Apple's iPhone 6 First Impressions

Apple's iPhone 6 First Impressions

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Wall Street Journal:-The iPhone is no longer really a phone.Smartphones have been heading that way for a while. But with the iPhone 6, Apple Inc. AAPL -0.14% has made phone calls a third or even fourth-level concern, after sending messages, taking pictures—even paying for a cup of coffee.My initial impression is that the iPhone 6 catches up on most of the things we've come to expect from competitors, while expanding what we've come to expect from a "phone." I'm particularly intrigued to try Apple Pay, a technology that allows you to replace a wallet full of credit cards with your iPhone.This transformation is a good thing for most of us, though turning the iPhone into a multi-faceted minicomputer required some compromises.The biggest change is the size of the iPhone 6—it measures 4.7 inches diagonally and its big brother, the iPhone 6 Plus, measures 5.5 inches diagonally. You can still buy the iPhone 5S if you prefer the classic size.All that extra screen space allows you to do a lot more with the iPhone 6. My morning train commute probably will be more productive—I can read more emails, view bigger pictures and type more easily. The screen is brighter and offers higher-resolution than existing iPhones.People who do a lot of work on the go will likely be drawn to the larger iPhone 6 Plus; it feels like a big leap forward.But it also means average thumbs will get a workout. The 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and 5S was designed so that you could operate it with just one hand, with your thumb able to reach almost across the entire screen.With an iPhone 6 that I played with after Apple's keynote on Tuesday, my thumb could reach across just over half of the screen; and with the iPhone 6 Plus, I could reach just about a third of the screen. The larger model is only a bit smaller than an iPad Mini, and can be hard to grip tightly. It fits in my pants pockets, but some people who favor tigh

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