3 Months & The iPhone 6
When I purchased my slate grey/black 64GB iPhone 6 with a black leather iPhone 6 case from Apple on the morning of September 19, 2014 it took some getting used to as its size and feel was substantially different from that of the iPhone 5/5S I've been using over the last two years. After a few days I noticed an increase in my overall productivity and change in specific app usage and behavior.
For quite some time I've used Evernote because of its comprehensive ease of use and once I started using the iPhone 6 I ended up shifting to Vesper for note taking and outlining it could be they were the first to have their app meet the visual requirements of the larger screen size as the look and feel of Evernote felt bloated and wasn't updated for a few weeks. My overall productivity app usage has grown substantially and I have come to rely on the simplicity and clarity of the apps built, the best apps I've been using since the release of the iPhone 6;
- Calendar (stock)
- iTunes Radio (stock)
- Monument Valley (beautiful visuals and everyone needs to enjoy gameplay once in a while)
As stated Vesper has been my note taking and preferred outlining app, Clear allows me to manage my to do lists without issue and being available as an extension is very useful, Squarespace helps me keep track of metrics as well as update and write up posts on my phone. The stock Calendar app has been useful for me for quite some time and I haven't ventured to use any alternatives as I haven't had any issues, iTunes Radio is also something I've come to be perfectly fine with, I'm aware of the ability to listen to new music on Spotify but that ability is available in iTunes Music as well. Tweetbot has been my go-to Twitter application and continues to be, great UI, and uses a lot of the new screen real estate. After using the built in podcast app I'm glad to have shifted to Overcast for podcasts and find the build and quality very useful. Longreads is something I've been using quite often lately and with there being an extension showing recent articles it's handy when on long trips or breaks. Lastly Monument Valley is simply gorgeous to look at and fun to play, mainly because it's not something hastily built, the quality that was put into the app is something to see and the puzzles are hell to figure out but gratifying when you finally do.
Of course I use other apps as well but the above list are the apps I frequently use throughout the day, everyday and one great addition to the iPhone 6 and iOS8 is Apple Pay. I rarely shop and when I do it's not extremely time consuming to take out my wallet swipe my card show the cashier my ID (when they ask for it) and leave, but more than likely already having my iPhone out being able to simply hover it over the card reader and use Touch ID makes everything effortless and essentially makes sense.
With the release and regular use of the larger screen I've come to fully utilize the new iPhone 6 in a way that I didn't with the iPhones before, and my curiosity is growing with the consideration of grabbing an iPhone 6 Plus for testing and wire framing app designs, it also looks to be the perfect eBook reader as well, but that debate is ongoing.
All in all after three months of use the iPhone 6 has become an exceptional digital tool, in about a month or so I should provide my thoughts on three months of using the iPad Air 2, and thoughts of looking forward to the possibilities of the Watch.