Review: iPhone SE is an affordable top phone in a handy size
Apple has blown the dust off its four-year-old iPhone SE brand name and launched a new model. It turns out to be a very suitable phone for people who find the iPhones in the top segment too large (and too expensive), but who do not want to compromise on performance.
Four years after the introduction of the first iPhone SE, Apple is back with the sequel, which is also simply called iPhone SE. The screen of the phone is quite small at 4.7 inches, but it is larger than that of the original (4 inches).
The design is not new, by the way. We’ve known this shape since the introduction of the iPhone 6 (including the 4.7-inch screen) in 2014. This means that the iPhone SE has fairly large edges around the screen, something that Apple in its more expensive iPhones after the iPhone 8 from has got off. Actually, this iPhone in many ways replaces the iPhone 8, which Apple also no longer sells.
The new iPhone SE is larger than the original, but that does not alter the fact that it is easy to operate with one hand. People who switch from an older iPhone SE will probably have to get used to the slightly larger size.
No face scanner, but the latest Apple chip
The iPhone SE has a home button with a fingerprint scanner in the bezel below the screen. No face scanner is provided, but Touch ID still proves to be a safe alternative and works lightning fast.
The LCD screen of the iPhone SE is not as nice in terms of color reproduction as the more expensive OLED versions, but you can only see that difference if you keep them side by side. The SE offers an excellent sharp and clear image. And the phone features Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, which is also included in the iPhone 11. In terms of possibilities and performance, it will be good in the coming years.
Specifications of the iPhone SE
Screen: 4.7 inches (1,334 by 750 pixels)
Processor: A13 Bionic
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Rear camera: 12 MP (support for 4K and 60 fps)
Front camera: 7 MP
Battery: 1,821 mAh
Weight: 148 grams
A single camera lens, but a good one
The iPhone SE has two camera lenses less than the most expensive iPhones. This device has one. This means that you cannot zoom in optically and you cannot use a wide-angle lens to capture more of the surroundings.
Still, the iPhone SE contains an excellent camera, because with the standard lens you can take photos that are inferior to those you can take with more expensive and newer iPhones. It is also nice that the single camera lens offers a portrait mode thanks to the A13 Bionic chip and with the help of software. The results are surprisingly good, but the mode works through the standard camera app only on people portraits and not when shooting animals or other subjects.
Another side note: in the price range of the iPhone SE, many Android phones are now available that contain more than one lens and thus offer a longer range. Also, the iPhone SE does not have a night mode for dark environments, so these photos often look grainy and less bright.
Picture taken with iPhone SE
The main drawback of the iPhone SE is the battery life. With normal use you usually hardly get through the day. If you occasionally play a game or use advanced augmented reality applications, it will drain even harder. Moreover, Apple does not provide a fast charger, while this form of charging is supported.
But these are minor negatives. Given the price of 489 euros, it is logical that some functions are missing. The iPhone SE is considerably cheaper than the iPhone 11. It does contain an extra lens and has a modern design, but is considerably more expensive (809 euros).
This makes the iPhone SE under the line a must for people who are looking for a very well-presented iPhone, but do not want to pay the main prize.