iPhone SE Review

iPhone SE Review

The second-generation iPhone SE is everything Apple fans on a budget have been waiting for. Officially revealed on the 15th April 2020, the updated iPhone SE delivers great specs despite its low-cost pricetag. Built with the latest A13 Bionic Chip, 12MP rear camera and offering Touch ID at an affordable price, it's not to be missed. Explore the iPhone SE in full below.

iPhone SE Design and Display

Sharing a familiar design that was last featured on the iPhone 8, the body of iPhone SE has been carefully crafted from a combination of aerospace-grade aluminium and glass. You can be just as confident in iPhone SE's durability as you can in its looks, and alongside the resilient frame, it has an IP67 water and dust rating, meaning it'll be able to survive in water that's 1 metre deep for a maximum of 30 minutes.

iPhone SE comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, and despite being pocket-sized you're still guaranteed to experience cinematic viewing from this iPhone. Colours are as vibrant as ever, and thanks to True Tone technology the screen's white balance will adjust automatically based on your surroundings.

The iconic iPhone home button also makes a return, sitting neatly beneath the device's display. Touch ID is back too, helping you to unlock your iPhone securely, sign in to various apps quickly and use Apple Pay in seconds. The handset also operates with Haptic Touch, as seen on the iPhone XR and beyond.

iPhone SE Camera

iPhone SE comes fully equipped with several of the latest smartphone photography features, so you can expect outstanding quality from both the 12MP rear camera and the 7MP selfie camera.

Despite having just one lens, the rear camera can capture images with outstanding clarity and impressive colour, and it's all you'll ever need to take beautiful, everyday shots. iPhone SE's rear camera is capable of shooting panoramas up to 63MP, uses Smart HDR to create natural contours and highlights, and offers 5x Digital Zoom, so you can really focus on subjects far away without compromising on picture quality.


Portrait Mode with Portrait Lighting effects and Depth Control are available on both the front and rear cameras, with Portrait Mode automatically blurring the background in a photo to keep the subject well and truly in focus. Various lighting effects help you to get creative with each and every shot, while Depth Control allows you to adjust the amount of background blur in an image, even after you've pressed the shutter button.

As for video, you'll be able to shoot in 4K - which is four times more detailed than 1080p HD - and make the most of the extended dynamic range that'll add even more detail via highlights and shadows. QuickTake is a new feature too, that'll let you take a still photo while filming.

iPhone SE Power and Battery

The A13 Bionic is Apple's fastest ever chip, and it fuels iPhone SE. You'll find it inside the most premium iPhone handsets to date too - including the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro - meaning the affordable iPhone SE will be just as fast, and just as flawless, as the best iPhone currently on the market.


With A13 Bionic inside, you can expect nothing less than a smooth, lightning-fast performance. Kind on the battery and banishing lag for good, you'll be able to multitask, explore augmented reality features and play the latest Apple Arcade games to your heart's content thanks to the powerful core.

The battery won't let you down either, promising up to 13 hours of video playback from one full charge. Thanks to the glass back, iPhone SE can also be charged wirelessly with any Qi-compatible charger, and with an 18W fast-charger you can boot back up to 50% inside 30 minutes.

iPhone SE - iOS 13

Apple's latest operating system - iOS 13 - will be ready and waiting for you as soon as you unbox iPhone SE. There are loads of new features to explore, including the addition of Apple Arcade, an all-new Apple Maps that includes immersive 360-degree views, an upgraded look for Reminders and so much more.


Apple has added Dark Mode to iOS 13, which is ideal for low-light environments. You can schedule Dark Mode to come on at a certain point each day, or switch it on manually in the Control Centre, and enjoy a darker colour scheme system wide. It even works with many third-party Apps - such as WhatsApp and Instagram.

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