I used my tablet for some of these, which also means my tablet is now lying dead more often than not.


2. Battery Life
Yes, who knew. The iPhone 6 battery is slightly bigger (1810mAh) than the 5S. Sure, it’s powering a bigger screen now, but the combination of a smaller A8 chip that draws less power and my usage habits, I’m left with a significant amount battery at the end of an average day. Sometimes I just use it in the evening to bring it back down to a charging level so I can start the next day at 100% (OCD like that). When I’m out and about, working from my phone, using it like a GPS, I still keep a battery pack in my bag or use a car charger.

3. Reachability
A new feature Apple created for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus so you can use the handset with one hand. It works with any app that you’re in and helps you reach buttons easier with your thumb. Just double tap (not press) the Home button and the screen will lower itself so you can reach whatever you want to access.

4. Camera
One of the iPhone’s strongest feature is the camera. The 8-megapixel camera since the 4S has been improved (megapixels are just quantity, not quality). It has Focus Pixels (phase detection autofocus); 240 fps slow-mo video capture; built-in time lapse video; and exposure control is great, but this is more an iOS 8 feature like the 10 photos per second on burst mode (burst mode selfies, anyone?).


5. Faster Charging
If you know me, you know how I love fast charging devices (cos ain’t nobody got time). The iPhone 6’s hardware supports faster charging when you use the 2amp adaptor that comes with the iPad, versus the 1amp that comes standard with the iPhone.

6. Keyboard
I know a lot of people were excited about custom keyboards, but meh, I’m happy with the default. It’s getting better with predictive text, depending on who I am chatting to. Didn’t think I’d notice that. Smart.

The iPhone 6 goes on sale in South Africa next Friday, 24 October.