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4 Reasons the iPhone SE is the Perfect Phone for Artists


Every artist knows that a true masterpiece is timeless. It doesn’t become irrelevant as its ages, eclipsed by newer pieces; instead, like a fine wine, it only gets better with time. 

We assume things work differently in the realm of technology, where words like “outdated” and “obsolete” come into play, but that’s not always the case. Some smartphones actually look better in retrospect. Like a true masterpiece, the iPhone SE has aged incredibly well — and it’s the perfect phone for artists. Here’s why.

12MP iSight Camera and 4K Video Recording

4 Reasons the iPhone SE is the Perfect Phone for Artists

Image via Flickr by iphonedigital

Let’s start with the most obvious of the SE’s artist-friendly features: its 12MP iSight camera and 4K video recording. Although the SE takes its size and shape from the iPhone 4s, most everything else comes straight from the iPhone 6s. This includes its 12MP iSight camera, 4K video recording, Retina Flash, and Live Photos.

When using the front-facing camera, Retina Flash improves photo quality with a preflash that measures current lighting conditions and a True Tone flash that matches ambient light. The 4K video capabilities allow for artificial pans and zooms using your favorite video-editing software — without dropping below 1080p resolution. Meanwhile, the SE’s iSight camera boasts 12 megapixels and an ƒ/2.2 aperture.

A Screen That’s Not Too Small and Not Too Big

As smartphones screens get bigger and bigger, a 4-inch screen might not sound like much of a perk. However, there is a fine line between too small and too big, and the SE walks it well. The screen is big enough to accommodate picture-taking and video-recording but small enough to fit easily in your pocket, which means you’ll always have a camera handy wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. A larger phone would end up stowed away in your bag — or maybe left behind in the car. In this respect, the iPhone SE compares very favorably to its newer-generation counterparts.

Even if you’re not a photographer, oversized phones have their downsides. A more expansive screen makes it easier to browse social media, watch a movie on the go, or try out a new game. There’s nothing inherently wrong with any of that, but it’s easy to become too engrossed in your phone. You will miss out on a lot of the human experience, and your art will suffer for it. Random moments of everyday inspiration will pass by unnoticed. You’ll never be bored, and you’ll stop letting your mind wander — and that’s bad for creativity.

Longer Battery Life and Better 4G LTE Coverage

Not only is the SE small enough to take with you almost anywhere, but with 4G LTE capabilities, it can also get coverage almost anywhere. Whether you use Wi-Fi or cellular coverage, the SE is noticeably faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 5s. Plus, as impressive as this phone is on its own, pairing the iPhone SE with T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network makes it even better. T-Mobile’s network earned the top spot in rankings by both Ookla and OpenSignal for 2017, establishing it as the fastest, most available 4G LTE network in the nation.

iPhone’s next offering, the 6s, offers faster speeds, but the SE still has an edge when it comes to battery life — which may be even more crucial for artists than its speed or coverage. The SE boasts 13 hours of video playback and 13 hours of Internet use on LTE and Wi-Fi, while the 6s only lasts 10–11 hours with the same use.

Bluetooth Connectivity and an Extensive App Store

If the native hardware and software aren’t enough, the SE supports version 4.2 Bluetooth, so you can pair your iPhone with your favorite Bluetooth accessories. You also get access to a countless number of apps via the App Store, many of which are specifically designed for artists. 

At a fraction of what the new iPhone X costs, the iPhone SE is a much more affordable option — and it hits the sweet spot between affordability and functionality. In fact, thanks to its size, features, and capabilities, the iPhone SE could be the perfect phone to help you focus on your art.

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