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

Love it or hate it, those behemoth 6-inchers 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...
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46. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Spot on Daniel, thanks for the great article. On a side note, people look silly holding phablets against their heads talking on them...

72. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Sorry you're so insecure to care what other people think you look like while talking on a cell phone. Life must be hard for you.

50. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

1. You did mention a lot of methods that do make it easier to use large phones one handed. One you haven't mentioned are gesture typing keyboards such as Swype. I find that this typing method makes it very easy to operate the phone in one hand. Regarding GPS, who holds their phone while driving while using a GPS. People who need to use GPS while driving will have a way to mount their phone to their car no matter what the size. I find that with gesture typing and a phone mount, it makes it easy to use a phone one handed. The variety of ways to assist in one handed use goes beyond what you have listed. On Android phones, you can add shortcuts that can allow you to perform functions with a single touch. You can add a Google Maps shortcut to commonly used destinations. Just tap the shortcut once and you can start navigating. Some apps such as Google Maps also make it easy to zoom one handed. Just double tap the screen with your thumb and drag your thumb up or down. 2. Phones (cordless and cell) have been larger and heavier in the past. I find it hard to believe that only a few decades later, holding a phone that is still lighter and less bulky than past phones is going to be exhasting. 3. I agree that large phones won't fit into small pockets. 4. I would say that one-handed picture taking is not something I would ever choose to do if possible with phones even as small as 3.5". I have only done so with my digital camera which had a wrist strap in case I lose my grip. 5. I don't see how a phone that adds less than a few inches to its diagonal length is going to make it so hard to pick up. I've picked up hard over books with no problem using only one hand. The alarm excuse is really lame. Before smartphones, people used clock radios to wake them up and they are way bigger. I have never heard of anyone complaining that they couldn't stop or snooze the alarm on these old clock radios because they were too big. Some smartphones have voice recognition. On mine, I could say, "stop" or "snooze" to either stop or snooze the alarm. I cannot see how a larger phone will be an issue. 6. I think many of your points are a stretch. This one in particular. At least in my province, your phone must be mounted in your car in order for you to operate it. If you are planning to operate your phone in the car, I recommend you get a mount. Mounts should be able to accomodate even the largest phones.

52. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Although you took 30 minutes to write a response, I disagree. I sold my Lg G2 because it was too big. It was annoying every time I had to sit down. I would either adjust it in my pants or take it out and put it on the table. Using it one handed was also annoying and I am 6'3 with big hands. Also, as someone who actually does drive stick shift, that point is completely valid. Sounds like you are just trying to justify your preference which is foolish since this is a subjective article that was in no way bashing people for their personal opinion. "2. Phones (cordless and cell) have been larger and heavier in the past" What phone in the past was over 6 inches wide and was designed to be carried around in a pocket? Sounds like you are the one stretching,

53. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

1) About one-handed operation, I find it easier to use my Note 3 easier when I have a case that has a belt clip or kick stand on the back of it to hold on to. 2) Actually taking on the phone is sometimes a bit of a challenge, but most of the time it’s because of the weight of the Note 3 and not the size. One thing that I do to get around that is using the speakerphone or earphones. 3) Without my Otterbox case on, I can easily get my Note 3 in & out of my front pocket, but I tend to favor the back pocket more. With my Otterbox case on, I usually put it in my back pocket or clip it to the outside of my front pocket. 4) I’ll admit, it is a bit of a chore to take a pic with my Note 3. But there are some things that do make it a bit easier. First would be using the “action” or “sports” mode to speed up the shutter to try and reduce the blur from unstable hands. Another is turning on the voice commands for the camera. Doing that will allow a person to hold the phone a bit more steady and not have to worry about pressing the button. 5) Grab-and-go is exactly what I do when I go to go somewhere, nothing changed for me in that aspect going from the Epic Touch to the Note 3. The challenge is remembering to grab the belt clip that goes with my Otterbox case when I leave. 6) Again, for driving stick I find it easier to use my Note 3 easier when I have a case that has a belt clip or kick stand on the back of to hold on to (though I know that I’m not supposed to use my phone while driving, but occasionally I do). I usually put my phone in the passenger seat next to me for easier access if & when I need to.

54. wilsong17 unregistered

agree i have the note 3 is easy to use in one hand and it fit on my pocket just fine

58. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I can only speak in theoretically, since I have not had a 6"+ device... BUT anything under 5" is too small (twss). Especially Android devices that use the bottom strip as navigational buttons - takes away from screen real estate. I have outgrown my Lumia 925 and my Nexus 5... time for a phablet on Tmobile (hoping a Windows Phone flagship arrives soon.)

59. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

the picture with the big a!ss phone in the pocket did it for me.. 6 inchers are not my cup of tea.

62. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Still love my Xperia Z Ultra!

63. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Compact phones are for people who aren't brave enough to wield a large screened device. I have the Note 3 and I have no troubles absolutely with its large size.

67. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The camera I've IBM Lu ago plus to phones without mechanical optical image stabilization, like the Nokia Lumia 1520.

68. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That is, the 1520 has OIS, most others don't.

73. Soulsniffer

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Its not that bad, Maybe for the fact that I have bigger hands. I'm 5'8 and the phone feels great in the hand, I'm using the Sony T2 Ultra btw. Fits fine in pockets too, Maybe its a little too big to fit in skinny jeans.. That's when I prefer carrying it in hands. The only concern is when you have big phones, its kind of a hit and miss when it comes to everything..Even simple things like attending to call and placing the earpiece correctly otherwise you'd have loss of volume or even smaller things like using the phone when you're just lying down.. But I guess that's a small compromise to get used to, because once you go big you never go back :)
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