Apple's latest smartphone from their bandwagon is the iPhone SE, and it's sleek to say the least. Sporting a 4-inch screen, the iPhone SE is reminiscent of the iPhone 5S because it is exactly the same phone. With flagship internals, though.
The iPhone SE has launched in India this week with a hefty price tags of Rs. 39,000 for the 16GB variant and Rs. 49,000 for the 64GB model. It is Apple's 'desperate' attempt at regaining the loyal audience it lost with their shift towards bigger screens in 2014.
iPhone SE may be the latest smartphone from Apple, but not generally the best. Here's 7 reasons why you should not get the iPhone SE.
Starting at $399 or Rs. 28,000 in the US, Indian audiences were expecting the iPhone SE to be priced not more than 30-33,000 rupees in India. Coming as a shocker, the 16GB variant starts in India at a price of Rs. 39,000. This price tag not only puts iPhone SE out of reach for a large number of buyers in India but also puts it in direct competition with the bigger iPhone 6S as well as flagship Android options like the Google Nexus 6P and the HTC One M9.
A tiny screen
Another major problem with the iPhone SE is its tiny 4-inch screen, which is contrary to the trend of buying larger screen phones in India. Considering that other models in the price bracket feature much larger display sizes, iPhone SE may find struggle to find buyers in the Indian market. They have got the Nexus 6P with a huge 5.7-inch display at an even lower price.
16 storage is too low
16GB storage for Rs. 39,000 should not even be a thing in 2016, but that's what Apple is offering with the iPhone SE. Users will get around 11-12GB to store their data, which usually leads to Low Storage pop-ups on the screen within just a few days of usage. Apart from that, Live Photos and 4K videos are the new additions that take up too much space, so buyers will have to be very conservative while taking photos too.
No 3D Touch
iPhone SE oddly does not have the headlining feature of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus; 3D Touch. The lack of 3D Touch means that iPhone SE users will not be able to use the innovative hardware interface that Apple has integrated into its flagship smartphones. This becomes an even sadder deal when you see than iPhone 6S with 3D Touch can be bought at a little over Rs. 40,000 on most e-commerce sites in India.
Same old design
Move on Apple, this is not the kind of innovation Jobs expected from you. iPhone SE sports the same design language as the older iPhone 5 and 5S, except for matte finish on the edges and a rose gold colour option. So unless you buy the rose gold colour option, there's no point getting the same design for that hefty price tag.
No mind-blowing new features
For the first time, Apple is rolling out an iPhone that does not have any feature that separates it from the plethora of competition from Android OEMs. Instead, iPhone SE features design and hardware found in earlier iPhone models, like the processor and camera of iPhone 6S and design of iPhone 5S.
Poor battery performance
iPhone SE is expected to deliver the same battery life as iPhone 5S, which needs to be charged atleast twice a day to keep running. This may be a deal-breaker for a lot of buyers, especially power-users who need their phones to not run out of juice at critical moments. You may to need to strap a power bank on to you, at all times.