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Apple iPhone SE (1st gen, 2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19369 reviews of Apple iPhone SE (1st gen, 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the portability and battery. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas views are divided on the reception. Some have doubts about the text input.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone SE (1st gen, 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple iPhone SE (1st gen, 2016)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 284 user reviews of Apple iPhone SE (1st gen, 2016) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Reviewers really like the price and design. The usability and size are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the reception.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

We reviewed the iPhone SE again


If you're not waiting it out for the iPhone 8, the little SE is the best choice for a basic more budget-friendly iPhone.

A small, hand-friendly design. Solid speed. Good front and rear cameras. More built-in storage (up to 128GB). The lowest priced iPhone you can buy.

Older giant-bezel design and limited screen size are love-it-or-hate-it. Hardware hasn't changed since its 2016 debut.

The iPhone SE is one year older, but its added storage options and strong performance running iOS 10 still makes it a great choice for small-phone fans.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

iPhone SE review: Maybe size doesn't matter after all


The iPhone SE looks like an old iPhone. Sounds boring, huh? But this isn't a phone to show off. It's a phone to go undercover with. It's got nearly all of the same upgraded specs as 2015's top-end iPhones -- the 6S and 6S Plus -- jammed into an iPhone...

Packs nearly every worthwhile feature (processor, great camera, Apple Pay, always-on Siri) from iPhone 6S into a smaller, more affordable 4-inch phone

Selfie cam doesn't get a megapixel upgrade, and there's no 3D Touch. Older design, while still good-looking, is exactly like the older iPhone 5S. Mid-year release means another iPhone might be coming sooner than later

While the rest of us wait for the iPhone 7 later this year, the iPhone SE is a great choice for small phone fans looking for an 'iPhone 6S Mini.'

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Staff Writer (

iPhone SE review: Apple’s best bargain?


If you've been doggedly clinging to a now-battered iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s and steadfastly refusing to embrace the new generation of big-screen phones, then the Apple iPhone SE should make you very, very happy. It's your dream made reality: a retro-sized...

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Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Tony Ibrahim (

Apple iPhone SE first look review


Apple is taking a step back in time with its latest phone, the iPhone SE – hailed by the company as "the most powerful 4‑inch phone ever". Looking for the best smartphone? See our latest smartphone reviews .

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Leigh D. Stark (

Review: Apple iPhone SE


A small iPhone with the heart of a big one? It's true, and it's a pretty decent package, even if it took Apple long enough.

Apple’s original winning size returns to centre stage; Great spec upgrade, making the iPhone SE faster than the still available iPhone 6; All-day battery life; Great camera; Includes a fingerprint reader; Supports the same accessories as the iPhone 5...

Small screen (in comparison to what else is out there today); Front-facing camera is old and low resolution (again, in comparison to what else is out there today); No force-touch/3D touch screen;

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Steve Duncombe (

Smaller iPhone and iPad Pro head Apple announcements


Aussies looking to wrap their hand around Apple's new smaller iPhone SE will be hit with a hefty 'Australia tax', with local pricing around 17% more than the US equivalent. The 4-inch iPhone SE will start from $679 in Australia for the 16GB Wi-Fi only...

Mar, 2016

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This phone is the BOMB!


I love love love my iPhone SE! It has all the features of the newer models but still in the compact style of earlier models. I have had no issues with hardware or software and the case that I also brought from the Apple store and protected in through...

Aug, 2017

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Love it


I bought for my husband as he is not a heavy user on phones. He only needs the phone sometimes for google map, for social app and that is all. So I chose this small phone for him. It‘s easy to carry in pocket. So far it's still running quite smoothly...

Aug, 2017

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Great Value & Size


When Apple came out with the bigger iPhone 6 Units, they were simply too big for my palm as well as for my pant's pocket. The SE is the same size at the iPhone 5S (previous phone) and I love the feel of it as well as it isn't plastic unlike the iPhone...

Aug, 2017

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My best ever phone!


I don't think I could manage without this phone. It is so stylish, so functional, and so very capable. The two things I really appreciate on a smartphone are camera and battery life - the iPhone SE delivers in both respects. I like that it has...

Aug, 2017

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