The iPhone SE is an intriguing device for those who want an iPhone experience without having to deal with a big screen. While it’s a tempting option, there are also some reasons to avoid picking the iPhone SE up right now.
If you aren’t enamored with Apple’s stable of big screen iPhones, a list that now includes the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, you have a few options at your disposal.
You could go with the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c, but we don’t recommend going that route for various reasons.
You could also go with a cheap Android device if you aren’t married to the iPhone. There are a ton of excellent budget Android phones out there on the market right now.
You could also stay in-house and snag Apple’s iPhone SE, the company’s 4-inch iPhone from early 2016. Despite its age, the iPhone SE is still one of the top small screen phones on the market and should be on your short list if you can’t handle having a large-sized smartphone in your pocket.
Before you commit to the iPhone SE make sure you dig into this list of reasons to, and not to, buy Apple’s 4-inch iPhone. Some of you will likely benefit from waiting a few more days or maybe even a few more weeks before buying the iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE is Great & Getting Better
Let's start with a few reasons to strongly consider making the iPhone SE your next device.
If you're in the market for a smaller iPhone, the iPhone SE is the iPhone you want to buy. Here's why.
It's a lot more powerful than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. It comes equipped with better cameras, a faster processor, and more RAM. The iPhone SE is also better equipped for the future.
The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c didn't get iOS 11. They won't get any more bug fixes or security updates either. They also missed the new emojis from Apple's iOS 11.1 update, Apple Pay Cash from iOS 11.2, and the changes from iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4.
Apple's iPhone 5s is getting iOS 12, but it's likely on its last legs. The iOS 12 upgrade was a surprise and we'd expect support to stop next year. We also don't expect the iPhone 5s' version of iOS 12 to be as robust as versions for newer devices.
The iPhone SE should get a few more years of software support. It will get iOS 12 and new emojis and given that the iPhone 5s is getting iOS 12, it should get iOS 13 as well.
So if you're looking to get a ton of mileage out of your next phone, the iPhone SE is the way to go. Its got a better combination of hardware and software.