iPhone SE : impressive battery life, no originality in design

Apple has just launched the new iPhone SE, which essentially replaces the iPhone 5s and provides iOS users with a viable 4-inch option. While SE features the good old iPhone 5s-like design it is a completely new beast when it comes to specifications and features.

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The Wall Street Journal put together a review of Apple’s newest 4-inch iPhone, and one of the major takeaways is the improvement in battery life, especially compared to much higher-end and expensive devices.

Specifically, the reviewer put a stress test together, which cycles through websites with a uniform brightness applied to each device, and discovered that the iPhone SE lasted 10 hours. That’s actually two hours longer than what the iPhone 6s and iPhone 5s brought to the table. Perhaps even more interestingly, the iPhone SE lasted three hours longer than Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S7.

The standout news is battery life. Unlike many other recent Apple products, the iPhone SE’s is a significant improvement over its predecessors’. In my lab stress test, which cycles through websites with uniform screen brightness, the SE lasted 10 hours–more than two hours longer than both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 5s, and nearly three hours longer than the Galaxy S7. […]

The Wall Street Journal points out the impressive battery life in the iPhone SE, which beats out the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6s, but criticizes the unoriginal design.

The iPhone SE is a win for ergonomic choice, but Apple doesn’t score any points for originality. The new phone is nearly indistinguishable from the three-year-old iPhone 5s, which is a hair thicker and less pleasantly rounded than Apple’s more recent designs. (The SE even fits in most existing 5s cases.)

Of course, the display size and resolution/features have to be considered here. The iPhone SE’s display is a 4-inch panel with a resolution of 1136×640 and doesn’t feature things like 3D Touch. To compare, the iPhone 6s screen measures in at 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1334×750; while the Galaxy S7’s screen measures in at 5.1 inches, and boasts a resolution of 2560×1440.

Pre-orders for the iPhone SE started at 12:01 a.m. on March 24. The device can be purchased from the Apple online store, with deliveries and in-store availability set to begin on March 31. While the 16GB iPhone SE models are still in stock and will deliver on that date, the 64GB iPhone SE models have proven more popular and shipping estimates have slipped to five to seven days. Pricing on the iPhone SE, which is Apple’s most affordable iPhone, starts at $399.

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