Are the the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus the best smartphones on the market? A record 10-million sold says "yes."
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Change is a funny thing.

As someone who has owned every model of the iPhone since it came out seven years ago, the recent introductions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pure joy. Is it the best smartphone on the market? A record 10-million sold says "yes."

However, why in the world did a designer decide to move the power button from the top of the phone to the right side? That's just wrong, not to mention still confusing a few weeks later.

Despite the manufactured controversy over "BendGate" (c'mon … any gadget will bend if you put your mind to it) and the truly serious misstep with iOS 8.0.1 (fixed in a day with iOS 8.0.2), either model of the iPhone 6 is a must-have.

That said, the relocated power button is a royal pain.

A larger, high-resolution screen (4.7 inches in the iPhone 6 or 5.5 inches in the iPhone 6 Plus) and a thinner profile (6.9mm in the iPhone 6 or 7.1mm in the iPhone 6 Plus) make this product better-looking and more useable than ever. iOS 8 enhances the new physical features of the … the relocated power button excluded, of course.

Since many folks use the iPhone more as a camera than as a phone, it's noteworthy that the iSight camera added a new sensor with "Focus Pixels" to produce sharper pictures, faster than ever. A new exposure feature lets you swipe the screen to adjust the picture quality before you snap it. Slow-motion video and a time-lapse mode complete the camera package.

Powered by a second generation A8 chip, the smartphone now has increased power to do more while using less energy in the process.

Finally, Apple Pay, a new mobile payment system, lets users pay for a product or service simply by placing their finger on the Touch ID button of the phone (even while it's in sleep mode). This feature works online or in brick-and-mortar stores.

For my tastes, Apple retained the familiarity of past iPhones, but has managed to redesign their phone almost from scratch in terms of its functionality and features.

But moving a power button. Seriously, what's up with that?

Sigh. Change is, indeed, a funny thing.


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Phil Pikelny is vice president of Dispatch Digital and chief marketing officer of the Dispatch Printing Company.