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With Apple’s announcements on their March 21st event iPhone SE, Apple launched the iPhone SE. A smartphone which has the innards of an iPhone 6s, the screen size of an iPhone 5s and is missing out on 3D Touch. Also, no one appreciates the nomenclature “SE”.

However, now that Apple is offering so many iPhones for you to choose from, the choice has become difficult. Which one should you choose, and how do you decide?

For starters, if you want a 4-inch phone, and it has to be an iPhone, then you only have the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE up for grabs.

iphone 5s gold white 16

The iPhone 5s is available for as low as Rs. 20,000 in India for the 16 GB and Rs. 24,000 for the 32 GB variant. It still runs on the latest OS and offers most of the same features as the new gen phones minus a few new ones. You are missing out on extensive processing, 4K video capture and 3D touch in comparison to iPhone 6s. You also miss out on some software features like an always on “Hey Siri” among few others.

iPhone SE hero

iPhone SE changes things by adding the latest processor hence you get all your speed and graphics. You also get 4k video capture. You are still missing out on 3D touch and 120 fps slo-mo capture on Full HD. The iPhone SE adds always-on “hey-Siri” and some of the other features found in Apple flagships. The iPhone SE, in India However, will cost upwards of Rs. 39000 for the 16 GB variant at launch and more for the 64 GB variant, our guess Rs. 45000, which makes it extremely pricey. You are looking at a 12 MP main camera and a 1.2 MP front camera.

iphone 6s plus 9

If screen size is not a problem, the larger iPhone 6s comes with a 4.7-inch screen size. You can get the 16 GB one for as low as Rs. 40000 which is just Rs. 1000 more than the iPhone SE at launch. With only that much of a difference, the iPhone 6s offers up the whole suite, including 3D touch, 4k video, slow-mo (120 fps) at 1080p. Along with the Apple’s A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor. You will also get a new design phone vs. a new phone that looks over three years old.

While a small screen is something that a lot of people appreciate, the iPhone SE becomes the natural choice. However, on a price crunch, the iPhone 5s is still an impressive phone and has sold on deal sales for as low as Rs. 15000 for the 16 GB variant. But if, screen size is not an issue the iPhone 6s is their flagship phone (not considering the plus option) and will cost only Rs. 1000 more than the iPhone SE at launch and comes in the same colors, offers more features and looks better.


Which iPhone would you choose?

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    Specifications iPhone 6s iPhone SE iPhone 5s
    Display  4.7-inch Retina HD display with 3D Touch,  LED-backlit widescreen 4-inch Retina display  LED-backlit 4-inch Retina display  LED-backlit
    Resolution  1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi 640 x 1136 pixels resolution at 326 ppi 640 x 1136 pixels resolution at 326 ppi
    Motion Processor  Embedded M9 motion coprocessor Embedded M9 motion coprocessor  Embedded M7 Motion Co processor
    Chipset  A9 chip with 64-bit architecture A9 chip with 64-bit architecture  A7 Chip
    RAM 2GB N/A  1 GB
    CPU Dual-core 1.84GHz Dual-core 1.84GHz  Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone
    GPU PowerVR GT7600 PowerVR GT7600  PowerVR G6430
    OS  iOS 9  iOS 9  iOS 9
    Internal Storage  16GB/64GB/128GB  16GB / 64 GB  16 GB / 32 GB
    Exapandibility  N/A  N/A
    Rear camera  12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture  12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Optical image stabilization  8 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, autofocus, dual-LED
    Rear Camera Video  4K video recording (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps  Optical image stabilization for video,  4K video recording (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps  1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
    Front Camera  5-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash  1.2-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Retina Flash  1.2-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture
    Front Camera Video  720p HD video recording 720p HD video recording 720p HD video recording
    Weight  143 grams  113 grams  112 grams
    Special Features  Fingerprint sensor, 3D touch, live photo  Fingerprint sensor, live photo  Fingerprint sensor
    Connectivity LTE LTE  LTE

    Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold

    Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold

     Silver, Gold, Space Gray

    Rs. 39000 and Rs. 45000 16GB/64GB respectively unlocked

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    21 Comments On "iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or iPhone 5s Which One Should you Choose"

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    Is it better to buy iPhone SE in USA at $399 and $499 (plus tax – $50) for the unlocked one rather than paying INR 39,000 here in India. Is there any problem with such?

    Sri Srujan

    Iphone se coz it offers a lot of the specs of the 6s fr a reasonable cost

    Sathish Kumar

    Have you entered this competition to win Galaxy S7 Edge International Giveaway! yet?
    If you refer friends you get more chances to win :)

    ????? ?????
    Shantanu Manerikar

    Yeah but Xiaomi sucks when it comes to after sales service

    Shantanu Manerikar

    And going by the current trend it might go down to 25k by Dec

    Shantanu Manerikar

    It’s 30k for 16 gb

    Atif Jameel

    i already choose iphone 6s…and it fantastic

    ????? ?????

    There are many more smart phone in Indian market which is much more cheaper Dan the price tag of 39k(iPhone SE-16GB) and have even better configuration.

    ????? ?????

    Non of these

    Tushar Bhadwal

    None of the above… None of them Are worth the price.


    igyaan i think SE stands for Still ExpensiveU0001f60b

    Amjad Khan Rauf



    igyaan does it worth 20k extra on new #iPhoneSE over #iPhone5s? is #Apple gonna discontinue #iPhone5s soon?

    Ashish Kumar Singh

    iphone 6 becoz it cost nearly iphone SE which is 31k and 4.7inch screen is ideal

    Mohammad Musa

    I phone 6s

    ??? ??????

    None. All r too expensive.

    Kieran Kumar

    I am so ready to spend 28k for Mi5.

    Bhaskar SK

    True, Mi5 is far better in all aspects and 128 gig ceramic version will cost around 28k. Ditch this SE.

    Kieran Kumar

    I saved up for SE but it turns out it’s a huge fail. I would rather pay 33k for iPhone 6 than pay 39k for SE. I think MI5 releases early then the game might change.

    Kalpésh Singh

    iPhone SE
    (Used iPhone 5s as my daily driver)