6 everyday things that are tough to do with a 6" phone

6 everyday things that are tough to do with a 6
Love it or hate it, those behemoth 6"+ phones are here to stay, it seems, and no matter how excellent of a screen-to-body ratio they sport, with that screen diagonal they are proving to be quite problematic in many everyday interactions a typical handset goes through.

Samsung opened the floodgates with the gigantic Galaxy Mega 6.3 last spring, then Sony one-upped it with the 6.4" Xperia Z Ultra, and instead of staying rather niche devices, the 6" and above crowd continues unabated for more than a year now. This trend is so entrenched now, that nobody bats an eye when LG's upcoming flagship for the year, the G3, is expected to arrive with a 5.5" display, which would have put it straight in the so-called "phablet" category not so long ago.

Speaking of phablets, the phone that warranted the coinage of that term, Samsung's Galaxy Note, featured an "only" 5.3" display when it launched. Today, the phones with 5.5"+ displays are too numerous to list, and phones encroaching on, or surpassing the 6" mark, are appearing left and right from most major manufacturers. Suffice it to mention HTC with its One max, Nokia with the Lumia 1520 and 1320, Sony with the T2 Ultra, Alcatel with the OneTouch Hero, Samsung with the Note 3, or LG with its G Pro 2, all of which have appeared since September.

Granted, nothing beats a large screen for web browsing and media consumption, but perusing a 6-incher on a daily basis is proving to be quite challenging, unless you live in Asia, where no screen seems to be too big for the local smartphone fans. We are listing a few situations that most of us encounter on a daily basis with our smartphones, which are getting quite awkward to do with those 6-inchers that are flooding the marketplace recently. Have you had such troubles, or do you think that lugging and using a 6-incher is a minor nuisance compared to the screen real estate gains that come with it?

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73 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And just like many Android users found out......they will be fine if it isnt too irritating. One thing in regards to Apple tho....will this eat into sales of iPads, iPad minis? That was always an excuse some Apple fans made about the iPhone staying with a smaller screen.

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Android users also found out that its much better than Windows Phone, so they're okay.

21. papss unregistered

Don't be your typical stupid self please

39. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would reply directly to him but it would be funner to give him a droid. Would you like a droid? I got a verizon one you can use.

60. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Would you like a Wp7

61. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Also Nokia users found out to and jumped ships to Android. Nokia lost millions of their fans and have migrated to Linux, not Wp

3. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Compact flagships for me please...

10. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

For me too. We are not all 2m tall with big hands and pockets. Ther's something racistic in high specs to be almost only in huge phones. And till now, carrying our phones in front pockets, we only were endagered to be castrated by radiation. Now with these sizes and pointy corners fear is of mechanical separation from our genitals...

43. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

You might be slightly mentally handicapped. My 5'4 wife has a Note 3 and had a Note 2 before that. She's fine with the size, and hates anything smaller. I'm 5'9, I also have a Note 3 and a Moto G I carry around everyday...IN THE SAME POCKET. Your pants are too small and in the words of Apple, you're doing it wrong. Also there have been multiple studies that have shown no link in cellphone radiation and cancer. You're just grabbing at nothing here to back up your love for tiny phones. Just come on here next time and say "I prefer small phones" and you'll be just fine. Stop making stupid rationalizations.

47. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

There is no need to insult anybody, specially when it comes to taste.... the mentally & socially handicapped might be you, because he was trying to make a funny comment, and not entirely serious. I am 6' tall and I like compact devices (4.3"~4.7" screen). It is not a physical limitation, nor is my dressing selection. I simply like to handly my phones with one hand easier, and it is also more comfortable to carry. I do not mind working in a small screen, or seeing movies in it, because my first PVP had a 2.2" screen... And also my vision is still pretty good.

13. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I like Moto X-sized smartphones...

51. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Agreed. I actually had a LG G2 and sold it because every time I went to sit down I would have to move it around in my pants so it would sit above my leg. In my opinion, that is stupid. 5 inches and under for me.

15. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

These are six points against the LG G3 and the reasons that I will not even consider it...

19. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Moto X and Xperia Z1 Compact!

4. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Fast and Furious 7 = Picture 6

6. andhraking17

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

it is from transporter 3 movie

36. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Lol there is gonna be a Fast and Furious 7 with Jason Statham.

23. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Jason Statham in Fast and furious? Really? Did you even watch the franchise -_-

37. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Fast and Furious 7 hasn't come out Genius. See post 36.

55. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

@ magnaimus Im sorry, before you try to blast someone... you should read your comment and apply it to yourself. @ Miracles I cannot wait. It is bittersweet to see how the story line will change, but I still have so much love for the series!

70. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

oh boy, nice way to burn yourself :D you should see part 6 (again?) perfect way to let the story continue

30. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

If you're driving, you should just ignore the call!

5. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I dont really have many of these issues with the Flex honestly....

7. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I had the Mega 6.3 since it launched last year and I've been really happy with it, it's an excellent device and it's worth the sacrifice for the huge screen I got for games, chatting (huge keyboard almost at 4.3") and movies. putting it in your pocket is not a problem though .. maybe my jeans just fit fine, there's only 1cm or less left from it on the outside. and yes single handed operation is not easy but you have to expect this when you buy it anyways. I broke my phone's screen sadly lately and I was going to get a Note 3 until I decided to get a Gold GS5. well, I'll miss the huge screen. It's an excellent device and anyone can own one

16. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

i agree, i was using the Note 1 and i changed to the Xperia SP, i couldnt get used to the small screen, everything felt so cramped. i ended up buying a G Pro 2 a few months later. once u go big u dont go back ;)

20. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Thats what she said

27. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

yes, 100% true, and I think that's what will happen to me when I get the GS5, I'll go crazy using the little screen ... I wanted to get a Note 3, but dad had one since it launched and I use it everyday I want something new .. and I want the latest, you know, the camera the software the ip67 the fingerprint the ultra power saving... the goodies .. I just hope it wont bother me a lot anyways .. my friend has a G Pro 2, great device btw

32. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

well you could always hold out for a few more months for the Note 4. im pretty sure the Note 4 will be a killer device and will trump the S5

44. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I'm sure about that too :/ ,, the problem is that I just can't stand my broken screen anymore .. :/

34. jhondoe.

Posts: 10; Member since: May 23, 2014

I also want to buy a pro 2 so please tell me about battery life

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