I can’t really say I’ve ever been hyper aware of the pinky on my right hand. That is, until Apple decided to start making larger phones, and the smallest digit on the end of my hand began to suffer.
The iPhone 6s is a great phone for a lot of things. The curved edges feel fantastic. The display is gorgeous. It’s fast and it shoots great photos. It’s a wonderful two-handed phone.
But its luxuriously large 4.7-inch display comes at a cost: It’s a terrible phone to use with one hand. Even Apple knows this, which is why it ships with a feature called “Reachability,” allowing the top of the screen to be reached by tapping (but not pressing) your thumb against the home button twice.
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The iPhone SE is here and, in many ways, it promises to be everything millions of customers wanted: a small smartphone with cutting edge technology. Then again the iPhone SE isn’t without flaws and it also looks identical to the model it replaces: the iPhone 5S.
So what’s the difference between them? If you’re considering an upgrade, this breakdown will prove essential reading…
Apple doesn’t do budget phones, why would it, there’s more money in high-end devices and people seem to like the aspirational nature of Apple’s devices in the same way we lust after expensive cars and nice fashion. But the SE is the answer to a different problem for Apple, namely how to get its hardware into the hands of people who want to spend less each month, or just people who like small phones.
And the SE is a clever idea indeed because it leverages a design Apple already spent money developing, and uses hardware from the company’s newest handset. You don’t have to be an Apple fanboy to appreciate how that gives the company something which can be sold affordably, without shortchanging the people who buy it wanting a modern smartphone.