The Right iPhone Screen Size for You

When looking into your first iPhone or your next upgrade, there are many different options to choose from – 4 different colors, 3 storage sizes, and 3 screen sizes. It can be a little tricky deciding what size iPhone is best for you. I have helped many people, and will give you that same advice here for choosing the right size and storage space for your new iPhone. 


At the time this blog post is written, you have a few iPhone options: the 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, or the newest versions – the 6s and 6s Plus. I do not recommend going with a model any older than the 5s; for the most part, I believe that the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are the better of the 3 options. Some people have an issue with price and go with older iPhones; I totally understand that, but the older you go, the faster you will be outdated.  missing out on different benefits and features Apple has given with their latest releases. Another thing to mention, the older devices will be slow as snails. 


Price will obviously be an issue, but for this post I would like to focus strictly on screen size. When looking at the iPhone, we measure the screen size diagonally from corner to opposite corner.  


  • iPhone 5s – 4 in. 


  • iPhone 6 and 6s – 4.7 in.


  • iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus – 5.5 in.


Most of my team and I prefer the larger iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus with the 5.5-inch screen. We use them on the move as portable computers, and love having the extra screen size when working on projects remotely. Because we love the bigger screen so much, we barely find ourselves using our iPads.  Most people will just be using their devices for social media, pictures, texts, and calls. If this sounds more like you, then the iPhone 6 may be the size you need. 


Believe it or not, there are a good many people that prefer the smaller iPhone 5s. Apple may even be releasing a new iPhone this year with a smaller screen to accommodate this audience. The 4-inch screen size makes for a very compact device that fits in the pocket very nicely. The slightly larger iPhone 6 only adds 0.7 inches diagonally to the size, and still fits in the pocket nicely. Having either of these iPhones put into a lady’s purse or handbag should be no problem – just be careful of your keys and other sharp objects that might scratch your screen. 


My personal recommendation is to stick with the iPhone 6 or 6s if you want a good, middle-of-the-road device that will fit in most pockets and does not feel too uncomfortable if you have smaller hands. If size is no matter to you, and you crave a larger screen with slightly better battery life, then the iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus is the device you want. 


If you are looking for a smaller, more compact iPhone, then wait until the next Apple announcement; it's rumored that Apple will announce a new 4-inch iPhone with better internal hardware. The rumor is that Apple's unveiling will be sometime in March, but I have no proof or inside info on this. You could always pick up an iPhone 5s, just remember that you will be missing out on great new features like Apple Pay. 


It might be worth noting that most people put their new iPhone in a protective case. Some are slim, while some are military-grade or heavy-duty, which can add bulk and weight to your new device – something to consider when picking out your new iPhone. 


One last thing to consider – other than what you can afford – is battery life. The larger iPhone has a larger battery, and we all know what that means – more time to play Angry Birds! No matter what you want to get, go to an Apple store or your carrier and hold the phone in your hand. After you have read this and have felt the iPhone in your hand, you should be armed with enough info to decide which iPhone is right for you.