I usually carry my iPhone 7 in my back pocket, but since I’m getting more and more into iPhone Photography, I am seriously considering getting an iPhone ‘Plus’ model for my next iPhone.
When the larger ‘Plus’ model was first introduced with the iPhone 6 Plus, I knew immediately the larger 5.5-inch screen size wasn’t for me. Mostly because I couldn’t figure out how I would carry it around with me all day. Also, there wasn't really any difference in features besides the larger screen size.
When the 4 inch iPhone SE was introduced in March 2016, many people were attracted to its portability and less expensive price point. They were willing to compromise a few features for a new iPhone in a smaller size.
But when the iPhone 7 Plus introduced an additional lens in the camera, the decision became a little more complicated. What is more important, portability or features? Are the extra features worth the price? How does a larger iPhone work with the way I use my other Apple devices?
How will you carry it?
- Do you carry your iPhone in your pocket? How about in your purse or on a belt clip?
- Ask a friend with the Plus model if you can slip the phone into your pocket or purse and see how it feels. It’s harder to do this at the Apple store since they’re attached to cables.
- Many people use a Pop Socket that attaches to the back of the phone to expand the phone grip and serve as a stand. Amazon has a great selection of Pop Sockets, starting at about $10.
Will you be able to reach all parts of the screen?
- For people with smaller hands, navigating the screen with one hand can be a problem.
- With a ‘Plus’ size iPhone, many people turn it to landscape mode when typing, which requires two hands.
- You can also experiment with the ‘Reachability’ accessibility option that allows you to double tap the home button to bring the top of the screen into reach. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reachability to turn on the feature.
What activity do you do most?
- If you use your iPhone to read email and respond on the go, it may be inconvenient to use your iPhone with two hands.
- Make note of how much you’re using your iPhone one-handed on a daily basis to determine if this will be an issue for you.
What other devices do you use?
- If you constantly travel with a MacBook or iPad, you may be able to get away with a smaller screen size.
- If you only want to travel with one device, you may want to get a ‘Plus’ model and leave your other devices home.
- If you have an iPad mini, which is 7.9 inches, the screen size of the ‘Plus’ size model at 5.5 inches may be big enough that you don’t need an iPad.
Are you a serious photographer?
- However, the iPhone 7 camera is also very good compared to older iPhones, so it may be a great option.
- The extra $120 for the iPhone 7 Plus may be worth it if you will take advantage of these advanced camera features.
Are you cost-conscious?
- The iPhone 7 has most of the features of the iPhone 7 Plus but at $649, it’s $120 less. If you’re not interested in the camera features of the iPhone 7 Plus, this may be a good option.
- A new iPhone SE, with a 4-inch screen is $399, or about half the cost of the iPhone 7 Plus. If you’re ok with fewer features, like the extra camera features and 3D touch, but want a new iPhone, this may be the way to go.
- You can also buy last year’s iPhone ‘Plus’ model which is typically $100 less than the current model.
- Apple also has an upgrade program which spreads the payments out over 24 months with 0% interest. Your carrier also has 0% interest payment plans. This can be a good way to fit a new iPhone into your budget.
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