Apple iPhone SE

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Camera 8.0
  • Battery 8.0
8.1 Overall

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Review

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. She can't upgrade to 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 iPhone 6S. 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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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Apple
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Diagonal Size 4 in
  • Weight 113 g
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, three-axis gyro sensor, digital compass
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS) / TD-SCDMA
  • Additional Features (PB) AirDrop function, AirPlay wireless streaming, Spotlight Search, Wi-Fi Calling, iBeacon microlocation, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Photo Sharing, multitasking, AirPrint wireless printing, Apple TV support (2nd, 3rd), CarPlay function, FaceTime, Family Sharing feature, M9 motion coprocessor, Notification Center, QuickType keyboard
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