4 or 4.7 or 5.5-inches — What's the perfect iPhone 6 size for you?

4 or 4.7 or 5.5-inches — What's the perfect iPhone 6 size for you? [Poll]

If Apple holds to pattern the iPhone 6 will be coming out way this fall, and if rumors are true, there'll be not only a larger size, but two larger sizes to choose from. I've been writing about a bigger iPhone for years, and why I think it makes sense for Apple to do it this year. But what happens when it's a reality? What happens when you walk into an Apple Store and see a 4-inch, 4.7-inch, and 5.5-inch iPhone all sitting on the table. Which one do you choose?

To keep things simple, let's imagine the iPhone 6 feature set is locked. You get the same camera, sensors, radios, colors, finishes, materials, and other specs regardless of which size you choose. You're picking based on display size and display size alone.

So what will it be? 4-inches to maintain maximum one-handed-ease-of-use and pocket-ability? 4.7-inches to strike the best balance of small enough to hold, big enough to enjoy? Or 5.5-inches so you basically have no reason to carry around a small tablet with your for mobile computing? What's the perfect iPhone 6 size for you?

Vote up top and let me know your reasoning in the comments below!

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4 or 4.7 or 5.5-inches — What's the perfect iPhone 6 size for you? [Poll]

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All depends. Are you swimming with you lucky ham around your neck, or not. Could not help that. In a goofy mood today.

The one I have in my hand has confirmed that 5.5 inches is way too big, thank you. I'd happily welcome 4 inches at this point.

I own both the Note 3 & iPhone 5s. Business/Personal. Love them both and for specific reasons... But if I could have iOS internals and iOS 7.1x in my N3, it would be the best if both worlds. Didn't think I'd like it as I do, but it's been fantastic, and ANYTHING but intrusive. I've Always been able to handily carry my Note and I'm looking forward to Cupertino's 5.5" response. Should be extraordinary. I'm stoked. Though 4.7" is tempting, I've got to believe the 5.5" WILL have a differentiating factor, one possibly being resolution. We shall see. Not too far off now;)

"A wet goose flies best at night." I have no idea what it means, but I sure as heck won't forget it.

I went with the 4.7, since it seems the choices will either be that or the 5.5 (yuck). I always thought that the screen size of 4.3 like my old Evo would be perfect. My brother has the Evo LTE and I guess I could get used to that big screen.

How about moving the decimal? What about a 47" iPhone? It comes with a stand and casters so you can move it around. True portability! It'll also shut up the pundits wanting Apple to build a TV.

.47"? There's an idea! It's got a headphone jack and requires the use of Siri to do anything, which includes only playing music, phone calls, and texts which you dictate. This would be a great sale for the twelve people who liked the buttonless iPod shuffle.

4.7" would be just about perfect for me. 5.5" would be nice too, but I just don't want a phone that big. So 4.7" it is. Like the poll said, it's bigger but still a phone (rather than a mini-tablet). And I like what you said, Rene; "4.7-inches to strike the best balance of small enough to hold, big enough to enjoy" sums it up nicely.

I'm thinking 4.7 but it hard without actually seeing the device and trying it. I have a feeling I would actually get use to a 5.5 after giving it a shot.

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+1 My brother just got the One Plus One and I never thought I'd like a bigger phone until holding that one. But they did a great job of minimizing the bezels so the overall device wasn't that large. All of the mockups so far for 5.5" iPhone 6 show the standard large top and bottom bezels the iPhone currently sports. Without seeing the final design myself, it will be very hard to make a decision.

I went with the 4.7. I am hoping it is a bigger screen but not much larger foot print over the current 5/5s. I would like the larger screen but I don't really want a bigger phone. I think the 5.5 would just be too big if the current 5.5 phones are used for reference.

Hopefully they won't make the 5.5" the so called flagship which has all the bells and whistles and the 4.7" a stripped down version.

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Yeah, hopefully it'll be the other way around. Or like the iPad Air and the iPad mini w/ Retina Display which only has screen size as their main differentiating factor sans the color gamut issue.

Perhaps the 4" will be a 6c consisting of 5s specs in a 5c body. It's a gamble for Apple, but based on the poll results here so far, it might be a good strategy.
I voted 4.7", but I need to get 2 years out of my 5s because I buy my phones outright.

