Do you miss the polished chamfered edge?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Appl3FTW, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    to those who had the 5/5s and went with the se. Do u miss the polished chamfered edge compared to the matte on the se? I'm kinda wanting to get the se but I don't want to give up my 5s because it was the first gold iPhone and there's a history to it.
  2. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    I do think the polished edge looked a bit higher end...
    I even walked over and saw that the iPod Touches still have it and I wish the SE did too
  3. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    I feel the same it dulls it out
  4. hank moody macrumors 6502a

    hank moody

    Jan 18, 2015
    Matte edges looks much more classy and elegant. SE is perfect
  5. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Those edges are hidden under the protection of my Magpul case. [​IMG]
  6. jasjeet macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Looks fine to me and still catches the reflection.
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I didn't even notice chamfergate until I read this thread. :p

    But in all seriousness, I honestly didn't even notice. I guess my answer is clear then lol.
  8. kitkat2 macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    I do think the polished edges look nicer, particularly on the white bezeled phones. I had a silver 5 and this time I've decided to try space grey. The current silver just lacks that extra bit of pizzazz. I do go caseless, so I'm sure many people who do won't notice and many others won't care. It was hardly a deal breaker but it did factor into my color choice.
  9. CB636 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2016
    The matte edges feel cheaper than the 5/5S IMO.
  10. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    Lulz I see.. Haha
  11. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    I'm thinking that it's as simple as this: not chamfering the edges cut costs and made it cheaper for Apple to make it. I think the SE just has the exact same finish throughout the entire casing.
  12. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    Chamfered edges were scratch magnets and would get scratched even from just removing a case! :mad:

    SE matte edges are pure class and the way to go! :)
  13. CYKBC macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2014
    It's definitely more work for Apple. Many top end luxury watches have chamfered, polished edges contrasting other finishes. I prefer it but don't care really.
  14. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    Hmm. What watch brands use chamfering? I know that it's very common to mix polished and brushed steel. My Rolex, Omegas, and other watches I've had all did this. Are you using chamfering and polished synonymously?
  15. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    I don't care either way, but it does seem a bit odd that other more recent devices in Apple's lineup still include the polished edges (2015 iPod touch, iPads). Then again, there's such a mix of different design languages in play, most devices are a mix of elements of the "new" items found on the iPhone 6/6 Plus/6S/6S Plus and prior Apple products:

    • Polished chamfered edges: iPhone 5/5S, iPads, iPod touch
    • No camera bump: iPhone 5/5S/SE, all iPads except the iPad Pro 9.7"
    • Circular volume buttons: iPhone 5/5S/SE
    • 2 rows of speaker holes: iPhone 5/5S/SE, iPad Air, iPad mini 2

    • Matte chamfered edges: iPhone SE
    • No chamfered edges: iPhone 6/6 Plus/6S/6S Plus
    • Camera bump: iPhone 6/6 Plus/6S/6S Plus, iPad Pro 9.7", iPod touch
    • Pill volume buttons: iPhone 6/6 Plus/6S/6S Plus, iPads, iPod touch
    • 1 row of speaker holes: iPhone 6/6 Plus/6S/6S Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, both iPad Pros
  16. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    I just think the polished chamfered edge looks fantastic and I miss it on the se styling.
  17. gladoscc macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    I miss it too. Apple probably saves a couple of cents from the manufacturing bill by not chamferring the edges, which is fair. Savings add up.
  18. Q-Dog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    The polished edge looks nice in ads and photos, but my 5s is in an apple leather case so I don't actually see the edge. If I replace the 5s with an SE it will also go into a black leather case and won't be seen, so I honestly don't care.

    I might actually care if I didn't have to put it in a case to get a black phone.
  19. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    just checked out the se for myself in person

    yea the chamfered edge may be slightly nicer looking, but ill take the less stress/OCD/liability associated with the matte edges
  20. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2008
    It's not usual for watches to have chamfered/bevelled parts like bezels, lugs, clasps, or parts of a movement. Depends on the design, not the brand, but the additional steps to do such finishing is more likely to be found an a higher-end or better-finished watch.

    The chamfered edges on the SE may not be polished, but that doesn't make them invulnerable to nicks or scratches. Less contrast may make such battle scars less noticeable, though.
  21. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I kind of think it looks better with the matte edges, or at least it looks better with the shade of space gray Apple is using.
  22. valinda macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2015
    Virginia Beach, VA
  23. Turnpike macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2011
    New York City!
    I love the 5SE, I got one to switch to (from the 6S Plus) just for fun for a few weeks... I think it's a great phone especially for the lower price.... but does anyone else miss the polished chamfered edges that these phones had with the 5S?
  24. Swampbaby985 macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2013
    East Texas
    Yes! I do. I still have my old iPhone 4S laying around simply because I love the overall design of the device. The flush camera on the the way I could place the phone on its side while taking photos. Don't get me wrong I like my 6 Plus however I still prefer the overall look of the older iPhone 4S.
  25. Mac 128 macrumors 601

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    I think I do miss it. I remember thinking it was kind of dumb that they made such a big deal out of it as a design feature when they announced the 5, and I thought it popped a bit much on my 5s, but now I think I get it.

    That said, I think the reason is that I opted for a silver/white SE, and had the gray/black 5s. On the 5s, the chamfered edge popped out a little more, though the ring around the home button wasn't as pronounced. On my silver SE, that ring around the home button pops out, and has nothing to balance it. It looks a little off without the polished chamfers. I think if the home button weren't so shiny, I probably wouldn't care as much, or maybe if I had gotten the gray/black model -- I'll have to check that out the next time I'm in the Apple Store.

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