iPhone SE Review: Everything you need to know

iPhone SE Review: This is the phone to get in the event that you simply need another iPhone that will last you a couple of years, however, I would prefer not to pay a ton for it. The iPhone SE 2020 offers not too bad yet not top-end’ execution: a great camera, enough force, an extraordinary App Store to loot, and a lighter iPhone than late models. Battery life and screen tech could be better, the earphone jack is a miss, however – at the cost – this is a standout amongst other iPhones Apple has ever constructed.



Lightweight frame Battery life could be better
Low price for iPhone Old screen technology
Powerful chipset No headphone jack

iPhone SE Review: Everything you need to know

The iPhone SE 2020 is worked around one objective: to dispatch another iPhone for less cash than at any other time, and it accomplishes that well. For just $399/£419/AU$749 you can have a fresh out of the plastic new handset from Apple – it’s a standout amongst other iPhones ever made and you would now be able to get your hands on one.

The structure of the phone will be recognizable to anybody that is utilized an iPhone as of late – except if you’ve not held a handset from Apple since 2013 then you’ll have seen this 4.7-inch outline previously, complete with bezels top and base and a home catch with unique mark scanner worked in.

It’s currently observed as the ‘littler’ iPhone structure factor given the all-screen plans of the later models, and it’s both more lightweight and pocketable than anything from the iPhone 11 territory.

It’s pleasingly water safe, yet has a few downsides on account of the more seasoned plan: it comes up short on an earphone jack at the base, and on the grounds that the showcase innovation is marginally dated (as it originates from the iPhone 8) it can endure in brilliant light when you’re attempting to watch recordings or something like that.

Apple may have stayed with a similar plan as the iPhone 8, however, the innards are significantly better – prominently the new A13 Bionic chipset inside, which includes speed about all over and truly improves the presentation over the more seasoned 4.7-inch models. It’s not exactly at the degree of the iPhones propelled a year ago, yet it’s not far-removed.

That A13 chipset has improved the camera execution as well, regardless of no perceivable change to the specs of the sensor since the iPhone 8 (there’s only a solitary focal point on the iPhone SE 2020).

It takes not too bad, splendid photographs that will satisfy a great many people, in spite of the fact that it doesn’t exactly offer a similar shading generation or lucidity as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, for instance.

The picture mode doesn’t fill in just as on phones that pack a second, profundity detecting sensor for exact bokeh impacts, and therefore you can be left with some odd-looking bordering around the edges of subjects. Yet, by and large, the camera – and particularly at the cost – takes noteworthy pictures in many situations.

Battery life is likely probably the greatest issue we found with the iPhone SE 2020 – it won’t effectively last you daily except if you’re a light and steady client.

Given the quantity of intensity hungry applications accessible that will take advantage of all that force given by the A13 chipset, we would have jumped at the chance to have seen at any rate a throughout the day battery in there, in any event, at the lower cost.

Notwithstanding, don’t let that reduce the way that the iPhone SE 2020 follows on from its antecedent by presenting to you another iPhone, with not a great deal of bargain, for less cash than you may anticipate.

While it doesn’t hit numerous statures as far as to force or execution, it more than counterbalances that by being the least expensive iPhone Apple has ever propelled while as yet pressing refined and helpful equipment, making the new iPhone SE an awe-inspiring alternative for those either on a careful spending plan or simply needing to locate a simple course into the Apple biological system.

iPhone SE cost and release date

The iPhone SE 2020 discharge date was Friday, April 24 (with pre-orders going live the prior week) so you would now be able to get your hands on Apple’s most recent handset in case you’re craving at some minimal effort iPhone activity. It’s at a bargain in the US, UK, and Australia just as an assortment of different markets far and wide.

The iPhone SE value begins at $399/£419/AU$749 which means it’s a similar cost in the US as the first iPhone SE (however higher in the UK). The base model accompanies 64GB of capacity, with 128GB and 256GB models additionally accessible at a greater expense.

The 128GB expenses $449/£469/AU$829 while the 256GB expenses $549/£569/AU$999.

In the US, Apple is offering the new iPhone SE at $16.62/month through its financing plan or, on the off chance that you have something like the iPhone 8 to exchange, just $9.54/mo or $229 – in spite of the fact that in case you’re overhauling from the first iPhone SE or iPhone 6, you’ll just get $30 toward the maximum of the gadget.

