iPhone SE Review

The iPhone SE is a smartphone designed and marketed by Apple Inc.as part of the iPhone series of devices. It was unveiled on March 21, 2016, at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and was released on March 31, 2016. It serves as a replacement for iPhone 5S as a lower-cost entry in the iPhone product line; combining the updated processor, rear camera, and other features from the high-end iPhone 6S.

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Design and Display

The iPhone SE looks absolutely identical to the iPhone 5S in terms of design. The cringe-worthy antennas on the design have been done away with by Apple, to the relief of many buyers. The iPhone SE is great for one-handed use as you can easily reach all corners of the screen without messing around.

Just like the iPhone 5s, the 4-inch display on the iPhone is not even HD, but one won’t notice that while using the device. Text appears sharp and the display is sufficiently bright – with users not complaining of any trouble using the phone even in direct sunlight.

Performance

The iPhone SE is powered by the same Apple A9 chip that’s inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and it also features 2GB of RAM. However, the iPhone SE does not come with 3D Touch, so you don’t get things like Quick Actions and Peek-Pop. The iPhone SE also lacks a barometer, which, amongst other things, is used to accurately track how many flights of stairs you have climbed, and is present in iPhone 6 and later models.

Camera

The iPhone series has always been famous for packing a brilliant camera and the iPhone SE does not disappoint. The iPhone SE comes with a 1.2-megapixel f/2.4 front-facing camera (or FaceTime camera as Apple likes to call it).  The camera does support Retina Flash, which is easily one of our favourite features of the iPhone SE. Live Photos are supported as well.

The rear camera performance of the iPhone SE is identical to the iPhone 6s, which means it’s a great camera for most situations with accurate camera reproduction, though the low light performance isn’t as good as what Samsung’s recent phones like the Galaxy S7 or even flagships that are a generation older tend to offer.

Miscellaneous

Like its predecessors, the iPhone SE comes with 16GB of storage on the base variant. The iPhone SE manages to clock 12 hours of battery life on video playback, which is mainly because of its smaller and lower resolution screen display when compared to the iPhone 6 and 6S.

Verdict

The iPhone SE starts at a price of INR 39,000, which is not as ‘affordable’ as Apple promised it would be. This however, does not make it any less important as a product in the Indian market. Whilst the front camera underperforms, the phone is still a complete package and is a trademark Apple product through and through. It resembles the iPhone 6S almost entirely, with the only difference being the smaller screen.

Picture courtesy – macrumors.com


by techtalks @TechTalks May 31, 2016 1:02 PM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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