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Apple iPhone SE

BY APPLE #9 in Smartphones

4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars77%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.68 / 5 based on 142 Reviews

Product Description

Finish: Silver / Gold / Space Gray / Rose Gold

Capacity: 32GB / 128GB

Size and Weight:

  • Length: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
  • Weight: 3.99 ounces (113 grams)


  • Retina display
  • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1136‑by‑640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Full sRGB standard
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint‑resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously


  • A9 chip with 64‑bit architecture
  • Embedded M9 motion coprocessor


  • 12‑megapixel camera
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Five‑element lens
  • 5x digital zoom
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Local tone mapping
  • Face detection
  • True Tone flash
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging

Video Recording:

  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • 3x digital zoom
  • True Tone flash
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging

FaceTime HD Camera:

  • 1.2‑megapixel photos
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Retina Flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Face detection
  • Burst mode
  • Exposure control
  • Timer mode

Touch ID: Fingerprint sensor built into the Home button 

Apple Pay: 

  • Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores, within apps, and on the web Complete purchases made with Apple Pay on your Mac
  • Receive and redeem rewards using rewards cards

Cellular and Wireless:

Model A1662:

  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29)
  • CDMA EV‑DO Rev. A  (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
  • NFC

Model A1723:

  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
  • TD‑LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD‑SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV‑DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
  • NFC


  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular
  • iBeacon microlocation

Video Calling: FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular

Audio Calling: 

  • FaceTime audio
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling

Audio Playback:

  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User‑configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video:

  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)

Video formats supported: 

H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format


  • Use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more
  • Get intelligent suggestions in Messages, Mail, QuickType, and more
  • Activate with only your voice using “Hey Siri”
  • Listen and identify songs

External Buttons and Connectors:

  • Touch ID sensor
  • Volume up/down
  • Ring/Silent
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Lightning connector
  • Microphone
  • Built-in speaker
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Volume up/down
  • Ring/Silent
  • On/Off Sleep/Wake

Power and Battery:

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time:  Up to 14 hours on 3G 
  • Video playback:  Up to 13 hours 
  • Audio playback:  Up to 50 hours 
  • Standby time:  Up to 10 days 

Internet use: 

  • Up to 12 hours on 3G,
  • up to 13 hours on LTE,
  • up to 13 hours on Wi-Fi


  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Three‑axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Operating System: iOS 11

With new features and capabilities that let you get more done quickly and easily, iOS 11 makes iPhone more powerful, personal, and intelligent than ever.


Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new iPhone SE. With built-in support for vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy, you can fully enjoy the world’s most personal device.

Features include:

  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Magnifier
  • Software TTY
  • Siri and Dictation
  • Type to Siri
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • AssistiveTouch
  • Speak Screen

Built-in Apps:

  • Camera
  • Photos
  • Health
  • Messages
  • Phone
  • FaceTime
  • Mail
  • Music
  • Wallet
  • Safari
  • Maps
  • Siri
  • Calendar
  • iTunes Store
  • App Store
  • Notes
  • News
  • Contacts
  • iBooks
  • Home
  • Weather
  • Reminders
  • Clock
  • TV
  • Stocks
  • Calculator
  • Voice Memos
  • Compass
  • Podcasts
  • Watch
  • Tips
  • Files
  • Find My iPhone
  • Find My Friends
  • Settings

Free Apps from Apple:

  • iMovie
  • Pages
  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • iTunes U
  • GarageBand
  • Apple Store
  • Trailers
  • Apple TV Remote
  • iTunes Remote
  • Music Memos
  • Clips


  • EarPods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug
  • Storage and travel case

SIM Card:

  • Nano-SIM
  • iPhone SE is not compatible with existing micro‑SIM cards.

