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Apple iPhone SE 16GB

Apple iPhone SE 16GB

Apple iOS, 4", Release Year 2016, 12 Megapixels, 113g, 4G LTE, 3G, HSPA, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Miracast, NFC, Bluetooth, 2G, VoLTE, DC-HSPA, HSPA+
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Great Apple design and build at a lower price than some other iPhones

If you’re looking for a cheaper iPhone, are pining for the design of the iPhone 5, or just want a top-end small-screen smartphone – then the iPhone SE could be the one for you.

A lot of Apple fans bemoaned the fact the iPhone 6 went big to keep up with the Joneses, and there is a sizeable market out there for a smaller phone that still matches the power of the big boys. The iPhone SE has a diminutive 4 inch scratch-resistant screen while the body is crafted from brushed aluminium for a comfortable, sturdy feel in the hand. Despite being quite a lot cheaper than its big brothers, it still gives the impression of being a high-end product. The smaller size makes browsing and texting in one hand a cinch - though be warned if you’ve grown accustomed to big screens it may take a while to get used to the tiny on-screen keyboard again. You’ll also need good eyesight for watching videos. The ergonomic centre button feels indestructible and is pleasing to push, while also doubling up as a fingerprint reader for security. It’s very similar in many ways to the 5s. The screen is decent with bright colours and sharp contrasts, but lacks the wow factor you find with some of the very latest models.

If you previously owned a 5s you’ll immediately notice the speed upgrade offered by the A9 processor – the same chip as the iPhone 6. Browsing the web or switching from app to app is now lightning fast and up there with the best. The 12-megapixel camera captures stunningly detailed, true-to-life photos, and the staggering 4K video recorder makes this one of the best phone cameras on the UK market. However, the front-facing camera has a rather unimposing 1.2-megapixels, delivering barely adequate imagery, which will disappoint keen selfie fans.

There are many more features including Live Photos for creating spooky moving stills; Touch ID for fingerprint-based secure online payments; faster Wi-Fi; loads of great apps; Siri – your helpful assistant; great call quality; and a brilliant battery life (almost 12 hours of call time).

What’s hot:

  • A relatively cheap iPhone
  • Good build quality
  • Great OS and features

What’s not:

  • Small screen not for everyone
  • Poor selfie camera
  • 16 GB memory very small and not upgradeable

Why you should buy it: This is a fabulous smartphone as per usual from Apple and is recommended to anyone who wants a great, small-sized smartphone. The major bugbear is the lack of memory – 16 GB doesn’t go far these days. But in all other respects the Apple SE provides superb value for money.

Product nameiPhone SE 16GB
Product properties
Operating System
Apple iOS
Release Year2016
Senior PhoneNo
Positioning SystemGLONASS
Headphone Jack3.5mm
0.99 W/kg
Touch ScreenYes
Type of Touch TechnologyCapacitive
Simultaneous Touch Points3+ Multi-Touch
Active DigitizerNo
USBNo, Yes
USB Version2.0
USB On-The-GoNo
Video OutputManufacturer Specific
SIM SlotsSingle SIM
SIM TypeNano
FeaturesFingerprint Reader, Gyroscope/Accelerometer, Proximity Scanner, Hearing Aid Compatible
2 GB
Processor Speed1.84 GHz
Processor Cores
Dual Core
System on Chip (SoC)Apple A9
GPUPowerVR GT7600
Built-in CameraYes
Front CameraYes
Number of Cameras2
12.0 Megapixels
Megapixels Front Camera1.2 Megapixels
Max Frames Per Second
60 fps, 30 fps
Auto FocusYes
Maximum Resolution (Pictures)4608x2592
Maximum Resolution (Video)
1080p, 2160p (4K)
Optical Image StabilizationNo
Integrated GeotaggingYes
Communication StandardsBluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, NFC, GPRS, VoLTE, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, 3G, 2G, Miracast, HSPA+, EDGE
Bluetooth ProfileA2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Version4.2
Wireless Networking Standards802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g
4G Speed (Mbit/s)150/50
HSDPA Download Speed42 Mbps
HSUPA Upload Speed5.76 Mbps
ColourGold, Silver, Pink, White, Black, Grey
Material (Body)Aluminum, Glass, Steel
Water ResistantNo
Water ProofNo
Shock ResistantNo
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Physical KeyboardNo
Home ButtonHardware Button
Placement Fingerprint ReaderFront (Home Button)
Screen Size
4.0 "
Screen Resolution640x1136
Pixel Density (PPI)326
Display TypeRetina
Panel TypeIPS (TFT)
Number of Colours16 777 216
Secondary ScreenNo
Internal Memory Size
16 GB
Memory Card ReaderNo
Memory Card TypemicroSDXC, microSDXC
Power source
Battery Capacity (mAh)1642
Exchangeable BatteryNo
Standby Time (2G)240.0 h
Standby Time (3G)240.0 h
Surf Time (3G)12.0 h
Talk Time (3G)14.0 h
Standby Time (4G)240.0 h
Surf Time (4G)13.0 h
Height123.8 mm
Width58.6 mm
Depth7.6 mm
Weight113.0 g