If you had to think of the productivity tools you use most often in this digital age, what comes to mind first? If you’re looking at it on a macro level, it’s probably your smartphone, and nothing else likely comes close.
Consider all the things your phone does for you now: You get instant access to email, websites, texts. You get directions to anywhere you want to go, whether by car, bicycle, foot or public transportation. You can scan UPCs to learn about products in stores. You can enjoy music, podcasts, audiobooks and more while you go about your business.
And that’s just the very tip of the iceberg. Face it: Smartphones have completely changed the way we live. And while Android phones have carved out a huge share of the smartphone market, iPhones remain incredibly popular.
Apple wants to ensure that remains the case. It recently revealed the iPhone 6 Plus, a phone so big one might wonder whether it’s still technically a phone. (Frankly, “phone” is rarely the first thing that comes to mind when we use any of these devices anymore.)
With its massive 5.5-inch display, Apple’s new creation is being referred by some as a “phablet”—yes, that’s a portmanteau of phone and tablet, and it’s a term we’d prefer never to use again. But is bigger necessarily better?
That really depends on your needs. (And possibly the size of your hands.) At more than 6 inches high and 3 inches wide, this sucker really is rather unwieldy when you’re used to the already fairly sizeable modern phones from Apple or Android. Will it fit easily in a pocket? Sure, if you’re referring to a briefcase or backpack pocket. You pants or shirt pocket? Not so much.
With that said, if you’d like to do more tablet-like functions without always carrying around a tablet, the Plus might fit the bill. The increased display space really does make a huge difference when making edits to text documents and other projects.
You’re unlikely to choose working on the Plus over a tablet or laptop when you need to dig in and make major changes to text or visual content, but for some quick notes and tweaks? It’s a dream.
The Plus also goes a long way toward minimizing eyestrain, which is an important consideration when you use your smartphone as much as we do. (And yes, that’s a lot.) The display lets you view more text and do so at a greater font, and every little bit helps in that department.
We should note that we’re not advertising for the iPhone 6 Plus or any other product in this newsletter: We’re not getting paid anything by anyone.
We just want to be sure to bring productivity tools to your attention when they come up. Depending on how much you use your smartphone and what you use it for, the Plus just might be right for you.