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Why I Bought the iPhone 6 Plus

Recently, I’ve been answering specific reader questions on the blog. If you have questions or topics you need help with, please email me or leave a comment at the bottom of this post. I don’t know if I can respond to all of your questions, but I’ll do my best.



You mentioned in a recent photo essay that you purchased an iPhone 6 Plus. Why did you buy the new iPhone, and how do you like the camera? Do you think I should upgrade from the 5s to the 6 Plus?

— Nancy

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Hi Nancy,

My obsession with mobile photography began in 2010 when I purchased an iPod Touch. Since then, I’ve delved deeper into mobile photography, and I’ve taken photographs with an iPhone 4s and 5s, and then I recently upgraded to the iPhone 6 Plus.

Logan—my husband and best friend—encouraged me to buy the iPhone 6 Plus. I wasn’t going to purchase the phone because I enjoyed using the iPhone 5s, and I didn’t believe an upgrade was necessary. However, Logan thought the new iPhone would be a great fit for my business and my ever-growing interest in iPhone photography.

I was nervous about buying such a large phone, so Logan took my brother-in-law’s advice and made life-sized, cardboard models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for me. The models gave me a better sense of how the phone would feel in my hands. After playing with the cardboard models, I realized the iPhone 6 Plus would met my needs. I had a feeling I would appreciate the gigantic display size, too.

I’ve been using the iPhone 6 Plus since the beginning of October, and I’m happy Logan encouraged me to buy it! The device is lightweight, the camera focuses quickly, and the battery is long lasting. As I suspected, the size is perfect for my needs because the larger display size allows me to:

  • compose and edit photos with ease
  • read with ease
  • write with ease
  • and text with ease

In summary, the iPhone 6 Plus is more than a phone (at least for me). For example, over the past two years, I’ve used the iPhone to take 95% of my photos. I also use the device for reading, writing, as well as for talking and texting. In essence, it’s a miniature computer that I use for multiple purposes.

Parting words…

Whether you are buying a new phone, or a computer, it’s essential to be mindful and thoughtful. Upgrading to a new iPhone may, or may not, be the best option for your circumstances. Do your research before you purchase a new phone. Before I bought the iPhone 6 Plus, I made pro/con lists, thought about my needs, read multiple reviews, and also talked to Logan about the purchase.

Be well,

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  • vicki boyles October 30, 2014, 6:05 am


    Thanks for the review…I have a 6 (not plus) on order now and CANNOT wait to get it! I live in Spain and they are such a hot commodity that I have to be on a waiting list with my phone provider. Sigh…nothing like trying the patience of an iPhone camera addict! 🙂
    Happy shooting, looking forward to seeing more of your amazing pictures!!


  • Meghan Arnold October 30, 2014, 7:12 am

    I am upgrading from the 4S to the 5S this winter. I will always be a generation behind until I have the means to make the jump to a current generation. I absolutely cannot wait. Tell us how the 6 Plus works out for you!

  • Lisa Victoria October 30, 2014, 7:53 am

    Thanks for the insight. I love a girl that uses pros/cons lists ~ my Daddy taught me that and it’s stuck with me 😉 I’ve been trying to decide if I want to go for it and I think you have really helped with my decision. I want to simplify to 1 device. Have a lovely day ~ cheers!

  • Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom October 30, 2014, 9:55 am

    I would think the bigger size would be awkward for phone calls, but I don’t think anyone does that any more anyway, hehe.

    • Tammy Strobel October 30, 2014, 10:39 am

      I actually talk on the phone a lot, especially with my mom. I use my earbuds/headphones for phone conversations, though. 🙂

  • Marla October 30, 2014, 9:57 am

    I always leave your website with a smile, and a sense of inspiration! Thx, Marla

  • Carrie Jesse October 30, 2014, 10:23 am

    Hey Tammy,

    I’m curious what kind of writing your using the 6 Plus for. And any apps you use to write on it?

    I have an iPad Mini that I’ve been trying to use more for my writing, but am wondering if I’ll wind up with too many tools if I go with a 6 Plus.

    • Tammy Strobel October 30, 2014, 10:41 am

      Hey Carrie,

      I use Evernote for outlining posts and for writing drafts on the iPhone. Evernote is awesome because it syncs across devices. That makes my life so much easier! Hope that helps.


      • Carrie Jesse October 30, 2014, 10:54 am

        Thanks, Tammy! I was also wondering how you like it while you’re out hiking, etc. Do you have the 6 Plus in a case? Thanks for the help and input!

