iPhone 6s vs. 6s Plus "Dilemma"

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by laurenashley, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. laurenashley macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2013
    Bloomington, IN
    I have had my iPhone 6 for a year now, and I am going to upgrade to one of the 6s models. I know I want 64GB but I just don't know the size of the actual phone. I have pretty small hands and sometimes I have issues doing things one-handed with my phone now. I understand the benefits of the plus model, but I just don't know if I can handle the bigger phone.

    I do have an Apple Watch so I don't always need my phone in my hand and I'm a girl so I can get away with leaving it in a purse or in my backpack when I'm in class. Anyone with a plus model recommend getting the bigger phone? It's obviously more expensive but it would only make my payment each month go up $4.
  2. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I have found that the 6 is a bit bigger than I'd like but I've gotten used to it. I considered the 6s+ for a moment but there are already some places where the 6 is a tight fit and I have an iPad mini for if I need a bigger screen.

    So I guess I'd say unless you've found yourself wishing for a larger screen, I wouldn't do it.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    All I can tell you is that I like the size of my 6+. And I would be classified as a guy with small hands. In fact my wife likes to tease me by telling me that my fingers don't look like they finished growing.

    Anyway, take that for what it's worth. I handle my phones with two hands anyway (I'm paying lots of money for these phones, I do not want to drop them) so the size of the 6+ is not an issue for me (one-handed).

    I've also found that the larger size of the 6+ has given me more surface area to grab when I do start to drop it, which has saved me from dropping it more than once.
  4. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I found from playing around with other people's iPhone 6's that it was too big to be able to be used with one hand so I went with the 6+ to get the most benefit from the big screen and offset the loss of going away from a phone that could be used one handed. You say that you have issues doing things one handed on your 6 so I'd say you wouldn't be losing much by upgrading to the plus.

    If I had a choice I would have gone with a 4" phone, but since apple doesn't want to give us that choice I went with the 6+ and haven't regretted it at all.
  5. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
    I bought both the 6 and 6+ at launch and used both about equal time before deciding that the 6+ was way too big for me. I'll be swapping my 6 for a 6S once they are officially released.

    Would suggest you "test drive" a 6+ for yourself since everyones experience will vary.
  6. febernovo macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2014
    I also have a 6 and even though I'll love to get the 6s+ is just way too big and uncomfortable. One handed use is super important unless you never plan to be able to do basic phone operations while holding a coffee. The current size of the 6+ is too big for my normal hands.

    I'm upgrading to the 6s this gen from the 6.
  7. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    I have the 6+ and feel like I try to use it one-handed too much, so I am considering dropping to the regular 6S. I've done pros and cons in my head between the two, and they always seem to even out to me. It just boils down to whether the smaller form is more beneficial than the 6S+ exclusive features
  8. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    Coming from another female that does not have large hands you'd be okay with the plus if you want it. I just toss it in my purse or my work bookbag. It does fit in my back pocket somewhat, most of it sticks out so I don't do that for fear of someone just plucking it from my pocket.

    I do have to use two hands to use it though, I cannot text with one and most definitely cannot reach the top of the screen with one hand.
  9. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    That's also my problem. I love the plus but at the same time I sometimes think it would be easier to just have the regular 6S.
  10. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    I bought the 6 last year, tried the plus and its a win . I got a white one (Plus) to test on the size and its fine! The battery life does it for me as well as the 1080p screen. The camera will be a plus too :)
  11. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    Yep, that's my main dilemma. Nicer screen size, resolution, and battery life vs the smaller size of the 6S
  12. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I'm a guy but I'm not that tall and have small hands. I'd would have to or at least would end up using the 6 two handed anyway so having the 6 Plus isn't really that much of a difference in that respect. What I do get and like are the exclusive features of the 6 Plus. I will be getting the 6s Plus.
  13. tevion macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2009
    Far to large for me.

    While I've not owned a 6 plus, I've owned similar sized phones and also tried a 6 plus before moving to a 6.

    The issue I had is initially I loved the extra screen size, almost convinced myself it was the right choice for me... Then after 2-3 months the practical issues were apparent... To large for one handed use, never felt comfortable in my pocket, almost became a chore using it.

    For me the 6 is perfect and my iPad Mini serves as my larger reading device.
  14. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I have the same dilemma, but the plus has image stabilization. The smaller phone doesn't. :-(
  15. nia820 macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2011
    I would recommend a 6s plus. I'm also a lady with small hands. Even when I had a regular 6 I still used two hands to text.

    At first you may find the 6 plus a little big, but you do get use to it. The regular 6 looks so small to me now.

    And the battery life is crazy good.
  16. Scarlet Siren macrumors regular

    Scarlet Siren

    Oct 11, 2011
    Was in the Apple Store tonight because I'm unsure if I want the 6s plus. I'm currently using the 5s. Btw, I'm female, I'd say my hands are medium sized.

    I use my phone for music everyday and it's my main devise at the gym. I also like to read articles on the phone and I feel the 5s a little too small for my liking most times so a bigger screen would be really nice. I stream and browse a fair bit too, probably because I have an unlimited data plan so make the most of it. I take a lot of photos but not sure about how I feel using a bigger phone for this just yet.

