iPhone XS Max iPhone XS Max too big?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by frosty18, Sep 18, 2018.


5.8" too small after using Plus?

  1. yes (too small)

    102 vote(s)
  2. no (just right)

    162 vote(s)
  1. frosty18 macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2018
    Pennsylvania, United States
    I currently have an 8 Plus and want to upgrade to either the XS or XS Max. I can use my 8 plus in one hand but it concerns me that the screen goes all the way to the edge. I just don't know if I can reach that far all the time. I love having the wider screen but I am starting to get a little tired of the big phone. I have been dropping it a lot lately, in fact I broke my screen protector yesterday. If anyone went to the 5.8" X from a Plus phone let me know your thoughts on it. I can type no problem on a X by the way. I'm definitely leaning towards the 5.8"
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I wanted big so I ordered the MAX. I have used an 8 Plus and now my current X and I see no problems using the MAX.
  3. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    OP this is so subjective that I really think you need to wait until the phones are available to try out in person. I went from the 7 Plus to the X and hated it. I felt the keyboard was too small, that watching videos on the X was a downgrade, etc. I got the 8 Plus and loved it.

    But, I’m 6’8” tall. My hands are like trash can lids. So naturally I’m likely to have a much different opinion for you than someone with smaller hands or different needs.

    Hold your 8 Plus one handed as you do and try to reach into the middle of the bezel at the top with your thumb. If you cannot, then you likely won’t reach top row of apps.
  4. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I don’t think it’ll be too big. I’m using the X and I miss the bigger phone.
  5. Eileen89, Sep 18, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018
  6. Deguello macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2008
    I doubt anyone here has used a Max extensively.

    It's unlikely someone else is going to have the exact same preferences as you.

    I'm 6'9" and palm a basketball about like you probably palm a grapefruit. I have to reach a loong way to reach the upper left corner of my 6+. It's not a natural movement but it might become so after I use it for a while. It probably never will be for you, so reachability, a smaller phone, or more two-hand operation would probably be required. Only you can answer that for you.
  7. mkz168 macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2014
    It will only gets bigger every year until they put a Max on it.
  8. kp98077 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    It allows you to be out of office longer and not attached, the X was WAY to small to do any meaningful work honestly… reading, emails, web etc. closer to the Note the better for me!! Bigger is better!
  9. MattEcho macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2011
    This question is the reason why I'm waiting to see what the Xr looks like. The size might be the perfect middle between the Xs and Xsm. The only issue on specs might be the screen (LCD/720p/326ppi), that's why I need to see and compare.
  10. FoxD macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2010
    Don't get the X because coming from a Plus, it's too small....so glad to be going big again with the Max.
  11. Deguello macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2008
    This is exactly why I don't have a X. And why I will soon have a Max.
  12. givemeanapple, Sep 18, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018

    givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    That's subjective but I feel like 5.8" is too small and narrow on the XS, the XS Max is just a better viewing experience coming from a Plus sized phone.
  13. Sean006 macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2008
    I dont have a problem using my X over my 8 plus at all.
    x im just carrying around the screen
    8 plus was screen plus ugly bezels.

    I still have both and prefer my X over the 8plus every time i pick up the plus

    but I will be buying the X max just cause i miss the size aspect of the phone itself....
  14. Juanefny macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I hated that the plus just didn’t fit in my pocket “right” it was just too big. The X is just right, big screen but not a huge phone in my pocket that I can knock someone out with. If I was older and my vision was worse, then I may think differently. I also think the huge phones look ridiculous when people are talking on the phone with them.
  15. fatalogic macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    Geez his hands make the max look like an SE. I’ve been wavering back and forth for days now so I just have to wait till I get some hands on time in stores. I’m more worried about the extra weight than the size.
  16. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    It’s all subjective, the iPhone Max isn’t necessarily too big, it’s the screen that is for me, I have no chance doing anything one handed in it, so my hopes are with the XR and that I can manage that!
  17. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    You forgot a 3rd option: "HELL NO, give me bigger!"
  18. ckurt25 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I had Plus versions, went to the X and am getting a Max. I like the bigger size and bigger battery. Reaching anything on the screen should not be an issue with the Reachability feature turned on.
  19. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    I'd love a 6.9" iPhone :confused:
  20. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Yes, it is too big. For me. To each their own.
  21. ant the ninja macrumors 6502

    ant the ninja

    Nov 21, 2012
    I just got one of the leather Apple cases in (returning the case, don’t like the color) but holy hell is this phone huge! I am definitely a bit nervous about the size of this phone.

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  22. treyhunnid macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2018
  23. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Am I incorrect that the footprint shouldn't be larger then a plus?
  24. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I never really use my iPhone one handed, no matter the size.

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