Does the iPhone SE's recycled design put you off, or you're still hot about that 5s look?

It's been two days since Apple took the Cupertino City Hall for itself one last time to reveal the iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and some Apple Watch goodies among other things like a gentle iPhone-dismantling robot and enough environment talk to last us through the next Ice Age. During that time, it became clear that the resurrected 4-incher is the first brand-new iPhone whose announcement didn't stir the kind of excitement usually associated with such faithful events. Surfing the waves of social media comments, tech media publications, and opinions among our acquaintances, we return to coast with a sum of their collective impression – the iPhone SE is not a big deal.

How come? Apple is basically selling a $399 iPhone 6s in a smaller package! Yes, it doesn't have 3D Touch, the fingerprint scanner is merely 'fast' rather than 'wicked fast', and the 4-inch display is not for everyone. But still, this little monstrosity packs a mean punch for the moolah! It even comes in Rose Gold! What's the discontent?

In discussing Apple's freshly-introduced iPhone SE, a fair argument has persisted among technological writers and user commentary. The smartphone is unquestionably new, but it doesn't feel new, and therefore exciting. That's because it uses a three year-old design – that of the iPhone 5s (2013). That handset was based on the iPhone 5 (2012), itself a rework of the iPhone 4/4s design (2010/2011) with a taller screen and aluminum back.

Depending on how cynical one's perspective is, the 'new' iPhone SE looks like a smartphone that was hip between three to six years ago. And marketing a recycled design is a big no, especially in the year of novelty-chasing smartphones. In the majority of cases, if one's waiting a year or two to upgrade (actually longer, in the case of iPhone 5s owners), and they're paying cash for a new smartphone, they'd expect a fancy new toy, rather than a product that's the same, but better.

We're actually content with Apple's decision, both from practical and aesthetic viewpoints. But we'd love to learn your opinion on the matter. Are you welcoming towards the iPhone 5s' distinctive look and feel being dusted off the shelves for a new run? Or does the iPhone SE's recycled design simply put you off? Vote here and let us know in the comments section below!

Does the iPhone SE's recycled design bother you?

Yes, I expected a brand new design
No, I'm content with Apple bringing the iPhone 5S love back

Related phones

iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Does not bother me, rather glad they brought back the iPhone 5S design which is the best iPhone design so far.

3. bucky

Posts: 3786; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

agreed. the matte black iphone 5 was actually my favorite.

83. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I preferred the iPhone 5S. I thought the design was perfected in the S version. But I agree about the Space Grey model, the only thing I wish is that they put an outline on the Touch ID sensor like on the Silver and Gold models, in that dark space grey metal. That would have been the icing on the cake.

92. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

seems apple did an iphone 5c yet again..if u know wht i mean..

20. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

Thats what ifans say when ever a new design comes out lol you sound like and isheep XD

37. MSi_GS70 unregistered

is it not ''SE'' stands for S**t edition? :D

38. AlikMalix unregistered

Nope that what the S stands for in Galaxy series. Dude, can we move on? They said its stands for special edition. This joke got old the first hour.

61. MSi_GS70 unregistered

i wud welcome ip5 with 5'' screen.. they could of bring 2 variants..

70. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I have an iPhone 5. Holding another one with a larger screen is more painful than you could imagine

43. zelas

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sheep edition.

44. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

No that is "SAME EDITION".. But the best one is "Still Expensive"

86. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Still You guys are making jokes on the "SE". Feels like arguing with 10 year olds!!

84. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

People don't seem to understand that this model was literally supposed to be the iPhone 5S with revamped specs.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I expect a whole lot more from the so-called "richest company", but I've come to also expect zero innovation out of that rotten apple, just endless iSheep milking so, nothing unexpected about the iPhone SE...

4. bucky

Posts: 3786; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

sounds like you had you mind set in advance. butthurt.

11. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Phonearena knows better than to post a poll like this when 70% of the readers dislike Apple.

