June 18, 2020

iPhone SE (2020) - An instant buy or marketing lie?

Circles.Life user Danie breaks down the pros and cons of Apple's latest budget iPhone

iPhone SE (2020) - An instant buy or marketing lie?

On 24 April 2020, Apple launched its new Budget iPhone, the iPhone SE (2020). As the name suggests, it's the direct successor of the original iPhone SE that was released back in 2016. Personally, I'm quite surprised that Apple managed to release this new edition of the phone amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

This article will give you a quick rundown of the phone specs as well as my personal opinion if this is the iPhone for you. Let's jump right in and breakdown this technological beauty 📱



The first thing you'll probably notice about the Gen 2 iPhone SE it's resemblance to the iPhone 8; and you'd be right because they actually use the same chassis. It also brings back the fan favorite Touch ID  home button that has been missing in it's most recent releases.  The main difference between the screen from this phone and the iPhone 8 is that the SE uses haptic touch for quick actions instead of the 3D Touch which has ceased production since the iPhone 11.

In terms of storage, the iPhone SE offers 3 different storage capacity which are 64gb, 128gb & 256gb. It also boasts a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD Display with True Tone to match the ambient lighting in a room and also has wide colour gamut, Dolby Vision and HDR10. If you're looking to get one in your favorite colour, the iPhone SE is available in black, white and also (PRODUCT) Red.

A bezel is basically any black part of a phone that isn't a part of the screen you watch/play games on. Source

Since it is almost identical to the iPhone 8. It comes with both wireless charging and IP67 water and dust resistance. It's a phone with a very big bezel display unlike its siblings which is the iPhone 11 and the 11 pro that has almost bezel-less display.

Just take a look at the range of colours, lighting and shadows in this picture. Source

For all you selfie kings and queens, the iPhone SE's front camera houses a 7-megapixel camera. On the back, there's a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera in the iPhone SE 2 with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and support for Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. Unfortunately, the iPhone SE does not have the night mode that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro has. The iPhone SE's camera can record 4K video at up to 60 frames per second with optical image stabilization and support for slow-mo video and time-lapse video.

Under the hood, the iPhone SE is equipped with modern chip technology, featuring the same A13 Bionic chip as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. When it comes to battery life, I'd say it lasts about the same time as the iPhone 8 which is roughly 13 hours when watching videos, 8 hours when streaming videos, and 40 hours when listening to audio. The iPhone SE is capable of fast charging, but that requires you to buy an 18W power adapter. The ones that come in the box are the standard 5W power adapter. Unfortunately, there is also no U1 Chip that Apple proudly promotes in their iPhone 11 series.


The iPhone SE (2020) starts from S$649 for the 64GB model, S$719 for 128GB and S$889 for the 256GB model.

It definitely looks good, I'll give you that. Source

Worth it or not?

So, it is really worth it to buy iPhone SE (2020) with an outdated display, a small frame and a battery that doesn't even last a full day?

The answer for that is a yes and no. I would highly recommend it if you’re someone who does not like the complexities of Face ID or gesture control and prefers physical home button, or loves the classic screen size of 4.7 inch.

Otherwise, an iPhone 11 would be a better investment even though the cheapest one is priced at $1149 for 64gb. The iPhone 11 sports a more modern look and also has all the same specs as the iPhone 11 Pro minus the fact that it is missing the OLED screen and the telephoto lens for optical zoom up to 2 times.

If you're a light to medium phone user that uses your phone mainly for calls, light browsing and occasional photography I'd say the new iPhone SE is the phone for you 😊

This article was contributed by our Circles.Life user: Danie Alexander Raymond

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