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March 21, 2016

Taking a look at the iPhone SE vs. some of Android’s best

by John_A


A newer, smaller, iPhone is here. And while it’s tough to directly compare size and specs and price, it’s still good to know what’s going on.

The iPhone SE is upon us. And if we’re going to compare it to what’s available in the Android world, we need to rethink things a little bit. This isn’t the top-shelf iPhone. But neither is it a bargain basement deal. It packs good iPhone specs in a smaller body than the top dogs. But it also does so at a price point that makes sense for Apple — and might not make sense if we were looking at the same sort of thing in the Android world.

So let’s take a look at the new iPhone SE specs alongside the iPhone 6S Plus (for high-end Apple context), as well as up against the Moto X Pure Edition, and the Nexus 6P. Why those two Android phones and not the newer Samsung Galaxy S7 or upcoming LG G5? Price, for one. The GS7 can be nearly twice the price of the iPhone SE (depending on which storage option you go for Samsung’s latest). And we’ll assume the LG G5 will come in closer to the high end than not. So the Moto X makes sense in that respect, as does the Nexus 6P. We’re talking between $400 and $500 here. The Nexus 5X could well be compared, too, but we tend to recommend the Nexus 6P more than the smaller one.

It’s not really an apples-to-apples comparison (sorry!) in specs in any event — the iPhone just does more with less than anyone else. And it’s nearly impossible to find something that’s worth buying in this sort of diminutive size. But this comparison should give you a pretty good idea of what’s going down on the other side of nerdville.

More: What you need to know from Apple’s March 2016 event!

Operating System Android 6.0 Android 6.0 iOS 9.3 iOS 9.3
Display 5.7-inch2560x1440IPS TFT LCD 5.7-inch2560x1440AMOLED 5.5-inch1920x1080LCD 4-inch1136x640LCD
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 808 Octa-core Snapdragon 810 Apple A9 Apple A9
Storage 16/32/64GB 32/64/128GB 32/64/128GB 16/64GB
Expandable microSDUp to 128GB No No No
RAM 4GB 3GB 2GB n/a
Rear Camera 21MP f/2.0PDAF 12.3MP f/2.0 12MP f/2.2OIS 12MP f/2.2
Front Camera 5MP f/2.0 8MP f/2.4 5MP f/2.2 1.2MP f/2.4
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11acBluetooth v4.1 LEANT+, USB 2.0, NFC Wi-Fi 802.11acBluetooth v4.2 LEUSB-C, NFC Wi-Fi 802.11acBluetooth v4.2 Wi-Fi 802.11acBluetooth
Charging micro-USBFast chargingQuick Charge 2.0 USB-CRapid charging Lightning port Lightning port
Battery 3000 mAh 3450 mAh 2750 mAh n/a
Water resistance Nano-coating No No No | No
Security Lock screen code One-touch fingerprint sensor One-touch fingerprint sensor One-touch fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 153.9 x 76.2 x 6.1 to 11.06 mm 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
Weight 179g 178g 192g 113g
Starting price $399 $499 $749 $399


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