Switching to an iPhone SE – Michael Tsai

The iPhone SE is much more comfortable in the hand, and especially in the pocket. Sometimes when walking or sitting I find myself checking with my finger to make sure that it’s actually in my pocket–that I didn’t leave it somewhere. Whereas, I would always feel the need to remove the iPhone 6s before sitting for an extended time.

Part of the improvement is because it’s smaller and lighter itself. But the SE’s less slippery and sharp shape means that I can use it without a case. This brings the weight down from 6.6 oz. to 4.0 oz., which feels like a big difference. The iPhone 6s’s weight never bothered me, but now that it’s gone I prefer it that way. Plus, there’s no dust stuck between the edges of the screen and the case.

I’m with Michael Tsai on this, as I’ve said here often. One handed use trumps everything else.

This said, I was at an Apple Store recently – not something I do often, since the nearest one is an hour from my home – and I was checking out the iPhone 7 plus. It’s an interesting device, if you don’t think of it as a phone. If it was a bit cheaper, I might try it out, but not until the next model is released.

I understand why some people want bigger phones, but I still don’t understand how Apple didn’t get that many people liked the smaller size, and nuked it for about six months before they released the iPhone SE. Also, the price point of the iPhone SE is a lot nicer.

Source: Michael Tsai – Blog – Switching to an iPhone SE

4 thoughts on “Switching to an iPhone SE – Michael Tsai

  1. Good that Michael found what works best for him, but I’m at the other end of the spectrum. I don’t value one-handed use that highly. I travel a lot, and I want a minimum of clutter, which means the fewest number of devices, chargers and accessories. Packing, unpacking, finding convenient outlets in hotel rooms to charge all the devices, carrying sufficient numbers and types of electrical adapters – it’s a hassle. Plus some countries submit you to extra screening if you have too much electric equipment – I recently was pulled aside at Mumbai customs and questioned about all my devices. I used to carry 4 devices – iPhone, iPad, Kindle and MacBook Pro. But then I got an iPhone 7 Plus and dumped the Kindle and iPad. That works well enough for me, but I would like an even larger phone – something in size between the 7 Plus and an iPad Mini. Are you listening, Apple?

  2. Good that Michael found what works best for him, but I’m at the other end of the spectrum. I don’t value one-handed use that highly. I travel a lot, and I want a minimum of clutter, which means the fewest number of devices, chargers and accessories. Packing, unpacking, finding convenient outlets in hotel rooms to charge all the devices, carrying sufficient numbers and types of electrical adapters – it’s a hassle. Plus some countries submit you to extra screening if you have too much electric equipment – I recently was pulled aside at Mumbai customs and questioned about all my devices. I used to carry 4 devices – iPhone, iPad, Kindle and MacBook Pro. But then I got an iPhone 7 Plus and dumped the Kindle and iPad. That works well enough for me, but I would like an even larger phone – something in size between the 7 Plus and an iPad Mini. Are you listening, Apple?

  3. I get it that some people want big phones, but I do NOT. I swapped my 6 for an SE as soon as it came out as the smaller size is so much better for me (and obviously many others too). The point is that Apple should have realised that big doesn’t mean better for everyone. They really need to be catering for all tastes and should have produced the 6+, 6 and a 6-, a range of sizes to satisfy all requirements.

    Having belatedly realised they needed a smaller sized iPhone, they simply dredged up the old iPhone 5 design and updated it slightly which I think it a bit of a kick in the teeth for those of us who want the smaller device. Where’s the thinner case with rounded edges? Why did they assume someone who wants the smaller iPhone also wants less memory? There’s simply no correlation.

    Yet again, Apple seem to have inexplicably made nonsensical decisions that show a remarkable lack of awareness of the market. Sometimes they correct this, but Apple shouldn’t be playing catch-up like this. What’s happened to them?

  4. I get it that some people want big phones, but I do NOT. I swapped my 6 for an SE as soon as it came out as the smaller size is so much better for me (and obviously many others too). The point is that Apple should have realised that big doesn’t mean better for everyone. They really need to be catering for all tastes and should have produced the 6+, 6 and a 6-, a range of sizes to satisfy all requirements.

    Having belatedly realised they needed a smaller sized iPhone, they simply dredged up the old iPhone 5 design and updated it slightly which I think it a bit of a kick in the teeth for those of us who want the smaller device. Where’s the thinner case with rounded edges? Why did they assume someone who wants the smaller iPhone also wants less memory? There’s simply no correlation.

    Yet again, Apple seem to have inexplicably made nonsensical decisions that show a remarkable lack of awareness of the market. Sometimes they correct this, but Apple shouldn’t be playing catch-up like this. What’s happened to them?

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