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Compare the Apple iPhone 6s to the iPhone SE (2016)

Apple has held onto a handy size for its devices longer than other smartphone manufacturers. This all changed with the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, but a smartphone with a large screen still isn't for everyone. That's why the Apple iPhone SE (2016) was created. While it has the same design as the iPhone 5s, the specifications are very similar to those of the iPhone 6s. In this article, you can read what the differences are exactly.

The Apple iPhone SE (2016) no longer available

Apple has released a new version of the Apple iPhone SE. The older model, the Apple iPhone SE (2016), is no longer available.

Compare the Apple iPhone 6s to the Apple iPhone SE (2016)

The iPhone 6s iPhone SE (2016)
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 of the iPhone 6s

Camera of the iPhone 6s

Camera iPhone SE (2016)

Camera iPhone SE (2016)

What are the differences?

Taking photos with your smartphone. You do this almost every day, and it's nice to end up with a lot of nice pictures. Both with the iPhone 6s and with the iPhone SE (2016), I can count on beautiful photos. These devices have the same 12 megapixel camera, which allow me to record in 4K resolution. When it comes to making selfies, the iPhone SE (2016) isn't to my taste because it only has a 1.2-megapixel front camera. The iPhone 6s, however, has a 5-megapixel camera.


The iPhone 6s design

The iPhone 6s design

Since the iPhone 6, it's big phones all the way for Apple and other manufacturers. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s have a Plus version as well. The design didn't just grow in size, but it's also less angular than its predecessors. Apple also added a new color, namely 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 I can open hidden menus by applying more pressure to the screen than usual. This is called 3D Touch.

Design of the iPhone SE (2016)

Design of the iPhone SE (2016)

The design of iPhone SE (2016) is almost an exact copy of the iPhone 5s, and it's also available in Rose Gold. The handy 4-inch screen is 640x1136 pixels and has the same pixel density as the iPhone 6s, 326 pixels per inch. Unfortunately, Apple decided not to bring 3D touch along with the iPhone SE (2016). In my opinion, that's a missed opportunity. But thanks to the 4-inch screen, the iPhone SE (2016) does have the benefit of being easily operated with one hand.


A9 processor

In short, Apple combined the A9 processor of the iPhone 6s with the design of the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone SE (2016) was born. The iPhone SE (2016) has iOS 9.3 by default, while the iPhone 6s got a software update with this version of the operating system. In fact, you can now update the devices to the latest version, iOS 10. The fingerprint scanner in the home button of the iPhone SE (2016) is one of the first generation. The second generation is faster and more accurate in my opinion. You'll find it in the iPhone 6s. In terms of battery lyfe, both devices are equally matched. I can use both smartphones for similar amounts of time.

Make your choice!

The choice between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE (2016) comes down to size and storage capacity. The processor, the software, and the main camera are identical. I did find the iPhone SE (2016) a lot easier to operate, thanks to its compact size. I also think the 3D Touch function on the iPhone 6s is a fun addition.

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