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Why I Ditched My Apple Inc. iPhone 6 Plus

By Ashraf Eassa – May 23, 2015 at 11:40AM

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There's more to quality than just big numbers.

Source: Apple. 

Back in September, I was quick on the draw and managed to get my pre-order for an Apple (AAPL 0.83%) iPhone 6 Plus in early enough so that my device would be delivered on launch day. At the time I placed my pre-order, I wasn't sure if I wanted to get the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus.

You see, I was a huge fan of my trusty-and-small iPhone 5s. At the same time, though, I wanted to have the more fully featured device. The iPhone 6 Plus had the display with the higher resolution/greater pixels per inch, it came with optical image stabilization, and a larger battery.

So, thinking I was getting the "better" device, I went with the iPhone 6 Plus. 

It's about more than just the numbers
At first, I thought the iPhone 6 Plus was unwieldy, but after a few weeks, I became quite accustomed to its gargantuan size. Furthermore, in that time, I also felt convinced that I'd made the right iPhone choice.

I was the only member of my immediate family to go with the enormous iPhone 6 Plus. Most of them went with the iPhone 6, and the one who didn't upgrade to an iPhone 6 chose to go with an iPhone 5s because the iPhone 6 was simply "too big." 

In the months following my iPhone 6 Plus purchase, I would occasionally use a family member's iPhone 6. I didn't want to admit it, but I was actually extremely fond of how the iPhone 6 felt in the hand. That wasn't enough to feel regret over my iPhone 6 Plus purchase, though.

As time went on, I noticed more and more that the iPhone 6 seemed to have better colors than my iPhone 6 Plus. The blacks were inkier, and the whites looked far more accurate. This wasn't just a case of one cherry-picked iPhone 6 looking better than my iPhone 6 Plus; it was the case with every iPhone 6 I tried out. 

Bigger isn't always better
I sold my iPhone 6 Plus and picked up an iPhone 6. Although if I look really closely, I'll notice that the display isn't quite as sharp as the one on my old iPhone 6 Plus, the colors are much better.

This is subjective, but the user interface on my iPhone 6 seems to feel a lot snappier than the one on my iPhone 6 Plus. Perhaps that's because driving a 1334-by-750 pixel display is a lot easier on a mobile graphics processor than trying to render at 2208-by-1242 (and downscaling to 1920-by-1080). 

Although I miss some aspects of my iPhone 6 Plus, I'm far happier with the iPhone 6's display, which is a very important part of the smartphone experience for me. The ability to use the device pretty easily with one hand is certainly a bonus, too.

What does this have to do with Apple?
You'll notice many smartphone vendors are trying to push quad-HD smartphone displays, and there is talk of a move to 4K displays at some point in the not-too-distant future. Although these are "easy" marketing points, I believe Apple would be smart to avoid getting into that silly race.

Going forward, I'd be totally cool with having next-generation iPhones stick to more modest resolutions than what their Android competition brings to the table. What I would like to see is a continued focus on improving contrast ratios, color accuracy, brightness, and everything else that contributes to the quality of a display.

Ashraf Eassa has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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