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iPhone SE: Get now, or wait?The little iPhone's a year old, but it's still the best budget iPhone. Just remember that the iPhone 8 is around the corner.
It's spring 2017. Is it a good time to get an iPhone? And should you get an iPhone SE? The tiny iPhone SE came out a year ago. It's still around, but Apple added more storage. It's 32 or 128 GB now, versus 16 or 64 GB back then. The SE is still the best bang for the buck though in iPhones. It looks just like an iPhone 5S, but its insides are basically an iPhone 6S. It has Apple Pay, Touch ID, rear front and touch camera, and it runs iOS 10 well. All you lose if the pressure sensitive 3D touch, and a larger screen. I've been living with the SE again, and it does everything, except that screen being so small. With a lot of bezel too takes some getting used to. You're either in love with the idea of a super small phone. Think you can deal with it for the price or hate it? You probably already know the answer. But considering the iPhone SE is $400 for 32 GB of storage, which is acceptable compared to last year's 16 GB package Or $500 for 128 gigabytes, it costs considerably less than the iPhone 6S, which starts at $550. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are still better phones but you don't actually lose all that much with the SE. The 7 and 7 Plus are faster, had better cameras, and they're water resistant. But at least the SE has a headphone jack. There are more affordable Android phones that do a lot of things well, but this is the best budget iPhone at the moment. It is still a good choice for people who don't want to pay a lot, but if you want a good, tiny less expensive iPhone the iPhone SE is still worth it.