I've been drifting back and forth between larger and smaller iPhones, but I've finally settled in with the iPhone 6 Plus once again
Eye on Apple
By Jim Lynch, CIO
I’m a bit of an odd duck when it comes to the size of my iPhone. I went from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 6 Plus and then down to an iPhone 6s. I even tried an iPod touch 6 for the 4-inch screen at one point, and thought I liked it better than my iPhone 6s. But now I’m back to using my iPhone 6 Plus.
How I fell in love with the iPhone 6 Plus again
Well, when I got my iPhone 6s I sent my iPhone 6 Plus to a friend who was interested in buying it. She had it for a couple of months, and finally mailed it back to me since she couldn’t use it for her son for one reason or another. When I got the package, I didn’t open it right away. Then I finally got around to it yesterday.
Just for kicks, I took my sim card out of my iPhone 6s and stuck it into the iPhone 6 Plus. I then did a restore and started using the iPhone 6 Plus again. Wow! I had forgotten how amazing the screen was on the iPhone 6 Plus.
I immediately found myself enjoying browsing the Web, reading ebooks and using apps on the iPhone 6 Plus in a way that I didn’t experience while using the iPhone 6s. The big screen really made a huge difference in the overall experience using my iPhone.
This is something that I knew when I first got the iPhone 6 Plus, but after a while I started wanting to be able to use a phone one-handed, so I got the iPhone 6s. That didn’t work out so well as I’ll explain below. So here I am now, with the iPhone 6 Plus again.
5.5-inch screen or 4-inch screen, there is no middle ground for me
So what have I learned from richocheting from one size iPhone to the next and back again? Well it seems to me that the iPhone 6s is an odd “tweener” phone. Yes, it’s smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but I still can’t use it one-handed very well at all.
The only size screen that I can begin to use comfortably one-handed is a 4-inch version (and who wants to buy a 5s at this point?) and even that is a bit tall for my hands. A 3.5-inch screen is really the sweet spot for me in terms of one-handed use and Apple will probably never make such a small phone again.
So if I’m going to give up one-handed use then I might as well go all the way and just use a 5.5-inch screen phone like the iPhone 6 Plus. The larger screen size makes reading web pages, ebooks and using apps a real joy in a way that isn’t possible with the iPhone 6s. So why bother with the smaller iPhone?
I guess the message for me was this: Go big or go home.
Am I the only one who is bipolar when it comes to iPhones?
Some of you probably think I’m somewhat…er…bipolar when it comes to iPhones. I can’t say I blame you, I have been going back and forth between larger and smaller size iPhones. And I can’t guarantee I won’t fall out of love with my iPhone 6 Plus again, but right now it feels like I finally have the right size phone again.
No, I can’t use it one-handed but I couldn’t use the iPhone 6s one-handed very well either. And the 5.5-inch screen is terrific when I’m in my truck driving and using Maps. Kindle books are extremely pleasant to read on the iPhone 6 Plus with plenty of text on the screen. And web pages are significantly easier to read, with much less scrolling.
And I’ve also noticed an unexpected difference between the iPhone 6 Plus and the 6s: the iPhone 6 Plus seems to have better sound. This last thing caught me by surprise. I didn’t compare the sound on both phones when I got the iPhone 6s as I was too caught up in having a new phone.
But the iPhone 6 Plus definitely has better sound when playing audiobooks or listening to music. I’m not sure what changes Apple made when they created the iPhone 6s, but something seems to have gone wrong with the speaker compared to the iPhone 6 Plus. The difference is quite noticeable to me now when I compare them.
Why I’ll stick with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the iPhone 6s Plus
Now you might be wondering why I don’t upgrade to the iPhone 6s Plus? Well, having had the iPhone 6s, I don’t really use 3D Touch that much, nor is the 2 GB of RAM in the newest iPhones necessary for me.
And the iPhone 6 Plus will be plenty fast for me until the iPhone 7 comes out. So I see no reason to buy the iPhone 6s Plus right now, it’s a great phone but not necessary for my needs. But I am definitely interested in seeing if the iPhone 7 offers the same 5.5-inch screen in the Plus model, but with a smaller overall footprint.
What’s your take on larger and smaller iPhones? Have you gone back and forth too? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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