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True.. but question is.. if they do a 6c.. will it have Touch ID this time around? I would bet it would.. since they wouldn't want to limit the 6c from their payment system.. that would limit the number of people that can use Touch ID to buy stuff with..

But I can see it:
4" - iPhone 6c
4.7" - iPhone 6
5.5" - iPhone 6 Pro (don't think they will go with air moniker.. )

iPod Air ;) I like the idea of a 5.5" iPod. But if the 5.5" is iPod only, Apple would PO a whole lot of people who just want one device, and still need it to be a phone. Both, perhaps?!

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Yes, I absolutely believe it would include Touch ID. 5s guts (with Touch ID) in a 5c body.

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I care more about less bezel than I do size. The bezel on the current iPhone is gaudy. It would be nice to have an edge to edge screen while there is a much smaller bezel on the top and bottom.

If you watched the 4.7" screen torture test.. you'd notice the bezel was half that of the 'mockups'... The mockups were based on a rough design so case manufacturers could get general sizes correct..

I have a Note 2 and to me the size of the device is great, and neither I nor friends I've handed it to have ever had problems using it from its size or putting it in a pocket. But Android just isn't as good as iOS so I'm happy to come back for a bigger iPhone, especially now that iOS as of 8 will have just about every feature from Android I cared about anyway. I'd love a 5.5 inch so I wouldn't need a tablet, especially if it registered as a tablet to the apps that cared, but I'd still be happy with 4.7 if they, for instance, were just making 4 and 4.7 phones with 5.5 just being a giant iPod. :)

I want a 4" phone like my current 5s. It works great with one hand which is useful while on the bus or walking home carrying some stuff from the store. I know that there are lots of people that want a larger screen but that's the size that works well for me.

4.7" .... If it had been available 2 years ago I would have gladly gotten it instead of my EVO LTE. I like my wife's iP5 and prefer everything about it except the size. Prepare for a lot of converts!!

The 4" iPhone screen size is the reason, I think, a lot of people opted for Android. These larger screens will be a big success for Apple.

I look forward to a 4.7" phone, but I fear that if the 5.5" comes to market Apple will give it premium features over the 4.7".

I still don't see Apple going 5.5. It goes against their philosophy. Personally I find 5 in. the perfect size. But 4.7 with iPhone sized bezels will be good too.
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Honestly I thought the 4S was perfect, then got a 5. I didn't realize what a difference screen size made. Now with a 5S I can't help but want a little more real estate, but 5.5" might be a little too much. HOWEVER, Apple makes great hardware and if their design is appealing enough I wouldn't mind phablet. I just have to hold them in my hand to decide. Sigh

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I use my iPhone as a phone perhaps 5% of the time, so I will probably get the 5.5", but with two concerns, that it:

a) fits in my pants pocket

b) has acceptable one-handed use.

My wife has a GS4, and that fits comfortably in my pocket alongside my wallet, so unless Apple's unit is *substantially* larger, a) is likely ok, but b) could be troublesome.that is likely ok, Then again, when I first moved from a 4 to a 5, I found it awkward to use with one hand, but I adapted in a few hours.

I feel like 4.7 would be the best for me, but seeing as I don't currently own an iPad, the 5.5 may be the one I opt for.

In all honesty, I would prefer to go back to the 3.5 but I manage with the 4. I really hope they keep the 4 around. Not everyone has freakishly large hands/arms that hold the phone 10 feet from your face.

My eyes want the 5.5 inch but my hand and pocket are going with the 4.7. My previous Android phone was 4.3 and it felt like a nice size. Given how much thinner phones are now the 4.7 will be the same overall footprint.

I find people look ridiculous holding large phones (4.7~) to their face. Very often I have my phone in one hand and a coffee in the other and don't need a phone that needs two hands to use 100%. Most of the people I talk to (not tech savvy or apple fans) like the iPhone size now and don't want a huge phone for similar reasons. I think it's a good idea for apple to get into the larger phone market but without taking away the smaller size.

I voted 5.5 but I don't think there will be one that size. Mostly because of lack of 5.5 parts that have been leaked from the supply chain.

