Tried 6s Plus for a week...I give up!!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eddiehaskell, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. eddiehaskell macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    So I bought a 6s Plus last week, but I just can't get used to the size. The phone is simply too big and clumsy in the hand - trying to whip it out quickly and use with one hand requires constant balancing and hand readjustments to reach the entire screen. I end up balancing the phone on my fingers which is a sure fire recipe for drops. When I need to reach the upper 25% of the screen I kinda slide/bounce the phone down in my hand...then slide/bounce it up when I'm done. The reach-ability thing feels like an extra step I'd rather not do - and it just doesn't feel natural on a touchscreen where my thumb wants to reach out and touch what I want without thinking. It's almost impossible to hold the phone up and use it one handed while laying down (like in the recliner while I'm watching TV). Using one hand to check something quickly in the car or messing with maps is just annoying!

    Another issue I have is that pulling out the plus is almost a public event rather than a personal matter. The phone is so big that I feel like anyone near me can see what I'm doing. With the 6s you can sorta cuff it in your hand with a secure grip like the easy-to-one-hand 4 or 4s - it's really not that much bigger feeling to me (0.9" taller/0.33" wider/.09" slimmer). The 4.7" has that natural extension of the hand feeling which I feel is essential for a phone. It doesn't feel like it could get away from me. I can't see the 6s being hard to one hand for anyone with at least an average size woman hand.

    And what about cases? I'm one of those that like to keep my expensive phone in pristine condition - how do you folks use a 6 plus with a case that adds say 1/4"+ to the width? I only used the plus without a case, but I can't imagine how bulky it must feel with a case that offers decent protection.

    I can understand the plus being a tablet substitute for some, but I just don't see it happening for me. I don't have a tablet, but instead of using the plus like one, I'd rather get on my laptop. Phone on the go/killing time and laptop for when I want to get stuff done (like typing up this post). I NEVER used landscape on the plus or any other phone - granted I'm not a gamer.

    The 6s takes good enough pictures for me and I'm guessing 90% would never see a difference. I can't see a difference based on what I've seen.

    The screens look the same to me.

    IMO, the 6s would be the perfect phone if it had a slightly bigger battery. Relative to the Plus, in test I've seen online, the 6s and 6s plus are separated by only an hour or less. That's not really game changing...especially if you always carry a charger in your car.

    It was fun 6s+, but tomorrow I'm switching you out for the 6s.

    BTW - I'm no tech geek so take it easy on me.
  2. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
  3. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I have gotten used to handling the 6S+ (coming from a 5s), even with one hand. The main issue for me is carrying it round. This phone is big. I am 1.83m tall, and when I walk around, it really makes its presence felt in my pocket. I am not using a case at the moment (I eventually might).

    The thing is that I have come to love the larger screen. It's just awesome for what I do, from watching youtube to browsing the web to editing video, even gaming. And especially the battery life. I just hope I will get used to the size of the phone.
  4. Joe1602 macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    I could tell that after playing with mock-ups and phablets before the preorders last year. I much prefer the size of the 6 (and now 6s) as well.
  5. luminouslight macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2012
    Orlando FL
    I agree.. The plus is way too big for me as well. I love how I can easily use the 6 with one hand.. For this reason I have just put in a order for a iPhone 6s gold 64gb. Can't wait to get it! :apple::D
  6. rantor49 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    Too each there own. I had the 6s and I am used to the size. Sticking with the 6s+. Battery life is much better. But I can see both sides of the argument.
  7. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    I never understand why people feel the need to share their personal anecdotal evidence on the Internet and then present it as fact. Everyone has different wants and need. That's why there's two different sizes.
  8. eddiehaskell thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    If you're like me, you struggled trying to decide between the larger and smaller phone. The plus is the plus. The big daddy. Top of the line. I tried to love it, but using the plus for a while allowed me to have that "aha moment" where I thought despite this, that and another - it just doesn't perform as a phone in the way I use a phone. Once a phone's use as a phone is compromised - little differences mean nothing. It feels good to have made that decision and see if anyone else feels the same.
  9. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Double tap the home button to bring down the top elements on the screen.
  10. hutrebug macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2015
    Like I've said always: if one-handed operation is important to you, get the 6S.

    For people who're used to big phones (e.g. Android phones), the 6S Plus feels natural. On the contrary, the 6S feels too small and restrictive.

