Downsizing from the 6S+ to a 7

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  1. mcmul macrumors 6502

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    Anybody made the jump back from a Plus model to a normal iPhone? How did you find it? I fancy the 7 after owning both the 6+ and 6S+.

    I'm considering it mainly because I've become hyper-aware of how much it sticks out of my shirt pocket at work, and how big it feels in the pockets of my shorts/trousers.

    I'd be keen to hear your experiences around the keyboard. I'm not really guilty of fat-fingering, more 'I can't be bothered typing so I'll just mash at the screen'. I seem to remember that problem significantly reducing when the Plus came out. Also, I heard people talking recently about battery life and how similar they are now, in terms of on-screen time.
     
  2. BMox macrumors 6502

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    I'm making the move today hopefully - going from a 6 Plus to a 7.

    I guess my main worry is the battery life - my Plus is still an absolute beast.
     
  3. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    My VP's 7 feels like a toy compared to my 7+. No way I could go back.

    Good we have choice.
     
  4. Geert76 macrumors 65816

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    everytime I hold a iPhone 6S Plus or 7 Plus, it feels like I am holding a surfboard
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I owned and still own the 6s Plus, now I own the 4.7 iPhone 7. Patiently waiting for my 7 Plus to arrive. I like having both sizes, it suits my needs. My 4.7 iPhone 7 is my work horse and my Plus is my entertainment device.
     
  6. Mydu macrumors newbie

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    I've done it. I bought the 7 and two days later I exchanged it for a 7 plus. I read a lot and I couldn't get used to the smaller screen
     
  7. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    I'm making the switch from the 6s Plus to the 7. I really enjoyed the large screen on the 6s Plus - but its size always seems to get in the way when I am on the go.

    I borrowed my son's 5s, and boy did I enjoy having a small phone on me. I was almost going to get the SE because I really love that design and size - but opted to get the regular 7 instead as a compromise on size.

    My usage, is way different than most, though. I prefer using a desktop or laptop, whenever possible, over a phone. As a result, for me, the benefits of the plus size do not outweigh the inconvenience.
     
  8. retroboomin macrumors regular

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    The regular size 7 and 6 looks more luxury. The big one looks cheap....seems like ppl not buying regular size his year tho
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    Apple really need to eliminate both and make one size next gen.


    5.2 screen iPhone. Perfect size
     
  9. mcmul thread starter macrumors 6502

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    @OldMike that's roughly my usage these days. I pretty much use my phone for messaging, twitter, news, and quick browsing/apps. Anything requiring more than 2 minutes of activity gets done on my laptop when I get home, e.g. lengthy emails, documentation, etc. I haven't got a single game installed.

    I'm mainly concerned about size -- positively, because it's easier to carry; negatively, because the keyboard is smaller. I might wander into the Apple Store first and play with the smaller size before ordering.
     
  10. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Not going to happen. I am not willing to give up one square millimeter of me Plus screen:)
     
  11. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    @mcmul I was also concerned about typing on a smaller keyboard again. I was surprised how quickly I was able to adapt from my 6s plus to my son's 5s in one day of use. At first when looking at the keyboard on screen, I said there is no way I was going to be able type on that thing. Amazingly, I had no trouble with it at all.

    I think the regular 7 will be easy to type on. Perhaps one day of adjustment.

    We do lose quite a bit for the $100 Plus upgrade - memory, screen size and the second camera. But after having the 6s Plus for a year, I'm willing to forego those extras.

    When I get in my car, with the smaller phones, I don't ever have to think about what I am going to do with them. The larger phone was just a challenge. While seated in the car, with seat belt on, pulling it out or putting it in my jeans pocket was just not an option. I found myself carrying the plus in my hand with other packages instead of trying to stuff it in my pocket. I have never almost dropped a phone as many times as I have with my 6s Plus.

    With the plus size, I feel like I have to change my activities to fit the phone, while the smaller phones just fit...
     
  12. weesy macrumors regular

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    I thought I could do it. Had been searching for a 7plus to replace my note 7 but since I couldn't find any I figured I would give the regular 7 a try and as much as it's great phone, I feel like it's a toy. I do a lot of reading and small business marketing and all kinds of things on my phone. I'm on it far too often to be using such a small screen.
     
  13. JarScott macrumors 68040

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    My hands are too giant and manly to go back. When I hardly my girlfriend's 7 I'm like WHOAA THIS IS SOO SMALL. You can imagine my shock when I helped my mum with her SE the other month. I can't believe phones used to be THAT small.
     
  14. JOEBETA macrumors newbie

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    I made the switch last night. I'm 6'2 and it felt like I was holding a prop. lol I'm getting used to it, though. The convenience of a one handed device might be worth the switch.

    I am worried about the battery time. I'll test that out this weekend.
     
  15. callihan_44 macrumors member

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    based on your needs you pointed out here it sounds like the smaller version wouldn't be a problem, once you start doing more web browsing and lengthy reading that's when the bigger screen defiantly stands out
     
  16. kmj2318 macrumors 68000

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    Don't worry about people saying they can't get used to it. You can get used to anything, there will just be an uncomfortable couple days.
     
  17. ex android dan macrumors newbie

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    I'm pondering this same switch. Really my only annoyance with the plus is reaching for the top portion of the screen. My biggest concern about changing is battery life. I'm fairly tall (6' 1") and have large hands. Tough decision, but I'll probably stick with the big one since I know the battery meets my needs.
     
  18. nitrocosis macrumors member

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    Based on your use case, it sounds like you'll be a lot happier with the smaller model. It only makes sense to go for the plus model if your phone is your primary device. Or of course if you play games or watch a lot of videos on your phone.
    The plus keyboard is a joy, no secret there, but you'd be surprised at how easily you'll be able to adapt to a smaller keyboard. I wouldn't worry about making the change, just give it a few days to get used to it. Sounds like a small phone will suit your needs much better. Good luck making the change :)
     
  19. BMox macrumors 6502

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    Just picked up my 7 from the Covent Garden store. Having a go on the new phone while i was waiting, I'm confident I've made the right choice for this years model.
     
  20. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    This is/was one of my big concerns also. The battery life on the 6s Plus was fantastic. I never really had to worry about it.

    I have read conflicting reports here on MR concerning iPhone 7 battery life. I did see this test:
    http://www.techgrapple.com/battery-life-test-smartphones/

    And from the looks of it, it appears that the iPhone 7 should have very good battery life. I'm hoping that the linked battery test review is close to accurate, and if it is even somewhat close - I will be very happy!
     
  21. JOEBETA macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the link. I'm going to check it out now.
     
  22. sdwaltz macrumors 6502

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    I did. It has its tradeoffs, but I've found that I like how much easier it is to deal with the smaller phone. I ended up keeping my 6 Plus without the sim and setting it up so that calls and iMessages can be forwarded to it as well, as long as the 7 and 6 Plus are on the same wifi network. Best of both worlds!
     
  23. dsr2 macrumors regular

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    I traded down. Loved the screen on the plus but unwieldy in my small hands. Love the size and speed of the 7.
     
  24. 03sho macrumors 6502a

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    I'm having this dilemma.

    Great hearing everyone's experiences! Keep them coming guys :)
     
  25. infiniteentropy macrumors regular

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    I traded my 6+ for a 7. Not regretting it for a moment. Then again, I have the iPad Pro for my "big iOS" and entertainment device. The iPhone primarily plays audio of various types, tracks my calories / exercise / fitness stats, makes phone calls, sends messages, and many many other quick tasks. In any case, I have yet to miss the size of the 6+. Everyone's situation being what it is, of course, but for me it has been perfect.
     

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