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iPhone SE: Review, Specifications & Price

The iPhone SE is Apple’s attempt to offer a lower-priced Apple device to people who don’t want to shell out the big bucks for an Apple flagship device. The result is a smartphone that’s fast but average battery life. In this article, we break down the specifics of the device and how much you can get one for.

Design

The iPhone SE features a sturdy aluminium-and-glass design that feels solid to touch. The device come in red, black and white, and in each variant, the aluminium band matches the colour of the device. The back however smudged quite easily so you might want to get a case for this one. 

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It sports a very compact design, making it easy to hold. It has a very handy feel and can easily be used with one hand. The iPhone SE measures 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches and weighs 5.22 ounces, making it one of the lightest iPhone’s out.

The catch lies in the bezels. The device is bordered by two fairly large bezels on each side, taking points away from the phone’s compact design.

Display

The display keeps in line with the design direction of a handy compact phone, with the 4.7-inch display on the device keeps it small. Nevertheless, the screen does well enough to highlight the finer details in videos. The picture quality was decent, although not on par with the iPhone 8. While we didn’t expect it to have a full HD display, 1334 x 750 pixels puts it firmly in the midrange category.

Using the screen outdoors was fairly easy with the brightness increased all the way. The screen also adjusted colours depending on the lighting conditions you’re in.

Performance

Unlike Android devices which often sport a lower-rated processor in their budget phones, the iPhone SE carries the same A13 Bionic processor the high-end iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, giving you blazing speed on a budget device.

iphone se

The device handled gameplay seamlessly across a wide range of games, and there was no lag throughout the time the phone was tested. However, the scrolling through the phone is not as smooth as on the iPhone 11, which has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. The device’s low resolution takes away from the device’s experience, but again, it’s a budget device.

Camera

Again, the camera performance of the iPhone SE might make you doubt that you’re using a budget device. The camera performance is practically on par with the iPhone 11. It features a 12-MP rear camera. Supported by the A13 Bionic chip, this camera manages to do a lot. Controls let you manage the outcome of your pictures such as using the portrait mode.

Credit: Anand Tech.

However, the iPhone SE lacks a night mode camera, an ultrawide lens or a telephoto sensor as you’d find in the iPhone 11. The level of detail in photos are astounding, nevertheless. The device does a good job of capturing details and colours very accurately.

The front camera is a 7-MP shooter that captures portrait photos at a very high level of detail. The pictures are just as crisp as with the back camera. It’s a great phone for people who want a phone with a good camera at a low price.

Battery

The battery department is where the iPhone SE falters. The battery is rated lower than the one on the iPhone 11. Apple claims the device can last over 13 straight hours of video playback, but this is noticeably less than the iPhone 11s 17 hours. On regular usage, the device lasted for about 9 hours.

If you hoped the device would be quick to top up, you’ll be disappointed. The 5-watt charger included in the box boosts the device up to a measly 29% after 3 minutes of charging. To use the fast-charging capabilities, you’d have to buy a separate charging brick and USB Type C.

Price of the iPhone SE in Nigeria

The device packs a lot of great features, for a device that’s intended to be a budget phone. It is available for N231,000 on Jumia and Konga

Verdict

For Apple’s budget offering, we think it does a great job. If you can overlook its small battery, the device surpasses expectation in the other departments. It’s a pretty solid all-round phone you can rely on. 

iPhone SE Full Specifications

General

BrandApple
ModeliPhone SE (2020)
Release date15th April 2020
LaunchedYes
Form factorTouchscreen
Body typeGlass
Dimensions (mm)138.40 x 67.30 x 7.30
Weight (g)148.00
IP ratingIP67
Removable batteryNo
Fast chargingProprietary
Wireless chargingYes
ColoursBlack, White, (Product) RED

Display

Screen size (inches)4.70
TouchscreenYes
Resolution750×1334 pixels
Protection typeOther
Pixels per inch (PPI)326

Hardware

Processor makeApple A13 Bionic
Internal storage64GB
Expandable storageNo
Dedicated microSD slotNo

Camera

Rear camera12-megapixel (f/1.8)
Rear autofocusYes
Rear flashLED
Front camera7-megapixel (f/2.2)
Pop-Up CameraNo

Software

Operating systemiOS 13

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Written by Femiexe

Tech and finance writer. When he's not prancing around with his two dogs, he's headbanging to heavy metal in existential angst.

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