1. New010203's Avatar
    Hi All,

    My iPhone 5C recently broke, so I'm needing to buy a new phone. I'm thinking of either buying a new iPhone 5S or a refurbished iPhone SE (which would be £60 more than the 5S).

    The refurbished SE comes with a basic 1 year warranty from the seller and obviously the new 5S would be under Apple's warranty.

    I'm not too concerned about having the "latest tech". I use my phone mostly for Whatsapp, Facetime, some emailing and browsing websites. I have been getting frustrated with how slow the 5C was though. Don't stream music or video on my phone though.

    Which option would people suggest?

    Thanks in advance.
    06-22-2017 01:45 PM
  2. krazyatom's Avatar
    I would go with SE. 5s and SE have huge performance gap. Most importantly, battery life is almost twice longer.
    06-22-2017 01:53 PM
  3. camaroz1985's Avatar
    That seems like an easy choice, SE all day. For the 60 extra it is well worth it, and will last you longer (performance will be better, and support for further iOS updates). 5S will most likely not get updates after this year.
    libra89 likes this.
    06-22-2017 01:57 PM
  4. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    What about a new SE?
    06-22-2017 02:06 PM
  5. libra89's Avatar
    If you are in a place in the world where Apple's 1 year warranty is extended, I would suggest going with the 5s, provided that the storage of the SE is lesser than what you would get with the 5s. You should be just fine with that based on your usage.

    The SE is more future proof though. It all depends on the storage situation though.
    06-22-2017 02:15 PM
  6. fabio984's Avatar
    5s.
    Not only because I have one, it's brand new...
    You save 60 and it's new...!
    06-22-2017 05:41 PM
  7. New010203's Avatar
    Thanks for all your responses, everyone. Really helpful, I'm pretty tempted to go for the refurb SE. Need to check if it'd be covered under insurance though.
    libra89 and Matty like this.
    06-23-2017 02:53 AM
  8. mmedez's Avatar
    Hi All,

    My iPhone 5C recently broke, so I'm needing to buy a new phone. I'm thinking of either buying a new iPhone 5S or a refurbished iPhone SE (which would be £60 more than the 5S).

    The refurbished SE comes with a basic 1 year warranty from the seller and obviously the new 5S would be under Apple's warranty.

    I'm not too concerned about having the "latest tech". I use my phone mostly for Whatsapp, Facetime, some emailing and browsing websites. I have been getting frustrated with how slow the 5C was though. Don't stream music or video on my phone though.

    Which option would people suggest?

    Thanks in advance.
    SE 100%
    06-23-2017 03:34 AM
  9. mmedez's Avatar
    The A9 processors are more efficient than the A7 thus prolonging battery life. If I go for the smaller iphone, i always pick battery as my top consideration
    libra89 likes this.
    06-23-2017 03:35 AM
  10. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    $60 isn't worth it. Even if it was $100, I'd still say get the SE. It's a much better long-term investment if you plan on keeping the phone for 2-3 years. As long as it's a good refurb, it should be not much different then getting a second hand device in excellent condition.
    06-23-2017 11:48 PM
  11. Matty's Avatar
    Thanks for all your responses, everyone. Really helpful, I'm pretty tempted to go for the refurb SE. Need to check if it'd be covered under insurance though.
    I would also agree with many others here. The referb iPhone SE is well worth it. Even if performance and having the latest specs isn't important to you it will be supported longer with software updates so that's always a plus 😃

    Have you made the purchase yet or still deciding? Let us know. We always love seeing pictures.
    libra89 likes this.
    06-24-2017 09:55 AM
  12. Premium1's Avatar
    I would go with the SE. The improved internals will give it 2-3 more years of use compared to the 5s.
    libra89 likes this.
    06-24-2017 10:58 AM
  13. TgeekB's Avatar
    SE baby!

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
    06-24-2017 03:44 PM
  14. jr866gooner's Avatar
    SE all day long!
    06-24-2017 04:24 PM
  15. Tinkernaught's Avatar
    For what it's worth, I recently got a iPhone SE, refurbished, and I couldn't be more satisfied. I can't tell the difference between this one and a new one. Of course your results with a refurbished phone may vary... but with a one year warranty it's hard to go wrong.

    Get the SE.
    libra89 likes this.
    06-24-2017 05:02 PM
  16. mrluky60's Avatar
    SE don't make a mistake. Se
    06-29-2017 09:29 PM
  17. timee80's Avatar
    Better spec, longer battery, will get updates for longer, and ability to use Apple Pay. It's a no brainer
    libra89 likes this.
    06-30-2017 01:34 AM
  18. achiquitachaser's Avatar
    Definitely go with SE there is no contest
    07-05-2017 09:18 AM

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