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The iPhone SE image/svg+xml

For anyone with an iPhone 5S (or older) who has been holding out on an upgrade in the hopes of a new top-tier “small” iPhone, the iPhone SE is cause for celebration. If you are such a person, run, don’t walk, to buy one. You will be delighted.

If you’ve already upgraded to an iPhone 6 or 6S and have made peace with the trade-offs of a larger, heavier, less-grippy-because-of-the-round-edges form factor, the appeal is less clear. Me, I talk the talk about preferring the smaller form factor, but ultimately I’m a sucker for top-of-the-line CPU/GPU performance and camera quality. For the next six months or so, the iPhone SE stands on the top tier.

Yesterday, I walked to my local Apple store to take a look at Apple’s new offering. First impression, it’s a bit small. Second impression, I like it. Third impression, it’s pretty quick.

I think I’ve found my next phone.

EDIT: I’m slightly concerned about moving to a smaller phone, so I’ve arranged to borrow an old 5C for a week. I’ll see how I get on with it, before making a purchase.

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