Why the iPhone 6 has the ‘ow’ factor with its big screen

Why the iPhone 6 has the 'ow' factor
As you can see, the areas of an iPhone that are uncomfortable to use have increased in recent generations (Picture: Quartz)

If this diagram is to be believed, the iPhone 6 really does have the ‘ow’ factor.

With its latest smartphone, Apple has succumbed to consumer demand for bigger screens – but in a way, the tech giant has been protecting our beloved thumbs with its smaller models.

Quartz has created a graph which shows the impact that a bigger display has on our ability to use a phone with one hand, and more importantly, one digit.

Back in the day of iPhones 1 to 4, it was really easy to browse the web or use an app naturally. Your thumbs would only experience discomfort if you were trying to hit the top-left or bottom-right corner of the screen.

Why the iPhone 6 has the 'ow' factor
Tis a might screen (Picture: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

The problem was exacerbated slightly with the iPhone 5, which gave loyal users no choice but to stretch their thumbs even further – even making repetitive strain injury a possibility.

But now, with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, there are huge swaths of the display which are uncomfortable to use single-handedly. Especially with the larger model, where in actuality, the parts of the screen that are easier to reach has diminished.


If you try to reach the centre-left of the display, as you did before, you run the risk of dropping it in a spectacular fashion on the floor, just like this guy did.

Given that half of us prefer to use our phone with one hand, is this a force for good?

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21 September 2014 | 9:40 pm – Source: metro.co.uk


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