Trying to get used to 7+ size

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wickedwahine11, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. wickedwahine11 macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2013
    I had an iPhone 6 until I gave it to my mom so she could do the AT&T trade for a free 7. I then used her 5C for a week until I was able to get a 7+. This is the first time I have used a plus phone but I really wanted it for the camera.

    The upside is that I love it for browsing and the camera, as well as watching videos. But every time I try to make a call, my thumb hurts from trying to stretch to hold it. I have very small hands and just seem to not be able to comfortably use it.

    For those of you with small hands that went from a 6 or 6S to a plus model did you ever get used to the larger size? I am contemplating returning it within my 14 days and just getting a 7, even though I hate the idea of losing the better camera. As a silver lining, at least I can get jet black if I go 7, which was my first choice.

    On a related note, I bought a 7+ case for it that I would want to return as well though I already threw away the box it came in. Can you return or exchange an iPhone case without a box?
  2. luminouslight macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2012
    Orlando FL
    The way I compensated is I try not to use the phone one handed or my hand tires out quickly. I use dictation a lot more now and the keyboard word flow which has a setting that allows one handed keyboard use.

    I used the smaller 6 for a while but now that I'm accustomed to the bigger phone I don't see myself going for the smaller one. The battery, extra screen, and camera are worth the 10% of the time I'm uncomfortable with the phone.
  3. wickedwahine11 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2013
  4. Jal217 macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2015
    Also, you really get used to it as well. I know thats like the easy way out response, but its true. Shuffling your phone in one hand to reach things without stretching your thumb becomes second nature after about a month. If I were you, I wouldn't give up on it. You handle the plus differently than the regular size phone. Once you learn how to handle it you'll have all the upsides without any downside.
  5. noekozz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2010
    I still have my 6+ (passing the upgrade this year) and for the first few days it took some adjusting. Now I don't think I'll ever go back. Unfortunately you can't grow bigger hands so in the end it's about comfort for you.

    As far as the question about the case, no the store will not take it without a box, your best bet is to sell it yourself.
  6. beernut macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2016
    -3 fingers under volume buttons
    -thumb on power button side
    -pinky under phone

    that stabilizes the phone and then use reachability (double tap home button) to get to the stuff the thumb can't reach without having to shuffle.

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  7. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    Have you tried finding a really grippy case? That should help alleviate some of the problem.
  8. jrcsh6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
  9. AhemThisGuy macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2016
  10. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    Takes a little time but you'll get there. This is of course coming from someone who decided after having the Plus size for two years to move back down to the regular. Wasn't that I wasn't used to it, just was a personal preference.

    I'd hang onto it until day 13 of your return window and if you still find it to be too big at that point, take it back and go with the regular size.
  11. keisa macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2013
    I'm coming from the 6 to a 7 plus and the 7 plus feels PERFECT. It doesn't feel or look big at all, even with a case.
  12. nitrocosis macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2016
    I just use it with two hands, regardless. However I also used my smaller phones in this manner, so it's somewhat natural for me.
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Been doing the plus size for a while now and would not go back.

    Even using one hand is not a problem, I arrange my home screen so that the things I use most are closest to my thumb. Also remember that lightly touching the home button twice drops the icons down for easy reach.
  14. EX1127 macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2009
    I do this but left handed, pinky across bottom,and ring finger is only one that makes it all the way around case. Pointer and middle kinda jointly support the back.
  15. OC513 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2007
    Have you tried double tapping (not clicking, so dont push, just lightly tap the home button twice quickly) to bring the screen down towards the home button and make the screen more manageable?
  16. sekazi macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2012
    I can only hold it that way when I am on a call. If I am using the phone I cannot reach my thumb to the home button. The way I hold the phone which was the same way I held the regular 6 was pinky on the bottom, 3 fingers on the back and the phone slightly tilted between the thumb and index finger. I can use reachability for most things but still cannot touch completely on the right side of the screen. That is the problem with this being a right handed world.

    I switched from a 6 to 7+ and happy with it. Once my leather case breaks in more I will have more grip for single hand use.
  17. wickedwahine11 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2013
    I have seen that fix. My problem though is just having holding it one handed seems to hurt my thumb during calls. I am fine every time I do anything else though. So I don't mind doing two hands every other function.
  18. gaymerraver macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2016
    I use my thumb to the right and the rest of the hand holding the phone towards the left. I can type on my phone using my thumb (thanks to Piano & long stretchy fingers) If I need to use my other hand then I will. I went to 6+ to 6S back to 7+ daamn I missed the extra size.
  19. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I have really small hands, too, with short and stubby fingers. I actually went with 6 Plus at first and used it for a couple of months. I was okay with using two hands for most tasks but I finally got fed up of being unable to answer calls one-handed because my fingers are too short to do slide to answer without dropping the phone. I switched to the smaller 6 and gave the 6+ to my brother. I occasionally steal the 6+ from him to watch videos and stuff but it's just too big for me for use as a daily driver.
  20. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Is all depends on your hands and whether you insist on doing things a certain way (full right to do so).

    Am one-hand user, even on my TV remote I insist on one-hand operation so you don't have to guess what phone I got.
  21. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
    Switch to regular 7. You'll thank me later. The whole dual camera thing is a novelty anyways. 1 month later, you'll still have issues using it with one hand and resent the size until the 8. Lol.

    The way I see it is, I'm not going to change the way I normally use things for extra battery, camera, and pixel density.
  22. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    I have very small hands too but don't have this issue. How do you hold your phone? i seem to keep my pinky on the bottom of the phone. Thumb on the side and 3 other fingers on the other side. OR my ring finger on the bottom. Doesnt seem to cause any strain in holding the phone for a call.
    I came from a iPhone 5 to a 6+ now a 7+ i won't ever go down in screen size now i love the 5.5. Sometimes i feel like it could be 5.8-6" id love that now if they decreased the bezels so its slightly smaller or the same size.
  23. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2015
    OP I've got very small hands and I've had the 6s Plus and now the 7 Plus. You learn to adjust your grip, if you enjoy the display.
  24. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I wish Apple would "innovate" a 2/3 size screen feature like the Samsung Notes use. Their half baked attempt at screen size shrinking just requires too many key presses. I got very used to my Note 3/4/5 but ultimately reverted to smaller sized iPhone 6/6s/7 because of how the Plus' handle reachability.

    Maybe when Apple loses the giant bezels it will be better.

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