I've had several illuminating experiences since purchasing my new iPhone SE - people with whom I've shared photos, shown a video or asked to enter their contact information into my phone that exclaimed in horror how small and "old" my phone was. "Why don't you get a new one!?" they've asked incredulously. "It IS new," I reply, and add that I have no use or need for a giant phone because I also have tablets and laptops that are much better for large-format computing tasks. It boggles my mind that so many people have been brain washed to believe the "bigger is better" approach to phones. I thought the dream of modern technology was to maximize capability while minimizing form factors, but I'm clearly in the minority.
Well, I love the iPhone SE. The only thing that could really be better about it would be if they'd update the internals to have the same processing power as the iPhone 7 instead of the iPhone 6S, but I'm not sure for most of what I do that I'd notice the difference. I'm terrified that this will be a flash-in-the-pan and Apple will abandon the concept after this iteration. I need something that slips easily into my pants pocket and lets me sit down without severing blood flow to my lower extremities. I need to be able to view/participate in a web conference in Citrix while simultaneously leveraging my connection as a mobile hotspot for other devices and do other multi-tasking activities and this phone absolutely handles it all with aplomb.
Do I wish this had the sheer computational power of a Galaxy S8? Sure. But, until those of us who are left scratching our heads at the shrinking difference in size between iPhone Pluses and iPads are given a pocket supercomputer, the SE will do. It was markedly speedier than my aging 5S and the addition of a 128GB model means I can load up basically every lossless audio recording I own for enjoyment on the road.
I'm docking a star for the not-quite-top-end specs and also for some build quality quirks. I noticed that the home button creaks and feels "gritty" in its operation as compared to my 5S. I also seem to have some odd issues with the 3.5mm audio port not always engaging with my headphones quite right - also something that my 5S to this day has no trouble with, but they're minor niggles and I could probably take it in and exchange it at the Genius Bar .
All in all, highly recommended! Don't have phone-envy, people. The promise of the future was that you wouldn't have to lug around a brick-sized piece of hardware to get things done on the run. For those that still hold that dream near to their heart, this is the phone for you.