iPhone 6 (Front panel, iPhon.fr 001)

Analysts and bloggers take it for granted that Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 employs smart desing in order to make it perfectly usable with just one hand.

Whether or not the handset adheres to Apple’s supposedly “unwavering principle of one hand use,” as one analyst put it, is anyone’s guess because no one’s seen the phone yet.

Most people would agree that older 3.5-inch iPhones are perfectly suited for one-handed use.

And by making the 4-inch screen taller but not wider, Apple’s made recent iPhones efficient enough for the vast majority of users for whom one-handed use is a priority.

But 4.7 inches is on a different level than 4 or 3.5 inches. Unless Apple pulled some dark magic tricks, not everyone may be able to hit the top left corner with their thumb.

In today’s poll, we challenge you to focus on the conceivable usability issues with the upcoming iPhones stemming from their much-talked-about bigger screens.

So, is being able to use an iPhone 6 with one hand important to you? Cast your vote below and meet us in comments…

A word of caution: we’re not asking you to choose between one-handed use of the iPhone 6 and new hardware features such as a higher-resolution camera or a faster processor.

This poll is about you and the importance you attach to being able to use your phone comfortably with just one hand.

As we stated earlier today, the 4.7-inch iPhone model may achieve the one-handed nirvana by shrinking its side bezels down, and making the bottom area where the Home button is located slimmer.

The top part where the earpiece, FaceTime camera and proximity sensor are located is already packed to the gills and therefore unlikely to see a significant size reduction.

iPhone 6 stress test (front panel 001)

On the software side, with the iOS 7 overhaul Apple has implemented a few under-appreciated features that make the iPhone a joy to operate with a single hand.

Firstly, iOS 7 simplifies navigation by removing much of the ornamentation and unnecessary buttons. But more importantly, the system-wide swipe from edge gesture is a God-sent addition for those who otherwise experience difficulty reaching the Back button with their thumb.

Comparison of purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 panel versus the iPhone 5s.

Again, we can’t possibly determine for a fact that the aforementioned design and software features will be enough to allow for one-handed use of the 4.7-inch model until we get our hands on the actual device.

As far as I’m concerned, I can see the 4.7-incher being one handed. The supposed 5.5-inch model, not so much.

And with that in mind, I’m ready to kiss the one-handed mantra goodbye. I’m most definitely willing to cope with having to adjust the handset up, down and sideways to keep a grip on it — as long as Apple gives me a phablet-class canvas for my apps, faster everything and a longer-lasting battery.

Yes, I’m that cheap!

Of course, your guess is as good as mine so don’t be shy and join us for a discussion on the topic. We’re right down in the comments.

  • angry3

    I’ve been saying all along, I find even the 4.7″ one too big. I don’t see why they can’t offer a smaller option for the (many) people like me.

    • They will. The iPhone 5s is going to get discounted and that’ll be your 4-inch phone.

      • This and/or plastic version of it. iPhone 5SC hmm.

      • Jamessmooth

        Yup. I really want the 5.5″ phone to happen, but my gut says we’ll see a new “C” model instead. Hope I’m wrong!

      • To give you some more hope this is the supposed 5.5in charging port. You can tell its wider/longer then previous port we saw a few weeks ago.

      • Elias Chao

        I think they’re going to release the 4.7 iPhone as the ‘C’ model.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        LOL no, it’s like this: first year: iphone X, second year: iphone Xs and Xc (X is a number). You won’t see a c version every year, you will see it once in 2 years just like the s version and the ipod series.

      • mnm221988

        I understand your logic, but to be honest, not everyone will want a bigger phone. And I think if Apple tells customers to get the 5S as a 4inch model, that’s kind of saying to me that you won’t get a new upgraded phone. If I should want I or get an iPhone that’s 4 inches with older specs because Apple decided not to update, that’s like forcing me to get a bigger device that I may really not be interested in. I’m hoping that isn’t the case at all.

      • therealjjohnson

        Where else will you get a 4 in phone better than the 5S? All the feature packed android phones are all starting to be larger than 4 and 5 inches.

      • mnm221988

        The point is not getting a 4 inch phone, the idea is that, you’re getting a phone with older specs to fit the needs of staying at 4 inches. And I believe there are some carriers that have kept 4 inches and still keep high specs. I don’t believe samsung is the only smart phone maker with android.

      • Jamessmooth

        Christian, what do you think the chances are that we’ll see a 5.5″ iPhone this year?

