Is the iPhone 4 uncomfortable to hold?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thermal, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. thermal macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    Vancouver, Canada
    In reading about whether the next iPhone will be a 4s or redesigned 5, a number of people argue the iPhone 4 should be redesigned because it's uncomfortable to hold.

    Is this true?

    I currently use a 3Gs; is the iPhone 4 relatively uncomfortable to hold and use?
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Probably depends on the person. I've had no issues, but everyone's perceptions will be different.
  3. arkon macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2010
    I own an iPhone 4 now, and had the 3G for 2 years, and yes the 3G feels much better to hold.

    But with a good case for the 4, its not so big of a diffrence.
  4. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2011
    It's ok. I don't have to tell you that hard corners are anything close to organic, but people were using this a few years ago:

  5. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    It is really personal preference. I have only used an iPhone 4 (for more than 5 minutes anyway) and hold it for long periods of time. I actually like the way it feels.
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I have small hands with short stubby fingers. Both the iPhone 4 and the 3GS are comfortable in my hand without a case.
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Completely a personal preference
    I had the 3GS and the 4
    They are different, but neither was/is uncomfortable to me

    I love my iP4 and am not concerned about a redesign
  8. sawah macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2010
    I do think the 4 is pretty uncomfortable to hold, liked the 3gs design much better. And I have no use for the glass back either. I have a hard time giving up that retina display though!
  9. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008

    Compared to the 3 series of iPhone - YES - it is uncomfortable to hold.

    Whereas the iPhone 3 series had a rounded, tapered back, and fit perfectly in your hand - the iPhone 4 has a sharp, square cornered back which makes it more difficult to hold, and more painful (not that it causes pain - it just isn't the perfect shape for your hand that the 3 series was) to hold.
  10. mms13 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    I wouldn't say it's uncomfortable...but it could probably be a little easier to hold. I'm excited about the rumors that the 5 will be thinner and wider. I think that form factor will fit nicely in the hand.
  11. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    If you hold it longer than 10 minutes, then yes it will start to feel uncomfortable :(
  12. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    I just picked up my 3g the other day and I loved the way in felt in my hand... the Iphone 4 is not as comfy, but still not bad...
  13. BamaATL macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2007
    In my opinion, without a case the IP4 is uncomfortable to hold as well as uncomfortable when pressed to your ear for an extended period of time.

    The 3G/3GS was much more comfortable.
  14. theperipheral macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    It's not horrible, but it's definitely not as comfy as a curved phone. My 3GS and the original iPhone felt better to me.
  15. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008

    Pressed to my ear is where I find the iPhone 4 most uncomfortable to hold. It makes both my ear hurt AND my hand hurt.

    Thank goodness for bluetooth handsfree.
  16. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2006
    I have no issues holding the iPhone 4 though I personally preferred the rounded edges of the 3GS.
  17. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Flat backing of the iPhone 4 makes gripping it in your hand while holding it up to your ear very uncomfortable. A curved backing like all the other iPhone's was superior and more natural for gripping in your hand.

    If I have a long phone call to make I either use speaker or headphones, so it's a non-issue. Also I use a case so the flat backing does not affect me much.

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