It was the first time I had ever purchased anything blindly, so to speak, only having seen scant pictures and articles online, which themselves were quite elusive. I think Apple did that on purpose. Curiosity breeds desire. The less you know, the more you want it. Genius! And I did genuinely want this. Only 'cos my Camera Roll kept denying me any new photos, as I had apparently run out of space! Serves me right for getting the entry level 16GB, thinking "Who needs all that memory?!" I DO! And, mind you, this was the 4S, so I thought it was high time for an upgrade. Not that my 4S was faulty in any way, except for the battery, which has served its purpose for a heavy user like me. And I'm admittedly an App Hoarder. In the attempt to create space just so I could install iOS8, I had to go through the whole bargaining process of deleting photos, apps. Oh the apps. Some of which I probably only ever used once upon a time. If ever! My excuse is always, "But, didn't I buy that?!"
But no, my 4S still wasn't giving me enough free space for iOS8. Seriously, who actually has 4GB of free space lying around?! About a week after the launch of the 6 & 6 Plus, my BFF offered me a 128GB for £699. Hmmmmm, not knowing what sort of prices we'd be seeing here, I didn't exactly jump at the offer. In hindsight, I wished I had. Well, I could have saved a good BND 100, at least. But I really wanted it in gold. He had it in silver. It got snapped up in no time.
I was surprised at how easily I managed to get my gold 6. Yes, just the 4.7" for me, thank you, 'cos I think the Plus would be a tad too big for me. Still not having seen or felt the device physically, and just basing everything on online reviews, I pre-booked it at one of the more reputable mobile phone stores. Reputable here meaning: I bought my 4S from them 2 years ago. Initially I had only planned on getting the 64GB, but seeing as another BND100 would get me the 128GB, I thought, I might as well go for it. The store had sold out its first shipment, so these things were selling fast. Despite the "bendgate" and all the other smartass jabs coming from the Android camp. You've got to hand it to Apple for taking a quietly dignified stance (and smirk) in all this publicity, be it positive or negative. Any publicity is good publicity.
Mentally preparing myself for some delay in shipment, I was pleasantly surprised to receive this beauty the very next day.
Slim and smooth, it kept slipping from my grip. I needed to get a case ASAP! As much as I hated to cover up it's sleek nakedness, just the thought of dropping it or (yes) bending it, gave me palpitations! It's safely covered now. Not my first choice for covers, though, but it gives me peace of mind, at least. It's too bad the ubiquitous mobile accessory stores haven't stocked up on novelty covers yet. They're probably gauging the actual phone sales. I'd say bring them in right away, 'cos those babies are flying off the shelves!
My review so far? I'm loving it! The size is just perfect for me, without feeling too awkward in my hands. I can still pretty much do everything single-handedly. That's what the "Reachability" feature is there for, where the screen pulls up only halfway so everything is still within your thumb's reach. I can't get over how much slimmer it is. Of course, the difference is a lot more obvious, upping from a 4S. The first thing I couldn't wait to try out was the camera. So it only packs 8 megapixels, still an improvement from its predecessors. But it was love at 1st shot. My main peeve with most phone cameras was that you could never get the true colours that you want captured.
Quite a non-descript sunset, but this was what I actually saw, and it was beautifully captured. The image is crisp and detailed.
As expected, the foreground appears dark, but that sky.....I need to start sunset-chasing again!
Based on the camera alone, I'm sold! I have yet to explore the other apps and features. In the meantime, I'm just savouring the feel and look of it. No bending required.