iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s Compared: Which to Buy




Considering whether to buy iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s? Not sure which is better? When I am trying to upgrade my phone, I get very confused too. So many features to consider – price, camera, colors, battery and so many more.

In this guide I will make it easy for you to decide whether to buy iPhone SE or iPhone 6s. I will compare the features most important for everyday use – Colors, Memory & Storage, Battery, Size & Weight and Camera. The guide also compares the following features: SIM Card options and finally, Price.

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Available Colors

Color options for iPhone SE

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Available Colors

Color options for iPhone 6S

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iPhone SE and iPhone 6s provide exactly the same color options. The following colors are available in both models:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Space Gray
  • Rose Gold

So, if color is a major consideration for comparing both models, you can buy any of them. But don’t make your decision yet. There are 11 more features to compare!

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Memory & Storage Capacity

The two models offers exactly the same storage options. Below are the options:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Since both models offer exactly the same options, making a decision which to buy based on storage is very easy. I am sure you are keen to see a difference. Next, I will compare there Battery talk time – one of the most important considerations when making Smartphone buying decision.

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Battery Compared

When you compare talk time promise for both phones, they both offer up to 14 hours of talk time on a 3G network. But (and this is very important “but”), when you use both phones to connect to the internet, iPhone SE offers better battery power.

See the table below for a summary of what both models offer in terms of battery power.

Power and Battery Compared for iPhone SE and iPhone 6s

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The table below compares the battery promise of iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s:

S/NMain FeatureSub-FeatureiPhone SEiPhone 6s
1Talk timeNAUp to 14 hours on 3GAlso offers up to 14 hours on 3G
2Internet use 3GDelivers up to 12 hours surfing on a 3G internet connectionOffers up to 10 hours on 3G
3 LTE Up to 13 hours of internetDelivers up to 10 hours
4 Wi-Fiup to 13 hours on Wi-Fiup to 11 hours on Wi-Fi
5Video playback NAiPhone SE could last up to 13 hours when playing videos Up to 11 hours
6Audio playbackNADelivers up to 50 hours if you are playing audio musiciPhone 6s offers same: up 50 hours

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s Battery Comparison: My Verdict

Looking at the table above, it is clear that iPhone SE delivers better battery time for the things that matter to the average Smartphone user. Most of us will either be surfing the internet or playing video or music. On these key areas, iPhone SE wins.

So, if battery time is a major for you, you should be going for iPhone SE. In any case, it is a good idea to see all features compared before you make a decision. Next, I will compare the Camera for iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s:

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Camera

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Camera

When it comes to camera, both phones offer 12-megapixel camera and Five-element lens. Both phones also offer the same Backside illumination sensor (BSI or BI).

BSI is that feature of a camera that increase the amount of light captured. By increasing the amount of light captured, these iPhones improve camera performance in low-light.

In summary, comparing iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s Cameras, both phone models offer exactly the same features.

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Size & Weight

This is one of the features of these two models that differentiates them. The table below the image summarizes the weight and dimensions of both models.

S/NFeature iPhone SE iPhone 6s
1 Height 4.87 inches (123.8 mm) 5.44 inches (138.3 mm)
2 Width 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) 2.64 inches (67.1 mm)
3 Depth 0.30 inch (7.6 mm) 0.28 inch (7.1 mm)
4 Weight 3.99 ounces (113 grams) 5.04 ounces (143 grams)

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s Weight & Size Comparison: My Verdict

iPhone 6s is clearly a bigger phone. It is wider, taller and heavier than iPhone SE. Because iPhone 6s is a bigger phone, one would have expected it to be thicker that SE. But comparing the Depth of both phones, 6s is thinner.

Putting it all together, if you want a wider (and slightly heavier) but thinner phone, go for 6s. But if your preference is a lighter and smaller phone, iPhone SE could be for you.

iPhone or SE iPhone 6s: SIM Card Option

One important consideration when deciding which phone model to buy is the SIM size options. Though, it may not be a deal breaker as you can always order a new SIM size, it is an important information to have.

Fortunately, iPhone and SE iPhone 6s offers the same SIM card size: Nano-SIM.

iPhone SE and iPhone 6s are not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards. If you have a micro-SIM, you will have to get a Nano-SIM to use SE or 6s.

iPhone SE vs iPhone 6s: Price

Below, I have put up the prices of top selling iPhone iPhone SE and 6s on Amazon.com. Comparing prices displayed, iPhone 6s is more expensive. This is expected as iPhone 6s is a bigger phone.

By the way, you can click any of the phones below to buy directly from Amazon.com. See my note and final verdict below.

The prices above may change from time to time as they are automatically updated from Amazon.com.

My Final Verdict

Here is my final take: iPhone SE and iPhone 6s offer the same color options, storage capacity options, Camera features and SIM card.

The difference between the two models is found in Battery, dimensions and weight. If your major consideration is battery, then you may want to go for the SE. But if size and weight are important to you, iPhone 6s may appeal to you.

Finally, considering price and all the features already compared, since the price difference between the 2 models is relatively marginal, iPhone 6s offers best value for money, except you are very particular about size.

If you have questions and/or comments, use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this guide. Alternatively, you could share your experience using iPhone SE or iPhone 6s so other readers will benefit from your experience.

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