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Apple announcements – Is bigger really better?

Apple, a company known for simplicity and a fantastic user experience has made some huge announcements this past week, and yes you guessed right, we have lots to say about the new announcements. So, is bigger really better? Well let’s dig in and find out. Now it’s important to remember that this isn’t a full review, rather just a first impression, read along and let’s try to digest this news together.

 The iPhone 6 Plus

This phone is a first for Apple, they have never before made a Phablet ( phone and tablet mixed) but let’s see if they nailed it.

The 6+ is definitely packing some killer specs, with a Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone CPU and a PowerVR GX6650 GPU, this phone is sure to perform fantastic when it comes to speed. The new Apple A8 chip coming in the box is sure to provide the user with a new, fresh and fast experience and let’s not forget about IOS 8 which brings many new features that the user will for sure enjoy.

All the usual Apple features are here, such as Passbook, Imessage, Facetime and of course iTunes, which has the most music, movies, apps and just about anything else you might need, then any other platform. The camera is going to be an 8MP shooter with optical image stabilization (OIS), which is a huge deal and something Apple hasn’t done before, it also records 1080p videos.

But the big deal is the 5.5” screen on this baby. Apple has never gone this big on a phone and they sure haven’t failed. The IPS LCD display appears to be fantastic (again we haven’t gotten a chance to test it yet). With vibrant colors and Apple’s fantastic experience on a bigger screen, which many people will definitely love.

The iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is also a fantastic looking device and like it’s big brother, has amazing build quality and Apple’s great user experience.

The A8 chip and IOS 8 come pre loaded like the 6+, so we won’t get into great detail about it. But rest assured whichever device you choose to get, you won’t be disappointed by the user experience. The Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone CPU and a PowerVR GX6650 GPU are also on the 6, so again, it will perform like a beast.

The camera is again an 8MP shooter but has phase detection autofocus instead of OIS. It looks like the shooter has some great features and will take some amazing shots. 1080p video capture is also included.

The screen is bigger than the 5S but not as big as the 6 Plus. At 4.7” I truly believe the iPhone 6 hits the sweet spot for many people, not too big and not too small. Apple definitely needed to up its sreensize if they wanted to remain a legitimate competitor in a world of gigantic Android devices. I believe they did just that, I think that Apple’s unmatched user experience along with a bigger screen, will make a “superphone”.

So what do you think of the new iPhone’s? Which one will you be getting? As always leave a comment and let us know. While you’re there be sure to subscribe to the Geekanoids channel and be sure to check the website regularly for new articles on all things tech. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our full review coming very soon.

Author: Ben Smith - Twitter 

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