I should have posted this last January as I have done in previous years, but I forgot about it. I thought I’d ought to get these posted before we begin the 2016 Advent Calendar next month. This was the 5th year in a row of doing the calendar with my son. All photos were shot on an iPhone 6S.
Four months ago I replaced my iPhone 6S with an iPhone SE. I loved the idea of the SE: the best features of the 6S with the form factor of the 5/5S for $250 less. Why did I switch? Well, there are a few things I’ve never liked about the 6-series phones compared to the 5-series:
Slippery rounded sides
Power button opposite the volume buttons. I find it very difficult to press the power button without also pressing volume up (and vice versa).
Redesign of the volume buttons
Specifically with the iPhone 6S (especially after a year with the 6 Plus), I was disappointed with its anemic battery life. Not a deal breaker as I can charge at my desk and in my car, but not great either. I never really got into 3D Touch, so I didn’t miss not having it on the SE. The faster Touch ID on the 6S was actually an annoyance to me with iOS 9 and the difficult to press side-mounted power button.
So I was happy to give the SE a try. I enjoyed the fun pink (rose gold) color. The battery life was much better. Mostly I just appreciated the return to the easy-to-grip 5-series form factor. I’ve been very pleased with the SE.
I’m an iOS developer and I tend to focus on UI, so of course I was going to get a 7-series phone eventually. The questions were: (1) which model, and (2) would it replace my SE as my daily driver.
The dual lens camera system available only in the 7 Plus, pretty much decided both those questions. I waited until the SIM-free unlocked phones were available in the U.S. before placing an order, so I only received my 7 Plus this week.
Impressions So Far
The matte black color is gorgeous. I’d love to see this color on watches, iPads, and MacBooks.
I enjoy having a 5.5″ screen back after a year away.
I 💜 the new home button. It feels great.
The rounded sides are still slippery and the power button is still not easy to use
2x camera mode is great. Zooming up to 10x is handy. I love the new zoom interface.
This is my first 128 GB phone. I could get used to this! 32 GB is now out of the question for me if I am to use the device for more than just testing.