iPhone SE review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE
  • Display

    4 inches

    1136 x 640

  • Storage

    32GB, 128GB

  • Battery size

    1,624 mAh

Buy at Apple

The iPhone SE retains classic Apple style if that's important to you and it's the cheapest iPhone you can buy outright. The lack of real internal updates means that it's well behind the rest of the iPhone pack, though.

The good

  • Classic iPhone design
  • Compact
  • NFC for Apple Pay
  • Cheapest entry point for iOS

The bad

  • Processor is several steps behind the pace
  • Battery life is poor
  • It's surprisingly heavy

Apple’s iPhone SE is a decent member of the iPhone family, but it’s let down rather badly by its battery life and the fact that Apple seems reluctant to update its internal specifications.

The Apple iPhone SE is a curious member of the Apple iPhone family. Where Apple's general approach has been to provide new iPhone models with refined designs, it instead took a step backwards with the iPhone SE. It is perhaps easiest summed up as most of the innards of an iPhone 6s stuffed into the body of an iPhone 5s, although as we found, the reality of using it was very mixed.


  • Classic small iPhone design
  • Surprisingly heavy for such a small phone


  • A simple single-lens camera
  • Older camera tech is showing its age


  • Reasonable mid-range performance
  • Lack of expandable storage hurts
  • Apple Pay is handy

Battery life

  • Poor battery life
  • No wireless charging


  • Apple's lack of updates make the iPhone SE a poor buy.
  • Only worthwhile if you can score a bargain.

Pricing and availability

Apple iPhone SE

Apple's smallest smartphone

The iPhone SE is Apple's smallest and lowest-cost iPhone handset.


  • Apple sells the iPhone SE outright for $549 with 32GB of onboard storage or $699 with 128GB of storage.
  • The iPhone SE is also available from Telstra on contract plan terms.

Apple iPhone SE specs

OS iOS 9
Display size (inches) 4
Display resolution (pixels) 1136 x 640
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Processor A9
Height (mm) 123.8
Width (mm) 58.6
Depth (mm) 7.6
Weight (g) 113
Battery size (mAh) 1,624
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 1.2
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.4
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support Yes

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