IPhone SE: what "small" Android smartphone choose instead?

The new phone from Apple, the iPhone SE, sports a screen that had seen disappear for some years now, going in the opposite direction to a market that tends more than ever to the shelves. And in this direction, Apple can not shake hands with many people.
Presented yesterday, and not surprisingly, on the occasion of the Apple Keynote, iPhone SE is a UFO among smartphones. We have long known the Cupertino fan of small formats before it will eventually crack when it was time to think about the iPhone 6. But she returned this time with screens of 4 inches, a size all quite exotic in 2016, while providing a mobile with very advanced technical features. This is a real mini version that is offered here, not a version at a discount as was the iPhone 5C. Especially Apple took the opportunity to revise its prices downward.But in the world of Android, what can we choose as smartphone that can compete with the newcomer of the Iceberg brand? On the same format, that is to say 4 inches, there is simply nothing. But if you look between 4 and 4.7 inches, there is still way to find happiness (or not) in this rather special selection.

From an aesthetic point of view

Love it or not the aesthetics of the iPhone, we can not say that Apple skimp on the quality of materials used. Apart from a few details, the brand's phones are quite successful, and it is difficult to find such a level of finish on mobile under 5 inch Android. There are however few.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016), which has a 4.7-inch screen, can be worth it if one seeks a mobile to look really premium. Taking the great aesthetic lines of the Samsung Galaxy S7, the A3 dresses metal on the edges, and a quality glass on his back. Its finishes are almost faultless.
As time whizzes in the high-tech, we had ended up forgetting. The HTC One Mini 2 (4.5 inches) was truly wowed us with his beautiful unibody and rounded hull. Unfortunately, the phone does not allied quite aesthetic performance.

HTC One Mini 2

As regards performance

In this area, the promise is frankly beautiful as the iPhone SE is equipped with the same chip as the iPhone 6S, that is to say an A9 chip, which should be even more comfortable thanks to a screen smaller and lower resolution. To see however if the RAM is sufficient and if the small size does not facilitate mobile heater.


Android and the only manufacturer not to trim the performance when mobile offers small, it is Sony with its Xperia ZX Compact. In this case, the latest Japanese in this sector, the Z5 Compact (4.6 inches), is a team of high-end chip, namely a Snapdragon 810. A chip that we could test on numerous occasions, and that is has many flaws which the most important is undoubtedly the heater. It is in any case ideal for the most demanding uses.
If the Snapdragon 810 does not excite you, there is always time to fall back on its earlier: the Snapdragon 801. We can just find this chip in the previous generation of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact with (4.6 inches). Good news: the performance of the mobile parts of its points were strong there a year and a half, and now its price is very affordable.

And for photo?

In terms of photography, always excluding the over 4.7-inch devices, the comparison becomes even more complicated because this iPhone SE promises of very high quality, that is to say, as the iPhone 6S. Suddenly, we find ourselves immediately with a similar mobile selection to what we saw previously.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) was shown by example rather gifted in this exercise, at least daily. At night, the results obtained with this sensor of 13 megapixels and objective aperture of f / 1.9 are against less famous. In the same vein, the Galaxy Alpha (4.7 inches) is also pretty good in the exercise, except that it is not sold in major retailers. Other examples include the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (4.3 inches) and its objective 24-240 mm.

Sony Xperia Z5 CompactTo find something more upscale, we must turn to the ZX Compact series (yes, again) who board the same image sensor as conventional versions. The Compact Z5 thus obtained very satisfactory day, although it shows also its limits when the lights come to die.
Sony Xperia Z3 CompactA little research, you can finally find some opponents to the iPhone SE, but mobile Android will struggle to fight on all fronts. We can certainly ask the question in a few months, when the least safe manufacturers will launch their own ideas of phones in a similar format. Then it should be a lot more opposition.

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