iPhone 8 plus cameras

A few weeks ago, one of my worst tech fears was realized: I cracked my iPhone screen.

In three years of owning iPhones, I’ve never cracked my screen or significantly damaged my phone in any way. So when my iPhone 6s broke my fall on the subway steps recently — an embarrassing and slightly painful way to crack my screen — I was bummed to say the least.

As I contemplated the future of my phone (to repair or not to repair?) I figured it was as good a time as any to test out the new iPhone 8 Plus.

I ended up using the phone for about a week, swapping in my own SIM card and using the phone as my full-time device. When the week was up and it was time to switch back to my own phone, I figured I’d feel a bit sad giving up a gorgeous, flawless device and going back to my older, damaged one. Instead, I felt the opposite.

Here’s why:

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The iPhone 8 Plus is still just too big for me.

The 8 Plus was a big change for a lot of reasons, the main one being the size of it compared to my standard-sized 6s.

The phone felt gigantic to me. I couldn’t get used to the size, even after several days of using it. I felt myself having to change almost every habit I had to accommodate the huge phone, and constantly felt nervous I was going to drop it. I have relatively small hands, and I had a lot of trouble using the device, even with Apple’s Reachability feature that lets you better reach content towards the top of the screen by double-tapping the home button.

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