iPhone SE I buy the new iPhone every year...and I just bought an iPhone SE instead

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wborisenok, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. HeyKatie macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2012
    My first iphone was the 4s, then 5s then switched to Android :( for 8 months with the LG G4 because my friend had switched first and was raving about it, such a dumb decision on my part. Now I've had the 64gb rose gold SE for a year and won't be upgrading once my contract is up in August unless they come out with something really really good for the SE 2.0
  2. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    planning to buy an 8 tomorrow - buuuuut, i think for the first time im gonna keep my se and just swap the sim from time to time when i feel nostalgic (assuming this doesnt cause problems on verizons end or problems with messages/calls)

    i do think the se is apples most beautiful phone so its just hard to let go of.
  3. jeff_siler macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2005
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    You know you want to keep rocking the SE. why spend the extra $700?

  4. wborisenok thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2014
    Boston, MA
    So what's this Best Buy deal all about, anyway? Is it strictly for ATT peeps?
  5. serpico007 macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2017
    I’m very happy after a full day with the SE. It was weird at first not going out with the 7+. I had it in my pocket all day and due to its weight, I almost forgot I had it with me. Sure it’s hard to read at times, but it’s not intended for long periods of reading. It’s not for navigation in the car but I’m sure some drivers get by. We did it for many years before the Plus models.

    Now that Apple Watch has LTE, is this going to be the future in 5 years? A phone smaller than the SE?
  6. rui no onna, Sep 22, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017

    rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Carriers are offering the iPhone SE in discounted prepaid kits.

    AT&T has theirs for $150 (although Best Buy was running a $10 off promo for a couple of weeks) and you can use it right away on AT&T postpaid. Phone is locked to AT&T's network. Can be unlocked after 6 months of active service.

    Verizon has theirs for $200 and you need to pay for one month of Verizon prepaid (~$30-40?) before you can switch it over to Verizon postpaid. Phone is locked to Verizon's network. Can be unlocked after $150 credits or 12 months whichever comes first, iirc.

    Several other prepaid MVNOs offer similar deals for the iPhone SE, of course locked to their service.
  7. ivnmetal macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2014
    That's correct. What I did is buy the Verizon one but got it unlocked that same day due to my friend having a Verizon account. woot!
  8. swester macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Trust me, the screen difference really has nothing to do with your use. You use it more because there is simply more to do with it now than in the 3GS-5 days.

    I found having an Apple Watch, believe it or not, led to the most dramatic decrease in phone usage.
  9. TinaBelcher macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2017
    It’s the most beautiful iPhone model ever being made in my honest opinion. I just love the flat design of the phone and the combination of aluminum with glass and flat camera. if only they would make a second gen SE with the same features as the iPhone 8 and option to scale down the icons on the home screen for more room to view the wallpaper, then I’d buy, too!
  10. jeff_siler macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2005
    Just got back from the AT&T store to check out the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to compare against my trusty iPhone SE. Not a fan of the true tone displays (too warm). Once I disabled this I liked the cool color of the screens. Surprisingly I didn't enjoy the new glass back at all. I prefer touching metal on the back, and wouldn't benefit from wireless charging. After using them both for about 10 minutes, I prefer my pocket rocket SE and left the store. Still so happy that I was able to get one for $140 and saved at least $560 (iPhone 8) and $660 (iPhone 8 Plus) by sticking with my SE. Not to mention what I got for my 7 Plus.
  11. ivnmetal macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2014
    That's awesome! I snagged a Verizon ver. ($200) but got it unlocked thanks to my friend's account.
  12. hmorneau macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2016
    I now understand all the love for the iphone SE. I currently have an iphone 6s and I'm starting to want to change. I mainly wanted to change to get wireless charging (I miss that feature so much, had an android before the 6s). So I went to apple store to grab the 8. But two day before I went to grab a SE to see what the buzz is all about. I never had a small screen since the iphone 4 in 2010 and in my head I didn't wanted to go back to smaller. But after using the SE for the last 2 days I really like it. The size is perfect. But there is no wireless charging and no haptic engine (and the vibration of the SE is pretty loud). Today I got the 8, and it feel bulky, but there is wireless charging. Now I don't know what to do. I should probably return both phone, hold on my 6s for now and wait for the SE 2 (and hopefully it will have an haptic engine and maybe wireless charging). I have pretty small hand, and using a SE making everything so much easier.
  13. naturalstar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2012
    Hey, I was just on the phone with a Verizon rep about a question I had on my account. We got to chatting a bit and as we spoke about the Apple phones, she mentioned to me that the SE 2 will be coming out later this year. I asked her to clarify, and she said that was what she was told in her recent training. The SE accounts for a “decent number” of their iPhone sales apparently.

