iPhone SE Review

by birtanpublished on August 21, 2020

It's bigger on the inside iPhone se packs almost all the power and features of the iPhone 6s into a package as small as and even more affordable than the iPhone 5s it replaces it's something a passionate group of 4-inch iPhone fans have been waiting not so patiently for

Since Apple made the flagships big and bigger in 2014 so is the iPhone se everything they've been waiting for I use the 4-inch iPhone from when Apple introduced iPhone 5 and 2012 until the company introduced iPhone 6 plus in 2014

Since then I've always kept one handy for testing and I switched back to it for a week or so earlier this month so I could reappoint myself with it in anticipation of the SC in other words I'm familiar with how the size and shape

Feels how the internet and apps look at the smaller scale little of that changes here the chamfered edges are matte rather than polished the 6000 series aluminum has a stainless steel Apple logo inset iPhone 6s style on the back

And there's subtle SE branding beneath it there's also a new rose gold finish to go along with the silver space grey and gold that's about it for some of the harder edges might come off as anachronistic in the age of curvier more

Uniform iPhones for others this design is like conic in the tradition of Leica and Braun either way iPhone se is easy to hold and use one-handed as ever it simply slots right into my palm even as my thumb easily arcs from corner to

Corner everything is a compromise though with iPhone se what you gain and on-the-go usability you do lose and display real estate at 4 inches you can't fit and see anywhere nearly as much content on an SD as you can on the

1334 by 750 iPhone 6s or the enormous by comparison 1920 by 1080 iPhone 6s plus you don't get as much interface you don't get as much text and you obviously don't get the pluses to column view and landscape what you do get as a phone you

Don't have to juggle or resort to reach ability mode to use that's especially useful for when you're walking around carrying things or simply hurting about your day you also don't get 3d touch that's the pressure sensitive technology

Found on Apple's iPhone 6s it's a disappointing a mission even though iPhone se is technically a special edition iPhone 5s rather than a shrunken iPhone 6s it won't matter to some but to others it'll be a deal-breaker or at

Least make it a tougher decision for the you really want both iPhone se is powered by Apple's custom a nine system-on-a-chip all that silicon behind so few pixels results in what can only be likened to an f1 race car experience

Or maybe a Superleggera or a 911 R I digress thanks to the integrated m9 Co process so you also get the same low-power motion sensing as you do on the iPhone 6s as well as hey Siri even went unplugged that makes it super

Convenient to control your iPhone se simply with the power of your voice storage starts at 16 gigabytes which will no doubt have tech reviewers rolling their collective eyeballs so hard for mainstream customers though the

64 gigabyte model should be the go to apple claims 14 hours of talk time along with 13 hours of internet and video playback 50 hours of audio and 10 days of standby it's really hard to test that early on since a fresh install isn't

What most people use and restoring from backup causes a bunch of radio and processor overhead I'll be keeping an eye on it though and will update with my findings including whether or not I can keep up with sustained Facebook drain

The other big improvements in the small package is the camera system iPhone 5s had a cutting edge camera for its time but times have changed we now live in the era of iPhone 6s style deep trench isolation and focus pixels iPhone se s

Updated 12 megapixel iSight camera offers both there's also a 1080p video at 60 frames per second and 4k at 30 frames per second making iPhone se a first-class movie shooting experience the FaceTime camera is the same sensor

As the iPhone 5s but does benefit from the new image signal processor and from retina flash I'm not sure why it didn't get a bump to an iPhone 6s level 5 megapixels because selfies really are a thing and really do need a better camera

Live photos are also here though they combine an image with a video so your memories have motion and sound attached since there's no 3d touch you trigger live photos with a long press rather than a deep press touch ID Apple's

Fingerprint identity sensor is still first-generation but there's an NFC radio now which means Apple pay in any country and at any retailer that supports it enhancing life own se hardware is iOS 9.3 in addition to

Everything released last fall there are new features like night shift the ability to lock notes greater personalization for Apple News recommended apps in health and car play now has Apple musics new and for you

Sections as well as nearby for maps iPhone se is available for 399 for 16 gigabytes and $4.99 for 64 gigabytes with new payment options that can be less than a few fancy cups of coffee a month at least in the US I'll be

Ordering the 64 gigabyte rose gold I don't think I'll be staying at this size for anything more than a few weeks but I'm thrilled this is pretty much the not so secret love child of the 6s and 5s I suspect from many of you Apple had you

At a 912 megapixels 4k Apple pay and a 4 inch iPhone if even 10 to 20% of iPhone owners have been waiting on a smaller iPhone to upgrade that's tens of millions of now very happy customers for Android owners who've developed a

Distaste for tablet sized phones and found themselves bereft of great small choices from the not apples of the world iPhone se is likely to be a breath of fresh air as well even first-time buyers turned off by the idea of a giant phone

In their pockets or purses we'll likely find iPhone essays more candy bar stylings more to their liking if any of these scenarios describe you if you want most of the latest technology and the best experience possible in a small and

Inexpensive an iPhone as possible then you want the iPhone se

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