Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Apple iPhone SE's screen is 4 inches with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.84GHz

There is a Apple A9 Dual core 1.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 9 (Update Available: 9.3) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1624mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1624 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G), 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Well-built and with a top camera and great battery life, the iPhone SE is the small phone to buy.

- David Ludlow , Expert Reviews 

Unless you take a lot of selfies or need a bigger phone, Apple's new 4-inch iPhone SE is a good choice at a good price.

- AP , The Indian Express 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 44 reviews

What's good  

  • Slick and smooth performance
  • Generally sharp and color accurate screen
  • Easy to use one-handed
  • Detailed and vibrant pictures
  • Good battery life

What's bad  

  • Can be uncomfortable to hold
  • Screen is very cramped
  • Difficult to use keyboard
  • Poor forward facing camera

Despite the growing size of smartphones, Apple released the SE, the only current phone with a screen smaller than 4.7 inches. On first glance, many reviewers mistook it for the iPhone 5S, and that's because it sports a very similar chassis as its predecessor. Still, while it might sport the same sharp edges, they did notice some significant differences such as the matte edges to replace the chamfered ones. While a small difference, critics note that it made the device less prone to scuffs and easier to grip. Still, many still found the hard edges uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time.

The screen itself is a mere 4 inches and has a resolution of 1134 x 750 pixels. Although not the sharpest in the lineup, it is still high enough to be considered retina. While it offers up decent colors and vibrancy, when compared to the newer generation of iPhones experts noticed the blacks were fairly weak. And, due to its small size, they also found everything felt too cramped from websites to apps. More often than not they could not view everything on a site without having to scroll and buttons were notoriously small and difficult to tap. Still, they did appreciate the fact that they could easily use it with one hand and slip it into their pockets with no problem. Interestingly, while the iPhone SE does lack the 3D touch of the iPhone 6s Plus, many did not really miss its features.

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While the SE might seem like a throwback to the 5S, its internal specs are flagship quality. Apple managed to squeeze in its latest A9 processor inside the tiny body, giving reviewers a remarkably slick and lag-free experience. It performed well regardless of what they threw at it from processor hungry games like Warmhammer 40,000 to 4K editing on iMovie. While the processor certainly makes the phone run smoothly, the 2GB of RAM is really what makes the SE speedy. In fact, in a comparison test critics found it was three times faster than the 5S. The only slow thing they found was the fingerprint sensor, which is actually the original Touch ID from the 5S/6 not the newest one. Despite the upgrades to the processor and RAM, reviewers were surprised at the battery life. Although small, they were able to eke out around a full day's of use on a single charge.

The rear camera comes with the same 12MP sensor as found on the iPhone 6s. Unsurprisingly, reviewers were able to capture crystal clear pictures with amazing clarity, color reproduction and super-fast focus. Like the 6S, it can capture Live Photos and even record 4K video. Sadly, the front facing 1.2MP camera disappointed pretty much all reviewers. While they consider it "decent" they note it struggled in low-light conditions and was a letdown especially when compared to the one fitted on the 6S.

Overall, the only issue reviewers had with the SE was its small size. The screen was cramped and they found typing on the keyboard "weird." Despite this, they recommend it for those who want a smaller and affordable iPhone. Tech Radar states, "We've enjoyed our time with the SE but have missed the bigger display found on Apple's flagship range…However, the SE now makes owning an iPhone much more affordable and that's why millions of Apple fans are going to love it."


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Amazing performance, excellent camera

from Know Your Mobile

If you’re good with how much the iPhone SE costs, arguably its only unappealing trait, then you’re looking at a very attractive handset that is, for the time being, completely unparalleled in the mobile space. This is the best 4in smartphone on the planet now — bar none —... More

If you’re good with how much the iPhone SE costs, arguably its only unappealing trait, then you’re looking at a very attractive handset that is, for the time being, completely unparalleled in the mobile space. This is the best 4in smartphone on the planet now — bar none — hence the premium price tag.

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The small alternative

from AndroidPIT

The iPhone SE has impressed me to the point that I would recommend you consider buying it. One of my reservations would be that you could buy two good Android devices for the same price and that you can might quickly find out how costly Apple ecosystem can be. In my opinion, you should defin... More

The iPhone SE has impressed me to the point that I would recommend you consider buying it. One of my reservations would be that you could buy two good Android devices for the same price and that you can might quickly find out how costly Apple ecosystem can be. In my opinion, you should definitely consider alternatives before leaping towards becoming an Apple customer.

