Up until the release of the iPhone SE in April, if you wanted an iPhone but were put off by the increasing trend in handset sizes like the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, the aged iPhone 5S or 5C were your only options.
Similarly, if you already owned one these two smaller 4in devices the iPhone SE could have been the device you were crying out for. But is it worth the upgrade?
The 5S and 5C were released in 2013, although the 5S trumped the 5C in many areas so this is the model we'll focus on in this head-to-head.
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iPhone SE: 123.8x58.6x7.6mm, 113g
iPhone 5S: 123.8x58.6x7.6mm, 112g
Despite the 1g difference in weight, the iPhone SE and 5S have the same proportions. We don't come across this very often, so it's spooky. Both phones have aluminium cases, and look very similar when placed side by side. This works in their favour as cases and accessories designed for the iPhone 5S will sit happily with the newer SE (and vice versa).
The 5S ticks the usual boxes when it comes to colours - Silver, Space Grey and Gold - but misses out on the newer Rose Gold that the SE has added to its wardrobe.
Finally a word of warning: if you are thinking of going for a 5S in Gold you may have to settle on a used handset or a factory refurb as they appear to be in short supply.
iPhone SE: 4in, 1,136x640 resolution at 326ppi
iPhone 5S: 4in, 1,136x640 resolution at 326ppi
The two handsets have the same resolution and pixel density. There's nothing inherently wrong with the 4in display. Colours pop, viewing angles are decent, and there's just enough sharpness to stave off unwanted blur.
The 5S predates the introduction of 3D Touch, but don't expect to find it on the iPhone SE either.
We're loathe to state the obvious, but the drop to 4in could prove jarring if you've been conditioned by larger-screened devices.