Display and Design

  • A recognizable (read: old) plan
  • Retina HD show is fine, if somewhat dull
  • iPhone SE 2020 will come in dark, white and (Product) red

The iPhone SE has the very same plan and shows the iPhone 8 from 2017. Utilizing this structure factor and screen equipment permitted Apple to keep the expense of the gadget as low as it has, as it didn’t have to put resources into an entirely different assembling process.

It feels like the iPhone world has proceeded onward in three years, however – presently the 4.7-inch screen with the stout bezels above and beneath feels like it has a place with the past.

In that time the leader iPhone territory has moved to an all-screen plan – notwithstanding an indent at the top, you’re given scarcely any bezels – while with increasingly premium aluminum inside, things have a little weightier as of late.

So coming back to the iPhone 8 plan implies Apple is bringing back its progressively lightweight phone, overcoming any barrier between the more established iPhone SE and the behemothic (however noteworthy) iPhone 11 Pro Max, for instance.

To be sure, getting the new iPhone SE, the primary thing you’ll see is the means by which lightweight it is. Once more, some probably won’t notice the change in the event that they’re originating from a littler phone from 2016/17, however, trust us: it could have been a great deal more terrible, as the gadgets in the more up to date all-screen iPhone ranges are much heavier.

One presumes that if Apple had rebooted the first iPhone SE shape, with the littler 4-inch screen and interactive home catch (the new iPhone SE 2020 highlights a haptic catch that doesn’t move), it would at present have sold well; yet the bigger 4.7-inch LCD screen is progressively helpful for the present applications, which utilize the all-inclusive presentation.

One thing that many will miss is the 3.5mm earphone jack. We’ve been regretting its misfortune for some moons now, yet as the first iPhone SE (or other less expensive phones that are 2-3 years of age, that you may be updated from) had this element we can see it may in any case cause frustration.

While some phone purchasers may have acknowledged this misfortune at this point (scarcely any handsets are being propelled with the port now) it may at present be something of stun for those utilizing phones from a couple of years back, regardless of the plenty of genuine remote earbuds.

Apple has placed its EarPods in the iPhone SE box, which utilizes the phone’s Lightning connector instead of the 3.5mm earphone jack, however, the individuals who as of now have wired earphones that they’re content with should burn through $9/£9/AU$15 on a connector.

iPhone Se Design and display
iPhone Se Design and display (Image: Future)

The showcase on the iPhone SE 2020 probably won’t be the most element rich, however, it’s fine. Given the objective market, this phone is focused on – the individuals who need another iPhone yet would prefer not to spend a tremendous measure of cash on one – there’s not so much a desire for an extravagant OLED show here.

The goals of the iPhone SE screen probably won’t be top-end (it’s far less sharp than later iPhones, or even various modest Android phones), however, it’s not something that is actually that undeniable in most use-cases.

The main thing that we might want to see improved is the splendor of the presentation: in the years since the iPhone 8 dispatch the shading and vividity of the screens on phones have improved colossally, and they seem more splendid at default settings – and constraining the brilliance straight up has a solid (and negative) impact on the battery life.

That splendor needs to be expanded excessively frequently too – there’s no getting away from the way this is a more seasoned presentation on offer with the iPhone SE 2020, and there were in excess of a couple of events when we expected to protect the phone from more brilliant light to perceive what was on the screen – something that isn’t an issue with more up to date iPhones.

A13 Bionic chipset

  • Substantially more remarkable than the iPhone 8
  • Can open applications with great speed
  • Indeed, even figures out how to go head to head with the iPhone 11 Pro now and again

The large change with the iPhone SE 2020 (and we don’t utilize the italics softly there) is the overhauled motor from the iPhone 8. While the outer plan is near on indistinguishable, Apple has supercharged the internal parts, with an improved chipset managing everything.

That additional force is intended to permit the new iPhone SE to equal the iPhone 11 territory as far as speed while flipping among applications, and altering snaps and video, and ought to likewise improve the camera execution (because of overhauled computational force from the new chipset).

