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Apple iPhone SE (2016)

iOS 9
Apple A9
PowerVR GT7600
2 GB / 16 GB
4 inch (640 x 1136 px)
12 MP, 4032 x 3024 px, autofocus

This phone boasts a 4 inch IPS display, a Apple A9 chipset, and 2 GB of RAM.

Reveal its truths, both good and not-so-good!

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Apple iPhone SE smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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Apple iPhone SE specifications

BrandApple
NameiPhone SE
ModelIPSE
Release date2016

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight3.99 oz
Dimensions4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inch
Colorsgold, gray, rose-gold, silver
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of the Apple iPhone SE is still considered to be lightweight and portable. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a subscriber identity module (SIM), which is a chip card.

System, chipset, performance

OS versioniOS 9
SoCApple A9
CPUApple Twister, Dual-core 1.84 GHz
GPUPowerVR GT7600

The Apple iPhone SE comes with iOS 9 out of the box. iOS includes a range of proprietary features and apps, such as Siri, FaceTime, and iMessage. This Apple A9 CPU can be fast enough for basic phone operations. Many consider PowerVR GPUs to highly compete with other leading mobile GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size4 inch
Resolution640 x 1136 px
Multitouch supportyes

People know IPS for its wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction. Smaller smartphones are generally more compact and easier to handle. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

Memory, storage

RAM2 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotno

The smartphone has 2 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. If we use our smartphones for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32 GB may be sufficient for our needs. The internal storage of the Apple iPhone SE (2 GB) cannot be expanded.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera12 MP, 4032 x 3024 px, autofocus
FlashDual LED
Selfie camera1.2 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The iPhone SE does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCyes
FM radiono
USBLightning
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The Apple iPhone SE supports 4G/LTE networks. This Apple phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. We can use Bluetooth to connect our iPhone SE smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Po 1642 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Po 1642 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is a light-weight, rechargeable battery. The iPhone SE does not have a removable battery, it integrates the battery into the phone's design.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, fingerprint, gyroscope, light, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). The fingerprint reader is a biometric security feature found in iPhone SE smartphones. The light sensor is a type of sensor in a smartphone. It lets the phone measure light intensity around the device.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Apple phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • none

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient internal storage
  • non-expandable storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • low-capacity battery
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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