Seriously, Try the 6s Before Buying the Plus

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MICHAELSD, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    It never occurred to me, an enthusiast hoping for an even larger display, that I could ever go back down to below a 5.5" iPhone. Yet, that opinion changed when I was given the ability to test the 4.7" iPhone 6s. Put bluntly, I do not miss the larger display when I'm using the 6s. This is quite the surprise for me because whenever going from a 4" iPhone 5 to a 3.5" iPhone I deeply missed the larger display, with the same being true with the 5.5" 6 Plus whenever I used a 4" 5/5s. Nonetheless, here I am jumping down from 5.5" to 4.7" and not feeling any remorse. 4.7" may be the perfect size for one-handed use: it is much more comfortable for using one-handed, which is how I use my iPhone for a substantial amount of my overall usage. I had forgotten how comfortable life before the Plus was with one hand, as I use my thumb to efficiently write this post.

    Despite being concerned that the display with its lower PPI may be inferior, I also find myself preferring the higher contrast display to the sharper Plus display. The one complaint over the Plus would have to be the noticeably shorter battery life. I'm practically going from 8-9 hours of usage to 5-6, plus I do miss OIS.

    I find myself very, very surprised that I do not miss the 5.5" Plus display... Which I would've never realized without trying the 6s. I may very well end up with the Plus as it is technically considered the superior phone but for now the 4.7" iPhone feels more like going back to a phone. An iPhone 6s for going out and an iPad for home may just be the ideal setup.

    Point of the thread: don't go with your gut and assume one is better than the other for your own usage. Try the phones.
  2. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Until Apple gets their act together and puts a proper optical image stabilization on the 6S instead of just the plus model, I'll continue getting the model that has OIS as I take too many pictures/videos on mine to use with stabilization
  3. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  4. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    It's a bit annoying because the Plus has much better battery life.

    Hopefully the 7 Plus model does reduce side and top bezels so it becomes more comfortable. The 4.7" display is a significant one-hand usage improvement.
  5. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    This is very good advice. I tried both and while I'm going with the plus and sending the 6s back, I always would have had the lingering question if I hadn't bought both to try them out.
  6. Aceroller macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2015
    I have to use an iPad for work, but I use it for personal use too (games and media), so the iPhone 6S is better for me, but if I didn't use an iPad, I could definitely see how just using an iPhone 6S+ with its bigger screen would be the way to go. Just having one device to do everything would be great.
  7. cschmelz macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007

    I migrated from the 6 plus to the plain 6S as well (started using it just today). The 6S does feel awfully small and fragile compared to the old beast plus, but honestly I don't see much difference is screen usability. Yes the big screen is gorgeous, but the pocketability (or scrub top-ability0 of the regular phone more than makes up for it...

    I'm also super excited for easy one handed use again, especially w/ 3d touch.
  8. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Why would I settle for a plain S when I can get a S PLUS!??
  9. techiebug macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2013
    One deal breaker point if the 6s is battery. So far I've got horrible battery. I dislike big size but I really can't stand this battery
  10. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    The PLUS!!! in itself is just so tempting. :p.


    I did a test opening apps one-handed with both phones in each hand, and WOW is the 4.7" night and day for one-handed use.

    If I wanted to use two hands I'd use an iPad.
  11. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Also moved from 6+ to 6S. While the 6+ screen is bigger, I found that many apps are actually designed for the 4.7" screen. Hence, there appeared to be a lot of empty spaces when displayed on the 5.5" screen. As a result, app layout looks better for certain apps on the 6S despite the smaller screen.

    By the way, a point about brand new Li ion batteries is that the performance will improve after a few days of use.
  12. Sekelani macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2012
    I've tried using the 6 when u had the plus for s week or so and I just had to turn back to using the 6plus. Better display and battery and over all experience.
    I guess everyone has a different perspective.
  13. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    I will admit the Plus makes the iPhone feel more like a tablet and one-handed use isn't awful but the 4.7" display seems to make more sense for a phone until they reduce the bezels.
  14. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    Apple needs to be innovative with 6+ design. It's way too big with top and bottom bezels. Its feels like you're holding 6" screen size phone.
  15. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    If the 6S+ was as pocket friendly and 1 hand operation easy as a 5S it would be the perfect device.:D
  16. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    I have used both sizes quite a bit. For me the portability wins out. I compared screens so many times and couldn't tell the difference in resolutions no matter how hard I tried. Battery life, while nice, isn't essential to me. I have chargers at my desk, vehicles, and home. I thought OIS would be the deal breaker for me but after seeing how little the difference was compared to the digital version in the 4.7", it was no longer a must have. In the end, I agree, try both out. I always have had to have the latest greatest iPhone but ever since the 6/6+, I realized what mattered most to me which was easy one handed use on a less awkward device.
  17. digitard macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2004
    Gilbert, AZ
    I considered both heavily, but the battery life and OIS is exactly the two major reasons I decided on the Plus.

    Having kids I take a lot of photo/video and ultimately decided OIS was enough of a factor... especially in video. The battery was the other.
  18. mobutt macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    Learned this the hard way.
  19. Neverbepeace macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2009
    New York
    Tim Cook is reading these topics and.........
  20. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    It was so much easier when we only had to choose between storage sizes. :confused:
  21. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    I had the 6 and a 6 Plus. The 6 sat in my drawer most of last year before I finally sold it. I love the larger display, better battery life and OIS on the Plus. I don't think I could ever go back to a smaller iPhone again.
  22. gui0312 macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    They also made the 6S plus heavier. I still have my 6+ and there is a clear difference, it feels very bulky all around especially with a leather apple case. I had the 6S and exchanged it for the plus thinking battery life issues and wow it feels so uncomfortable (it is beautiful though) at least for me. Well my wife still has her 6S and I did the drain it to 0% and then full charge without use and the battery life on her phone dramatically got better, still had 51% after a 10 hour day w/o any charging -- she uses the phone for phone calls, email, texts and 1-2 games (nothing intense). I'm testing hers for a few more days but looking to exchange for the 6S again, can't beat that portability.
  23. hawon macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2009
  24. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    I felt like a toy and it's too small for me
  25. nowise macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Great idea. I bought one of each and am going to try.

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