iPhone SE : Dream compact phone…. or not?

In a surprising move, Apple announced iPhone SE, a enhanced version of iPhone 5S with iPhone 6S internal component. With $658 for 16GB iPhone SE, it is the most affordable new iPhone introduced into Singapore smartphone market. However does it comes with any compromise? We shall find out now.

Design

Despite having different leaks of possible iPhone SE design, including the one with iPhone 6 design element over here. The official iPhone SE looks exactly the same as iPhone 5S , only with Rose Gold color option to differentiate between the two iPhone. However as the phrase goes “if it ain’t broke,don’t fix it”, most of the Apple user will find the design comfortable & familiar to use.

Specification of iPhone SE

  • 4-inch 1136×640 (326 ppi) display
  • 16GB or 64GB storage
  • A9 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 12 megapixel rear camera, 4K video recording, Live Photos
  • 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, Retina Flash for dim lighting
  • Touch ID
  • Apple Pay
  • M9 motion coprocessor for fitness tracking
  • Colors: space gray, silver, gold, rose gold

iPhone SE is a combination of familiar design with updated component. You will be happy to know that the processor & camera has been updated to the latest iPhone 6S level. iPhone SE do comes with its compromise as it is not a full compact version of iPhone 6S last year. Selfies lover might be disappointed as iPhone SE only provide a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, which is almost 5 times lesser than its Android competitor. 3D touch are also missing here, replaced with the same 4-inch retina display from iPhone 5/5S. With smaller screen & resolution to power, we believe the A9 processor & 2GB RAM will be able to provide one of the fastest & smoothest iOS experience.

Verdict

is iPhone SE your dream compact phone? Yes & No.
Yes because it provides the best camera & processor performance in current Apple technology in a familiar design.
No because compromise has to be made to differentiate Apple iPhone range.

However, at a affordable price of S$658, it’s definitely a steal for people who would like to experience one of the top flagship performance from Apple.

Yu Cheng

In-house IT support for everyone whenever & wherever he go. Not a typical tech geek with wide coding knowledge, but just a better ‘googler’ than anyone else around him.

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