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I Was Wrong About the iPhone 6

Last Wednesday, I was sitting in an AT&T store with my amazing daughter Rachel. She was finally replacing her iPhone 4S with a used iPhone 6.


So, I swapped my iPhone 6 for my son’s old iPhone 5 as we did a family round-robin of phones in anticipation of the iPhone 6S release this Friday and the new iPhone Upgrade Program.

Last September, before I had my iPhone 6, I tweeted that I thought both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus might be too big for me. When I got the iPhone 6, I was frustrated by the pockets it wouldn’t fit and how conspicuous my phone had become. I looked forward to what I hoped would be a return to the smaller form factor by Apple in a future update.

Not any more.

When I pull the iPhone 5 out of my pocket, I realize that I miss the additional size of the iPhone 6. I miss the extra text, the extra row of icons, and even the way it feels in my hand. I’ve adjusted. I seldom one-hand the phone like I used to do with my iPhone 5S, but when I need to, the new swiping keyboards (like Swype, my favorite for the iPhone and SwiftKey, my favorite for my iPad) make it possible.

In short, the new size works for me. I still think the Plus is too big for me; I like to be able to put my phone in a pocket, and although the 6/6S is large in a pocket, it’s still possible. The 6 Plus isn’t (for me).

What’s your experience?

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • kateclysmic September 28, 2015, 9:22 am

    I have a 6+. Clothing designers are still living in the dark ages of “women don’t want useful pockets” so I only have one pair of jeans whose pockets can fully accomodate the size of this monstrosity. But – it’s SO useful. I love being able to watch a movie or read a book, or type without completely fat-fingering everything. I gave my son my old 5s and I find it unusable now.

    • ssh September 28, 2015, 9:41 am

      I hear ya! I don’t carry a purse any more, though, and I don’t want to wear a holster, either, so there’s no way that I’d be able to carry the 6S Plus. I’ll stick with the 6S for now, and we’ll see what transpires next year!

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