The iPhone SE is an intriguing candidate for those of you who want an iPhone without a huge screen. While it’s a tempting buy, there are also some reasons to avoid picking one up right now.
If you aren’t enamored with Apple’s stable of big screen iPhones (a list that includes the company’s 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 might opt for the iPhone 5s, a 4-inch device that Apple upgraded to iOS 11, but one that will probably lose iOS support later this year.
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.
Or, you could stay in-house and snag Apple’s iPhone SE, the company’s 4-inch iPhone from early 2016. The iPhone SE is still one of the top small screen phones on the market and it 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 (or another small screen device) make sure you take a look at our list of reasons to hold off from buying the device. Some of you will likely benefit from waiting a few more days or perhaps even a few more weeks before buying Apple’s 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.
Nothing is confirmed, but iOS 11 is probably the final operating change for the iPhone 5s. Apple typically cuts support after four full years.
The iPhone SE should get a few more years of software support. At the very least, we expect it to get iOS 12 and new emojis, but there's a chance it gets 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. Better hardware and better software support is a winning combo.