Even though the recently launched iPhone SE was an average seller among the existing iPhone users, the new 4-inch Apple smartphone is selling in great numbers and supply is being outrun by demand. The phone packs the internals of the iPhone 6S in the frame of the iPhone 5S, thus offering a never-before-seen package.

But is the iPhone SE a great successor to the iPhone 5s or did it fail at something? How does it stand against the failed iPhone 5C? Let’s compare the specs of the three 4-inch iPhones to see how far the iPhone SE has come.

iPhone SE vs. iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5C

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iPhone SE

Processor and Memory

The iPhone SE uses the latest A9 processor clocked at 1.8GHz that is the same one used in the iPhone 6s. It comes with 2GB of RAM and is available in 16GB and 64GB storage variants. The iPhone 5S runs on the A7 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. It features 1GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options. Lastly, the iPhone 5C gets the 1.3 GHz A6 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB/16GB/32GB storage options.

Battery, Touch ID, NFC

The iPhone 5C gets a 1510mAh battery, while the iPhone 5S gets only slightly larger 1560mAh battery. The iPhone SE on the other hand flaunts a 1624mAh juicer. Also, both the SE and the 5S come with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, but the 5C misses out on that part due to the price factor. Also, note that the SE has got NFC too to support Apple Pay in conjunction with the fingerprint sensor.

Camera and iOS

The iPhone 5C gets an 8 MP rear camera with AF and LED flash, and there’s a 1.2MP camera on the front. The iPhone 5S gets the same setup but with better aperture range and dual-LED flash, thus performing a bit better in daylight and much better in low light. Talking about the latest iPhone SE, it packs the 12MP camera of the iPhone 6S along with a 1.2MP front camera.

As for the software, all the three 4-inch iPhones run on the latest iOS 9.3 and above.


The iPhone SE is indeed a major improvement over the iPhone 5S and a major success after the failure of the iPhone 5C. It packs top-notch hardware and is meant for bringing in new customers to the iOS environment rather than targeting the existing iPhone users. Of course, we would have preferred an iPhone 6S-like design in the SE, but then again, at the affordable price, we can’t be too greedy.

Got something to say? Start the conversation in the comments below.

  • Mike Wort

    “Of course, we would have preferred an iPhone 6S-like design in the SE” Why don’t you speak for YOUrself. We, people that prefer phones to phablets were waiting for just this kind of update. Physically the iPhone 5 & 5S were the best designed form factor. The rounded edges on the 6 & 6S just makes them easier to drop and because of Apple’s thinness obsession, the camera jut out, the antenna lines interrupt the case harmony, an overall worse design. If anything, the 6S should have kept the 5S style in a larger case. Imagine the battery life we could have had.

    • Richard Paguirigan

      Seriously, they need to butf out. They would not buy the SE anyway because of its size so why are they pushing for ruining the best iPhone design ever? The 4 and 5 (except 5c) struck the ideal blend of balance, proportion and harmony EVER. THE 6S with rounded edges and rectangular buttons with power button on the side is just straight up hideous, unwieldy and unergonomic. That’s why I REFUSED to upgrade my 5s for the longest time. If they came up with an SE that looked like 6s I would still have not bought it because of the ugly factor. These idiots who have concept of beauty, form and function can go coddle their 6’s. We don’t care about yours so leave ours the heli alone!

  • diggie

    5S and 5C are better.

    • MyDisqussion

      I would disagree. The iPhone SE has better battery life, a faster processor, a better back camera, and more system memory. I can’t really think of a single reason why the 5S or 5c would be a better phone.

      The iPhone 6 was widely panned when it was introduced.
      -It was, and still is, too slippery. (Not the 5-series phones.)
      -It was, and still is, ugly with its antenna bars (which stain from jeans.)

      The iPhone 5-series has a great form factor, and can stand up straight and take a panoramic photo with the correct app.

      • diggie

        My comment was sarcastic in response to how ridiculous this article is. Of course the SE is the better of the 3 (same phone, udated internals), and an article wasn’t even warranted.

        • MyDisqussion

          My apologies. My iPhone SE is stuck in FedEx somewhere. Should have been delivered yesterday. Bummer, now I don’t get to play with it over the weekend.