iPhone SE 2020 Review

Ever thought that you’d be able to get an original iPhone for a cheap price? I’m sure you have already heard of the iPhone SE. It was launched in 2016 but now Apple launches its Special Edition as Apple iPhone SE 2020. This time as a huge change Apple has made the iPhone SE 2020 the cheapest of the iPhones ever. So, let’s take a look at why this phone is considerable and what you can get from Apple’s latest most affordable offering.

iPhone SE 2020 Review

Specifications

  • Weight: 148g
  • Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
  • Operating system: Apple A13 Bionic processor
  • Display size: 4.7-inch   
  • OS: Apple iOS 13
  • Storage (ROM): 64GB, 128, or 256GB 
  • Battery: 1,821mAh 
  • Camera: 12MP camera with F/1.8 lens

Design and Display of iPhone SE 2020

As you may have seen already it is not only the smallest iPhone on the market. But also one of the most compact smartphones on the market. Comprised as 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm and only weighs just 148g but it is bigger than the old iPhone SE. It has Gorilla Glass panels, 4.7″ IPS LCD screen, and aluminum frame like the earlier iPhone 8. It has IP67-rated for dust and water resistance and also one of the loudest speakers as the earpiece and SE stereo speakers. 

The Home key is your Touch ID which is offered as Face ID for the past couple of years. And now it is fast and a very convenient measure with the Touch ID sensor. Gorilla Glass has 2D finish, the aluminum frame has a matte finish that provides a good grip. The silencer switch and the volume keys are on the left. While the power button and the SIM slot are onto the right.

The charging port, the speaker, and the mouthpiece are all placed at the bottom of the iPhone SE 2020. The iPhone SE display has a Night Shift which is a blue-light filter. The screen can display HDR10 and Dolby Vision content and it supports the high screen brightness and contrast. There are three color options for the iPhone SE 2020 i.e. black, white, and Red. 

Performance

The iPhone SE 2020 has given us a big change putting out its improved chipset. The A13 Bionic Chipset is more powerful than the iPhone 8 and running tie with the iPhone 11 Pro Max at times. Concerning the speed, when flipping between apps and editing snaps. And video and camera performance has upgraded a lot providing fast and responsive performance. It provides you smooth gameplay the graphics were not much of good due to the iPhone SE’s lower-res display. But the overall action was just as swift and enjoyable.

iPhone SE 2020 - Performance

The phone has 3GB of RAM but less than the iPhone 11 4GB of RAM., 64GB of base storage. Which is also 128GB in other models, and a 1,821 mAh battery. The iPhone SE is more power-efficient than the iPhone 8. It gives access to 18W charging and at 18W. It charges rapidly(Apple rates it 50% in 30 minutes.) although the iPhone SE is rated for less battery life than the iPhone 11. And another new feature it has got is its wireless charging, which is happy news. But the iPhone SE also comes with Apple’s standard 5-watt Lightning charger, so you get to choose which one to use. 

Camera in iPhone SE 2020

Coming on to its camera features the Apple iPhone SE consists of a 12MP single camera. Also found in iPhone 8, which uses a Sony sensor with 1.22µm pitch behind the 28mm f/1.8 lens.  Features like Optical stabilization and phase detection autofocus are also available. The camera lens gives out its excellent performance in AR. The quad-LED dual-tone flash available on iPhone 8 is present in the SE, which supports slow-sync flash. Keeping the shutter open a bit longer to let in the ambient light and to give the image more of a natural look into it and does not give a contrasting kind of look using regular flash images.

iPhone SE 2020 Camera

The new Apple A13 Bionic chip and its ISP in the camera now supports portrait mode based solely on a depth map. Created by a machine learning process just like the selfie camera. iPhone SE also has the latest Apple Smart HDR that is present in the iPhone 11 which can provide a noticeable boost in image quality, in both day and night. The front camera has a 7MP camera. It also has a “Retina flash”, this is where the screen brightens up to light up the face into a color. To give a pleasing look to the skin tones, which depends on the color available light. The portrait feature is available in the selfie camera too.

The Apple iPhone SE shoots very natural-looking photos. The level of photo detail is incredibly good and there are places where the photo quality is excellent. Some complex areas can out challenge the camera, in areas like grass, tree branches, and window blinds, which give out an oil painting kind of look.

The 7MP camera of Apple iPhone SE (2020) is one of the best selfie cameras we can experience. Which can also put those 20MP and 32MP Quad-Bayer shooters in a variety of Android phones to shame. The selfie camera is also able to shoot portraits

Video Quality

Apple iPhones have always had some of the best video capabilities and the iPhone SE captures videos in all popular resolutions and frame rates just like iPhone 11 and 11 pro max. The iPhone SE does 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps. The video is at 45Mbps in 4K at 30fps and 100Mbps for 4K at 60fps, or 15Mbps or 24Mbps in 1080p at 30fps and 60fps. The colors are great, and so is the contrast and white balance. There is plenty of detail, great foliage, jaw-dropping, dynamic range.

Software

Taking a look at its software, the lock screen is quite simple where there are 3 pages. The central page is for notifications, the left page is for today and the right for the camera app. Normally, the apps are present on the home screen. There are no widgets or any kind of app drawers but there is folder present. The navigation gesture is the same as before in iPhone X, and as we all know the Home key is for home screen/ app close. And then double-pressing the Home key is for Task Switcher. The Notification Centre can be dragged down from the top of the screen. Whereas the Control Center which consists of customizable toggles can be summoned by swiping from the bottom of the screen.

Haptic Touch is available in various app icons to reveal quick actions. Also be used for notifications, toggles, and in-app content pop up or expansion. Haptic Touch can be also used in folders in order to rename or see the app inside that has pending notifications. Apple iOS 13 introduces the Dark Mode feature, which can be enabled or disabled according to the users’ needs in the Display settings.

The photo app is one of the major parts in iOS, wherein iOS 13 is incompletely overhauled. The Photo app has 4 different views of – Years, Months, Days, and All Photos. The rest of the iOS apps are quite familiar. Such as – Books, PDFs and eBooks, Apple Maps, Stocks, and News

Most importantly Safari is the default web browser. Apple Tv app is also part of iOS 13, which is the default video player for movies and other shows which are added through iTunes. For music also there is the default player, which mainly relies on Apple music. Apple Pay has a new feature for iOS 13, as it can quickly sign you in to apps with the Apple account and using the Touch ID.

To wrap it up the iPhone SE is impressible being a compact smartphone, thin and lightweight. But also fast and dependable, water-resistant, a good iOS system, with great stereo speakers and a high-quality screen, and it impresses with the camera performance thanks to the power of A13 chip and the latest software.

The price is quite attractive nevertheless the base storage has grown to 64GB. It’s quite cheap for such a powerful phone and being an iPhone. If you’re on a budget for an iPhone, then the iPhone SE is a great on to go with. If you would like to try a bit pricier one you could go with iPhone 11 or the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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