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xxray

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Sometimes, I long for a smaller iPhone but then check out the X/S in store and then say to myself “No, the screen is too small.” It’s 5.8 inches. But then I use my old 6+, a 5.5 inch screen, and it doesn’t feel small or cramped really. Wild.

This might be a worthless thread but it stands out to me enough that I have to say it to someone who might care.
 

bodonnell202

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The iPhone X & XS may have a taller screen but it is narrower than the Plus iPhones. It's not really accurate to compare them just based on their diagonal length since they have different aspect ratios.

See below for what this means:
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aakshey

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AFAIK calculations I read show the Plus phone actually to be bigger in terms of total display area I think.
 
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bigjnyc

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When I had my iPhone X the screen was great but I always missed the extra width I had with the iPhone plus that I was used to..... with the XS Max problem solved.
 
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uscgrad

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The extra width of the Plus does give the illusion of it being significantly bigger to me eye. Regardless, I just cannot look at that bezel anymore. If you can afford it, the Max is the way to go.
 
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JPack

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Sometimes, I long for a smaller iPhone but then check out the X/S in store and then say to myself “No, the screen is too small.” It’s 5.8 inches. But then I use my old 6+, a 5.5 inch screen, and it doesn’t feel small or cramped really. Wild.

This might be a worthless thread but it stands out to me enough that I have to say it to someone who might care.

That's because the display area of Plus is literally and has been mathematically calculated to be larger than the X.

The diagonal measurement doesn't represent the display area.

5.8" - smaller area than 5.5" Plus
6.1" - larger area than 5.5" Plus
6.5" - significantly larger area than 5.5" Plus
 
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