You get what you pay for. For instance, Apple's iPhone series usually cost a premium but their performance exceeds expectations. Professional photographers such as Scott Woodward are recognised for their travel photography lensed through an iPhone. This and other useful capabilities have led many to invest in one.
Owning an iPhone doesn't break the bank now. Because Apple finally updated its SE series—it's most affordable offering that doesn't scrimp on handy abilities. While photography buffs will prefer the Pro and Max counterparts for the multiple lenses, iPhone SE is an economical option for casual users to access Apple’s expansive ecosystem of products and services.
Equipped with Apple's latest A13 Bionic chip, which the iPhone 11 family currently uses, expect no lag when firing up multiple apps, executing augmented reality programmes, and on-device video editing. All games from Apple Arcade (like Crossy Road Castle and Sypder) also run smoothly without any hitches.
Design and Display
Adapting iPhone 8's popular candy bar form, iPhone SE sports a 4.7-inch crisp Retina HD display that supports Haptic Touch. This allows quick interaction and easy accessibility with apps on the lock screen.
Tactility also extends to security and identification as it eschews facial recognition by retaining the familiar Home button and Touch ID. Definitely useful currently where everyone is donning a face mask.
Experienced accidental water spillage scare by pouring beverage on your phone? iPhone SE shields itself with its water and dust resistant anatomy, being water-resistant up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Its glass back also allows for wireless charging with Qi-certified chargers.
Camera—12MP Wide back camera and 7MP front camera
Many can attest to quality photography and videography of an iPhone and iPhone SE is not an exception. Although only housing a single 12MP wide-angle camera, it still can adequately capture images in detail through favourite settings like Portrait mode and lighting. Yes, iPhone SE supports all six Portrait Lighting effects, including the latest—High-Key Light Mono from iPhone 11.
Thanks to the A13 Chip and iOS13, iPhone SE is able to perform popular advanced video capabilities such as capturing high-quality 4K video up to 60 fps, Slo-mo, and Time-lapse easily. And its next-generation Smart HDR saves the hassle of manually editing desired shots with its facial feature focus.
Not leaving selfies out of the fun, iPhone SE's 7MP front camera features cinematic video stabilisation. You can't hide nor not create social media content in 1080p HD anymore. Portrait mode is also available to capture high-quality portrait selfies with studio-style effects.
It's all about being wire-free these days. Besides wireless charging through Qi-certified chargers, iPhone SE supports Bluetooth 5.0 which enables up to 70 percent more range when streaming audio from headphones and earphones. Never lose telecommunication signals too. Gigabit-class LTE offers up to 6.5 times faster download speeds and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) clocks faster Wi-Fi speed.
Lastly, save the hassle from swapping SIM cards when travelling with Dual SIM. With one being an eSIM, it's now possible to have two separate numbers—business and personal or a local SIM when you’re travelling— in a single iPhone.
The iPhone is no longer unattainable. Forgoing advanced camera hardware to ensure an affordable yet high-performance smartphone is a smart move. If you're using an iPhone that is older than iPhone X (but including the XR), now's the time to make an upgrade if pricepoint has been holding you back. Its excellent iOS 13 software and speedy A13 chip sealed the deal for us.