iPhone XR Dumb question but what do you use the big display for?

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  1. Kendo, Nov 2, 2018
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    Kendo macrumors 68010

    Apr 4, 2011
    I ended up returning my XR since the size of the phone was just too big for me to use one handed. Watching movies on it was phenomenal but the majority of the time that I'm on my phone, I need to use it one handed like walking to work, driving and accessing Google Maps, navigating through the Music app to change songs while I'm on the move, etc. The 5% that I get to use the big screen is for watching movies when I have a chance to sit down on the train or bus or on the toilet. I decided that I was better off getting a size that was convenient for my 95% use than my 5% use.

    Because of this, I decided to hang on to my iPhone 7 for one more year and get the next 5.8" iPhone X model that comes out next year. What apps or programs do you use where you need the giant screen? I'm just curious because I found that for things like email or Facebook or even photos, the bigger size didn't really do anything to enhance the experience for me, it just made everything 15% larger.
  2. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    Well, for me, larger size enhances the experience for all of your mentioned uses. I love bigger maps, bigger safari stuff, bigger photos. From the iPhone 5 and later, the device has become pretty much a two-handed affair anyway. When I use my wife's iPhone 7, I absolutely hate the now-tiny screen. Still, I'm glad you're going with what makes you happy. :)
  3. Honza1 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2013
    Switched from 7 to XR. Can read without my reading glasses. Happy...
  4. tedley macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2009
    I rarely use my 8+ for videos or games. I have less-than-perfect eyesight and I like being able to use slightly larger fonts and still have the display look reasonable. I have larger hands so the size isn't an issue. I really appreciate a larger screen for google maps navigation. Typing is also easier for me with a larger screen.
  5. chanerz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2010
  6. NJHitmen macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2010
    TMI...though I'll bet almost everyone here has done it.

    On topic: editing photos is far easier on a larger display.
  7. white4s macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    Great question. It actually got to the point where the 4in was too small, typing/touching mistakes all the time. You also get much more details also especially for media.
  8. Disneymom2003 macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2015
    I too thought about getting the XR but for me it is simply too big. Like you I will use my 7 till next year then probably buy the newest one closest in size to the X. I am sure it will be more expensive than the Xr but I have a whole year to save.
  9. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    The bigger phones are for older eyeballs that aren't as good as they used to be. Everything is bigger on a big iPhone. I used to have to always bring my glasses back in the iPhone 4 & 5 days to read the damn screen. Not any more with a plus.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I use the largest display (6.5) like I would for any other phone that I have had, it’s just that I wanted a larger display because it’s easier to view more content, Especially with how good the cameras are on these iPhones, the photos look incredible on a larger display like the Max.
  11. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    This is actually exactly why I preferred the iPhone 5 form factor over the 6, and held off until the iPhone 8 because I needed an upgrade at that point. I'm still not happy with the iPhone 8 for one handed use, so I know I'll be even less happy with an XR if I went that route next.
  12. Plett macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2016
    Since no one seems to be coming out and saying it "porn" duh.

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