Six Plus to a Six 1 Year In

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by christurbo, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. christurbo macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    Staffordshire, UK
    I've had the plus for almost a year now ditching my iPad due to the well rounded package of the plus.

    I am a year in now and a few things bother me such as the inability to take this huge beast out on a run without my cycling shirt on to store it, if I read a book it saps my battery and yes it does get tiring not being able to quickly and effectively use it properly with one hand. I think I would prefer having a smaller 6 for a phone and an iPad for books and video etc.

    I am thinking about moving to a 6s (non plus). Has anyone else moved to the smaller 6 package from a plus after a considerable amount of time using the plus. Short term users need not reply.

    I am worried the screen size will be a huge compromise.
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I pull my 6 out of the drawer after a while and it seem tiny and no way to go back for me.

    You loved you phone at first and now hate it because it is so big and yet it allowed you to get rid of the iPad?

  3. TAI182 macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    I am also planning on upgrading from an iPhone 6 Plus to a regular iPhone 6s. The Plus was a little too big for my daily usage.
  4. ipooed macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2014
    I had the 6 plus for about 4 months, it was a lemon IMHO apps crashing left and right, lag etc (even after 2 replacements) compared to my wife's iPhone 6 which seemed speedier, less lag and far less app crashes. I sold the 6 plus and went down to the 6 and I have been happy ever since ( besides the kinks in iOS 8)
  5. kshen1 macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2013
    I've used both extensively over the past year. I'm upgrading to the regular 6S this upcoming fall..
    Biggest hassle for me was the size. I use my phone one handed a lot, and while the battery life, etc, bigger screen size were great, I couldn't handle that size. I'd rather charge my phone an additional time a day than handle that thing.

    Of course, this is just personal preference. Your mileage may vary...
  6. MisterBigMack macrumors regular

    May 23, 2012
    Feeling the exact same way

    A lot of my friends had the bigger samsungs with their note 4s and Galaxy s5's but I think at that time I had an iPhone 5 so to me, I thought the bigger screen they had, I always thought I don't want to change to android as I love my iPhone but I would love a bigger screen

    Nearly 1 year into having the 6 plus, the screen size is better but unfortunately I just can't use it one handed which I didn't realise I do, a lot which it's hard to change your habits

    And reachability, I can honestly say I have never ever used it and cannot understand why Apple created that feature

    I won't be getting an 6s as I'm under a 2 year deal but will definitely downgrade to the smaller one in a years time when the iPhone 7 I'm sure will be released
  7. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    This is a great discussion and I value everyone's input. I'm a 5s owner and am struggling trying to figure out whether the 6s or 6s+ will be the right size for me.
  8. JulianL macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    I'm a 5 user but reading ebooks is probably my biggest use case so I feel that I can at least offer some observations and comments on the ebook reading aspect of your post.

    I've always thought that, of the battery metrics that Apple and other testers tend to publish, it's probably the watching-video figure that is the closest to an ebook reading case since it is an activity that has the screen on all the time and isn't using the radios (WiFi/4G/4G). On that basis be prepared for the move to a 6 to make your battery life even worse when reading an ebook. Apple quotes 14 hours video playback on the 6s vs only 11 hours for the 6. No real way around that except to hope that Apple does something dramatic with battery life for the 6s (unlikely in my view) but I thought I'd mention it to at least set your expectations on that one.

    Regarding screen size I used to read ebooks perfectly happily on my 3.5" iPhone 4 screen. Technical books with lots of diagrams and pictures are a different matter but for novels, where one tends to simply read one word after the next in order and then turn the page at the end, I've never really understood why anyone would need bigger and bigger screens. On the basis of my experience with the 5 I'd say that, at least as far as reading novels on a 6 is concerned, you shouldn't have any issues with reduced screen size if you're anything like me.
  9. dsquared81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    Orange County
    i had a plus since launch all of the way until last month. Been wanting to get a 6 for a few months and was finally able to land a trade. I was finding it to be way too large to use daily (one handed, putting it in pockets, etc.). Yes I'm taking a hit on battery life, but I'm still charging it every night like I did with the plus.

    I thought at first I would like the idea of combining an iphone and ipad into the plus. But now I'd rather have the phone to be a phone/messaging/quick browsing/mobile and the ipad for movies/books/long term browsing/couch surfer.
  10. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    I'm the reverse, I have a 6 and planning on the 6S Plus. The 6 is starting to feel small to me and plan using my Watch more for quick notifications. Might work well for reading short term for me as well.
  11. dendkmac macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2009
    Went from a 4S to a 6+...took awhile to adjust using the double click method to bring the screen down for some uses, but I would not go back to a smaller unit.
  12. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    hubby's downgrading to the 6s from the 6+. he gripes about the size constantly (doesn't fit in his pocket good, no place to put it in the car, etc etc etc *rolls eyes*)
  13. JustMadeThisNameUp macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2015
    I agree it is a little too big, the screen size is great, but the size of the phone is cumbersome. Once the 7 comes out there will probably be this great design that will make us wonder what Apple was ever thinking with the form factor.

    I would have tolerated the 6 Plus but it was too laggy. I sold my 6 so I could have money to buy the 6S Plus, I really love the OIS with the camera, it's fantastic. I'm a hair under 6 feet so the size is tolerable but I'll need a case with it so that'll hurt a little.
  14. jrauguste macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2013
    Portability trumps screen size and battery for me. I use the iPad Air at the house so the 6s just fits my mobile lifestyle better..
  15. Jman13 macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    I'm here with the 6 and contemplating the opposite. I do find the 6 is really a good all around size: fits easily in pockets and can be used one handed. On the other hand: every time I see the plus I think how nice it would be to read articles and so on with it. Still debating and probably will until preorder night.
  16. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    Screen size, battery life and camera capabilities were advantages of the 6 plus for me. I'm thinking of downsizing, but waiting to see the specs of the new phones first. If the Plus version still maintains some camera advantages I'll probably stick with it, otherwise I'll go for the 6s or 6c.

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