Display Measurement

The screen of the iPhone SE shouldn’t be much different to that of the iPhone 8. It’s still an LCD IPS display, but it’s also one of the best on the market, even though the resolution is quite low. 

We move on to the display calibration and fundamental display measurements of the iPhone SE screen. As always, we thank X-Rite and SpecraCal, as our measurements are performed with an X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, with the exception of black levels which are measured with an i1Display Pro colorimeter. Data is collected and examined using Portrait Display's CalMAN software.

Display Measurement - Maximum Brightness

In terms of brightness, the iPhone SE comes in at a maximum of 675 nits, which is in line with Apple’s previous generation LCD devices. It’s not quite as bright as the OLED iPhone 11’s and this can be noticeable in bright daylight, but it’s otherwise a very acceptable result.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

Portrait Displays CalMAN

In terms of greyscale calibration, minus a gamma that’s slightly too high and by a bit off with slightly darker tones, the color accuracy of the iPhone SE is dead-on. Whites come in at 6492K is almost perfect, and in general the color error is below a dEITP of 1.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

Saturation calibration is also extremely good, with only a quite larger overshoot towards the higher saturation reds.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

Portrait Displays CalMAN

In the GMB test, the display is incredibly accurate with a color error of only 0.99 dEITP, only slightly worsened by the very slightly off gamma and darker tones for a total of 2.12 dEITP.

Overall, the iPhone SE’s display is in line with what we’ve seen on the iPhone 8. It’s amongst the best LCD screens in the market, even though by now it’s been outpaced in terms of brightness output and evidently resolution.

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  • JCheng - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    I just tried it and the two options I get are Settings and Cancel, and Cancel does not enable it. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    You just tried the random pop-up? How does one go about summoning it?

    Apple must have changed the behavior if that's the case.
    Reply
  • cha0z_ - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    Learn how to use and configure your phone before you go on some articles comment section to type bs. ;) Reply
  • sprockkets - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    Wow, totally deep there. Reply
  • Deicidium369 - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    Not true - the whole reason for the iPhone is the undying slobbering subservience of the iSheep. Reply
  • star-affinity - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - link

    I thought it was the many superior audio apps available, such as the stuff from Moog and Reason Studios. At least that makes it for me. :)

    The Moog Model 15 app is just wow in my opinion:

    https://www.moogmusic.com/products/model-15-modula...
    Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    I think the world-class hardware design and unmatched network of stores providing on-site support are pretty big reasons too, tbh... especially given that Android is comparable or better in many UX regards these days. Reply
  • melgross - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    Jeeze, every so often I read something like this. People don’t buy iPhones to put Android on them, though some have tried to put iOS on a crappy Android phone. I don’t know which idea is worse.

    We know Apple doesn’t cheat on these tests. It’s just manufacturers with slower chips that feel they need to do that.
    Reply
  • sonny73n - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    What to be impressed about? It’s just a freaking phone with outdated design combined with a spy OS. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    You get the spyware feature no matter what device you choose.

    Both in hardware and in software.
    Reply

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