iPhone 6s vs. SE, both 64 GB. What kind of battery life are yee getting with each devi

TomOSeven

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Hi all,

I'm having a hard time deciding between the two telephones named in the title.

I've been an iPhone user ever since I got the iPhone 5 as a gift, and I haven't upgraded yet. But now the 5 is getting a bit long in the tooth, the camera isn't top notch anymore, battery life seems a bit lacking and it's my only device that doesn't have wifi reception in my garden.

My main use-cases revolve around Whatsapp, listening to music via headphones and using the instant hotspot for my Mac. Web browsing and the like are secondary, though there's heaps of near-mandatory apps for banking and public transport that I have to use as well...

I'm really fond of elearning apps like Khanacademy, Udemy and Duolingo, but I'm assuming either phone would be too small to watch coding videos and actually see what's going on...

The 6s has a nicer screen, looks cooler in space grey and a bit more screen size. I think I'd like to go for 4.7 now, but I'm not sure...


The SE has better battery life, I'm assuming, and, if my iPhone 5 is any indication, is sturdy as all hell.

Which one would you get? I reckon the 6s will have a tiny bit better resale value but that shouldn't sway my decision, should it?

Thanks for your input!
 

jr866gooner

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If I could choose between the two I'd go 6S. Slightly bigger battery and force touch is a god send! Makes so much a better iOS experience!

Only plus I'd say the SE has is its pocketability. Sturdiness for the 6S can be made up with a case!
 

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The SEs that are in our shop average nearly 2 hours more battery life than any of the 6s in our tests. YMMV, naturally.

I went from a 6s to the SE as my daily driver a little over a year ago and have no complaints. I actually use a Griffin Survivor Core for iPhone "5c" case rather than the 5s/SE version as it has slightly curved sides for a better in hand feel and grip.
 
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I switched from a 6S to an SE. Best decision I ever made.

I used to have to charge my 6S at 11am every day after some light music listening and web browsing, despite charging it overnight.

The SE on the other hand lasts me three days with light usage, and still has 30%+ in the tank each night after a day of heavy usage.

There's no comparison - the SE is the better phone.
 

miragebg

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I switched from a 6S to an SE. Best decision I ever made.

I used to have to charge my 6S at 11am every day after some light music listening and web browsing, despite charging it overnight.

The SE on the other hand lasts me three days with light usage, and still has 30%+ in the tank each night after a day of heavy usage.

There's no comparison - the SE is the better phone.
SE can't and never will be a better phone than 6S with its archaic 4" 5 years old LCD technology, without 3D touch, without dual pixel screen technology, without TouchID V2. Better battery life doesn't mean better phone.
Yes , for those, having 5/5S/5C is definitely a good upgrade, but 6S is just another league.
 

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SE can't and never will be a better phone than 6S with its archaic 4" 5 years old LCD technology, without 3D touch, without dual pixel screen technology, without TouchID V2. Better battery life doesn't mean better phone.
Yes , for those, having 5/5S/5C is definitely a good upgrade, but 6S is just another league.
Yeah na. A phone that lasts you all day on a single charge, can be used one handed, is comfortable in pocket and performs exactly the same as the 6S makes it ghe better phone.

Gimmicks like 3D Touch and incremental spec bumps like TouchID 2nd Gen that have very little noticeable impact on real world usage do not make a phone better. Besides, what good are gimmicky features if you can't use them because of the awful battery life, or because it slipped out of your hand and shattered due to it being designed to feel like a bar of soap in hand.

The SE offers the best user experience of the current iPhone range, therefore it is the superior phone.
 

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Simply - no. The user experience will never be the same on 4 and 4.7"...never ever. When I look at SE's screen I feel like I hold a toy. I can hardly read comfortable, let aside watching movies and YT clips, where the difference is even bigger. But for "green/red" call button is perfect, you are right.
 

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If you use hotspot a bunch, then the SE is superior because of the battery life.

If you get the 6S, look into getting a Smart battery case. That will make the phone last all day.
 

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Simply - no. The user experience will never be the same on 4 and 4.7"...never ever. When I look at SE's screen I feel like I hold a toy. I can hardly read comfortable, let aside watching movies and YT clips, where the difference is even bigger. But for "green/red" call button is perfect, you are right.
User experience is not about how much content can fit on a screen.

I'm guessing you never used a phone prior to the 6 series as I can't imagine you would have owned something that caused you so much discomfort.
 
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Simply - no. The user experience will never be the same on 4 and 4.7"...never ever. When I look at SE's screen I feel like I hold a toy. I can hardly read comfortable, let aside watching movies and YT clips, where the difference is even bigger. But for "green/red" call button is perfect, you are right.
I came from a 5.8" QHD Screen down to a SE in March I have no problems reading anything or watching Youtube clips on it, or even typing for that matter.

It's surprising how quickly you adapt to a smaller screen, i thought at first it would be a problem turned out it wasn't.
 
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I came from a 5.8" QHD Screen down to a SE in March I have no problems reading anything or watching Youtube clips on it, or even typing for that matter.

It's surprising how quickly you adapt to a smaller screen, i thought at first it would be a problem turned out it wasn't.
I agree, when I switched to the SE from the 6S, I was used to it within the hour. The screen is perfect for one handed use, and I actually type better with the smaller on screen keyboard. More experience with it I guess!

Not to mention the text size is the same on the SE as on the 6S, there is just less of it on screen at once. So reading comfort shouldn't be any different between devices.
 
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I have had both and unless you want the bigger screen my opinion would be go with the SE. I concur with the battery being better. I use my SE at work my whole shift streaming Sirius XM and always have 70% or more left after 8 hours. That is also including phone calls, texting, emails, app use, and also light browsing. Awesome phone!
 

miragebg

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User experience is not about how much content can fit on a screen.

I'm guessing you never used a phone prior to the 6 series as I can't imagine you would have owned something that caused you so much discomfort.
I've had 4, 4S, 5S and SE before I bought my current 6S.
 

jtaylor673

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I just bought the iphone SE on Friday July 07 2017. My iphone 5 would no longer boot because the battery was so old and there has been an ongoing issue with power unit. Anyway.

I was debating between the iphone SE or 6s for a new phone. For a pricing premium of $160 the 6s offered the following beneficial features in my opinion.

Larger screen
5mp vs 1.2mp front camera
faster download speeds
2nd generation touch id
3d touch
taptic engine
barometer

Other specs between the phones are mostly the same. Including the rear camera, video recording, and microprocessor.

So far, after one day of use I have been happy with my choice. I went for a run this morning and put the phone in my back pocket so I could record it with Mapmyride and listen to some audio. I think with a larger phone an arm case or waist case is required unless you want to carry it in your hand. The weight of the phone in the pocket is just too much. The phone fits the Mophie case from the iphone 5. Handling the phone has been simple as I have not had to adjust to the size and weight of a larger phone. Coming from an iphone 5 the touch id feature has been awesome. I'm excited to try apple pay in the future.

If the microprocessor specs and or the camera were better for the 6s then I probably would have chosen it.

Since I didn't buy applecare the price difference of $160 is close to have the price of a new iphone SE if I should happen to drop it.

Hope this helps with others in their decision making. Take care.
 
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