25 things to do with your free hand while using your iPhone 5

Summary:Apple made the iPhone 5 screen longer, but kept the same width and promoted the ability to still use the larger iPhone with one hand. Here are 25 suggestions for using your other hand while you have the iPhone 5 in one hand.

As I wrote last week, I preordered my Verizon iPhone 5 and have been caught up in the hype of tracking orders like many others. One of the key benefits that Apple focused on with the design having a longer display that is the same width as the iPhone 4S is the ability to still use the device with one hand. As we pass time on the last day before the iPhone 5 arrives in our hands, I thought it might be fun to list 25 things you can do with your other hand while using the iPhone 5.

I have pretty much given up on using the latest generation of smartphones with a single hand because I just don't have long enough thumbs to reach all the way across the displays. I use two hands with my Galaxy S III, Nokia Lumia 900, and Galaxy Nexus. I can still use my Nokia N9 with one hand and am actually looking forward to trying out an iPhone again to see how well it works with one hand control. Here are some things you might want to do with your other hand (these are not all serious people) while using your iPhone 5:

  1. Hug your significant other
  2. Open a door for a woman or elderly person
  3. Carry your iPad
  4. Drink a glass of water
  5. Wave to your buddy
  6. Give someone a thumbs up
  7. Wipe
  8. Thumb wrestle
  9. Hold your kids hand
  10. Pet your dog or cat
  11. Scratch an itch
  12. Crack an egg and make a cake
  13. Write a real letter to your friend
  14. Throw a ball
  15. Do a one-handed pushup
  16. Poke something
  17. Point at the sky (gets others looking up too)
  18. Push a button
  19. Eat a meal
  20. Change the channel
  21. Paint
  22. Learn to shuffle cards with one hand
  23. Unload the dishwasher
  24. Walk your dog
  25. Curl a dumbell

Even though I am a serious phone geek, I do not text and drive and do not let others do it in my presence either so you won't see driving as an option on my list above.

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Topics: Mobility, Apple, iPhone

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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