Best way to downgrade iPhone 6 to 5s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mebehere, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. mebehere macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2012
    My 6 is too big for me to operate comfortably with one hand. Does anyone have any advice as to how to get a new 5s and dump the 6 without losing money?

    I got the 6 at launch so I'm not eligible for an upgrade till next fall. Also, my 6 has a couple dings in the aluminum.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Send me your 6, I'll send you my 5S.

    Other than that... How did you purchase the 6? With Next (or a similar program), cash, or 2 year upgrade?

    If it's with Next you could pay that off, then "upgrade" to the 5S, then sell the 6. I think you may end up losing money if you want a new 5S. There's too many 6s in supply that people aren't paying a premium for them.

    I feel the same as you, it's too big. But I'm going to stick with it. I'm assuming this is going to be the smallest iPhone in a year or so and if I want to stay with current iOS I'm going to have to have the larger screen. I've dropped it three times already, never dropped my 4S or 5S.
  3. mebehere thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2012
    Hi, David. I'm on a regular 2 year contract and not eligible for Edge yet. Don't really want to do Edge anyway. I guess I may be stuck with it for now. It's a nice phone. Just too big to operate comfortably. Thanks for your reply.
  4. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats

    Either accept David's offer or cut off the extra Cm's with a saw.


  5. Ffosse macrumors 65816

    Nov 5, 2012
    How can a tiny 4.7" screened device be too big for anyone?
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Your best bet it so sell your iPhone via Swappa/CL/eBay and then buy the iPhone 5s either at or used on swappa.
  7. mebehere thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2012
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Remember that you can always just buy a 5s (new or used) and just swap the sim card. Of course you are still obligated to pay off your contract.
  9. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    Not as easy to fit into a pant pocket, especially with a case. Not as easy to reach all corners of the screen with one hand, especially for those whose thumbs don't have full range of motion. Note the operative term "operate comfortably."


    You're on contract, so you're kinda stuck. You'll probably have to sell the phone or arrange some sort of trade. Maybe AT&T has an option available if you switch plans or go with Next.

    The other issue with the 5s is that the largest capacity you can buy right now is 32 GB. When the "6s" comes out in the fall and the 5s (or the rumored plastic-bodied version) falls into the lowest price point, then you might only have the 16 GB option available if Apple follows their current pattern with the 8 GB 5c.
  10. mebehere thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2012
    Thanks for all the replies. I'll continue to explore the possibilities. Been using iPhones since the original and never felt the need to go backward until now.
  11. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    My 6+ is just slightly too big to operate fully with one hand. I can perform certain functions but always need to engage my second hand at some point. My iPhone 5 was fully a one-handed phone.
    However, we need to appreciate that phones have moved on to embrace the internet world further. Premium smartphones are no longer just for calls/SMS/Mail/apps and doing some brief web searches. They are all of those things but also consumption devices. More and more people use their phones to watch movies, tv shows, and immerse themselves in the internet. That is just not possible to do comfortably on a tiny screen.

    So you end up having to make a decision. Do you want to do all of those things and therefore need a premium smartphone, or do you want a more basic and yet highly pocketable device? Plenty of those exist and Apple will continue to make a second tier phone which offers the pocketability and one-handed appeal that you crave. It will also be more than capable of doing the things that most who don't need a larger screen like to do.

    A part of me absolutely misses being able to use my phone 100% one-handed and to be able to type with one hand is the thing I miss most. However, I also like the bigger screen and have adapted to a different method of transporting & using it.
    It all boils down to what you want out of a phone and what is most important for you. Don't let nostalgia and habit make the decision for you though. A 4.7" phone is still a small phone by today's standards. My 6+ is genuinely huge and I can fully understand the size being a dealbreaker for some.

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