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The arrival of Apple's iPhone SE was strange news for today's tech-savvy world, but it did make sense after a while. With phones getting bigger and more powerful, the presence of portable devices becomes more and more of a rare sighting. Samsung's S7 and the iPhone 6 Plus are two examples of exceedingly large smartphones today.

With the iPhone SE, apple has provided people with a more practical choice that packs the latest iPhone 6 features but in a smaller package. Its 4-inch screen and compact casing can be very deceiving; however, it possesses the same internals as the iPhone 6S.

Design and Features

Compact and Sleek

Surprisingly, plenty of people still opt for a smaller phone that packs features of a flagship model. Sony is one of the few companies to manufacture something like this, but even the latest Xperia Compact model is not so compact anymore. On the other hand, the iPhone SE is much smaller and slimmer to handle.

Anyone who is familiar with the iPhone 5 will feel at home here–the SE's looks are almost identical, apart from the fact that it comes in more colors and a refined design.

The iPhone retains an iconic design that continues to capture the attention of mobile phone users. While craftsmanship and durability remain at a high, users can expect the phone's user-friendliness.

Processor and Storage

The A9 processor bestows incredibly smooth and fast user experience; it also aids the phone's battery longevity. Efficiency improvements mean that the A9 uses less of the iPhone's battery and the M9 co-processor reduces power drain when the phone is immobile

Performance may be identical to the 6S, but one feature sets it apart from its bigger brother–3D Touch, which lets users access additional features by pressing harder on the touch screen.

The SE comes in two different storage capacities–16 GB and 64 GB. Those who can settle for the preceding model can still make the most out of the device. Meanwhile, users who are willing to shell out a few more bucks can get the 64GB version for more breathing space in the long run.

Call Quality

The ear speaker is clear and loud while the noise-cancelling microphone does its job when clearing up any unnecessary external noises during a call. Moreover, the speaker at the bottom of the phone is decent enough to take speaker calls at home. Ultimately, these make for good call qualities.

Rear Camera

As expected, the rear camera on the iPhone SE produces quality photos considering how much less the phone costs than the flagship model. A 12-megapixel sensor provides the iPhone SE with moment-capturing capabilities. The quick lens gives the phone quick focus capabilities.

Battery Life

Unlike its predecessor, the SE's battery life is fairly impressive. Apple claims that its battery is 50% better than the old iPhone 5S, which makes it convenient for those who are usually out without a charger or power bank.


Adjustment Period

Those who are coming from larger LCD's should take the time to adjust to the smaller screen. If you're particularly used to a wider real estate for typing and gaming, you might have to adapt to the iPhone SE's 4-inch screen. It houses the same display as the 5S that displays an 1136 x 640 resolution at 326 pixels per inch. Although this may sound stunning, once placed beside Samsung's color-packed Super AMOLED screens or even newer devices, the SE may start to look its age.

External Speakers

For users who prefer listening to their music using speakers don't expect too much from the iPhone SE. Top-level volume and quality aren't as high as you'd expect it to be.

Front Camera

The front camera is less impressive. While the iPhone 6S is already on a 5-megapixel front camera, Apple decided to give the SE a 1.2-megapixel front camera to cut down costs.



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