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Thank you! I don't know why they keep doing it. This is something they should ask iOS users only. 70% of their audience are Android fans. They will automatically vote negative no matter what. It not just this site though.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7121; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And what about all the ifanboys that vote negative on Samsung poles. Why I hate apple IOS, I like being able to do what I want with my phone, not what apple wants me to do. I like Android and TouchWiz. I get sick of Ifans thinking Tim Cook is god. I love my note 5, yes it does take forever to get updates but for BFD. And no I don't think Samsung is god. See I can admit Samsung has facts but Ifans can't admit iphone has falts too.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm an Android fan, but I love the 5s design. The 6/6s were a huge step back aesthetically. While the phone is too small for me, there's no denying it looks good. (But not in the gaudy colors)

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I think it looks good when presented, but after a fewm onths I just don't see it in the same light. THen I see these type of renders and im like oh yea looks good....then its down again. Im on a rollercoaster.

39. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I voted against bcoz PA is asking about the design. If PA will ask about the specs then 5se is one of the best mini.

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is false. 70% of the readers here love Apple. Just look at the Apple related articles. Then when a Samsung article is posted, the Apple crowd comes and clog it up with posts for a phone they hate, have no plans to buy, have never used; but yet always have sh!t to say about them.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man shut that bitching up sometimes.

64. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Shut the jealousy up.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I've seen nothing but bitching and moaning from techie in the recent SE articles.

72. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is that the best you can do? Of course not, because you're one of rhetoric people I'm talking about Mr PlayBothSideOfTheFence

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black here.

73. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013 of the people I'm talking about too.

69. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Just like what you do in every Apple article? You don't have any room at all to talk about posting hate. You talk down Apple and praise samsung like a god. And you do it in every Apple related article so shut up and go to a samsung article

76. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is more to actually praise them for. Lets compare. Samsung makes less money than Apple, yet every Galaxy S has been different from its older model. Even the S7 Edge doesnt look exactly like the S6 Edge. Yet Apple with all its money couldnt make the SE look any different than the 5S? Really? $200B and they did this? I ridiculed Samsung for taking away sdcrads, but not increasing the storage, i ridiculed them for putting the snapdragon back in their phones after Qualcomm openly lied about the SD810. I stated I havent and wont buy any phone using the SnapDragon. If I get the Note 6, it must have the Exynos. I trashed them over TW issues as I dont like TW, I just like the features. But compare Smsung to Apple and who is actually bring something to the table? Samsung improved its camera, while Apple did not. How is it Apple 5MP camera only shots 1080p. Yet my old S4 with a 2MP front camers was doing that and my present device 5MP camera shots 1440p. Not only did Samsung bring all the benefits of the S5 to the S6 into the S7, they improved it with a higher certification, they cleaned up the UI even more, they made the device more comfortable, they improved the battery by making it bigger, the cpu is even more efficient than befopre, improvements with the display, the camera focuses even faster. Sure Samsung screws up, but look at how they are trying to make up[. Explain what has apple brought to the table. Come on boy, lets actually have an argument and show me exact what Apple is giving you for its money. Compare the Apple Watch to the Gear S2. Compare the iPaf to the Galaxy Note 12, or 10.1 or Tab S. I dont give a crap what you think of me personally. Call me whatever floats your boat. It will prove my point that you chicklets cant argue because you will lose and simply resort to what you do best; name calling, being the spellcheck police, and your stupid one liner for likes. Samsung makes far less money yet does far and away more improvements vs Apple. The dual glass design. I also ridicule S,sung and say such even when Apple did it, no matter how good it looks it is a bad choice of design. But i do like. But liking it doesnt make it any less of a bad idea. You punks have no argument. Samsung does less thing overall to get ridiculed about. They dont update their phones and break them and update them again days later. Samsung has never told me a problem with their phone was ever my fault. Samsung has never sold me a phone that bent in my pocket or had antenna issues. Samsung has never stole another companies idea, and then sue a company for using it after they did. When you compare Samsung to Apple, Samsung is actually at least trying new things. What new think is the iPhone doing that it didnt do in 2007? Nothing. The present Galaxy S is nothing like the S7. You cant even get them confused. The present iPhone just looks likes a bigger version of an older model with more rounded corners.

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