Poll results: the iPhone SE's design is too recycled for your refined taste in smartphones


The iPhone SE has made for the single most unexciting "new iPhone" announcement in the history of Apple smartphones. Consider that according to a study by Slice Intelligence, online iPhone SE sales were at just 3% compared to first-weekend iPhone 6 online sales. By comparison, first-weekend online sales of the current-gen iPhone 6s series are estimated at 54% of the iPhone 6 benchmark. 3% is very little by Apple standards, although we'll cut the doomsaying at this point and leave that to less sophisticated news outlets. Okay, we admit – we're simply afraid of being ridiculed by the Macalope!

Still, one of the reasons behind the lukewarm response to the iPhone SE has to be the fact that, while unquestionably new, the device doesn't feel new, and therefore exciting. That's because it uses a three year-old design – that of the iPhone 5s (2013). And as you probably know, 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. Too much deja vu?

We decided to ask our readers how they feel about it. While we're quite fine with the practical and aesthetic aspects of Apple's decision, our audience is anonymously dissatisfied with the iPhone SE's recycled design! 62.23% (1178 voters out of 1893) expected a brand new – or maybe not so outright familiar design to go together with the new iPhone announcement. Although the iPhone SE will certainly gather its limited, but loyal following, we can imagine many people will storms carrier stores asking for "the new iPhone", only to be surprisingly met by one that looks exactly like the one from 2013, but runs like the bigger, and altogether different looking one from 2015.

Then again, that's a minor problem in the grander scheme of things. The iPhone SE is obviously a phone made for customers that explicitly know they are looking for a compact device. It's an unusual move for Apple, the universal crowd pleaser, but it's also a gentle gesture towards its cult-like following. Some people wanted a smaller phone. Apple listened, cooked up a strategy, and delivered it. Kudos!

Does the iPhone SE's recycled design bother you?

Yes, I expected a brand new design
62.23%
No, I'm content with Apple bringing the iPhone 5S love back
37.77%

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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)

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43 Comments

1. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I´ts to Apple for me

3. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

It's* Too* So, it's too intelligent for you? Got it.

8. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

And yeah is speak 2 languages. Intelligent enough ?

12. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

English isn't my native language either. While speaking more than one language is respectable, it isn't necessarily a measure of intelligence. Also, please note I was just kidding with you since you were trolling :)

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes it is. Because a dummy usually can't speak more than one language. It does require a degree of intelligence to be able to have your brain quickly process words in a language you don't speak to be able to reply quickly with the same amount of time it would take you to respond in your own language. For example, I speak Spanish, but not very fluently. So when someone speaks to me in Spanish and they talk fast, it takes me a few extra moments to piece together the gist of all they said to get an idea what i should say in return because I don't know all the words, I just understand all the rules of the language. Yeah it is a measure of intelligence. As is logic.

2. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

they should of atleast change something. (minor but noticeable work on it )

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, Galaxy S3 and S4 looked almost identical to me, physically... So here you go! Besides, pop the 'bonnet' (or Hood) and everything is different... Well almost! Love not hate, savvy?! It's a Yankee Company after all...

13. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Worst comparison ever. The S3 and S4 have different size, shape (s3 was more rounded), hugely different bezel/screen ratio, different screen size, different sensor layout, different LED placement, etc.

19. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

And don't forget that Apple recycled the design for 3 years. Heck if Samsung used the exact same design for the S4 and the S3 (which is a fictional claim, of course) they are only recycling it for 1 year. Sony might be a better comparison.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's because you're blind and hate Samsung too. Do they look similar? Sure, all Galaxy device look similar as all of Toyota cars look similar too. But they arent identical. I can tell an S3 from an S4, especially since I ahve them both. Even though I didnt own the S5, my wife did and I woudl never confues it with the S4. Now, from a distance of 500FT+, sure I woudl say you could get them confused. But the iPhone you can be holding them in your hand and you cant tell a 4 from a 4S, you can't tell a 6 from the 6S or the plus models unless you choose an exclusive color option. Also other than size and the home buttons, if I covered the speaker and home button, other than size, most people couldn't even tell you which iPhone model you were looking at. With the Galaxy S, I can cover the speaker and buttons and I can tell exactly which model is which for the S and Note as they all have a distinctive look. From the front, all iPhone look 100% identical with only size being the only way to tell them apart. You're claim is simply a complete lie. http://www.joomlaboy.com/images/all-iphone-models_copy.jpg VS http://www.androidheadlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/GalaxyScomparison.jpg

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The reason Apple treats its customers like they lack intelligence, is well; because you all do lack even the simplest intelligence. No common sense whatsoever. Every-time I see your post, I just feel so bad for your parents and for you. No one in the world is even born this stupid, so why choose to be?! Like whatever you like, no fault in that. But when you make bogus claims like this, you are a serious fool.

54. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

If they were planning on using an old design, they should have used the iPhone 4/4S design instead. It's the best design they've come up with thus far IMO.

10. TechieXP

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Why would anyone want to buy this literally regurgitated product from Apple? They even have the audacity to feed you sheep the same Finger print sensor from the 5S and same lowly 640p display that is ages old. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You mean like how Samsung released the same exact phone the S6 and S7? The Note 5 just being a blown up S6 with a pen? Come on Techie, you're not even trying.

14. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

He's a troll. Specifically Arte, He is in the process of getting banned repeatedly. So Ignore him

15. Callisto

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Let your virgin hands test those phones and tell us more.

