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It's odd, but the iPhone SE is the first phone I've been genuinely excited for since the 4S. When my contract ends in September I'm thinking of buying a 64GB variant outright for a lower cell bill as well. I have no major issues with my 6 or its size, I just like the SE.

How happy are you with your SE? I assume you acculmated back to a 4" screen size easily?

Honestly, I compared my 6 to my friend's 5S and you really don't see *that* much more content. Maybe 2 tweets vs 2.4.
 

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I'm happy with mine. I bought a 64GB Gold SIM-Free on launch day and love it. I pair it with a low cost MVNO plan and my 2 year cost of ownership is less than half what I would pay for a comparable 6s on a post paid plan from one of the big four carriers. ( I have very modest cellular needs)

I came from a 4s so this was a larger screen for me.
 
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I am enjoying using the SE. I used to have a 6S plus but after using the SE since launch day I couldn't go back to a larger phone.
I don't have any issues going back to a smaller screen, it's a great phone.
 
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Channan

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Curious why you're more excited for the iPhone SE than the iPhone 5/5s.

I'm very happy with my iPhone SE. I got free cell service for my iPhone 5s, but it was only 500MB/month at the time so I couldn't stream music, and the iPhone was only 16GB, so I could barely store any music on it. I upgraded to the 64GB iPhone SE after trading in my 16GB iPhone 5s and now I store all of my music and a bunch of videos on it. That alone was worth the upgrade.

And that was pretty much the only reason to upgrade looking back now. I expected the performance of the SE to blow my 5s out the water. It didn't. Not to say the SE's performance is bad, but it shows how well the 5s held up. I didn't really have any issues with RAM on the 5s either, so the extra GB in the SE isn't doing too much for me. The camera in the 5s was also still really good, so the camera doesn't seem like a huge upgrade.

But I know this phone is a lot more future proof, and I love having more storage now. Plus, it's only costing me $14.16/month, which is a lot less damaging to my wallet than a one-time fee.
 
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I've never been this happy with a phone before. I forgot how much I enjoyed this phone size, especially one-handed texting. It's incredibly fast and does everything I need and it's a joy to use in the gym.
 
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Curious why you're more excited for the iPhone SE than the iPhone 5/5s.

To be honest, I guess it's just a personal thing that's hard to explain. I had the 4S and wanted the iPhone 5 so bad. In fact, that was my most desired smartphone, but never got one due to my carrier contract. I was set to get the 5S, but just felt somewhat underwhelmed and content with the 4S so I kept it another year.

When the 6 was announced I was excited for a larger screen and the 4S battery couldn't get through a day. I never wanted the 6 like I wanted the 5 though. After 2 years, I like my 6, but the battery is just okay and the larger screen didn't make the huge difference I was expecting - I think the change from 3:2 to 16:9 would have been sufficient for me (not that I have any issue with 4.7")

I really don't know why I want the SE. I guess I like the box design (much easier to take pictures with than a curved slate). I kind of like that it is the SE vs the mainstream device so there really isn't the annual update desire. It just appears to be a powerful and capable little device that will be food for the next few years.
 
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I love it. Got the 64GB version. Its like a breath of fresh air for me after going from a 5s WITH just 8GB space left....
Although and its maybe just me, that the SE is lighter in feel compared to my 5s. Have other people here noticed that as well?
It feels lighter somehow.

The Home button sounds and feels a bit clunky, but not too bad.
I don't see any Yellow screens what most people out here are complaining about.

Camera and Video, I don't know since I RARELY ever take pictures.

So far so good.
 
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My first iPhone, so cant compare it to any other model.

Ive come from a Galaxy S3.

I like the smaller size and shape of the phone.

It feels solid and has a nice bit of weight (in a good way) compared to my s3.

Im happy about the battery life, I was having to charge my S3 everyday and that was with minimal usage, maybe the battery was on its last legs though.

Not used the iPhone much, maybe an 1hr-30m and its still got 50% charge since Wednesday when I bought it.

Also camera quality is excellent, cant wait to use it on my holidays.

Best phone I have ever owned so far....
 
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Although and its maybe just me, that the SE is lighter in feel compared to my 5s. Have other people here noticed that as well?
It feels lighter somehow.
It actually weighs 1 gram more than the 5S, so it should feel almost exactly the same.
 
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BearBert

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Much happier now! After returning the first SE due to the Bluetooth issue, this one so far works flawless. Got lucky and was able to snatch one up in the apple store yesterday.
 
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Another thing I consider is that by September, many of the supposed manufacturing defects (BT issues, yellow screen, etc.) should hopefully be worked out. I think it might a perfect little phone for the long haul.
 
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"Yellow screens" issues will never be fixed. By September, October, November, no matter by when, Apple will always use different screen brands and it will keep going to be just a lottery.
 
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BearBert

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Another thing I consider is that by September, many of the supposed manufacturing defects (BT issues, yellow screen, etc.) should hopefully be worked out. I think it might a perfect little phone for the long haul.

I'm thinking much sooner. My First SE with the Bluetooth issue had a manufacturing production date of the week of February 6th, almost two months before the phone was even was released. The SE I picked up yesterday has a manufacturing production date of week of April 16th, so basically last week this thing was made.
 
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I'm thinking much sooner. My First SE with the Bluetooth issue had a manufacturing production date of the week of February 6th, almost two months before the phone was even was released. The SE I picked up yesterday has a manufacturing production date of week of April 16th, so basically last week this thing was made.

How do you find out the manufacturing production date.
 
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Mitch Buchannon

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I'm thinking much sooner. My First SE with the Bluetooth issue had a manufacturing production date of the week of February 6th, almost two months before the phone was even was released. The SE I picked up yesterday has a manufacturing production date of week of April 16th, so basically last week this thing was made.
But do you notice any difference when it comes to the yellow-ish screen, camera rattle and vague home button?
 
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Those websites show week 16 (April 18-24) but I bought my phone April 19, so that can't be when the phone was made, unless they made it Monday and got it to the store the next morning.
Mine was fresh from the Foxconn factory and sent directly to me from China.
 
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