iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: the minor differences you might have missed
Blitz question – can you name a smartphone that's both compact and powerful? The iPhone SE is probably what springs to mind for anyone who has been following the news. In a nutshell, it packs the potential of an iPhone 6s inside the body of an iPhone 5s. It is smaller and cheaper, yet equipped with the A9 system on chip and 12MP main camera of Apple's flagship handset.
However, the obvious size and design differences aren't all that sets the two phones apart. The different price tags don't complete the list either. In fact, the more we compare the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s side by side, the more differences between the two we come across. Here are the small differences between the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s you might have missed.
The 4-inch Retina Display on the iPhone SE is not only smaller, but also technically inferior. It lacks the 3D Touch technology that's present on the iPhone 6s, meaning that the compact iPhone can't detect how hard you're pressing on it. In other words, you'll be missing on features like Peek and Pop, which let you preview texts, emails, and web pages without opening them. There are no Quick Actions on the iPhone SE either.
While the iPhone SE can read your fingerprints with a Touch ID sensor embedded in its home button, it is slower at it compared to the iPhone 6s. That's because the latter uses a newer, faster fingerprint reader. The iPhone SE, on the other hand, has adopted the very same reader that we had on the iPhone 5s. It's a small difference, but it is there.
Although the main camera on the iPhone SE rocks, its front-facing snapper isn't all that awesome. The phone comes with Apple's older 1.2MP F2.4 camera, while the iPhone 6s has a newer, 5MP F2.2 camera. Of course, both get the job done when it comes to taking the occasional selfie, but the iPhone 6s is more likely to yield better results. Good news is that both smartphones can use the display's backlight as a front-facing flash.
Apps, games, music, photos, movies – they all take precious storage space. That's why the iPhone 6s comes with as much as 128GB built-in for those who just can't survive with 16 or 64 gigs of the stuff. The iPhone SE, on the other hand, gets only up to 64 gigabytes. That's still a decent amount of storage, actually, but a 128GB version would have been also nice having.
The Taptic Engine inside the iPhone 6s is like a vibration motor from the future. Compared to classic vibration motors, it reaches its peak amplitude much quicker, which affects the feel of tactile feedback. When using 3D Touch gestures on the iPhone 6s, for instance, pressing on the screen results in light taps against your fingertips. The lack of 3D Touch on the iPhone SE is probably why the Taptic Engine was not included. That and lack of physical space inside the compact iPhone, we suppose.
While we don't know how much charge the iPhone SE battery can hold, we are expecting it to last longer compared to the cell inside the iPhone 6s. At least that's the assumption we can make after comparing the official battery ratings provided by Apple. It is stated that an iPhone SE can deliver up to 13 hours of web browsing, while the iPhone 6s delivers 11 hours.
Most people wouldn't be able to feel the difference, but the iPhone SE lacks support for LTE Advanced connectivity. The technology, found on the iPhone 6s and other recent phones, allows bandwidth of multiple carriers to be utilized to achieve greater data transmission speeds. In addition, there are no MIMO antennas for the iPhone SE's Wi-Fi radio. In plain words, the iPhone 6s should theoretically be better at maintaining a stronger Wi-Fi connection at a longer distance.
And finally, here's one for the perfectionists among us. The iPhone 6s and iPhone SE have identical main cameras, but the one on the latter does not protrude – it does not spoil the perfectly flat profile of the handset. This is most likely because the phone itself is thicker, allowing the entire camera module with all its lenses to fit inside.