16. TechieXP

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

It is not the same exact phone you troll, we actually get improvements with our device while you got a downgraded 12 megapixel camera that is worse then the previous camera in the 6 as stated by many websites. the Note 5 is the best phablet on the whole entire planet and the Galaxy S line is the most technologically advanced and best smartphone out on the market, has ip68 water resistance, best camera, best display, best battery life, SD card expansion even though i use my USB OTG, do i need to say more? now please stop being a TROLL for once Mxy

17. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Waterproofing it, rounding the back, introducing a microsd slot, squeezing in a much bigger battery and MASSIVELY reducing the camera hump..... yeah it's really the same as the s6

22. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I always think it is hilarious how people pretend like that the "new" microsd slot on the S7 is some kind of revolution while literally every other Galaxy phone not named S6 had it and Samsung added it back again because people hated it. And in case you didn't notice it. All the things expect waterproofing are just things that Samsung did bad on the S6 and fixed now. Just like a refresh. Well in the end a sheep is a sheep and will always be blind regardless if iSheep or Android sheep.

34. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Except on other Galaxy phones you didnt had UFS 2.0 combined with microsd. Thats where "revolution" kicks in

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

NO! That is how your dumb ass looks at it. All we said was, it wasn't on the last model, which means it makes the models not be identical. Even though they look similar, they are not 100% identical. Please tell me how you can tell a 5S from an SE without the Rose Colored one. YOU ARE A FOOL AND SO ARE YOUR IGNORANT STUPID PA FRIENDS.

41. mrochester

Posts: 1001; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Why does it matter whether you can tell the 5S from the SE?

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I dunno.. To be fair and objective maybe it doesn't have to look different. What I would say is Apple has $200B reasons to make it different. The common sense move is they could have made the same exact design of the present S models simple smaller. Why go back to an old design when you could easily have made it look like the new one? It only requires tooling the machine to cut the came smaller. Because they would have to spend money making the new case fit all the components which shouldn't be hard, spending money to make the chip smaller and more. But that cost still would have landed a better product tonsell. The point is for that same 399, the new phone could simply have been a 4" 6S. But instead they too the route of using old cases, and simply mounting the new CPU, and sticking with that lame 1.2MP camera. Why not use a 3.7MP sensor? Why only still 720p recording? They did this be sure they wanted to maximize profit. It cost them less than $75 worth of work to just change the CPU on the PCB. They are going to likely make $300 per phone pee sale. Multiply that by 3.5M known sold and that simply pocket money. I see it as lazy and cheap. They have the money to do better and they dont. Their are phones for $400 that are specd like an iPhone and do more. The specs of the present iPhone should be exact equal or better than the S. After all you're paying the same price. It doesn't matter if the OS needs it or not. My laptop has 16GB or ram. Do I need it? No! But I got it for less than a Macbook that comes with only 4GB. It's value for the money. I wouldn't pay $200K for a Yugo. But that is what people are doing with an iPhone. Not needing doesn't mean you shouldnt have if you're paying the same.thing. why pay $649, for dualcore/2GB/4.7, when I can get octacore/4GB/5.1? If the Galaxy S7 ran iOS on its present hardware vs an iPhone, it would blow be like, a ship doing maximum warp. But if you could make the present iPhone run Marshmelllow, it would be as slow as a starfish walking on the bottom of the ocean. The hardware specs would be to feeble. If the iPhone had 4GB of ram, the apps could be even better.

55. mrochester

Posts: 1001; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

But it's the same way that Samsung are cheap and lazy for using Android on it's devices instead of developing it's own operating system and ecosystem. Why does a company as big and rich as Samsung not make it's own operating system that's better than Android like Apple does? Samsung need to do better, but they don't. Samsung do it because they are greedy and want to make developing their devices as cheap as they can to maximise profits. Why would I pay £600 for a Android device when I can get an iOS device for £600? Sadly, that's what some people are doing. A Galaxy S7 running iOS would be so good. Android is precisely what spoils the S7. It's a shame really the number of people who are suckered in by Samsung.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why did the S6 need waterproofing? Oh it didnt because their users said this wasnt important to them. All the blog sites is what made a big deal of it, just liek they made a big deal about the sdcards. You ahve no idea what you're even talking about. Please go troll somewhere else. You ignorant fanboys cant get over the fact that Apple constantly regurgitates the same model phone over and offer with all their $200B in cash, and yet Samsung who doesn't have this money, actually makes sure each phone is completely different from the previous. Sure the s& and S6 look similar, they are not 100% identical inside or outside. After all, the S7 Edge is larger than the S6 Edge and has a slightly different case design. The S7 also has a different case design from the S6. What is different from the outside of the 5S and the SE? NOTHING. They just made one PINK.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Similar, not the same.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

False. The S6 and S7 are not 100% identical. The case design if 100% different. The display is improved, not the same. The S7 is IP certified the S6 isn't. The S7 has expendible storage, the S6 doesn't, the S7 has a 12MP camera the S6 has 16Mp. So no its not the same. You are an idiot. The Se is an iPhone 5S, with the iPhone 6S CPU

42. mrochester

Posts: 1001; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

So, not the same then.

18. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Because they want to induce pain in the butt of some childish haters.

20. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

First of all, Slice has never been proven reputable. Second of all, doing a poll about an iOS device when 70 percent of your commenters are android fans will make your poll far from scientific. Thirdly, this phone is not a flagship and there for should not be judged to the same standards. This phone kept the same design as the 5/5s to keep cost down. To redesign this phone even to look like the 6/6s would be expensive. Lastly, it still works with existing docks and cases. I wish these tech sites would stop acting like this is the iPhone 7 or something. One of the richest companies in the world does not keep a design because they are out of ideas, they do it by choice.

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