Which One Is Worth Buying iPhone 5s Vs iPhone SE Today In 2017

and iPhone
are the twins of Apple’s lineup of iPhone. iPhone 5s is the older brother of the two with an age gap of 30
months between them. The later, iPhone
looks exactly similar to its older brother but packs more powerful
internals and an improved camera.

However, why would you be interested in
these year old phones?

One simple reason, they are the most affordable iPhone in the market in 2017.

The iPhone 5s story

iPhone 5s

is still selling like hot cakes for around Rs.15,000-17,000
($ 200-220) 16GB and the younger brother comes at a price tag of Rs.
21000-25000 ($ 270-300) 32GB for the variants. A recent report points out that iPhone 5s is one of the top selling
iPhones in India. Why these devices have still hold up a place for their
interest lies in the fact that they still hold up quite well through the time. iPhone 5s was launched in 2013, but is
still regularly supported by Apple officially, having received iOS 10.3.1 update just recently. It is
even expect it to be getting iOS 11
scheduled to launch by end of this year. If I can recall correctly,
none other smartphone from any vendor is supported for so long as iPhone 5s.

To be very realistic of how it feels to own
an iPhone 5s in 2017, let me tell
you this, I personally own an iPhone 5s
for over 3 years now and still going on strong. I got my iPhone 5s at Rs. 27000 then for the 16GB variant but let me tell
you, it is the only smartphone I have ever used above 2 years straight, and
trust me I still love it.

Why You Can Still Buy An IPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

Well, this phone
has aged quite a bit; but it is still among one of the phones that attract
people’s attention. The design language is refreshing with sharp chamfered
edges that give the phone a sexy look. I personally love the dual tone back
especially the one with black chin and forehead and a matte grey finish. I
would prefer the design any day compared to many other high-end devices
presently including Samsung Galaxy S8.
Mostly as this design is bold and not fragile as the new Samsung Galaxy S8, that has to
be most fragile phone ever. This is debatable as everyone has different opinion
regarding looks of a device, but you can still not trash the build quality and
premium feel of iPhone 5s.

Let us make a
quick recall of the specs that is packed by this “old is gold” iPhone

  • ·
    Display: 4 inches retina display,
    that is better than many android devices today in this price range with crisp
    and vibrant colors
  • ·
    Processor: Apple A7 processor, the first of 64 bit processor that still can
    shy away many pricy android phones
  • ·
    Cameras: 8 MP back camera, too
    good for the price it comes now and a 1.2 MP selfie shooter that is really good
    in my opinion
  • ·
    Charging port: Reversible Lightning
    port, more like USB Type C that is only limited to higher end devices in the
    android market
  • ·
    Battery: 1360 mAh battery, this
    is one of the weaker point, though it last around a 10 hr usage very well
  • ·
    Fingerprint scanner: Finger print
    scanner that is accurate, fast and never misses at par with most android devices
    today, but remember this is 2013 tech, when android had only patterns
  • ·
    RAM: 1GB RAM is better than
    many android with 2-3 GB RAMs, apps never get out of memory for days. Yes, I said


How iPhone 5s stands among its
competition in 2017

Well, depends on the usage and your
expectation from a device. For me at a price tag of Rs. 17,000/ $220 this phone
does out performs many newer androids in this price range. What makes iPhone 5s stand out is its reliability.
You can completely rely on this phone to never let you down. May not be blazing
fast as the newer generation iPhones or high-end androids, this does a decent
job handling multi tasking with ease. I never faced any issue with apps
reloading, which you find in many androids that are priced higher too. With overall
good specs and smooth performance without lags, it is a very decent user
experience on the device.

iPhone 5s camera

Not to forget the camera performance is very
good compared to many others in the price bracket. iPhone cameras are known to
be top notch and this age-old device does prove itself worthy at the price
point it is tagged now. Though, megapixel counts might be higher on many
devices like the Redmi Note 4 but
the final image output is better on iPhone
by a large margin. The only con or let’s say drawback I noticed in iPhone 5s camera is absence of
Continuous Auto Focus in videos. This is a 5-year-old device, so you have to
bear with some drawbacks of technological advancements happened in these years.

I love the reversible lighting port, whose counterpart
USB Type-C is absent in most android devices in this price range. Charging times
are decent for the small battery but the battery life is a point you may
consider devices with bigger batteries. However, never get your expectations
too high for a 5-year-old device but it is decent for the price compared to other
devices in this price range. Apple is even supporting iPhone 5s with regular updates and we expect it to follow
next year.

The IPhone SE Story

iPhone SE

launched in March 2016 makes it quite a newer
device compared to iPhone 5s. You
can currently get an iPhone SE for
around Rs. 21,000- 23,000($330-400) for the 32GB variant. However, both the
devices sports identical footprints and looks, the internals makes them
different. iPhone SE comes with the powerful Apple A9 chip that iPhone 6s,
the most famous iPhone, supported. iPhone
sports a 4 inches display same as the iPhone 5s but the powerful next generation A9 chip makes it one of
the fastest phones in the market.

