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The Big Friendly iPhone

Giants. They take some getting used to. Yet most are friendly - take Roald Dahl’s BFG or Julian Donaldson’s Smartest Giant in Town. And then there is Tim Burton’s Karl from Big Fish. In this film, young Edward Bloom asks: “Has it ever occurred to you that maybe you’re not too big? That maybe this place is just too small?”

Similar to large fictional characters, the iPhone 6 Plus is misunderstood. I have had the 64 gigabyte gold version for three months now, and I love it. Granted, holding it and pressing things took some adjustment, especially coming from an iPhone 5s. Yet other phones seem so tiny all of a sudden. Apple does a great job in making us realise what we were always missing - Touch ID is perhaps the best example. A bigger, sharper screen makes all the difference when reading and producing things such as editing presentations in Keynote. I use my iPad Air 2 far less now, even if it is, ultimately, a better “kick back and relax device” than a phone. The iPad Mini is now surplus to requirements, other than for watching Frozen with my daughter.

In addition to the large screen, the camera is fantastic. Along with IOS 8 and its impressive processing software, I have taken real pleasure in editing, cropping and stylising my photos as I hitherto never considered possible on a phone. There are still a few creases to iron out - landscape mode is not great for typing, for example, but this is nothing a software update couldn’t fix.

The Plus is a phone I want to hold more than any previous device I have owned, in large part because it is made so well and feels so light. It also solves another problem - this time one that everyone is all too well aware of: poor battery. I listen to a lot of podcasts, browse plenty of news sites and often watch a programme from BBC iPlayer on my way to work. Yet the battery never dies. I never have to plug it in, apart from at night.

The iPhone 6 Plus makes my life easier and it’s fun to use. When Apple Pay comes to the UK, it will be even better.

When Malcolm X came to Brum

What a speech