    One man's meat is another man's poison, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, YMMV, yada yada blahbity blah.
  11. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    The Plus is not meant to be a one handed device. It can be for some, but it was never designed to be. Neither are any other phablets by anyone. It's main purpose is the screen real estate.

    But no harm in trying it and finding you like the smaller 6s better.
  12. eddiehaskell thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    Yeah, I commented on that. It's an extra step. A hassle. Sometimes I forget to do it (or it didn't work well) which put my hand in awkward positions. Dare I say, sometimes the plus caused pain in my hand/fingers. It's natural for me to reach out and touch anything I need on the screen with my thumb without thinking (while simultaneously having a good grip on my phone). Not to create controversy, but I think long term huge phones will be seen as a fad.
  13. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    I used edge s6 +(same size as 6s plus screen) the trial for a month and did a full conversion without using my iPhone (sold it). It was usable but too big. Also could not carry it around in the pocket as it was too big.
  14. psylence2k, Sep 30, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2015

    psylence2k macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    It's all preference and trade off

    you either pick

    - big screen
    - better battery
    - image stabilization
    - landscape home screen
    - 1080 P


    - easier handling.

    for me I had to have the bigger screen. Things like browsing, netflix, reading, youtube, etc are not very enjoyable and almost unbearable to me on a smaller screen, I'd much rather just wait to get to my PC. The bigger screen actually makes it worthwhile to do these things which makes me fully utilize the smartphone regularly to its' full potential rather than just for calls and texts.
  15. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Agree with what you said. I just wish the regular 6s to have the battery life of the Plus.
  16. psylence2k macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    You can always get those finger straps too, alot of people seem to like them and say it makes it way easier to use the phone.

  17. ddkkpp macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2011
    so funny! i have a 6S, but had to go back to the 5S to do some updating/installing and damn, i miss that nice compact size. i mean, its a PHONE. i have a tablet for tablet based activities, like posting on here - but for phoning, maps, recording steps/workouts, etc etc, i prefer a smaller form factor.
  18. Cmd-Z macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2014
    Coyote, CA
  19. gdjsnyder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2010
    Swoyersville, PA
    I wish you luck with battery life. I hope for your sake it is only an hour difference. I had both a 6 (work) and 6 Plus (personal) and the most usage I ever got out of the 6 was about 7 hours with 13-14 of standby. The 6 Plus I never had less than 12 hours usage/22 hours standby. My 6s Plus is at 71% right now, off the charger since 11AM and has about 5.5 hours usage right now. My 6s, off the charger at 9AM died at 6:30PM with 7 hours and 11 minutes of usage.
  20. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    Let's be fair, with the 6s you also get a higher contrast ratio on the screen.
  21. smoledman macrumors 68000

    Oct 17, 2011
    I knew from the get-go I was getting the 6S because I had no desire for a phablet. I am deliriously happy with the size of the device, but I had to get a gripable case because the damn thing is so slippery that I was scared it would fall from my hands any time and shatter into a million shards. Also the 6S has great battery life.
  22. psylence2k macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    this is true but just like with the previous generation is that small difference in ratio even noticeable without looking really hard for it ?

    I haven't really noticed it or heard many other people say much at all about it. Alot of people do speak on the 1080p difference though.
  23. eddiehaskell thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    I agree. Those Plus pluses are great on paper and an obvious choice if all things are equal. However, for me - I had to decide how much those features would benefit me in the real world.

    A big screen is better for say watching movies, but do I really want to watch them on a little 5.5" screen vs my laptop which I comfortably sit 2-3 feet away from? Nope. I've watched perhaps one movie on a phone.

    A better battery is always nice, but how often am I away from a power source for extended amounts of time? Not very often. Both phones will easily get me through the day and that's the most important thing. Typically when I go out it's to do something - not to spend 4-5 hours on my phone. Granted, there are always times when I forget to plug in my phone and in those circumstances, the extra battery power comes in handy. Even the plus will have that happen though...just not quite as often.

    Image stabilization is nice too, but I never really saw a difference in image quality. Granted, I certainly don't have an eye for photography - to me, my 4s took good enough pictures.

    I never use landscape.

    1080p sounds better and probably is for those that know why, but to my eyes what I see on the 6s and 6s+ looks the same.
  24. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    I agree which is also the source of my main gripe with the 6+. It's meant to be used with 2 hands but apple only allows apps to be installed that were designed to be used with one hand, phone apps not iPad apps.
  25. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    Large phone wasn't meant for ONE HAND. It was meant to be used as TWO hands.

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