Switching to iPhone SE after 7 Months of 11 Pro Max

by birtanpublished on April 5, 2021

Have you ever heard the expression absence makes the heart grow fonder you know I was really concerned about going from a six and a half inch I 411 pro max to a foam this small with so little features compared to that phone no more OLED not even a dual camera and I'm used to having a triple camera these days not as great battery life but once I felt it and once it was in my hand and I went back to touch ID and I had the home button and the screen was smaller and everything I realized I don't like this thing it's too dainty chonk phone I want the big one give me the display that is huge as long as it fits in my

Pocket yeah I don't like even okay let's begin okay so before I complain endlessly and needlessly let me just complement the back of this phone design okay there has never been an iPhone back that looked more clean than this okay I don't care about your iPhone 3GS days or your last gen iPhone se those had glass and aluminum clashing together they had a giant black plastic bottom of the old iPhone this has no text on the back it's literally just logo camera mic and flash I can't think of a back design that was more simple and more basic than that so minimalists out there this this got to

Be pretty satisfying in fact I can't think of many other phone backs that are this good-looking and once we come to the front that's when things get a little bit more boring so you've probably heard a lot of youtubers say you know what I kind of missed the home button or touch ID still pretty fast well psoriasis is gone for me now so I'm able to actually enjoy touch ID the way it was meant to be and now that touch ID actually works reliably for me I can say face ID is still better I'm sorry it's just the idea that I have to press and hold my finger in a specific way to

Unlock this phone it feels so archaic and I know there's a lot of you out there watching this on phones with home buttons and you're happy with it and you're comfortable with it but just keep in mind I have not used an iPhone with a home button since I think early 2018 when I tested out the product red iPhone 8 plus which that was coming from using an iPhone 10 for about three to four months and then back to the home button and I realized I liked the plus size and that form-factor was good I just wished I could keep my gestures and I could keep face ID on

That form factor so I got that later when the 10's max came out so I really really enjoy having gesture control compared to the home button it feels very very backwards and less thought through in case you didn't know my SIM card is in this thing I actually like testing out other iPhones even if they're worse just because it's fun to try out different hardware and not have to leave the ecosystem so if I try out a phone like the se I don't get bombarded by Nick and Randy about becoming the green guy I don't have to miss out on airdrop and

All my continuity features I have within the ecosystem so it's a lot easier to test out another iPhone than it is an Android phone for my channel which is why I thought it would be fun to try this out even if some people were like oh just gonna end up liking the SD and then realize that he actually doesn't mind having bezels in a home but no it bothers me it really does this thing is too small the text has to be all crammed in there it feels like there's just room to breathe on a super Retina XDR display and there's like more space between font and stuff and everything's just

Condensed down into little tiny text in the keyboard so hard to type on and discord doesn't show as much stuff and Twitter so minimize didn't I'm not a minimalist I'm sorry people I want to try this thing out I'm gonna see if my opinions change over the next couple weeks with me using this thing but it's definitely not for me now that's not to say this is a bad phone hope you guys understand that this is a great phone and it's gonna be perfect for a lot of people especially parents and grandparents out there that don't really care to learn new ways of using the

Phone they just want the good ol home button and they don't care about bezels and touch ID works for them fine this is going to be a solid phone for a lot of people my opinion about that hasn't changed but for me oh my god having to press the home button twice every time I want to multitask versus just getting to swipe between the apps quickly from the bottom and since there's no 3d touch we don't have that quick apps which are we used to so this goes back to multitasking like it was on the iPhone 6 and there's been several times I've swiped up to go home and now it

Activates control center instead of going home and I just miss gestures I know there's jailbreak tweaks that let you have gestures on a phone the size but that makes the whole bezel thing kind of stupid so impressed by the price point the camera performance is great the speakers on it are really decent and it's a very very good looking phone from behind on the front that displays probably the weakest of this entire phone but battery life is also a night and day difference when I'm used to having the best battery life in a phone ever

With the iPhone 11 Pro Max and then I switch down to the iPhone se it's like we're at 65% already this is the day just begin it's not unbearable you know it gets through the day I've had this as my daily phone for the best three days I guess so it's not unbearable it's just noticeably worse than the 11pro Max and the design is definitely more symmetrical from the bottom you know the Lightning port is centered the speaker holes and mic holes are or even and symmetrical so the design is great I love the look of this phone specifically when the display is off because then you

Get the illusion that you have a face ad iPhone for a second but as soon as that display turns on I'm like yeah we're back to those days again are we this makes me really really wish that the se+ doesn't really end up happening if you want that plus size iPhone just go with the iPhone 8 plus guys the a 11 chip isn't that bad you still have portrait mode on the back if you really care about it you can just twist your phone around this way instead of spending five hundred dollars on a new phone just get an Apple watch and then you can use it as a preview finder if

You care about portrait mode selfies but yeah after using a plus size iPhone with face ID and gestures for so long this is the biggest like iPhone transition I've ever made when comparing two different iPhones so maybe that's why I'm just overwhelmed with it and going back to a phone like this I had no idea how many times I used the ultra wide and telephoto lenses and now having neither I'm kind of like this is kind of the most boring camera I've ever used I'm sorry if you're offended I know a bunch of you guys love this phone and that's completely justified for a ton of people

Out there it makes a whole lot of sense but I'm still in the camp of if you have the option to go with an iPhone 1010 R 10 as 10s max or any of the iPhone 11s I would say I'd go with any of those before I go with an S II despite the a13 chip in the years of support and I'm sorry I just am NOT about touch ID I'm not about to double click to multitask and maybe it's just not what I'm used to and maybe I'll be more used to it in a couple weeks but for those who are testing out the SE now feel free let me know your thoughts by hitting up over on Twitter during my discord we can bicker

More about it there and bad by home button I don't want you anymore this is your help sleep here I'll see you in the next one

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