An honest question for honest people; Using the iPhone 6 is difficult for me

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ninethirty, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    They're both a bit big, aren't they?

    Let me state for the record that I've owned every single phone Apple has ever made. My friends would describe me as an Apple fanboy, so this is by no means hate from someone who hates apple, but after getting the 6 yesterday, I find it difficult to use. I absolutely cannot reach the top 1/4 of the phone without adjusting my palm; something I didn't have to do with my 5 or 5S. And once I do that, I can't reach the bottom without adjusting again. The two areas where navigation tend to be.

    I remember when the 5 came out, Apple even ran an ad talking about they had designed a bigger screen that was still, you know, reachable by people, and that it was that attention to user experience that set them apart. I get why they made larger phones - people were demanding them and they were losing money to competitors with larger phones, but still.

    And yes, there's "reachability," Apple's admission of guilt. Seems to me they were solving the wrong problem there.

    You can pass on the "cool story, bro," I'm just asking a question. You might love your larger screen for a million other reasons, but it IS harder to use now, isn't it?
  2. appleii.c macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2013
    I got the 6. Personally i think it's a TAD big. But maybe I just need to get used to it. 4.5 would have been perfect. I definitely would have hated the 6+. Thats just me.
  3. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2012
    Yup, I agree that the 6 is big (for me). 4.5" would've been perfect. I'm surprised they didn't release an updated 4" phone. Either way, I'm going to force myself to get used to the 6. We all have to get it more than a day before making these calls though.
  4. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    I have the 6 + and yes it is big. It will take time to get used to. My android using friends say to give the size a couple of weeks then we'll love it. The previous iPhones were just really small if you think about it and that is what we are used to. I've had every iPhone and haven't used any other phone since its release in 2007 so like I said, we need to give it time so we can recalibrate for the bigger phones.
  5. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    I'm finding that I'm having a hard time using the 6 one-handed with a case on. Without a case, it wasn't too much trouble. I do have somewhat small hands though (~7")
  6. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    I don't think it's an admission of guilt, it's just trying to satisfy the one handed promise Apple fooled you guys with 2 years ago.

    That's what "reachability" is for. It helps you use the bigger screen.
    If you hate the bigger screen because it's hard to use, downgrade to the 5S, it's still a good phone.
  7. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    The 6 is perfect for me. But I think the 6 plus would be way too big.
  8. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  9. kerbero9 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2008
    I have the 6 with the leather case and I can reach the entire area of the screen with my right thumb except the upper left corner. Basically just where the carrier information is. Very usable and I think 4.7 is the perfect size.
  10. chiawen.yang macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    The 6 Plus reminds me of using the old PDA's from Dell, Compaq, etc... Just a phone by itself is too big, but as a PDA/phone&computer it's a nice size.
  11. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    Coworker got his 4.7" delivered to work yesterday and it fits my hand just nice (vs my 5 which is fairly small).

    That said, I am worried that I ordered the 5.5" model because it might be too big. :mad:
  12. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Your coworker will be jealous of your 6+ whe he sees it. You'll have plenty of women and money at your feet as you walk around with the Apple flagship iPhone. You'll be fine. Enjoy.
  13. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    Did not expect that :D:D but I am picking up the leather case today at my local Apple store so I'll be playing with the 6+ for the very first time!
  14. DaGrandMastah macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2011
    Yes. They are both big. I had the 6 plus and just thought it was too big. The 6 is much more manageable for me but I can't reach thr top of the screen comfortably with one hand. That being said, if I had a choice I would have nought a 5 inch model. The 5.5 is just too big but I could deal with it if it was half an inch smaller
  15. stevo8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2007
    Got the 6+... Yes it's big.. That's why I bought it. No it's not easy to use with one hand, but thanks to the good lord, I happen to have two hands.
  16. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2012
    I'm satisfied with the iPhone 6 size. It is right on the edge of my comfort level, though. If Apple goes bigger on the 6 it will leave me behind, and the Plus is out of the question (maybe if I didn't have an iPad Air).

    They ARE both big, but I've already adjusted to the new size of the 6, it's an excellent compromise between screen size and pocketability.
  17. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2010
    Have the iPhone 6. Yes, I wish it was a bit smaller. I find it hard to use with one hand, but I have very small hands. (I'm a woman). I'll get used to it, though.
  18. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    No one can deny the size of the things, after all they are out there now to be seen. I've got a 6+ and I don't doubt that to some degree people will have varying degrees of difficulty using the larger screen sizes. Personally I don't mind, I knew what I was getting in to. As a gargantuan I can actually do the exact same corner to corner positioning that Apple lauded about the 4" screens when they came out.

    I know I'm probably in a minority there and I will say that even though I can do it, I am "mentally" a little less comfortable from a dropping it sense, with one handed use when I'm out and about on the move. But it hasn't stopped me from doing so today with no incidents in a busy shopping centre (mall.)

    Still I wouldn't change it for any other phone though, my other half thinks I'm crazy (which is why she has a 6) but it's perfect to me. That's the beauty of choice and individuality. We are all concentrating on the shiny new toys but let's not forget that Apple now has 4", 4.7" and 5.5" screen sizes to choose from right now all of which are attached to great devices. I think that should pretty much cover most peoples needs.
  19. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I had ordered a 6+ but it was scheduled for late Oct delivery and I honestly wasn't completely sold on the size. I ended up in Best Buy for something else yesterday and they had a 6 on display which I was able to compare with the Note. They still had a 6 in the combo I wanted so I went home with it. I really felt that while the 6+ will be a better Internet device, the 6 is still a great size for a phone/device I carry everywhere. It is barely noticeably bigger than my 5s but the screen makes it feel much more immersive.

    I can easily reach 90% of the screen area one handed without adjusting my grip and even the corners are accessible one handed by rolling the phone in my hand slightly.
  20. dlmart2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    I have the iP6 and yes it is rather big.. I;m really hoping I get used to it.. maybe from years of using a smaller phone, it just feels awkward.
  21. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
  22. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The 6 is exactly what I have been waiting for. The 6Plus is way to be.

    Just the slightly bigger 6 screen gives me a keyboard that I am comfortable with. The extra realestate is just what I wanted. Sure it is bigger but it is no more of a shock than going from the 4 to the 5.

    I could not be more happy!:apple:
  23. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    the 4.7 is the perfect size phone in actuality. 4 is not cutting it anymore and becoming obsolete. 4.7 is the way to go.

    5.5 is honestly big, but i want the biggest and the baddest LOL


    i wouldn't use the word superior... 5S was a fine piece because of the details, aka chaumferred edge. 6 is an amazing device, you can see the craftsmanship put into this thing as much as any apple device. both are gorgeous on their own rights.
  24. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    Apple also add the ability for the screen to come down to you... double tap the home button and now you can reach everything. So they kept reachability in mind even though they went larger.
  25. Jus711 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    I have to honestly say no, and I have a 6 plus. My biggest fear in preordering was that the plus would be too unwieldy. But I have to say my biggest surprise so far has been how "unbig" the phone feels so far. I probably have bigger than average hands but not huge, I wear size large gloves. And I have to say I can do everything with this phone one-handed that I could do with the 5S without using reach ability or making any other allowances. I will say that the one thing I do it that instead of holding it in my palm as I would earlier iPhones i have this resting more on my fingers and that gives my thumb more room to operate, but it's quite comfortable and I really think the thinness of the device is what makes it that way, I'm not sure if it will be the same after adding the bulk of a case, we'll see.

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