John Gruber’s excellent iPhone 5 review highlights the challenges of a bigger display. Unlike other reviews, Gruber has honed in on the biggest challenge many iPhone users will have when it comes to using the new iPhones.
The bigger display is a total win while using the iPhone 5 two-handed. But navigating the full screen while holding the iPhone in one hand is worse, for exactly the one reason why, even one year ago, I did not expect Apple ever to increase the size of the iPhone display: my thumb no longer easily reaches from corner to corner. (My hands are at least somewhat larger than average. Perhaps, counter-intuitively, this issue will not be noticed by the smaller-handed, whose thumbs don’t easily stretch from corner to corner even on a 3.5-inch iPhone display.) Consider the windshield wipers on a car, and how, because they swing in a radial arc, they can’t reach the passenger-side top corner. Using the iPhone 5 is like that.
2 thoughts on “Gruber on iPhone5 Display”
Whining for the sake of whining. Why? Anyone take windshield wipers off their car because they don’t help passenger see the tops of telephone poles?
its the one thing that really annoys me with my GNexus. My thumbs can reach the tops and i have to use two hands
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