Apple’s new iPhone SE went on sale yesterday and already the reviews are appearing across the web. Below are a highlight from across the internet with added commentary from myself.
The Wall Street Journal highlights the impressive battery life in the iPhone SE, which out performs both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6s, but criticizes the unoriginal design. The design is difficult to radically change as this is how people identify its an iPhone.
The Independent stated that the iPhone SE will appeal most to those who currently use a 4-inch iPhone. There also commented that 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. Agree on this point totally
iMore noted that while the iPhone SE received the 12-megapixel rear camera from the iPhone 6s, the front-facing camera is a measly 1.2 megapixels. I really think Apple was wrong here not to include the 5mp front camera. Selfies are all the rage at the moment.
Techradar called the exterior “svelte and sleek,” and added that it’s just like handling an iPhone 5s, the phone the SE is modeled after. Now that’s a shocker, not
The Daily Mail added in its review that the iPhone SE, with its A9 processor – the same processor in the iPhone 6s – is “blazingly fast”. Do reviews from the Daily Mail count?
The Telegraph commented that its back is made from bead-blasted aluminium, according to Apple, and the logo is now made from colour-matched stainless steel, meaning it has a slightly different appearance on each of the four metallic colours. This is a nice touch.
The Verge added that the new iPhone SE finally makes a small phone powerful. True but obvious as well.
It does seem that all of the websites that have released reviews that were being polite and respectful to Apple. At the end of the day it is really a spec bumped iPhone 5S with a build that uses the latest manufacturing techniques, hence the change in process for finishing the phone in its different colours. However, none of that matters, as its a cracker of a phone, now with an improved battery and one of the only phones across any platform that is as pocketable and powerful at the same time. With summer approaching, you can pocket the iPhone SE in to any pocket, tight jeans and more. Business orders for this phone are huge too. Apple once again have hit the jackpot!