I’ve been thinking lately about my next iPhone, and more specifically, what size it’ll be. To my surprise, I’m more and more inclined to give the larger iPhone Plus a try.
I didn’t seriously consider buying the iPhone 6 Plus when it was first released. The 6 was a significant enough size jump from the iPhone 5 that going even bigger didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Despite being a little slippery, I’ve enjoyed the 6 overall, and haven’t felt much need for a bigger screen.
And yet, the Plus is starting to make more sense to me, and the change in thinking has a lot to do with how I use my iPad. I enjoy using the iPad for more involved tasks or reading a book, but if I’m just sitting on the couch browsing through Twitter or skimming a few articles, I almost always use my phone. That’s true even if the iPad is nearby. It’s just easier to use the device that’s already in my hand or my pocket. That’s where a Plus phone could come in. If I’m already using my phone in place of the iPad in some situations, it’d be nice to have a little more screen real estate. I wouldn’t give up using my iPad, I’d just give myself a little more room on the device I use most often. A little extra battery won’t hurt either.
In the past, I’ve had two main practical concerns about the 6 Plus: one-handed use and size in a pocket. The former concerns me less than it used to, for the simple reason that I don’t use the iPhone 6 one-handed all that much either. As for how a Plus might fit in my pocket, I imagine I’d have to try it to really know. What I can say is that I find myself taking the 6 out of my pocket when I’m sitting, so the Plus likely wouldn’t be all that different. I don’t expect it’d be an issue when walking around.
Fortunately, since Apple lets you return products within the first couple of weeks after purchase, I can give the Plus a try with my next phone without worrying about buyer’s remorse.