Apple iPhone 6 shows why even small gains in screen size matter

“My biggest complaint about the Apple iPhone during my previous brief periods of ownership was that the screen was too small to use. Specifically, I couldn’t type on the crowded buttons without a substantial error rate that was frequently exacerbated by Apple’s idiosyncratic auto-correct feature,” Wayne Rash writes for eWeek. “Worse, the tiny screen made reading Websites and other online information nearly impossible for me.”

“But when Apple announced the new 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 6, I was heartened,” Rash writes. “Once I received and unpacked the iPhone 6, the improvement in size was obvious. I didn’t need to squint to read the screen, and the screen was big enough to reduce the error rate when I typed.”

“In daily use, I found that the iPhone 6 is a substantial improvement over the iPhone 5s. The larger screen makes a huge difference,” Rash writes. “Plus, the iPhone 6 is faster, and it communicates faster because it will work with 802.11ac on 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and it’ll work with faster forms of LTE.”

Read more in the full article here.

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35 Comments

  1. crazy how this blog was calling the big phones clown phones until a few months ago and saying how they were too big. until apple came out with their own clown phone

    1. There are plenty of people who prefer the 4″ phone. But the larger phones placates the entire market and gives more choice. I do think Apple waited a year too long. Maybe because it was a 5S “in between” year?

      A larger phone still looks like a over sized shoe clown phone. That hasn’t changed. There are just many more happier clowns. 🙂

      1. Imo the 4.7″ is just a tad too big, but I’m getting used to it.
        I always thought that the 4″ of the iPhone 5 was perfect, maybe a 4.5″ would have perfect for *my* hands. Every one is different, the 4.7″ could be just perfect for their hands.

        With that said, in NO way would I get rid of my iPhone 6 😎
        (Well.. For the 6S/7 I will. But not until then.)

        1. I agree. I’ll stick with the 6. It’s noticeably quicker with the A8, I expect that we’ll see other great features emerge as Health Kit matures and I look forward to Apple Pay. That however, is the end of my list of likes.

          I feel that the larger screen is a step down in usability. Reachability makes me cringe (reminds me of short guys that wear high heels), and the odd placement of the power button means that I’m often clicking all three buttons simultaneously.

          Now that I’ve been using the 6 for a while, I pick up my 5s and expect it to feel tiny, but instead it feels, as SJ said… perfect. The way I see it, the 6 form factor is an unnecessary compromise. For on-the-go content consumption I have an iPad, for work I have a MBP and for a slick comms experience, the 4.5″ form factor is still my favorite.

          Having said all that I’m glad that Apple introduced a pop tart for the phablet crowd; that was way too big a market to ignore.

      2. I’d actually want something slightly smaller than the iPhone 2G/3G/3GS/4/4S. Cant really reach the top and bottom buttons in the same grip. The 5/5S is workable, but it’s traveling way more up and down the hand than it used to.

    2. A “few” months ago? Try 10 months ago, or nearly a year:

      When Apple finally extracts their collective head from their collective ass and ships iPhone models with larger screens, they’ll do more damage to slavish copier Samsung than all of their endless, plodding patent infringement cases combined.

      We believe that Apple became infatuated with the fact that only they could produce small, thin smartphones with an efficient OS that could work with the small batteries that these compact iPhones housed. “Nobody else can do such things.” Meanwhile, battery-hogging Android leeches like Samsung slapped larger screens on their phones to hide the fact that they needed significantly larger batteries in order to run for even a few hours (Android phones are notorious for running out of charge).

      Far too many otherwise intelligent consumers saw little or nothing of Apple’s considerable engineering superiority (the iPhone 5s is simply the best smartphone anyone has ever produced), these otherwise intelligent consumers only saw iPhone’s smaller screens. They didn’t see Android’s inefficiency or inferior ecosystem, they only saw phones with larger screens.

      If we’ve heard from one person who went with an Android phone for a larger screen who in fact really wanted an iPhone – “I’d have gotten an iPhone if only they had a larger screen” – we’ve heard it from a thousand. These are top tier, cream-of-the-crop customers (i.e. Apple’s target demographic), not low information cheapskates. They want to be Apple customers and participate heavily in Apple’s ecosystems, but, for a few years now, Apple has been blowing these sales by failing to deliver the product these high value customers desired. It’s inexplicable; any downsides (fragmentation, inventory management, etc.) are vastly outweighed by the vast sales potential to those who should be Apple customers, but are now carrying a plastic piece of crap from Samsung.

      Bottom line: Apple screwed the pooch on this one. Shit or get off the pot, Tim.

