AMITIAE - Thursday 5 May 2016
Apple's iPhone SE Landing in Thailand
By Graham K. Rogers
iPod Touch, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
However, it is significant that the iPhone SE has the A9 chip like the iPhone 6S, but with an embedded M9 motion coprocessor. The iPod touch has an A8 chip and the 8MP iSight camera. Like current iPhones, the iPhone SE has the 12-megapixel camera with 1.22 µm pixel size and some of the additional photo features making it far closer to the iPhone 6S in terms of output:
Not shown in the tech specs is the lens size. With its focal length of 4.15mm, this is also the same as the iPhone 6S Plus and the iPhone 6S. The iPhone SE fits more neatly into the hand than the larger devices, so I found it easier to handle when taking photographs.
It is also significant that along with the other features of the camera - Live Photos, Slo-Mo, Time Lapse and Panoramas (up to 63 MP) - this little device is capable of 4K video (settings for this are in Photos & Camera > Record Video)
Although I prefer the larger screen of the iPhone 6S plus now, it took me a couple of steps to acclimatize to it. I first bought the iPhone 6, but later tried the iPhone 6 Plus. It grew on me, so that when the iPhone 6S arrived, I decided to make the iPhone 6S Plus my device of choice. I am glad that I did.
Not everyone likes the size. One of my students was keen on the iPhone SE because she was frightened of dropping the larger devices. She had a point: when I saw it sitting in her hand, she was unable to grip it properly and needs to hold it in two to be safe. The device will suit those whose hands are smaller: my mother has small hands.
In Thailand, the 16GB iPhone 6S Plus is priced at 30,500 baht, with the iPhone 6S at 26,500 baht, the iPhone SE starts almost 10,000 baht below that at 16,800 baht: a major difference.
The device does have Siri and I have been able to use the "Hey Siri" feature with no problems. Along with the rest of Apple's current iPhones and iPads, it has the faster 802.11ac WiFi capability along with LTE connectivity, which is said to be faster than the iPhone 5s. The weight and size make it ideal also for those who enjoy sporting activities like running: it is more easily stowed than the current iPhones.
Orders for the device have been open since Monday (2 May) with the local carriers. The device will be available from them starting next Wednesday (11 May). At this time, Apple's own iPhone SE ordering pages for Thailand are not yet live (nor is this shown on the English language pages for Thailand). I will update the information when available.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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