Apple iPhone SE

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About the Apple iPhone SE

The Apple iPhone SE

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Introduced in March 2016, the iPhone SE is Apple's second attempt at a "budget" iPhone, following 2013's iPhone 5C. Arriving just six months after the iPhone 6S (here) and 6S Plus (here), it looks like a rebooted iPhone 5S, but boasts all the same under-the-hood technology as the 6S line - with the lower price mostly the result of the smaller size.

At the time of its launch there were plenty of similarly sized, slightly cheaper phones, such as the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, the HTC One M9, and the Samsung Galaxy A3 - but they simply don't offer anything near the SE's specs.

Specs

As well as making the body smaller, Apple made some other concessions with the iPhone SE in order to offer it at a lower price - but processing power wasn't among them. The SE sports the same 64-bit A9 processor, M9 coprocessor and 2GB of RAM as the flagship iPhone 6S and 6S Plus; the phone therefore makes light work of running the feature-heavy iOS 9 and should be more than able to deal with iOS 10.

For some reason Apple continue to offer very high spec phones with just 16GB of memory that can't be expanded - but at least the iPhone SE is also available with 64GB, even if the higher price does start to push the definition of "budget".

When compared with its immediate predecessors, the much larger 6S and 6S Plus, we could expect the iPhone SE to have a lesser battery life. But it has the same battery as the 6S - and the same, if not better, performance: when used for making calls over 3G, Apple say the phone should last for up to 14 hours - and when left in standby it'll last up to 10 days. Importantly, real life tests suggest that even with fairly heavy mixed use it'll more than last the day.

Look and feel

After a couple of years of making their phones bigger, the whole point of the iPhone SE is that it's smaller. At 58.6 mm x 123.8 mm x 7.6 mm, it's exactly the same size and shape as 2013's iPhone 5S - which, while sporting rounded corners, now looks a little boxy when compared with the newer, larger, tapered-edge iPhones. The SE's display is the same as that on the 2013 phone as well - measuring four inches diagonally, with the same 1136 x 640 resolution giving 326 pixels per inch.

The temptation is to compare the otherwise high-end SE with similarly equipped Android handsets, which tend to offer HD and quad-HD displays. But they have much higher price tags; when stacked up against more similarly priced rivals it fares way better. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, for example, offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 over a 4.6 inch display, giving 323ppi; the cheaper Samsung Galaxy A3 has a 4.7 inch display with 312ppi - and neither of those have anything like the SE's processing power.

The benefit of being a smaller phone is that it doesn't need tapered edges in order to fit comfortably in our hands - and it's much easier to use one-handed as a result. Furthermore, because Apple really think about these things, the SE boasts the oil-repellant coating that's been on all iPhones since the 3GS - which means that unlike some of its rivals, the handset is resistant to fingerprints and smudges.

In Use

Not that we need to touch the iPhone SE to use it, because Siri can now carry out commands from voice commands alone - rather than waking up the phone with a tap, then asking something, users now simply have to start their question or command with "Hey Siri", and the phone will come to life. The voice control feature was introduced with the flagship 6S and 6S Plus, and it's not the kind of feature we'd usually expect to find on a "budget" phone.

One new feature that didn't survive, however, was 3D Touch. On the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, this allows for different actions and interactions depending on whether a user taps, presses, or holds the screen. It's possible that the technology simply wasn't designed for such a small screen, but given the favourable reaction to the feature it seems something of a shame.

As a phone, however, the iPhone SE is as capable as its more expensive stablemates, with a wide range of 2G and 3G bands covered - and depending on the exact model, as many as 19 LTE 4G bands. In the UK that effort may seem a little wasted, but as different networks in different countries use different bands, it means that 4G voice and data service should be supported pretty much anywhere they're available.

Camera

The iPhone SE's rear camera is identical to the one found in the 6S and 6S Plus in all but one respect. Each has a 12 megapixel sensor - up from the eight megapixel sensor found on iPhones from the 4S through to the 6 and 6 Plus, each offers a dual tone LED flash, and each has an f/2.2 aperture - and it's this setting that determines how much light reaches the sensor. The lower the number, the more light can reach the sensor, making for better low light photos without blurring.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 has an aperture of f/1.7, however, and the LG G5 has an aperture of f/1.8 - both of which allow for a little more light. The tiny difference in the amount of light entering the camera isn't an issue with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, as they both feature optical image stabilisation (OIS). But this is the key difference between the cameras found in the SE and the larger phones - the SE is missing the added image stabilisation feature. Those with steady hands might not notice, but the rest of us probably will.

One more concession to the SE's smaller size and lower cost has been made with the front camera. It took until the iPhone 6S handsets for this to be upgraded from 1.2MP to 5MP - and it's been downgraded again in this newer model. It does still feature Retina Flash - in which the display is boosted to three times its usual brightness - but with the small screen it's not as effective a feature as on the larger phones.


Apple iPhone SE Specifications
Model Apple iPhone SE

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Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
58.6mm x 123.8mm x 7.6mm
Weight 113g
Screen Size 4.0"
Screen Resolution 640 x 1136
Pixel Density 326 ppi
Screen Detail LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System iOS (Version 9.3.2)
Chipset Apple A9
Processor (CPU) Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Graphics (GPU) PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
Internal Memory 16 GB
Memory Card
Talk Time 840 mins
Standby Time 14400 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 12 MP
Camera Flash Dual LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 1.2MP
Music Player MP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF, Apple Lossless
Video Player MP4, H.264
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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Model Apple iPhone SE

apple iphone se
Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
58.6mm x 123.8mm x 7.6mm
Weight 113g
Screen Size 4.0"
Screen Resolution 640 x 1136
Pixel Density 326 ppi
Screen Detail LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System iOS (Version 9.3.2)
Chipset Apple A9
Processor (CPU) Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Graphics (GPU) PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
Internal Memory 16 GB
Memory Card
Talk Time 840 mins
Standby Time 14400 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser HTML5 browser
Camera 12 MP
Camera Flash Dual LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 1.2MP
Music Player MP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF, Apple Lossless
Video Player MP4, H.264
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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