iPhone SE vs. iPhone 6: What are the Differences?

Perhaps you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone or are just switching to Apple, both the classic iPhone 6 and the newer iPhone SE are incredible devices. However, there are a number of differences between them, meaning one may be a better choice for you. We’re about to give a you a rundown of each to make your decision a little easier.


The beloved design of the iPhone 6 features a slim aluminum body accented by sleek, rounded edges.The body on the iPhone SE is made of the same material and feels just as thin, although the flat, instead of curved, edges of its design appears more inspired by the 5s. The iPhone 6 comes in silver and grey body options while the iPhone SE comes in a number of more varieties, including gold and rose gold.

iPhone 6 and iPhone SE

The iPhone SE is the perfect device if you’re looking for something small that you can easily use single-handed. If your phone’s aesthetic is a priority, the extra colors offered may appeal to you as well. However, it’s flat edges are not for everyone, and neither will is it’s smaller display. On that note, it’s time to address the screen itself, the most distinguishing difference between these two phones.


Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone SE offer a beautiful Retina HD screen. The difference lies in the screen size, measuring 4.7 inches on the iPhone 6 in comparison to just 4 inches on the SE. The pixel density remain the same on both devices at 326ppi.

Comparing on iPhone 6 and SE displays

If you enjoy a bigger screen there really isn’t a question here, pick the iPhone 6. If, on the other hand, if you’re more a fan of a smaller screen and maybe held onto your iPhone 5, the iPhone SE might be better fitting for you.


The Apple iPhone 6 comes with a 8 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p video while it’s front-facing camera packs 1.2 megapixels. As most iPhone owners know, both of these cameras are no slouch and perform admirably, capturing very high quality images.

Camera on iPhone 6

However, this is one area where the iPhone SE simply outperforms this bigger brother. The rear-facing camera on the SE boasts a staggering 12 megapixels, improves internals, as well as the capability to shoot 4k video. The front facing camera isn’t quite the same upgrade, featuring a similar 1.2 megapixel camera, albeit with an improved sensor and the addition of Retina flash.

When it comes to the camera, the iPhone SE simply takes better pictures and shoots better video than its larger predecessor.


iPhone 6 vs SE- Specs

At the heart of each device is its processor, of which the iPhone 6 comes with the tried and true A8 chip and M8 motion processor. The iPhone SE instead comes with the slightly updated A9 chip and M9 processor, however the performance upgrade this brings is slight considering there is no major software upgrade to take advantage of this.

The difference is a bit more pronounced looking at the Ram of these devices, of which the iPhone SE has 2GB, twice the 1gb in the iPhone 6. However, double the memory here does not necessarily double the performance in this case. The iPhone 6 is a fast machine as is, so the extra ram should only really make a difference in opening apps a little bit quicker as and running very demanding apps run a bit smoother.

The storage available for each device is comparable, ranging from 16gb to 64 gb, as is the battery life. The iPhone 6 offers a slightly larger battery at the cost of its larger screen. Each of which should last you throughout the day with moderate use, usually with a few percent left over.


Things are pretty tied up here as well. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone SE come loaded with iOS 9, and therefore navigate and feel almost identical. One minor difference in their software comes with the fact that while the iPhone SE supports Live Photos, the iPhone 6 does not. Also, while shrinking the screen on the SE Apple removed the quick double-tap feature which would open the top notification bar.

Both devices support Apple Pay as well. Basically, as long as you don’t rely on Live Photos or couldn’t stand the thought of missing the double-tap feature, the software on either the 6 or the SE will perform exactly the way you want it to.


The iPhone 6 and the newer iPhone SE each are a sleek, powerful device in their own right. The differences between them are few, mostly coming down to a few extra features included with the SE along with a smaller screen and form-factor.

If you’re a stickler for speed, camera performance, and a small form-factor, take a look at the iPhone SE. If on the other hand bleeding-edge hardware doesn’t appeal to you and a larger screen does, the iPhone 6 is what we’d recommend. In the end, either device made by Apple is simply a great smartphone.

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