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macher

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Hi currently have a 6. I really like a bigger screen. Our son has an iPhone 6+ and swapped with him for 4 weeks.

Although I really like the larger screen I can't get used to the size. Uncomfortable in my jeans when I put it in front pockets. When I go to the gym too bulky for my gym shorts.

If you went from a 6 to a 6+ or a 6 to a 7+ how did you handle the larger device? Did you eventually get used to it. If so how?

It's like I want to larger screen but don't like the consequences.
 
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ericwn

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Im not sure what you hope to read. You tested the device for four weeks and the result was the same still. I doubt there's a better and more clear result for you. Not every device fits everyone. I tried the big screen iPhones out myself, currently still have one, and my next device will be smaller again, for sure.
 

Akack

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That's my experience too.....a tad too big to carry around. Might need to wait if/when Apple decides to trim the bezels on their iPhones or come out with a size in between the regular and plus models.
 

rui no onna

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It all boils down to personal preference. I tried an iPhone 6+ for 2 months but just couldn't get used to it. It was too bulky and clunky as a phone. It didn't fit any of the pockets in my clothes (short of a Scott-e-vest jacket) but it wasn't big enough to replace the iPad comfortably when it comes to web browsing, comic reading, etc. Even with the 6+'s 5.5" display, I never felt like I could leave my iPad at home so I just switched to the smaller iPhone 6.

Mind, I'd love to have the 7.9" iPad mini be made into a phablet. I think at that point, I won't need to carry both an iPhone and an iPad (granted, I'd probably get AirPods or something for phone calls).
 
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bluespark

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Four weeks is more than enough time to assess whether the size works for you. If it was bothering you after that time, it would drive you crazy in the long term. Don't worry about the fact some others have chosen the larger screen. Plenty of others have chosen the 4.7" phone for exactly the same reasons you describe. Enjoy your choice and don't feel like you have to keep re-making the decision.
 

BeeGood

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I'm going to go against the grain here and say that you "begin get used to it" once you've made the decision that it's the phone you want.

I switched from a 6 to a 6+ two years ago, but it has never felt as good in the hand as the 4.7 inch screen. It never will. But for me, the plus is the phone I want, so the feel in the hand doesn't really matter. I've adjusted my grip and my carry habits and moved on

If you can tolerate it for 4 weeks, you can definitely live with the phone if the benefits are worth it to you.
 

bigcstyle4

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I switched from the 7 to 7 Plus two weeks ago today and I'm totally used to it now. Strangely it doesn't feel big at all anymore, other than one handed use being quite difficult without using Reachability.
 

macher

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That's my experience too.....a tad too big to carry around. Might need to wait if/when Apple decides to trim the bezels on their iPhones or come out with a size in between the regular and plus models.

Yea I don't like that it's uncomfortable when I put it in my jeans front pocket and sit down. Sticks out too much in my back pocket. I wear work issued cargo work pants for work and they have an phone pocket that fits great for a iPhone 6 / 7 but too big for a +.

I was contemplating a case with a belt clip which would work for work but wouldn't work when I'm not working cause I don't wear a belt with jeans.

It's I want a larger screen but don't want to suffer the consequences of being uncomfortable and inconvenience.

The biggest issues for me are the phone in pocket when sitting or bending down and at the gym. Also the + doesn't fit in my work issue cargo pants cell phone pocket. I'm in a vehicle so I usually keep my iPhone in a compartment in the vehicle.
 
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iOnAsJ

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I prefer the size of the 4.7 inch iPhones. I've had an iPhone 7 plus since September, but decided to sell it and buy a regular iPhone 7 instead.
I really like the size of this one, which fits in all pockets easily, compared to the plus. On top of that, I don't notice a difference in performance/speed. Battery will be worse I presume, but I've already bought the battery case to cope with that possible issue.
 

Puonti

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I would not have upgraded to the 7 Plus had I found the size of the 6 Plus troublesome, so my advice is to take your 4-week test period to heart. Unless you change your habits, the 7 Plus will continue to be problematic size-wise.

I never carry my phone in a pants pocket; when I'm on the move it's either in my bag or a jacket / coat pocket. At work and home it sits on a table somewhere.
 

geta

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" 7+ Too Big? " > YES!

Anything above 5" its a Phablet! even though many people will argue about this, the Plus is still a Phablet.
If thats what you want to drag around as your daily drive in your pockets (or in your bag\purse), go for it, although looks like its not for you after your test...
 

Talukdar

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At first anyone will feel uncomfortable after switching to any larger screen. I was also uncomfortable after switching to 7+. Then after a couple of weeks, it feels totally normal.
 
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techiebug

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I tried the 4.7 iphone and liked it very much. However, nowadays I use the phone to watch video and pictures a lot and the 4.7 is too small for me so I get the 5.5
 

AnthroMatt

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7+ was my first "big" phone. It did take some getting used to...but I am mostly OK with it now. Even my wife's 6S in a lifeproof Nuud feels small now.

Do they make arm (or even leg?) bands for the 7+? Big phone to put in an arm band, for sure, but it's probably better than having a phone fall out of your shorts.
 

janeauburn

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Uncomfortable in my jeans when I put it in front pockets. When I go to the gym too bulky for my gym shorts.

Absolutely. The big phone is not comfortable at all. You practically have to buy a new wardrobe with leg pockets to carry it comfortably.
 

rui no onna

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Absolutely. The big phone is not comfortable at all. You practically have to buy a new wardrobe with leg pockets to carry it comfortably.
Particularly if you're female. For some reason, front jeans pockets on women's wear are often too shallow the only thing they're good for is lipstick/lip balm.
 

480951

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I used to think the Plus model was humongous, but I wanted better battery life after having my 6s dying or very low on me at the end of the day and decided to upgrade. I quickly got used to the size and can never see myself going back to a smaller phone now. The Plus model seems like the "normal" size to me now.
 

Edge1978

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Last year I went from a 6s to a 6s Plus then back to the 6s because I couldn't get used to the size. almost 2 months ago though I went from the 6S to the 7 then to the 7 Plus and haven't looked back. love it, I have gotten used to the size, Its actually funny when you go to use a 5 SE after a 7 plus.
 

Mikey86uk

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Went from the 6 to the 7 Plus and after a day or 2 of loving the bigger screen it seems normal now.

Went to help my Mum with her 6 I gave her the the other day and it feels sooo small now.

Will always have the Plus phone from now on.
 
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