How do you hold your iPhone?

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When holding your iPhone in your active use grip, where is the base of your thumb?

  1. Somewhere hovering over the device.

    28.6%
  2. To the side of the device, near the bottom.

    35.7%
  3. To the side of the device, midway up it's long axis.

    35.7%
  1. iP5

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    I'm sure by now, we've all seen this graphic by now.
    iphone reach.jpg

    So I'd like to take an impromptu poll of how representative it is.

    Hold your iPhone or iPod and use it for a moment, trigger some apps, tap on the keyboard, swipe down the notification area (for those on iOS5), check that your hold and hand are comfortable, STOP.

    Without altering your grip.
    ▪ Have the device screen facing you directly (squarely).
    Find the joint at the base of your thumb where it connects to your hand.
    ▪ Note the position of this joint relative to the device.
    ▪ Answer the poll above.
     
  2. kyleplusitunes

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    I don't hold my phone
     
  3. kyleplusitunes

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    Plus that's a left handed graphic
     
  4. iP5

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    Right, I forgot about the model iPhone that floats.

    Yes, that's a left hand graphic. Imagine it inverted if you are right handed as am I.

    The poll still applies.

    Unless your one of the unfortunates that have lost use of your thumb.

    Oh, and if your thumb is to the side and midway up then that would mean that the keyboard would be below your thumb when using the device in portrait view with just the one hand. Really, the keyboard is below your thumb. That is so awkward.
     
  5. Sharunda

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    I have not ever seen this graphic, but the green kinda looks like how I hold my phone if the rounded sweep is for the thumb.

    This probably means I'm a type A personality or something? What is this all about?

    I hold the phone with my left hand (Sometimes using my thumb to do stuff) and do most of the work with my right hand using the first two fingers, but mostly the middle finger.

    Eh, probably a Super Anal Type A personality :rolleyes:
     
  6. MuddyPaws

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    I haven't seen that graphic but I answered the poll. What's the point? Is there another antenna thing going on?
     
  7. MuddyPaws

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    How do we know it's a left hand graphic? I am right handed but I hold the phone with my left when doing things on it, hold it in my right when talking on it.
     
  8. iP5

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    The green area represents the sweep of your thumb so in the graphic that would have to be your left thumb or that you hold your iPhone/iPod upside down.
     
  9. MuddyPaws

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    Oh, got ya. When I am holding it with one hand and controlling with my thumb then it is hovering and I hold it in my right.
     
  10. iP5

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    These would be the three positions represented by the options in the poll in corresponding order.

    I'm right handed but used my left to match the one case applying to the graphic and to be consistent with the other holds.

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    This is my use of the device if left handed.

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    This I find makes accessing much of the device impossible.

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    This with my fingers spaced evenly across the opposite edge of the device is the farthest thing from how I use my devices.

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    This is how I actually hold the thing.
     
  11. iphonewarrior

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    You've cheated. You're using an iPod Touch not an iPhone :p
     
  12. iP5

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    My wife is using her iPhone but very close :)
     
  13. MrMike6by9

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    What's wrong with left handed? It's worked for me for over 63 years.
     
  14. acosmichippo

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    i rest mine on my fingers and prop it up on my pinky. my thumb is approximately halfway up the side.
     
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    yay for abnormal long fingers.. full coverage :whistle:
     
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    I hold it with my pinky carrying most of the weight of the phone.

    (pic taken with a mirrow so it's inverted, actually my right hand)
     

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    That's very similar to how I hold mine.
     
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    Very carefuly.
     
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    My pinky is usually underneath something like that whether it's in my right or left hand.
     
  20. iP5

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    Exactly. A pinky propped hold, I would think is done to free the whole of the thumb to float over the screen. This hold would be option 1 since your joint would be over the screen for most of your active use of the phone.

    Whereas the third option suggests a thumb fixed and pivoting at the edge of the phone, midway up.

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