Over the weekend, I tested the iPhone 6 plus with the lightning port camera connection kit, t3hub, and Dragonfly DAC and I am happy to report that it works fine and will send out a 24/96 audio signal if you have "hi rez" files. (Please see this blog post for more on using the Dragonfly DAC with the iPhone.)
Secondly, I found that I had no issues mounting it with the $16 temporary cup holder mount that I bought when I got a new car back in May. It will allow the 6 plus to be mounted in landscape or portrait mode. I thought about getting one of the air vent mounts, but I can live without one of my cup holders easier than living without a vent (especially during Memphis summers). I will probably get a Kuda mount with a Proclip charging cradle when they are available (I have had this combo in my car in the past and it looks great and charges the phone all the time), but I am not in any hurry since this works fine.
Is that an iPhone 6 plus in your pocket or ........?
I should mention that I did kneel down to clean out our pool skimmer baskets and I noticed the phone being squeezed. Nothing was damaged, but it was a gentle reminder that the phone is bigger than my old phones.
The Typical Workday
Also, the screen is a lot easier to read and it was a much better experience for quick Twitterific updates, email, and jumping onto the internet while my computer was tied up with processing. With the extra real estate, it is just so much easier to use at my desk.
One handed use is overrated
Keep in mind, I am not saying it is impossible to use the 6 plus one handed, especially if you have large hands. However, I just haven't run into a scenario where it has been necessary. I have been using it with one hand this week, just to see if it was possible, but it isn't a natural experience (at least at this point it isn't).
One thing I did to make it easier to use with one hand was move my favorite apps from the top of the screen to the middle and below. Below is a pic of the apps I can reach with my thumb without doing a lot of maneuvering in the hand (inside of the green arrows). For people with smaller hands, you may have to take advantage of reachability more often (I often use it for the top rows inside the arrows and everything above the arrows) and change your icons to make them easier to reach....or get used to using two hands (which I prefer).
Dweebish, unusual, or just more natural?
For me, it feels more natural to use a larger phone. Of course, I was raised on phones that had large receivers, in fact, I still have some of them around the house (see the red phone on the left in the pic below), so talking on a tiny phone, even the 4s, has always felt unnatural to me.
Out and About & Home Use
At home, I am surprised by just how much I am using it when compared to the iPad 3. For twitter, quick looks at the web, Flipboard, music, Roomie Remote, and many other apps, it is easier to use than the iPad, but not so small that it makes it an awful experience. I still prefer video, magazines, books with artwork, safari, and a few other apps more on the iPad, but I enjoy the iPhone 6 plus for nearly everything when compared to the 4s. I still plan on keeping my 4s for a few reasons, but I never really liked the small form factor. I love the iOS ecosystem, but I was going to move on if Apple didn't come out with a larger iPhone this year.
Which iPhone for you?
* As a side note, I have never used another recently popular OS and I prefer not to. Not because there is something inherently wrong with those systems, but because I have money tied up in iOS apps and I use features like Airplay on a daily basis.