Who would have preferred a 4" iPhone 6?

Would you have gotten a 4" iPhone 6 if Apple offered it?

  • Yes

    Votes: 10 26.3%
  • No

    Votes: 28 73.7%

  • Total voters
    38

Europa

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I was a single-handed iPhone user up until the new iPhone. The only time I used two hands on the older phones was when I was speed typing with both thumbs. I miss singled-handed usage and would have preferred a 4" iPhone 6. I got the 4.7" because that was the smallest they offered. I can't hold it securely with one hand and when I try to use it that way, my right pinky gets sore from supporting it and the palm of my right hand gets sore where the lower right corner digs in since I can't easily wrap my fingers around it. In addition to the pain, it just feels awkward to use with one hand due to the large size. I also can't pocket it as well. I'm finding that Reachability is not much help at all because you still have to deal with the width. This phone is just too big for me to use it with one hand.

I'm curious how many other people would have preferred a smaller iPhone. My sister-in-law kept her iPhone 5s because she has no interest in a big phone, but my brother loves his new iPhone 6 Plus. I guess a lot of it depends on how much you relied on using one hand. I think it's worse for younger people and girls since we have smaller hands.
 

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I actually was very excited to find out Apple made a bigger phone, I've always hoped they would. I however have always been a two handed user so a bigger phone actually made this easier for me. I do still use one hand on an occasion and don't find it too awkward, I usually balance it on my fingers and sort of lean it in and move my fingers across the back, doing it that way enables me to reach the entire screen with one hand. I can't do that however when I'm actually gripping the phone and supporting the bottom with my pinky and I can see how it could be problem for some.


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silvermoon

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I was a single-handed iPhone user up until the new iPhone. The only time I used two hands on the older phones was when I was speed typing with both thumbs. I miss singled-handed usage and would have preferred a 4" iPhone 6. I got the 4.7" because that was the smallest they offered. I can't hold it securely with one hand and when I try to use it that way, my right pinky gets sore from supporting it and the palm of my right hand gets sore where the lower right corner digs in since I can't easily wrap my fingers around it. In addition to the pain, it just feels awkward to use with one hand due to the large size. I also can't pocket it as well. I'm finding that Reachability is not much help at all because you still have to deal with the width. This phone is just too big for me to use it with one hand.

I'm curious how many other people would have preferred a smaller iPhone. My sister-in-law kept her iPhone 5s because she has no interest in a big phone, but my brother loves his new iPhone 6 Plus. I guess a lot of it depends on how much you relied on using one hand. I think it's worse for younger people and girls since we have smaller hands.
I agree that a 4" phone would be more comfortable to hold than the bigger phone. It just feels awkward to hold. Not to mention, without a case the phone is likely to slip out of your hands. I still need to a choose a good case for my iPhone 6.
 

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I might get blasted for this, but I think the perfect size for any phone, iPhone or Android is 4.3 inches. I have the 4.7 inch iP6 and I'm now used to it, but I think the perfect size for the one handed use is 4.3. I remember I had a Rezound and I felt it was perfect for the one handed use. Slightly bigger then a 4 inch screen, but still compact enough to handle 1 handed 100% of the time.


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acosmichippo

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I'm getting used to it. I don't do the pinky shelf anymore. instead I put all four fingers on the back about halfway up, which lets me reach way more of the screen with my thumb. There's enough grip on the leather cases to not need a shelf. I'll try to get a video later.
 

Europa

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I might get blasted for this, but I think the perfect size for any phone, iPhone or Android is 4.3 inches. I have the 4.7 iP6 and I'm now used to it, but I think the perfect size for the one handed use is 4.3. I remember I had a Rezound and I felt it was perfect for the one handed use. Slightly bigger then a 4 inch screen, but still compact enough to handle 1 handed 100% of the time.
I might have been able to get used to a 4.3". But with these huge bezels, 4.7" is too big for those of us with small hands who like to use our phones with just the one hand. I'm just amazed that Apple is alienating those of us who value that. I'm not sure why they didn't continue to offer 4" and just ADD more options to the lineup for those who like bigger screens.
 

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My question is what is so important about one hand use? What exactly is your other hand busy doing?


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I don't think it's about what their 2nd hand is doing. I believe it's more about preference. Some smartphone users prefer to use their phone's 1 handed. Just cause you don't or maybe I don't or the next person doesn't have that preference all the time, doesn't mean some iPhone & Android users don't have a 1 handed preference all the time. Although I am now used to my 4.7 inch iP6, I can understand where they're coming from. That's why I wouldn't go the 6+ route. Beast of an iPhone, just couldn't do it. I like the 1 handed use sometimes.


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I like the 4.7, but it took me about a week get fully used to it. I have bigger hands and I can use it fine one handed. My wife is still finding it hard to use the 6 one handed...
 

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#11
I've been trying to pay attention to how I use my iPhone 5 while I wait for my plus. I'd be lying if I said I don't use one hand at times but the majority of the time I notice I use two.


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Europa

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My question is what is so important about one hand use? What exactly is your other hand busy doing?
I've been using my iPhones with one hand for years. It's not that the other hand is always busy, it's that it's the way I'm used to using it. I'm trying to get used to two-handed usage, but I'm really struggling with the change. I could use every iPhone I've ever owned except the 6 while lying in bed on my right side. That's impossible with this one. I used to sit on the couch and lie in bed for hours at a time on my phone. I could type on my phone as fast as I could type on a computer. Now I hardly ever use my phone. Instead I just use my computer because this phone is too uncomfortable for me to use.
 

Europa

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I like the 4.7, but it took me about a week get fully used to it. I have bigger hands and I can use it fine one handed. My wife is still finding it hard to use the 6 one handed...
Yeah, I think those of us who are really struggling with this new iPhone are women (smaller hands) who are used to using their iPhone with just one hand. Apple pretty much abandoned that demographic. I refuse to stagnate on old technology, so I'll start looking at Android flagships that are around 4" if Apple fails to bring back the 4" next year. That said, over the course of the year, I might get used to two-handed usage and decide to stick with Apple. I'm vested in their ecosystem about as much as anyone can be and I love iOS so I'd only be leaving because of screen size.
 

Ledsteplin

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I'm not a one hander. I use two hands most of the time. I used two hands with my iPhone 4. I do use one hand some, but it's mostly two. As long as I can put it in my pocket, I'm fine.

Note: My thumbs were just not made for typing. I have found that extremely difficult to do. I have to use my index finger to type. I was content with the height of the 4" screen. I just wanted it a bit wider.

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mbairguy

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Valid points everyone. I do not envy the manufacturers that have to deal with the task of trying to develop products that fit everyone's lifestyle; all the while being "bashed" at every turn in social media for not addressing the tech of the day, bend gate, gap gate...gate-de jour...

I do believe that Apple needs to look at a future offering in the iPhone line (4" or 4.3") for the reasons presented by Europa. My wife loves the screen real estate of my 6+ but weighing usability/functions vs. size, she much prefers the 6. No reason why Apple shouldn't offer three versions of the iPhone. No way my daughter ( at 5'3") will ever go 6+.


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