    I'm leaning towards the 6s plus for now but the only thing putting me off is using it as a music player and at the gym. I guess I could get a nano or whatever's about theses days (not had one of those since circa 2008 so not up to date with what's available now).
  17. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I'm female, 5'2" with really short stubby fingers (baby hands, my friends call it). I used a 6 Plus for two months before switching to the 6. It's not just the size of the 6 Plus that was an issue for me, it's also the weight. I dunno, it just seemed out of balance or something when I'm trying to type with both thumbs. I've dropped it countless times in the short time I've used and it was just too big for me to use.

    Ultimately though, only you can decide which is a better for you. For me, that was the iPhone 6.
  18. jd6272015 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2015
    I have a 128gb space gray 6 plus, and I'm a guy. Ive had it since launch, and I am considering getting the 6s 128gb now.

    I have an iPad Air 2 and found i prefer to do my major browsing and productivity on there more than my phone. I had the 6 regular for the first week in space gray, and really enjoy that size, and felt like the phone itself ran better. The 6plus is little buggy feeling, some of the screen transitions an what not kind of delay a bit compared to the 6 which didn't do that. One of the reasons I wanted the 6 plus was the landscape view on the home screen/messages, but I found I never use that view, I always keep my screen orientation locked, because if I don't my 6plus will randomly rotate the screen on it's own and it gets stuck in the wrong orientation when I don't want it. The Landscape view never really benefited me. Also at the gym it is annoying that it sticks out of my pocket, and gets in my ay when lifting weights.

    It was cool to try something different, but I know that even if I wait to upgrade until the iPhone 7 release, I will be going back to the smaller size. The plus is just too bulky for me, and it doesn't pack the added features for me to justify the size.

    Anyway, just my opinion, hope it helps you make your decision.
  19. laurenashley thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2013
    Bloomington, IN
    Thanks to everyone who replied! I think I might try out the plus and if worse comes to worse I can try to exchange a smaller phone. Now I will have to pre order in order to get the model I want so I might not be able to exchange for the exact model I would want but thats okay.
    The fact that I already used my phone two-handed really helped push me towards the bigger phone.
  20. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
    I have the 6+ now and want to down size to the 6s. I don't like to carry a purse much and I would like something that would fit in my tiny ass girl pockets better. But I am nervous about losing my great battery life. Not crazy about not having OIS either. I need to do more research and see what the real difference in batteries are, as well as how having or not have OIS really effect regular people. If I am likely not to notice the loosing either then I am going down. I have a computer if I need a huge screen. I could care less about the whole one handed thing cause I am pretty much used two hands for even the iPhone 5.

    Was really really hoping they would improve the battery a little on them.
  21. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I have the same concerns. I hate the size of the iPhone 6Plus and I'm really disappointed that they didn't upgrade the ppi on the 6 or give it OIS or at least keep the battery size the same as it was so as to improve battery life with the new optimizations they've got going on.

    I found this video review:

    The reviewer is Erica Griffin and she does a very good job of comparing the two existing models. She did a good job also of illustrating the lag we 6Plus users sometimes experience. But I don't know if the new A9 will eliminate that lag now or not. I've got a feeling with the A9 that the 6s Plus is going to be so much better.

    She ends up selecting the 6Plus because of the battery life. I may end up doing the same. I don't know yet.
  22. cschmelz macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    I basically feel the same way. My HOPE moving from 5S was that I would be able to do a lot more on the 6+ in portrait mode like reading PDFs, reading newsletters, reading excel spreadsheets. It just isn't BIGGER enough to really work most of the time for my 40 year old eyes so I still rotate to landscape...OR I just get out the iPad Air (or soon the iPad PRO!).

    My normal jeans and scrubs work fine, but the jeans my wife likes me to wear when we go out have small pockets and it is a pain (seriously, it isn't comfortable) so little benefit (battery life rocks though) for some pain and suffering...

    Still on fence but leaning 6S regular.
  23. Binarymix macrumors 65816

    Nov 1, 2007
    I wanted to go normal size 6S, however I bought 2 rather expensive Apple cases for my 6 Plus, so I'm kind of stuck.

    Also, the Plus does have a lot more going for it.

    It's just so damned hard to fit properly in a pocket.
  24. igazza macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    6 plus all the way has a much better display and battery life.
  25. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    The decrease in battery size was surprising, but there were rumours of that already from before and at least Apple seems to have been able to keep battery life from being lessened compared to 6/6+. I agree with your disappointment on the ppi at least somewhat, especially considering their massive bump in GPU power, but hopefully that means it will clear up some of that UI lag found in the 5.5" when you compare it side-by-side with the 4.7". However, I basically expected no changes on the ppi or OIS side since this is the S cycle.

    I had kind of gotten used to the lag and didn't see it anymore, until I had to help my girlfriend set up her 6. Spending time on it, I could definitely see the difference, but after being used to the Plus for so long, I can't go back on some things: namely battery life and screen real estate (5 and lower are like toys now, but even the 6 seems dainty now). As you said, here's hoping the "Up to 90% faster GPU" in the A9 will smooth things out in the 6S Plus.

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