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My week with the new iPhone SE

My week with the new iPhone SE

Well hello there, dear reader of the Ting blog, my name is Guy and I manage the social media accounts here at Ting Mobile. You may know me from such posts as this hilarious cat meme or this insightful explanation for the reduced number of bigfoot sightings since the proliferation of the smartphone. Recently, my much beloved iPhone 6S breathed its last breath and I replaced it with the new iPhone SE.

I’ve been using it for a week now, and I’d love to share my thoughts with you.

Day 1: 

10 days after I’d placed my order (and 4 days ahead of my expected delivery date), I get the text message I’ve been waiting for:

“Apple Store: Items in order XXXXX were delivered”

I’m out the door like a shot and in no time, I’m back in my apartment, with packaging flying everywhere. 

Before I do anything else, I pop a screen protector on. I do a slightly better job than I usually do but still managed to trap a fair amount of air around the edges.

If anyone out there is able to get one of these on without any bubbles, you have my sincere respect.

Phone secured, I go about getting it up and running. I’d been dreading this but it’s surprisingly painless, everything magically leaped from the cloud to my phone in a matter of minutes. Technology, eh?

Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to play around with the phone today but I’m already impressed with the speed and the screen quality.

I’m heading to bed, excited to give it a proper test.

The iPhone SE in black.

Day 2:

Wow. The speed really struck me today. But not just that, everything just seems to flow so nicely. It’s almost as if my iPhone SE knows what I’m wanting to do before I’ve even done it.

Granted, my 6S had been on its last legs for some time now, but like I say, wow. This is great!

Apple has traditionally done an awesome job of giving its customers an amazing user experience and you really feel it in the SE.

Not just that, everything looks fantastic. The screen definition is sharp, the colors are vibrant and I’m really digging this True Tone feature. 

If only I was putting it to better use than scrolling through Instagram. By the way, do you guys follow @ting? I hear they post some great stuff. 

Day 3: 

Another day, another aspect that impressed me. 

The battery on this thing is amazing. By the end, I was having to charge my 6S at least a couple of times a day. But this new iPhone SE? It comfortably got me right through the day.

Sure, this may be the minimum that we want and expect from our phones these days. It is, however, a noticeable upgrade for me, as I’m no longer anchored to my charging wire three times a day. 

I’m a pretty heavy user, I’m not doing anything crazy with it, but I’m on my phone a lot at the moment. Between Spotify, YouTube, social media and a touch of 8 Ball Pool, I average somewhere in the region of five hours of screen time a day. 

A little shameful, I know, but having a phone that’ll get me through the day is a very, very welcome change.

Coming from an older phone has really made me appreciate how far phones have come in a few short years.

Day 4: 

I decided to take the camera for a spin today.

I live in Toronto (which is why I had to get the phone from Apple rather than ting.com/shop) and there’s a lot out there that I’d love to grab a snap of but, because I’m stuck in my apartment at the moment, the flowers I’m growing on my balcony will have to do.

I spent way too long out there, messing around with Portrait mode which is new to me. And I’m thrilled with the results.

A close-up of a flower taken with the iPhone SE camera.

The light wasn’t amazing since it was pretty cloudy outside but I’m still stoked with how it turned out. 

What do you guys think? Not bad for a $399 price tag, right?

Day 5 

My wireless charger arrived today.

Again, this is something new to me and I’m only just realizing how much I’d been living in the past with my 6S. 

Admittedly, wireless charging isn’t a must-have and I’m sure I’d not have thought twice if the new iPhone SE didn’t have it but it’s pretty dang cool. No more fiddling around the charging port and one less wire to trip over. That’s a win in my eyes.

Fewer wires is a win… but there’s one wire that I’ll sorely miss. My headphone wire. I bought some wireless earbuds, and they’re great, but there’s just something to be said for good old fashioned wired headphones. No charging, no messing around, just plug in and go.

In fairness, the phone did come with Apple’s EarPods that connect to the Lightning port, but I don’t really like these types of earphones and can’t see myself using them. Plus, not being able to charge and listen to music at the same time feels like a problem to me.

But alas, you can’t have it all.

Day 6 and Day 7

Over these two days, I didn’t really have any “wow!” moments so I decided to combine them together for the purposes of this article. 

It’s amazing how quickly you become familiar with upgraded features. And that’s exactly how the SE felt… familiar.

And just to be clear, I don’t mean that in a negative sense. Quite the opposite.

I bought this new iPhone SE for two main reasons: I wanted to stick with Apple and I didn’t want to spend a fortune.

That’s why I’m enjoying the familiarity so much. The SE is a shape I’m used to, has an interface I’m used to and does everything that I’m used to. But better. Way better. 

Sure, this may not be the phone for everyone and if you’re an Apple fan and have got the money to spend then iPhone 11 might be the way to go.

But I don’t ask much from my phone, I like the smaller screen and I love the fact that this only set me back $399.

So if you’re like me then this just might be the phone for you.

Want an even better deal?

If you’re considering buying this new iPhone SE, I’d be willing to wager that you, like me, are attracted to that $399 price point. Getting a new iPhone at that price is an absolute steal.

But wait, you could be saving even more when it comes to all things mobile.

At Ting Mobile, our average monthly bill is just $23 per month. Yep, you read that right. 

Our customer’s bills are so low because with Ting you only pay for what you use. That means if you don’t use any mobile data, you don’t pay for any! 

So, if like me, you’re on Wi-Fi all day, you could be saving loads compared to an expensive unlimited plan that you’re not even taking advantage of.

If you end up getting yourself the new iPhone SE, drop me a message on social media. I’d love to hear about your experience with it.