My Impressions of the iPhone 6 After Owning an HTC One M8 for 4 Months

Posted by Matt Birchler
β€” 3 min read

So yesterday I I traded in my Android phone for an iPhone 6. I flirted with Android for as long as I could, but I couldn't stick with it. And yes, even with Google's Lollipop announcements today, I still have no desire to go back. I don't have any ill will towards Android or Google or the community there, but it's not where I belong. I'm an iOS guy through and through and it feels good to be home.

Here are some of the things that have immediately stood out to me in the first 24 hours.


I had an iPhone 5S before, so I'm very familiar with Touch-ID. What I'm not as familiar with is Touch-ID working every time I use it. I've probably unlocked my phone 100 times and I have yet to have it fail on me. At one point I tried another finger just to make sure it wasn't defective.

They didn't make much hay of this in the announcement, but it seems like a whole different beast. With Apple Pay rumored to launch this weekend, I feel much more confident about my phone reading my fingerprint when I'm in a hurry.

The screen doesn't feel that big

I rage-quit a podcast today when someone said they returned their iPhone 6 and went back to the 5S because they 6 was just so ridiculously large that they no longer enjoyed using their phone. Have I ranted about Apple-only people who are losing their shit over a phone that is still one of the smaller phones on the market? Want to, but I'm holding back.

My wife also got an iPhone 6 and she was very concerned about getting a bigger screen. She's a beautiful 5 foot 2, has pretty small hands, and was concerned that she would have trouble doing anything on the phone with one hand. She told me tonight that she "doesn't see what they big deal is" about the new sizes.

I agree. The screen definitely feels bigger than the 5S, and that's a good thing. What surprised me a bit was that I honestly don't notice the difference between it and the 5" screen I was used to on the One.

The 4.7 inch screen is gorgeous, and despite having a pixel density over 100 pixels smaller than my HTC One, I think it's just as beautiful. Sure, if I get my eye an inch away from the screen, I can detect a little fuzziness that I wouldn't see on the One, but in normal use, it's all the same.

The apps

This the the big one, and it's the main reason I came back. The app selection on iOS is so magnificently better than it is on Android. Also, I know people complain about curtain on the App Store, but it's way better than what Google is doing on the Play Store. It was so easy for me to get caught up on all the apps I had missed in my time away from iOS and see the new apps out this week.

On a side note, I do find it a little surprising how many apps are yet to be updated for the new screen sizes. Key apps like OmniFocus, Pocket Casts, and Reeder are left out of the 4.7" party. Blown up apps look blurry on the new screen, that's for sure. I can't wait for these to get updated.

Transmit - Panic's FTP client has come to iOS and is a delight. Gabe Weatherhead's piece on the app is what pushed me over the edge to drop $10 on it and I'm glad I did. Being someone who runs a website on a flat file system, I need to be able to dive into the nitty gritty stuff easily. Transmit does that and makes it beautiful as well.

BeerTab - This is a silly little app that is brand new, but I think it symbolizes the difference between the two worlds. While the coolest apps I found in the time in the desert with Android were utility apps that made my phone do cool things on my phone. Meanwhile, iOS is teeming with cool apps like this that make my actual life better (or at least a little more fun). I'd been using a hacked together Evernote solution to track my beer tastes, but this app does it so much better.

Health - So this is Apple's own app and it doesn't work all the time right now, but it has so much potential. I just love that there is one centralized place where I can put all of my "quantified self" data.

That's all for now. There are some things that I actually miss about Android, but I'll get to that next time.