IPhone SE Review: Features and Specs
written by: Fay Smart
iPhones are considered to be the most powerful phones ever made. They are nicely designed and come with great features, to an extent that selecting the best model can be a challenge. However, if you are planning to upgrade from iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 or earlier models, you will love what iPhone SE has to offer. In this article, we outline everything that you should know about this Apple’s most powerful 4-inch phone, especially when making a purchase decision.
1. Excellent Design
The light and compact phone is crafted from bead-blasted aluminum and adopts a satin like finish. It fits comfortably in your hands due to its small size and feature a color matched stainless steel logo. The edges are matte chamfered, and its brilliant 4-inch Retina display makes everything look sharp and vibrant.
2. 12-Megapixel iSight Camera
The 12-MP camera enables you to capture sharp, detailed and incredible photos and shoot brilliant 4K videos (4-times the resolution of 1080p HD videos.) Live photos feature also brings your still photos to life by adding sound and movements. You simply need to touch and hold anywhere within your 12MP still and then you’ll experience the moments before and after your photos were taken.
3. FaceTime HD camera With Retina Flash
The Retina display also acts as a flash for FaceTime HD camera. It is powered with a custom display chip that allows it to flash 3X brighter than usual, helping illuminate selfies at night or in low lights.
4. A9 chip-Offers Maximum Performance
This is an advanced chip that Apple also uses in iPhone 6. The chip is designed with 64-bit desktop class architecture and offers spectacular speed and responsiveness. Its console-glass graphics performance makes your apps and games to be incredibly rich and immersive. The A9 chip is actually what makes iPhone SE to have 2X faster GPU performance than iPhone 5s.
5. Super Efficient M9 Motion Coprocessor
M9 motion coprocessor provides 3X faster GPU performance than iPhone 5s. It is embedded directly into A9 chip and connects to the gyroscope, compass, and accelerator to help you track various fitness activities such as measuring your steps or distance. The coprocessor also makes it easy to activate Siri by just saying “Hey Siri.”
6. iCloud Photo Library
iCloud photo library stores every video and photo you take, enabling you to access them on all your iOS devices. This means that in case your phone is lost or stolen, you will still be able to view your photos and videos from another iOS device.
7. Advanced Security
iPhone SE is designed with a touch ID, which makes it easy and secure to unlock it with your fingerprint. Touch ID also allows you to use Apple Pay within apps and at over two million stores. Your card details will never be shared or even stored on your device.
8. Faster LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology
You’ll browse the web, stream videos and download games and apps over 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE with speeds that are faster than that of iPhone 5s (Up to 150 Mbps over LTE and 433 Mbps over Wi-Fi). The more LTE bands (Up to 19) also makes iPhone SE perfect for worldwide roaming. Furthermore, iPhone SE supports Wi-Fi and voice over LTE calling for high-quality wideband calls. Bluetooth technology allows you to stay connected to external speakers, Apple watches, and other Bluetooth enabled devices.
9. iOS 9 Operating System
iPhone SE features iOS 9 operating system, which is the most advanced mobile operating system. It is well designed to look beautiful and work excellently on your iPhone.
10. Great Apps
All iPhones come with a beautiful collection of essential apps such as Messages, Music, FaceTime, Maps, Siri and more. But most importantly there is an app for App Store where you’ll be able to discover and download great iPhone apps with just a tap.
• Technology: GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO and LTE
• Weight: 113g or 3.99oz
• Dimension: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm
• Type: LED-backlit IPS LCD with capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
• Multitouch: Yes
• Size: 4.0 inches
• Resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels
• OS: iOS 9.3.2
• Chipset: Apple A9
• GPU: PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
• CPU: Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
• Card Slot: No
• Internal Memory: 16GB/64GB, 2GB RAM
• Primary: 12MP, f/2.2, 29mm, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, autofocus phase detection.
• Secondary: 1.2MP, f/2.4, 31mm, 720@30fps, HDR, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular.
• Alert Types: Vibration and proprietary ringtones
• 3.5mm Jack: Yes, 16-bit/44.1 kHz audio
• Loudspeaker: Yes
• WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.ac, hotspot
• Radio: No
• GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONAS
• NFC: Yes, Apple Pay only.
• Type: Non-removable Li-Po 1624 mAh (6.21 Wh)
• Stand-By: Up to 240 hours on 2G or 3G network.
• Music Play: Up to 50 hours
• Talk time: Up to 14 hours on 3G network.
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