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iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus: Which is the perfect screen size for you?

Macworld Staff | Sept. 22, 2014
It's completely fine to sit out Friday's on-sale date until you get a chance to hold both phones for yourself--the decision is highly subjective, after all.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have raised cameras.

You've read the review. You're ready to upgrade. But which iPhone should you get--the big one or the really big one? Since Apple's never made a phone with a screen larger than 4 inches, dedicated fans might not have even handled a huge-screened monster phone like the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. How do you know which is the right size for you?

It's completely fine to sit out Friday's on-sale date until you get a chance to hold both phones for yourself--the decision is highly subjective, after all. We weigh in below, and we also quizzed some of our best friends at Greenbot and PCWorld about the big Android and Windows phones they've been using day in and day out for over a year. What wisdom do they have for us on the perfect screen size for a phone?

Go big or go home
Melissa Riofrio of PCWorld: I have an iPhone 5s, just 4 little inches, because I had to get one for my job. I think it's way too small, and I actually get teased about its size by office bullies. I wish it were bigger. I don't put my phone in my pocket (that seems like a recipe for disaster, or if nothing else, unnecessary wear and tear), so I don't care about the size for that reason. I want space--for reading and viewing things, and for a bigger touch keyboard. A 5.5-inch screen would be great. I'm seriously considering eating the contract on my 5s so I can get a 6 Plus. About time, Apple.

Jon Phillips: My LG G3 has a 5.5-inch screen, and it's the perfect compromise: Large enough to deliver an impressive video window and a generously sized keyboard, but still small enough to fit in my front pocket. I would never go smaller at this point--5 inches would be annoying, and 4.7 would be out of the question. I still use my iPhone 4s for podcasts and fitness apps, and its 3.5-inch screen evokes a children's toy. Going to modern screen sizes is a huge--and long overdue--step forward for Apple.

Leah Yamshon: I have an iPhone 5S (4 inches), but my secondary work phone is (was?) a Samsung Galaxy Note II, which clocks in at 5.5 inches. I adopted the phone when I went to Barcelona for MWC in 2013, and at first I was appalled by how gargantuan it is. However, after using the phone exclusively for 10 days, I grew to kind of love it. It fits in the back pocket of 90 percent of my jeans. It fit in my jacket pockets and all of my handbags. And I love having all of that screen real estate. Apps shine with more space, makes reading email is much easier, and of course the video situation is much better. Going back to my old iPhone 4s at the end of that trip made my iPhone seem uncomfortably small. Even the iPhone 5s, which is a perfectly nice size, seems a little too cramped now that I've used something bigger. When I upgrade, I'm probably going for the iPhone 6 Plus.

 

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