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Compare the Apple iPhone 6s to the iPhone SE

Apple held on to its choice to use a smaller size for its phones for longer than other smartphone manufacturers. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus changed that, but not everyone wants a smartphone with a large screen. That's why Apple came up with the iPhone SE; the is based on the iPhone 5s, but the specs are very similar to those of the iPhone 6s. In this article, you can read where the differences are exactly.

In short: the differences

iPhone 6s iPhone SE
Screen size 4.7 inches 4 inches
3D Touch Yes No
Selfie camera 5 megapixels 1.2 megapixels
Storage capacity 32 or 128GB 16 or 64GB

Side by side

Camera iPhone 6s

Camera iPhone 6s

iPhone SE camera

iPhone SE camera

Taking photos with your smartphone. It's something you do practically every day and it would be nice if you ended up with some nice pictures. Both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE let me take beautiful photos. Both devices have the same 12-megapixel camera that lets me record 4K video. The iPhone SE isn't all that suitable for me when it comes to taking selfies, as it only has a 1.2-megapixel front camera. The iPhone 6s on the other hand, has one with 5 megapixels.

Design

iPhone 6s design

iPhone 6s design

Since the iPhone 6, Apple has been betting on big smartphones, like other manufacturers are doing. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s have a Plus sibling as well. The design didn't just grow in size, it's also less angular than its predecessors. They added a new color as well: Rose Gold. The 4.7-inch screen of the iPhone 6s has a HD resolution of 750x1334 pixels, with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The screen is pressure-sensitive, which means it lets me access hidden menus when I press the screen harder than usual: 3D Touch.

iPhone SE design

iPhone SE design

The iPhone SE's design is almost an exact copy of the iPhone 5s, and also comes in Rose Gold. The small 4-inch screen measures 640x1136 pixels, with the same pixel density as the iPhone 6s: 326 pixels per inch. Unfortunately, Apple has chosen not to include 3D Touch on the iPhone SE. I think that's a missed opportunity. Still, thanks to the 4-inch, the iPhone SE does have the benefit of being easily operated with 1 hand.

Technology

A9 processor

Basically, Apple has put the A9 processor of the iPhone 6s in the design of the iPhone 5s, resulting in the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE has iOS 9.3 out of the box, and the iPhone 6s has received a software update to this version of the operating system. You can now update the phones to the latest version. The fingerprint scanner in the iPhone SE's home button is one from the first generation. In my experience, the second generation is faster and more accurate. That's the one we find on the iPhone 6s. In terms of battery life, both phones are equally matched. I can use both smartphones for similar amounts of time.

Make your choice!

The choice between the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE mostly comes down to size and storage capacity. The processor, software, and main camera are identical. I did find the iPhone SE a lot easier to control thanks to its compact size. On the other hand, I thought the 3D Touch function on the iPhone 6s was a nice addition.


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