        • Tammy Strobel October 30, 2014, 12:02 pm

          I do have a case for my phone because I’m clumsy. I believe it’s a case from Apple. I don’t know what type, thought. Logan bought it for me. 🙂

          The phone has been great so far. I use it as as camera when I’m out on hikes. When it isn’t in use, I store the phone in my backpack. I’ve never been a pocket person. I prefer storing my stuff in a purse or backpack. 🙂

  • Barry Morris October 30, 2014, 11:02 am

    I left the iPhone clan for only one reason… my 4S was increasingly hard to read. I migrated to a huge Android Galaxy Note 3 and patiently waited on Apple to consider the needs of us ‘mature’ types. My iPhone 6 Plus is ordered and wait begins. 🙂

  • Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 October 30, 2014, 11:27 am

    Hi Tammy! I switched to iPhone from Android in 2012, purchasing an iPhone 4 a little while before the 4S was released. In November 2014, after slogging through weeks of phone problems after the iOS7 update, I upgraded to the 5S, but because I was increasingly using my phone for mobile communications (including blog reading, email, and social media), I also purchased an iPad Mini Retina, which I use when I’m doing more intense reading, because the larger screen size is preferable (I still prefer a “real” computer – eg, a laptop or desktop – at work and when I’m writing a lot at home, like for my own blog). I would have purchased a “phablet” if Apple had made one, and considered the Galaxy Note but didn’t like the size and remain wary of Android products too-rapid planned obsolescence (my first Android was rendered obsolete 18 months into my ownership – it didn’t even last the 2 years between upgrade specials that my carrier offers). I have decided this pattern of “skip two updates and get the third” makes sense. Though I’d prefer having one device to two, I am okay with my current set-up, and suspect I will start to have update issues and the like once the iPhone 7 rolls out two years from now. I’ll upgrade, and hopefully to a phablet, if those are still “in”, then.

  • Neens October 30, 2014, 4:49 pm

    What a well-timed blog post! I must admit most of the recent iPhone 6 buzz have passed me by completely, and I had never even heard of an iPhone 6 Plus (or indeed of ‘phablets’ – what a phabulous word!). I have been seriously considering upgrading my trusty iPhone 4s to a 5s, though – my friend has a 5s and I am always deeply envious of the quality on the Snapchats she sends me. I have been using my iPhone as my only camera for the past 3 years or so, but I have just created a new blog with a photography section, and suddenly it is becoming painfully obvious that the resolution on the old 4s isn’t *quite* up to scratch. I don’t think the fact that I managed to drop it on the street three times in one week helped, either – the poor thing is smashed to bits on the back, but still works fine. I have been having trouble with running out of memory on it though, and I had to delete several apps just to install the latest OS upgrade. I’m so glad I read your post this evening (well – it’s technically midnight)! I will definitely look into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and if I know myself at all, I think there is a bit of an investment in my future. Luckily, I am self-employed, so I can deduct the phone on my taxes! 😉

    • Neens Bea November 7, 2014, 9:12 am

      I read up about the iPhone 6 Plus, and decided to invest in one. The guy who helped me at The Apple Store has a degree in photography, and said that apart from his art photography (which he shoots on film), he also only uses an iPhone to take pictures. I’ve only had my iPhone 6 Plus for a day, but the difference in picture quality is outstanding, and the camera has a wider angle, so I have been out reshooting some old favourite motifs today. Thanks again for posting this!

  • Paul Glowiak November 6, 2014, 7:00 pm

    I am having a similar debate, Tammy. I have a 4S and did not upgrade yet. I have had both iPhones and Android, and am considering staying with Apple. I may go the same route you did with an iPhone and iPad. I know people who have both, and I agree with you. I want something that is going to be working at the end of my contract (which my current phone does.

  • DarrenKeith Wyatt November 8, 2014, 5:04 am

    Great post Tammy. Thank you for posting your thoughts on the iPhone 6plus. I’m greedy. I want to keep my Galaxy S3 and I want the iPhone 6. I dig my S3 because of the size (4.8″) For me it’s the perfect sizefor my hands. I can take self-portraits with one hand. (I have never taking self-portraits with the front facing camera…what’s the point? The MP aren’t there).

    I must admit, my wife has the iPhone 4 and I still love the camera on her phone. One major hang up I have about the iPhone is that there is no self-timer. The small things are a deal breaker for me when it comes to gadgets. The iPhone will never have a removable battery and you can’t add an MICRO-SD card. 🙁

    Overall Apple makes a great phone and the camera? WOW. I have to give Apple their props when it comes to the phone. It’s beautiful and powerful. You made a great choice.

    Love your work. Keep the awesome photos coming. We appreciate your posts and images. 🙂

    Be Blessed (You and Your Family)

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