Apple let press go hands-on with the iPhone SE at its launch event and provided several publications with iPhone SE review units ahead of the device’s debut, and we’ve gathered excerpts from each site to highlight the general release reaction to Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone. Reviews and first impressions have been largely positive, with reviewers praising the device’s powerful internals.
The general consensus is that the iPhone SE is the perfect phone for people who want the power of Apple’s flagship iPhone lineup in a small form factor.
TechRadar called the exterior “svelte and sleek,” and said it’s just like handling an iPhone 5s, the phone the SE is modeled after.
The same exemplary precision found on the high-end iPhones is also found on the iPhone SE. At last, you don’t have to feel that you’re settling just to get a phone that’s easier to handle.
Handling the iPhone SE is a lovely affair, particularly if you’re coming from the iPhone 6S Plus. It’s dainty – cute, even – and although, obviously, it feels exactly as if you’re handling the iPhone 5S, there’s something extra novel about it now. It’s no longer the norm; the 4-inch form factor is now the exception.
The Independent speculates that the iPhone SE will appeal most to those who currently use a 4-inch iPhone, as it can be difficult to adjust to a smaller 4-inch screen after using Apple’s larger 4.7 or 5.5-inch iPhones.
Mostly, I’d guess, it will appeal to people who currently have a four-inch display phone. Going back to it from the iPhone 6s Plus with its 5.5-inch screen, took some doing – why, the entire dear little iPhone SE fits within the 6s Plus screen. Using the keyboard on the SE was a learning curve after the expansiveness of the 6s Plus.
iMore pointed out that while the iPhone SE got the 12-megapixel rear camera from the iPhone 6s, the front-facing camera didn’t get much of an upgrade. It’s still 1.2 megapixels.