Is the iPhone 5 too tall and awkward to hold?

October 22, 2012

One of the newest features of Apple’s iPhone 5 was its brand new design — a thinner body and a taller screen — giving us enough screen real estate to include five rows of apps and a stunning display for watching videos.

But how comfortable is that taller screen? Apple reassured us that by keeping the same form factor, in terms of width, would keep our hands familiar with the outlay of the iPhone. But after a month with the iPhone 5, it still doesn’t feel as natural.

Don’t get me wrong — I love the taller screen. It looks more impressive, especially when you throw Safari into fullscreen mode while holding the iPhone horizontally. But I sometimes find my hand awkwardly stretching to touch the top of the phone to automatically scroll back up to the top.

When I hold my wife’s iPhone 4S, everything feels comfortable again. Maybe Apple should have kept the smaller screen. Or maybe I just need more time with the phone.

One thing that is certainly a win for Apple is the thinner body. Not only is it thinner, but it is significanlty lighter. Whenever I hand over my iPhone 5 to show friends, the first thing they comment on is its weight.

“Wow, this is really, really light compared to my iPhone 4S,” one of my buddies said the other day. “It almost feels like Apple left something out of the inside o fit.”

They certainly didn’t. The iPhone 5 is blazing fast, running on a great quad-core A6 processor. Throw in access to the 4G LTE network, and you have the fastest smartphone on the planet. There have been some WiFi issues, but hopefully Apple will get that straightened out with a rumored update that’s coming soon to iOS 6.

How do your iPhone 5 feel in your hand? Awkward? Just right? Share your thoughts with us below.

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