How is the iPhone SE better than my trusty iPhone 5s? Here's why you should consider upgrading
Yes, if you take the iPhone SE out of your pocket, nobody would be able to tell the difference between it and the older iPhone 5s, unless you get it in Rose Gold that is. But flaunting a new piece of tech aside, some users may just be getting a bit tired of the same-old design. After all, the iPhone 5s was largely an iPhone 5 remake, and that was, in itself, just a stretched iPhone 4 / 4s. So, while Apple was aiming to please users that love their smartphones compact, it seems it made a conscious choice of not giving them a fresh design for the device they hold in their hands on a daily basis.
Screen-wise, we are met with the same 640x1136 resolution on a 4-inch LCD display – nothing different here as well. It's also worth noting that there is no 3D Touch on this model, despite the fact that it is launching more than six months after the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But that's most probably a corner that was cut in order for Cupertino to settle on the iPhone SE's rather lucrative price point (for a brand-new Apple smartphone, that is).
So far, we've got the same looks, the same display, and skimping on a new feature. But let's dive into the good stuff!
Unfortunately, as with any Apple handset announcement, there's very little tech information flaunted at launch. So, we currently do not know how much RAM the compact phone will be equipped with. Considering Apple insisted that the device's performance is on-par with the iPhone 6s, we'd like to believe it has 2 GB of memory, but we will wait for more info to pop up before making a final call on that one.
Well, the good news is that the iPhone SE gets the same camera. All the shutterbugs, social media addicts, and even those more edgy photographers that like to use an iPhone instead of a conventional camera don't need to switch to a 4.7-inch handset if they don't want to – the very same quality can be found in the iPhone SE's compact package.
This also includes 4K recording at 30 FPS, 1080p at up to 60 FPS, or slow-motion capture at 120 FPS for 1080p and 240 FPS for 720p clips. Unfortunately, and somewhat disappointingly, the front-facing camera is still the old 1.2 MP model. Selfie aficionados will barely notice a difference between the good old iPhone 5s and the new SE.
But also keep this in mind – if you choose to go for an iPhone SE instead of the iPhone 6s, you will lose out on 3D Touch, a much better front-facing camera, and the newer, oval-angle design language, and, obviously, a larger 4.7-inch display.
So, should you upgrade from an iPhone 5s? Mostly, we think the SE will be more exciting for users that are still on iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c units, as the 5s still has enough juice in it to stay relevant for non-demanding folk. However, if you consider yourself at least a moderate smartphone enthusiast, then know that the iPhone SE has what it takes to warrant an upgrade from the iPhone 5s.