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iPhone 6 is not yet as big as you thought!

So the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are bigger than the older iPhone devices for sure. But the apps are not yet ready for them!

Take a look at the picture below

Apps are not big for the iPhone 6

Apps are not big for the iPhone 6

You can see above there is no difference between iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 Plus, they are both showing the exact same area of the map, the Google Maps app is not taking advantage of the bigger pixel real estate and therefore it’s just zooming in and showing you bigger objects but not more area.

Take a look at Channel two video here below

Video apps not taking advantage of the bigger iPhone 6

Video dimensions not taking advantage of the bigger iPhone 6

The above screenshot is an entire iPhone 6 Plus screenshot. You can see that the video window is not taking advantage of the entire iPhone screen, instead it’s cropped into the smaller original window that used to fit the older iPhone screens.

The apps are still designed for the 1136-by-640-pixel dimensions of iPhone 5 and not for the new 1920-by-1080-pixel of the iPhone 6 plus or the 1334-by-750-pixel of the iPhone 6.

So the iPhone 6 is not yet big. Apps and developers have not yet updated their apps to take advantage of the bigger screen.

iPhone 5 versus Galaxy Note 3

I recently got my iPhone 5S submerged completely in water and so I thought let me change to an Android device and I picked the Galaxy Note 3 and when I did, I lost the following:

Group Messages

Yeah, am not kidding. Apparently Group messaging is a huge problem with Android or at least that is what I faced with when I got the Galaxy Note 3. Most of my friends and family use iPhone and group messaging is actually a common get together venue for us. When I got the Galaxy Note 3, I did not receive them! or I was receiving them sporadically at best. It goes like I receive message one and message three but I miss message 2! In fact, there are third party apps that are designed just to fix this problem and of course most of them have some problems and do not fix the problem entirely.

iMessage

So iOS has this cool feature where text messages can stream over WiFi and 4G instead of over the carrier’s SMS. So for example my iPhone friend in UK receives my blue texts over the Internet for free without International messaging charges. This feature is not available on Android. Not only that. Apple (and I don’t know if they have done that intentionally) set the iPhone to send text via iMessage by default and if it fails to send it via iMessage it will not send it over regular text unless you go and change the option yourself. So if you have an Android and your iPhone friends send you texts over their iMessage then you won’t receive the messages! This is true if your friend had you as an iPhone user in the beginning and then you switch to Android. The problem won’t appear if you are an Android user from the start.

FaceTime

OK. I am not a super FaceTime user but this really comes in handy when you want to connect to family and friend who are likely to be having and iOS device. Yes, I know that you can replace that with Skype and other services but FaceTime is just as good and it’s native and finally carriers have allowed to run under mobile data plans and no need for WiFi.

Amazon Instant Play

I just can’t believe it that Android does not have Amazon Instant Play app. Come on .. How is that possible.

Google Maps

This is the weirdest thing. Google, wake up! Your Android OS runs a clumsy Google Maps lady voice that is so ugly. Just can’t understand why?