Quite a few of our readers are excited about the 4-inch iPhone SE (poll results)

Quite a few of our readers are excited about the 4-inch iPhone SE (poll results)
With rumors of Apple allegedly prepping a 4-inch iPhone circling the news, it quickly got to a point where we had to at least try and deconstruct the company's thought process. It seems obvious that Apple is looking to appease previously loyal fans that may have been disappointed to see the company follow into the footsteps of Android manufacturers by increasing screen size significantly. Given the company's history of touting the compact size of the iPhone as essentially a feature, these rumors are to be at least entertained. 

To do just that, let's imagine it's true. A move like that would likely mean the dethroning of the iPhone 5s, which is the oldest iPhone still being sold at the Apple Store—whether virtual or otherwise. At the same time, it is possible that the iPhone SE (Special Edition, apparently) will be sold alongside the latest generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, with the iPhone 5s remaining on board until September, when the 7 series are expected to come out. At that point, Apple will most likely move the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus down to the 5s' slot.

That's all fine and dandy, but it begs the question: is there actual demand for a 4-inch iPhone in this day and age? Well, according to the results of our yesterday poll, quite a few of our readers would be interested in an iPhone SE, and that's not altogether surprising given the lack of high-end, compact devices. 

You surprised to see over 40% of participants voting yes?

If the 4-inch iPhone SE is legit, would you be interested?

Yes
40.92%
No
59.08%

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42 Comments

1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Nice title by iPA even though the poll results NO..

41. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The title doesn't say the 4" iPhone "won" though does it? It isn't a black or white result - According to the poll 783 people on this site WOULD be interested in a new 4" iPhone, which is "quite a few" as the title says, just because others might not it doesn't make those opinions invalid.

42. Acdc1a

Posts: 470; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Yeah, 60% say Nope...maybe that would be a better headline.

43. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

40.9% is in fact "quite a few"...

44. MrHate

Posts: 314; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

If 40% say yes I would say that's pretty high especially here on s**toniPhoneArena. But of course you can't think that far as a mindless hater.

3. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

If this smaller iPhone is released it will cost more than a comparable or better higher mid-range Android phone.

22. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If it would be the price range about $500. Why wouldn't be a "best buy" ios device?

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I wouldn't worry about those who voted 'NO'... They're probably narrow minded sMoths who don't want to see any manufacture stay in business other than the (so claimed) mighty Samsung...! I'm a Nexus user... But I don't dismiss Apple, Windows Phones or Blackberry just because they don't say Nexus on the casing! I'm an old man, and I want to try each and everything out there before I take my last breath... Otherwise, what's the point of living??? Have a G'Day!

7. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

sMoths? Nice one... I mean, nice bait

37. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

I dismiss all platforms that are inferior: BB, WP, and iPhones. Why waste your valuable limited time on this earth contributing to so many weak dead-end platforms when you can use that energy to focus on exponentially advancing the superior platform that is Android?

5. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I am wondering what arguments do the ones who voted 'yes' have.

9. Hashed unregistered

well, I would guess from my point of view: Pocketable Compact Powerful hardware Very good software and apps more suitable for older audience (a slab on the face is not a nice look for a grown man) Compact, but still enjoy premium apps. My main usage of a phone is phone calls, whatsapp, emails, YouTube, alarms and reminders, casual gaming is not a sin. Hope I gave you and idea about why some people are interested in such a device. Have a nice day.

14. Loveneesh

Posts: 424; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

iphone SE is faster than other same range android phones. Thanks to a9 processor.

17. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I would definitely buy one, if it came with the A9.

19. Hashed unregistered

and 2 gb ram

25. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

See Apple has you and others brain washed into thinking that Apples devices are really fast. The major reason why Apples devices are fast is because they use really low resolution displays, which push very few pixels. Think about the iPhone 5s display (1136x640), is only pushing 727 thousand pixels per frame. Whereas a 2k display is pushing 3.7 million pixels per frame, or in other words a 2k display is pushing 5 times the number of pixels per frame compared to Apples 4" low resolution display. Even if you compare a 2k display to a full HD display (1920x1080), then the 2k display is still pushing 1.8 times more pixels than a full HD display.

27. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You know offscreen benchmarks exist, right? Look them up.

47. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

That's very silly, nobody uses their phone with the screen turned off. I know the 6S has some really fast speeds but it doesn't matter how much offscreen benchmarks test results are.

31. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Do you use your phone offscreen much then? Personally I only ever use my phone with the screen built into it so yes, my phone does run fast and I can't see the pixels so anything extra would be a waste of processing power/storage space for me.

45. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

iPhone 6s plus has 2 times more pixels than Sony Z5 compact and the same amount with HTC m9 and Z5 and its MUCH MUCH more faster than all of them

46. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I don't agree with the compactness, I mean It's probably compact but, Compactness is not a good reason, as there is no real advantage of a phone being 'compact'. Look at the Z3 Compact, I mean, it's a good phone, not denying, but I better buy other phones in the 5" range as there is no meaningful advantage and many disadvantages. There will be no real advantage of this phone in terms of software and apps against similarly priced phones. It's also not more suitable for older people unless you can empirically and scientifically tell me why. I won't deny that it'll probably be fast if it will come with A9. But this is definitely not confirmed yet. And, yes, I don't care what your main usage of a phone are. It is not relevant to the topic.

6. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I'm not the least bit interested by it, but people who prefer perfect one handed operation (wink wink) will love the phone. Sad thing about the 5SE though... it'll most likely use the outdated 1136x640 panel that was on the 5S.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Chuck007 Ah, here we are with the oldest complain in the book of 'cute little' 1136x640 Resolution... Well Lad, aren't you forgetting something??? That 5SE has a 'tiny' (for the likes of you, its plenty for me!) 4" Display... So, lets do the math shall we, mate? That's roughly 325 PPI... Yes, its not 400+ ala your 'Sammy Device', but is still pretty respectable...

15. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, and iPod touches (5th and 6th gen) all have the same tiny little display. This is so Apple and idiots like yourself can boast and brag to everyone on how fast the graphics are on this really low resolution display (720 thousand pixels). The iPhone 6/6s is not much better. As a matter of fact the latest iPhone 6s is the only flagship device with a really low resolution display with only 1 million pixels. Every other flagship has a 2k display, or is pushing 4 times the number of pixels compared to Apples iPhone 6s. No wonder why Apple is always making record profits. Apple never gives the latest or best tech that is on the market.

24. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But you didn't know that having a bigger display scale could drain a lot of battery? Also, why would you need a better display if 1080 is already on acceptable level? For what purpose does it brings 2k or higher display?

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"But you didn't know that having a bigger display scale could drain a lot of battery? " Funny of you to say that, considering the iPhone was always a wall hugging POS despite the crappy display until the recent iPhone 6s. Heck, even the lower battery capacity and higher display quality S6 lasts longer than the iPhone 6+: bit.ly/1GESf7G

33. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Seems like all those other manufacturers don't get it then. Chasing specs on paper over real-world performance...

40. miketer

Posts: 497; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Respect mate, respect, especially to the older generation.

8. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I would say the four inch version is to small even though I am not having a basketball players hand,rather would go for a 4.5 inch version. I do not know why manufacturers killed the size under 5.1 inch really.I touched and held the new s7 and it feels smaller than the iphone 6. I would say a nice 4.7 with no bezel or curved display would be the perfect for many of us. Cant get it why samsung did not do an edge mini???? I did

29. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Have u checked the Xperia Z5 Compact out?

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