iPhone XR Iphone 5 to XR

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  1. zx128k macrumors regular

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    So I have been using the same iPhone 5 since 2014, 4 long years.

    It's served me very well but was struggling a bit (although it was still perfectly useable I thought). Anyway I decided to get a Black 128gb XR which arrived yesterday.

    I'm all switched over now (using a back up from the iPhone 5) but inevitably I'm struggling a bit with the switch due to the size/weight difference. I'm used to resting the phone on my little finger and using one handed but its a bit heavy and causing my the finger to fatigue.

    I guess I need to get used to it due to most phones being this size now.

    Any tips?
     
  2. Kung gu macrumors member

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    when you message or type use two hands and that balances the phone
     
  3. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I guess I need to get out of my old habit of holding it like that. Gonna be hard after 4 years! :)
     
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    Having the exact same challenge: on an iPhone 5S now and need to switch out to something newer. I went to the local Apple Store today to compare the XR and XS. I am finding the XR just a bit too wide for me compared to the XS --- that extra width (especially with a case added) feels uncomfortable to me. I want to like the XR, but the XS feels better in one hand. As I need more than 64GB, the XS also "forces" me to jump to 256GB vs the 128GB on the XR --- so the XS will cost me $350 more as well.

    Has anyone in a similar situation found that you get used to the XR's extra width after a bit of use?
     
  7. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    That’s a huge difference in phone size. It will definitely take a while to adjust.
    I tend to grip my phone in the palm of my hand if I have to type one handed, rather than use my pinkie. It’s a little less natural, but my pinkie aches after a while too, unless you angle the phone horizontally.
     
  8. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a

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    Have you considered a regular iPhone X ? You can get some pretty good deals on brand new ones since the launch of the iPhone Xs.
     
  9. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    I decided against an Xs due to not wanting oled (PWM).

    Palm of the hand grip (while one handed) is probably the way to go.
     
  10. Focusx0131 macrumors member

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    I updated from an SE so I have the same growing pains. I’ve turned on Reachability and one handed keyboard which ironically makes the keyboard the same size as a 5/SE. No I can’t use the phone which one thumb but using my whole hand to move up and down a bit I’m getting adjusted. Having twice the screen size pixels wise and apps that are designed for it makes up for it. I didn’t realize how many apps have a completely new interface for the larger phones like they just forgot about all the 4” phones still in use.
     
  11. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    I hand no idea one handed keyboard was available! Thanks for pointing that out.

    I have also noticed some new interfaces for the bigger screen which is cool.
     
  12. Focusx0131 macrumors member

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    No problem. Took a quick pic to show the actual sizes of both.
     

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  13. Cyrilmtl macrumors newbie

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    I will be switching from my trusted iphone 5 to an XR too,
    how do you move apps and config ?
    I hope to keep the XR for a few years too.
     
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    Site crashed so apologies for the double post.
     
  15. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    Easist way is just by doing a back up of the iPhone 5 to iTunes then restoring it to the XR (iTunes will give you the option to restore the iPhone 5 back up when you plug in the XR via usb).
     
  16. tkermit macrumors 68040

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    Personally I would have upgraded to the SE. I'm still holding out hope for Apple releasing another small phone at some point, likely in spring of 2019 or possibly even later than that.
     
  17. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think small phones are dead unfortunately, so I thought it best to move on instead of just waiting.
     
  18. tkermit macrumors 68040

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    You may be right – we'll see.
     
  19. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    Update - As the days go by I’m getting used to the change.

    Still wish it was a bit lighter but apart from that I like the bigger screen I think.

    Battery life is definitely an improvement.
     
  20. white4s macrumors 68000

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    It's beyond noticeable but I just don't care. I have a new working phone so that's all that matters to me.

    I went from the 4s-5s-se-xr after all.
     
  21. zx128k, Oct 29, 2018
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    zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have had 3G, 3GS, 4 and a 5. This is my first ‘Big’ phone.

    Also to add , I turned off True Tone. Mucks up the colours too much. Night shift is enough in the evenings.
     
  22. white4s macrumors 68000

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    Yea I left that on for maybe an hour before reading some posts about it. Definitely ruins the display imo
     
  23. roccobladr macrumors 6502

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    One handed keyboard when texting has solved the size issue for me. In case anyone isn’t aware, you can hold down the emoji icon and enable it there.
     
  24. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is their a way to put the emoji on the right hand side so it’s easier to reach and switch keyboard modes using one hand?
     
  25. zx128k thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone?
     

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