iPhone XS iPhone xs too big

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gsusser, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. gsusser macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2012
    jersey city
    iPhone 7: 5.44x2.64x0.28 4.87oz
    iPhone xs: 5.65x2.79x.030 6.24oz

    I wonder if anyone feels the same as me and finds the size may be a deal breaker.
    The jury is still out. It's only been a day. However, at this point, I'm leaning towards returning it and keeping my 7. On paper, the difference in size between the 7 and xs didn't seem like much. But in reality, it is significant - for me. The xr is even bigger than the xs.
  2. loekf macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2015
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Sorry, I can only read SI units ;-)

    I'm glad they are still selling the XS. XS Max is still too big for me. The XS is also heavier than than my old 7, but that's fine, lowers the risk you might drop it.
  3. jdsmitty10 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2016
    I went from a 7 to the Xs. Perfect size and so much bigger screen. I’m not using a case this time and I did on the 7 (too slippery) so it’s pretty much the same as the 7 with a case for me.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I went from an iPhone SE to the iPhone X last year. That was an adjustment, to be sure but I never thought it was too big. The Plus and Xs Max is too big imo.
  5. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Actually I find the XS Max is just the right size for me. YMWV (Your Milage Will Vary).
  6. Rockadile macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Yes. I'm considering getting an 8 instead due to size.
    Here I was hoping for a smaller X or 9. XR is just a slap in the face.
    As a lefty, I'll also never adjust to the top-right swipe down for control center unless there is an inverted option.
  7. gsusser thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2012
    jersey city
    Hmm, hadn't thought of that. The size is similar between the 7 with a case to the XS without a case. I have never gone without a case though I always felt like I was hiding a beautiful item. Still, I'm paranoid. Personally, I don't care about a small blemish; I'm concerned about the resale value. Any thoughts?

    [I hope the trend to making bigger phones ends with this release, or at least make a model to make me happy ;) ]
  8. jdsmitty10 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2016
    Well in my personal experience owning a 4(used a bumper style case on and off with it), 5(no case, best condition phone I ever sold never dropped and no case to cause scratches), 6(cased it cause it was too slick, looked like crap from grit getting into case when I sold it), 7(same as my 6, blemishes caused by case) I haven't had any issues with resale due to any blemish. Seems like buyers on ebay really don't care, My wifes 5 had a pretty good ding in the corner and crack in the screen and my 5 was perfect, guess which one sold for more on ebay??HERS! I was like WTF?! So if you can handle not having the dropsies I say go for no case but thats just my experience. You def have to be more careful but I like them case less and I am glad they are back to gloss(I know i could have got the black 7 and had gloss but I didn't). We will see when the weather turns colder and my hands dry up a little if I have the same opinion or if I will be buying a case. My 2 cents.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 27, 2018 ---
    Just my opinion but the extra screen real estate is amazing for such a small difference in overall phone size. My mom just got the 8+ and she was like WTF your XS has a bigger screen but the overall phone is smaller!
  9. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    I felt the size changes at first from 7 to XS (both with a case) but last night I looked at my old 7 and thought to myself, gee, that's a really SMALL screen, how did I ever deal with that? Though I doubt if there's room beyond the XS - its about the limits for 1 handed usage.
  10. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    The Max is too big for my hands! I tried it out, my poor thumb can’t cope! I like to use my phones ones handed. I feel the XR will be the same too.
    But a Plus like the 7 Plus isn’t as bad and I can just about use it one handed because the screen is smaller.

    On Monday I’ll be playing with the phones in an Apple store, I want to upgrade but still undecided on which to get..

    If I like the 8 and 8 Plus and X and XS.. which to go for? Hmm wish John Lewis would drop the X price by £50.
  11. borgusio, Sep 27, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018

    borgusio macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2011
    I am on my third 6s for this reason. I also still use a white 5C when I am in holidays. in my opinion one of the nicest looking phones.

    Ideal phone for me would be a full screen 5C.

    You’d got wider screen than the 6s/7/8 to watch wide screen videos, but the device itself would be smaller. Also, due to its thickness you’d get relative long battery life and good camera quality without having to compromise with a protruding lens.

    That would be the product I always hoped for since they announced the iPod Touch ages ago. Still waiting for it, probably never gonna happen...

    It’s a pity because more or less half of my family&friends have the same opinion. Those who want a large screen have enough options already.
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    When I want a larger screen I normally switch to my iPad or MacBook. After using the iPad a bit you have the same effect you are describing when you go back to any iPhone (even the XS Max). That’s normal. It does not mean at all the smaller screen is too small. Different use cases.

