Welcome to the second post in our new ‘Device Advice’ blog series, in which we share our thoughts and insights into the latest device releases from the world of mobile, tablets and beyond.
In a somewhat unexpected move, Apple recently announced another addition to its plethora of mobile devices – the iPhone SE.
Weighing in at 30g lighter than the iPhone 6S, and with a 4-inch display (like the iPhone 5) the SE is undoubtedly easier to carry in your pocket, bucking the trend of 5-inch plus devices and so called ‘phablets’ that we’ve seen eating into tablet sales.
With the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 and 5s, the iPhone SE carries the benefit of being able to physically connect with existing accessories – such as card readers, scanners, docks, etc. that were designed for older model iPhones. This means these key accessories do not need to be upgraded to suit newer devices – at a potentially substantial cost.
Perhaps most compelling is the cost – for a 16GB version, the iPhone SE retails at a more affordable price of around £300 (before VAT) compared to around £380 for the same capacity iPhone 6, and £430 for the iPhones 6S. At a minimum, that puts the SE at £80 per handset less than the next cheapest iPhone. If you’re a business looking to replenish a fleet of devices, this makes the SE a more attractive proposition that you’re likely to consider.
Though the SE lacks some of the unique features of the iPhone 6S, like 3D Touch, the device seems a clear winner on cost and functionality for the enterprise.