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Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE
alaScore 94

16921 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16921 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 are impressed by the size and portability. The performance and camera also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed views on the screen and design.

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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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 284 user reviews of Apple iPhone SE from 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

87% of the reviews on 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

Feb, 2018

Expert review by: Florian Wimmer (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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: GSMArena team (

Apple iPhone SE: Time-saver edition


The iPhone SE is a perfect fit for a time-saver review, it seems, as Apple didn't come up with a new design or new internals. Instead, the innards come from an iPhone 6s, while the design is a direct copy of the iPhone 5s.

Excellent build quality ; Good 12MP shooter, but lacks detail ; Blazingly fast performance ; Audio quality is excellent

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

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

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Expert review by: Malarie Gokey (

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: (

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 (

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. (

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 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


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


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


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 type:Capacitive


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


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


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
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


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
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


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


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


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


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


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details



Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height:4.87 / 4.88