APPLE iPhone SE – Full Review

Apple iPhone SE is a mid-range phone that Apple released in 2020. It has practically all the benefits that come with Apple brand, with a major difference of lower price. It’s still isn’t the cheapest phone you will find, but it’ quite a bargain for such quality. In some areas it’s not competitive anymore; however, if you want an Apple phone at fairly low price, then this is the way to go.


As far as design goes, Apple decided to keep sort of a retro look. For some this may seem outdated, but other may prefer the look of the good old days. This means that the screen does not occupy the entire front side and the phone also has a button (home key) at the bottom. In terms of looks, this phone really takes a trip into the past. The phone is smaller than we are used to these days and it’s also much lighter, so it is very comfortable to hold it and use it. Both front and back are covered with glass, which then comes into the aluminum frame. The phone also offers dust and water resistance.


Here you will find 4.7 inch Retina IPS LCD display. The resolution is 750 x 1334 pixels with 16:9 aspect ratio. This means that the pixel density is about 326 ppi. Despite smaller screen, the sharpness is decent. Content looks good and nothing gets stretched out. Brightness settings are satisfying, so you will be able to see the screen even on a bright day. There is also an option for Dark mode and True tone colour correction.


The chipset is very good. Apple iPhone SE comes with a premium Apple A13 Bionic chipset. You will find the same one on iPhone 11. Therefore, performance is awesome. It can run heavy games with no problem, so you will get a nice gaming experience out of this phone. Furthermore, you get an Apple GPU, which is an okay graphic processing unit. One thing you should know is that heavy gaming might drain the battery faster, so you will need to charge your phone more often. Apple iPhone SE doesn’t have as much RAM as you would expect. You can only get a version with 3 GB of RAM. However, it is still enough to play games, watch videos and do all sorts of stuff. Potentially, you can also play high resolution games. There are a lot of options for internal storage. You can buy a version with 64, 128 and 256 GB of internal storage. All options offer plenty of memory, so you just need to think about how much you actually need. Keep in mind that the storage is not expendable, so you will have to work with what you get.


On the back you will find only one camera. This is a huge surprise, as most of today’s phones feature at least dual, if not triple or quad camera setup. The phone features 12 MP main camera with PDAF and OIS. You will find the same camera on iPhone 8. However, the advancement in image processing is noticeable. Daytime photos look very good, very natural. The colours are extremely accurate and the contrasts are nice. There is also wide dynamic range and practically no noise. The level of detail is shocking good and the overall quality of images is very high and is simply amazing, especially for such price. Portrait mode is decent, but not the best. This is mostly due to singular camera. Low light photography has improved a lot since iPhone 8. However, it is not as good like on other, more expensive Apple phones. There is also no night mode here that would improve the quality of images.


The phone comes with a small 1821 mAh battery. Naturally, the battery life is not the best and is rather short. The phone can last only about 60 hours on a full charge. If you are a heavy user, then this time might be even shorter. The phone should get you through the day without much problem, however, it is always nice to know you can rely on your battery. Anyhow, with an 18W charger you can get from 0 to 50% in just half an hour. However, with bundled 5W charger you will get to about 30% in the same time. Apple iPhone SE also supports wireless charging.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, Apple iPhone SE is more like the old iPhone 8, at least in terms of design and camera setup. This is a good mid-range phone, although some features feel outdated. The battery life is the biggest flaw here, which might really bother some of you. However, the chipset is extremely good for a phone of such price range. If you are looking for a cheaper Apple iPhone, then this is the phone for you.