I got a new phone the other day. I almost went with the 6s Plus, but it was just way too big for my liking. In fact, the 6s is a little too big, but manageable.
A few initial thoughts:
- Touch ID is way cooler than I thought, but unfortunately can’t be used for _every_ password field. I’d love to sign in to those annoying iTunes popups, Twitter, or my favorite website with Touch ID.
- Touch ID has one major flaw. Its awesome to press the home button and instantly unlock my phone—but often times I’ll press the home button to read notifications on the lock screen. But Touch ID is too fast and I instead see my home screen, and my notifications are no where to be found. I guess I’ll need to change my habit to press the side button.
- 3D Touch is interesting. It works pretty well, though I sometimes don’t push hard enough to trigger certain gestures. The press-and-swipe gesture for switching apps is a prime example—I can’t reliable trigger it.
- I love the rounded edges of the phone, its more comfortable than the sharp edges of my previous iPhone 5. Still, I wish the phone was slightly smaller.
- Double tapping the home button helps my short fingers reach the top portion of the screen, but it always feels like a hassle.
- Battery life is amazing. I spent a good chunk of the day reading/working on my phone, and didn’t hit 20% until late afternoon. And then, with Low Power Mode I didn’t need to plug in until after dinner.
- Live Photos are mostly useless. The only purpose they serve is to make browsing photos slightly more entertaining—and I honestly love all the work that went into making my experience slightly better. Using 3D Touch to “watch” a Live Photo is kind of creepy—is more of a fast slideshow than a video, and it tends to create an uncanny valley effect on photos of people.
- The speakers are way louder. Still crap, but at least you can hear it now.