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Kate reviews the iPhone 6

by Kate Hinsche

Opinion Editor

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Since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debuted on Sept. 19, more than ten million phones have sold. With the release of the new phones came a plethora of options for color and storage space. Both the 6 and the 6 Plus are available in gold, silver, and space gray, with 16, 64, or 128 GB of storage.

Many tech experts argue that the average person will never need 128 GB of storage, however Apple made it an available option for compatibility with the improved slow motion and time lapse video options that are new in the camera. I decided to purchase the 128 GB silver 6, as I had the 16 GB 4S model and it never had enough space for my music, apps, and pictures. Also, if I have a phone that makes slow mo and time lapse videos, I will not want to delete any masterpieces.

The camera on the new iPhone is exponentially better than my outdated 4S camera, but it has no major differences from the iPhone 5 and 5S cameras. My favorite camera option at the moment is the time lapse video, which takes pictures on a timer and then plays them back at high speed so it acts like film footage. I predict that before long, Instagram will be overtaken by time lapse videos of pets being really adorable and humans being incredibly stupid–I’m so excited!

Physically, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are unlike any iPhone before them. Both have massive display screens, yet are the lightest phones produced by Apple to date. The 4S now feels like a brick in comparison to my precious 6, although I find the 4S is easier to work with my questionable hand-eye coordination. My thumbs now have to trek long distances in order to type simple messages, and the reorganization of buttons has also been cramping my style. The power button is now on the side of the phone, directly opposite the volume buttons. Now when I attempt to slyly turn my phone off while listening to music, I accidentally bombard my ears with the Camp Rock soundtrack on full volume. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus once again attempt to incorporate Touch ID into the functionality of the phone, but the two times I tried to scan my fingerprint, the technology failed.

The display quality on the new phones is really incredible, and I see myself using it to read books and watch movies, something not so easily done on the minuscule screens of yesteryear. If you’re in the market to buy your grandparents high-end smart phones, the 6 Plus is by far your best option. The display can be zoomed to make texting and web-surfing much easier on the eyes, and the phone itself is so big it limits the possibility of your senior citizen losing their phone.

Overall, I give the new iPhones two thumbs up. While I am adjusting to a new size and the updated iOS, change is a part of improving technology, and Apple has proved once again that it dominates the world of smart phones.

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