Only been used for nearly 22 hours. Over 2 days and 9 hours standby. Battery only half depleted.
Food for thought?
Not sure about which phone or brand takes the best photos, then have a look at this super sized collection of photos from all the best and latest smartphones and some budget phones as a comparison.
Samsung Note 4 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157648796796660/
Apple iPhone 6 Plus – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157647679181549/
BlackBerry Passport – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157648520943848/
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644532639249/
Samsung Note 3 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644034132513/
Samsung S4 Zoom – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644039495565/
Apple iPhone 5S – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035336913/
Sony Z1 Compact Z1 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644028694521/
Sony Xperia Z1 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644039246935/
Huawei Ascend P6 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644028833151/
Nokia Lumia 1520 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035105534/
Nokia Lumia 1020 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035516523/
Nokia Lumia 925 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157634991010769/
Nokia Lumia 620 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644083348093/
To see the sets in one indexed page click here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/
So which phone is your winner?
I’ve been waiting for the weather to improve to take some action shots on my iPhone 6 Plus. Ideally you need bright sunshine but I decided over the weekend I would just try and take whatever shots I could. The light was dreadful. Dull and overcast. All the below photos have not been edited. To give you a better idea of the quality, I used the built in Photos app and cropped in on the movement.
So the first shot above is of Fury demonstrating the long jump.
And above we have Tiggy chasing Fury. It is worth noting that in real life this was incredibly fast. When Fury and Tiggy chase each other they are like bullets.
Now George is about to show off the long jump. The lighting was so poor that if I was not using the burst mode on the default camera app, HDR was often chosen.
So the last few are of all 3 dogs racing through the leat. Again in real time this whole sequence was over in seconds. All the shots were taken using the default camera app, just holding down the shutter to activate burst mode which is totally instantaneous. So let me know your thoughts.
Warning. Strong language. But straight to the point.
So iMessage crashes out of the app every time I go to attach a photo to send in a text. To send a photo I had to send from the Photos app.
Volume buttons got locked at full volume whilst listening to a podcast. I had to reset phone to resolve. Weird.
With the iPhone in my front shirt pocket and the speaker grills facing upwards, I was able to listen to a podcast clearly whilst driving.
More photos. Have a look at the BlackBerry Passport device shots. These 3 photos were all taken on the iPhone 6 Plus.
So another day has passed and to be honest it has all been rather hassle free.
I have created an album now on my Flickr account for my favourite iPhone 6 Plus photos. Click here to view https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157647679181549/
I have been using Apple Maps again and it has on the whole been stellar. The spoken turn by turn directions are so clear that you really don’t need to see the screen. However, it suddenly stopped speaking the directions, instead opting to make a weird doorbell like sound. Sounds like a bug.
Below are two photos I’ve had taken with many phones. I just can’t get over the clarity, true to life colours and detail achieved by the iPhone 6 Plus.
Daylight was disappearing at the time so rather good to be honest. I also took some random burst mode shots of cars travelling at speed. The results were excellent but boring to show. When I get some more exciting photos using burst mode I will upload these.
Overall the 6 Plus is my favourite smartphone of all time. I am very happy with the larger display and size and in no way would I want a smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 6. The extra benefits in battery and camera and screen are well worth it !
Just a quick update on yesterday’s impressions and observations.
1) FaceTime video calls whilst moving in a car are not possible as the video image is blurred deliberately. This is a clever safety move.
2) Camera – I just took a few random snaps yesterday. Without a doubt the iPhone 6 Plus is such a competent shooter. I do need to test the burst mode out properly though.
3) I’ve sorted the iCloud photo syncing. Problem relates to the Mac not having iCloud Drive yet.
4) Overall the iPhone 6 Plus is proving to be reliable and fun to use.
5) Yesterday evening I charged the iPhone to 100% before I went to bed. I unplugged it and this morning the battery is still at 100%.
Ok, another day and another round of experiences. In no particular order.
1) Siri – what an improvement since my 5S days at the start of 2014. After 9 months without using Siri, you realise just how useful an assistant Siri becomes. In my car, I now have total handsfree and able to ask and get delivered requests that Google might struggle with. Yes Google is great for search related results. Google is also great with Google Now, although you do sacrifice all your privacy when using this service. I have asked Siri if I have any notifications. Siri responds reading a list of the notifications followed by the actual message within the notification, regardless to what type. So for example I had a severe weather warning of fog from the Met Office. Siri is like a personal assistant, and a decent one too.
2) I have set a countdown timer using Siri of course. Pressing the home button to turn on the screen reveals the time left of the timer under the clock. A simple idea but useful. If the iPhone is plugged in, just say, “Hey Siri, how much time is left on the countdown timer” and you get the answer.
3) Low light shots – I was impressed with the low light shots from the 6 Plus. These photos were not staged, setup with a tripod. These were simply a quick snap and drive off. I would have loved to spent a bit of time, using Camera+ and its manual controls to see what could be achieved.
4) Apple Maps was a total disaster. But last night it navigated me home, something it was unable to do 9 months ago. In fact, the experience is a lot better, with easier to follow turn by turn navigation than Google Maps. However, Google Maps is still far superior.
5) Standby battery – overnight dropped 1% in 6 hours. Not too bad considering I have 130 plus apps installed, all undertaking background services including many with location checking.
6) I pumped music from the 6 Plus into my cars aux port. I know I have mentioned it before, but its fantastic.
7) Photos – automatic syncing across all devices- not sure this works as advertised yet. Maybe iCloud Drive is confusing matters. I don’t like that the synced photo that appears magically on another device cannot be seen or edited by another app, unless you save a duplicated copy. Not sure this is a good implementation. Also there appears to be delays in photo syncing or sometimes not all photos get synced across. I have not got to grips with what is happening and why yet.
8) 240fps slow mo. This does not work via Airplay to an Apple TV. Share it on to an iCloud Photo album and it is playable!
9) Hardware silencer. Simple yet effective. Just slide the button on or off.
10) Accessibility- there are some great options in the settings under this category. One of my favourite is reading the screen aloud. After turning on just use two fingers and swipe down from the top of the screen to the bottom. This is what you get.