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This year, Apple has released a mini version of the iPhone 6s, but which looks pretty much like the iPhone 5S, meaning that it has a 4-inch display, glass caps top and bottom, but matte finish on the bevelled edges and the device is available in the new Rose Gold color option. It comes in two variants of internal memories: 16GB ($399) and 64GB ($499), and since there is no microSD card slot, you’ll need to think twice before throwing your money on one of the two variants. But is it worth buying this phone?

Design and Screen

If you liked the iPhone 5S that was released three years ago, then you will surely want to buy the iPhone SE, which has the same dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 m, but which is 1gram heavier (113grams). The volume buttons are rounded, the sides are flat and at the top and bottom are placed glass caps. The only difference is the new Rose Gold color option, but the 3D touch technology is missing, so the iPhone SE has a normal screen which supports a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels at 326 ppi. This is the same resolution supported by the iPhone 5S and the screen is LED-backlit IPS LCD. This old technology doesn’t please many reviewers, who say that the price is too high for a new phone that feels cheap, while others are making excuses for Apple.


Again, this phone should be considered an upgraded iPhone 5S, as inside, it has the same processor (Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister) and imaging technology (PowerVR GT7600 with six) that were used for the iPhone 6S. The Apple A9 chipset supports 2GB of RAM, and in Geekbench 3, the iPhone SE even outperformed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.


While other manufacturers have increased the megapixel count of cameras on Android phones, Apple has improved the software and it managed to produce better results with an 8MP camera. This year, Apple has made an exception and upgraded both cameras of the iPhone 6S, increasing their resolutions to 12MP and 5MP respectively. The iPhone SE has borrowed only the main camera, while the one on the front side has the same resolution as the iPhone 5S: 1.2MP.

Battery Life

The iPhone 5S came with a 1560 mAh battery that offered 10 hours of talking time over 3G. The iPhone SE lasts 4 hours longer with its bigger 1624 mAh battery.