An offshoot of Apple's flagship iPhone series of devices, the iPhone SE is a return to the roots of the manufacturer's older style of design whilst integrating the latest hardware and software support--at a much lower price point than the competitors. Technically speaking, the iPhone SE can't compete against the newer iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and it's also nearly identical to the older 6S. So why bother with an iPhone SE when it brings nothing revolutionary to the table?
Well, besides its low price tag, what makes the iPhone SE special is that it is a device dedicated to a growing majority of smartphone owners: budgeters. The cost-conscientious can still enjoy a solid experience on an iPhone SE, whether that is snapping a photo, playing Candy Crush, watching a video, surfing the web, or making a call, without having to foot more than half a thousand dollars. Older children, seniors, and anyone who simply doesn't need a top-tier device will be comfortable with an iPhone SE in hand.
Right out of the box you'll immediately notice its small size. Standing at about 4.8" tall, the iPhone SE is a light and compact phone that will fit comfortably in your hand. Despite the cheaper price tag, Apple doesn't skimp out on building a quality product. The iPhone SE looks stylish with an aluminum body and feels firm and cool to the touch. The buttons are solid and responsive, and the smaller size means your fingers can reach across the device without any awkward finagling.
Let's talk about the camera.
The iPhone SE's 12-megapixel camera is darn impressive, but it won't take stellar photos like the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy devices. However, it packs the same lens and sensors as the iPhone 6S, meaning shooting a picture or recording a video is incredibly simple to do. Apple's camera app has always been robust but intuitive, and there are a decent selection of options for improving the detail of your shots in a range of lighting and scenarios. You can also record video in 4k, too.
Veteran iPhone users coming to the iPhone SE will be right at home with the latest iOS software. Packed with similar specs to the 6S--meaning 2GB of RAM and the A9 processor--the iPhone SE is quite speedy and can handle multitasking quite well. By having to power fewer pixels, the iPhone SE is quite powerful. You won't experience at stutters, hiccups, or slow downs while switching between apps or performing complex tasks.
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