Bigger really is better when it comes to iPads and iPhones

The iPad Pro and the iPhone 6 Plus demonstrate that bigger is better for some of us. Once you get used to a larger screen on the iPhone or iPad, it’s almost impossible to consider going back to a smaller one.

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I’ve had the iPad Pro for a while now, and I still love it as much as the day I first got it. It is the best iPad I’ve ever owned, and much of the reason why I like it so much comes from its larger screen, which makes it much easier for me to enjoy a range of content including comics, ebooks, movies, TV shows and web sites.

I experienced a similar revelation when I first got my iPhone 6 Plus. Suddenly it was a lot easier to read web pages on my phone than it had been when I was using my old iPhone 5 or even the slightly larger iPhone 6. And other kinds of content also became much easier on my eyes than when I was using a smaller iPhone.

Never underestimate the effect of a larger screen. And I’m not the only one who feels this way. A writer at MacStories recently shared his experience with the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6s Plus, and some of his thoughts echoed my own.

Steven Aquino reports for MacStories:

Recently, a different kind of halo effect has settled on me. I’ve been using an iPad Pro for the past several weeks, and absolutely love it. Like Federico, the iPad is my computer of choice because of my deep familiarity with iOS and the ways in which working from a touchscreen device makes computing more easily accessible.1 Coming from my old iPad Air 1, iPad Pro has intensified my affinity for the iPad and iOS in general. It has impressed not merely by its technical or software merits, but by one seemingly obvious thing: its screen.

At 12.9 inches, the iPad Pro’s display is the best thing to happen to my vision in a long time. Its effects aren’t only about pixel density or color accuracy; it’s about sheer size. The iPad Pro’s screen is huge and has completely transformed how I work. Everything I see on the iPad is better simply by virtue of the big screen, from managing email to browsing the Web to typing on the virtual keyboard. Throw in iOS 9’s multitasking features – the app switcher notwithstanding – and I think it’s fair to say iPad Pro is the most accessible computer Apple’s ever built.

Which brings us to the iPad Pro’s halo effect. Using the tablet daily over the past couple of months has taught me that bigger truly is better for me. My eyes love big screens, so much so that I started wondering if I should reconsider my stance on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. “If the iPad Pro’s screen is so great and the device itself not too cumbersome to handle,” I thought, “why couldn’t that same logic apply to the iPhone?”

While the 6s Plus remains unwieldy relative to its smaller sibling, I’ve been able to adjust how I use it so that its size isn’t detrimental to the point of being insurmountable. Take one-handed usage, for example. I upgraded from my old iPhone 5s to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in 2014 partly because I valued using my phone with one hand. The truth is, however, I’ve hardly ever used my phone that way since then. Most of the time, I hold my phone in my right hand as I interact with the screen with my left. I do the same with the 6s Plus, but now I have a giant screen to boot.

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Bigger Apple Watches, iPads and iPhones really are better

As I was reading Steven’s excellent post, I found myself nodding in agreement with much of what he said. I went through a similar situation where I wrongly focused on worrying about one-handed use of the iPhone 6 Plus, and I also ended up switching from the smaller 38mm Apple Watch to the larger 42mm version.

I went back and forth on whether I should keep my iPhone 6 Plus, because I was stuck in an older mind-set that came from always owning and using smaller iPhones. It took me a while to realize that I had to adjust to handling the larger iPhone slightly differently. Once I got over that hurdle, I realized I could never go back to a 4-inch phone again because it was so much easier for me to see everything on the iPhone 6 Plus.

And the same thing happened when I got my 38mm Apple Watch and then switched to the 42mm version. I really liked the 38mm Apple Watch, but I found it hard to hit the tap targets at times because of the small screen. It was also harder for me to see what was on the screen. As soon as I put on the 42mm Apple Watch, I realized that I'd just needed the bigger screen.

So for some of us, a bigger screen can really make a huge difference in comfort, ease of use and overall satisfaction.

The iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Pro are complementary devices

The iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Pro really do work well as complementary devices. When I’m in the house, the iPad Pro is my go-to device. I use it on the couch, sitting in a chair and laying in bed. It does a great job displaying all kinds of content.

But when I leave the house, I leave the iPad Pro at home and just carry my iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus gives me a larger screen in a pocketable device that also works incredibly well for ebooks, movies, TV shows, the web and even comics (if you use the Guided View in the Comixology app).

So if you’re using a smaller iPad with a larger phone, or the iPad Pro with a smaller phone, you may want to consider upgrading so that you have the biggest iPhone and the largest iPad you can get. Having the largest size in all your devices might improve your overall experience in ways that you don't yet realize.

Trust me when I say that bigger really is better when it comes to iPads and iPhones, and even Apple Watches.

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