Yesterday’s announcement of the new 4-inch Apple iPhone SE was both expected and welcome. After Apple announced during the event that in 2015 4-inch iPhone variants accumulated 30 million sales, it would seem clear that the market for a smaller smartphone is not yet completely dead. And instead of taking the typical watered-down route that we have come to expect out of “mini” flagships, Apple took the high road by packing the same specs from their current generation iPhone 6s into the compact body of an iPhone 5s.
I am both thrilled and torn about this new device. Although I have recently switched to the LG Nexus 5X (and am enjoying my time with it, for the most part) I would be lying if I said I didn't miss using my iPhone 6, which is currently lying dormant in a box in the corner of my closet. The urge to switch back to iOS is even greater now that the iPhone SE has come to fruition and is remarkably cheaper than I would have ever imagined. As somebody who has written ten too many articles regarding the state of the smartphone industry and complaining about the lack of decent compact-sized smartphones, Apple’s iPhone SE is practically the perfect phone for me.
Yet, for some reason I am hesitant to give up the 4.7-inch screen in exchange for the 4-inch one. A 4.7-inch display is, I have determined, the max that allows me to still somewhat use my phone one-handed. Not comfortably, mind you, but it is doable. When I have to stretch my thumb up to the left corner of the display (which I must do often on an iPhone given that is where the back button, when available, is located) it isn't uncommon for me to fumble and drop the phone. I did not have this problem with an iPhone that had a 4-inch display, and I found the blocky design of the 5s to be more comfortable to hold than the rounded 6. Still, I think if I were to return to the 4-inch display I would miss the real estate.
Another “pro” to add to the pros and cons list in favor of the SE Is that the 64GB is actually quite cheap for an iPhone at $499. I find it disappointing that the base model is still 16GB, but it was something I fully expected to see – and at $399 for the 16GB model, it's actually quite generous coming from Apple. But the 64GB iPhone SE is the true winner here, being $150 less than the iPhone 6 64GB model, and a whopping $250 cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 6s model – and that right there is probably what makes the iPhone SE well worth considering since the specs on the iPhone 6s and the SE all appear to be equal.
I probably will end up getting the SE at some point. It's weird to think that I didn’t consider the iPhone 6s a worthy upgrade from the iPhone 6, but I do find the SE to be tempting. The price is good (especially the 64GB model), the size is good for one-handed use, and the specs are current gen. I'm also not entirely convinced that there will be future generations of the iPhone SE, so this may well be the last chance I have to get a phone this small that performs this well.
What do you think about the new Apple iPhone SE, readers? Now that everything is official, do you think the price and specs make it a worthy purchase? Let us know in the comments below!