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Apple iPhone SE review  June 5, 2016 – 09:41 am

iphone-se-comparison-08.jpgAnd iPhone 7 Plus 6 Plus. The and 6S Plus remain available, however, and Apple has increased the storage capacity of the entry-level models to 32GB and lowered their prices to $549 and $649, respectively. This makes the iPhone SE, introduced in March 2016, the final Apple phone available with a scant 16GB of storage. The full iPhone SE review, first published in March 2016 and updated in April, follows.

The iPhone SE looks like an old iPhone. Sounds boring, huh? But this isn't a phone to show off. It's a phone to go undercover with. It's got nearly all of the same upgraded specs as 2015's top-end iPhones - the 6S and 6S Plus - jammed into a body that's identical to the old iPhone 5S, which it replaces. It's a mighty mini phone.

Just know this: the iPhone SE isn't " The New iPhone." That - the rumored iPhone 7 - will come later on this year, with near certainty. This, the SE - Special Edition, Small Edition, whatever you want to call it - is really just an iPhone 6S Mini. That alone is actually an impressive achievement, and it' s great that, finally, Apple has made all three phone sizes run equally well - you just get to choose between small (SE), medium (iPhone 6S) and large (6S Plus).

Still, while 2-year "free on contract" deals are getting harder (but not impossible) to find, most carriers will offer eligible buyers affordable 24-month payment plans. Throw in a trade-in, and you could score the SE for a song. And ultimately it's a far bigger bang for your buck than its older doppelganger, the iPhone 5S - now you're getting 2015 tech under the hood, not 2013 tech.

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6S features in a 5S body

Despite the smaller size, Apple didn't skimp on features in the SE. The iPhone SE delivers nearly every feature of the 6S. And everything listed in italics is a notable upgrade for anyone coming from an iPhone 5S or earlier:

  • 4-inch 1136x640 (326 ppi) display
  • 16GB or 64GB storage
  • A9 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 12 megapixel rear camera, 4K video recording, Live Photos
  • 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, Retina Flash for dim lighting
  • Touch ID
  • Apple Pay
  • M9 motion coprocessor for fitness tracking
  • Always-on Siri
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, LTE, Voice over LTE, Wi-Fi calling
  • Colors: space gray, silver, gold, rose gold

The list of 6S features you're not getting is comparatively small: Except for the obvious screen downgrade -it's smaller, with lower resolution and less contrast - the SE has a lower-resolution selfie cam, no 128GB storage option, and no 3D Touch.

Here's how this all translates in real life: the hardware is stellar, and the camera in particular is really good. See the test photos for a few samples using the rear camera, taken in everyday conditions.

Source: www.cnet.com


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