Worth upgrading to a SE from a 5s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by minato21, May 12, 2016.

  1. minato21 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2015
    Is it worth upgrading to a SE? One reason I wanna upgrade is for better battery life. Is it significantly better than the 5s? Noticeable performance improvements? Does it stutter less?
  2. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    The battery life and performance is slightly better. The 5s already runs pretty smooth, so the stutter you are seeing might just be iOS at fault. If you've got the money, upgrading is definitely an option, although I personally wouldn't.
  3. Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Yeah battery life is quite significant than iPhone 5s
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd say so - it has a lot of the 6s features and components and a better battery life.
  5. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    One thing you need to consider is whether you are definitely OK with a smaller screen. When I had my 5s and I got the 6 it seemed huge. Now I have a 6s Plus and the 6 seems tiny.

    So keep that in mind when buying another 4 inch phone. ;)
  6. BearBert macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2015
    Yes the battery life is noticeably better. I'm actually impressed with the SE.
  7. thesim macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2014
    I asked the same question on here a couple of weeks ago as I mainly wanted better battery life. I thought I would stick with the 5s but ended up going for the se when stock arrived at Apple Store. I am very happy with it and the battery life is for me a lot better than I was getting on the 5s. It runs nice and fast when I'm web browsing or jumping between apps.
  8. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    If your iPhone 5s' battery is old and worn, the SE will obviously get much better battery life. Consider replacing the battery in an old iPhone 5s to save some money.

    The iPhone 5s is still a really good phone and should easily last another two years. The problem is not knowing when another good 4" iPhone will come out, so you might want to upgrade to the iPhone SE just for a more future proof device.

    If we knew Apple would release a new "SE" every year, I'd say wait a year or two and then upgrade. So it's a gamble that you need to decide.
  9. Turnpike macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2011
    New York City!
    YES! SE has a better camera, battery life, and right now is about the last of the window where you'd still get something decent for your 5s. Only thing is I miss that reflective chamfered edge... probably more than a mature person should.... :)
  10. ACG12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2015
    Way too many updates in the SE to not want to upgrade. 12mp camera, 2gb of RAM, A9 processor, Apple Pay. Sell your 5s for as much as you can now and get one.
  11. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I would say that the 2gb of ram alone is worth the upgrade.
  12. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    I did that upgrade, but mostly because I wanted more storage, and it made more sense to upgrade the other internals at the same time. I really haven't noticed any difference in performance. The battery life is maybe 50% better, but that's mostly because the 5s' battery had already been through two years of use.
  13. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2015
    Trade in the 5S. It should be worth at least $150 on trade in.
  14. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010

    100% yes.

    The SE is looking like being the best iphone of 2016, and arguably the best iphone yet.
  15. umbrokhan macrumors member

    May 13, 2016
    stay with your Iphone 5S not a big difference.
    If Iphone SE had front camera was 5MP with wide camera lens and 32Gb minimum storage, with 3D touch then i would have said go for it.
    16Gb is to less storage especially in 2016, were you record in 4K video.
  16. minato21 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2015
    Thanks for all the replies, didn't expect to get that many. The most I get with my 5s is like 4-5 hours usage (got to 6 hours once) and 12 hours standby. But my only reason for an upgrade would be the A9 and the better battery but was wondering if it's worth it. Where I live I can sell my 5s for around $300-$400 easy. But I might stick to my 5s unless iOS 10 ruins it
  17. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    That sounds like a good idea. I wouldn't get the SE now though, with the iPhone 7 right around the corner.
  18. minato21 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2015
    Assuming the iPhone 7 doesn't come in 4" , that would be hard to use with my small hands haha. the 5s is perfect size for me
  19. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    If I didn't use the 6S plus I'd agree.

    Having played around a lot with the SE I got for my mom. the touch id felt so slow.

    In my real world usage that was the only negative for me.

    Coming from a 5S I'd absolutely upgrade
  20. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    That's what I thought too before I got my 6. Now I have a 6s Plus and I'm not looking back! :p
  21. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2015
    Definitely switch if you feel the 5S is the perfect size and you can get $300 for your 5S not to mention your current battery has degraded to lasting just a few hours.
  22. osta.doc macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2016
    I agree, that would be a no-brainer.
  23. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    The performance upgrade would be similar to going from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 6s, and that is entirely subjective and depends on the person.

    I think the 2GB of ram makes a big difference in user experience especially when multitasking or having multiple safari tabs open (no refreshing) and certainly the A9 is a much faster chip but we are talking about the difference of opening the messages app slightly faster or the calendar app slightly faster - sure it adds up over the entire time you use the device for the day but overall its ends being milliseconds faster.

    The SE has other things such as apple Pay (completely useless to me but may not be to you OP) which are additional features that may be worth looking into

    And the camera is nicer but then again you have to weight the cost of upgrading and whether or not that price is worth it.

    If it is, then go for it. No need to have an older device with older technology.

    But if it works just fine for you right now, then best save $ and put it elsewhere or simply save it for future use.

    It is entirely up to you. I think there is a perfectly sound argument for upgrading, and there is also a perfectly sound argument for not upgrading. Sounds to me though you may benefit more from an upgrade.
  24. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    Wow, you've got an iPhone 5 running iOS 6 - does it run faster than your SE in general usage?
    (sorry to go off-topic!)
  25. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    haha no problem, I can certainly answer that - some apps do open faster and some tasks do appear faster on the iPhone 5 surprisingly (though perhaps due to less animations vs iOS 7-9 design philosophy)

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