What’s great about the iPhone SE isn’t just its smaller size. It’s great because it also lacks many of the design shortcomings, petty as they may be, that its grander siblings possess. The so-called “camera bump” that breaks the perfectly smooth surface of the iPhone 6? Not there on the SE. The reviled movement of the lock button to the side of the phone, where it’s easier to press accidentally? Not an issue. Even the fact that the SE allegedly has a slower touch ID processor will not be viewed as a flaw by people who are tired of accidentally unlocking their phones when they wake them to view their lock screens.
The iPhone SE is an incredible device. From an internal hardware and design standpoint, I should want it. But I’ve grown accustomed to the iPhone 6s’ 4.7-inch form factor. I pick up my fiancée’s iPhone 5s occasionally and it just feels tiny. Typing on it is downright painful and web pages feel cramped. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back.