Web Browsing Experience on iPhone SE

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rsg1010, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. rsg1010 macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2014
    I'm curious to see how people find web browsing/reading text on the iPhone SE. It has been years since I used a small phone but was curious to see how others find it.

    Is it a struggle and do you to try to avoid of possible?
    Or do you actually find it easy and even comparable to a iPhone 6/6s?

    I don't have one to compare to and haven't seen any online videos discuss this in any great detail.

  2. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    I don't think you want to browse the web for hours and hours or all day long on an SE while it's possible it is small but an hour or short periods throughout the day is no problem. If you have poor vision it might be a problem for you even at short periods. Go to a store and try it out for yourself.
  3. Ladybug macrumors 65832


    Apr 13, 2006
    My eyes are not the best but I haven't had any issues. I double tap to zoom when needed. Mind you, I don't often use the web on my phone to begin with but it will do in a pinch. Font size seems about the same as my 6, there is just less content that you can see on the screen at one time. I will likely just bring my iPad along when I know I will be reading a lot.
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    It can't be any worse than browsing the web on my old iPhone 5 and I do just fine with that phone.
  5. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Fine for short periods.

    For proper reading or researching, I'd use a desktop screen anyway.
    I have an iPad Mini for in-between-ness...!
  6. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
  7. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2015
    It's doable. But just like the 3.5 inch was doable. Not ideal when compared to the 6s and especially the 6s+. But that's the trade off of portability.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    For my usage, its fine, I use it for quick searches, nothing in depth or prolong
  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Slightly better than 3.5" screens and slightly worse than 4.7" and 5.5" screens.

    It honestly depends on your usage and needs. For some it's acceptable and for others it's not.
  10. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    It's great for me, especially with ad blocking enabled. I find it easy. I have no issues with it. It was pretty crappy on my 5S, but the the 2 GB of RAM and A9 chip, browsing isn't an issue at all. Everything is speedy and fast.
  11. geta macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2010
    The Moon

    All the phone screen sizes are too small for long reading (for this i prefer using desktop, laptop or at least tablet), but for quick search on the go, they are all good.
    In the end its all about your own preferences > small, light and portable or big, heavy and bulky.
  12. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    Long reading doesn't bother me on this phone. Night Shift helps immensely for reading for long periods of time.
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Seems like it would work just fine, as it did for years with iPhones prior to iPhone 6.
  14. chino-rican macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2012
    As others have said, depends on personal preference. For me, it's an improvement over the 1 GB iPhone 5, which had to reload tabs constantly. On the go, it works just fine. If I'm at home and need anything bigger, I reach for my iPad or MacBook Pro.
  15. matt_on_a_mtn Suspended

    Mar 25, 2016
    Works great. It's really not all that different than the larger models, as it's not like any of the iPhones present content in a different way. It's all just slight scaling.

    I wouldn't recommend the SE or any iPhone for long stretches, but for the average phone internet use it's solid.
  16. jasjeet macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    It's fine, I only read one line at a time no matter how big the screen.
  17. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I wouldn't want it to be my only device (even the 6+ is too small for that), but for an hour or two on a compute and during the day usages it's fine. I've been using my friend's iPhone 5S and was amazing at how little difference there is between 4" and 4.7"

    Attached are two screenshots of the twitter app on the same part of the timeline/feed. While note Safari, it's a similar situation. Notice how on the larger iPhone 6 screenshot all you see a brief glimpse at the next tweet. So it's 2 tweets vs 2.4 tweets.

    In Safari, many sites like Macrumors have dynamically adjusting text now so text is the same size on both screens, you'd just see maybe 2.5 posts on the iPhone 6 and 2 on the 5S. THat's almost a negligible difference to me.

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  18. oldmacs macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2010
    I've done fine with a 4 inch screen for the past 2 and a half years and 3.5 inches for 4 years before that!

    Just depends on what you like :p
  19. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I don't have an SE, but for the 2 years I had my iPhone 5, I had zero issues with reading on it.
  20. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    Ad blocking and removing the social buttons has significantly improved the amount of actual space on a lot of sites. I would definitely suggest that on any smaller phone
  21. rugmankc macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    I am only a large screen user. But, played with one at Best Buy since I may upgrade my wife's 5 toward Christmas. I thought page rendering on the web was just fine. Better than my 2 previous 5 inch Samsungs.
  22. Math889 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2016
    web browising on my SE is no issue for me.. Actually, I really missed the design of the iphone 5 and the 4 inch screen,. Its is comfortable to use . and battery life has been amazing!!!!!!!
  23. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    Quick searches on Safari on the SE are fine for me. If I know I'm going to do some in-depth web browsing, I'll use my iPad Mini or rMBP.

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