I bought my first cellphone in 1984, the year the "Motorola brick" was released (see photo above). I might still be using it, but there was no roaming in Asia back then. So I used a different, smaller phone in Asia and updated it every time my secretary told me the phone was too old. (She explained very slowly that my image was affected by my phone choice.) Over the years I have found several devices noteworthy:
- Palm Pilot
- Blackberry with voice
- Samsung Note
The first two devices I bought before they were available. I really liked the Note at the CES show in 2011, but the OS and apps were clunky so I did not buy it. I bought an iPhone 4 instead (and retired a version of the Blackberry phone that I had carried since 2002).
In October this year I replaced the aging iPhone 4 with an iPhone 6+. I knew the size would not be a problem because I had spent time with the Note. The phone's best feature is the battery life. I get two days of usage before I need to re-charge. I also like the larger icons on the home page(s), which makes it easier to hit the one you want.
There is one other benefit to the 6+ phone. Since I bought the phone I have not used my iPad once. Not once. Reading on the 6+ is very nice and that was my primary use of the iPad (I don't watch movies on computers.) Using the 6+ means I can carry one less device and charger around. If I could attach a keyboard to my 6+, I would not need a laptop (except maybe when doing spreadsheets).
In summary, the 6+ is a great improvement in the iPhone product line.
- For sales presentations I would still use an iPad. Previous thoughts on iPads in sales presentations.
- I store no data on Apple's iCloud. After Google cancelled Reader, I prefer to use apps from single product companies such as Evernote and Dropbox.