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Why I'm returning my iPhone 6 (well, maybe)

Kirk McElhearn | Sept. 24, 2014
Mo' screen size, mo' problems? Kirk McElhearn might return to his year-old iPhone 5s rather than suffer thumb-strain from using the iPhone 6 one-handed.

Think of the number of apps that have back buttons at the top-left of their screens. This is a very common convention, which worked fine on older iPhones, but now it's problematic. That back button is suddenly in the hardest-to-reach place, at least for a right-hander. With Reachability, you can access it, but I don't feel that I'm holding the phone securely enough, and I have to tap these buttons so often that it's simply annoying.

One of the main features of the larger iPhone is supposed to be its increased usability because of the larger display. However, this "handheld" device is no longer designed for most hands. The fact that this is problematic for me and my large hands suggests that for others, notably women, it will be even more difficult to use. I asked my partner to fiddle with my iPhone 6 a bit. She found it was impossible for her to do much one-handed, other than press the home button.

Apple clearly reacted to the market in deciding to make larger iPhones. There are many people who are delighted to use a smartphone with two hands, but many others who, like me, want to be able to use it with one hand as well. Apple is still selling the iPhone 5s at a lower price since it's last year's model. But I wonder if the company will keep selling the older model in large numbers to people who simply don't want a phone as big as the iPhone 6.

For me, I've got a few more days to decide whether I keep this phone that I don't feel comfortable using, or whether I go back to the iPhone 5s, which I can hold securely. What would you do?

 

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