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The iPhone 6+ is too big, I thought so too. But then I realized that I was considering an iPad mini instead of an iPod touch + iPad. The iPhone 6+ is between the iPod touch and the iPad mini.
But for people who are not looking to get an iPad, the iPhone 6+ is way too big.