i have an iphone 7. Is it worth it to buy an se?

mbvmbmb

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i have a jet black iphone 7 256 gb and i have been thinking about getting the iphone se for a couple of months now. I really like the form factor and like the small shape of the phone.

is it ridiculous that i want to buy the phone out of contract and keep my iphone 7 too?

my s.o. thinks its an unwise idea to spend so much on a phone when i already have the newest one.

however i really miss a headphone jack and i would get enjoyment out of buying the se.
 

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i have a jet black iphone 7 256 gb and i have been thinking about getting the iphone se for a couple of months now. I really like the form factor and like the small shape of the phone.

is it ridiculous that i want to buy the phone out of contract and keep my iphone 7 too?

my s.o. thinks its an unwise idea to spend so much on a phone when i already have the newest one.

however i really miss a headphone jack and i would get enjoyment out of buying the se.
It seems that you feel the SE would benefit you in some way since you've mentioned that you've been thinking about getting the SE for a couple of months. As far as being unwise to spend money on the SE, it may be best to listen to your S.O. as your S.O. would know your financial situation better than we would. Breaking this down for you to try to help.

Reasons from your post to get the SE:
  • Smaller form factor
  • Headphone port

Things to consider (in comparison to your iPhone 7):
  • You currently have an iPhone 7 with 256GB storage capacity, will 16GB or 64GB be enough?
  • The iPhone SE has a first generation Touch ID sensor, so it will be slower using that.
  • The iPhone SE also uses the same LTE modem as the iPhone 6, which does not support MIMO so reception (at least in theory) may be less of the 7.
  • Do you use the front facing camera much? The iPhone SE uses a 1.2 MP camera vs the 7 MP in the 7.
  • While on the camera subject, the 7 has optical image stabilization and the SE does not.
  • What carrier do you have? If you use AT&T the SE doesn't have band 30 (not sure how important band 30 is, but just pointing this out).
  • Screen won't be as bright or offer the wide color gamut.
  • No 3D touch.

Yes, I know the comparisons normally wouldn't make sense due to the difference in price between the SE and 7, but since you already have the 7, I'm trying to throw in points that you may not have considered. I believe Apple does have a 14-day return period, so you could always pick up the SE and keep your iPhone 7 in a drawer to test to see if it will work out for you in those 14-days. If it does, then perhaps you could sell the 7 so it's not as questionable of a financial decision. If it doesn't, then you can utilize the return policy and return the device then go back to using the iPhone 7.
 
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CYKBC

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I go back and forth as I want the headphone jack and the lightness of the SE which so few people bring up. When you're holding your phone for so long these days, every gram saved matters.

End of day, I realized the SE is just too cramped, though I much prefer its dimensions and weight over the 7. I wish the 7 was lighter and thinner a la 6 chassis.

Can't fault anyone for choosing one over the other. Just like pretty much everything in life, it's coded not in binaries but an equation of pros and cons.
 

martint235

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It's all a question of what's wrong with the 7 really. I've just moved the other way, not because I disliked the SE, quite the opposite, it was a great little phone. I just couldn't read the screen anymore without putting my reading glasses on.

The absence of a phone jack isn't really much of an issue, bluetooth or a lightening adaptor gets your through that.
 
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oldtime

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I love my SE, but the screen does feel just a little too small. If you do a lot of web browsing and watching video on your phone, it's going to be a pretty tough adjustment going from a 7 to an SE.
 
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bufffilm

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It's your money...so do as you wish.

The SE has crazy battery life and unrivaled one-handed use not to mention the easy portability. And the 3.5mm jack.

The 7 has force-touch, better FFC, etc.

So there's room for both phones if finances are not limited. If finances are limited, I agree with your SO...make a choice.
 

nburwell

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I have the 6s and SE. I absolutely love the form factor of the SE, but after using the 6s for awhile, the SE screen does seem a bit cramped. It honestly doesn't bother me too much since I adjust relatively quickly. If you're just checking email, texting, social media, and light browsing via Safari you should be okay. It's when you consume video that it be a bit tough.