Here are 6 great iPhone SE alternatives (but none are as compact)

The iPhone SE is quite the unique phone: a 4" modern smartphone these days simply does not exist on Android. None. However, there must be some alternatives?...
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110 Comments

44. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

SE is a mistake from apple with the same design,they could have done a 4.3-4.4 inch version easily with 6s or brand new outlook.this is just way below of creativity.

45. billyblonco

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Now it's on you samsung. Bring back the old galaxy s3 mini with galaxy s7 guts to compete with the old iphone. Competitors do not have a phone to compete with the iphone 5se because it's a 3 year old phone! Companies are doing better things like innovating and moving forward.

51. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I don't even like phones with 5 inch screens. These days, a 4 inch phone would be like looking at a smartwatch, so tiny, I'd need a magnifying glass with my old eyes.

56. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I'm just waiting for the iFans trying to argue that Apple are being innovative by bringing out a small phone. And you just know if any other manufacturer now makes a small phone with relatively high specs they'll say they're copying Apple.

110. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Not sure why anyone expected any innovation from Apple at this time in the year. Apple simply brought forth an iPhone 6S Compact (with the 5S desing instead of the 6's). Hence, it was obvious from the start that this wasn't about innovation. Keep your expectation for Septmber LOL

59. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

ALPHA is irresistible against iPhone SE.

64. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Funny that, I went from an iPhone 5 to 6 and was looking around at the alternatives when I was changing, I didn't want a phablet - the Alpha looked really good, 10 seconds after picking it up and actually using it in a shop the lagginess had pissed me off already so I passed.

77. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Actually this came to my mind many time. I am Android user but had iPhone 6. I know how Android tends to have lag on many devices whether its mid or high end. So I wonder how many Iphone users solely for this reason didn't gi for an Android device? I guess there millions upon million's. Just my personal opinion.

79. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It could well be, it's not ever anything major, just a fraction of a second but once you're used to something being instant it feels like an age! I'm hoping Samsung have actually cleared it all up with the new phones and I've heard the Nexus/HTC models are much better - but those little things do make a difference. The Alpha was just about perfect for what I wanted so it was a real disappointment, I'll look again come upgrade time in September, I'm happy to move away from Apple (and iTunes) but I'll definitely try before I buy. The HTC 10 might be promising...

84. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Those little reappearing lags and stutters drives me crazy. Something I completely didn't have on my Iphone 6. I owned M7 and consider this phone the best Android software optimised handset. They have some talents working there for sure. It looks your bet might be the safest entry to Android at the moment. S7 is better than on S6 but still a little heavy on handling software. Me too looking forward to HTC 10 unveil.

63. mrochester

Posts: 976; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Got my iPhone SE ordered. That size phone + iOS + that much raw power = win win win.

68. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Victor, you also forgot about Oneplus, Motorola and Huawei offerings:)

76. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is Huawei available in the USA?

74. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The writer is only looking at very recent phones. I can think of 3 phones that are slighly older that woudl still burn this phone and are compact. The writers here are much like the people here who post, they don't think outside the box. I compared them here -http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=6252&idPhone2=7969&idPhone3=5375 The S4 Mini is roughly almost the same size. The S5 Mini is IP certified like its larger sibling. Since Apple 12MP camera doesn't even take better pictures than the 8MP before it, then the to phone in my example with their 8MP should be almost equal, except in low light scenarios. Both out the box will do more than the iPhone SE. The fact Apple shoved its stockpile of 1.2MP front camera from their stock, vs using the 5MP if it fits in the case, just shows laziness and my opinion that Apple does the cheapest things they are allowed to get away with, to maximize profits

91. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The S4 mini is outdated by 2016 standards. We're talking about ALTERNATIVES to the iPhone SE. If I would pick a phone with roughly more features with a better price, I would pick more recent ones. About the last paragraph, nobody seems to care about the front camera quality. It's not like you need more megapixels just to take a selfie.

98. mrochester

Posts: 976; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The Samsung runs Android, not iOS. To be truly comparative, you have to compare like for like. I won't be downgrading to Android anytime soon so that's a no-go from the start.

78. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Well maybe the Xperia XA will be a good competitor. At least in terms of design, not in specs.

105. riteshrkm

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

why people here being so specific about Sony xperia Z line. the only comparison i can c is Samsung with its S line is worthy of opponent. Sony has lost it long back. Lagging, Heating Issues,Poor camera. the only good thing u can compare is good battery life.

109. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Because Samsung has (or rather, used to have) a reputation with compacts high-end smartphones. For a compact android smartphone, Sony was the number 1 choice. Note: In the recent years, their Xperia Z compact line became not so compact anymore and it's design quality was not kept in par with its bigger Xperia Z-line (as was the case with Z3 Compact), and now the Xperia Z compact line no longer exists so hopefully the Xperia XA is the answer for android users.

108. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Four ways the SE is better than the GS6 and Z5: 1) the A9 chip beats the snapdragon 810 and the exynos version in both CPU and GPU. 2) Better camera is found on the SE. 3) If it turns out to be true, the SE has a better battery and a front facing flash :), 4) A much, much longer support of updates for the SE, making it much more feature-proof than the GS6 and Z5 which will probably be out of support once it receives android N. Reason for the S6 and Z5: well unless your really into customization and into bigger display, then I can't think of any. I guess I could give credit to the Galaxy's superior multitasking abilities, however that would even be logical to have it on a 4-inch phone is more or less a question of preference.
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