For a long time, the iPhone was the only modern small-screen smartphone available with current-gen specs. This changed, however, with the introduction of the iPhone 6 line – the smallest version of which has a 4.7-inch screen.
Apple realised that there was demand for a powerful device that was even smaller, which was how the iPhone SE was born. This smartphone’s design and measurements are identical to those of the iPhone 5 (which, by the way, is gorgeous), but it features the same hardware as the iPhone 6s, Apple’s most recent smartphone. The iPhone 6s is home to the A9 chip and 2 GB of RAM. In short, you can rest assured that any of its software is going to run smoothly, all in its full glory.
I always liked smaller phones, especially because I have smallish hands. At first, these phones didn’t feel right, since I was used to my iPhone 6s. However, after just a few minutes, I was able to get comfortable with the SE. It’s really nice to be able to basically do everything with just one hand.
Even though this device has a lot in common with its “big brother,” there are a few differences that need to be pointed out. Unlike on the iPhone 6s, there is no 3D touch and the camera is not as good, though it’s still a 12-MP 4K camera. Despite its shortcomings, this iPhone is, by far, the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever created. If (small) size matters to you, there’s no doubt that the iPhone SE will do the trick.
Comparison between the iPhone 6s (left) and the iPhone SE
As I said regarding the hardware, the SE is a “powerful little monster.” I was able to play games such as Gangstar Vegas, Gods of Rome, and Asphalt 8: Airborne, and I didn’t notice any issues, other than a barely perceptible frame-rate drop.
The suggested retail price of the 64 GB iPhone SE (the model used for this review) is US$ 921. Also available: a 16 GB model and 3 different colour options.