Apple iPhone SE Q&A: Your questions answered

After our Galaxy S7/S7 edge and LG G5 Q&A sessions proved to be quite popular among you, we decided that it will only be fair if we also did this for another interesting device that got launched just recently. Of course, that'd be Apple's iPhone SE

So, we kicked off a Q&A session. You asked, and we now answer! Check the questions and the answers right below.

PA: Gaming, watching YouTube videos and movies, other types of multimedia immediately pop into our minds. This is not a multimedia machine, it's just a very good and compact phone.

PA: Yes and no. It's iconic and all, but doesn't feel as good in the hand as the iPhone 6 or 6s. The iPhone SE is not Apple's flagship, it's just a refreshed version of its last 4" phone and we can't blame Cupertino for sticking to what users of such devices have grown accustomed to. Some like the design, others don't. By the way, if you want to check out our personal opinions on the iPhone SE, check this out.

PA: Let's be honest, the feeling is weird. It's like you're using a toy - that's what years of using >5-inch devices do to your brain. We suppose one might get used to the smaller size, but it will take some time. It's also feels a bit weird to handle a device that can be comfortably operated with a single hand. 

Gaming is fine: all games run extremely well, FPS drops are a rare sight, but all of this goes with the significant downside of experiencing the game on such a small screen. Simply put, games will run more than okay, but playing them on such a small screen is a disgrace.

PA: We'd definitely say "yes!", the iPhone SE has an admirable camera performance. We'd say it's superior to the 930 in this regard, though you'd have to consider lots of other things before you switch - app ecosystem, size, etc.

PA: Yes, we believe it comes with Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage on board. Here's why: we ran this benchmark test on an iPhone SE and an iPhone 6s Plus (which certainly comes with NVMe storage on board), and we got similar results from both. Check out the 'Storage Write' and 'Storage Read' benchmarks right below - all data suggests that the munchkin is boasting NVMe storage!

PA: Err... The same way!

PA: There is a slight difference, but worry not, at full volume the SE is still packing a punch. 

PA: No, both get equally hot under heavy loads, without any glaring difference in terms of temperature.

PA: If you have the cash, the SE all the way! 

PA: Light to moderate usage will last you a whole day. If you're heavily using it, however, you will need to plug it in at a certain point. Its true forte is standby time, so we'd say it's pretty comparable to just any other phone out there.

PA: No, we can't say we have experienced anything remotely similar yet.

PA: You need the T-Mobile model of the iPhone SE to use Wi-Fi calling.

PA: Never pick the 16GB version of any iPhone, 64 gigs is well worth the investment. That said, we believe you can get by with 16GB if you're usingit mostly as a phone, but you're a PhoneArena reader, so we bet you're a power user! 

PA: Yes, we can. Here you go

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iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Battery seems to be it's greatest strength. I hope more phones this year focus on battery life.

5. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Phablets have great battery life, compacts have great battery life. poor normal sized phones.

19. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

But I don't trust these stats, other sites and also my own phone report way more battery life.

20. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Talking about S7 here"

21. tyrionTheWise unregistered

PA battery tests are crap and S7(especially exynos) has awesome battery life. But the S7 edge has better battery life, which strengthens what I said above. Phablets always have a better battery life compared to regular phones.

22. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Given phablets have a larger internal area for a huge battery, it makes sense that they have good battery life but what we're seeing with the SE is much better battery efficiency than most devices. Large screens eat batteries. The SE definitely serves a market that wants to stay with smaller smartphones. I've sold a good amount of the SE already, and seeing how excellent the performance is first-hand, it's the best small smartphone ever made.

23. tyrionTheWise unregistered

The SE's battery is great also due to the smaller, lower res display to drive with basically the same juice as the larger 6S. Compact phones are allowed to be thicker than usual sized phones which definitely helps. Same logic applies for the Xperia compact series which is known for excellent battery life( z1 and Z3 compact)

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Thanks for the answer! People might say they just recycled 5S' design, but hey, 5S design is lightyears better than 6/6S' design LOL.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Agreed, I'm not sure how they can say the 6/6S feels better in-hand either - it's too thin, slippery and in use the tightly radiused edge digs into your hand when reaching for the corners. Ergonomically the 5/5S/SE is much better, even the power button on top rather than opposing volume controls so you don't squeeze them together...

24. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014


3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

in a nutshell, iPhone SE is basically iPhone 5S on steroids.

10. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

But darn it; needs about 2.5 hours to recharge its 1624 mAh battery, are we living in 90's?

11. pt020

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

No other phone gets the publicity that Apple get on this site,this phone basically is 4 years old,get over it.

15. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Pretty sure I've seen many articles for the Samsung S7 and HTC 10 not to mention many others recently... Sad fact is so many people hate Apple that's all they see, they don't seem to love tech or whatever their favourite brand is, but just hate and comment on Apple articles endlessly...

13. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It sums up everything about this phone: Alter: "Since this is the only modern smart phone with a 4” screen, in which situations do you find the small screen size to be a hindrance?" PA: Gaming, watching YouTube videos and movies, other type of multimedia immediately pop into our minds. This is not a multimedia machine, it's just a very good and compact phone.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"This is not a multimedia machine, it's just a very good and compact phone." Typical Apple answer... lol.. if you need smartphone for gaming, and movies. Buy i6S plus as your secondary phone, lol

14. Fonetastic

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

16. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

iPhone 6 would be nice with less bezels from all 4 sides!Especially top and bottom!

18. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That answer about T-Mobile WiFi calling is incorrect, so I felt the need to make an account to say this so that no one else will be misled. I have a SIM-Free iPhone SE and I'm on T-Mobile. I can make WiFi calls just fine and I have actually done that too. Because the SE knows that I have a T-Mobile sim, the option for WiFi calling pops up under "Phone" in settings. I have the option to turn it on, or turn it off. I have been able to do this just fine since trying it first on an unlocked 5c.

25. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

what if iphone SE with 6s' dimension ?

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