I’ve been a fan of smartphones with 4.7-inch displays for awhile now. While the market has been inundated with devices with huge screens, that seem to just keep getting bigger, that specific screen size has been my favorite. I think it’s just about perfect. But, one thing you’ll quickly learn as you switch from one device to another, from one manufacturer to another, not every 4.7-inch phone is the same.
When Apple finally unveiled the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, I thought it was going to be a match in heaven. I’m one of those people that kept going back and forth on whether or not I actually cared about an iPhone with a bigger display. There were times when I wanted it more than anything, but there were probably just as many days where I didn’t care all that much.
Now that the final product is here and I’ve been using it as my daily driver since launch, my feelings toward the device are still back and forth. When I look at the phone, like right now as it sits idly by next to me on the desk, I really like it. It’s a nice looking device. And when I use it, more often than not I’m okay with the experience.
But Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 feels a lot different than any other 4.7-inch smartphone I’ve used in the past. And I’m genuinely not sure if I’m a fan.
The simple truth is that the iPhone 6 — and I would assume the iPhone 6 Plus — is a slippery handset. I prefer metal phones over plastic ones, but there’s a point here where having a metal phone, with a ridiculously thin frame and “large” display equal a phone that’s hard to hold with one hand. I haven’t had a problem with other 4.7-inch handsets, which is why that particular screen size became my favorite. I’m not sure I would have had the same mentality if the iPhone 6 had been my entry point to the display size.
“The phone’s basically unusable without a case,” is what a friend of mine recently told me, and while I hate to admit it, that person might be right. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve tried to reach for something in the top-left part of the display, only to have the phone slip right out of my grip. Luckily for me, I haven’t had fall on my face . . . yet.
Yes, iOS 8 features the Reachability feature, which allows for a double-tap of the Home button to effectively slide the top-half of the screen down, for easier access. But, let me tell you that having to use that constantly gets old. And fast. The software feature is cool, and it certainly does what it’s supposed to. I just think I’m at the point where I want a smaller phone again.
I know. I know.
And I refuse to use a case, so I’m just left with either risking my phone dropping out of my hand pretty consistently, or . . . getting something else. The humanity!
What do you think of the iPhone 6’s slippery frame? Do you have any issues with it? Or is it the perfect handset for you? Let me know!