Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 6S 32GB is a significantly better phone, but the Apple iPhone SE 32GB is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Apple iPhone 6S 32GB  Apple iPhone SE 32GB 
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Excellence Score
51.1
29.6
Value for Money Score
55.0
60.4
Price ₹ 32,398 onwards ₹ 16,961 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 9, Upgradeable to 12 Apple iOS 9.3, Upgradeable to 12
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 4 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 640x1136 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features Retina HD display with 3D Touch, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-Resistant oleophobic coating on front IPS LCD, Retina Display, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.84 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Dual Core
Processor Name A9 chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M9 motion coprocessor Apple A9 Chip
GPU PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics) PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 1.22um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Live Photos, Local Tone Mapping, Noise Reduction, Crystal Lens Cover, True Tone Flash, Backside illumination Sensor, Five-element Lens, Hybrid IR Filter, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Auto HDR for Photos, Face Detection, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, Photo Geo-tagging, Slo-motion Video Support, Time-lapse Video with Stabilization, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Auto Focus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom, 3x Zoom, Video Geo-tagging 1.22um 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, F/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, Slo-mo Video Support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, Timelapse Video with Stabilization, Cinematic Video Stabilization (1080p and 720p), Continuous Auto-Focus Video, Improved Noise Reduction, Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom, 3x Zoom, Video Geotagging
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 1.2 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Retina Flash, HD Video Recording, Auto HDR for Photos and Videos, Backside illumination Sensor, Face Detection, Burst Mode, Exposure Control, Timer Mode HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, F/2.4 Aperture, Auto HDR for Photos, Backside Illumination Sensor, Exposure Control, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Face Detection, Timer Mode, Burst Mode
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM
Thickness 7.1 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 143 gm 113 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1810 mAh 1642 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs 240 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 240 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 14.00 hrs 14.00 hrs
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Web Browsing Time (3G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 11 hrs, HD Video Playback Time: 11 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 50 hrs Music Playback Time: 50 hrs, Video Playback Time:13 hrs, Web Browsing Time (3G): 12 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 13 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 13 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; TV Out; iBeacon Microlocation; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Center; Notifcation Center; Siri; Spotlight Search; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Wallet Touch ID; WiFi Calling; NFC; TV Out; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Center; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Siri; Spotlight Search; Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality, with Apple's famed attention to detail
  • Beautiful design, premium materials (unibody aluminium frame), and iconic looks
  • Stronger 7000 series aluminum gives it greater strength and durability as compared to iPhone 6
  • Relatively compact and easy to grasp compared to similar sized flagship phones of other brands
  • Rounded sides make it comfortable to hold
  • Brilliant display with potent brightness levels, wide viewing angles, and superb color accuracy
  • The glass screen is now stronger and more shatter-resistant than iPhone 6
  • Buttery smooth, slick performance all-round - arguably one of the fastest performing phone to date
  • iOS 9 is both beautiful and simple, and brings in tons of functionality upgrades
  • The most powerful and distinctive feature in the new interface is the 3D-touch functionality, which adds new layers of interaction to the touch display, and opens up various possibilities
  • 3D-touch lets you perform quick actions for the app on the homescreen without actually opening the app
  • Excellent rear camera - camera takes realistic photos in virtually every situation - no other phone comes close
  • The front camera is a big improvement over the previous iterations - images are realistic and detailed
  • Live photo feature records 1.5 seconds of action before and after your shot - and the shots animate as you swipe through the camera roll
  • The Touch ID biometric touch sensor is the still the most accurate and responsive fingerprint sensor around
  • Very good loudspeaker
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Decent call quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Packs nearly every worthwhile feature (processor, great camera, always-on Siri) from iPhone 6S into a smaller, much more compact 4-inch phone - this a great choice for Apple fans who like smaller phones
  • Super compact and light
  • Currently this is a phone in a class of its own: there is no other phone of such size that's even remotely as powerful
  • Excellent phone for one-handed use
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful, glamorous screen with wide viewing angles, superb sunlight legibility
  • The intuitive, efficient and reliable software experience of iOS
  • Excellent, top-shelf performance and reliability across the board
  • Just like the iPhone 6S, the primary camera is superlative, and among the very best cameras put on a phone
  • Excellent battery life (better than any other iPhone to date)
  • Comes with best-in-class earphones
  • The iPhone SE works with all the old iPhone 5/5S cases and accessories, too
2-minute Review [Negatives]

No Major Negatives!

  • Misses out on some minor iPhone 6s features, like 3D Touch
  • With the small screen, this is not the best phone for video watching, or web browsing experiences
  • With the small screen, the on-screen keyboard is smaller too, and might be difficult to adjust to, if you are moving from a larger phone to this
  • Loudspeaker is not deep enough
  • Only 16GB of memory may become limiting if you tend to install a lot of apps/games, or store a lot of videos on your phone
  • The front camera is underwhelming at just 1.2MP
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