Renders of the iPhone SE, Apple's most recent iPhone.

While many may be looking forward to Apple’s newest iPhone rumored to be released later this year, there is another option for those looking to upgrade. It’s not been very long since Apple launched the most recent iteration of the iPhone, the iPhone SE, and the device packs a lot of features into a small package. The SE makes a great alternative for fans of smaller phones or for anyone feeling hesitant about the upcoming iPhone’s reported lack of new features.

The SE was a surprising move for Apple, moving back into manufacturing a device with a 4-inch screen while the rest of the  market was doing the exact opposite. However, despite reusing the same chassis as the iPhone 5, the iPhone SE packs most of the power and features of the iPhone 6 and 6s, including the powerful A9 chip and features such as Apple Pay and an always-on Siri.

Read through our breakdown of features and decide for yourself: Do you think you could make the iPhone SE your next phone?


The iPhone SE has all the power you could expect from a fully-featured 2016 release. In fact, it has exactly the same computational and graphics processing power as the iPhone 6s. Both models use the A9 integrated chip, which sports a dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister CPU, a PowerVR GT7600 six-core GPU, and 2GB of RAM. Packing all that power with a much-reduced price tag makes the SE an excellent bargain. The SE does, however, lack the hardware necessary to accomplish the 3D Touch and Touch ID features that come with the iPhone 6s.


The SE’s 4.7 inch screen may boost accessibility and ease of use for some, namely those with smaller hands or who otherwise prefer smaller screens. You don’t have to struggle with two hands to navigate around the iPhone SE’s 4” screen; everything remains within reach of your thumb. In contrast, while the large screen of iPhone 6 is pretty, accessing the top corners can prove cumbersome for people with small or average sized hands. The SE also fits more easily into smaller and tighter pockets.

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The display is usually one of the biggest power draws in any smartphone, so the iPhone SE’s smaller screen enables it to provide outsized battery life. Apple claims that the SE outlasts even the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a significantly larger battery. This claim is backed up by battery stress tests run by the Wall Street Journal, in which the SE beat the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6s, and the Galaxy S7 all by at least two hours.


Perhaps most persuasive of all is the iPhone SE’s entry-level price. The 16 GB SE is priced at $399, while flagship phone models often retail at more than $600. That’s a significant price difference and a major plus considering that the SE has almost the same performance specs and features.


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