Apple iPhone SE 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

Apple didn't come up with a new design for the smaller iPhone SE. Instead, they've reused the old iPhone 5s with new internals. It's an odd move, which we witness for the first time - it's like reusing the same looks of a phone model third generation in a row....
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Apple didn't come up with a new design for the smaller iPhone SE. Instead, they've reused the old iPhone 5s with new internals. It's an odd move, which we witness for the first time - it's like reusing the same looks of a phone model third generation in a row. And that from the company, that practically invented the two-year phone redesign cycle.

One way to interpret this move is to conclude Apple is taking the easy road and is merely recycling an existing chassis design to produce a lower-cost iPhone without hurting margins. Another possible interpretation is that they are reviving the iconic iPhone 5/5s design in an attempt to cater to a group of users who not only want a cheaper iPhone but would also prefer the smaller form factor. After all, a third of Apple users are still using older 4-inch smartphones.

The jury is still out on which one of these two might be the reasoning for this model, but whichever it is, we're not here to judge. This task would be up to Apple customers. Our job is only to evaluate how good the latest iPhone is and we intend to do just that.

But first thing's first - here's a refresher on the specs. The iPhone SE has the 4" Retina display of the iPhone 5s, its first-gen Touch ID sensor, an identical chassis, but on the inside, it comes with the new Apple A9 chip with 2GB of RAM, the new 12MP main snapper, and a slightly bigger battery.

Key features

 

  • 4" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD of 640 x 1136px resolution, 326ppi
  • Apple iOS 9
  • Dual-core 1.8 GHz Twister 64-bit CPU, PowerVR GT7600 GPU, 2GB of RAM, Apple A9 SoC
  • 12MP F/2.2 camera with True tone LED flash, phase detection auto focus, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, @60fps and @120fps video recording, 720p video recording @120fps and 240fps
  • 1.2MP F/2.4 front-facing camera, HDR mode, 720p@30fps video
  • Comes in 16 and 64 GB of built-in storage
  • First-gen Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS; NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • 1,624 mAh battery, Power saving mode

 

Main disadvantages

 

  • No 3D Touch
  • No microSD slot
  • Lacks optical image stabilization
  • NFC functionality limited to Apple Pay
  • No wireless charging, an infrared port, or FM radio
  • No enhanced resistance to liquids or dust
  • No user-replaceable battery

Apple's restrictions have been around for years, so they shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone - you can't have expandable memory, fast or wireless charging, FM radio, swappable batteries, among others. The new 3D Touch tech isn't present either for obvious reasons though you can still capture Live Photos.

The iPhone SE has this nice nostalgic feeling of the good old iPhones when they were always shaking the market, and its compact size and powerful hardware will be appreciated by many. It will hardly attract any new users to Apple's platform, but will allow those who are stuck in the past to level up.

 

Specifications

 

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2016, March 21

Status

Available. Released 2016, March 31

BODY

Dimensions

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)

Weight

113 g (3.99 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass), aluminum back, aluminum frame

SIM

Nano-SIM

 

Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

DISPLAY

Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

4.0 inches, 44.1 cm2 (~60.8% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

640 x 1136 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)

PLATFORM

OS

iOS 9.3.2, upgradable to iOS 13.4

Chipset

Apple A9 (14 nm)

CPU

Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister

GPU

PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)

MEMORY

Card slot

No

Internal

16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 2GB RAM, 64GB 2GB RAM, 128GB 2GB RAM

 

NVMe

MAIN CAMERA

Single

12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm (standard), 1/3", 1.22µm, PDAF

Features

Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

1.2 MP, f/2.4, 31mm (standard)

Features

Face detection, HDR, panorama

Video

720p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

 

16-bit/44.1kHz audio

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.2, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

NFC

Yes (Apple Pay only)

Radio

No

USB

2.0, proprietary reversible connector

FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

 

Siri natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Po 1624 mAh battery (6.21 Wh)

Stand-by

Up to 240 h (2G) / Up to 240 h (3G)

Talk time

Up to 14 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 50 h

MISC

Colors

Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold

Models

A1662, A1723, A1724

SAR

1.17 W/kg (head)     1.19 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.72 W/kg (head)     0.97 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 93.03 / £ 148.00 / € 165.00 / ₹ 16,999

TESTS

Performance

Basemark OS II 2.0: 2163

Display

Contrast ratio: 804:1 (nominal), 3.681 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 66dB / Noise 65dB / Ring 69dB

Audio quality

Noise -93.0dB / Crosstalk -72.9dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 73h

     

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