5 reasons why you should buy the iPhone SE
Apple revealed earlier the iPhone SE, their latest smartphone (not a flagship, by the way) that is a throwback to the the iPhone 5s of 2013. Although we expressed that we’re not that enthusiastic in some aspects, there are important points to consider that makes the SE worthy of your money.
Here are 5 reasons we can think of:
1. It has a smaller yet timeless design.
Feel free to criticize Apple for “recycling” the design of the iPhone 5/5s but you can’t deny that it is one of the nicest smartphones around in terms of aesthetics. It also stands out from the rest of the current lineup of iPhones so if you’re not a fan of the rounded frames of the iPhone 6 and 6s, then the SE’s flat sides might appeal to you.
2. You can still use old iPhone 5/5s casings.
If you’re a long-time user of the iPhone 5 or 5s then you won’t have to worry about getting new cases for the iPhone SE since it has the same dimensions as its predecessors. Just take out your old favorite and put it on the SE. The same goes with other accessories designed for the 5 and 5S.
3. The most affordable iPhone to date.
The iPhone SE is the most affordable in the bunch starting at $399 for the 16GB model. For comparison, the iPhone 6 starts at $549 while the iPhone 6s is at $649. We don’t have local pricing for the SE yet but you can expect it to be more affordable than the iPhone 6 which is at Php31,990. Our estimate is at Php25K, give or take.
4. Better battery life.
Based on Apple’s comparison chart, the iPhone SE’s battery life is on par with the rest of the iPhones and has exceeded some of them in some aspects – longer Internet use than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s at up to 12 hours on 3G, 13 hours on 4G LTE, and up to 13 hours on WiFi (versus up to 10 hours on 3G and 4G LTE and up to 11 hours on WiFi), and longer video playback than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s at up to 13 hours (versus 11 hours).
5. Internally, it’s an iPhone 6s.
It may look like its past predecessors but the iPhone SE is no slouch. It’s carrying the same processor, GPU, rear camera, 4K video recording, and Retina Flash, as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. It also shares the same color options including Rose Gold.
Bonus: It doesn’t have a protruding camera.
Thanks to its grandfather, the iPhone 5, the iPhone SE is now enjoying some of the benefits of what can be considered as good design. If you look at the current lineup, the SE (after the 5S) is the only iPhone that doesn’t have that protruding camera and antenna bands that outline its frame. I’m sure Apple has good reasons for implementing those on the iPhone 6 and 6s but not everyone is a fan of its looks.