Cant seem to like my new 6S

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ukting, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. ukting macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2016
    I've had a 5 since late 2012, it was an amazing phone served me great. I would of taken it even further but the phone could not use the 4G signal (here in the UK anyway, due to some sort of wavelength/frequency issue on my network).

    I ordered a 6S for a very good price on contract. It works great in every regard BUT the thing thats holding me back is the screen size. I didn't for a second think it would be that large/difficult to use (single handedly anyway), based on the way most of my friends were using their even larger androids.

    The phone causes my thumb to ache really bad. I've tried holding it in many different positions but couldn't get a positive outcome. I'm not sure if its a matter of not being used to a large sized phone or just that my hands aren't made for anything larger than 4".

    Also, I unfortunately ordered the phone days before finding out about the 5SE and could've held off of buying it since my 5 is still alive. I'm considering sending it back and holding out for the 5SE (assuming it exists).

    Did anyone else feel this way going from 5 -> 6s? I recall 4 -> 5 being a bit hard for me due to the 0.5" increase in screen size but I overcame that with time. But the screen size issue seems to be universal with most 6S owners, even after months of usage. Also, I might be stuck with the phone since I've entered a SIM into it (causing it to lock to the network automatically?) although the factory seal is still present. Does anyone know if a locked 6S can be locked anytime or must I wait a year or some similar time frame?

    Thanks alot
  2. Lacasse macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2006
    I felt the same way. Went from a 5s to a 6s....and for several weeks I found it large, cumbersome...and heavy. After a while you'll become accustomed to it. Give it time...and you'll feel better about it.
  3. billlewe23 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2016
    Went from a 4 to 6s. The size definitely takes time to get used to but my hand can use the phone one-handed now without pain. I'm typing this currently with one hand. I have small hands btw. You might not be holding it properly.
  4. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    OR you can give me the 6s :p

    All kidding aside I would give it time.. You will get used to it. I went from a 3.5 inch phone being the iPhone 4 to the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket and after a few weeks got used to the 4.5 inch screen which was big during it's time.
  5. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I would definitely hold on to it. I had some pain in my hand (pinky side) when I first got my 6 but it went away after a few weeks and I think the size is absolutely perfect.

    I've tried using the + size on a few occasions and feel the same as I did in the above occasion but people are saying all the time how they got used to it and couldn't go smaller.
  6. jasie02 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2014
    Finger/thumb slight pain for about one month after I got my 6+, specially since I like to use one hand, pain is totally gone right now.
    Unless you are rock climber, or do other exercise build finger strength, most of people does not build their finger strength during normal exercise.
    Once they build up strength, you will be fine.
  7. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    After a while the 4.7" is easy enough to use, especially when you're using it upright and gravity is pulling it down. That way you can rest it in your palm and easily move it around in your hand a bit to reach certain spots on the screen. But as soon as you hold it up more that doesn't work as well, and I find that still bothersome.

    Other than that, the slippery 6 falls out of my hand or pocket all the time. Dropped my pre-6 iPhones maybe 5 times total. My 6 must have dropped at least once a week (it's a miracle it's still fine). It's also really annoying in your pants pocket when bending, cycling, walking up the stairs, etc.

    Overall I like the screen size to see more content. Texts read easier. Pictures look better. Overall I have a sense I can do "more" with the phone. But while it's just fine, I still don't love my 6 after 1.5+ years. Too many annoyances. Imho this isn't something time will ever change. So I'm looking forward to the 5se. If it has somewhat better specs than the 6, I'm sold. I'll gladly sacrifice those .7 inches for an overall better experience.

    In your case you can probably sell the 6s for a decent price to cover the costs of the 5se (if you buy it directly). If it's still returnable, I'd do that, buy the 5se in a month and love using that phone for at least half a year. You can always decide to upgrade to the 7 if that turns out to be amazingly better in terms of specs (and if you e.g. really value the latest-and-greatest camera), or if the new design has smaller bezels making the 4.7" easier to use.
  8. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    The problem is not the network, it's the iPhone. 4G can be used on a lot of different frequencies. The number of frequencies the 5 supports is very limited. It's not a proper 4G phone.
    Return it and wait for the 5se :) ?
  9. ukting thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2016
    Im thinking take good care of it for couple of months. Decide if I can deal with it, if not sell to get the 5se.

