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Apple iPhone SE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6979 reviews of Apple iPhone SE. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the battery and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and usability also get good views, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the reliability. The apps and connectivity get less positive reviews.

size, usability, performance, portability, battery

connectivity, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone SE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPhone SE

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 284 user reviews of Apple iPhone SE from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price and design. The usability and size are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the reception.

performance, size, usability, design, price

reception

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone SE Unlocked Phone - 64 GB Retail Packaging - Rose GoldApple iPhone SE Unlocked Phone - 64 GB Retail Packaging - Rose Gold

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Wimmer (notebookcheck.net)

Apple iPhone SE Smartphone Review

 

Power dwarf. The less expensive versions of the iPhone have not been a real success so far. This could change with the iPhone SE, because it is very fast, enduring and fills a niche with its 4-inch screen.

sophisticated chassis, compact and light, very high performance, bright display with accurate colors, responsive and smooth handling, many accessories available, great signal quality, accurate GPS, good speaker, decent cameras, great runtimes in practice

high black value, NFC only for Apple Pay, microphone sounds dull, no IP certification, glass surfaces can easily break, storage not expandable, integrated battery

Apple still loves building compact smartphones, even though the last generations grew considerably. The iPhone SE (which is short for Special Edition) goes back to the roots and revives the hardly used 4-inch form factor. Not only children will be...

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

 

Did you love the iPhone 5s and rue the day Apple switched from crisp edges to comely curves on the iPhone 6? You'll probably approve of the iPhone SE, then, which goes excavating in the graveyard of Apple's design labs and comes up with a...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Susie Ochs (pcworld.com)

iPhone SE review: It’s a pocket-size powerhouse

 

The SE is the little iPhone that could. With a 4-inch screen and the body of an iPhone 5s, it fits in my pockets better than my iPhone 6s, and it's easier to use one-handed. But it doesn't compromise much over its bigger, more expensive siblings.

Easier to hold and use one-handed ; Great camera

No 3D Touch

For anyone who's been holding out for a smaller iPhone, the 4-inch iPhone SE is worth the wait.

Mar, 2016

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by: Malarie Gokey (digitaltrends.com)

Apple iPhone SE review

 

Apple's iPhone SE is the best 4-inch smartphone you can buy, period.

The iPhone SE may not be a game-changer, but it is truly the best 4-inch smartphone you can buy. It fills a gaping hole in the market, serving people who want a smaller phone that they can actually hold and carry comfortably.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Apple iPhone SE review: A compelling blend of old and new

 

Just because the iPhone SE looks like an old device doesn't mean it acts like one. Apple squeezed flagship-level performance and the best battery life we've seen from an iPhone in years into a familiar (and relatively inexpensive) frame. The phone...

Great performance ; Amazing battery life for an iPhone ; Starts at $399

Screen too small for some ; Old front camera, Touch ID sensor ; Base model only has 16GB of storage

It's clear that the iPhone SE isn't for people like me: people who have embraced the advent of more spacious screens despite the weird bulges they form in our collective jeans pockets. When you look at the SE as a newcomer's iPhone, though, it all sort...

Mar, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone SE

 

The Apple iPhone SE is your best choice if you're looking for a small, but powerful smartphone.

Fast. Very good battery life. Easy to use with a single hand.

Low-res front-facing camera. Lacks the latest Wi-Fi capabilities.

Comparisons and Conclusions If you want a powerful small smartphone, the iPhone SE is by far your best choice. It is both smaller and faster than its viable Android competitors, the 4.7-inch Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 4.7 and the 5-inch HTC One A9 ....

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple iPhone SE 16GB, space gray

 

I never liked holding the giant iPhone 6 Plus. I could live with the iPhone 6, and its 4.7-inch screen. But Apple's most comfortable phone was the 5 . It had a slightly larger screen than its predecessors, and could fit in a pocket. I remember calling...

Packs nearly every worthwhile feature (processor, great camera, Apple Pay, always-on Siri) from iPhone 6S into a smaller, more affordable 4-inch phone. Compatible with all iPhone 5/5S cases and accessories.

Selfie cam doesn't get a megapixel upgrade, and there's no 3D Touch. Older design, while still good-looking, is exactly like the older iPhone 5S. Mid-year release means another iPhone will be coming sooner than later.

While the rest of us wait for the iPhone 7 later this year, the iPhone SE is a great choice for small phone fans looking for an 'iPhone 6S Mini.'

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: Lauren Goode (theverge.com)

iPhone SE review: today’s tech, yesterday’s design

 

Earlier this week at Apple's campus in Cupertino, the company announced a brand-new iPhone. The heavens didn't part, pop bands didn't play, and people aren't camping out at Apple Stores to buy the...

Fast! ; Long battery life ; Great rear camera ; Relatively inexpensive

Starts with only 16GB of storage ; Lacks a few iPhones 6S features ; Design not updated from iPhone 5s

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: Ray S. (phonearena.com)

Apple iPhone SE Review

 

This has to be one of the more peculiar reviews I've ever been tasked with. A past iPhone 5 and 5s user, I have long forgotten what it is to hold and work with a smartphone of such caliber. Since those two, whom Apple's new iPhone SE resembles...

Super compact and light ; Glamorous screen ; Top-shelf performance ; Intuitive, efficient and reliable software experience ; Comes with best-in-class earphones

Old design is old and not ergonomic ; Loudspeaker is not deep enough ; Base model has only 16 GB memory

One of the most unique things about the Apple iPhone SE is that it's in a class of its own: there is no other phone of such size that's even remotely as powerful. It's the only high-end mini phone you can find on the market, safe for the Sony Xperia Z5...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: James Lu (hardwarezone.com)

Apple iPhone SE review: Mini but mighty

 

The iPhone SE is the best 4-inch phone ever made. It has all the power and performance (as well as the rear camera) of the iPhone 6s, in a compact, one-hand-friendly form factor. But is there a place for it in 2016?

Great benchmark performance ; Long battery life ; Relatively affordable for an iPhone ; Great rear camera

Looks exactly the same as the iPhone 5s ; Front camera not upgraded ; The iPhone SE should have been launched a year earlier

The iPhone SE nearly has it all, great performance, long battery life, fantastic camera, attractive design, affordable price, in fact the only thing it doesn't have is a big screen. For all the people still holding onto an iPhone 4 or 5 because you...

May, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Browsing time (3G):12
Browsing time (4G):13
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):13

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Single camera

Design

Brand colour:Gold / Rose Gold / Silver / Space Grey
Curved Design: No

Display

Pixel density:326
Screen shape:Flat

Messaging

E-mail: Yes

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GSM
3G standards:DC-HSDPA, EVDO, HSPA+, UMTS
4G: Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Single SIM

Other features

Hearing aid compatibility:M3, T4

Ports & interfaces

Lightning connector: Yes
USB port: No

Processor

Coprocessor: Yes
Coprocessor model:M9

Technical Details

Refurbished: Yes