Since last week’s announcement of the new iPad Pro and the 4in-screen iPhone SE I have been entertaining treasonous thoughts. Should I sideline the iPhone 6 Plus (which is sometimes a tight fit in my pocket) and move over to a smaller phone and then combine it with an iPad?
I determined to buy the iPad Pro junior, the one with the 9.7in screen, and use it as a portable while out and about during the day. I even bought an Apple Pencil in anticipation. I would need something with a bigger screen if I let the 6 Plus go.
Despite this resolve, I chickened out at checkout. Perhaps, I thought, I should rethink my requirements. Do I really need an iPad? I have a MacBook which is almost as small and almost as light (especially when he iPad’s keyboard case is taken into account). And the MacBook does everything I need, including page composition for Macfilos and photo processing.
And would I be happy with a smaller phone after the undoubted allure of the phablet 6 Plus? Almost certainly not, but I am not alone in these thoughts. I just cannot wean myself of the 6 Plus, big as it is. For ultra-portable reading, browsing, for doing almost everything, the iPhone 6 Plus wins. The larger size and the tighter pocket fit is something I’m prepared to trade for convenience.
Lauren Goode recounts on The Verge how she had similar temptations and she tells us here why she decided she couldn’t go back to the iPhone SE, despite its many attractions: