Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone SE 32GB is a slightly better phone than the Apple iPhone 5S 16GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Apple iPhone SE 32GB!

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Excellence Score
21.8
25.2
Value for Money Score
51.9
52.9
Price ₹ 14,440 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2013 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 7.1, Upgradeable to 12Low likelihood of getting updated to next Apple iOS version Apple iOS 9.3, Upgradeable to 12Low likelihood of getting updated to next Apple iOS version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4 inches 4 inches
Screen Resolution 640x1136 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 640x1136 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features Retina display, 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 1.7 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Dual Core
Processor Name A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, M7 motion coprocessorRanked #59 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Apple A9 ChipRanked #24 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR Series 6 PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning Lightning
Primary Camera 8.0MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 1.5 um pixel size, F/2.2 Aperture, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama Shot, Auto HDR, Image/Video Stabilization, Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, True Tone Flash, BSI Sensor, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Burst mode, Slow Motion Video Recording, Square Mode Shoot, Exposure control, Photo Geo-tagging, Timer mode, Time-lapse video, 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 1.2MP 1.2MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.4 aperture, Face Detection, HD Video Recording, BSI Sensor, Auto HDR for photos, Exposure control 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 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 112 gm 113 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1440 mAh 1642 mAh
Battery Standby 250 hrs 240 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 240 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 10.00 hrs 14.00 hrs
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Web Browsing Time (3G): 8 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 10 hrs, Video Playback Time: 10 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 40 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 TV Out; Noise Filtration; AirDrop file sharing; iCloud Wireless Sync and Backup; iBooks PDF reader; AirPlay; Passbook; Notes; Weather; Stocks; Game Center; Voice Memo; Newsstand 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]
  • Premium build, and classy design
  • Compact in-the-hand feel, easy to use with one hand
  • Touch ID fingerprint scanner provides a useful, convenient way to unlock the phone
  • Great on-screen keyboard
  • Beautiful display with incredibly accurate colors, excellent brightness output, and great viewing angles
  • Bundled iWork app suite
  • Snappy, fluid performance
  • Excellent camera with very good low-light performance as well
  • Excellent call quality
  • iOS 7 is a nice evolution from the previous version, and is as simple, and intuitive as ever
  • Future proof power package
  • Excellent web browser
  • Super compact and light
  • 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
  • Comes with best-in-class earphones
  • Excellent battery life (better than any other iPhone to date)
  • 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
  • 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
  • The iPhone SE works with all the old iPhone 5/5S cases and accessories, too
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Small screen size compared to other flagship phones, means that the video/photo viewing experience is not quite as immersive
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Loudspeaker is not deep enough
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