iPhone SE review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone SE
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Quick Verdict

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

iPhone SE at a glance
When did the iPhone SE come out? The iPhone first went on sale in Australia in March 2016.
What’s new about the iPhone SE? Apple Pay via NFC, classic iPhone style and size.
How much does the iPhone SE cost? $549 (32GB) / $699 (128GB).

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.

Design

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

Camera

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

Performance

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

Battery life

  • Poor battery life
  • No wireless charging

Verdict

  • 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.

Promoted
  • 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.
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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
128GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 2
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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Updated December 10th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Apple A12
6.1
1792 x 828
64GB
128GB
256GB
Apple A12 Bionic
5.8
2436x1125
64GB
256GB
512GB
Apple A12
6.5
2688 x 1242
64GB
256GB
512GB
A11
5.8
2436 x 1125
64GB
256GB
A11
4.7
1334 x 750
64GB
256GB
A11
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
256GB
A10
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
256GB
A10
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
256GB
A9
4
1136 x 640
32GB
128GB
A9
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
A9
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
A8
4.7
1334 x 750
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB

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