As I mentioned earlier iPhone 5s camera is good than many, iPhone SE’s camera is one of the better ones in this price range. It
has the same sensor from the last year’s (2015-16) flagship iPhone 6s. iPhone SE as you might have guessed is a special edition device launched
by Apple for people who loved the more compact design of 4 inches. I personally
love this particular design with the compact size and the dual colored glass antenna
bands. It gives it a stunning look making it look bit different when every
other device in the market looks similar. Going back to the camera, the 12 MP
improved shooter has auto focus that was missing in its twin brother iPhone 5s. However, the selfie shooter remains
the same 1.2MP, which is decent but there are many other doing a better job in
this area.

Why You Can Still Buy An IPhone SE


iPhone SE

Compared to the specs it offers almost
similar experience as the last year’s (2015-16) flagship the iPhone 6s that comes at a higher price
tag. The only difference you can notice is the screen size and the front
camera. iPhone 6s has a larger screen with 3D touch and a 5MP front camera to
make it a little different from the iPhone
that is priced cheaper. Luckily, you get a flagship experience at price
of a mid-ranger, which in my opinion is a wise choice. It is strictly for people
looking for a compact form factor, when smartphone screen sizes are growing
bigger and bigger.

Here is a quick round up of the specs that
make iPhone SE still desirable in

  • ·
    Display: 4 inches retina
    display, more improved of already great display on an iPhone 5s
  • ·
    Processor: a big improvement
    over iPhone 5s is the newer
    generation A9 processor, it is
    really snappy compared to most in this price range
  • ·
    Cameras: 12MP with auto focus
    and dual tone LED and a 1.2 MP selfie shooter same as the iPhone 5s
  • ·
    Battery: 1624 mAh, a bigger
    battery coupled with the small display makes for a good battery performance
    overall about 14-16hrs normal usage
  • ·
    RAM: 2GB RAM, giving boost to
    the performance that was never an issue with the iPhone 5s but have got better


How well iPhone SE holds up to the competition in 2017

is a small sized rocket that can make for a good
option for you even in 2017. This is mostly because of the Apple’s trust and
performance that, this phone masters very well. I personally really like the
smaller footprint that fits securely in pocket and can be comfortably used
one-handed by most people. These days we mostly get phones over 5-inches
display that do provide more space to play around but needs stretching your
fingers to get to the corners. No such problems with the iPhone SE and the powerful A9 chip can handle almost everything
thrown at it with ease. With the additional 1GB RAM over the iPhone 5s makes it a powerful phone to
last for couple of years.

iPhone SE camera

The improved camera on the iPhone SE makes it one of the phones
with better camera in this price range. The addition of auto focus makes it for
a good video recording camera especially of the size, giving a more secure grip
while shooting. Personally, I prefer shooting on the iPhone SE than other
higher prices androids simply because of the comfortable grip. It is updated to
iOS 10.3 and going by Apple’s history it would be getting updates for some
years to be sure.

Multi tasking is simply a buttery smooth
experience on the iPhone SE and
holds up tough against competitors like the Moto G5 Plus or the more powerful Lenovo ZUK Z2 plus. In comparative analysis, Qualcomm the biggest
rivals of Apple’s chips for performance, the snapdragon 820/ 821 would be best
compared to Apple’s A9 chip. Both of them are the last year’s flagship processors
but there are not many android devices available with this processor in this
price range. The 32GB variant being priced below 23k/ $380 is really a good
deal. Only the battery is an area where other devices may race ahead, but do
not get me wrong it can easily go for a day on moderate usage.

Which one should you buy in 2017: iPhone 5s vs iPhone SE

Let us round it up for the final verdict on
which one you should decide to buy.




  • ·
    iPhone 5s is the cheapest iPhone you can
    get currently and Apple has officially announced a further price cut, which
    could get you one within Rs. 15,000 in India.
  • ·
    If you have never used an Apple
    device, getting iPhone 5s this cheap
    can give you the experience of the user friendliness of iOS
  • ·
    For the price it has very
    decent specs which can compete well with other phones in this price
  • ·
    Camera is good and can shoot
    excellent time lapses and slow-mo along with sharp and crisp images
  • ·
    RAM management is top notch although
    being just 1 GB it keeps all most 10-12 apps easily in memory
  • ·
    You get Apple’s trust and support
    for even a 5 years old device
  • ·
    Last is my personal emotional
    reason; “It is the last phone that
    followed the design done by the great creator Steve Jobs
    ”, and it is the
    last iPhone that saw some innovation sadly



  • ·
    More like the iPhone 5s this is a very compact phone
    for best one handed user experience in my opinion
  • ·
    Improved specs similar to
    iPhone 6s that was Apple’s flagship in 2015-16
  • ·
    Camera performance is easily
    top notch compared to many in this price range
  • ·
    Sporting a last year flagship
    processor that too at this price range, not many android come with same specs
    in this price range
  • ·
    2 GB RAM does a great job
    handling all tasks easily
  • ·
    If you want a good compact
    device with Apple’s performance, iPhone
    is a good overall phone to buy even in 2017

Let me know in the comments below which
among these two twins brother you bought. Especially in India, where it is an
online mega sale festival with Amazon and Flipkart coming up with great deals,
it is best time to grab one.

8 thoughts on “Which One Is Worth Buying iPhone 5s Vs iPhone SE Today In 2017

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    Your post are cool ! Good Job !

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