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Back to Basics with the iPhone SE

Do you like the iPhone, but don't like the idea of having a huge screen to get used to? If that's the case, then the iPhone SE could be for you - bringing back the smaller display we all loved on older Apple phones, with the new modcons to play with as well.

Keeping the tech which has made the likes of the iPhone 6 and 6s a success, but reverting back to a smaller screen, you'd be crazy not to be intrigued by the SE, which could trigger a trend back toward devices which are smaller and easier to handle.

Release Date

Apple is always very tight-lipped regarding the release date of its technology, with certain product lines often sticking to regular launch periods. For example. the standard iPhone offering almost always finds its way into a September release schedule, but the iPhone SE sings from a different hymn sheet.

Announced alongside a new iPad in March, the iPhone SE hit stores in the final week of March 2016, making it one of the surprise phones of the year.

 

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What's The Price

Apple is well-known for charging a lot for the pleasure of using its wares, however - the smaller screen means a lesser price tag this time around, although you could pay a little bit more if you want more storage. The iPhone SE comes in either 16GB or 64GB flavours, with prices starting at $399 (£280), and rising up to $499 (£350) SIM-free.

Apple does offer financing options if you choose to buy the handset SIM-free, whilst pay monthly deals subsidise the cost of the phone into your bill at the end of each month. These prices can vary dramatically depending on tariff and handset option, so make sure you do your homework before deciding to splash the cash.

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New Mobile Features

Given that this is set to be an all new launch from Apple, it's safe to say we're excited by some of the features it could bring to a smaller screened device - even if they aren't all brand new.

Back to the Small Screen

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus certainly aren't kind to the average pocket - sizing up at 4.7" and 5.5" respectively. Whilst these are both very useful displays, there is still a market for smaller screened phones, proven by the success of the Xperia Z5 Compact. The iPhone SE's 4" display is small enough to deal with single-handedly, whilst also sharp enough to use for the likes of video and gaming.

iOS 9

It's already featured on the iPhone 6s, so its inclusion on the iPhone SE was a certainty. Offering the latest software through the smaller display, iOS 9 ensures that you can make use of Apple Pay and Apple Music without needing to dig through downloads first.

Touch ID

Originally featuring on the iPhone 5s, it would be a backward step not to have included the biometric technology on the SE, with the feature included once again included. Each iPhone following the 5s (not including the 5c) has featured it, and Apple Pay requires it to be included as well, meaning its omission would have damaged the SE's chances on the mobile market.


iPhone SE Specs Sheet

Below you can see the iPhone SE specs sheet, offering an insight into just how powerful the smaller iPhone is...

  • Screen: 4.0"
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Battery: 1642 mAh
  • Operation System: iOS 9
  • Dimensions: 123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm
  • RAM: 1GB

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Best Networks in the UK

Choosing a network can be just as important as picking an iPhone to buy, with that in mind, you should take a glance at some of the best networks for your iPhone here...

All of the following networks will be offering deals for the iPhone SE, make sure to check them all out before making a decision on your next phone contract.

  •  EE
  • O2
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Three
  • Vodafone

Find a free iPhone SE

Smartphone contracts often come with an up front cost, especially for brand new devices. However, if you don't want to pay anything for the phone on the day you get it, you can always find deals which help you spread the cost over your contract's length.

Deals with no upfront cost do tend to be much more expensive in terms of your monthly prices, so beware of these extra costs.

 

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