The iPhone SE is Apple’s answer for those wanting a new 4-inch smartphone. It features the design of the iPhone 5s, but offers many of the features found within the iPhone 6s. The question is, does the complete package work?
It has to be said, right up front. With the rather significant caveat that the 4” screen on the iPhone SE isn’t that suitable for such 2016 immersive activities as high-def gaming and media consumption, in every other respect the iPhone SE is the perfect iPhone. With the gorgeous lines and form factor of the classic iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s but the cutting edge internals of the 6s, the iPhone SE is akin to either a blindingly good magic trick or an anachronism, a quirk of Tim Cook’s spare parts inventory. I lean towards the former and, overall, am very impressed indeed.
I have never really been a fan of cases. I find that they add unnecessary weight and just make a device look obnoxious. Yes, they do a great job at protecting your precious smartphone from day-to-day dings and drops, but for me, that’s not a sacrifice that I am willing to make.
When I wrote my first impressions of the iPad Pro, I wasn’t convinced that it was a desktop replacement. But I didn’t want to jump to conclusions, so over the last few days I have been using the iPad Pro almost exclusively.
Picking the best smartphones in the world is always a) incredibly hard, and b) terrific fun. Thankfully. This being an iOS-centric site, you’d expect an Apple iPhone at number 1 and you’d be right. But this isn’t sycophantic – in my other life as the producer and presenter of The Phones Show I do regular top 5 features – and an iPhone is invariably in the top spot because it’s the one top specced phone that can be recommended as the answer to “What phone should I buy” without any real caveats or possible recriminations. There are several iPhones here, plus more Android units, of course. And I’d love to have stuck in one of the new flagship Lumias, except that they’re still a week away. Maybe next time.
Cards on the table time, this is an unashamed review of the latest and greatest iPhone… from the point of view of a long time user of other platforms (Symbian, Android, Windows Phone). I’d argue that this gives me perspective, away from any possible reality distortion fields emanating from Cupertino – I switch platforms on a weekly basis and can evaluate the (mostly) good and (occasional) bad in the latest iPhone 6s. It’s everything you expect from Apple, but with genuine innovations and a little future-gazing thrown in, with the usual caveats over price and only a few tricks missed.
An ever-popular game genre, there are hundreds (literally) of car and driving titles for the iPhone and iPad, the vast majority of which are horribly flawed in one way or another. Crude graphics, appalling gameplay, over-zealous freemium grabs, and so on. Luckily, I’ve done the hard work for you – in a variety of sub-genres, I whittled the hundreds down to a dozen and then finally to the five you’ll want to think about loading up.
The Mophie battery packs for iPhones have become so ubiquitous that the ‘Juice Pack Air’ seems a bit redundant these days – e.g. my wife will say “Have you seen my Mophie?” Which is a mark of both design and quality, and one that’s well deserved – the Mophie Juice Pack Air products for each successive iPhone model do exactly what they claim, with the possible caveat of price, especially for this, the latest version for the iPhone 6.