      • Matt

        I don’t think they’re going to discount the 5S, I think they will drop it and make a 5C with 5S specs because it’s too expenisive to make the 5S which another reason why they stopped making the 5.

      • Antzboogie

        I can’t wait for the bigger iPhone Im sure you will love it. Its the only reason I switched to the s5. The screen is superior in every way.

    • Remedy Ailment

      i think, as with the iPad, that there needs to be two sizes. I would really like a larger iPhone but i know many who won’t. Thing is, if there are two sizes it caters for the one feature most people complain about

    • whodakat

      And me!

    • Antzboogie

      Im tired of small iPhones feels so tiny and keyboard sucks.

    • Annie Leonhart

      4.7in isn’t that big. Ever use an HTC One?

  • Remedy Ailment

    the thing that has always baffled me about apple’s one handed use ‘goal’ is that one of their most coveted patents that encapsulates their own vision of what iOS is, is pinch to zoom, which requires the user to use two hands.. baffled

    • Once placed on a table you can pinch to zoom with one hand. I agree with you though.

    • André Williams II

      I pinch to zoom with one hand all the time. Pinky, ring, and middle finger supporting the back, while my thumb and index finger do the pinching.

      • therealjjohnson

        This is the same way in which I do as well.

    • blu

      double tap zooms in many places.

      • MikeOxlong

        And double tap and slide zooms in even more places.

      • Remedy Ailment

        I understand there are other ways to do it. My point is that one of apples most prolific patents (called ‘pinch to zoom’) is shown canonically as requiring two hands, including on apple’s own site and yet we are told that they still pursue the goal of single handed usage.

      • blu

        True, but with a larger screen, are you going to pinch to zoom as much???

  • NervJMSL

    I’m kind of in the middle here. I would love a larger screen for my games, but I’ve tried having larger phones, even the Samsung S3 is way too big in my opinion. I have an iPhone 5S, I like the screen brightness and color, it feels right, specially while watching movies. yet when I see someone with a tablet…

  • Tommy Latsch

    It is number 1 priority, as I only have use of one hand.

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    one hand! for me 🙂

  • Damian

    One hand use is probably the most important thing in the phone. The same thing goes for weight in iPad Air. Other iPads were so heavy and suddenly iPad Air weight was a game changer

  • Yujin

    I was wondering, we have seen the 4.7 front screen but have there been any leaks for the 5.5 inch screen? I think the 4.7 may hit the sweet spot for many but maybe the 5.5 will be a better option for those with big hands.

  • Jerry

    90% of the time I use my phone with one hand so yes

  • Jason B

    I just don’t get the obsession with one handed use. I rarely use the phone one handed, and when I do, it’s because I’m scrolling a webpage or mobile app (Facebook or similar), not typing. My words per minute goes drastically down when I use just one thumb to type, so much so, that I just rarely ever do it. What I do find happening too often with my 4S, is mistyping, because my thumbs bump into each other, because the screen is too small.

    I’m tired of the 3.5″ size, and the longer 4.0″ doesn’t help my situation. I’m ready for the 4.7″.

    • Jason B

      Plus, have you tried Clashing your Clans on a 3.5″ screen? It’s terrible.

    • therealjjohnson

      Same here in regards to scrolling on the device. Typing I usually use both hands. But with typing the keys are at the bottom so how big the phone is really doesn’t matter. Only thing I do often is reach my thumb to the top of the screen and double tap to bring whatever I’m scrolling to back to the top. If I’m not able to do that I don’t think it would be a deal breaker however.

  • Mkondrak

    Bascially the ability to use the iphone 6 with one hand will be the deciding factor of whether I get the 6 or the 5s (from ebay). Thats just how I am.

  • Martin

    I just want the goddamn speed :S

  • InfinitePlusOne

    My hands so small that it’s irrelevant. I have to use 2 hands for iPhone 5.

  • Jamessmooth

    Most of the time I use my phone one handed. I don’t play games on it, because I have an iPad for that. However, when I’m out and about and don’t have access to my iPad, i’d LOVE a 5.5″ screen. Navigating maps in the car, showing pictures to people, hell even texting… I’ve been an iPhone owner ever since the 3G, and I STILL have issues texting on the screen. Make this thing bigger, Apple!

  • WaterTrooper

    Yes. A cell phone is a device meant for 1 hand. I’m not a basketball player and have hands ment for a giant. I will not buy the new iPhone.

