Did you just got your ‘bigger than bigger’ iPhone 6 Plus and feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse? Or maybe the smaller iPhone 6 is not small enough. Regret is not something that often goes hand in hand with buying a new iPhone. A Samsung phone, maybe. In all seriousness, these days are filled with joy and at worst, minor complaints about battery life. This year is different. Since the first iPhone release, changes to our beloved iPhones were often improvements that didn’t drastically change how we hold or use our phones. Software has certainly impacted usability, but the hardware always allowed for one-handed use. The jump to a 4-inch display, still allowed for our thumbs to narrowly reach each quadrant. As Android phones grew, big phones were often a punch line to Apple enthusiasts. Trends and demands for bigger phones has seen Apple shift their thinking. Honestly, if you told me last year that Apple would have a 5.5-inch iPhone for sale, I probably would have done something crazy, like offer to eat my NY Yankees hat. Thankfully, my hat is safe, but the era of big phones is upon us. Given the hype and hysteria that comes with each new iPhone, often customers are forced to choose between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus without having an opportunity to hold one before plunking down their credit cards. People have been printing out iPhone 6 cutouts to see if their model of choice fits in the back pocket of their skinny jeans. We’ve all gone crazy, crazy for big phones. So what if the iPhone 6 you bought is too big? Do you suck it up and get in line with the trends? What are your options?
Downsize from iPhone 6 Plus to iPhone 6
Hey, you gave it a good effort, but maybe this new larger than large iPhone isn’t for you. Now that the iPhone 6 is out, go to your local Apple Store and test drive the 4.7-inch model. I guarantee that holding the new iPhones is a much better experience than those paper cutouts. Does it address the complaints you had with the 5.5-inch model? Everyone has a sweet spot, a phone that just feels right. Don’t settle for Plus when it’s the smaller model that’s a better fit. Due to extreme demand, you may have a tough time getting the iPhone 6. If that’s the right phone for you, it’ll be worth the wait.
Yes, you can return your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus
Perish the thought, but no one is going to pass judgment on you if you do the unthinkable and return your iPhone 6. If you purchased it from Apple, they have a 14-day return policy. You can either request an RMA by visiting the order status page or by visiting a local Apple Store. Your local Apple Store representative will check for scratches or water damage. The old adage, you break it, you buy it, applies here. If you’re even considering the idea of a return, make sure to keep your device in tip-top shape.
To return online, login to the Apple Store using your Apple ID and password. You’ll need to select your order and follow the steps to print out a pre-paid label. Apple recommends using the original box for your return, so don’t throw it out.
Sell To A Friend, eBay or Private Party
Did you have a friend or family member who missed out. Maybe they missed the pre-sale window or didn’t have the stomach for an all-night camp out. Facebook is a great way to connect with friends and family. This ensures a quick, painless sale from someone you trust. Remember, if you were able to get a new iPhone 6 at a subsidized price, you are technically paying for that phone with your 2-year contract commitment. For example, an iPhone 6 doesn’t cost $199. That’s the subsidized price. The actual cost is $649. Also, most carriers charge an activation fee upwards of $40. Make sure your math is right if you’re reselling or putting up your phone on auction. With the extreme low-inventory of the iPhone 6 Plus, you may even sell at a good profit. Current eBay prices has the iPhone 6 Plus trending at $1385. In theory, you could resell your Plus and cover most, if not all of the cost of a new phone.
Embrace Your New Hybrid iPad nano
The iPhone 6 Plus is an iPad nano, but with phone capabilities. These phones represent an entirely new way, for iPhone users, to work and play. Remember your first HDTV? It looked huge and you couldn’t imagine anything bigger. These days, I’d say that a 50-inch TV is commonplace, if not skewing on the smaller size. TVs might not be a great comparison, since you don’t have to hold your HDTV.
The iPhone 6 Plus will require an adjustment period. Your brain has been trained to expect one-handed usability. Shifting how you use your phone is going to take time. During that breaking in period, Apple has built-in ‘reachability’. By double-tapping on the home button, it will shrink down the screen. Your thumb will once again, be in command!
There’s a lot more to love with iPhone 6 Plus. For one, it benefits from an iPad like experience, on a phone. Applications like Mail will display two columns, one for your inbox and the other for messages. It’s going to be an exciting time to see what new stuff developers come up with for Plus users. Movies and games will benefit, providing for a more immersive experience.
If you are a frequent picture taker, the iPhone 6 Plus stands atop the heap, with its optical image stabilization. While both appear to deliver great quality photos, the Plus is better equipped. How many pictures or videos do you take with your iPhone?
There’s nothing more personal than your phone. Our phones continue to become incredibly powerful computers, with limitless capabilities. If your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is too big, now is the time to evaluate if it’s the right fit for you. Don’t listen to reviews, people on Twitter or Facebook. Get the iPhone 6 that ultimately fits with the way you use your phone.