I’ve been using the iPhone 6 Plus extensively over the past week. It’s got a heavy duty case on it, because I’m deathly afraid of dropping it. For all of the improvements, if you drop an iPhone, there’s a good chance that beautiful screen will shatter. Unlike in previous years, the cost to repair is $129, significantly less now that Apple had the facilities to do them on location. I have not been able to use the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand, at all. It’s strictly a two handed device. That’s the trade-off for having a bigger than bigger phone. As for the iPhone 6, it feels incredibly small when I switch to that phone. My wife got the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6. I definitely feel a bit more comfortable navigating with one hand. With either device, there is some level of one-handed use that you’ll sacrifice to the big phone Gods.

One-handed usability

It’s funny how your brain gets accustomed to different sized phones and adjusts. Now if only my hands would grow and adjust. That’s not happening and I definitely miss being able to seriously manhandle my phone with just one hand. One-handed usability isn’t overrated. I can no longer casually grab it from the pocket and check the score of my favorite team on the down-low. That’s something I’ve done often while bored at a wedding, shopping with my wife or countless other times where my iPhone was more interesting. Tweeting while grocery shopping, also a no go. The iPhone 6 Plus demands your attention and your hands.

Before the iPhone 6 arrived, I had spent a fair amount of time with the Moto X (4.7). It was my “big phone” that paired nicely with my iPhone 5s. I thought Motorola did a good job at pushing the boundaries of screen size while allowing for a good amount of usability. Motorola had sent me a Moto X (2014) review unit, which arrived before my iPhone 6 Plus. I remember thinking, wow this is really big and how I thought Motorola had lost the charm of the original. Today, I picked up the very same Moto X and it felt comfortable. Dare I say, I think I could use it a bit with one-hand. My opinion had changed. The iPhone 6 Plus made it feel small.

For kicks, I’ve jumped back to the Moto X and iPhone 5s. Those feel positively tiny, in a good way. I would love for companies to offer high end versions of their smaller phones. Imagine iPod touch thin with iPhone 5s capabilities. Same with Motorola. The Moto X 2014 feels like a premium flagship device, much more so than the previous generation. I wish they’d offer a high end version with a smaller screen.

When I hoped and dreamed of an iPhone with a big screen, I never thought we’d see something with a 5.5-inch display. It’s the HUMMER of phones. Big, brawny and won’t have great mileage for fans of one-handed usability. I count myself as one of those fans. I’ve started to re-train my brain as to what to expect from a smartphone and it’s working. Big is the new normal, as is my use of two-hands at all times. I also know that if I started using a smaller iPhone, that one-handed usability would be as comfortable as old pair of jeans. It’s the way phones were intended to be used, a hallmark created by the first Palm smartphones or as Apple calls it, a dazzling display of common sense.

How has your transition been to the bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Have you lost some, most or all of your one-handed use capabilities? More importantly, are you ok with that?