Just hours before the official launch and delivery of two new iPhone 6 models, Apple made iOS 8 available to iPhone and iPad users. What’s the verdict? There seems to be a different tone in the reviews from early iPhone 6 users than, say, occurred with Samsung’s latest and greatest.
It’s a Judgment Call
I apologize in advance for not being an official card carrying member of the Club of Technorati Elite™, so I’ll save my official review of iPhone 6 Plus for when my chubby fingers actually touch the beast.
Also, I must assume you’ve browsed the web and read one or two or 27 reviews of the two iPhone 6 models, so you already know the well-heeled fanboys and fangirls love Apple’s newfangled devices.
There’s still time for something to go wrong and spoil Apple CEO Tim Cook’s latest gadget party (“You’re holding it wrong” comes to mind); something like “China won’t get iPhone 6 until 2015” (because Cook failed to send in the bribery check to the right Chinese government official on time).
None of that matters. iPhone 6, regardless of model, is a huge hit already. The reviews are gushing praises of both form and function, iOS 8 feels fresh and new (just like OS X Lion from back in the day), and other than global warming and global warring, all is right with the world Apple created (no conflicts in Disneyworld to speak of).
Alright, that’s the good news. What’s the bad news?
The protruding Garry Shandling-like lip of the iPhone’s new camera bothers me, from an aesthetic view. Likewise, I don’t understand all the pin-striping on the iPhone 6 case, either.
Those white lines must mean something or disguise something or Apple had some extra white paint or something, but it’s something that distracts from the non-lines of the iPhone’s lines. If there’s anything that iOS 8 and iPhone 6 tells us about Apple, it’s that the company doesn’t mind being late to the feature party. Nearly everything new on both hardware and software has been available on Android OS and Samsung flagship models for a couple of years.
And nobody but Samsung suffers and Android apologists seems to care. Why? Because Apple has this innate ability to look at a stack of obvious features and figure out a better way to mix them altogether in a more appealing product. Eric Geller has a nice list of review quotes as does colleague Kate MacKenzie. It’s not Eat Pray Love. It’s Read Drool Touch.