iPhone SE review: It’s a pocket-size powerhouse

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In his hands-on, Jason Snell called the iPhone SE a flashback to the iPhone 5 and 5s, and he’s entirely right. Apple points out the “matte-chamfered edges” (the iPhone 5s’s chamfers were, um, less matte, I think?) and “color-matched stainless steel inset Apple logo” (meaning the logo is a separate piece of inlaid metal and not merely stamped on), but that’s just marketing. If a friend asks about your iPhone SE and you triumphantly show off its matte-chamfered edges, you probably deserve the eye-roll you’re about to get.

What is important, then? Apple didn’t move any of the buttons, so you can still use cases built for the iPhone 5 and 5s. The rear-facing iSight camera sits flush with the back of the phone, unlike the slightly protruding camera that the larger iPhones have been plagued with since the iPhone 6. And the SE’s flat edges let you stand it up on its side, in case you want to take a photo or watch a video and you don’t have a proper iPhone stand.

The Touch ID button on the iPhone SE is the “first generation” version from the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6, not the freaky-fast second-gen Touch ID on the iPhone 6s. But thanks to the iPhone SE’s A9 chip, its Touch ID button unlocks the phone faster than the iPhone 6’s, just not as quite as fast as the iPhone 6s’s.

Apple gave the iPhone SE the same rear-facing camera as the iPhone 6s: It takes 12-megapixel stills, 4K video, and even Live Photos. Since the screen doesn’t have the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch feature, you just press and hold to make a Live Photo animate. The camera launches fast, and takes photos fast. Here are some side-by-side shots taken with the iPhone SE (left) and the iPhone 6s (right)—I was very pleased with the camera’s performance.

3D Touch is probably the biggest tradeoff. On the new iPhone 6s, 3D Touch lets you “deep press” the screen for more options. Deep-pressing an icon on the home screen can reveal Quick Actions, which are shortcuts into different parts of an app. Once inside an app, deep-pressing controls the “peek” and “pop” maneuvers: You can “peek” at an image, email, or search result without opening it all the way, and then press a little more on that preview to “pop” it open into a full-screen view.

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