    Great line up for next year would be:
    X Max
    X Mini
  12. AlphaGuitarist macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2014
    I went from a 6s Plus to the X last year. Although I appreciated the formatting of certain apps on the Plus, the phone was just way too unwieldy at times. The X/Xs is the perfect compromise between size and screen real estate.
  13. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    The old 6/7/8 models have massive bezels for their screen sizes. IMO the XS is a much better combination of physical size and screen size. It's not too big at all.
  14. boabmatic macrumors member


    Oct 13, 2011
    I went from a 6 to an XS and I didn't really notice the extra size, only issue I had was it was slightly heavier but I'm used to that now

    It was weird going back to my 6 while I waited for my number to port over to the XS as it felt really dated (still running IOS 11) and screen felt tiny only after a short time of using my XS. I also kept expecting it to unlock when I picked it up then forgot I needed to press the Touch ID.

    Now I am thinking maybe I should have went to a XS Max ;) as I thought that would be too big but maybe it wouldn't be.
  15. CrazyForCashews macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2018
    What a coincidence, I just recently did the same thing. Upgraded from an SE to the X.

    Yes it is quite a drastic difference is size but the X is still very usable in one hand.
  16. sqa4life macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2011
    I have the xs Max for 2 days and I think I am going to return it. Everything is good, except that it's too heavy.
  17. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    As one who sleeps with a 60 inch TV at the foot of my bed I'm going to go ahead and say no.
  18. DDustiNN macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
    Resale value between pristine and good is negligible (and nonexistent for trade-ins). Especially if you place that value against your enjoyment of using the product.

    Get AppleCare, and get naked!
  19. cornerexit macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    Agree with OP. I knew I made a mistake when the 7 was released and I traded my 6 to ATT (great deal from att on trade in) for it. The 7 is my limit, not interested in anything bigger. I’m replacing the battery on my 7 this year and will wait until Apple realizes that not everyone wants a phablet. I don’t live on my phone and prefer a much larger screen for surfing (IPP 13”) or 20+ inch monitors for real work. The phone is merely for use until I can get back to a larger device, so a mobile device, and mobile for me means ease of portability. I don’t want to watch a movie on a 6.5”, 7.5”, or 8.5” tiny screen and I have no time for children’s games. The SE with a full screen and latest specs (I’d take Xr specs) would be ideal. But we may not see that until there are foldable screeens. The Xs is larger in dimensions and heavier than what I have now. No thanks. And it does not have 5G LTE. Why drop a grand + for something that doesn’t have cellular capability that is being implemented in 2018? IMO, the Xs or Xs Max is obsolete the minute you pay for it.
  20. sean000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    I moved from an iPhone 6 (same size as your 7) to the iPhone x in December. Before I bought the X, I compared the size and feel of the iPhone X to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in the store. The X felt like a good compromise size in terms of display to size ratio, but the iPhone 8 size felt just right... probably because I was so used to my 6.

    I often use two hands to use my iPhone (hold in one hand and operate with the other, or hold and operate with both hands for landscape orientation), but it's still important to me to be able to use my iPhone with one hand because sometimes that's just necessary. I did not feel like I could operate the iPhone 8 Plus with one hand. It was awkward and it felt like I would easily drop it. The iPhone X (same size as XS) was a bit of a stretch for me, but not nearly as awkward or precarious feeling. Of course much depends on your hand size and preferred grips. I am a 5' 9" male with what I suppose are average size hands.

    I have been using iPhones since the 3G, and I can remember when the iPhone 6 felt huge. It was a bigger leap in size to go from the iPhone 4 or 5 to the iPhone 6 than it is to go from an iPhone 6/7/8 to the iPhone X (at least in terms of physical dimensions... the display size jump to the X was huge).

    I would give it some time to see if you can get used to it, because it's looking like the XS will be the smaller of the options for now (unless you go to the iPhone 8). Personally I would give it more time because I think the advantages of the larger OLED display and dual camera are worth it. Now when I pick up my wife's iPhone 6 it feels a bit small to me, but the main thing I notice is the weight difference. The newer models are heavier, but in my opinion that actually makes it easier to hold onto for some reason.

    Having written all this I'm not sure if I could comfortably go bigger than the X/XS. The size of my iPhone X feels like my limit, so I hope they never get rid of the 5.8 inch model. I'm sure many feel the same about the iPhone 6/7/8 size.
  21. SisterBlue22 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2015
    I love the bigger sized phones. For me, it only takes a few days of use before I become accustomed to the new dimensions and I stop noticing that it's "big".
  22. FilmIndustryGuy macrumors regular

    May 12, 2015
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    None of you people are active it seems. All these phones are too big to run with or carry in your pocket. I had all the iphines since the beginning and never broke a phone until i got teh + size phone which i broke several times pulling out of my tight jeans pockets or just dropped from the wide grip. I went with the SE a week ago and a commitment to stay off the procrastination features of big heavy phones.
  23. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    There is a thread talking about SE2 and XCode.

    X = plus but with much more real estate. The 8+ is larger than 7+ for once.

    In a sense, 5.5" is equal 5.8"
  24. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Same works in reverse. Go to a smaller screen and soon you stop noticing it’s small.
  25. FilmIndustryGuy macrumors regular

    May 12, 2015
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    started using the SE and last night turned on the big phone and the screen looked huge. Also it seemed I couldn't hold the phone in any sort of comfort.

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