I'm good with my 4". I have small hands, tho! I am sure for my brothers with bigger hands, a bigger iPhone is a most def necessity.

What's gonna happen is, the people who clamored for a big screen iPhone will now complain that it's too big and that apple should have stayed with 4 inches. Point is ppl are never satisfied.

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At this point I have to vote for 5.5". Might change with hands-on time, but I've bought too many screens in my life only to wish I'd gone bigger in less than a years' time. I picked up a couple 5.1" phones recently and given Apple's affinity for thinness and minimal bezels, I think a 5.5" iPhone will be manageable, if not ideal.

Well you know what they say about the size of your SmartPhone, Big Phone, Big Pocket!!!

Of course for the longest time I held out, 3.5 inches was fine, 4 inches was perfect then I felt something big in my hand and I was jealous. Really though I was switching network and a cheap option was to buy an Android device so I go the 4.95 inch Nexus 5. Love the screen size but not the OS or the phone design.

I did have a chance to use a 5.5 inch phone and I've got to say, the convenience of not using an separate tablet and phone is great. It fills the gap.

I did use to make fun of a rather short friend who switched from the iPhone 4S to the HTC One that he needed a backpack just to move the phone around.

I still use my oldest iPhone at home on WiFi for a couple of App's that are not there and still love how things look on the screen and I know that if Apple do have a much larger screen size it guarantees my return to iOS.

I'm leery about them dropping the 4" size. I like it and while I have no issue with others preferring and getting bigger phones, I don't like the idea that I'll be forced to a huge phone. The 4" iPhone 5 slips nicely into a jeans pocket and does everything I need it to. 5.5 is a ridiculous size IMO and phones that size will, I think, end up a fad. 4.7 feels big to me, but we'll see.

On the other hand, I'm not upgrading to a 6 unless there's something fantastic about it - my 5 is perfectly fine. I'll definitely take a look at the 6S though.

Asking this question is silly since most users have no idea what they want.

2007-2011 = 3.5" Is perfect. Any bigger wouldnt work
2012-2013 = 4.0" Is the largest you can possibly go. Any bigger wouldnt work.
2014 = ______ Size is the right size. We havent tried iOS on either but I think thats right.

This is the biggest problem Apple consumers will face this gen IF both sizes dont come out concurrently. How can we really know what size is optimal for iOS 8 unless we can physically compare?

Personally, I dont know what size i want. I just know that we're way overdue for a modern sized iPhone and I want one.

"I just know that we're way overdue for a modern sized iPhone ..."

I've seen you use this "modern sized" moniker a few times now and it's really stupid and kind of offensive IMO. Modernity is all about minimalism and simplicity. To call a giant ass phone "modern sized" is to misunderstand what "modern" means.

So is being stuck in the past.

Last year this same poll got a majority of people claiming 4" is perfect. The year before that claimed 3.5". Next year will claim 4.7" is right. That doesnt mean the other years were "wrong" it means that the industry and the users are advancing/adapting. What we consider to be "modern" in 2005 is completely different from 2015. And with every cycle then, whether good or bad, many "features" (and apparently, people) are being left behind.

Take all the offense you want to the world, but this is how things are. Personally, I've tried numerous times to switch to a Retina MacBook Pro but my mindset and workflow is simply stuck with large capacity HDD's. So I run a modified dual drive (SSD/HDD) 2011 MBP. I know its aging, my screen isn't as sharp as it could be and I'm now out of warranty. But it's the option that fits me best right now and in no way would I take personal offense to someone claiming I'm out of date because for the most part it's true.

I'm even more out of date: I don't use notebooks! I have a box with a giant screen. I even maintain an old Power Mac just so I can cram multiple large HDs into it like some kind of digital pack-rat.

Then I have an old iPad 3. Awwww yeah.

Listen Apple is going to do to the iPhone what they did to the iPad, both models will be the same thing just different sizes, just like iPad Air and iPad mini retina.

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This could well be a possibility just a screen size change and I will keep my 5s hands down

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I went with 4.7 although I wish they would release something right in between the 4.7 and 5.5. I'd be more than happy with a solid 5.0.

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If it's Moto-X sized overall I'm in. If it has grossly oversized bezels like in the sample picture above I'm not.