Rating for Hearing Aids: Model A1662, A1723: M3, T4

Mail Attachment Support: 

Viewable document types:  .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics 

System Requirements:

  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access8

Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:

  • Mac: OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • PC: Windows 7 or later
  • iTunes 12.5 or later

Environmental Requirements:

  • Operating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: ‑4° to 113° F (‑20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)

In the Box:

  • iPhone with iOS 11
  • EarPods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

iPhone and the Environment: Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact.

iPhone SE embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Mercury‑free LED‑backlit display
  • Arsenic‑free display glass
  • Brominated flame retardant–free
  • PVC‑free
  • Beryllium‑free
  • Recyclable aluminum enclosure

Recycling: Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization.

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LEAR28018 A.
Miami, FL
465 reviews
Oh my goodness!! I read about this phone and according to reviews is super cool, also it is now very comfortable because it has a smaller size. A friend has it and could try a little, is super fast and has a better quality than all iphones, really to recommend it 100% !!! Your camera is far better than all and also has a unique style for every taste, really is super great !!!!!!
Lindsay P.
Chesapeake, VA
64 reviews
This phone has been such a huge improvement from the iphone5. I went with the 64g and I no longer have to erase an app in order to add another. The color of the phone cosmetically is beautiful, the phone is durable (with a thin cover and screen protecter from the apple store) and the clarity is excellent as well. I highly recommend this phone!
Briana M.
Pearl, MS
79 reviews
I just made the move from a galaxy to this phone and I really don't like it. I hate being limited by the iOS system. The front and back camera aren't nearly as good. The screen is so tiny in comparison. It doesn't have removable storage so you can't add any memory to it for pictures or music. Overall it fails in comparison.
Rebecca Q.
136 reviews
I have always been an android user, but when it came time to get a new phone, I did some research on this phone and went ahead and got it. I have to say it was one of the best purchases I have made. I have so much space, my phone runs really smoothly, and even though it is really small, I have no problem using it.
Karen H.
Denver, CO
74 reviews
I switched from android to an iPhone SE a few months ago. Overall, they are very similar systems, which go about certain things differently. I really like the size of my SE, which was the reason for the switch. Given what you get, it's overpriced compared to an android phone, but I'm overall satisfied.
Jen S.
Austin, TX
66 reviews
To date, this is my favorite iPhone. Like a lot of people, I couldn't handle the size of the 6. With the SE, Apple returned to a comfortable size for my (rather small) hands. They also added a rose gold option, which is just about the prettiest color in the world. I highly recommend this phone.
Maria S.
San Jose, CA
16 reviews
I just got this phone and I am using it right now! It's very good quality phone. It's like the 6 but cheaper and looks like an iPhone 5. I recommend this if you wanted the 6 and couldn't get it. It fits nicely in my hand because I have small ones but it's big enough to to see videos and stuff.
me encanta el iphone se por su tamaño minimalista y potencia bruta es com un iphone 6 pero muchho mas barato y su pantalla es espactacular ademas cuenta con uun ios actualizable hasta el 10 por eso es que si quieres un telefono poderoso y minimalista esta es perfecto para ti yo le doy un diez
Krista A.
22 reviews
So far I'm loving this phone. Plenty of storage so I never have to delete things! And I only charge once a day, which is SO nice. It's basically a compact version of the iPhone 6. The only difference is that the camera is slightly lower quality. Loving it anyways!
Liz C.
233 reviews
We got this phone to replace the many iPhones my husband goes through and it has been perfect for him. Does everything any iPhone does and has had a great battery life so far. And trust me, my husband is known for killing phones so this has been impressive.
LEAR28018 A.
Miami, FL
465 reviews
Its battery lasts much?
Verniajzah M.
Cleveland, OH
78 reviews
I'm a current android user but I'm thinking about switching to Apple. Is it even worth it?
Ayrin R.
Fresno, CA
1 review
How good is the camera quality, front and back, of this phone compared to the iphone 6?
Efi G.
36 reviews
Is it worth the money or am I going to regret it for buying it?
Alicia H.
287 reviews
My previous post didn't ask my question lol BUT what's the best phone cover?!!!

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