The Good 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.
The Bad Older giant-bezel design and limited screen size are love-it-or-hate-it. Hardware hasn't changed since its 2016 debut.
The Bottom Line 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.
Still great, one year later
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. Sheto iOS 10 or anything later. But, she doesn't want to replace it with something expensive.
Unless she moves to Android -- a definite possibility, but one that would shift her and me off of using iMessage -- there's only one iPhone that really comes close to "budget": the iPhone SE.
One year ago, the iPhone SE arrived just a few months after the. It was nearly the exact same phone under the hood, just packed into an old iPhone 5S case. Fast processor? Great camera? Longer battery? Check, check and check.
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