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Apple’s New iPhone SE Review

by Felix Omondi
Apple’s New iPhone SE Review

The name is iPhone SE! Why don’t this tech companies follow a chronological order in naming their serial launched devices. Twitter has been abuzz with speculations, some of which say the SE stands for ‘Something Else’; so in essence, what they’re saying that Apple’s latest offering is a smartphone called iPhone Something Else.

Well, let us put those speculations to rest. Phil Schiller, Apple Senior VP of Marketing told journalist Jason Cipriani the SE stands for ‘Special Edition’.

However, enough with the trivialities let us see what this iPhone SE (iPhone Special Edition) has to offer.

iPhone SE Review

Well, Apple starts off by blowing its own horn saying the iPhone SE is the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever. Below, we have tried to break down into pieces all the hardware and software gizmos that make up this phone.

Body: It weighs about 3.99 oz. (113g) with a body dimension of 4,87×2.31×0.30 in (123.8×58.6×7.6 mm) making it light and compact to fit comfortably in your hands. It operates on a Nano-SIM card. It has the conventional iPhone design with a casing crafted from bead-blasted aluminum that gives it that satin-like look. It has matte-chamfered edges and color-matching stainless steel logo at the back.Apple’s New iPhone SE Review

Display: It has a 4.0 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD (60.8% screen-to-body ratio), with a 640×1136 pixels (326 ppi) with 16M colors, capacitive multitouch The Retina display makes images look vibrant and sharp. It runs on iOS 9.3.

Hardware: Underneath, the iPhone SE tucks away the A9 chip, the same kind used in iPhone 6S. The A9 chips give impressive speed and responsiveness, not forgetting its console-class graphics performance for rewarding mobile gaming experience and ability to run multiple apps simultaneously.

It also has the M9 motion compressor connected to its accelerometer, compass and gyroscope to give you better fitness tracking capabilities. The M9 makes measuring your steps and distance more accurate, and you can summon Siri by saying ‘Hey Siri’ even without ever picking up the phone.

The CPU specs read Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister with the GPU reads PowerVR GT7600 (a six-core graphics). That processing power is matched by a 2GB RAM and internal storage variants of 16/64GB but no expandable memory slot.Apple’s New iPhone SE Review

Camera: Having a 12MP iSight camera, you can capture sharp, detailed pictures. (Apple says as good as the iPhone 6S). You can also capture and edit brilliant 4K videos that are 4x the resolution of 1080p HD video. Some of the features on this camera include dual-LED (dual tone) flash, f/2.2, 29mm, 1/3” sensor size, touch focus, face/smile detection and HDR (photo/panorama).

The front camera has a 1.2MP Camera, f/2.4, face detection, 720p@30fps, HDR. You can do FaceTime when connected to Wi-Fi or cellular.

Connectivity: The iPhone SE has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac, and can create a hotspot. Has Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, and LE. It also has NFC, USB 2.0 with reversible connector and GPS.

Battery: It has a non-removable Li-Po 1642 mAh battery that is said to be capable of supporting up to 50 hours of music play, 14 hours of Talktime on 3G, and up to 240 hours of standby time on 3G

Miscellaneous Features: HTML5 Browsers, Fingerprint reader, Compass, Proximity Sensor, iCloud service, iCloud Keychain, Dedicated Mic for Siri natural language commands and dictation, Active noise cancellation, and TV-out.Apple’s New iPhone SE Review

The above are some of the features you can expect on the latest Apple’s offering, the iPhone SE. For full details on this smartphone, head on to Apple website.

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