Apple iPhone SE: User Review

When the iPhone SE hit the market, there wasn’t as much hype about it. So, I hope I will be forgiven for not taking interest until it was almost too late and its successors had already been chosen. In fact, I chanced upon it when a friend came to visit and as fond as he is of his tech collection, I couldn’t help asking for a feel of his latest device. It was all I needed to make it the first item on my shopping list the very next day.



Like most people, I had always believed that the larger the phone, the better everything else. The iPhone SE has changed my faith, though not in an unpleasant way whatsoever. Only six months after I got it from the Apple store, it has proved worthy of praise even from a skeptical being like me. Although small, the phone is powerful enough to challenge most other bigger models into a duel and emerge unscathed. However, its ease of use was what took me in at first.

Battery Life and Charging

I have the luck of owning both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone SE. With only a small difference in mAh—from 1560mAh to1624mAh—the iPhone SE has a much longer battery life. I usually spend the better part of the day on my phone taking and making calls, checking mails, watching YouTube videos, visiting social platforms and even running Maps. While all this may involve continuous use of the phone for as long as 12 hours, there is almost half of battery life left. This means pure uninterrupted comfort both when I’m engaged in official business and when I switch to a personal mode.

It does not take such a long time to charge the iPhone SE. Since it has a smaller battery than the iPhone 6s its charge time should logically be shorter. It takes only about two hours to fully charge it. However, there is the risk of short lifespan of the battery from quicker charging.

Performance and Design

I have mentioned that one of the features that attracted me to the is its powerful features in a small body. It would be a great injustice if I don’t tell you about its speed. The phone is fast in almost everything including loading of webpages, opening apps and switching of tasks. In addition, its small design allows effortless one-hand operation and makes it easy to carry around in my pocket. However, the small 4-inch screen display means you see less content and thus more scrolling.

Strength and Durability

The iPhone SE is a small phone but this does not mean that it is weak in any aspect. While I’m not exactly praying for a chance to take it for repairs as a result of a fall or failures, it has withstood much of the tests of time. Its matte edges reduce the possibilities of scratching. However, I don’t use a case and continued usage has left a nick or two on the logo.


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Best Features

  • A powerful iPhone in a small body
  • Battery life is longer than iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s
  • Fast speed and high performance
  • Strong camera
  • Lower price

If you have owned the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, then you have an idea of what the iPhone SE looks and feels. In fact, the design was picked from the former of editions. However, most of the similarities are limited to the design.

My hands are not so big and I’m glad to have a phone that I can comfortably work on with one hand without too much straining. In addition, it feels good to know that you have a powerful device that is not such a big load. Anyone who is used to the iPhone 6S Plus will feel the difference when carrying the iPhone SE in their pockets.

The phone has a simple but powerful enough camera app. This means that while the camera is easy to use, it delivers high quality pictures. Further, I can view my pictures as short videos after shooting them as Live Photos.

Worst Features

  • Old  design
  • Old  screen technology
  • Small screen
  • Rattling home key

Apple had its own reasons for revisiting an old design. It claimed that people loved it. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t have minded a little more innovation from a company that has brought some of the best designs in the phone market. Without a case, the edges of the phone feel a little bit harsh.

There is no difference in display between the iPhone SE and the iPhone 5s. The screen has a 1136 x 640 resolution producing 326 pixels per inch but it comes with a reddish color that gets worse when you tilt the phone in some angles. However, it is still decent enough to be used outdoors and provide a sharp view of web pages.

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Overall Review

When it comes to the iPhone SE, looks are a deception. It did not come with the fanfare associated with the launch of new iPhones and like me, many people may had been led into thinking that there was not much to look forward to. If you are, however, looking for a small phone that is easy to operate and carry about but gives you the benefits of a large device, you should go for the iPhone SE.

Located at the bottom of the phone is the speaker which although not over the top, is quite decent. Regrettably, the maximum volume is not as high as with other smartphones but the audio quality is good enough for a small phone. Even at the top volume, the sound is balanced and suffers no distortions.

I’ve always found the call quality of my iPhone SE something to be proud of. The ear speaker is loud and clear while the noise-cancelling mic gets rid of any external noises when I’m making a call. There may be better louder speakers than the ones that come with the phone but I can comfortably make a call even in windy environments and when there is a lot of noise coming from traffic.

If you have been trying to get your hands on a phone that is small on portability but big on technology, there you are. Don’t allow the old design to put you off. Like I have said, it is just a deception that should not stand between you and a real worthy iPhone coming at an affordable price.




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Apple iPhone SE: User Review

iPhone SE White 16GB


Apple’s 2016 release, the iPhone SE, is an outlier in the contemporary mobile world; opposing the recent trend of phablets (phone tablets) which have been engulfing the market. When contemplating the purchase of my Apple iPhone SE, I was generally unconcerned about the commonly considered ‘outdated’ four-inch sizing; largely valuing Apple’s characteristically premium aluminium design and outstanding performance. Especially, as I was converting from my previous phone, a four-inch Nokia Lumia 525; I predicted the size to be greeted with a sense of familiarity. At the time of purchase, in early December, 2016, the iPhone 7 was firmly occupying the limelight in premium mobile releases, and while the option to acquire the latest flagship model of iPhone was alluring; I withheld as the hefty tag price was ultimately too great. Once the decision was made, I went online to negotiate the order of a White 16GB iPhone SE from Kogan. After about one month of ownership, I have found very little to criticise.

