iPhone SE Hands-On Roundup: Familiar Yet Mighty


iPhone SE

Immediately following the end of Apple’s “Let Us Loop You In” event today, the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, informed those in attendance that a hands-on area was right across the hall, waiting for them.

So, sure enough, the first impressions of Apple’s newest 4-inch iPhone are now going live. The iPhone SE is no longer a rumor, and all of its powerful internals are indeed packed under a 4-inch frame. Indeed, based on the minimal amount of time folks have had to play with the new phone, it looks like Apple has managed to improve in all of the right ways, even when using a familiar design in the process.

The Verge

iPhone SE hands-on The Verge

    “Usually, getting a small phone has meant getting a phone that skimps on power or on the camera (or, most likely, both). That’s absolutely not the case with the iPhone SE. It feels every bit as fast and modern as an iPhone 6S, able to move quickly through screens and web pages. Obviously we weren’t able to test the camera very extensively, but we can say that it launches quickly and takes photos just as fast.”


iPhone SE hands-on TechRadar

    “Notably, it looks and feels just like the iPhone 5s before it. It didn’t get slimmer, or more round, but we kind of dig it. There’s something novel about maintaining a tried-and-true design motif while overhauling everything within. Indeed, that’s exactly the model Apple followed when transitioning from the iPhone 6 to 6s.”


iPhone SE hands-on SlashGear

    “It’s snappy. The iPhone SE feels significantly faster than the iPhone 5s, and not just from years of use. We’ve used a newly manufactured iPhone 5s just last week – it’s not quite ready to roll with this iPhone SE. They’re in different leagues.”

The iPhone SE goes up for pre-order beginning March 24, with sales kicking off on March 30. Prices start at $399. Do you plan on picking one up?

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