Using a 4in screen in 2016 is a compromise. Websites feel very cramped, apps often leave only a small amount of screen to the content they’re trying to display and buttons can end up very small making tapping them a bit of a challenge.

This poor Guardian reviewer, obliged to test a phone that’s too small for his hands. His review is full of complaints like those above.

Yet many people – myself included – find the smaller phone easy to handle, easier to pocket, and not at all diminutive. Saying that it is “too small for most people” suggests that he hasn’t been talking to enough people. In my contacts, there is a fairly large segment of the market that is delighted to have an updated 4″ iPhone. I’m glad there are multiple options; I wish this reviewer could understand that there are people who don’t think the size is a disadvantage.

Source: Apple iPhone SE review — too small for most people | Technology | The Guardian

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  1. Heh…I have VERY large hands, to the point I can “corner touch” on a 6 screen. I like the SE screen size. Then again, I also have an iPad mini 2 and a MacBook Pro, and I -know- when is best to use -each-. This idea that the SE screen “is a compromise” is just petulant; people seem to want magic rather than reality. I want a phone and internet device that fits comfortably in my front pocket; gets there easily without fumbling and stuffing, even with gloves on; gets good through-the-day battery life; and is fast. The 6 chassis doesn’t fit that bill. And I don’t carry a purse or “European carry-all” or “murse” or “satchel” or “fannypack” or a “holster” or whatever other trendy accessory the hoi polloi uses today to drag around a Plus chassis everywhere they go. In the era of Bluetooth and Uhura, I have no need for a large slate just to talk to someone. I need a battery, LTE chipset, and “just right” sized touchscreen…the SE (in my case, still a 5s) is that optimum device.

    I hope Apple’s executive team see through this whining and continues to keep the SE chassis as a first class citizen from now out. I can’t help but believe that if Apple had dealt with their design philosophy in a better way from the start on this–when they answered the “big screen” Android craze–and stuck to their guns and offered all -3- sizes, they could have better controlled the narrative: “we’re Apple, we’re great, and we make an iPhone size perfect for everyone.” Instead, by positioning the 4″ screen as inferior, they undercut their own marketing history and planted the seed that it was inferior. Dumb dumb dumb dumb.

  2. Heh…I have VERY large hands, to the point I can “corner touch” on a 6 screen. I like the SE screen size. Then again, I also have an iPad mini 2 and a MacBook Pro, and I -know- when is best to use -each-. This idea that the SE screen “is a compromise” is just petulant; people seem to want magic rather than reality. I want a phone and internet device that fits comfortably in my front pocket; gets there easily without fumbling and stuffing, even with gloves on; gets good through-the-day battery life; and is fast. The 6 chassis doesn’t fit that bill. And I don’t carry a purse or “European carry-all” or “murse” or “satchel” or “fannypack” or a “holster” or whatever other trendy accessory the hoi polloi uses today to drag around a Plus chassis everywhere they go. In the era of Bluetooth and Uhura, I have no need for a large slate just to talk to someone. I need a battery, LTE chipset, and “just right” sized touchscreen…the SE (in my case, still a 5s) is that optimum device.

    I hope Apple’s executive team see through this whining and continues to keep the SE chassis as a first class citizen from now out. I can’t help but believe that if Apple had dealt with their design philosophy in a better way from the start on this–when they answered the “big screen” Android craze–and stuck to their guns and offered all -3- sizes, they could have better controlled the narrative: “we’re Apple, we’re great, and we make an iPhone size perfect for everyone.” Instead, by positioning the 4″ screen as inferior, they undercut their own marketing history and planted the seed that it was inferior. Dumb dumb dumb dumb.

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