Apple hopes to have actualized some genuine presentation enhancements while keeping the expense of this phone down, and that impression has been borne out as far as we can tell with the iPhone SE: it coordinated the iPhone 11 Pro Max – the most remarkable phone from Apple available – for speed when sending out an iMovie, and really compacted a 1080p four-and-a-half-minute video at a practically indistinguishable speed.

We contrasted it with the more seasoned iPhone 8 Plus with a similar test, and when compacting and trading a film down to a littler size, the iPhone SE 2020 dealt with the undertaking so.

On the off chance that you’re going to burden the phone as far as possible, at that point the iPhone 11 Pro handsets are progressively ready to deal with graphically serious undertakings and applications – yet in any event, when playing all the more impressive games like Pascal’s Wager, we didn’t feel the new iPhone SE losing any presentation. The normal client will see little distinction except if deliberately attempting to burden the SE 2020.

What’s intriguing is the way that the iPhone SE has been ‘calculated’ by Apple regarding power yield. Our benchmark testing demonstrated that the most current iPhone doesn’t exactly have the crude snort or speed of the iPhone 11 territory, proposing that Apple is offsetting power yield with battery execution.

Those benchmark scores saw a practically indistinguishable single-center (for low-sway errands) score of 1300 for the iPhone SE, and 3100 for the multi-center test. That is not exactly the 3500 for the iPhone 11 Pro range, however not far-removed the standard iPhone 11.

All the benchmarks we ran painted a comparative picture, demonstrating that the iPhone SE 2020 doesn’t have the crude snort of the Pro range, maybe intended to give the most battery life conceivable.

You can see something very similar on the iPhone 11 versus the iPhone 11 Pro – little contrasts in benchmark scores, likely in an offer to ensure each experience is customized to various objective clients.

Those intrigued by the Pro model will need the supreme max power (which is the reason there’s a bigger battery to redress) however the more ‘ordinary’ client may approve of to a greater extent a parity – the new iPhone SE likewise has 3GB of RAM, instead of the 4GB the iPhone 11 is pressing, as again to limit costs.

We encountered almost no in the method of log jam during our time with the new iPhone SE – separated from in the camera, where the phone took a second or two to process each picture we took. That is not a tremendous issue when it’s all said and done, yet in the event that you need to in a split second look at a snap you’ve taken it takes the sparkle off fairly.

It’s difficult to tell what else to state about the updated chipset (which will affect the presentation of some applications later on), yet dependent on one next to the other correlations we were unable to blame the intensity of the new, less expensive iPhone.


  • 12MP single sensor pervaded with cutting edge picture preparing
  • Great photographs, however not showcase driving
  • High scope of video recording choices

In our view, the represent the deciding moment include for the iPhone SE – thus the key focal point of this audit – is the iPhone SE camera and how well it acts in everyday use – given that there’s ‘old’ equipment on offer here, Apple has faced a challenge that it can improve photograph quality utilizing picture handling fueled by the A13 Bionic chipset.

Spoiler alert: the bet has paid off liberally. The new iPhone SE can frequently confront the iPhone 11 Pro Max as far as general snapping, and possibly battles with regards to the zones where the equipment is deficient.

We’ll clarify increasingly about that in a second, however, we’ve contrasted the iPhone SE 2020 with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 8 Plus, and it holds its own well.

Before we broadly expound on the camera’s exhibition, we should take a gander at the equipment: the iPhone SE camera is essentially utilizing a similar arrangement of focal points, and megapixel check, as the iPhone 8, with a 12MP camera, a six-component focal point and a sapphire glass spread for quality.

We don’t have the foggiest idea about the specific sensor that is being utilized – Apple wouldn’t affirm whether it had updated the equipment there – yet the equivalent 12MP camera and f/1.8 gap remain, so it appears that there’s almost no change to the sensor.

Be that as it may, Apple has saved similar equipment specs for the ‘typical’ wide-edge focal point on the iPhone territory since the iPhone 8, however tremendously improved the nature of the pics – which recommends the processor is doing a great deal of the hard work. So exactly what amount of distinction does permeating the iPhone SE with the equivalent A13 Bionic chipset, complete with that improved picture signal processor inside, make?

iPhone SE Camera Review - 2020
iPhone SE Camera Review (Image: theverge)

The short answer is a great deal. Put photographs from the iPhone SE 2020 close to snaps taken with the iPhone 8 Plus, for instance, and you can in a split second observe improved sharpness, progressively exact shading propagation, and a by and large ‘better’ photograph whether taken in more splendid or darker conditions.

