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Apple iPhone SE review roundup: Should you take the plunge?


After Apple lastly unveiled the long-rumored second-generation iPhone SE final week, evaluations of the gadget hit the net on Wednesday, with many reviewers praising its worth, perform and worth.

In a world eternally modified by the coronavirus pandemic, the sub-$400 gadget is being praised, on condition that the international financial system is on a shaky standing. The brand new iPhone, which begins at $399, makes use of the identical design as the iPhone 8, has a 4.7-inch display screen, massive bezels on the high and backside of the gadget and a house button with Contact ID.

The gadget, which begins delivery on Friday, additionally has Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, the identical processor that lives in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Professional units, which had been introduced in 2019.

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The brand new iPhone SE will are available in three colours —black, white and Product Crimson — and can be provided in three totally different sizes, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB for $399, $449 and $549, respectively.

Listed below are a number of of the high iPhone SE evaluations.


The Verge

The Verge reviewer Dieter Bohn wrote that the iPhone SE is “everything you need,” praising the battery life and the digital camera updates.

“In any sort of bright lighting conditions, the iPhone SE takes absolutely lovely photos,” Bohn wrote. “They’re clean in the details, color-accurate, and just the right amount of sharp. Dynamic range is also quite good. In fact, in daylight conditions, it can be hard to tell the difference between this $400 phone and a $1,000 iPhone 11 Pro.”

“If I were buying the iPhone SE, I’d seriously consider spending the extra $50 to upgrade the storage to 128GB, just in case I’d want it three or five years down the road,” Bohn added. “That timespan is the motive the iPhone SE is an enormous deal. No different cellphone that prices lower than $500 can declare to be this good, nor final that lengthy.

The iPhone SE is not only a very good deal. It’s additionally a very good smartphone.”

Tom’s Information

Tom’s Information reviewer Mark Spoonauer wrote the new gadget is “outstanding,” given its worth level and capabilities.

“The iPhone SE 2020 is the affordable phone to beat,” Spoonauer wrote, including that it is one in every of the finest low cost telephones you can get. “It’s the closest thing to future-proof you’ll find under $400 offering the fastest performance around, very good cameras, wireless charging and a premium design that outclasses cheap Android phones. Yes, I wish the bezels were smaller and that Apple included Night mode for the camera — and you don’t get 5G connectivity — but overall it’s hard to complain too much at this price.”


CNET reviewer Patrick Holland wrote though it appears like the iPhone 8, it really works like the “top-of-the line iPhone 11 Pro.”

“There are a lot of ways to think about Apple’s new $399 iPhone SE, Holland wrote. “One is that it is a extra inexpensive choice than the iPhone 11 ($699 at Apple), which it’s. Or that it is the 2020 sequel to the unique SE from 2016, which it is also. Or, at 4.7 inches, that it is the smallest and least expensive iPhone you can at present purchase. Or (and that is my favourite method to consider it) that it is an iPhone Eight with the brains and energy of an iPhone 11. The truth is, the new iPhone SE is all these items and that is why I am enamored with it.”


TechCrunch reviewer Matthew Panzarino wrote that though the gadget is a “value offering,” it is an excellent cellphone.

“Simply, it’s a super value for the price, just smashing really,” Panzarino wrote. “And a damn good phone. Alas, I am too used to no home button for it to be really appealing to me, but this is going to be a great phone for millions of people. And talk about timing on the value side of things — $399 for an iPhone with Apple’s latest power plant on board is huge.”


Engadget reviewer Chris Velazco said it is a “great phone” that provides an “even better price.”

“It’s not just because the iPhone SE is cheap, though it certainly is: The base model costs only $399,” Velazco wrote. “No, what makes the SE so valuable is that it doesn’t act like a $399 phone. The iPhone SE isn’t just a good deal — it’s a big deal. For people clinging to ancient phones because new ones are too large, too expensive or too gimmicky, the iPhone SE is the right phone at the right time at the right price.”



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