Anyone sticking with their 5s for the long haul until this big phone fad goes away?


macrumors 6502
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Jun 12, 2014


macrumors 6502
Dec 9, 2012
Definitely keeping my 5s. May also get a 6, but I'm not into the big phones at all. Have had big androids and always go back to smaller.


macrumors 603
May 31, 2007
Florida, USA
My girlfriend was just telling me last weekend that she likes the smaller size of the iPhone 5 I gave her; she has small hands and the 6 would be too big for her. So while I (with my huge freaking hands) totally love my 6 and would never go back, I can definitely see why it's a good idea to keep the smaller sizes available.

I think that along with the 7, Apple should release an iPhone 7c, with c meaning "compact" with the same screen size as the iPhone 5/5s. People who like the smaller screens shouldn't be stuck with an older, slower device just because of that.
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macrumors 68000
Nov 24, 2010
I've been using a 6S for the past week and a half but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it. Every time I use my 5S I realize how much more I like the size and design. It's so elegant and comfortable. I do enjoy 3D Touch and the extra ram on the 6S but when I step back and think about it the 6S doesn't really add that much to my everyday smartphone usage. My 5S still doesn't everything fine. I just have the apple lust right now. Hopefully next year they offer the 7 in three sizes or they shrink the bezels.


macrumors 65816
Aug 12, 2014
After owning the 6 Plus for the past year I knew I could never go back to a smaller phone again, so I'm getting the 6S Plus Sim Free. I'm hoping Apple continues the trend of offering multiple screen sizes.
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macrumors regular
Oct 7, 2011
New Jersey USA
Have you used a bigger phone for more than a few days? If not, you really can't judge or call it a fad. I used to think the same way. I would roll my eyes at people with "big" phones. They looked ridiculous to me. Then I got the 6. It took a few days getting used to. There was no way in hell I was getting a 6+. When the S was released, the plus didn't seem as big as it did a year ago. I got the 6S+ and for the first few days I was thinking of returning it because it felt heavy and clumsy. Yeah, no way. I love this phone. It's not big and heavy anymore. My girlfriend's 6 seems small to me now and my brothers 5S looks like a toy. Give it a shot, you might like it. You might love it.

Edit: this thread is a year old? Lol damn.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 21, 2006
Big phones are not going away. Way cheaper to engineer a big phone than a small phone. Imagine trying to fit all those hardware components between the screen and battery in a small phone vs a big phone!


macrumors 68000
Sep 15, 2013
Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
I hate to rain on your parade, but this is not even remotely a fad. No manufacture on any of the platforms, whether it's Apple, Android or windows phone, is making a flagship as small as the 5S. The cries for high def screens and battery life are greater than the cries for one-handed usability. Just the way it is.

The closest you'll get is probably the Moto G, but I wouldn't call that a high end phone and it's not much smaller than an iPhone 6/6s.

You're probably right that the mighty 5s will rock on for a few more years, but if you want a flagship phone after that, you'll almost certainly have to adjust. I feel your pain. I didn't want to move on but after almost a year with the 6+/6s+ I've adjusted and I'm over it. You'll get over it too. I promise. :)
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macrumors G4
Oct 31, 2009
Anyone sticking with their 5s for the long haul until this big phone fad goes away? :(

Apple provides hardware service for any product up to 5 years of it being discontinued from production... so you figure that the iPhone 5s will be able to get battery replacements as needed any time at least until until Sept 2019 (maybe even 2020).

Perhaps the big phone fad will have started to fade by then? :confused:

Yeah man. I'm still hanging on to my horses too. This car fad is gonna wane any time now.

I do realize that you started the thread a year ago, but I am genuinely curious. Have you caved yet?


macrumors member
Oct 15, 2015
Only time it bothers me is like now, I'm typing in bed. I'm a side sleeper, I have to prop it on the bed.
In that case, I usually end up lying the side of the phone against the palm of the bottom hand and using that hand's thumb and the top hand's thumb and index finger. Slightly awkward but it works. Not much different in how I use the iPad Air 2 on my side in bed.


macrumors 6502
May 20, 2015
I don't get it. I can get people thinking the 6 Plus or 6S Plus is too big but the 6 and 6S are not too big at all. I'm a 5'8 male with pretty small hands and the 6 Plus isn't too big for me. The fads not going away. Tablets will fill a niche but large smartphones will cannibalize tablets to an extent.

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macrumors 603
Apr 16, 2015
Sorry, but this isn't a fad. Plain and simple.
Thanks for all the supporting evidence of your assertion.

I am barely five feet tall and I've got tiny hands. I LOVE my ginormous iPhone 6s Plus.
Different strokes, different folks.
I personally have very big hands, but I have no interest in using a bigger iPhone 6, much less a Plus. I slip my iPhone in my front pants pocket without a case (I have been since the original iPhone in 2007), and as such I want it as small, slim, and slick as possible to facilitate easy storage, and withdrawal. When I stand I don't want an unnecessarily large device protruding from my pants leg, nor do I want it changing the lay of the fabric, or restricting my movement, or uncomfortable when I sit. I have found all four of those to be a problem with the iPhone 6.

I have iPads, and MacBooks with AirPlay at home when I need a bigger screen. Using the iPhone for that purpose is pointless, even with the 6 Plus. When I'm mobile, I don't need a screen any bigger than the 5s to glance at a message, or get quick directions. I'm certainly not surfing the web when I'm out and about either. And if I did need a bigger screen for some reason, any location with an TV will accommodate that need via Airplay ... something that may become more ubiquitous over the next few years. Who knows, I may even be able to use AirPlay to take over any Apple display at some point, including the iPhone's.

So, I'm holding onto the 5S until the iPhone 7. If there's still no 4" screen model with Pay, then I will reluctantly upgrade to the next smallest size. Depending on the features of the 7, I might just hold out to the 7s.

The way I see it though, as Siri improves for use with devices like the Watch, I can imagine a trend where the phones shrink as there will be less reliance on the screens, and more reliance on audio relay of information. The Watch is clearly headed toward replacing the iPhone completely, and in the future to the extent someone needs a display, they will carry a dumb terminal that tethers to the Watch, instead of the other way around as it is now. Perhaps a foldable, or flexible display, even. Because I can't imagine why anyone would actually want to carry around a bigger device for any other reason than the display. Replace the display with projectors, or flexible membranes, or whatever, and the goal may be again to make the phone as small as possible. Prior to the advent of the Apple smartphone, flip phones were on a race to be the smallest possible. Why? Because given the choice, people don't like to carry more than they have to. As iPhone internals continue to shrink and battery life improves, the only reason to maintain a 6 or 6 Plus size will be the screen, and that's just wasteful for those who don't ned it.