Is the iPhone X screen area smaller than the iPhone Plus?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by erpetao, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
  2. RobinInOR macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2014
    Great pic, I’ve been waffling between the 8+ and the X, and this alleviated my fears that it would feel cramped with the X - I’m coming from a 6+
  3. spiderpumpkin macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2014
  4. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

    Mar 4, 2011
    Ok... so the iPhone X is narrower.... but you get more lines because it is taller.

    I wondered how reading websites would be on the iPhone X.... you explained it perfectly. Thanks! :)
  5. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2006
    Yes I have seen mention of the 5.85" but the specs page has 5.8".

    Was your 13 sq ins with 5.85"?

    I wouldn't quibble with your numbers, the point is the X is a tall thin screen and when you are looking at photos or movies in landscape mode the image will be smaller. There are some good diagrams in the thread now showing this.

    The simplistic "X has a bigger screen because it is 5.8 vs 5.5" is misleading.
  6. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Yes, to your first question. And I completely agree with your point about the size being deceptive, especially for things like pictures and video.
  7. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    FWIW, I did find this disclaimer on the X's specs page:

  8. Tenhauser macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2011
  9. spiderpumpkin macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2014
  10. Kahsheh macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2016
    I like the wider plus. Just a personal preference. I have an s8 so I can relate.
  11. ajiuo macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    When holding the phone in the normal position The X will have a similar height to the plus but not be as wide. It does not support reachability, tabs in safari, or one handed keyboard. The practical battery uses also closer to that of the standard iPhone then that of the plus... has two hours more talk time than the standard iPhone but everything else is a match.... so less battery life than the plus
  12. erpetao thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Only some need to subtract the notch. For some it is not an issue.
  14. cocoua macrumors member


    May 19, 2014
    madrid, spain
    the plus is wider than the X, and the X has "only" 1125 pixels wide, while the plus has 1225 pixes wide, so plus is physical bigger and more res.
    the high in the X is a bit over the plus, BUT, the status bar is double in high than the plus, so X wins just a few pixels over the plus.

    big thing is you have a bit more room, in a smaller device
  15. Macintosh IIcx macrumors 6502

    Macintosh IIcx

    Jul 3, 2014
    Excellent, thanks!

    There is no doubt in my mind that the screen on the Plus will be better in practical use (wider, no rounded corners to cut off content), but Big Foot is just too damn big for my use. :eek::oops:

    At least X is a bit wider than the iPhone 8 vanilla, but I'm not sold on that uber tallish screen ratio just yet.
  16. MjWoNeR macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2010
    I agree. The Plus' screen is unbeatable in dimensions. And the fact that it has an aspect ratio of 16/9 makes it even better. Most video material is 16/9. TV shows, YouTube and even some movies. I love watching shows on my Plus.

    It is clear though that smartphones are moving away from 16/9 screens. Probably because measuring in inches is much easier to market to the people and the phones get easier to handle as they are narrower. And to be frank the Plus is not an easy phone to handle.

    So screen size-wise I will be downgrading from the Plus to the X. But that's where the downgrade stops, all else will be better. And as you said the X has at least a bigger screen than the 8.
  17. MuGeN PoWeR macrumors 68020

    MuGeN PoWeR

    Jun 29, 2011
    after looking at the comparison i think i am gonna go for X
  18. tallman78, Sep 18, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017

    tallman78 macrumors newbie


    Sep 18, 2017
    Screen size comparison ^

    That screen comparison was just what I needed, thanks! For those iPhone Plus owners who are on the fence for downgrading screen width, here are realistic screen shots. The first is the full width/height of iPhone 7 Plus which should fit perfectly on your screen today. The second is the approx iPhone X width but iPhone 7 Plus height. The iPhone X will be even taller than that, but you can get an idea of how fonts will look (smaller).

    I'm still on the fence myself :(

    iPhone 7 Plus width and height ^

    iPhone X width on iPhone 7 Plus ^[/QUOTE]
  19. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2014
    SFV, CA, USA
    But you can read a bit more of the text on the Plus -- one more line at top of page. (The add'l line at bottom of the X page isn't legible due to the little "swipe-up" bar.)
  20. Cigsm macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2010
    So when you take away the notch up top and the bar down the bottom it ends up being the same size screen as the plus.

    :( :( :( :(

  21. JPack macrumors 68020


    Mar 27, 2017
    No, the X ends up being smaller. The X display was always smaller to begin with compared to the Plus.

    In short, if you want a big screen, get the Plus. If you don't mind 0.5 sq inches smaller display area and a narrower width, get the X.
  22. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Wish that Apple and the tech sites would provide the display dimensions (w, h) as well as the area in square inches for all phones they sell and review!

    It would be so helpful!

    (Yes, providing w and h would be enough to calculate sq. in., but save us the trouble! And giving both would provide a double-check on their specs!)

    The diagonal measurement alone is misleading. After all, a 6" pencil phone (measured along its diagonal) clearly would have less display area than 5" square phone!

    We need the width and height of the screen to determine the display area, not a diagonal!
  23. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I like the screen size of my plus but given the advantages of the x i would be ok losing some screen as after all i have my 12.9 iPad Pro to do bigger tasks when it comes to watching things.
  24. DNichter macrumors 603


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Yes, by a very small amount. Looking forward to the change.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 19, 2017 ---
    Yea, I think it's a non issue. The better higher resolutions screen is an easy trade off.

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