When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus first launched, I went immediately for the smaller of the two. Simply put, Apple was late to the game with “big phones,” so I figured I already knew what I wanted.I thought that because I had tried a plethora of other smartphones that had big screens. Devices with screens around six inches, and so many with displays with five-inch screens or bigger. While the iPhone has been my daily driver for just over a year, with the 4-inch iPhone 5s taking up the majority of that time, I had always tried other devices on the side just to see how they stacked up.
After all that trial and error, I figured out that, when it comes to most smartphones, a 4.7-inch display is perfect. It’s exactly the right size, and it’s comfortable enough to use in one hand that it’s not maddening. So, as a result, the iPhone 6, with its “perfect” display size, was the go-to option for me. That, and the iPhone 6 Plus just looks huge when you see it out in the wild.
The iPhone 6 may have the same size display as other handsets, but it definitely feels different in the hand. Not worse, per se, but there have been smartphones in the past that I feel fit better. With that being said, it is pretty easy to use with one hand, even if the device is ridiculously slippery and sometimes I fear for the safety of my face.
When I took my break from iOS not too long ago, I did so with the Nexus 6 by Motorola. That particular handset has a 6-inch display, and it was a massive bump up from the 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 6. It wasn’t terrible to use, though, as Motorola did a great job of making sure the device felt comfortable in the hand. Sure, using it with one hand was out of the question, but I adapted. Mostly because I thought this was going to be the device that finally won me away from iOS. But, that obviously didn’t work.
So, when I went back to iOS I went with the iPhone 6 Plus. I wanted to give it a try, and coming down from the Nexus 6 the 6 Plus felt pretty great. It didn’t feel too big anymore (even if it still looked the part), and so I thought it was a match. After using it for several days, leading into just over a week, those feelings quickly changed. What started out as a match quickly became anything but, and the iPhone 6 Plus was exactly what I had always thought it would be: too big.
What made it worse is the fact it’s so slippery. While the iPhone 6 is plenty slippery on its own, the size of the 6 Plus just makes it even more likely to slip right out of the hand, due to the fact that one has to keep maneuvering a grip to try and reach a part of the display. It was too frustrating, and so I made the switch back to the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 feels like a baby toy now, and I love it. I’m glad to be back. (Even if I will miss the 6 Plus battery life.)