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Apple iPhone SE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16372 reviews of Apple iPhone SE. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and battery. The performance and usability also get good comments. Comments are divided on the connectivity. Many are critical about the text input.

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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 95/100 = 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. Comments about the price and design are overall positive. The usability and size are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reception.

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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

Dec, 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...

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...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Apple iPhone SE review

 

My wife needs a new phone. She's used a 2011-era iPhone 4S for years, and it's hanging in there -- barely. The battery is slowly getting worse. Browsing speeds are sluggish. She can't upgrade to iOS 10 or anything later. But, she doesn't want to...

A small, hand-friendly design. Solid speed. Good front and rear cameras. More built-in storage (up to 128GB). The lowest priced iPhone you can buy.

Older giant-bezel design and limited screen size are love-it-or-hate-it. Hardware hasn't changed since its 2016 debut.

The iPhone SE is one year older, but its added storage options and strong performance running iOS 10 still makes it a great choice for small-phone fans.

May, 2017

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, 2017

Expert review by: Brandon Chester (anandtech.com)

The iPhone SE Review

 

With the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple had finally tapped into the latent demand for bigger iPhones, and as a result we saw some record-setting quarters from Apple. However, at the same time by moving to a larger display size there was a fairly...

While I’ve used the iPhone SE as my daily driver for a month, I expect that I’ll be going back to the Nexus 5X and iPhone 6s. The smaller display is just not for me, but when Apple can sell thirty million two-year-old 4-inch smartphones in a year...

May, 2016

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

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

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):12
Browsing time (4G):13
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):13
Continuous audio playback time:50
Continuous video playback time:13
Standby time (3G):240
Talk time (3G):14

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes
Voice commands:Y / Yes
Voice dialing:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Camera Type:iSight
Digital Zoom:3
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y
Main camera resolution (numeric):12
Maximum frame rate:240
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps / 1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@120fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@30fps / 1280×720@30fps,1920x1080@120fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.2
Second rear camera aperture number:2.4
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Design

Brand color:Gold / Rose Gold / Silver / Space Gray / Space Grey
Color of product:Black, Grey / Gold / Gold, White / Grey / Pink gold / Silver / Silver, White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Contrast ratio (typical):800:1
Display brightness:500
Display Diagonal:4
Display Resolution:1136 x 640 / 640 x 1136
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Archive formats supported:ZIP
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF,JPG,TIF
Speakers:Mono
Video compression format:AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4
Video compression formats:H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,DC-HSDPA,HSDPA,HSUPA,UMTS / DC-HSDPA,EVDO,HSPA+,UMTS
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
AirPlay:Y / Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2 / 4.2 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other features

Hearing aid compatibility:M3, T4

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:FaceTime, Safari, iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, Game Center, Watch, iCloud Drive / FaceTime\nSafari\niTunes Store\nApp Store / FaceTime\nSafari\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nGame Center\nWatch\niCloud Drive / Safari\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nTV\nWatch\niCloud Drive
Cables included:Lightning
Headset included:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:9
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector:Y
USB port:N

Processor

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor model:M9
Processor:A9
Processor family:Apple
Processor model:A9

Software

Mac compatibility:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Y
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:10 / 9
Windows operating systems supported:Y

Storage

Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:128 / 16 / 32 / 64

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Refurbished:Y

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.299
Height:4.87 / 4.88
Weight:3.99
Width:2.31