Iphone SE Mini Review

Mini review video: Our verdict on the iPhone SE in about a minute

A good deal, but can you handle going back to a 4-inch screen?

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    No, it's not the most exciting iPhone release, but the new SE still has a clear purpose: At $399, it's Apple's most affordable handset yet. Meanwhile, its 4-inch screen is likely to appeal to nostalgics who miss smaller iPhones. Indeed, the SE is nigh-indistinguishable from the three-year-old 5s, save for a Rose Gold color option and some minor differences in the finish. At the same time, though it looks like a phone from 2013, its internals are mostly on par with the 6s, which only came out last fall. The only things you'll be giving up are the 6s' superior front-facing camera and faster Touch ID sensor. Then again, you do get longer battery life in exchange, so there's that to consider. All told, then, the SE is a great deal for the money, and deserves its strong score of 89.

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    iPhone SE
    89
    Pros
    • Great performance
    • Amazing battery life for an iPhone
    • Starts at $399
    Cons
    • Screen too small for some
    • Old front camera, Touch ID sensor
    • Base model only has 16GB of storage

    Summary

    Just because the iPhone SE looks like an old device doesn't mean it acts like one. Apple squeezed flagship-level performance and the best battery life we've seen from an iPhone in years into a familiar (and relatively inexpensive) frame. The phone lacks some of the 6s's niceties and its screen is just too small for some, but the iPhone SE is the best compact phone Apple has ever made.

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