      MacDailyNews Take, January 23, 2014

    3. Actually if you would have read the site regularly (or at all) you’d know they have been saying how Apple should have a larger size for over 2 years. But as for Apple’s decision I can say when it’s either one size or the other they made the right decision. For every improvement with going bigger there’s a step back in usability. Bigger is not better. If you have bad eye sight there are settings for you as well.

    4. For the last several years I have taken shots here from those who said Apple doesn’t need and couldn’t sell larger iPhones. I have said and still believe that the larger iPhones will easily outsell the 5S size. We should know those results in about three months. But I don’t think anyone really needs that long to figure it out. Don’t know where all of those naysayers are now? With the exception of you of course alent1234.

      1. Lots of people on this forum supported larger iPhone formats, GM. Sure, you took some shots. No matter what you say on this forum, someone will dispute it. However, it is worth noting that how you say (post) something is often as important as its content.

        Hopefully, Apple will support at least three iPhone form factors going forward – 4″, 4.7″, and 5.5″ – complemented by two iPad form factors – 7.9″ and 9.7″. That makes for a well-rounded iOS touchscreen portfolio.

  2. Yup, when the iPhone 1 came out in 2007 with its large 3.5 inch capacitance screen, complete operating system, touch keyboard on glass, aluminum back, touch icons, built in battery, and Gorilla Glass – they laugh their asses off and said it was too big and expensive with a few followers that would end up as Apple’s biggest mistake.

    Now look at all the phones – they laughed at Apple, who is laughing now? Now every phone from the inside out is a direct copy of the 2007 iPhone no matter the size.

    Yea, Apple changed the phone world and all other atempt to rewrite history – yet they are owned! Yea.

  3. I don’t understand all the complaints about the iPhone’s autocorrect. I can type super fast on my iPhone 5S and no matter how bad I mangle the word with errant keystrokes it autocorrects to what I was trying to type.

    1. Yes, that is an interesting shift of blame people like to make: “It’s Apple’s idiosyncratic auto-correct.” In truth, if you watch as you mistype something and some really weird is chosen as autocorrect you’ll notice that you royally mangled the original word. I’ll bet there is a poster in the hallway where the autocorrect team works: Garbage-in, Grassfed Cows out.

    2. Exactly.
      and lets not forget about PROOF READING what you typed. Don’t be in such a hurry to hit send.

      So something gets mangled when you type it.. but you hit send/enter anyway and THEN bitch about something misspelled.
      Auto correct works pretty damn good for me, but sometimes words do get screwed up. Take a second to proof read what you typed, it’s not hard..

      I’ll admit i’m guilty of a typo or auto correct screwup and notice it spelled wrong after I hit send/enter. But so many people just want it sent/posted as fast as they can, like it’s a race to get it typed out.

  4. “…the tiny screen made reading…” Another interesting tidbit of misinformation. Apple effects the same size text on all three screen sizes (by default, ignoring the text size options in Settings). The fact that the screen is larger does not make the text bigger. But that’s what we get from author who only had “brief periods of ownership….”

  5. I love my poor lil’ ol’ 5c. The screen size is perfect and my great big fat old man’s fingers can type just fine! I’ll be upgrading to the 6 around the time 7 or 8 is released!

  6. I’m anxious to make the leap from 4S to 6 Plus. The 6 is too big anyway, might as well go for the 6 Plus. I only use the phone to connect with my wife and call in takeout meal orders, so the big adjustment will be adjusting to mobility challenges. Between my pudgy fingers and declining eyesight, I think I’ve outgrown, or out-aged the old size anyway.

    1. Did you do a fresh install or a restore from back up? Sometimes the former is the way to go. It’s more of a PIA but it can scrape off some of the barnacles that may be slowing you down.

      1. Thanks, warbux. That will take some time, but I’ll probably try that.

        I’m on my MBP now, but I usually enjoy MDN much more on my new iPhone 6, or the iPad mini (first gen). But the App crashes all the time in iOS8 on both of them. Surely that’s been reported here, right? Crash, crash, crash.

        What’s up, MDN? For better or for worse, you guys really need to have a functioning App, right? You guys do a great job of news aggregation and you’re my go to place to keep clients up to date on Apple.

        You’re just about to release a new update, yes?

        Please fix this.

        Thanks.

    1. Welllll, maybe, but it’s really hard to quantify “many people/users” as you have here twice. I would use the phrase “some people” with greater confidence. And Apple still sells the 5c and the 5s for those small handed denizens. BUT, I don’t have massive hands, just poor eyes. I love my iPhone 6 (reg). If there is huge uproar, maybe they’ll keep making the 5 size, maybe not. For now, it’s a moot point. I really think this is the very first time I’ve wanted to actually hang out with my iPhone. I read a novel in bed on it last night. Don’t usually do that.

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