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An old but new smartphone

from Brighthand

Our editors were initially quite skeptical heading into this Apple iPhone SE review. Sure, there are people who want a low-cost iPhone with many of the latest features in a smaller package. However, the low-res display and tired exterior design seems to run counter the position that Apple iPhones... More

Our editors were initially quite skeptical heading into this Apple iPhone SE review. Sure, there are people who want a low-cost iPhone with many of the latest features in a smaller package. However, the low-res display and tired exterior design seems to run counter the position that Apple iPhones typical hold in the marketplace: premium smartphones that serve as luxury items and status symbols.

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Small but performs at a flagship level

from Reviewed

The iPhone SE is not an uninspired phone. Although it's small, it performs at a flagship level and looks damn good doing it. Apple should be applauded for not taking the easy way out when developing an affordable iPhone that doesn't cheat its user base out of the type of specs we've come to expec... More

The iPhone SE is not an uninspired phone. Although it's small, it performs at a flagship level and looks damn good doing it. Apple should be applauded for not taking the easy way out when developing an affordable iPhone that doesn't cheat its user base out of the type of specs we've come to expect from a new iPhone in 2016. The SE offers a reasonable path to iOS at a significantly lower cost than the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus.

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A nice and powerful device with a compact and light case

from Notebookcheck

Apple still loves building compact smartphones, even though the last generations grew considerably. The iPhone SE (which is short for Special Edition) goes back to the roots and revives the hardly used 4-inch form factor. Not only children will be happy about this, but all users who prefer this s... More

Apple still loves building compact smartphones, even though the last generations grew considerably. The iPhone SE (which is short for Special Edition) goes back to the roots and revives the hardly used 4-inch form factor. Not only children will be happy about this, but all users who prefer this size and did not have a lot to choose from so far.

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Best phone... of 2012

from Softpedia

Overall, the SE doesn’t seem to match Apple’s always-improving standards, and while such an approach was successful a few years ago, the company needs a little bit more to conquer this continuously challenging market. Samsung’s already finding more ways to boost its sales, so Ap... More

Overall, the SE doesn’t seem to match Apple’s always-improving standards, and while such an approach was successful a few years ago, the company needs a little bit more to conquer this continuously challenging market. Samsung’s already finding more ways to boost its sales, so Apple had better come up with something better than that to keep pace.

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Incredibly tiny and light

from Fone Arena

The iPhone SE is not for everyone but for those who want a powerful smartphone in a compact package. Unfortunately, the Indian pricing is not as attractive like in the US where the pricing is about $399 which is the lowest ever launch price of a new iPhone. But the message from Apple is clear and... More

The iPhone SE is not for everyone but for those who want a powerful smartphone in a compact package. Unfortunately, the Indian pricing is not as attractive like in the US where the pricing is about $399 which is the lowest ever launch price of a new iPhone. But the message from Apple is clear and they want to take the iPhone to a much wider audience and that is the reason the iPhone SE exists.

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Ode to perfection

from Absolute Geeks

What I can say, though, about the SE is that it has become my favourite smartphone since the original Nexus 5 — a phone that, to this date, I consider to be perfect in form and function. The iPhone SE, modeled after the 5s released the same time as the original Nexus 5, boasts the same perf... More

What I can say, though, about the SE is that it has become my favourite smartphone since the original Nexus 5 — a phone that, to this date, I consider to be perfect in form and function. The iPhone SE, modeled after the 5s released the same time as the original Nexus 5, boasts the same perfection in form and function. Of all Apple products that are promoted as meticulously designed, the iPhone 5s is the one where this holds true. It is no wonder, then, that the SE seems perfect, despite the (understandably) missing features from the more premium brethren.

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A flagship, and a powerful one

from Digit

The iPhone SE may be the perfect upgrade for users of the iPhone 4s, and for ones who really do not want a larger smartphone. It may also be the last flagship-class smartphone with a display as small as 4 inches. If you qualify under any of the two criteria above, the iPhone SE is your best bet.... More

The iPhone SE may be the perfect upgrade for users of the iPhone 4s, and for ones who really do not want a larger smartphone. It may also be the last flagship-class smartphone with a display as small as 4 inches. If you qualify under any of the two criteria above, the iPhone SE is your best bet. For everyone else, the iPhone 6s is the smartphone to own. Like all iPhones, the iPhone SE is great, but it's about time Apple recognised its competition.

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Not too little, but maybe too late

from The Next Web

All told, the SE feels about two years too late for those who’ve already upgraded like myself. I’ve made my way from the 5S to the 6 and onto a 6S Plus as my daily driver, so the SE definitely feels strange.

All told, the SE feels about two years too late for those who’ve already upgraded like myself. I’ve made my way from the 5S to the 6 and onto a 6S Plus as my daily driver, so the SE definitely feels strange.

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The worst service ever. Technically they are stealing your money without giving you any outstanding services.



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