This is Warenotice's review of the iPhone SE.
The following is a transcript of our iPhone SE Review video shown above.
The iPhone SE, Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone, is here. Let's take a look at it. This is Warenotice’s review of the iPhone SE.
I got a chance to test out the iPhone SE in an Apple Store. You can tell that this phone is indeed an iPhone SE, not a 5s which looks almost exactly the same, by flipping over the iPhone and reading its back. See, the iPhone SE will have the letters ‘SE’ printed on its back whereas the 5s will not. Also, this iPhone is Rose Gold (which is really just pink) and there is no Rose Gold iPhone 5s.
An iPhone SE - Image Credit: Warenotice
First up, addressing the iPhone SE’s size: the device does feel small, especially if you've become accustomed to using one of Apple’s larger phones like the 6 or 6 plus. But, you still do have plenty of screen space to accomplish basic tasks on the SE.
And, although the size didn't change between the 5s and SE, the SE did get a few nice upgrades borrowed from the iPhone 6s. For instance, the SE has the 6s’s 12 MP rear camera that can take both Live Photos and 4K videos. The iPhone 5s only has an 8 MP rear camera that cannot take Live Photos and can only record videos with a resolution of up to 1080p.
The inside of the SE is upgraded as well to include Apple’s latest chips. Specifically, it has the A9 chip and the M9 motion coprocessor. These chips come standard in the iPhone 6s and were not present in the iPhone 5s, which only had the A7 chip and the A7 motion coprocessor. These newer processors should, in theory, make the iPhone SE run smoother and faster than the 5s.
Those are the only major benefits of the iPhone SE when it’s compared to the iPhone 5s, aside from the SE’s Apple Pay support. Since all of the SE’s key features are available in the iPhone 6s (except for the 4-inch screen of course), the SE really isn't much competition for the 6s.
After all, the iPhone SE lacks 3D Touch, the latest version of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and a 5 MP front facing camera. All of these are present in the iPhone 6s, while the SE is stuck with the first generation of Touch ID and a 1.2 MP front facing camera.
Now that you know all of the facts, let’s answer the big question: should you buy the iPhone SE? I'm going to say no, unless you either like small phones or are on a tight budget. If you’re not deeply in love with the idea of a small phone and you're willing to spend a bit more for an iPhone, just buy the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.
I mean, the iPhone SE really tries to be a small 6s, but in the end the SE just comes up short. Without 3D Touch, the newer Touch ID sensor, or a decent front-facing camera built into the device, there's no other way to put it: all the iPhone SE will ever be is a tiny 6s wannabe.