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iPhone SE Deals
The latest Apple to be plucked from the tree is the iPhone SE, which stands for “Special Edition”. It’s essentially a decent upgrade from the 5s, which is going to be discontinued. Outwardly, these models look almost identical, but inwardly, we are talking about a very different beast. Compare deals below and learn more about how Apple have packed into that mini handset.
The exterior: if looks could kill…
The iPhone SE comes in 4 different matte metallic finishes, giving a sleek and sexy impression for what is basically a budget model. Choose from rose gold, gold, silver or space grey.
It’s a lightweight carry at 113g (one gram less than an unopened Pot Noodle, if you want to contextualise that. Don’t pretend you’ve never touched a Pot Noodle). It’s got a 4 inch HD Retina display with multi-touch functionality.
Depending on the type of user you are, the size can be a plus or a minus (so basically, the old adage about “It’s not how big; it’s what you do with it”…) Die-hard YouTubers, Netflix-bingers and big-time internet users will probably find the small screen a nuisance to deal with, having to endlessly zoom and scroll websites or squint to make out the finer details in House of Cards. However, music fans, casual internet surfers, mobile gamers, WhatsAppers and the like will probably rejoice at having a phone which actually fits in one hand. No need to get cramp reaching your thumb to the top of the screen. No need to drop your phone repeatedly because your tiny dinosaur hands can’t quite reach round its girth.
The spec: a little phone goes a long way
This nippy little iPhone is available as a 16GB or 64GB model. The 64GB is imminently more practical for people who want to download programmes, store their whole music collection, or take a ton of photos. The 16GB will work fine for anyone who spends more time in their day looking at people’s faces or other real-world objects not filtered through a screen.
The battery life is way improved since the 5s, with best case scenarios of 14 hours of talk time, 13 hours of Wi-Fi, 13 hours of video playback or 10 days on standby.
One really nice touch is that although it’s a “mini” model, the processing speed matches the bigger iPhones as they share the same 64 bit A9 chip. Apple reckons this will give the SE “blazing fast speeds”. Additionally, the embedded M9 motion coprocessor also matches the more expensive models, so games graphics will flow just as smoothly.
The home button: there’s no place like it…
Make friends with Siri on the iPhone SE, to search information, set reminders, get access to hands-free controls, use handy music identification and all those other tasks you’ve been wanting to get a PA for.
You can use Touch ID to unlock the phone and make AppStore purchases, which is a handy addition. It also works with Apple Pay, so you will be able to use your SE like a contactless credit card in any participating shops.
What the home button doesn’t have is the 3D Touch function. Arguably, it’s not as important (you won’t need the screen-shrinking Reachability Mode on this smaller display), but you might miss it if it’s something you’ve already got used to. This added dimension of interactivity has proved popular with iPhone users for its speedy shortcuts, instinctive controls and clever deployment in certain apps (applying more pressure for a darker brushstroke in an art app, for example).
The cameras: take a long, hard look at your selfie
Apple haven’t skimped on the cameras on the SE, so you’ll get a 12‑megapixel iSight camera with five-element lens, autofocus, panorama, HDR, timer, face detection, geotagging, and the fun Live Photos feature. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a cool little trick where taking a single snap stores a series of images from just before and just after the camera press, bringing memories to life.
When it comes to filming, you’ve got 4K video recording at 30 fps, or 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps (or 720p HD video recording at 30 fps if that’s not quite enough fpses for you). You’ll have fun with the slo-mo functions, as well as time-lapse, playback zoom, and the ability to take still snapshots even while filming (if in 4k mode).
Selfie lovers will be pleased with their FaceTime HD camera taking 1.2‑megapixel photos and performing 720p HD video recording. It’s got a flash, HDR, face detection and timer mode (so you can take a selfie but look totally cool about it, with your arms folded in front of your chest).
And last, but not least…
Oh yeah… it makes phone calls too.
16GB or 64GB
4.87 inches (123.8 mm) x 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) x 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
3.99 ounces (113 grams)
Retina display 4‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display 1136‑by‑640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi 800:1 contrast ratio (typical) 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical) Full sRGB standard Fingerprint‑resistant oleophobic coating Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
A9 chip with 64‑bit architecture Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
12‑megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels Live Photos Autofocus with Focus Pixels True Tone flash Panorama (up to 63 megapixels) Auto HDR for photos Exposure control Burst mode Timer mode ƒ/2.2 aperture Five‑element lens Hybrid IR filter Backside illumination sensor Sapphire crystal lens cover Auto image stabilization Improved local tone mapping Improved noise reduction Face detection Photo geotagging
4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps 720p HD video recording at 30 fps True Tone flash Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps Time‑lapse video with stabilization Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p) Continuous autofocus video Improved noise reduction Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video Playback zoom 3x zoom Face detection Video geotagging
Assisted GPS and GLONASS Digital compass Wi‑Fi Cellular iBeacon microlocation Touch ID fingerprint sensor Three‑axis gyro Accelerometer Proximity sensor Ambient light sensor