The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is a significantly larger take on the traditional iPhone experience. But it looks and feels great: it's thinner than the iPhone 5S that preceded it, and sports revamped hardware.
Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner makes a return. It allows you to unlock your phone using your finger, and can also replace a traditional password for things like authorizing purchases on the app store.
Despite the relatively large display size, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the thinnest iPhones yet -- the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick, while the iPhone 5S is 7.6mm thick.
The front-facing camera now offers an f/2.2 aperture, which will make for better selfies in low light. The rear camera on the iPhone 6 Plus also gets optical image stabilization to keep your images steady, which should make for clearer night shots and less shaky videos. The iPhone 6 is stuck with digital image stabilization.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also have built-in NFC connectivity -- a first for iPhones. The new hardware is currently locked to Apple Pay, and it would seem that it's currently unavailable for other uses. Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payment system, designed to replace your wallet by letting you make secure purchases just by tapping your phone against a store's NFC reader. The service will debut in October.
So, the iPhone 6 Plus is pretty big. That leaves lots of screen space for browsing the Web or reading text, which will be a boon for voracious readers who want a large, comfortable viewing space but don't necessarily want to tote a tablet about.
Both iPhone 6 models are running on Apple's new A8 processor, and the iPhone 6 Plus proved to be very snappy and responsive. It consistently performed 10 to 20 percent faster on benchmarks than the already zippy iPhone 5S.
There's no wireless charging here, so you'll need to grab a Lightning cable to top your phone off. The iPhone 6 Plus did keep kicking for 13 hours and 16 minutes in our battery rundown test, so you shouldn't need to worry about hunting for an outlet.