What is the primary reason for you to get the 5.5" iPhone over the 4.7" iPhone?

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What is the primary reason for you to get the 5.5" iPhone over the 4.7" iPhone?

  1. Its the size

    21 vote(s)
  2. The extra features like IOS, 1080P Resolution, and Better battery life.

    44 vote(s)
  1. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    What is the 'primary' reason for you to get the 5.5" iPhone over the 4.7" iPhone?

    I'm wondering if its the size or the better features for most people...
  2. sammieboy macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2011
    All of the above.

    I was going to get the Note 4 if Apple didnt announce the 6plus.

    It's personal preference, but I love the phablets.

    Also, the camera features w/ optical stablization doesnt hurt either...
  3. jrcsh6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    OIS, otherwise I'd be more comfortable with the 4.7.
  4. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    Seeing clearer pictures after taking pictures.
    Seeing more detail and bigger gaming estate
    Side panel view in email
    Side panel view in Messages
    Bigger Reading Area when browsing web pages.
    Extra Typing options when typing in landscape
    Editing Photos will be easier
    Less scrolling up or zooming in or zooming out.
    Less Squinting when looking at the phone when reading
    Ability to make text larger and still have bigger screen estate than iPhone 6 basic

    This is just the tip of the iceberg
  5. Imory, Sep 11, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2014

    Imory macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    It remains to be seen, but OIS won't really be that much of a huge difference. I might stand corrected here, but the verge posted an interesting article. Here's an excerpt.

    Picking a new iPhone: there's only one decision that matters

    To understand how important (or not) OIS is in a phone, it's important to understand how it actually works and what it actually does. OIS has been around in DSLR lenses and point-and-shoot cameras for over a decade, and other smartphone manufacturers have been putting it in their devices for years before Apple jumped on board. It is designed to counteract hand-shake and camera movement, by literally moving elements of the camera's lens in the opposite directions of the photographer's movements. This allows for taking sharp pictures with longer shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible. Longer shutter speeds let more light into the camera's sensor, allowing for brighter pictures in low light environments. It's long been billed as the savior for low light photography and it lets you use a really big zoom lens on your DSLR or mirrorless camera without a tripod. OIS is most effective when you have a long focal length, because that magnifies any uncontrollable movements you might have.

    But, and here's the key misunderstanding with OIS, it is only able to correct for movement on the camera's side. If you have a longer shutter speed, unless your subject is inanimate and perfectly still, it's more likely that your subject will move in the time that the camera is taking the picture, causing motion blur that the OIS system can do nothing to correct for. You've seen this before, often times when you try to take a picture of a frisky pet or active toddler indoors, they move during the shot, causing a blurry limb or loss of sharpness in key areas such as the face. Having OIS in a camera does not resolve this problem, and in fact, a lot of smartphone manufacturers have exacerbated the issue by relying too heavily on the feature and holding the shutter open for longer than would otherwise be necessary. (I've personally seen this with every smartphone I've reviewed that has OIS, including models from HTC, LG, and Nokia.) And since smartphone's have wide lenses, OIS is less effective than it would be on your DSLR with a 300mm zoom lens.

    The fact is, most of the pictures people take with smartphones are of other people, which are living, breathing, and yes, moving subjects. The most important factor in getting sharp pictures of people is shutter speed — it needs to be fast enough to freeze the subject.

    That isn't to say the OIS feature has no purpose — it's really great for getting sharp pictures of buildings at night or those cool nighttime cityscapes. They aren't moving and will surely sit still long enough for the camera to use a longer shutter speed. OIS can also be effective for stabilizing video. It can also be argued that OIS is more effective in the iPhone 6 Plus (and possibly more necessary) than it would be in the iPhone 6 because its larger size can be more difficult to hold steady.

    By all accounts, it appears that everything else about the cameras in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the same. According to Apple, they have the same resolution, same sensors, same focus system, same lens, same flash, and same new camera processing features. They also have the same video recording features, including slow-motion, 1080p recording, and something Apple calls "Cinematic Stabilization." But in the vast majority of still photography situations, these cameras are likely to produce the exact same results.
  6. zetti macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2012
    Initially I wanted the 4.7 cos it fits my hand perfectly but having seen the 5.5 and the features, I know that it is the right phone for me :)
  7. daviddth macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2009
    My reasons for the 5.5 over the 4.7 are:

    1: Battery life,

    2: OIS as while I do shoot with a $5k DSLR, the iPhone is always with me, so better quality will be appreciated, especially if it works as well as I hope for video.

    3: Screen size. My iPhone is used 90% for media/music/surfing/games etc, and 10% or less for phone calls. The larger screen will be much nicer on the eyes, and probably lesten the need to carry the iPad at times.
  8. jrcsh6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    There are good points made there. But night shots and video should really benefit from it. I agree though the majority of the shots taken will be the same with either.
  9. HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
    The 4.7" is perfect for my small hands. But for a $100 more; you get higher screen resolution 401ppi vs. 326 for the iPhone 6. Better camera; better functions on the screen since it has an improve OS for the plus. Better battery life. I heard that you will adjust to the bigger screen size within a months time.

    Apple should of put the features of the plus into the 4.7" and charged the $100 more and I would have gladly pay it for a 4.7" version! So, I am kind of forced to buy the iPhone 6 Plus! There is no other option available!
  10. Imory macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    I do wonder about shooting video though. Given that they both will be getting the "cinematic mode", I doubt that there will be a difference in daylight. Maybe we'll see a difference during nighttime or low light conditions.
  11. McBeats macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    This size will be a test but going for the 1080p and ois :eek:
  12. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    Size matters! ;)

    I was unable to commit 100% to the 5.5 using the paper templates. I was waffling between the two all last night and all day today. Then I held two different phones that were the same width as the iphone 5.5 (although the iphone is about 1/2 inch taller) and it felt perfect! I held one the whole time I was talking with my friend and it just felt like it belonged there. She loves her big phone. I didn't measure thickness. she also had a case on hers.

    So I am definitely getting the 5.5 tonight!

    My next mission will be to decide if i stick with an ipad mini (probable right now) or bump up to the air????? But I won't do that til the new ones come out!
  13. Altruistic macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2014
    iPhone 6 Plus ---

    --- features made it an easy choice since both 6 models were bigger because I have always kept my phone for longer periods of time (I had the 5 previously) regardless of Apple's upgrade cycles.

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