Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE

The iPhone SE is great for one-handed use as you can easily reach all corners of the screen without messing around. As someone who’s been using the iPhone 6s Plus as their primary phone for a while, typing on the iPhone SE’s smaller screen felt cramped at first, but we got used to it rather quickly, with iOS’s autocorrect taking care of the odd typo. The smaller size also makes the iPhone SE extremely light and easily pocketable, especially when compared to the ungainly iPhone 6s Plus, though we admit to missing the extra real estate on offer on the biggest iPhone.

The iPhone SE is powered by the same Apple A9 chip that’s inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and it also features 2GB of RAM, though you won’t find any mention of that on Apple’s website. As you would expect, the phone handled everything we threw at it pretty comfortably. The iPhone SE seemed to work better in low signal areas than the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, but other than that the overall experience was pretty similar to the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone SE also comes with slower Touch ID, which may bother some, but it’s actually a good thing in our book, as we found the fingerprint scanner to be too fast for its own good, something we documented at length earlier. The iPhone SE also lacks a barometer, which, amongst other things, is used to accurately track how many flights of stairs you have climbed, and is present in iPhone 6 and later models.

The difference users may notice the most is that the iPhone SE comes with a 1.2-megapixel f/2.4 front-facing camera (or FaceTime camera as Apple likes to call it), compared to the 5-megapixel f/2.2 in the iPhone 6s. As you would expect, the images captured by this camera lack detail, though the difference may not be visible unless you are viewing them on the big screen. The camera does support Retina Flash, which is easily one of our favourite features of the iPhone SE. Live Photos are supported as well. (Read our review of the iPhone 6s for more details on Retina Flash, Live Photos, iOS 9, and a few other features common between the two phones.)

Hardware
Dimensions 123.8 mm x x 58.6 mm x 7.6 mm
Weight 113 grams
Touchscreen Capacitive touchscreen
Display Size, Type 4″, IPS LCD, 326 PPI (pixel density), Multi-touch
Resolution, Colors 1136 x 640 pixels, 16 M
SIM Type Nano SIM
Processor & Chipset Dual-core 1.8 GHz & Apple A9 Chipset, 64-bit
GPU Embedded M9 Co-processor
RAM 2 GB RAM
Internal Memory 16 GB
External Memory Non-expandable
Battery, Talk Time, Stand By Non-Removable Li-Ion 1642 mAh, Up to 10 h, Up to 280 h
Colors Gold, Silver, Grey, Rose Gold
Software
OS iOS 9.0, 9.3
Camera
Primary Camera 12 MP
Secondary Camera 1.2 MP
Flash Dual LED
Additional Information auto focus, continuous shooting function, photo effects, shooting scene, digital zoom, timer camera, panoramic camera, Full HD Recording (1080p); 60 Frames per second, 4K Recording (2160p); 30 Frame per second
Network
2G 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM
3G 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA, Speed: 21 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps (HSUPA)
4G 800 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 MHz LTE, Speed: 150 Mbps (Downlink), 50 Mbps (Uplink)
EDGE Yes
GPRS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v4.2
Wi-Fi (W-LAN) Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
GPS A-GPS, GLONASS
Additional Information Lightning Connector
Misc.
Sound Vibration; MP3, Wav Ring tones
FM Yes
Sensors Accelerometer,Proximitgravity sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, acceleration sensors, gyro sensors, electronic compass, fingerprint recognition
Multimedia Music, Video MP3, eAAC+, WAV, Flac, Xvid, MP4, H.264
Additional Information HTML, HTML5, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, e-book, call history, phone book, e-mail, alarm clock, calendar, calculator, speakerphone, memo, stopwatch, world time, unit conversion, recording function, flashlight
Also known as MLLN2HN/A, MLLN2B/A, iPhone SE
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