MINI BUT MIGHTY
Apple iPhone SE
The iPhone SE packs all of the performance of Apple's iPhone 6s into the compact 4-inch body of an iPhone 5s, a phone that was already considered undersized back in 2013. While a small phone with powerful performance may sound appealing, does a 4-inch phone still have a place in 2016?
Now, I actually really liked the iPhone 5s design and feel it still holds up well now. The iPhone SE looks almost identical to the iPhone 5s. It has the same aluminum body, with the exact same dimensions, weighing just 1g more. Even after using a larger 4.7-inch iPhone for the past year and a half, switching to the SE's compact design felt like returning to a familiar friend. In fact, in my review of the iPhone 6, I commented that the rounded edges of the iPhone 6 make it feel a bit slippery, so going back to the flat sides and more manageable size of the iPhone SE was welcoming.
The only noticeable design change is that the chamfered edges are no longer polished. Instead, they have a matte finish that matches the sides of the phone.
On the back, the SE sports the same 12MP, 29mm, f/2.2 module you'll find on the iPhone 6s. And because the phone itself is a little thicker, there's no camera bump here. Like the 6s, you can take Live Photos with the SE as well. Unfortunately, the front camera hasn't been upgraded, and is the same 1.2MP FaceTime camera that came with the iPhone 6 and 5s.
Image performance from the rear camera was excellent, and photos are indistinguishable from those taken with the 6s. Color reproduction was accurate, and details remain sharp throughout the picture. Having
The chamfered edges on the SE are matte instead of the mirror finish used on the 5s.