Apple iPhone SE Announced - Is it Worth Buying?


The iPhone 5/5S design returns in the iPhone SE with improved internals to keep up with the best phones of today.  But do you really want to buy a phone that looks like one that came out in 2014?  Let's find out.

iPhone SEiPhone 6iPhone 5SiPhone 5
ColorsSilver, Space Grey, Gold, Rose GoldSilver, Space Grey, Gold Silver, Space Grey, Gold Silver, Space Grey
Display4 inch, 326dpi
4.7 inch, 326dpi
4 inch, 326dpi4 inch, 326dpi
CPUA9, M9A8, M8A7, M7 A6
Memory2GB1GB1GB 1GB
Storage16GB, 64GB16GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Rear Camera12MP, f/2.2, 1.22µ pixels8MP, f/2.2, 1.5µ pixels8MP, f/2.2, 1.5µ pixels8MP
Front Camera1.2MP, f/2.41.2MP, f/2.2 1.2MP, f/2.41.2MP
Touch ID1st Gen2nd Gen 1st Gen No
Starting PriceNew: $399New: $549
Used: $430
Used: $205Used: $150

New prices based on Apple MSRP.  Used prices based on eBay in excellent condition with16GB storage as of original post

Why you should buy it
If you're looking for a new iPhone off contract for under $400 range then the iPhone SE is a compelling choice.  It offers the latest iPhone 6S level specs while being priced $250 lower. With the higher specs that will mean at least 2 more years of well performing iOS upgrades.  It's the cheapest iPhone you can buy directly from Apple so you can feel comfortable with their great customer service.  It comes in rose gold/pink too!

Why you shouldn't buy it
It's an old design released first in 2014.  It has a small (for 2016) display of 4 inches.  It's only $150 cheaper than an iPhone 6 from Apple and just $30 cheaper than a secondhand one. And if you're buying on contract, that $150 difference isn't that much spread over the life of the device or paid as monthly installments.  If you're willing to buy a secondhand iPhone then you have a lot of choices that are almost half the cost of a SE.

For me, I'm looking at picking up a lightly used iPhone 5.  It offers the same design, capable of running the latest iOS 9 well, supports most games/apps, and priced a lot lower than a new SE.  So what are your thought?  Will you be buying the iPhone SE? 
Apple iPhone SE Announced - Is it Worth Buying? Apple iPhone SE Announced - Is it Worth Buying? Reviewed by Eric on 3/22/2016 Rating: 5

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