    Surely the 6S will give me a bit more than the price of the 5se at or nearby release? I also have a 64GB 6S and find I only need a 16GB.
  10. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    I was in the similar situation, although I had ordered 6s+ on the launch day. Coming from 5s, I could not deal with the size so I exchanged the 6s+ within the return policy for 6s. Fast forward to today, and I kind of regret the change. I know it was just a matter of getting used to, but I chose to not take time and effort to adopt. I feel envy for people with 6s+ cause of the screen.
    If all rumors are true about 7 and 7+, the spec/feature gap is going to be more significant, I already know that I will be going with the bigger phone. I am really hoping that Apple has some tricks up in their sleeves to make the new generation of iPhone smaller in size while regaining the current screen sizes.

    My recommendation, either stick with the 6s or just wait the the so called 5se.
  11. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    You will definitely become accustomed, as I have, but I'm waiting for the day of a new 4-inch model that doesn't lack in features. I really hope they offer this with the '7'.
  12. tunerX Suspended


    Nov 5, 2009
    Put an Otterbox Defender on it. I felt like I was putting a tablet in my pocket. But yeah, you do get used to it.
  13. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Don't forget you can double touch (not tap) the home button to lower the screen for easy access. That could help you.
  14. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    I've had the 6s since day of release. Still think it's to big, still kinda hate it. You might get used to it, you might not.
  15. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    Good plan. Like others have said, just give it a couple months. I'd bet that you'll get used to it and even if you don't you call sell it like you said.
  16. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
  17. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    went from 4S to 6. absurdly uncomfortable for the first while. its still awkward, but i've managed to cope. 4-4.3" would still be my preference, but i have to balance that against the fact that apple will likely only offer that size for their "budget" model, which might be a generation behind in performance and features.

    i still think it'll be awesome off apple can come up with a design that really nails the ergonomics of the device. with careful consideration of weight distribution, bezel size, and even smartly designed on-screen ui, you could probably engineer a device with a 4.5" screen that approaches the one handed ease of the 5 series and earlier.
  18. ukting thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2016
    do you guys think a 64GB 6S in more or less like new/good condition would yield me more than a new 5SE 16GB?
  19. ruck macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2010
    I went from a 5S to a 6S and it definitely took some time, especially getting used to not being able to use it easily with one hand. I've discovered Reachability (double touch home button), which has greatly helped the transition, and adjusted my grip for one handed use. It takes time, but I think you'll like the phone a lot more for the larger screen and faster chip once you get used to it.
  20. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    You should be good, provided the 5SE is $549 full price. A 64gig 6S will net at least that on eBay or swappa.

    Everything depends on the price point of the 5SE.
  21. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    The iPhone 5 was enabled for LTE on EE's network primarily. I *believe* Three UK have some compatible spectrum but it was the 5s/5c that became pan network for 4G.

    I went from the 5>5s>6+ and whilst it took some getting used to I personally couldn't go back to a smaller device now (unless circumstances dictate otherwise, of course).

    If Apple go ahead with a 4" iPhone (and I honestly think they will) I would imagine the specs will be comparable with the iPhone 6s and you should get enough resale value on your 6s to fund the 5SE or whatever it's called.

    In terms of unlocking.... Are you on Pay Monthly or Pay as You Go? And who is your network provider?
  22. ukting thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2016
    That's good to hear, a 4inch with the specs of a 6S would be a godsend. I would probably pay for that separately if I am unable to get rid of the 6S for whatever reason.

    I should of mentioned, it is a monthly contract on EE via a broker ( I'm paying £24.99/month + £125 upfront for the 64GB 6S. (Was £50 upfront for 16GB but I thought rather be safe than sorry. The irony of my life is that I have only used 3.8GB data and I won't use anymore than this ever lol). At the price I'm paying I think it might be worth holding out. The phone is currently still in it's plastic manufacturers seal, though the sim card has been in use for 2 days. I recall the terms suggesting that a phone can't be returned after insertion of a sim card.

    Based on this I'm just planning on using it for 6 months, since EE I believe don't allow unlocks prior to that and by then a 5SE should have released.
  23. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    It wont be called the 5SE for gods sake. Can you imagine going into a store and asking for a "5SE"?

    Not that i would ever buy one of these things myself.. its 2016 who wants a 4 incher
  24. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    I'm not saying it's a good name, but historically, claiming that a name is too dumb for Apple to actually use tends not to work out. Look up previous instances surrounding "Mac book pro", "iPad" or even "3GS"
  25. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    I'm fully aware of previous device names, but this seems like a step too far. What does 5SE even mean, why borrow part of the name from a device that was released over 2 years ago.

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