  • James Gunaca

    Not a priority. Although I think most tasks will still be OK with 1 hand on the 4.7in. 5.5 is another story…

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  • regkilla

    Yeah I need my right hand free for my nightly sessions? 😉

  • My hands are big enough to operate a BlackBerry Z30 (5″) with 1 hand. Don’t think I’ll have any problem operating a 5.5″ and lower with 1 hand, so long as the software is properly optimized for one hand use like on the Galaxy Note line (bit ly/1oBxN0N)…let’s see how Apple advances on handed phablet use.

  • Lurker22

    Nope since I use 2 hands given how delicate the device is and dropping hazard.

    And with large hands I can still use a 5.5″ screen one handed anyway

  • Donovan

    I’ll just skip the iPhone6/air series and go for the iPhone7 series with hologram features in 2 years.

  • Zcar4me

    Regardless if I want to use just one hand, I’d just rather not have a larger phone. I hope Apple offers both.

  • therealjjohnson

    A million people or more use 5in phones…let’s not act like this is something “we’ve never seen before” Lol.

  • As much as I would love to be able to use a phone with one hand, the reality is that one-handed use is not as productive as having a device with more screen space. I would much prefer the larger iPhone. I don’t think 4.7″ would be enough for me, as I’ve been considering the LG G3 for the past couple weeks. If the next iPhone can’t meet my standards, I will most likely end my preference of iPhones.

  • Jad Boukai

    This is one of those things you don’t really think about, unless someone tells you. After thinking about it, I say yes it’s a priority. Based on what I’ve seen and other similar phones, I think 4.7 is actually perfect (for me)

  • Blip dude

    Nope, held 5 inch Androids before and I honestly did not see a difference. I guess that May be perhaps I am always using my phone in landscape mode and hate having to type in portrait mode.

  • KingEgo

    The 4.7 is the same size as a galaxy S5 if im not mistaken and i can *just* use one of those one handed. I’m just waiting till i can go play with one in the apple store. if i do get one it wont be till january or february anyway.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    So many fck’n idiots. Not sure why I even bothered to read these comments. Blah, blah, blah…wgaf anyhow.

    • gittlopctbi

      And we’ll be sure to try not to read yours. 😉

  • john diaz

    I think it depends on the user and he/her needs, if your gonna use an iphone for professional purposes then you’ll probably choose the bigger size iPhone. but if your just gonna use it to call and text people you pretty much don’t care for size.

    Theres a reason smart phones are what they are!

  • MacGuru17

    I’m totally fine if I can’t use it one-handed all of the time; I use my 5s with both hands most of the time anyway. I’ll probably be getting the 4.7″, so it’s not really that much of an issue.

  • MikeOxlong

    Well if I can do it on my nexus 5 (at 5 inches), most should be able to handle it at 4.7.

  • Anthony Antunez

    As long as I can use it one handed I will be very satisfied but I would still get an iPhone either way, I just can’t leave Apple’s ecosystem at this point. I’m in too deep… send… help….

  • Gary LE

    Whatever you are doing that forces you to use your smartphone with one hand “MUST BE VERY IMPORTANT!” lol like… ?

    • aw81

      Like a simple action such as taking it out of your pocket to check an email or reply to a text without having to put down whatever you may have in your other hand.

  • felixtaf

    As much as I appreciate one-hand usage, I will take a bigger screen.

    If Apple comes up with a 5.5″ screen phone, I will take that instead of 4.7″.

  • Debra H

    My thumb has never reached up there, anyway, because I’m a female. For a female, my hands are normal-sized.

  • im2slick4u

    Standard usage is two hand, but one hand is very practical. If all you have is one hand and you need to pinch to zoom you can easily use your thumb and index finger.

  • Squire Western

    I will get the 5.5 inch version as the browsing capability is more important to me than one handed operation. As long as I can hold it in one hand to take a call….an ipad size would be a bit much!

  • n0ahcruz3

    I’ll take 5.5″ with bigger battery anyday than one handed use. Better media consumption, Better view. if i want larger screen my chromecast will take care of that. Dont want to carry two devices.

  • bpalladino

    Serious question. Why is one handed use so important to so many people? I can’t imagine it being important except for one thing. Texting and driving.. which is horrible. Even when I had the original iPhone I used one hand to hold it and the the finger on my other hand to tap away. Texting was a two handed affair with both thumbs hammering away. One handed use was for emergencies and primarily irresponsible behavior. Can someone please enlighten me why every review puts so much weight on one handed use because I don’t get it.