Apple iPhone SE Hands-On Review
The iPhone SE, Apple’s latest smartphone, was released alongside the iPad Pro 9.7-inch model on March 31, 2016. The SE’s physical presentation is nearly identical to the iPhone 5S, offering the same 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3-inch dimensions, but that’s where the similarities end.
Since the iPhone 5S was released almost three years ago, essentially an eternity in the rapidly evolving and hyper-competitive smartphone landscape, a lot has changed. Naturally, one downside with the iPhone SE is a less modern design that admittedly feels rough and outdated when compared to the sleek iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
For those willing to see past this, the sneakily powerful iPhone SE is a powerhouse of a smartphone on the inside. The device was completely rebuilt from the inside out and similarities with the iPhone 6S include Apple’s latest A9 chip and M9 motion co processor, a 326-ppi Retina display, iOS 9, a 12-megapixel rear camera and 4K video recording.
The SE does lack 3D Touch and packs a weaker 1.2-mp FaceTime camera. Its 4-inch LCD is of course more compact than the 4.7-inch 6S display, but the SE is slightly thicker and less physically polished.
With pricing starting at $399, Apple has emphasized the SE’s affordability hoping to persuade existing customers to upgrade while attracting converters intrigued by a new size option.
The BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: There is significant emphasis on physical prowess within the smartphone industry, evidenced with recent models like the iPhone 6S Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Edge models. But with the iPhone SE, Apple has successfully catered to an audience that has been largely neglected of late. The SE performs like an iPhone 6S, but with a more compact and simple exterior, so look elsewhere for an imposing LCD or flashy curved edges. Those who value simplicity, performance and affordability will appreciate everything the SE has to offer.
If you’re interested in making the upgrade, you can always sell your used iPhone to BuyBackWorld to offset the cost. And if you’ve been having difficulties locating an iPhone SE to buy, you can always head over to The BuyBackWorld Store and check out our daily updated stock.