side by side comparison of 5 and 6 plus
I watched the news pour in on the Apple announcement this week. While the watch was interesting, I don’t wear a watch so I quickly lost interest … other than the funny “lefty usability” discussions on social media.
The real question I was watching for was, “is the iPhone 6 Plus too big?”
Everything I could find – from specifications to videos to mockups – suggested it might just be too big. Then I decided to make a mockup of my own. The picture is an accurate sized fake iPhone 6 Plus and a real iPhone 5. It depicts reaching for the home button, reaching for the far edge, and holding for reading.
Without shifting the phone up in my hand or rolling the phone in my hand, I didn’t reach the home button. But those limitations were unnatural, since I was attempting to keep the phone in one position for each photo. When I didn’t think about it, I naturally slid my little finger under the bottom and nudged the home button the last bit toward my reaching thumb. It didn’t feel awkward or unstable. I wasn’t sensing the phone would fall out of my hand.
My iPhone 5 is with me whenever I leave the house – for a walk, in the truck, doing errands, etc. It’s in a front pants pocked when I wear jeans or it’s in a side pocket when I wear painter paints. When I’m in business dress, it’s in an inside jacket pocket.
The iPhone 6 Plus will easily fit the same. The exception is sitting down with it in a front pants pocket. It does pinch a little. I’d likely move it to a shirt pocket.
If you’re thinking, “it’s still to big for a phone, it’s gonna look funny next to your ear” then it may help to understand how I use an iPhone today.
I place one or two calls each day. They are nearly always when I walk the dog around the farm in the early morning and early evening. Occasionally I’ll place a call while driving. My truck has integrated Bluetooth so it’s hands free.
When driving, I often use the iPhone for Pandora music or TomTom driving directions. For all of these reasons, the truck has a mount for the phone and a USB cable.
I use my iPhone like a micro-Mac. I do email, blogging, social media, web forums, lots of photos and photo editing, banking, shopping, research, and more. I also use it as a backup to navigational data when flying.
Recently I tested a Nexus 7 tablet. It wasn’t as fast or refined as my iPad Air but I found I was using it more the the iPad – which had a lot to do with it’s smaller size.
For me, the iPhone 6 Plus won’t be a phone. I don’t make enough calls to focus on that capability. It will be a compact tablet with a good camera, data service, storage, and significant compute power … that can place my daily call to mom.