Apple pulled off something amazing with the iPhone SE
The new iPhone SE is essentially the guts of the iPhone 6s stuffed into the body of an iPhone 5s. It’s a Frankenphone, a mix of the best Apple has to offer and a 3.5-year-old design that feels silly to write about the point after Samsung released the best-looking phone you can buy.
But the iPhone SE wasn’t built for geeks like me who are troubled with the latest and greatest call up with giant screens. It’s made for the 30 million people Apple says bought 4-inch iPhones last year. It’s made for the tens of millions who still haven’t boosted their old, tiny iPhones for the 6, either because they don’t want a colossal screen or they don’t want to drop another $650 on an Apple product. It’s made for first-time smartphone owners.
Moreover, iPhone SE is the greatest value of any smartphone. You get iOS, the best mobile floor in the world, the latest domestic specs, advanced features like Apple Pay, and a top-of-the-line polaroid starting at a very reasonable $399.
It’s not for everyone, but if you can look past the less screen and simple design, you’ll get you’re getting a top-notch phone for $250 less than the iPhone 6s. Not bad at all. You can pre-order the SE now and it goes on sale March 31.
Big power, small phone
Over the last week, I haven’t begun one thing that my iPhone 6s Plus can do that the iPhone SE can’t do. I took 4k videos. I shot Life Photos with the 12-megapixel camera. I used Apple Pay.
Those are all appearance people like me who use Apple’s latest iPhones have come to take for granted. But buying a smaller, cheaper iPhone used to mean you had to give up the best Apple features. That’s no great the case with the iPhone SE. You get it all.
There are three remarkable exceptions, though. The front-facing camcorder isn’t as good as the 6s camera. (My colleague Rafi Letzter has an explanation for that here.) It also has the older version of the Touch ID identify sensor, which is certainly slower than the newer version in the iPhone 6s. Finally, it’s missing 3D Touch, an interested choice since Apple spent a lot of time last year trying to satisfy everyone 3D Touch is a fashion to remodel how we interact with the iPhone.
None of those are dealbreakers, but it does seem like Apple found some ways to shave off some of the cost of the phone. (3D Touch really doesn’t element to me anyway. I almost never use it on my 6s Plus, and I didn’t even miss it going back to a 3D Touch-less device.)
I was also fascinated with the SE’s battery life. Even though the battery is technically smaller, it outperforms the iPhone 6s in most tests thanks to the smaller screen and power ability of iOS 9 and Apple’s latest A9 slayer. You no longer need a heavy phone with a massive battery to get great body life. That may be the SE’s single most great achievement.
Work was great too. Since the SE has the same cover as the iPhone 6s, it’s capable of handling heavy gaming, video editing, and other exhaustive tasks you might want to do when you’re not Snapchatting and Instagramming. If you wish to get really geeky, plenty of people have tested the processor and begin it holds its own against any other prime, high-end phone out there. That’s crazy splendid for what’s supposed to be a mid-range phone.
Finally, as I said before, the camera can knob everything the 6s camera can. The only camera that beats it is the new Galaxy S7, but unless you’re a major camera snoot (I’m not), you’ll be fully happy with what the SE’s camera can do.
Back to the small screen
I’m captivated with big phones. After years of reciting Apple would follow the rest of the business and make a jumbo-sized iPhone, my wish was granted in 2014 with the iPhone 6 Plus.
I immediately discard my iPhone 5s and haven’t looked back since. I allocate hours and hours a day on my iPhone, and the huge screen and extra battery life in the Plus matter more to me than all else.
The iPhone SE, on the other hand, looks and impression almost exactly like the 5s except for some very minor layout tweaks. It also comes in pink.
So you can fabricate how much of a shock it was to downsize back to the 4-inch iPhone SE last week. My favorite apps no great fit on the first page of my home screen. The text was harder to read. Typing was more severe on the tiny keyboard.
But I also clean how useful it is to have a phone that doesn’t need two hands to do or won’t jab into my side every time I sit down with it in my compact. Those were a minor bore I’ve educated to live with, but they depart with the SE. I can now see why there are so many people out there who wish the smaller screen, even if it means suffer battery life and another face Apple has introduced over the years.
Now, with the SE, they can have it all.
Should you buy it?
Apple pulled off thing amazing with the iPhone SE: A high-end device, wrap and priced like a mid-tier phone. There are enough of examples of that in the Android world, but I still think iOS trumps all.
At the end of the day, I still guess most people should buy the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. The larger screen is that great for a device you carry with you 24/7. Yes, the iPhone 7 will be here in the fall. But that’s a good six point or so away, and you won’t be sorry later if you get a 6s today.
The iPhone SE is ideal only if a lesser screen and one-handed use are more great to you than anything else. It’s an awesome phone that’s filled with all of the best iPhone features. And you’re securing it all of that appearnace for an absurd price. But only buy it if you wish the small screen.