I voted 4.7. I have to agree with the view that it'll take seeing and holding them both before a realistic decision can be made. I use my 5s constantly for my business during the day, and the 4" size is great for my (small) hand and my shirt pocket. The 4.7 could compromise the classic "one-handed" aspect, but having more real estate would be more than a worthwhile trade-off, and I think it'll still work in the shirt pocket. The 5.5 size sounds interesting, but among other things I would have to carry it in a belt holster.

With all the blue tooth capability around today, why do I need to put the device next to my (usually sweaty) ear. All of my favorite ways of using my iPhone as a phone are wirelessly. So a 5.5 would be my choice.

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Oh and by the way, the 5.5 iPhone would be my way to get my iPad mini subsidized by my two year contract. I like it

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The only thing I miss about my old work Note 2 was the size. Hoping this 5.5 inch glory is coming at the same time as the 4.7. If not, I can be patient.

I've been waiting to see how big the iPhone 6 will be before buying an iPad mini. I've always wanted an iPad mini to be my phone from the first day I saw it.

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I have no need for a larger device. The 5S is the perfect size for one handed use and pocketability. I think a 4.2" or 4.5" screen would be alright.

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I own a galaxy nexus and nexus 4, both at about 4.7inches, and don't plan on buying a phone that big and cumbersome again, if I can help it. 4in seems to be the sweet spot for portability for me, but sometimes I even get nostalgic, pining for my 3.1in Palm Pre family of phones. Boy they were built like sand castles, but SO comfortable to hold! I'll hang on to the 5S for awhile if they don't update the 4in lineup.

Could make a case for further maximizing the surface area on a device that is sized like the 5/5s.. Therefore 4.1, 4.2in would be acceptable. and hopefully they make it slightly thicker if necessary to a accommodate a larger battery.

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The same size as iphone5s with a bigger screen would be the best combination. Easy to hold and use in one hand and with the bigger more enjoyable screen. (A bezel-free phone would just kill the competition).

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Steve Job's minimalistic design has long been forgotten and he's probably rolling over in his grave now. I want something that I can fit into my jeans or jacket without looking too conspicuous....

I really do think its important and I agree that the feature set has to be locked in, as Mr Jobs said with a talk with all things D once. At the moment I prefer to stick with the 4" iPhone, but it does somehow to me look unnaturally elongated. So maybe I would go for the 4.7" if it looked more rounded, but I would really have to have a feel for how big the 4.7" feels. Because for me a mobile should be a mobile after all. Great to see everybody comments and opinions what they think about this one too!

Iphone 6 mini 4'' the size and feel on my 5s is perfect for me if they could make it slimmer and lighter that would be even better

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For me it boils down to battery if the 5.5 had a monster battery I would 5.5 in a heartbeat. The trend to paper thin is pointless. Fatten them up a bit and put in a full day hard use multi day casual use battery.

If neither version has a monster battery I will stick with my old 5 for another year as it still works just fine.

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I could use a larger ipod touch, maybe at 4.7.
Experimenting cutting the phone since I'm on wifi and/or hotspot most of the time.
Have not missed tradition carrier service, actually I kind of prefer the simplified radio/volume settings on the ipod over the iphone.

4.7" would be more than big enough for me. After handling a Galaxy S5 that is 5.1"....5.5" would be MASSIVE and too big.

I chose 4.7, as it's a slightly bigger screen and it's still pocketable. The only way the 5.5 would be in anyway appealing would be if t was a true 'phablet' and was able to also run iPad apps.

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I'm a big guy, big hands. 5.5 inches would be perfect! Always admired the size of the Note line but don't want to leave the Apple Eco-system. Apple take my money already!

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4.7" since apple needs the home button and rather large bezels, the 5.5" would be absolutely huge. The 4.7" will be a little on the large side, but still manageable even with the overall large size of the device.

I think if I wasn't happy with the current size then I would say the 4.7 inch iPhone 6, 5.5 inches is too big.

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I have a confession... I bought an LG G3 two days ago, and for the third or fourth time I have walked away from the iPhone.

I am back after 48 hours.

