Written by Jesper

Expert review of the Apple iPhone SE (2016)

The late Steve Jobs once said, "no one is going to buy big phones". According to the then-CEO of Apple, a screen size of 3.5 inches was ideal for a smartphone. Still, the screen grew from 4 inches in 2012 to at least 4.7 inches in 2014. But the desire for a 4-inch iPhone model kept emerging. So in March 2016, Apple introduced the iPhone SE (2016).

The Apple iPhone SE (2016) no longer available

Apple has released a new version of the Apple iPhone SE. The older model, the Apple iPhone SE (2016), is no longer available.

From the box

The iPhone SE (2016) colors

If you've ever held an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 5s, you already know how the iPhone SE (2016) feels. It has the exact same design. Thanks to its compact size, the phone feels comfortable in my hand. And perhaps most importantly, I can easily operate it with one hand. The iPhone SE (2016) is a bit more angular than the iPhone 6, making it easier to hold as well. The Apple iPhone SE (2016) may not be the most original model, but it's a familiar and proven design.

Specifications explained

For this model, Apple has combined the the hardware of the 6s with the design of the iPhone 5s. Except for a few things: the iPhone SE (2016) doesn't have 3D Touch. It has the same 1.2 megapixel selfie camera as the iPhone 5s. But with 12 megapixels, the rear camera is the same as that of the iPhone 6s. The SE (2016) also has the A9 same processor as the 6s. The iPhone SE (2016) is a sizable powerhouse, but I can still easily operate it with one hand.

Design of the Apple iPhone SE (2016)

The iPhone SE (2016) design

I think the Apple iPhone SE (2016) is small for today's standards. Other than that, I find this phone more comfortable to use than a larger version. I don't constantly feel like the device could slip out of my hands any moment. I can reach all corners of the screen with my thumb without having to adjust the position of my hand. And I hardly feel the iPhone SE (2016) in my pocket even when wearing the occasional tight pants. In short, I haven't found any faults in the design.

Camera of the Apple iPhone SE (2016)

The iPhone SE (2016) camera

The Apple iPhone SE (2016) has a 12-megapixel camera that lets me take great pictures. The photos are true-to-life and detailed. I think the interface is user friendly. Although the camera of the iPhone SE (2016) is the best iPhone camera so far, it lags behind some Android competitors, for example the models that already have a dual camera. I'm not particularly excited about the selfie camera either. It has a resolution of 1.3 megapixel, which is clearly outdated if you ask me.


The Apple iPhone SE (2016) is a personal favorite. I had to get used to the smaller screen. But this loss of surface is largely compensated by the fact that I can operate this device with one hand and that I can easily carry it no matter which pants I'm wearing. I'm also very happy with the good camera that I have with the iPhone SE (2016). I think the device is very pleasant to use and there are only few points of critique, which are negligible in my opinion.

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