Those who love their big screens.. Anybody tempted By a 5.5 iPhone?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by The Game 161, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Or does it depend on the features? Anybody think they would jump ship?

    Bigger screen is why I left iPhone in the first place but think I would miss the features, remove able battery, sd card and being able to have your phone how you want it but I'm certainly interested in seeing what it will come with. Doubt I ever leave the note line though. Will see
  2. Shanghaichica macrumors 604


    Apr 8, 2013
    No I don't think I will be. When I briefly went back to the iPhone earlier this year I did miss the bigger screens that I'd become used to with android, however it was other features such as:

    Expandable storage
    Better notifications
    Advanced sharing options
    Better media management
    Removable battery
    Filling system

    That I really missed. It's unlikely that Apple will address these things with ios8.
  3. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Yeah know what you mean

    Can't believe how much I love my widgets. Love the files with spreadsheets too.
  4. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    It's nice to see they've finally realised people want larger screens.

    I'll look at the new iPhone (which'll be the first time in about 4yrs) but I can't imagine I'll actually buy one.

    The biggest reason for me is lack of Swype - for me, it's the best feature on my phone.

    I would also really miss the notification light - I love the fact I know if I've missed anything without switching on the phone.

    I also prefer emails/texts etc showing in the toolbar rather than Apple's badges on the icons.

    And widgets are a bit of a must for me now, too.

    But, over all, I like the choice of phones I have and no longer having to jump when Apple tells me I need to.
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I've seen the large Samsungs and frankly they are just too big...not a phone, not a tablet...something in between...A slightly larger screen would be okay, but not a big bulky product.
  6. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    Pretty much this. Plus swipe typing, not having that is actually a deal breaker for me.

    The iP6 will probably be gorgeous and have a few cool features, and I will feel the urge for sure, but ultimately it won't have what I need. Unless Apple surprises - for the first time in years.

    On the other hand, Windows Phone is looking more and more tempting...
  7. Shanghaichica macrumors 604


    Apr 8, 2013
    I'm sure it will be stunning. If I hadn't of made the brief return earlier thus year I probably would have given into the urge.
  8. Switchback666 macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2012
    Hmm I sure will love a 5.5 iPhone but like someone mention I'm really liking swipe keyboard with SwiftKey and also default apps control and Dropbox just work a lot better on Android and that a huge deal to me, in the Note 3 case the stylus is awesome.
  9. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    All of the above. And, of course, the Note's fabulous s pen. For Apple's rumored 5.5", I doubt Apple will include a stylus. For me, that's a big differentiating factor.

    Like others have said, there is so much more customizing that Android offers that I doubt we'll see even with a highly revamped iOS8. However, even though I will not abandon the Note line, I am very interested to see what Apple comes up with.
  10. ravipiero macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2013

    Yeah, I think 4.3-4.7 inch iPhone would be very tempting. Bigger than that is too big for me.
  11. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    I'm interested.

    Surely anyone interested in technology in general would have some desire to see what Apple bring to the big phone market.

    We need competition in order to drive advances in our gadgets.

    It's long over due, so I'm interested in seeing if they offer more than just oversized iPhone experience. Will there be stylus support, will there be phablet optimised apps etc....
  12. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Not sure.

    There are certain things I missed about iPhone/iOS. Namely the camera, syncing/backing up and a couple of Siri related things.

    I'd be tempted to move back to iPhone for the 4.7" screen. Probably not the 5.5" one.

    But they'd have to actually impress me with it, and also if they just keep increasing the price, then basically forget it.
  13. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    As I wrote in another thread, one area where they really could make a killing is in one handed use of a large phone. This is something which Samsung and others really haven't made any major effort with. Apple might come up with something that really works, which would open the phablet category to a new group of potential buyers.

    That and synchronized use with the iWatch. Both together = the focus would be on how to make a large phone as easy to use as possible. Check notifications etc. on the watch, so you don't have to wiggle the phone out of that tight pocket. Software designed to make one handed use possible. "How a large screen phone was meant to be used." *cue Jony's face reaching hitherto unimagined levels of smug and super serious*

    Aside from that I see the focus being primarily on media consumption and gaming + maybe a lot of camera stuff. I'm not sure how they would tackle Note-like productivity without either a stylus or swipe typing, both of which I bet they're too proud or stubborn to implement.
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Generally speaking the devil is in the details and Apple is excellent with ensuring all the details are handled. I think a larger iPhone will be a draw for many of us on a 5" phone right now.

    Things I wonder about such as Apple's love affair with thinness, the iPhone 5/5s are thin, so much so, there are threads about it getting bent. Will apple (as rumored) make this even thinner. A larger phone with an increased surface area and thinner is going to be even more bendable.

    Another issue, is resolution, with Android there's different resolutions for phones, with the iPhone there is a set resolution, how will Apple handle this with different form factors?

    Overall I'm interested, I'm in no rush, as I'm rocking with my Lumia Icon and its doing everything I ask of it. Cortana is better then Siri and WP8.1 is a great OS.
  15. Twixt macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2012
    Still no SD card slot
    no removable battery
    poor file management system
    but that is definitely better than a small 4 inch screen on which you can not do much
  16. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    I think 5.5 inches is too big. 5 inches, or 4.7 inches, would make me happy, but I would be fine to stick with 4 inches for now.
  17. saldawop macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2007

    We could call it a phablet, nah, that would never catch on!!
  18. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    I am interested too.....I don't think I will get one......that is just a little too big for me. But I want to see Apple's design and implementation on such a larger phone. Will it be just a larger iPhone? Or do they have something new a different to bring to their first offering into the phablet space? Stylus maybe?
  19. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012

    I do my darndest to avoid the 'ph' word too though... Surely one of the ugliest words known to man. :eek:
  20. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
  21. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    You are in >> "Alternatives to IOS and IOS Devices" <<

    Either you don't consider a 5.5" iPhone an IOS device or you want a heated discussion :p
  22. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    Not interested, there will still be IOS.
    Would miss too many features I got used to on Android, but who knows, maybe IOS 10 will fit my needs/taste.
  23. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    I'd think about it. I'm also kinda attached to the fact that with my S5 I can use a micro SD card and store all my music on it without paying an additional $200 for a 64gb iPhone.

    Oh and I'd also miss my notification light.

    I definitely want to see what Apple releases in the fall.
  24. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I'd buy a 5.5 iPhone. I don't think we will see one this year though.
  25. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Not even on the iPad, I'm afraid. Steve jobs himself stated stylii had been the past. (Of course they were resistive and not Wacom ones. Nevertheless, I don't think they'll add something that could confuse the vast majority of their customers / make using iOS more "complicated".)

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