Is Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus too big?

“There’s no doubt about the fact that many people love the iPhone 6 Plus. Since it’s release it’s become one of Apple’s hottest products ever,” Jim Lynch writes for CIO. “But as popular as the iPhone 6 Plus is, it might not be the right smartphone for everybody. Some users just can’t adjust to a phablet when coming from smaller phones.”

“One of the biggest problem for some users is that they approach phablets like the iPhone 6 Plus with the same mentality and usage habits that they had with their smaller phone,” Lynch writes. “And it just doesn’t work most of the time because phablets require certain adjustments by the user for successful use.”

“I suspect that some of the folks who dumped the iPhone 6 Plus just couldn’t adjust to using it in a way that is different from smaller phones. That’s very unfortunate since the iPhone 6 Plus has some real advantages over smaller phones,” Lynch writes. “Overall, my experience with the iPhone 6 Plus has been terrific. I don’t even use a case for it any more, I prefer toting it around without one (and no it has never been bent or otherwise damaged). It has literally become my little mobile computer, and I can do almost everything on it in a way that I couldn’t with a smaller phone. So I’m very glad I made the jump to the iPhone 6 Plus.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you’re going to try to jam iPhone 6 Plus into your front jeans pocket like you did with iPhone 5 and earlier, you’re not going to like iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 6 Plus is a different animal and must be approached as such. After having iPhone 6 Plus units for nearly 8 months now, we wouldn’t settle for any other iPhone.

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ZDNet reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘Superb design and solid build quality’ – October 28, 2014
Forbes’ long-term iPhone 6 Plus review: ‘This beautiful freak is the iPhone’s future’ – October 22, 2014
Digital Photography Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus offers a very good smartphone camera – October 21, 2014
Apple looks to have significantly underestimated the popularity of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus – October 21, 2014
Apple shifts order ratio to hugely popular iPhone 6 Plus, away from iPhone 6 – October 7, 2014
Samsung is running scared of Apple’s hot-selling, 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus – September 29, 2014
Re/code reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘A statement phone,’ not a ‘plastic toy’ – September 17, 2014
The Telegraph reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘It’s peerless’ – September 17, 2014

31 Comments

  1. Here I’ll tell you the conventional wisdom – the iPhone 6 4.7″ is the optimum phone size. iPhone 6 Plus 5’5″ is for those who prefer the larger display (& extra features) and can accommodate it’s storage on their person without putting undue stress on the device. Simple. Next.

    1. I can remember not so long ago before the iPhone 6 and 6+ came out, that most people posting heres reaction to phones over 4″ was one of ridiculing anyone who thought it was a good idea. Even worse if you criticised Apple for not bringing out a larger phone. All were so drastically wrong, but were probably among the first queue up for the 6+.

      The iPhone 6 is not the optimal phone size, there are phones with bigger screens, but similar sized bodies and better features for optimising use of a larger screen. Same applies to 5.5″. the screen to body size is more meaningful than screen size alone.

      As for the stress issue there are some phones bigger than 5.5″ that fit and stand up to living in an average pocket. If a phone is not strong enough to survive in a pocket it is not robust enough.

    1. Well, yes.

      Betteridge explained the concept in a February 2009 article, regarding a TechCrunch article with the headline “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?”:

      This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word “no.” The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.

  2. Fits fine in my front pocket jeans. You get used to the size. Regardless if its 4″ or 4.7 or 5.5. Real strength of the 5.5″ model is just more battery. It’s fine and frankly not worth the virtual ink of this article here at MDN or the original site.

    That said, if they would make the iPhone 7 in a 4″ size with basically the same feature set (I do not want a 5c like experience), I’d likely get the mini iPhone instead. Not because one size is a problem and the other is not. The bigger screen is just meh to me. Other than the battery, all things being equal, the smaller size is just a more pleasant in-hand experience for me. But this is very subjective and everyone will have different opinions on it, which is great and why I wish apple would offer small, medium and large sizes at the top of the line and make an iPhone 5c like phone a little cheaper at the 4.7″ size. That would do a lot to clobber the competition and not leave money on the table.

  3. The iPhone 6 Plus and an Apple Watch are the ideal combination. You have the big screen when you want it, but you don’t have to lug the device around the house with you from room to room just to not miss calls, emails, texts or notifications. You also don’t have to take the big phone out of your pocket to check the weather or set a timer/alarm or ask Siri a fact-based question.

    1. I rarely use my iPhone 6 up to my head- using speakerphone, a Bluetooth headset or the car Bluetooth. It is not as big an issue IMHO.
      I was tempted to get a Plus on my grandfathered unlimited data (Thanks, Steve) plan, but decided to go with the 6. Either one is the best iPhone ever.

  4. I always thought 4.5″ at 720p and 5″ at 1080p would be the ideal sizes. Even if the 5″ was only 720p it would still qualify as “retina” in the pre-iPhone 6 days, but obviously not be as high-res as competitors’ phones.

      1. I think we’ve already proven that “bendgate” was yet another media created phenomena that had no basis in reality. Other phones bent far easier than an iphone 6+ after everyone jumped on the bandwagon to bend phones..

  5. Since I wear men’s jeans and not women’s jeans, the iPhone 6 Plus (with an Apple leather case) fits just fine in my front pocket. In fact I have two of them stacked in that pocket (one from work and my personal one) and still no problem at all. Are people complaining about this children and women? Because I’m an average height guy with typical-brand jeans..

  6. I live in a hot climate, FL, I usually wear shorts. Sometimes jeans if going out. An iPhone 5s is a great size for me. My husband has a 6+. He carries a briefcase to work and keeps it in there. A lot of times when we go out he will leave it in the car because it won’t fit in his jeans. I don’t like putting enything in my back pockets, for a lot of reasons. I do realize that most people live in climates where people wear jackets and half the population have purses. I do like his phone, FaceTime is great. His cousin got one too and we don’t have the problems we had when he used his Mac. The camera is great, and it’s a lot easier to see photos and videos. Is is just to big for me. This did give me a great excuse to get an Apple Watch for Apple Pay.

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