iPhone SE (2020) review: It is cheap, future-proofed and lightweight - well done, Apple!

May 14

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IPHONE SE (2020) Overview

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The new Apple iPhone SE 2020 is apple's most price-friendly iPhone selling on the market as at now. The iPhone’s design looks similar to iphone8. However, the internals of the product shows a close relationship with the iPhone 5. The lightness of the iPhone makes one not feel much weight when in the pocket. Let us get to know its specifications.

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: 399 us dollars/ 419 starling pounds

  • Body: frame made out of aluminum material and gorilla glass.

  • Color: black, red or  white

  • Processor: A13 Bionic chipset

  • Operating system: iOS 13

  • Storage: 64, 128 and 256 gigabytes

  • Display: Screen measures 4.7 inches

  • Camera (front): 7megapixels

  • Camera(rear): 12megapixels

  • Connectivity: 4G LTE cat.12, blue tooth 5.o, Wi-fi; GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO QZSS and lightning port

  • Water-resistant: IP 67

  • Battery charge: 1821mAh

  • Charging Wireless: Yes (Qi)

  • Fast charge: Yes done through 18watts optionally adaptor

  • Size: 5.45by2.65by0.29”

  • Weight: It measures 148 grams

THE DESIGN  

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The iPhone SE 2020 from Apple is designed in  aluminum and glass material, its look is appealing and is a fairly compact device compared to other iPhones. The Apple manufactures this iPhone in  white,  red colors. Looking at its measurements, the product is thinner and also sizeable. Moreover, this iPhone is resistant to water implying that one doesn't need to worry much if the device comes in contact with water for some time or even spills of liquids mostly drinks. However, its bezels are unnecessarily big and it does not have the haptic touch.

SECURITY AND PRIVACY

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The device is made with a Touch ID detector. The sensor is located just below its screen. The detector’s uses include unlocking the iPhone, permitting downloads from AppStore, apple pay, and keying in passwords. However, in most of this iPhones it produces, apple puts face Ids which in the current times where people have been advised to put on protective gear e.g use of face masks resulting from the outbreak of corona virus, you have to remove the mask before the face ID can be functional.

DISPLAY

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This device has a relatively tiny screen. It measures 4.7” with a resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels. Viewing a full HD picture can’t, therefore, be assured by this device. One would wish to view the 1080p display. The product has enough brightness that rates about 625nits and its panel can support the true tone. 

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Even if one would see like Apple iPhone SE 2020’s screen doesn’t serve the best, when we consider the target market of the product we see no problem with this display because the product targets users who want a new iPhone yet they are uncomfortable spending too much money to acquire the device.

CAMERA FEATURES

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The iPhone has two single cameras; a 12megapixel rear camera and a 7megapixel front camera. It, however, doesn’t have the night mode. Hardly can you realize that the camera of this device is different from that of the iPhone 11. It gives images that are clear and sharp. 

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Even though the cameras color reproduction is lower compared to iPhones like iPhone 11 pro max when you compare the prices of the two shows you that Apple iPhone SE 2020’s price is just about a third the price of iPhone 11 pro max meaning the product is okay. Its processor , A13 Bionic chip, improves and boosts its camera’s performance in different ways e.g.

enhancing brightness and viewing of many details. This handset can also record 4k video at up to 60fps. When it is dropped to about 30fps makes it better as it increases details.

PERFORMANCE

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The Apple iPhone SE 2020’s processor enables it to perform at a rate just as good as iPhone 11 and iPhone 11pro. You also don’t experience lags when interacting with apps e.g loading the applications and also if you want to switch between the apps. This has therefore enhanced the speed of the device and also aided camera performance a great deal.

BATTERY LIFE AQND CHARGING

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The Apple iPhone Se 2020 comes with a battery that is tinier in size compared to other iPhones from Apple and so it does not last long. It will hardly last a whole day if one has enough time to spend on this device especially streaming videos. The device comes with a 5 watts charger, unlike the 18 watts charger that most of the other apple iPhones have. It will, therefore, take you about half an hour to fill the battery up to 30% just because of the low watts charger. On average when one is using an18watts charger will fill the battery to up to 50 percent in almost a similar period.

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The handset supports wireless charging. It supports a 7.5wats wireless charging as well as Qi standard.

STORAGE VALUE

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When you compare storage space per unit price across most iPhones one will be in agreement with the fact that Apple iPhone SE 2020 gives you the best. The lowest storage space that an apple iPhone has is 64GB. Comparing the price you pay for the device that is not more than $400. This iPhone gives more the double GB per dollar as compared to most of the other iPhones from Apple. The devices offer almost thrice what the iPhone 11 pro max gives.

PROS AND CONS

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Pros

1.Greatly affordable.

2.Standard performance.

3. Its cameras are great

4.Compactness in design

5. Has a wireless charging option

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Cons

1. It lacks the night mode.

2.Has unnecessary big bezels.

3. It has a battery with a shorter life span and a poor charger.

4.Old screen technology.

CONCLUSION

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Apple iPhone SE 2020 is an affordable product compared to what it offers. I would prefer a reduction of the bezels on this device, a better battery that can last longer with a better charger and also a screen made by modern technology but this alone should not discourage one from going for the product. The powerful processor, its appealing design, and above all its affordable price gives the product an upper hand. Somebody who just needs a small phone should prefer Apple iPhone SE 2020.


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