Despite my earlier misgivings, I got a biggie size phone – the iPhone 8 Plus. Â After lots of research and analysis, I realized an error in my previous logic. Â I said:
It loses the magic of convenience that is so important to me in the iPhone.
That seems now to be a matter of perspective. Â Yes, you lose convenience of always having your phone in your skinny jeans. Â And yes, you lose convenience of easily reaching every corner of the screen with one hand. Â But is that all “convenience” is about? Â I also said:
when I got my 5s, I immediately wished it was a tiny bit wider to make landscape use more viable. Â Typing any document in landscape only left me with about half an inch of displayed space.
So with a smaller phone, I actually gave up the convenience of seeing more of my document/ssh session in order to keep single-thumb use… and with any context that requires a bigger display I probably wouldn’t use a single thumb anyway.
With a larger phone, it seems that I don’t strictly need to use landscape in order to benefit from this. Â I just have more to work with.
And, in landscape mode, the phone absorbs some of the power of the iPad. Â The OS presents extra columns of information, panels that weren’t visible before are now on-screen. Â This is called a “regular size class” to iOS developers (vs a “compact size class”), and it’s amazing, and frustratingly obscure. Â I had to actually own one of these to get why it’s so different. Â Side note: the iPhone X does NOT have the regular size class in landscape. Â It’s just as cramped as ever even though it has loads of extra pixels available. Â For “horns”.
Even including the onscreen keyboard, I have at least 5 usable lines to enter text. Â With an external keyboard I have way more.
So, bottom line. Â Is it convenient? Â No, definitely not. Â But is it convenient? Â Oh yeah, definitely. Â Maybe I’m one version behind everyone else, but I really like this format.