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Apple iPhone SE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18932 reviews of Apple iPhone SE. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and battery. The performance and usability also get good views. Many are critical about the text input, and the connectivity and reception get mixed reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone SE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 284 user reviews of Apple iPhone SE from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The usability and size also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative opinions about the reception.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone SE Unlocked Phone - 64 GB Retail Packaging - Rose GoldApple iPhone SE Unlocked Phone - 64 GB Retail Packaging - Rose Gold

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (

iPhone SE review


A perfectly palm-friendly phone

Great power ; Longer battery than 5S ; Lower price

Tired design ; Old, old screen technology ; Rattling home key

Apple's really dialled back the screen and design to hit the price point - but it's still a brilliant phone for the subset of people that still crave a small phone.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages


There are two ways of looking at the iPhone SE, the "special edition" smaller-scale 4-inch iPhone. The iPhone SE is a great smartphone that brings plenty of power in a small package. It's designed to appeal to those who aren't fussed by today's...

Small size will suit a certain audience, majority 6S feature set means plenty of power, accessible price point

Not a new design, small size won't be for all - can feel crammed on screen, no 3D Touch, 1.2MP front camera, no MIMO Wi-Fi

The iPhone SE is a great smartphone that brings plenty of power in a small package. It's designed to appeal to those who aren't fussed by today's typically large flagship phones.

Apr, 2016

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Expert review by : Evan Kypreos (

iPhone SE


iPhone SE review: If you hate the modern trend for big phones, the iPhone SE is the best phone for you. But should you still buy it?

Compact body ; Great camera ; Excellent performance ; Solid battery life

Average screen ; Poor front-facing camera

The iPhone 5S didn’t have the stamina I hoped for when I reviewed it back in 2013. It was average at best. Since the iPhone SE’s battery is only a smidgen larger, I didn’t have high hopes, despite the fact that Apple told me battery life is 50% better...

Mar, 2018

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Expert review by : Thomas McMullan (

Apple iPhone SE review: Compact, cheaper, perfect


Well-built and with a great camera and fantastic battery life, the iPhone SE is the small phone to buy

Great performance ; Great battery life ; Gorgeous build quality

Touch ID is slower than on the latest iPhones ; No 3D Touch

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Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Apple iPhone SE review


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...

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.

Older giant-bezel design and limited screen size are love-it-or-hate-it. Hardware hasn't changed since its 2016 debut.

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.

May, 2017

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Expert review by : Jim Martin (

Apple iPhone SE review


With the same design and 4in screen, the iPhone SE brings the iPhone 5S bang up to date, and at a price that's a lot more affordable than an iPhone 6S. Here's our iPhone SE review

The SE is what many iPhone fans have been asking for, and it's a great upgrade if you're still using an iPhone 5. For 5S owners, things aren't quite as clear cut. If you're not happy with the 5S's performance, the SE should solve that problem. However,...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple iPhone SE review


Appears to be the best value iPhone, but the high end model is still where it's at...

Small screen with powerful spec ; Strong camera ; Good battery life

Contrast could be better ; Audio lacks in dynamics and subtlety

The SE is a good value powerful phone for those who need a small screen, but its pricier sibling does better with audio and video

Apr, 2016

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Apple iPhone SE review


This compact iPhone packs a major punch

Great battery life ; Compact without compromise ; It’s a bargain... for an iPhone

16GB? Come on ; Old design ; No 3D Touch

A form factor favourite returns rejuvenated. Apple's iPhone SE is the best small phone you can buy.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Esat Dedezade (

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Everything we know about Apple's smaller, cheaper iPhone

Mar, 2016

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Apple iPhone SE Smartphone overview



Product Specifications


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):12
Browsing time (4G):13
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):13
Continuous audio playback time:50
Continuous video playback time:13
Standby time (3G):240
Talk time (3G):14

Call management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes
Voice commands:Y / Yes
Voice dialing:Y / Yes


Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Camera Type:iSight
Digital Zoom:3
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer:Y
Main camera resolution (numeric):12
Maximum frame rate:240
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps / 1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@120fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@30fps / 1280×720@30fps,1920x1080@120fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.2
Second rear camera aperture number:2.4
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y / Yes


Brand colour:Gold / Rose Gold / Silver / Space Gray / Space Grey
Colour of product:Black, grey / Gold / Gold, White / Grey / Pink gold / Silver / Silver, White
Curved Design: No
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Form factor:Bar


Contrast ratio (typical):800:1
Display brightness:500
Display diagonal:10.2
Display Resolution:1136 x 640 / 640 x 1136
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


Archive formats supported:Zip
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF,JPG,TIF
Video compression formats:H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / No / Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GSM / EDGE,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
4G:Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
AirPlay:Y / Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2 / 4.2 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45

Other features

Hearing aid compatibility:M3, T4

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bundled software:FaceTime, Safari, iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, Game Center, Watch, iCloud Drive / FaceTime\nSafari\niTunes Store\nApp Store / FaceTime\nSafari\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nGame Center\nWatch\niCloud Drive / Safari\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nTV\nWatch\niCloud Drive
Cables included:Lightning
Headset included:Y / Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating System Version:9
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector:Y / Yes
USB port:N / No


64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor:Y / Yes
Coprocessor model:M9
Processor family:Apple
Processor Model:A9


Mac compatibility:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Y
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating System Version:10 / 9
Windows operating systems supported:Y


Compatible memory cards:N / No / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:128 / 16 / 32 / 64


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details



Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height :12.4 / 123.8
Width:5.86 / 58.6