Battery Life and Charging

Traditional complaints targeted towards iPhones are related to poor battery life, making it crucial that a charger is always nearby and accessible. As a typically reoccurring topic of discussion, I had expected this to become a problem for myself. However, ever since the first day of use, the battery life in the iPhone SE proved to be a pleasant surprise. The 2016 release features a slightly larger battery than Apple’s older model flagship, the iPhone 5S from 2013, and offers up to 13 hours of video playback; as stated on Apple’s website.

Through day to day usage I had found that the Apple iPhone SE battery was very efficient, outlasting my day and rarely dropping below 60 percent charge. Although, naturally, when playing games, the battery was inclined to deplete much faster than casual use which was certainly noticeable. However, this was ultimately an insignificant dilemma as it still managed to last the full day, each day, for the month I have been using it.

Performance & Design

In my opinion, the two most admirable and prominent features of the Apple iPhone SE are its astonishing performance and elegant design. The device boasts a full aluminium casing, alike the iPhone five and six. Such a design oozes with quality, looking amazing and feeling just as good in the palm of your hand. With this classic Apple design, I found the phone to be lightweight and pocket friendly; allowing for maximum portability. This design of the iPhone SE was fundamental to my decision of purchase, and I have been extremely delighted with its build quality.

In comparison to my previous Nokia Lumia 525, interface and OS navigation was a far superior experience. Packing Apple’s third generation 64-bit processor, the A9 chip, apps consistently loaded with amazing speed and games ran effortlessly, avoiding unwanted delays. In addition, the iPhone SE employs the same 12-megapixel camera as the iPhone 6S; in which I have thoroughly appreciated during my month of use. It has allowed me to take vivid still shots, and has also proven rather effective throughout a range of dark, as well as bright, lighting conditions.

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A White iPhone SE

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Strength & Durability

Composed of aluminium, stainless steel and glass, the iPhone SE unquestionably offers substantial strength and durability. Although, the newer 7000 series aluminium found on the iPhone 6S has been sacrificed, with Apple opting for the past 6000 series aluminium instead. In spite of this, the aluminium body feels distinctively premium, outshining the modest plastic body found on my old Nokia. Despite dropping the SE from chest height on the first day of acquiring it, while it was only protected by a thin matte-black plastic case; there are yet to be any visible signs of damage. Ultimately, the device feels very robust, giving the impression of a quality build that offers toughness and assuredness for the user.

Best Features

The iPhone SE is an appealing mobile device which possesses an abundance of noteworthy features. The most significant of which, include the powerful Apple A9 chip, durable yet elegant aluminium design, vivid 4-inch retina display and the 12-megapixel camera with 4K video capability.

The A9 chip provides rapid iOS interface navigation and fluid gaming performance. This feature certainly influenced my decision for buying this device and has wholly lived up to my expectations.

The durable yet elegant aluminium design is a perfect companion to the exceedingly capable internals, together achieving a crucial combination that I consider a prerequisite for most high-quality phones. The aluminium body feels sturdy to hold, yet lightweight and is an undoubtedly iconic design. This quality of the iPhone SE had been another determining factor for its purchase as I highly appreciate the sensation of owning a phone with such an impressive build.

The vivid 4-inch retina display is yet another element of the Apple iPhone SE that I commend. With wide viewing angles, sharp text, and ample outdoor visibility, I found the display very practical. Additionally, the transition from my 4-inch Nokia Lumia 525 had been straightforward, as I was already accustomed to the size.

The 12-megapixel camera with 4K video capability is an impressive addition to the array high-class feature in the iPhone SE. Through experimenting with a variety of lighting conditions, I had found that sunny outdoor settings were really where the camera’s true potential is released. The device also offers 4K video, however at a significant expense to memory. Owning a 16GB model, I was fully content with using the 1080p option; and without owning a 4K resolution television or computer monitor, I generally had little incentive to opt for this higher setting.

Worst Features

The iPhone SE is an addition to the iPhone line-up which offers a smaller 4-inch chassis without compromising high-end performance. While I certainly find it hard to interpret any unappealing elements to the iPhone SE, the smaller display may be a detriment for some. Personally, I am a fan of this more pocketable and accessible size which has granted the iPhone SE an apt choice of handset.

Overall Review

I consider my month’s use of the iPhone SE to be a pleasant experience, and I have no regrets for its purchase.

My most revered feature, Apple’s A9 chip, I find very capable and highly praise its performance as it loads applications swiftly, multitasks effectively and ensures that graphically intensive games are enjoyed without a decrease in frame-rate. Additionally, I have greatly appreciated being able to capture clear nature shots with the 12-megapixel camera which is a vast improvement over the five-megapixels in my old Nokia Lumia 525. The aluminium body and sleek design feels rigid and premium, while being light and fitting very decently in my pocket.

I am delighted with numerous elements of this device as It has provided exactly what I anticipated, a smaller four-inch iPhone with the great performance and high specification features found in Apple’s flagship models.

Read more about the Apple iPhone SE on Apple’s website

Overall Rating: 9/10


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