How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The new iPhone isn't just faster—it's taller. It's your more athletic, better looking friend who you kind of hate. But how does it fit in your mitt? We put together an animated guide versus the competition.

The iPhone 5 isn't wider than its predecessor—just taller. This means that you won't have to stretch your thumb and fingers as much when doing repetitive smartphone hand tasks. This means less strain, faster action, and a more comfortable pocket tool.

I tested out the 3.5-inch iPhone 4S, 4-inch iPhone 5, and 4.7-inch HTC One X over the same four motions: power button, unlock swiping, notification pulldown, and just grasping the things.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

For the record, I have normal-sized hands. Here is proof.

Holding the phone

Here's each phone in my hand. The 4S is like holding a little baby chipmunk.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The iPhone 5 is just as thin, so just as palm-able.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The HTC, not so much. It's girthy.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

Swiping across the phone

We unlocked each phone with a swipe of the thumb. The iPhone 4S is a breeze.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The iPhone 5 is that exact same breeze.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The HTC's wider and taller screen requires more of a thumb extension.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

Swiping down notifications

This is a very important one! Pulling down the notification drawer requires a full upward thumb jump—and it's a gesture you use constantly. This could be bad for your hand.

The 4S is pretty much perfect—you hardly have to stretch your thumb at all to hit the top of the screen.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

Apple managed to actually managed to squeeze in more vertical pixels without requiring any further thumb exercise. Only those with baby hands will need to acclimate.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The One X can be tiring. It requires more extension than the iPhone, and that can add up. It's just not as well suited for a hand.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

Powering off (or on!)

A phone's sleep button is another handset g-spot, and if you have to work for it every time, it's an actual pain.

The iPhone 4S is perfect in this regard. It takes very, very little movement to hit the sleep button.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The iPhone 5 requires some hand extension. You can feel it.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The One X requires the most, unsurprisingly, demanding an actual hand stretch to reach that spot. Not ideal.

How Does the iPhone 5 Fit in Your Hand? A GIF Guide

The iPhone 5 is a great ergonomic compromise. It's less comfortable than the 4S, yes, but still manages a larger screen with more pixels without asking us to do things that might make our hands uncomfortable.