Last week, after much discussion, my wife and I decided to switch out our iPhone 6ses (and my mother-in-law’s) for the iPhone SE.
The reason for doing so was a pretty simple one–cost. We currently lease all three of our phones through T-Mobile and have their JUMP On-Demand feature with our plan. This means we can switch/upgrade our phones 3 times a year at no extra cost. Since we’ve been looking for ways to save some extra money, switching to the iPhone SE from the 6s would end up saving us about $30 per month in lease fees. Add that on top of the $30 per month savings I managed to get by tweaking our T-Mobile service plan, and our total savings is around $60 per month. Not too bad.
As for the phones, they arrived yesterday and I set them up last night. If you’ve ever used an iPhone 5 or 5s, you’ll already be familiar with the iPhone SE. It’s been a few years since I had a phone this size, but while setting it up last night I quickly remembered how great it felt in my hand and how easy one-handed use is–something I couldn’t do easily when I had the 6+ or the 6/6s. It took a little while to get used to the screen size–everything felt huge for a bit–but now that I’m used to it, the smaller screen doesn’t bother me.
My only complaint so far–and it isn’t really a complaint–is that I forgot how loud the vibration motor was in this design of iPhone. It startles me every time it vibrates on my desk and even though I turned the ringer volume way down, it still vibrates like crazy. That’s going to take some getting used to after a couple of years with the far more subtle 6 and 6s vibration, but if that’s not a first world problem, I don’t know what is :)
My wife is still adjusting to it–I’ve heard “I FORGOT HOW TINY THIS SCREEN WAS!!!” a few times since I handed it to her last night–but I expect she’ll get used to it in another day or two. I still need to switch my mother-in-law’s over tonight and drop the iPhone 6ses off at our local T-Mobile store next week, but switching to the smaller model has been a pretty painless process so far.
You can learn more about the iPhone SE on Apple’s site.