Not only was Android frustrating (always is to me) but the size of the phone was a bit hard to handle. I was dead set in getting the 5.5 inch iPhone until I used the G3. It's looking like 4.7 for me.

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I choose 5.5 inches because it is possible to make use of it over a wide range of application while still being small enough to carry without a bag or pouch. Would love to have two SIMs to make international traveling more flexible without changing your original phone number, and for separating business vs personal. With a nice stylus like the DAGI P701 which has a retractable tip making it convenient to carry around, Asian hand writing input is perfect for preserving the capability to write correctly. This should be the first mobile device for people entering the professional world.

Bear in mind that the length of a 5.5 inch screen is the width of an iPad mini, so the reading experience is still pretty good, enough screen area to do some productive work, all the communication capability to keep in touch, good camera for quick snaps right out of the pocket, also good for entertainment. The screen is large enough to comfortably use as a map as well.

4.7 inch is fine if you really want single hand operation, but personally I think it is dangerous to operate when you have to do it with one hand, especially without the securing strap older phones used to have. If there were no 5.5 inch device, I would go with the 4.7 inch.

4 inch or smaller is great if you are not planning to do serious reading or work on it. There are still lot of neat apps that make such a small screen useful as shown in the 5s ads and much more.

The only reason I would pick 5.5 over 4.7 is if 5.5 brings better features (camara, Sapphire display, resolution and battery)

when the htc one (m7) came out and later got to own it, I knew that based on each dimension and the screen size that goes with it at 4.7 inch that this would become the gold standard, not only for the iphone but for future smartphone design that aspire to fit in 5 inch or less display within a width of 68mm. but what is so important about that width size? a width less than 70mm will guarantee a good fit in the hands of most people around the world. now if oem just focus on providing the best phone experience regardless of screen ratio that can fit on that specifuc width (limit) perhaps they could fit even a 5inch screen with a least amount of bezel around a reference width. and larger screen 'phablet' may be targeted for media centric consumers so a screen size between 5.5 to 6.5 may serve them well, while 7inch is a freak of nature and tablet display will dominate beyond 8inch and dealienating the tablet-pc segment beyond 11 inch size screen.

I'd like to have a 4.7inches iphone.
I own a Motorola Moto X, it's 4,7" and it's just a bit bigger than the iphone 5, you can manage it with one hand...
If they do it the same size they'll get the most from both bigger screen and usability.
Crossing my fingers.

Hopefully 4.5 - though I wonder if they will have iPad Retina resolution to make it easier to adopt apps - otherwise there will be iPhone 4, 5 and 6 Retina resolutions?!

Never could understand why Apple didn't equip the iPad Mini with phone capabilities. It already has cellular capabilities. My use of a smartphone as a telephone is minimal compared to other uses and an iPad mini with cellular phone capabilities would be perfect...especially for travel. Of course I'd still have a phone-phone too, for portability and, for that use, a 4" or 4.7" would be perfect.

If Apple manages to enlarge the screen a little but keep the outer dimensions as of the iPhone 5S, this would be great. But never make it bigger! The size is perfect now and I usually do not carry a handbag with me ;)

I am trying to decide if I should go with an Android or IOS mobile. If Apple didn't have a larger option like 4.7 or 5.5 I would not even consider them. I am still trying to decide which to go with.

I have a 5s now and it's great, but text and pics can sometimes be ridiculously tiny. The 4,7 will barely be keeping up with the times. I'll definitely order the 5.5 without a doubt, even at a premium price. The 4.7 will soon be outdated I think.

So in debating these two screen sizes, I really think 4.7" provides plenty of additional room over current screen for web browsing, videos, etc...

Everyone talks about carrying a 5.5" so they can stop carrying their iPad. Problem is that iPads run iPad apps. The 5.5" still won't do that. The only way that I'm interested in the 5.5" is if it offers software perks over the 4.7" or if the hardware is substantially better than the 4.7".

3.5'' is still the best screen size imo. My iPhone 5 that I've had for over a year and a half now still feels awkwardly tall compared to my old iPhone 4. If it wasn't for the speed difference between the two I would switch back to my iPhone 4 in a heartbeat.

That being said, I'll still be picking up the 4.7'' iPhone 6 when it's time for me to upgrade my phone.