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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.

Smaller is sweeter
Susie Ochs: Like Leah explains, once you go big it's hard to go back. My iPhone 5 made the iPhone 4s seem tiny. Then I reviewed Amazon's 4.7-inch Fire Phone, and I really liked the size. Videos are a big reason why, but I do a lot of reading on my phones too, and I'm always nudging the text size up a little from the default. So a bigger screen lets me read comfortably without squinting or turning the page every other sentence. I preordered the iPhone 6, and I'm looking forward to its rounded edges fitting my hands, but to be completely honest, screen size wasn't the biggest factor: Getting a 64GB iPhone 6 for the same price as a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus was just too good a deal to pass up. After all, that Apple Watch is coming...

Jason Cross of Greenbot: The correct screen size and resolution for a phone is right about 5 inches, give or take a few tenths, and 1080p. It's big enough to make watching video pleasurable, make touch targets and keyboards larger and easier to use, while still fitting in your pants pocket. It's small enough to hold and use with one hand, if your phone is well designed with thin bezels. At a resolution of 1920x1080, it perfectly matches HD video content, content made for HDTVs (video games), and has enough pixel density to create razor-sharp text and fine lines on maps without wasting a lot of power and expense on excessive resolutions like 2560x1440. You can hold and handle it like a camera without that "hey this jerk is taking photos with his tablet" effect, too.

Chris Breen: I spent the last several weeks installing the iOS 8 beta on a variety of devices, and I admit that when I picked up my now-retired iPhone 4s I was reminded how good it felt in my hand. Also, while my hands and fingers are hardly puny, I found I could more easily operate that phone with a single hand. That's not to say that my current phone, the iPhone 5s, is ungainly. It just takes a little more effort to operate without the assistance of a second set of digits. I understand that a smaller phone goes against the current trend of making them larger to the point where they can serve as small tablets, but for such a thing to be truly useful to me, it would have to be the size of a large tablet. And I already have one of those in the form of my iPad Air. Bigger may be better in some respects, but I can't help thinking that we made every effort to get away from huge mobile phones in the '90s.


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