Last year, Apple released the iPhone SE. It is the last remaining 4-inch device from the company and uses the same chassis as the iPhone 5s, but includes the hardware of the iPhone 6s in the form factor. The tiny smartphone was reviewed extremely well, but for one aspect of its design: its lower-end model was limited to 16GB.
Now, Apple removed that restriction and increased the basic storage to 32GB, while keeping the same price of $ 399. By doing so, it is turned the iPhone SE in the best iPhone on the market, in my personal opinion, even if the guts of the chip are already 18 months old. This is why:
First, the iPhone SE remains the easiest iPhone to grasp and use with one hand. The iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 may technically be only slightly larger, but that small difference increases when you add a protective case. It may not be a big difference (in fact, it can’t be when you consider that we are talking about millimeters), but every millimeter counts. I am aware, of course, that there are many people who love giant phablet phones, and some will not be happy until the following sketch comes true:
Nonetheless, as a person who likes the ability to answer a call, type a text, or scroll through menus while holding my phone, the original iPhone 5 chassis is superior to anything Apple has built since.
Second is the battery life. Despite being built on older technology, the iPhone SE battery life is the iPhone 7, as shown in the table below, from Ars Technica’s review of Apple’s latest hardware.
The only Apple device that manages to beat the iPhone SE is the iPhone 7 Plus, which wins by a whopping 3 percent. In gaming benchmarks, the iPhone SE is tied with the 7 Plus and 6 Plus as the longest-lasting smartphone, at ~ 374 – 377 minutes.
Third, there is the price. It is true that the iPhone SE is not as fast as the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, but it is also a lot cheaper, and you may never notice the processor difference as it has fewer pixels than the two larger phones. A 32GB iPhone SE costs $ 399, an iPhone 7 starts at $ 649, and the 7 Plus costs $ 769. That’s the base price for 32GB of storage for all three phones. You may not get as much overall performance, but even the iPhone 7 is 1.62 times more expensive than the SE.
Fourth, you can keep the headphone jack. I will not insist on this point; Either you mind having a headphone jack or not.
Fifth, while mobile benchmarks are great for displaying large numbers on devices, they aren’t that great at capturing the experience of using the device. My personal phone today is the iPhone 5c (16GB). It is built on the hardware of the iPhone 5, which means that I am “moving” a smartphone actually built in 2012. I am not going to tell you that I do not notice the difference in speed between an iPhone 7 and my poor 5c. Of course yes. It would be stupid to claim otherwise. But the relative of using the 5c has degraded much more slowly than the discounted iPhone 3G I bought in 2009 and was painfully looking forward to 2011. My 5c is effectively a year older than my 3G when I replaced it, but it is much more useful. for me at this point in its life cycle than 3G. Smartphones, like PCs, don’t age as fast as they used to. (I might love the SE, but I also find the video below amusing.)
If you love giant screens and cutting-edge technology, this op-ed won’t change your mind. If you’re an Android user, well, I don’t expect us to agree either. But one of the reasons I stuck with Apple is because it continues to make a small phone that suits my preferences at a time when most of the Android market has been chasing larger devices. The only reason I didn’t upgrade to an SE already is because the 16GB capacity got stuck in my troubles, and going up to 32GB eliminates that problem. If the screen size doesn’t trip you up, it’s arguably the best iPhone you can buy today.