Poll results: Many are happy with the iPhone SE but a large number feel like the 6 / 6 Plus might've been a better choice


Many were critical of Apple when the company released the iPhone SE – an essential iPhone 5s double, but with a processor as powerful as the one in the iPhone 6s, and the new 12 MP camera, which brought iPhones back in the match versus the best smartphone snappers out there. On the other hand, it's easy to see why Apple chose to not change anything about the design of the SE – the company wanted to entice customers loyal to the old form factor to upgrade.

Yesterday, we asked iPhone SE owners how they feel about the powerful but small Apple handset. Now that a few months have passed and any honeymooning with the phone is over, one can have a clearer view on the product. Is the small display a hindrance? Is iOS getting on your nerves? Or is everything perfect? Here's how readers voted on the poll!

iPhone SE owners, are you happy you made that purchase?

I am happy with it!
44.27%
I should have bought a 6s / 6s Plus!
28.73%
I should've stuck to my old iPhone 5s / 5
10.94%
I should've stuck to... [let us know in the comments]
16.05%

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45 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I think that this was one of the best design ( base on the old iPhone 5 ) Apple had. IMO I think the iPhone 4 and 4s were the high points of design for Apple.

42. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I always preferred the dimple with the square home-button. iP4 for me. The giant flat circle is just not aesthetically pleasing, at least in my opinion. Same reason I'm not liking the looks of the leaks for the iP7 with the repositioning of the antenna bands... the flat back. Just looks like giant plain aluminum slab. (At least the camera placement is nicely nestled in the corner again though.)

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Of course the 44% were Android users. Hahahahahahahaha

22. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Dumbass troll.

43. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

If you're going to troll at least humor us by actually reading the article. You do realize the 44% is for the people who are happy with the iP SE, don't you?

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would say a 6/6S is better than the S6. For one the display is bigger, without the phone being too big. Since you're gonna get the same internals and camera, price-wise the 6/6S make better sense. The Se only benefit was I guess its price point. But considering the fact you could have gotten a iPhone 6 for about the same now, makes those who bought the SE seem dumb! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhone-SE-16GB-Factory-Unlocked-USA-Version-Apple-Warranty-BRAND-NEW-/152122860827?var=&hash=item236b3aa51b:m:mnDYpOFo7y0MdBN5efMvO-A $393USD http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhone-6-16GB-Factory-GSM-Unlocked-Smartphone-BLACK-WHITE-GOLD-/252178787308?var=&hash=item3ab706ebec:m:mG_Rz_hyvRd-a6Of7omib2w $398 for a Refurb.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

A: Have you considered the fact that some people might LIKE the smaller screen? B: Why don't you check the specs of the SE out compared to the 6: 2 gigs of RAM vs. 1, 12 MP camera vs. 8MP camera, better Wi-Fi chip in the SE as well, etc. You keep insulting people who's preferences differ from yours, just like a certain bigot running for office. As luck would have it, he also doesn't have a shred of common sense :D.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A: How much larger is 4" vs 4.7?http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/136937-apple-iphone-se-vs-iphone-6s-vs-iphone-6-what-s-the-difference The size really isn't that much different. B. According to all blog sites, the iPhone 6S' camera, doesn't take better pictures than the camera on the original iPhone 6. Even PA's own test results proved this. The iPhone 6 or 6S would have been a better buy. Its just my opinion. You don't have to agree. A better wif chip? SO! So wen you get on wifi its a little faster. It wont matter much even when streaming content. As long as the content you viewing doesn't pause while playing, the faster chips don't mean much. You are trying to nic-pic some BS. You don't have to agree. IMO the iPhone 6 would have been a better buy or the 6S. I stand behind what I said as MY opinion. Its not about what you think. I think buying the older design is dumb. I would have rather just got the 5S instead. After all to be these wasn't worth $450-500

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Funny thing is that you did the same yesterday. Walking contradiction in a nutshell.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Though the iPhone 6 is slightly taller by about 10MM, it is thinner. The curved sides make it nice to hold than the blocky sides of the SE(5S). Even though I personally prefer the 5S design, to bring it back 2 years later is dumb. The iPhone 6 has a higher resolution display. The 6 has a better screen to body ratio. The camera on the iPhone 6 is a 2.2 aperture which means it will take better low light photos vs the 2.4 aperture cameras in the SE. Unlike Kiko007 claims, the iPhone 6 and SE appear to use the exact same WIFI chipset. The SE just has upgraded modems. Which provide little benefit on US carriers.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh and consider how Apple for years claimed 3.5" was the best. Then they made a 4". Then they jumped to 4.7 and 5.5 and now back to 4". Who else is doing that? NO ONE! Example...The S has gotten bigger There is a 5.1, 5.7" model with the S6. With the S7, they made the 5.7...5.5. But a difference compared with going from 5.5, back down to 4". My claim was simply based on price. The iPhone 6 offers many benefits over he SE. 640p display for a $500 is ridiculous, consider HD content require 720p. So going below that is stupid. It just shows Apple can make anything and slap their logo on it and you mindless zombies will just buy it with thinking, even when it makes no sense whatsoever. Apple has you fools trained.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ahhhh.....it wouldn't be an Apple article without your illiterate ramblings that go on way too long, and yet never actually get to the point. Your essays are truly a marvel to behold for all who have the pleasure of reading broken paragraphs :D./s

23. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

You're come back and replies are weak. He always kicks the butt out off you.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"He always kicks the butt out off you." I'm sorry, I don't speak "DickRidenese". Could you repeat that statement :D?

33. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

It is likely that one of the reasons which a lot of people are still using smaller phones is inertia and re-use. Many folks will not see upgrading as a necessity (not all contracts benefit regular upgrades – SIM only contracts can be common). Some people have the phone through their employer, so are limited to changing by the employer. And finally other people who are using a smaller phone today, aren’t the original purchaser of that phone when new but instead bought it used.

36. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

"Apple can make anything and slap their logo on it and you mindless zombies will just buy it with out thinking" Absolutely, so true!

39. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

It's the logo like you said and the name!! That's what sells it, nothing else

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well personally over 5 inch i find it to start to get too big so your argument of going bigger always dont affect me at all. resolution on a display is only important compared to the size of the screen itself 640p on a 4 inch screen give same pixel size at 4.7 with 720/750p So Techie i would take a chill pill. I hate Apple deeply but the SE is the best you can get for what you get vs price and its a reality. the price difference between SE and 6S is a terrible joke at least here in Canada. IPhone 6S 16 gb on 2 year contract cost 400$ SE 16 gb on 2 year contract cost 100$ or less. 300$ for what? slightly bigger screen? 3d touch useless crap? better selfie? thats about it. IPhone 6 16 gb cost 270$ on 2 year contract here ( its all CAD $ ) so even the 6 dont worth it compared to the SE. I sold more SE than all others current iPhone model put together and by two time this show how much iPhone user where waiting for better pricing. So yeah apple is overpriced and the SE is still a bit overpriced but its the best deal right now if you are stuck with apple ;)

44. Lasagna94

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 11, 2016

The $399 iPhone SE is a STEP UP from the 6 and 6 plus, since it has 2016 specs vs 2014 specs... And it costs 150 bucks cheaper... DAMN! Why would I pay almost $700 on an iPhone 6S, when the SE is essentially the same thing (minus 3D touch, 5mp selfie camera, and other small unecessary details) in the body of the gorgeous 5S, a perfect size for me, for only $399??

4. manzer

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

The SE is perfect for someone that wants a smaller 4" screen. I bought it for my dad the first day it was out. He loves it. A 6 and 6+ are for people that want bigger screens. I love deciding not by power but screen. I wish android phones did better this way. The nexus 5X should have been a beast. The nexus 9 I had suffered from low ram. Was 2 but should have been 3 or 4GB.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So your dad loves to squint at that tiny 4" display. Not to mention he has to scroll around a lot more in order to see things on that tiny display. Glad your not my son.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So I guess you speak for "everyone" I take it? No? Glad your opinion is irrelevant :D.

24. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

That's right. Apple users and majority of the public need help deciding what's right for them. We Android smart users are here to guide you. That's including you. "Absolutely we speak for everyone."

30. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Well you have got to be the most "special" snowflake I've ever come across. I can't even tell if you're trolling or you actually believe the buckshot you post :D. "We Android smart users are here to guide you. That's including you." You sound like a Catholic priest going after an Alterboy's privates. It's really disturbing, and kinda grody xD.

32. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

His dad has a better eyesight than yours.

9. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Checked out an iPhone the other day. The screen had a yellowish hue. Dialler lagged and the touch screen was unresponsive on a specific spot. This was true for all phones of the model. The word Premium should be nowhere near Apple.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You said something similar the other day, to which I responded: Lol, what "store" did you check it out at? I'm guessing this "store" doesn't exist? If you're going to lie to people, at least make the lie plausible :D.

28. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

You never can take a criticism of Apple. Apple is God to you.

21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Was it a demo? Had this issue with S7. Click on message app and took 2 seconds to load. Some units were on but screen wasn't working.

10. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Recycling cheap metals and slapping the word Premium next to it. The Apple way.

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