But the iPhone SE is not a perfect match for the iPhone 6 and 6s. The display, while still a bright IPS screen, is more in line with the screen on the 5s—it’s got a lower contrast ratio and reduced viewing angle compared to the next-generation screens on the iPhone 6 and 6s. And the Touch ID sensor is unchanged from the 5s, so it’s slower than the new second-generation Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The iPhone SE’s 1.2-megapixel selfie camera is a match with the one found on the iPhone 6, not the upgraded 5-megapixel model found on the iPhone 6s. And there’s no built-in barometer, so forget thinking of using the iPhone SE to track how many sets of stairs you’ve climbed or how many vertical feet of snowboarding you got in over the weekend.
The iPhone SE goes on sale March 31, so you can hold one in your hand yourself and decide if you want it. But really, if you or someone you know has an iPhone 5 or 5s, just hold that phone in your hand and imagine what it would be like to have iPhone 6s power in a design from 2012. That, in a nutshell, is the truth about the iPhone SE.
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