Motherboard: The tiny hands review of the iPhone SE

“For the past three weeks, I’ve been using an iPhone SE,” Adrianne Jeffries writes for Motherboard. “I’m an Android user. I like my widgets and my Google apps, and I always felt the iPhone was too fancy and breakable for me. This was my first experience using an iPhone as my everyday device.”

“The phone, which has the same processor as the iPhone 6s, is certainly fast. The camera is crisp and good in low light. The battery has remarkable stamina,” Jeffries writes. “But there’s really only one thing that would make me break for an iPhone: size. I’m five feet tall and have proportionately small hands, something I’ve become increasingly aware of since becoming a smartphone user.”

“Using the smaller iPhone SE was delightful. My current Z5 Compact and the Z3 Compact I had before it were both excellent, premium phones, and waterproof to boot. However, the iPhone is a luxury by comparison,” Jeffries writes. “It was nice to use a luxury phone in my size. If I were in the market for a new phone right now, I’d seriously consider buying one. It is the only truly small high-end smartphone.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another future iPhone upgrader.

Just imagine if she’d paired it with an Apple Watch – she wouldn’t even admit to being a former Android settler.

AnandTech reviews Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE – May 16, 2016
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: An apology to big-phone haters everywhere – April 6, 2016
iPhone SE event led to website traffic spike in China and India – April 5, 2016
Daring Fireball’s Gruber reviews iPhone SE: ‘Feels the best in hand’ – April 1, 2016
Macworld reviews iPhone SE: ‘It’s a pocket-size powerhouse’ – March 31, 2016
TIME reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: ‘The perfect smaller smartphone’ – March 30, 2016
Mossberg: Understanding Apple’s iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro – March 30, 2016
Wired reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: You’ll use it differently – March 29, 2016
USA Today’s Baig: Apple’s iPhone SE is like a cute, adorable baby – March 24, 2016
The Daily Mail reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: The ‘perfect first time iPhone’ – March 24, 2016
WSJ reviews Apple’s iPhone SE: ‘Smaller gets smarter with better battery life to boot’ – March 24, 2016
Apple tries to stimulate growth with the powerful 4‑inch iPhone SE – March 23, 2016
Why the tiny 4-inch iPhone SE will be a gigantic hit for Apple – March 22, 2016
Apple just put a Mac mini in your pocket (with keyboard and screen) – March 22, 2016
Apple’s got millions of reasons to make the smaller iPhone SE – March 22, 2016
The new iPhone SE finally makes a small phone feel powerful – March 21, 2016
Apple unveils iPhone SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display – March 21, 2016


  1. No matter what people say about waterproofness…it ain’t corrosion proof. Take two simple double edge razors and use them. Clean both of them but only dry one of them off.
    Then see which one you want to use the next day. Corrosion is a cancer that constantly eats away…especially inside electronics.

    1. Good point on corrosion although the coated stainless steel blades used on modern razors tend to be corrosion-resistant.

      Water resistance is a great feature, and I have been advocating the inclusion of that feature in iOS devices for years. But even a little moisture, particularly if it contains salt or other dissolved materials, can cause havoc with electronic devices as corrosion sets in over time. Conformal coating of PCBs is used to avoid this issue. I have also seen commercial companies touting hydrophobic nanomaterial coatings to protect cell phones, although I do not know if they work very well.

      Incorporating water resistance is a first step to making iPhones more robust. Careful selection of materials and coatings is a second step that improves corrosion resistance.

    1. Perhaps opportunistically, seeing a market segment opening, MDN flip-flopped again… In the lead-up to the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, MDN began belittling the “tiny” iPhone 5/5c/5s and any user preference for them, insinuating that most of us, including Android settlers, were awaiting a bigger-screen iPhone. We who preferred a smaller form factor to existing giant phablets for whatever reason were collateral damage in a public relations frenzy that wanted to decree large phones in and small ones out. Two years later, we have the iPhone SE. Sometimes, the worm turns. Apple had their nose to the ground on this one.

    2. Yep – phones larger than 4 inches were no good, per MDN – until Apple made them.

      Then, 4 inch phones were no good – bigger ones were “right-sized”, and anyone who wanted a smaller phone was some sort of loser.

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