Apple’s ‘tuning’ of pictures from the new iPhone SE – the manner in which it figures a photograph should look – is fascinating, with the preparing seeming to follow in the strides of that in the iPhone 11 territory, preferring a cooler-looking scene.

These outcomes in pictures that look less warm contrasted with those from even the iPhone XS from 2018 (which, to our eye, are all the more outwardly engaging), however, the preparing produces snaps with great degrees of sharpness and clearness.

In a next to each other correlation with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the most component stuffed phone Apple has ever made, the iPhone SE doesn’t proceed also…

Yet that is justifiable at the cost. Plainly the SE has an inclination towards overexposing in certain situations, with a portion of the shading and striking quality lost in a couple of pictures.

One specifically observed us having to hugely drop the introduction of a nature scene taken under backwoods spread. In spite of the darker conditions, the picture was very splendid – it appeared the new iPhone SE camera was making a decent attempt to redress.

We frequently found that the pictures on the viewfinder were a lot more splendid than, in actuality, which ordinarily implied we needed to change the presentation.

Be that as it may, in an immediate correlation with the best iPhone available, there wasn’t as quite a bit of a distinction as the huge inlet regarding sticker price would recommend. You don’t get things like night mode (which is heavenly, and worth investigating in case you’re thinking about the iPhone 11) or the extra ultra-wide and 2x zoom cameras.

As far as the picture quality you do get, the distinctions are little, yet there to see. Not all the stunts have fallen off – for example, the profundity of field capacities on the iPhone SE isn’t as solid (due to the previously mentioned absence of a profundity detecting focal point).

This implies picture mode doesn’t in every case very work out the edges of the subject (and it can just figure out how to utilize the foundation defocusing on people, not on objects).

The new iPhone SE camera will obscure around the edges of a subject now and again, which means utilizing one of the keen impacts, similar to Stage Light Mono, look very bizarre, with parts of the hair missing along the edges. It’s not awful, however, it is difficult to get the brilliant looking snaps Apple utilizes in its showcasing.


  • Battery life is just about a day
  • Shockingly the new chipset doesn’t make things increasingly proficient
  • Quick and remote charging can help balance the lower limit

The new iPhone SE battery size hasn’t been declared by Apple (it never uncovers this spec), yet we do realize that the iPhone 8 accompanied a 1,821mAh force pack, and we foresee something comparative for the iPhone SE 2020.

Also, on the off chance that that is, in reality, the case, at that point it’s a potential issue, in light of the fact that the iPhone 8 didn’t have heavenly battery life – it could pretty much most recent daily in ordinary use, with the charger waiting be in reach towards the finish of the night.

The new iPhone SE should, in principle, have a more extended enduring battery as it has a progressively productive motor at its heart, and iOS 13.4 is better at overseeing power utilization.

In any case, Apple says the iPhone SE “keeps going about equivalent to iPhone 8”, which is amazing and recommends that you should see around 2-4 hours’ less battery life in typical use than an iPhone 11, and as long as 25 hours less if simply utilizing the iPhone for sound.

In pragmatic use, we saw a blended presentation from the new iPhone as far as battery life: it absolutely wasn’t in a similar force use section as the great iPhone XR and iPhone 11 territory, and we wound up having to consistently go after the charger at night.

In any case, on low-utilization days, where we didn’t utilize the iPhone for a substantial measure of photography or web perusing, we got as far as possible of the day with over 30% left in the tank, and we saw little force channel for the time being as well, recommending that the iPhone SE is pretty force proficient in backup mode.

You’ll get around 5% execution channel for the time being relying upon what gadgets you have connected by means of Bluetooth (we had two wearables connected, which caused to a greater extent a drop.

Yet, by and large, we felt that the iPhone SE was, in reality, a return to the more established, 4.7-inch iPhone models, where it just felt like the force pack inside wasn’t sufficiently large to easily last the day – we unquestionably didn’t have the trust in this handset that we’ve come to appreciate with later iPhones.

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