iPhone SE, is it worth it in 2018?

When iPhone SE was announced back in 2016 I was surprised.

The only not flagship iPhone that came out was the iPhone 5c (as for color). Presented together with the iPhone 5s it had the one year old A6 chip and no Touch ID. It was a flop, bad design, lousy specs at a excessive price.

The SE instead is basically an iPhone 6s enclosed in an iPhone 5 body.

The design is almost identical to the 5 but the edges are not diamond-finished; they’re matte and not glossy. They look exactly like the rest of the metal back. I prefer the shiny edges that creates a nice contrast with their almost mirror finish, although it was a very scratch friendly.

Two years later the SE is still an amazing phone. I use it everyday together with my main one, an iPhone 8 (read the iPhone 8 review here). When I need something small that can be operated with one hand while I’m busy with other tasks it is perfect. With all the frying pans that come out nowadays it is always a surprise to see how it fits nicely in every pocket, slim fit pants included.

The bezels are thick for what we’re used to now, but in the Apple world iPhone X (read the iPhone X review here) came out in 2017 and many users like me opted for the 8/8 Plus. So it’s not a big deal. And it was after the iPhone X that many of us started to dream about a bezelless phone with the same dimensions, resulting in the same usability but with much more real estate for the screen. I am not a fan of the Face ID so I won’t be so happy about it.

iOS 11 has been a pretty disappointing release. I haven’t had almost any problem but, performance wise, everything is a bit slower. That’s why I didn’t upgrade and stayed with the awesome 10.3.3. Having the same processor with less pixels to operate means it’s snappier than the 6s though.

But good news for those who upgraded. iOS 12 will be a performance oriented release. Not many new functions but a lot of under the hood optimization that will noticeably improve the responsiveness of the operations.

Talking about hardware it has the A9 64 bit processor and a 12 megapixel camera capable of 4k videos. It lacks the 3D Touch function of the 6s and it still features the first generation Touch ID, which is pretty disappointing given that the second gen one is blazing fast and once you get used to it there’s no coming back. Battery life is good and will allow you to complete a full day. The Retina display is lackluster, it’s not OLED like the X and it’s not even Retina HD like the 8. Nothing fancy.

All considered, the iPhone SE at the discounted current street price is the perfect fit for users that desire a fast, small and iOS device. It may not feature the latest innovations but it’s a solid choice.

PROS AND CONS AT A GLANCE

PROS

  • Wonderful ageless design
  • Fits in every pocket
  • Only modern smartphone usable with one hand
  • Still very fast and responsive
  • iOS updates for many years to come (2021 at least)
  • Good battery life

CONS

  • First gen Touch ID
  • Lackluster Retina display
  • No 3D Touch

WISH LIST

I think it’s almost impossible Apple will release a “small iPhone X”, but I will be very happy to see a new SE with slightly smaller bezels, the iPhone 8 processor, camera, Retina HD display and a second generation Touch ID sensor…at the same price.


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American Psycho: a possible explanation

I used to think that the day would never come (Omissis) To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear I used to think that the day would never come That my life would depend on the morning sun

New Order – True Faith

I’m going to reflect here about the big excitement and enthusiasm that this movie can give and I will propose a possible interpretation of this complex world. Is Patrick Bateman a killer? Is it all just a dream?

Warning: spoilers ahead

American Psycho is the story of Patrick Bateman, an handsome New York investment banker working in his father’s firm. His “golden” world is made of Michelin starred restaurants and Amex Platinum credit cards.

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Emirates | First class review on the Airbus A380

Flying is a metaphor of changing, freedom, leaving the problems behind us, being bold and brave. The dream of the human kind since the beginning of time (honorable mention to Icarus, the man who flew too high in his quest to glory), is now possible trough magnificent machines called airplanes. Not only the aeronautical engineering has changed over the years but the interior design of the planes has even more. First class in the 60’s were just comfortable seats with a good amount of reclining. Today this is called premium economy class.

After reviewing the business class it’s time to make a left turn when boarding the plane and head to the 14 suites of the first class, to discover its wonders and its surprises. Continue reading “Emirates | First class review on the Airbus A380”

Emirates | Business class Review on the Airbus A380

There’s a battle going on in the sky where the contenders periodically present their new products like Apple presents the new iPhone at a keynote: the first and business class. They are complex products formed by the seat design, the amenity kit, the menu, the service and the extras offered. This is a mixture of hardware, software (the inflight entertainment) and human touch.I’m going to review the business and first class of Emirates on the Airbus A380. Be aware that, especially for the business class, the configuration is different if you fly on a Boeing 777. Don’t worry, when you book the flight you will see the aircraft. Although the aircraft can be changed last minute due to operative reasons, this occurrence is extremely rare especially between different planes like the 777 and the a380, which are basically the only two planes in Emirates fleet. Let’s start with the business and, in the next article, let’s finish in style with the most luxurious product. Continue reading “Emirates | Business class Review on the Airbus A380”

iPhone 8 | Review and versus iPhone X

In the review of iPhone X i praised the new form factor, the camera, some aspects of the screen and speed but I expressed my concerns over the Face ID, the software and the ghosting of the screen.

I was not completely satisfied and the wow effect left place for some frustration, which should not come with such a premium price.

That’s why i went back to something familiar that doesn’t stop innovation.

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