iPhone SE review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

4 inches

Display size

32GB, 128GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

1,624 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.2
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 1.2MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.4
Dimensions 123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm
Weight 113g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 4
Processor A9
RAM 2GB
Operating system iOS 9
Internal storage

32GB

128GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 1,624mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$679
Launch date2016-03
Apple iPhone SE

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.

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.

Apple iPhone SE specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.2
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 1.2MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.4
Dimensions 123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm
Weight 113g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 4
Processor A9
RAM 2GB
Operating system iOS 9
Internal storage

32GB

128GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 1,624mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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