iPhone SE VS iPhone 6S – Which One’s For You?

It’s been a few weeks since Apple had announced its new and ‘affordable’ addition to the iPhone family called the iPhone SE and everyone is talking about it. This new device seeks to bring about a new dimension to the Apple brand catering to a different group of audiences that have been craving for a smaller iPhone.

But only having released its last major flagship device a few months ago in the form of the iPhone 6s, many have been wowed by it and having spent huge amounts on it already, people may wonder what the iPhone SE brings to the table only a few months later and why the need to move to it.

We bring you a comprehensive list putting the two devices up against each other to help you realize what’s different between the two and possibly help you decide which one’s for you. So the iPhone SE VS iPhone 6S. We’ll break it down based on the fundamentals here:

  1. Design

The iPhone 6S measures at 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm and hits a weight of 143g. It’s almost similar to the iPhone 6 in terms of overall look and offers an aluminum body sporting great finesse. It comes in a variety of colors like silver, space gray and rose gold.



The iPhone SE on the other hand, takes most of its design cues from the iPhone 5S but adds on to it with a couple of changes, including matte edges. An aluminum body is featured like before and it measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, making it a little thicker than the iPhone 6S but keeps it significantly lighter though, at just 113g. Similar to the iPhone 6S, it also comes in the same array of colors.


  1. Display Screen

The iPhone 6S sports a 4.7-inch Retina HD display at a resolution of 1334 x 750, delivering pixel densities of 326ppi. The device also features what is known as 3D Touch, which is Apple’s version of a pressure sensitive display that allows for a variety of actions based on the force with which you press the screen.



The iPhone SE on the other hand, offers a smaller 4-inch display in comparison since its main intention was to cater to those that wanted a smaller sized iPhone device. The resolution is the same as the iPhone 5S, which puts it at 1336 x 640 but still offers a pixel density of 326ppi much like the iPhone 6S. The iPhone SE does not however provide 3D Touch.


  1. Hardware

The iPhone 6S sports the newest and fastest chip created. On board is the A9 and M9 motion co-processor, supported by double the RAM of 2GB as compared to previous iterations. The battery is said to be 1715mAh, which is a little smaller than the iPhone 6 but is optimized to be just as powerful, if not better.



The iPhone SE also features the A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor similar to the iPhone 6S. It also comes with 2GB of RAM and the battery capacity sits at 1624mAh, which is just shy of the iPhone 6S but powerful nonetheless. Both also support the highly acclaimed Apple Pay.


  1. Software

This may be a little different. Since the iPhone 6S came out late last year, devices had just about begun running iOS 9 which was a big deal back then being a major update. As per Apple’s policy, it’s only standard that the iPhone 6S comes pre-loaded with iOS 9. But that was in September 2015.



Prior to Apple’s Event in March, rumors circulated about the possibility of Apple launching a new update termed iOS 9.3 which would also make some major changes to the overall software. The update released alongside the announcement of the iPhone SE. So it’s only normal that all iPhone SE devices will run the latest iOS right out of the box.


  1. Camera

Smartphone cameras are quite a thing these days. The iPhone 6S takes things up a notch from the iPhone 6 in terms of the camera by offering a 12-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture, video recording capabilities to 4K and maintains the True Tone flash. The front camera has also increased to 5-megapixels and comes with a Retina flash.



The iPhone SE sports the same 12-megapixel camera as the iPhone 6S, making it capable of 4K video recording. However, there is a 1.2-megapixel front camera but offers the Retina flash.


So there you have it. The iPhone SE brings a lot to the table in terms of overall specifications at a much more affordable price point. It is not an iPhone 6S in an iPhone 5S. As for which one you should get, it comes down to how much you value these fundamentals between the two. Both sport almost identical specifications with minor differences and price points. If you want smaller screen experiences, then the iPhone SE is for you. If you’re up for new features and bigger screen experience then you probably need the iPhone 6S.

For a more in-depth view of the iPhone SE and whether it’s for you, read our other blog here.

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