    Obviously don’t know anything more than that, or accuracy/truthfulness, but since this topic is on the SE, and hey, it’s macrumors, just thought I’d share so SE fans can investigate if they want... :)
  14. ccprstuff macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    Austin TX
    Don't have an SE, but have an iPhone 5 (same dimemsions). Use it for navigation all the time. Works well. Maps and turns display big enough to comprehend with a quick glance.
    Use a CD phone mount that keeps phone at about eye level.
    Might pick up two of the cheapie prepaid SEs at Best Buy to use on my ATT postpaid family plan to tide us over for a year or so and scrapping plans to buy 2 8s this year.
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    The thing that probably has pushed me over to the x is the camera. I have a really exoctic vacation the first of the year, and I want a good camera that is always with me (in my phone). I’m at Disney right now, and finally realizing the SE camera just cannot cut in, specifically low light photos. The noise and time it takes to properly focus has been driving me a little crazy these last two days.

    I don’t want to just buy a camera that will only be used here and there, so I have decided to just get the x
  16. nilk macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2007
    There are Qi wireless charging cases available for the SE, but they are probably inelegant and not sure about quality.
  17. masands macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    The iPhone SE is the best phone I’ve ever used. Hand down. It reminds me of my iPhone 5 with iOS 6. And iOS 11 runs really well on it.

    If they update it with the tech in the iPhone 8, I’ll be really happy.
  18. Fabmac macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2017
    Id you are really serios about pictures and low light performance there is no other way than a camera like dslr or evil with a decent lense

    Every device has its usage iPhone do great pictures but a camera is a different thing
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I’m mostly comparing camera phone to camera phone. The SE compared to the 7plus is pretty drastic. I’m sure the X will make it look very dated.
  20. serpico007 macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2017
    I've used wireless charging since the Nokia 1020 that I bought for the camera mostly and give Windows Phone a try. Charging is very slow which no one tells you. Isn't it slower on the new iPhones too? Something about safety standards of not charging it too fast so the phone and pad doesn't get hot. Think I read that somewhere when it was popular with android and Windows Phone. Very convenient but you need to align the phone properly with the charge pad. It won't charge otherwise.

    So of course, yesterday at work I got made fun of my phone. Some called it an iPod touch or toy. Same thing I went through when I started using the Plus 3 years ago. It's like everyone forgot we all used to use this size for how many years. Of course, the one thing that everyone agreed they missed was one handed use when they commute on the train and bus. To me, commuting everyday and losing that functionality, is a big thing if I was in their shoes.

    Battery has been great, two days without a charge. Can't recall the last time that happened!
  21. jeff_siler macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2005
    How’s everyone liking iOS 11 so far on the SE?
  22. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Easy one-handed use is a big big plus which the 4.7" (and larger) phones can't match.

    I cannot do without it.

    I have a 6s. And if I could go back in time, I would've waited 6 months longer for the SE.

    The SE was unforeseen by me.
  23. TrickyTreeRed macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2017
    Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone has any regrets purchasing the SE?

    I’m looking to dip a toe back into the iPhone world and have narrowed my search to either the SE or 6s. I’ve played around with both at the local Apple Store.

    As a larger-screen Android user (BlackBerry DTEK60), I initially thought I would prefer the size and form of the 6s, but I find it slippery to hold and it does not really stir the soul. The SE feels great in the hand and seems to have a better build quality.

    I’m not into selfies but am curious about the 3D Touch feature. Is it of any use? I also have recently purchased an iPad Pro, if that would have any impact.

  24. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I got my SE for $150 brand new so absolutely no regrets here. At that price point, it's very easy to ignore minor issues. I think camera's probably the biggest downside compared to higher end models but it takes good enough pictures for me.
  25. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2010
    How is this accomplished?

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