iPhone SE - Anyone buy for design over size?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by matt_on_a_mtn, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. matt_on_a_mtn Suspended

    Mar 25, 2016
    Personally, I love the design used for the 5/5S/SE, and that was my biggest factor (size being a close second) in moving to the SE from my 6S Plus. In my use of the SE over the past week or so I've really been reminded how appealing the design is, as well as how comfortable it is to use.

    Did anyone else buy the SE based on the design more than the size?
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
  3. matt_on_a_mtn thread starter Suspended

    Mar 25, 2016
    No reason for snark. The design styles are very different between the 5/5S/SE and 6/6+/6s/6s+. It's this design aspect I'm referring to, rather than strictly talking about size. Glass and Aluminum segments vs aluminum and antenna bands. Flat edges vs rounded. Camera bump vs uniform.
  4. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Design elements like you are describing are rarely seen since most people put their phones in non-transparent cases. However, in addition to the size the shape makes all the difference for me....I find the flat thicker sides much more comfortable to hold than thinner and more rounded phones.
  5. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Do people ACTUALLY buy phones based on design, rather than... oh, I don't know... usefulness?
  6. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    You can't exclude it because you want to....it is part of the design period.....
  7. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2015
    Pune, India
    size is not separate from design.
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I am glad you qualified this statement with "most" people. I hate cases.

    Neither my old iPhone 5 nor my iPhone 6s+ use cases. It detracts from the beauty of the design…which is one of the major reasons I buy a phone.


    Primary reason…I like the design of the phone.
    Secondary reason…it can do stuff.

    Short of the secondary reason being really awful (i.e., the phone/device sucks at being useful) design trumps everything else.

    Speaking for myself only.
  9. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    Had the design been similar to the 6, I would have got the 5s, so design would have been just as important as size.
  10. Gudi macrumors 68030


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    design equals usefulness
  11. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2015
    Yup. Me. My favourite iPhone design ever.
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I agree with the others, that size does go handin hand with size. The design makes the 4" phone very useful and holdable. The size of the 6 and its design make it less holdable.
  13. shr631 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2013
    More holdable. Main reason I got the SE. I could easily hold the 6 and my 6+ before that. But to me they look better than they handle. Switching to the SE just confirms its better ergonomics, for my hand anyway. Its not-too-thinness is a big reason why. For example it sits better on my pinky when I'm one-handed typing because of its "thickness" (it's not exactly a thick phone)
  14. Anya B macrumors 6502

    Anya B

    Jul 20, 2013
    iPhone 5 was my first iPhone and I loved the shape, size and overall design of it. I had an iPhone 6 since launch and I was so pleased when Apple relaunched/vamped up the 5 series design and filled it with 6 series technology.......for me its the best iPhone yet. 5 shape + 6 internals = happy me!
  15. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    I know many won't buy phones based on poor design, even if they're perfectly usable. ;)

    I like to think that I bought my SE because of my stance against the size of the 6 series. But during the excruciating wait for the SE, I realised - if they simply fixed the design (antennas, camera, slipperiness) I probably would have conceded defeat and endured the larger size. So yeah, by that logic I did buy the SE because I preferred the design. :oops:
  16. tallazzPilipino macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2015
    got that nomadic lifestyle
    both. probably my favourite-looking phone, and it's small size makes it great to handle often.
  17. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    Exactly...this weekend was the first time since I got my SE that I switched back to my 6s just for the weekend and it just confirms to me how awkward the 6s is to hold, it's just too darn tall. I have such a hard time reaching my thumb from the bottom to the top, nearly impossible one handed just don't feel confident holding it.

    The other thing I noticed this weekend was how much heavier the 6s is compared to the SE. The 6s feels like a brick in my pants compared to the SE that I don't even feel. The SE just fits like a glove in your hand.
  18. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    I lulzd
  19. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    What is everyone here smoking? Design and size can be mutually exclusive. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have the same design but are not the same size. I didn't have to decide between a shirt I didn't like that fit and one I liked that was big. The same designed shirt came in multiple sizes.

    To answer OP, I'm going to buy an iPhone SE based on the design, not necessarily the size. I would much rather have a 4.7" iPhone that looked like an SE than a 4" iPhone that looked like the 6s.
  20. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    The design of the iPhone have always been overrated by their users and generally mostly hit or miss.

    Hit -
    iPhone (2007)
    iPhone 4/4s
    iPhone 5/5s/SE

    Miss -
    iPhone 3G/3Gs
    iPhone 5c
    iPhone 6/6s/Plus

    And no, I don't want the SE because of design over size or vice versa. I like it for value it brings to the table when this device should be sold for at least $150 higher but I can never use any iOS device as my primary phone because of its closed ecosystem full of proprietary hardware, software, and services or go back to surfing, texting, watching videos, playing games, or using Camfrog with a "4 screen. I adapted faster to change than the folks still stuck in 2010-2013 while also trying to admire a design that came from three years ago. Like Laker fans still attached to Kobe, some people are still stuck in the past and have a hard time moving on.
  21. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    For me a design of a phone is secondary to its functionality.
  22. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
  23. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

  24. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2015

    I use my iPhone as my primary phone because I like its ecosystem. Since I've got an iPhone and an iPad, propietary services, sotware, and hardware are exactly fine with me. I'm not stuck in 2010 nor 2013 since I run the SGS7 as my secondary device and the iPhone 6s Plus as my primary device. I simply like the design of the 5/5s best out of all iPhone designs. So, since it's back, I got the rose gold SE.

    People have different preferences. There are still people who prefer film over digital or manual over automatic transmission. And that's fine for them. Heck I prefer my classic sisal Kenyan bags over any Louis Vuitton anyone might try to give me. I'm not stuck in my university days; it's simply a preference for ease of use.

    And I've got a feeling that Kobe makes several multiples of millions of dollars more than most of us in this thread so.....he's done well for himself and his team. No need to dismiss his contributions simply because there's someone else in the court.

    As for the SE, I'm perfectly happy rocking my gorgeous rose gold SE as a choice I've made in 2016 because it goes back to my favourite design.
  25. techigramps macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2016
    Went to the Apple store Saturday to check out the SE and frankly I don't get it? The 16gb version is useless so your looking at a 500 dollar phone (64gb version) with a 4 inch low resolution screen! I honestly couldn't find any situation where I'd spend 500 bucks for this phone. Come on! Loading Safari and using it required constant finger gestures to expand text and then have to move left to right to read text. So much for one hand use. It seems to me a better alternative would be a darn flip screen phone since other than making phone calls and reading a text or two I'd find the phone to limiting. It's sad with Steve Jobs gone that market share will continue to dwindle. There will be some who will buy Apple because it's Apple but unless something changes market share will continue to dwindle. Don't get me wrong I'm an Apple fan, just bought an Apple Ipad Pro and love it but the Iphone SE for me is a 200 dollar phone at best.

Share This Page