iPhone SE Would anyone still buy the SE?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mokiwi, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. Mokiwi macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2016
    Hi everyone, just wondering whether is it worth buying the SE with the current specs? Think I read somewhere on-line that ios 12 might slow down the SE and essentially be a step to far. I understand future software updates affect all phones but considering the SE is getting on a bit would it be wasting money? I can’t afford the X or the 8 and in my part of the world the 7 is still pricey (actually they all are).
    Thanks in advance everyone, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    There is talk of an update to the SE coming the first part of this year, but nobody knows for sure.

    If the SE does everything you need your smart phone to do, it is a great option.
    You could get it now, and keep it on the current version of iOS if you are concerned about future versions affecting performance.
  3. Relentless Power, Jan 31, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2018

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    There is no way of knowing if iOS 12 will slow the SE down inevitably and by how much. I still think the iPhone SE is an excellent performer and you can find them well under Apples prices.

    And as far as the iPhone SE 2 is concerned, there is a lot of speculation that that may or may not happen. I still think iPhone SE is a great device to take advantage of in its current state.
  4. Caesars macrumors regular

    May 16, 2013
    That $150 SE on metro combined with the 4/100 plan is looking TEMPTING For my family.
  5. KrisLord macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    I’d not buy from Apple as the retail price hasn’t changed recently.

    I would buy on contract at the right price. I recently upgraded my mother in law from a 5C to an SE and it’s a great upgrade for her. If the SE2 is released soon, it would be considerably more expensive on contract than the SE was.
  6. Mokiwi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2016
    MacDawg, Relentless Power, Caesars, Krislord, Thanks for the replies. If the rumors are true about an SE2 coming pretty sure the prices will be high. Can’t exactly blame Apple though, all phones are becoming ridiculously expensive. At least in the States there are cheaper brands that are good. Here in South Korea, LG, Samsung and Apple reign supreme, hard to get anything else and they are still overpriced. I actually have a 1 year old 6s+, just finished a 1 year contract. Was really lucky to pick it up on such a rare deal, no such luck this year-I checked. My wife is going to take over the phone as she doesn’t have a smart phone-still got an old folder phone -hence the need for a second phone. I used to use the original SE, loved it so I have no problem going back to it as long as it can possibly last more than a year.
  7. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I "downgraded" from a 6s Plus to a 128GB SE a few months ago. I love the SE.

    If you find a good deal in the SE, go for it. I paid full price for mine, but I sold my 6s Plus to offset the cost.

    I have really enjoyed it, and recommended it to anyone that wants a smaller iPhone, or doesn't want to spend a lot for one.
  8. dontwalkhand macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I use an 8 plus but going to pick up a few of the $150 SEs for family with Androids to get them on the same ecosystem for iMessage/FaceTime etc
  9. actcyclist macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2017
    I don't think I'll install iOS 12 on my iPhone SE after Apple's sloppy development recently. Looking back when the iPhone SE came out it had iOS 9 and I can't think of anything in iOS 10 and 11 that actually made it better.
    The phone runs smoothly on iOS 11 at least, but I can't see it's any better or worse than back in 2016 when it came out.
  10. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    I'm personally waiting on an SE2 announcement before deciding. If you really need to buy ASAP, you take your chances. It's not realistic for everyone to always wait until new products are announced. Sometimes you need a device immediately and have to choose from what's available.

    That said, if you HAD to buy an SE today and are worried about future iOS updates - maybe don't update your iOS until you read lots of reviews for the device? Personally speaking, there are rarely major enough differences in a new iOS to justify needing to stay current all the time. My wife has a 7+ running 10.3 and I have an 8 running 11.2. There are hardly any differences, and none that impact our daily use whatsoever. So I don't imagine you would NEED iOS 12 when it comes out. Keep your SE on whatever OS works best for it and don't fall to peer pressure to upgrade :)
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think it's a little early to make that judgement call. iOS 12 for all we know could be an entirely different build that may not prohibit the performance of the SE. But given the A9 processor still performs well currently, it may start showing its age regardless with iOS 12, but fortunately you can wait to see what others thoughts are before you upgrade.
  12. AnythingMobile Suspended


    Jan 28, 2018
    I actually purchased on around Christmas but returned it when I got the opportunity to get the Red iPhone 7 in a 256g for a great price. Otherwise I would have been happy with it as it’s a type phone that has its time and place to me. Easy to use and put in the pocket and go. I miss having one at times. I wonder if Apple will replace it with one similar in size.
  13. RobinInOR macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2014
    Just bought my husband s SE last week. Its a upgrade from his flip phone, and he wanted something small. The keyboard is a bit small for his fingers but he loves it. He felt the regular size phones were too big and he wanted the most inexpensive one he could get. So size and price were his main consideration
  14. AnythingMobile Suspended


    Jan 28, 2018
    Adonit actually makes a small compact capacitive stylus that would help him a lot with typing on the small keyboard. I actually have one and it’s a huge help to me. I prefer using it rather using my fingers. Let me know if you want the info on it to get it for him.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 31, 2018 ---
    I actually have a coupon code that I never used if you decide to get one for him that I can send to you. I think it’s for 20 percent off and I’m not going to use it now so I figured I would give to someone who needs it.
  15. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2004
    My mom would!

    She’s using her 5s but if that day comes that the 5s dies I’m sure she’d be the first to buy.

    It’s a great first phone, or a phone to give to grand parents or parents who aren’t super techy.

    It’s still a great phone. I don’t see her ever getting a 4.7 in iphone.
  16. Jimbo Limbo macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2015
    I am not an iOS newb, but I am considering buying an iPhone SE.

    I love ipads, so to me, the iPhone is not the primary piece of equipment. It is to be used on occasions when carrying an iPad mini is not so practical, for example, when jogging, cycling etc. Also, the camera on the iPhone SE is better than the one on my iPad mini, so it's great for getting snaps.

    In other words, there is no point in getting a great iPad and a top line iPhone, in my opinion. If there is money to be spent, I would spend it on an iPad Pro 12.9. That machine is a beast for audio recording, video and photo editing, and much much more.
  17. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    The SE is incredibly fast, even on iOS 11. It’s a great little phone.
  18. Jimbo Limbo macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2015
    I watched comparisons of app performance on youtube between the SE and the iPhone X.

    The SE won some of them!
  19. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    I’d still buy one to use as a dedicated “smart” 4K camera.
  20. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Part of the reason, is the iPhone SE has less pixels to push then a larger display like the iPhone X, therefore it can display information quicker on a smaller display.
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have an SE, though its unused now that I purchased an X. If I didn't buy the X, I would definitely buy any subsequent SE. Its a great phone, and I love the form factor.
  22. Mokiwi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2016
    Thanks for everyone's opinion. The SE is still one of the best phones available for a cheaper cost. I will definitely scour the the net for a good deal.
  23. JustJoshua macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2016
    I’m still using my Se and debating on wether or not I’m picking up a 7 plus to replace it. The 7 plus prices are great right now and even though I swore I would never go to a big phone again it looks like I’m buying one this weekend. Still keeping my Se around either way.
  24. Alch3mist macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2016
    Right behind you.
    I am holding out to see if an upgraded SE comes out soon.

    You may want to see if the newly for sale refurbished iPhone 7 and 7plus will serve your need. Looks like the starting price is $499. (www.apple.com)
  25. Mokiwi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2016
    It's a good idea, unfortunately in my part of the world refurbished phones are not available. However, Apple just opened the first store so maybe in the future!

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