Apple claims the iPhone SE’s battery can last up to (hours for local video playback, eight for streaming video, and 67 for audio playback. That’s a lot less than the iPhone 22 ‘s 40, 17, and 150 all hours for those use cases. It shouldn’t be a surprise from a smaller phone with less space for a bulky battery, though. Design
Just looking from the outside, it’s difficult to tell this phone apart from an (iPhone 8) . It has the exact same dimensions at 5. by 2. by 0. 64 inches. All the externally visible components are in the same places, from the camera to the home button.
And the iPhone 8 already looked pretty similar to the iPhone 7 before it, and the iPhone 6 and 6S before that— the main differences are found in the materials. The iPhone SE and iPhone 8 have glass backs, whereas the 6, 6S, and 7 had aluminum backs. The glass back enables wireless charging but poses a durability concern.
The iPhone SE has a home button, making it the only iPhone in the lineup that doesn’t use Face ID for authentication. The iPhone SE also therefore uses the slightly different gestures for home-button equipped phones. The home button, those gestures, and Touch ID fingerprint authentication work just fine, though, so this isn’t going to be a downside for most people.
There’s not anything new to say about the design since it’s the same basic design we’ve been reviewing for years. It’s tried and true. Lots of people like it. By contemporary standards, the bezels are quite large. But at $ , no one is likely to expect the most modern design trends.
I do think it’s interesting Apple has introduced a new phone with this screen resolution, as that will surely extend the period of time that app developers will have to keep supporting this screen’s aspect ratio. (The screens in the rest of the lineup are all taller in portrait mode, or wider in landscape.) Had Apple not introduced the iPhone SE, we might have expected new apps to keep supporting this screen size and aspect ratio for three or four more years. Now there’s no end in sight. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just something app designers and developers will have to note.
Overall, the iPhone SE’s design is not going to turn any heads. It looks a little dated, and I’m not sure wireless charging is worth the concerns that come with a glass back. But again, this is one of the most tested and accepted smartphone designs ever, so it’s going to be just fine for most people.
Despite all of that tried and true vindication, there will still be some users disappointed by the fact Apple hasn’t brought back the 4-inch smartphone like the original SE. Let’s talk about that for a moment.
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