The iPhone SE may be small, but it's proved to be one of Apple's most powerful handsets. The 4in screen will be too big a down-size for many, but those in the market for a pint-sized, affordable smartphone will struggle to find anything better.
Great performance, premium design, latest version of iOS, decent display, surprisingly good battery life, market-leading camera.
Poor front-facing camera, 16GB storage option
Display 4in 640x1136 326ppi IPS LCD
Processor 64-bit A9 chip with embedded M9 coprocessor
Operating system iOS 9.3
Camera 12MP rear, 5MP front
The iPhone SE has the same 12MP rear camera as the iPhone 6S. It’s missing the optical image stabilisation that you’ll find on the iPhone 6S Plus, but this doesn't stop it being one of the best on the market for taking photos indoors and out.
We have no complaints when it comes to taking images in natural, bright surroundings, partly owing to the iPhone SE's automatic HDR feature, but low-light imaging isn't as impressive as on the Galaxy S7, for example. However, the addition of Apple's two-tone flash will ensure that colours are natural and not oversaturated.
Arguably, given the smaller size of the iPhone 6S, the iPhone SE is more comfortable to hold while taking images, and there's the added bonus of no unsightly camera bump on the rear.
It's bad news for selfie fans, though, as the iPhone the SE’s front-facing camera is a mere 1.2MP, a major downgrade from the 5MP selfie cam on the iPhone 6S, although it has the same Retina Flash as the iPhone 6S.
Battery and storage
The iPhone SE uses a 1,640mAh battery, which we found will get you through a whole day, and then some, without any hiccups. In fact, it's probably the best battery life you'll find on any iPhone today. We took the handset off the charger at around 6.30am and still had around 20 per cent capacity when we went to bed that night.
Storage didn't impress us quite so much. Luckily, we got our hands on the 64GB model, but we're pretty miffed that Apple, despite equipping the iPhone SE with top-end features such as 4K video recording and Live Photos, offers the iPhone SE base model with just 16GB storage. The 64GB version is £80 more, but it's definitely worth it.
Besides the fact that I've got abnormally small hands, the iPhone SE isn't really aimed at people like me, but that hasn't stopped me considering switching back to a 4in smartphone after just a few days with the handset.
It's an even more enticing proposition for those who are in the market for an affordable-ish, modestly sized smartphone, as we can't think of a small device that compares in terms of overall performance.
The iPhone SE is by no means perfect with its 16GB storage option and poor front-facing camera, and it'll no doubt be too small for some, but it's undoubtedly the best 'mid-range' smartphone on the market today.
Of course, those looking for Apple's latest and greatest should hold off until September for the iPhone 7, but the less flashy among you should give the iPhone SE some serious consideration.