iPhone 11 Pro Moving from 8 plus to iPhone 11 pro. Screen size too small?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 18, 2016
I preordered an iPhone 11 pro. Currently I’m using the 8 plus. Will the screen be too cramped on the new 11 pro?


macrumors 68020
Apr 6, 2010
I don’t think so. When I went from 7 Plus to the X it was an adjustment but wasn’t too bad.

granted as soon as they offered the bigger screen I went right back to it. So may be best to try them out if you can.


macrumors regular
Sep 16, 2015
I’m doing the same and was wondering the same. But I’m kind of exciting to have a bit of a smaller phone.


macrumors 65816
Jan 24, 2019
I preordered an iPhone 11 pro. Currently I’m using the 8 plus. Will the screen be too cramped on the new 11 pro?
I loved my 8 Plus 256gb even though I only had it for about 8 days. I loved that phone though, I just sent it back during return period, and I was going to pre-order the 11 Pro 5.8” 256gb for $1,149. But, I ultimately went for the 11 Pro Max 6.5” 256gb just because I like the larger size and it is only $100 more. I pre-ordered mine early this morning.

I’m gonna say go for the Max just to be safe. It’s only a little more expensive.
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macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 18, 2016
I’m doing the same and was wondering the same. But I’m kind of exciting to have a bit of a smaller phone.
Yes sometimes the 8 plus seems a bit clunky. I’m not sure if the max would be even more so. I think I’ll just stick with the smaller pro
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macrumors demi-god
Sep 13, 2014
It felt smaller to me. The irritating thing about the smaller size is that the software scaling is quite large on the 11 Pro which means, despite the technically bigger screen size, the screen displays less content and feels cramped. Wait and see what it’s like when you get it, you can always exchange it for a Plus if you want. Personally I wouldn’t go back to the smaller one again.


macrumors regular
Dec 13, 2013
The pro has a bigger screen overall. But it’s taller and narrower than the 8 plus, so you won’t necessarily get as much text per line, which could mean less content “per screen”. But think about how you view stuff and if that will really be an issue. For example, I don’t read from the very top all the way to the bottom and then scroll up. I kind of read in the middle vertical quartiles and scroll. So I don’t think you’re really losing anything. But as others have said, check it out and see for yourself. I loved the X, then the XS max but found it a little too big for my usage, and now I’m going to try the 11 which is right in between.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 23, 2010
I had the X and I ended up going for the XS Max when it came out. Now, I just went with the 11 pro because I find the larger size to be more of an annoyance.
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macrumors regular
Sep 22, 2017
Video and text will be a lot smaller compared to the 8+, which means you’ll have to hold the phone closer to your face, plus the pwm flicker, and these smaller oled iphones have been known to cause headaches for some users, such as myself. Larger screens are no where near as bad, and the lcd screens do not flicker.

The x absolutely sucked coming from the plus models, but the x max has been alright, so if it were me, I would definitely spend a little more and go the 11 pro max route. 8+ and max phones are nearly identical in height and width, the max just has slightly more obstructed space around the unibrow, and wasted space where a button once was.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 2, 2010
I had a 6S Plus for 2 years and then went to a 10. I remember my first impression thinking, “OMG! The screen is smaller!” It’s a little bit more narrow. However, after almost 2 years with it I don’t want anything bigger. I pre-ordered an 11 Pro today. The Max phones are too cumbersome for me. It’s a 2-hand device, which I don’t want. Some people like it though.
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macrumors Demi-God
Oct 2, 2016
The width will feel weird at first because it’s very narrow. Very comfortable size though.


macrumors member
Dec 28, 2015
I have the opposite problem. I have a 7. I want to upgrade. The 11 is cheaper but.... I don’t want a BIG phone. I don’t like that I will pay more because I want a smaller phone but.....I Don’t want a big phone.


macrumors 65816
Sep 28, 2015
Chicago, IL
I went 8 Plus instead of the X in 2017 due to the narrow width and screen aspect ratio of the 5.8” X. There’s actually more surface area of the screen of the 8 Plus

The same goes for the XS and 5.8” Pro. Given the aspect ratio and narrow width, the keyboard is noticeably smaller than plus versions of phones. Also, the aspect ratio is not the standard 16:9 used by YouTube and other media apps. Therefore videos are letterboxed. If you zoom, you lose content to the notch and four sides. The Pro Max is the most comparable to Plus phones.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 1, 2007
Houston, TX
I've been debating going from the Note 10 plus to the Max but I'm worried I'll lose too much viewable space due to the notch. I don't care what people say about getting over the notch... When I watch videos on Netflix, even the small hole bothers me. How much smaller is the Max when you cut out the notch?


macrumors newbie
May 26, 2019
Moved from 7plus to xs Max last year , I must say 7 plus screen size seems big and readable. Even now If I handle any plus size iPhones I still feel they have good form factor compared to the xs max or 11 pro max . You can image how u will feel if you go to 11 .
My suggestion is to go for 11 pro max else stick with ur 8 plus if screen size is a major factor for you
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