Apple’s latest model to arrive in 2016, the iPhone SE, comes at a surprise to consumers, offering a powerful iPhone at a much more affordable price. This puts those looking to purchase one of their newer models at a predicament: choosing a cheaper model, with great specifications, at a small 4-inch size versus the iPhone 6, which is inferior on performance, yet larger in physical size. We’ll therefore go through the main feature differences to help you this year.

Design

This is the stark difference in between the two devices. The iPhone 6 has a display larger by 0.7-inches: a larger screen offers a better interface and more superior experiences with all things media. Larger photos, better video viewing, more interactive gaming. Technically, the SE has a lower contrast ratio and lower resolution, while also lacking in dual-domain pixels. In reality, the difference is minor, and you should base the design decision on whether you want a larger device or not. The SE is of course lighter at only 3.99 ounces. Both devices utilise the same combination of bead-blasted aluminium and glass that Apple has always offered.

Power and Performance

The SE arrived after the release of the 6S, meaning it holds higher hardware capabilities in comparison to the 6. Better computing power than the 6, better back-facing camera, the latest A9 chip (2GHz dual-core 64-bit ARM processor) and the M9 coprocessor. Even better, the SE features twice as much RAM as the iPhone 6 (which only has 1GB RAM): that means quicker multitasking among a more responsive performance.

Storage

The two devices are identical. Both the SE and 6 offer 16GB or 64GB storage options. The difference between these two options is significant. Think carefully about how much you’ll really store on the device. If you’re resourceful, stream music, don’t take many videos or photos, and don’t download hundreds of Apps, then the lower option will save you a lot of money.

Cameras

The SE copies the latest iPhone 6S by incorporating the same 12-megapixel rear camera, with true tone flash and Live Photos. The SE can capture 63-megapixel panorama photos and shoot video in a whopping 4K. The iPhone 6 falls back on this front, restricted to 1080p video at either 30/60 fps, with a less than spectacular 8-megapixel rear camera. The SE certainly wins in an imaging capability competition.

Conclusion

The only downfall we have discovered with the SE, in comparison to the 6, has to be the compromise on size. This is subjective: you may be used to the original iPhone size and therefore see the SE as a better fit, less bulky and more subtle. Not everyone wants to dive into the “phablet” market with a device that doesn’t fit in every pocket. But if you’re a true media lover, then a larger screen is always going to be more impressive. Other than this physical difference, the SE wins in a performance competition, matching the later 6S’ capabilities on power, yet falls within a much more affordable budget.