iPhone SE Confirmed - NOT BUYING

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AliMacs, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. AliMacs macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2014
    So I went to the apple store and purchased an apple smart keyboard for my iPP. I didn't have my phone with me so I had to use my CC- anyway i was asked to confirm my email for receipt by entering it in.

    LOL, they were using an iPhone 5S at the time. I normally buy stuff online and have it shipped or do the apple prepaid and pickup. This time I got to witness the mighty display again and let me tell you it was a real piece of dung to type on. I was actually typing so slow because the screen was so tiny it was a real joke. I decided this was totally not worth the money to buy an iPhone SE. The display really is too cramped for texting (which would be primary use) but don't even bother with surfing the web, haha.

    Unless you come from an iPhone 5 series and have been using for years, there is just ZERO chance you can and will like a 4" low res 640p display; it's just asinine to type on. Going from a 5.7" display QHD display to a 4" 640p display especially using iOS is like trying to type with your casio wrist watch; you know the old calculator on your wrist watch version.

    I just had to share my thoughts on this. This 4" display is unapologetically bad to text on.
  2. yep-sure macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Thanks for the update. We were all wondering if you were going to purchase an iPhone SE.

    I'll sleep a lot better tonight.
  3. I7guy macrumors P6

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    I typed very well on my 5s, I'm still getting used to typing on the 6s. However since Apple said they sold millions of 4in models, it appears there is a market for them.
  4. CYKBC macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2014
    I have both a 6 and 5s. Both are equally bad at text. Touch keyboards suck for accuracy.
  5. AliMacs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2014
    At least you have 4.7" display to work with - going back down to a 4" display really was an awful experience for me.
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    Worse experience was I forgot how having a 4" display sucked. I use two hands to hold the damn thing cause it was tethered to a card reader. But that's not the problem - it was my thumb which covered maybe 3 characters width. You gotta pivot your thumb's TIP to hit the right key. Jesus, one handed use? I don't think so unless you got thumbs of a 2 year old.
  6. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    Haha. This is just like how we all wondered how we were ever going to type on the first iPhone instead of real keys. We did fine.
  7. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    That was all you really needed to write.

    The SE is aimed squarely at 4/4s and 5/5s owners who have refused to upgrade to the larger iPhones.
  8. Zackmd1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2010
    Maryland US
    Some people prefer smaller screens over larger.... Like me... I am coming from a 5" oneplus X and before that a 4.7" iPhone 6 and absolutely love the smaller screen. Fixed up an old 5 to use and get used to the smaller screen and just pre ordered my SE. Everyone has a different preference.... That is why the SE exists.
  9. blkjedi954 macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2012
    Not everyone has KONG hands like you and are near-sighted and require a flat-screen in their pockets for viewing mobile content. Thanks for sharing your myopic point of view and puerile rant, but I believe I WILL be enjoying that "sensibly-sized" phone...lol.
  10. MrGuder macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    Come on you've been with us since 2014 you can do better than that!!

    Your forgetting that not everyone is you, take off your blinders and think outside of the box. 30 million people bought a 4" device last year...so your not one of them...just because something doesn't work for you doesn't mean 30 million people agree with your logic and they don't. Feel better?
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors 604


    Apr 8, 2013
    Well believe it or not some people prefer smaller phones. Not only those who are still using the 5/5S or previous generation phones but there even some who upgraded to the 6/6 plus who didnt take to the larger screen and want to go back to the 4 inch phone.

    I'm not one of those people, I don't want anything smaller than my 6S plus. So for me the SE was always going to be dead on arrival. However I'm glad Apple made this phone as now they have a phone for everyone.

    As for using a 4 inch display in practical terms. Of course you can type on there. We all used 4 inch iPhones and even 3.5 inch iPhones in the past and at the time we didn't complain about them being too small or too low resolution. It's only now that we are used to bigger phones with, higher resolution displays that we look at smaller phones negatively. It's all a matter of what you are used to. If you used the SE exclusively for say a month you would get used to a smaller phone again and things wouldn't feel cumbersome anymore.

    I'm glad we have choices.
  12. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    Since we're not allowed to call a spade a spade on these forums, I'll just say nice "possibly-might-rhymes-with-roll" post. You are getting a lot of bites.

    As for the bigger display of the 6 and 6+, I tried to type on them and it was impossible to do with one hand! It's unapologetically bad to try to type on.
  13. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I think you are projecting your own experiences and feelings a bit too much on others. I expect a good number of folks will move to the SE from the 6/6S and be perfectly happy. I am sure some will have the same experience as you too. As with anything, you get used to change. There seems to be a healthy subset of folks that insist on typing single handed. I never did that, even on small screens, but I can;t deny that these people exist and their needs/wants aren;t any less significant than mine just because they aren't the same. I susepct this group of folks will be very pleased with being able to do this on more modern hardware.
  14. justiny Contributor


    Jul 28, 2008
    Fairfield, NJ
    I'm currently on a 5S and planning to upgrade to SE.

    Maybe I should start a thread about how ridiculously large iPad Mini-like "phablet" phones are and outrageously priced they are...

    Nah, I won't. Because everyone prefers something different, and that's okay, so honestly who the hell cares?
  15. aces99 macrumors 6502


    Apr 18, 2014
    I have been using the 5S since they came out and I have no problem typing. Plus with SIRI who needs to type anymore.
  16. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Whew! Once less person buying an iPhone. Yes! Please make the buying experience even better for us who are getting one!
  17. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
  18. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I never had a problem typing on my iPhone 5.
  19. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    You go with what suits you and ✔️ your wants and needs boxes @AliMacs

    When I moved from the iPhone 5s to the 6 Plus my initial thoughts were am I going to be able to get used to the jump in screen size.

    Truth is we adapt. :)
  20. Trahearne macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2014
    Though for me I typed drastically better and more accurate on my 5S than on my 6S+, somehow.

    Everyone’s millage varies. ;)
  21. lildimsum7 macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2009
    Wow this post is so dumb... If you want to type well on a phone, get swiftkey or a windows phone. If you consume a lot of media, get an ipad. They're cheaper than a phone
  22. illitrate23 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    funny, i txt just fine on the 4.7" screen of my iPhone6
    i txt'd just fine on the 4" screens of my 5 and 5s
    I know it's crazy, but i was txt'ing without problems on the 3.5" screen of the 4s, 4 3GS, 3G and original iPhone.

    I also type messages just fine on the 9.7 iPad screen.

    i think i'll manage just fine on the SE, thanks
  23. johny328i macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2016
    SwiftKey for the win, yo. I have friends with 4.7-5-5.5-5.7 inch displays, and I, with the 4" iPhone 5 display + SwiftKey swype and suggestions typing, blow them out the water every day.

    It's just really fast. One handed. Thumb powered :D
  24. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It should hardly be a surprise that a 4" screen's keyboard is hard to type on.

    There is no way I could go back to that tiny screen.
  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Like everything, if you're used to typing on a the 5s, going to the plus will be an adjustment, going from the plus to the SE, will likewise be an adjustment. Of course the size of the adjustment is different, its easier to go small to large, then large to small.

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