Apple iPhone SE review

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One big concern with a spending plan iPhone was that Apple might wind up using an older SoC to power it. That is not the case, and the A13 Bionic, the equivalent SoC found on the iPhone 11 series, powers the iPhone SE 2020. Early benchmarks showed that the iPhone SE had lower benchmark scores in comparison to other A13 Bionic powered devices, sparking suggestions that Apple may have down clocked the chip in some manners. Turns out, the simple, reason for this is the way that the iPhone SE 2020 comes with 3GB of RAM while the 11 series sports 4gigs of RAM.
Of the numerous things, Apple has a record of accomplishment for; it is consistently showing the irrelevance of benchmarks. When gaming on the iPhone SE, we clocked 59 fps on both PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile while Asphalt 9 ran at a rock-solid 60fps. While Game seat reported 93 percent frame stability for Call of Duty Mobile, both Asphalt 9 and PUBG Mobile ran with 99 percent frame rate stability. Gamers, good karma finding reasons to complain about this phone’s performance.


One look at the iPhone SE 2020 and you will think you’re looking at an iPhone 8. This implies you get a 4.7-inch display with a thick top and bottom bezel. The 750 x 1334 resolution pressed into a 4.7-inch board gives the display a pixel density of 326 PPI, satisfactory for the entirely enjoyable viewing experience, and indeed, it is an IPS LCD Panel.

Maybe the most impressive thing about the iPhone SE’s display is that it supports HDR content playback from Netflix and other sources. Apple’s color the executives deal with the profile switching between DCI-P3 and sRGB, depending on the content on the display. Notwithstanding what you’re watching on the display, regardless of whether a movie, a photo, or in any event, playing games, the visual acuity is generally excellent gratitude to precise color reproduction. The iPhone also has a pinnacle brightness of roughly 600 lux as recorded by our lux meter and can go down right to 2 lux, for simple viewing in pitch murkiness.


This is probably the one territory where you’re going to feel yourself wishing Apple had done more. The iPhone SE 2020 comes with a camera stack that is on-paper, identical to that of the iPhone 8. You have a 12-megapixel shooter on the back with an f/1.8 opening and OIS. On the front, a 7-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 opening. The rear camera can shoot in 4K and is also equipped for shooting 1080p video at 240fps, much the same as the 11-series. What you don’t get is Night mode, a component that continues to remain exclusive to the most recent iPhones only. Given the limited equipment, how about we see what kind of images you can anticipate from it.

Disclaimer: All image tests shown below have been resized for the web and have had their quality lowered. For full-sized, straight out of camera images, you can see them on our Flickr Gallery.

Daytime Shooting

The daytime performance of the iPhone SE is very good. The Smart HDR algorithms work on the iPhone SE which is definitely a reason for the extraordinarily improved dynamic range in the daytime photos shot from the iPhone SE. What stood out as impressive was the degree of detail retained in the photos. Taking photos is a smart experience, with no shade slack and almost no time between shots. You can see some of the examples below.

Low Light Photography

The iPhone SE does not have a night mode, and that is one region where you will definitely feel a pinch. Shooting subjects indoors is not too awful, as the camera figures out how to get not too bad exposure. However, if you’re out at night shooting outdoors, the camera will battle with dynamic range, yet that is a given for a camera sensor that has none of the new-age pixel binning magic. The price to pay for almost without noise images in low light details, which are lost when the noise reduction algorithm is applied.

Portrait Mode

The iPhone SE offers portrait mode as an option, however only works with human faces. This is a similar technique employed by the iPhone XR, called monocular vision. The sensor has double pixel AF, the focal points of which see the subject almost simply like the natural eye, and from there, machine learning dominates. Unfortunately, this only works with human faces and figures out how to do a not too bad job of separating the subject from the background. The separation of the hair is still a tricky thing to achieve, however as long as your hair isn’t frizzy like you’ve been shocked by a wanderer electric wire, at that point, it should have the option to keep things clean.


The iPhone SE 2020 houses a 1814mAh battery. It supports quick charging simply like the 11 series and furthermore comes with wireless charging. There is no quick charger in the box though. In our video loop test, we found the iPhone SE to last a little under 6 hours with the brightness set to max, Wi-Fi turned on and Bluetooth killed. Playing 15 minutes of CoD Mobile cost us 6 percent battery while 30 minutes of streaming Altered Carbon from Netflix levied a 7 percent punishment on the battery life, although for this situation the brightness was not turned right to max.

Using the iPhone SE as a daily driver, I noted that under my normal utilization scenario, the phone scarcely made it to the furthest limit of the day. Lockdown times have fewer phone calls and messages, yet that has been compensated with more YouTube and social media browsing. On an iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, we noted a battery life of a day and a half under similar use conditions. Given the ultra-compact form-factor of this device, we don’t really perceive how Apple could have fit a bigger battery in here. If you do decide to get the iPhone SE, it wouldn’t damage to keep a power bank convenient. Indeed, we insist that you keep a power bank convenient.


The compact form-factor of the iPhone SE is absolutely amazing. For people who have little hands, the iPhone SE is an absolute boon. It’s anything but difficult to use with a single hand. The arrival of the TouchID is a boon in the times of Coronavirus where a veil is nothing yet a hindrance in the opening. It’s similarly as quick and works well even with wet fingers. The volume buttons are on the left of the phone, within simple reach, similar to the power button, on the right. The all-glass construction of the phone does make it a touch slippery and placing the phone on an inclined surface will make it slide off, especially if it begins to vibrate. Following two years of thick iPhones, it’s nice to finally have a compact model.

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