And with it, we can declare the small phone category dead. Rest In Peace.
The iPhone SE is still a great phone. With a 4-inch pixel Retina display, it's more than capable of running the new iOS 12 smoothly. Its size is sleek and extremely convenient, a 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3-inch all aluminum package that weighs only 4 ounces. By comparison, the new iPhone XS is 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches and weighs 6.24 ounces.
It was also $349, which is expensive for a phone of its characteristics, but still cheaper than the $499 iPhone 7, Apple’s current entry-point phone.
With it gone, there is no decent phone out there that has a form factor like this with Apple’s top-notch quality. Nothing. Every manufacturer is making giant phones and that’s it. The small phone is dead, for better or worse.
What to do if you want a small phone
Or wait till the tide changes another company releases a new form factor, like the recently patented foldable Motorola Razr, the rumored underpowered Palm Pepito, or the coming-any-time-now-really Samsung Galaxy X.
Or, just admit defeat and get an iPhone XS Max to take your guinea pig on surfing trips.