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iPhone SE (2020) review

The 2020 iPhone SE is lightweight, cheap app store advertising guidelines and future-proofed - well done, Apple

iPhone SE 2020 review
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Our Verdict

This is app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines phone app store advertising guidelines to get app store advertising guidelines if you just want a app store advertising guidelines new iPhone, app store advertising guidelines and one that will last you app store advertising guidelines a few years, app store advertising guidelines but don’t want app store advertising guidelines to pay a lot for app store advertising guidelines it. If you’re app store advertising guidelines after app store advertising guidelines ‘decent but not app store advertising guidelines top-end’ app store advertising guidelines performance, app store advertising guidelines then that’s what the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE 2020 will app store advertising guidelines offer you: app store advertising guidelines there’s app store advertising guidelines a app store advertising guidelines good camera, enough power, a app store advertising guidelines great App Store to plunder and app store advertising guidelines a lighter-weight app store advertising guidelines design than the current crop of iPhone app store advertising guidelines 11 app store advertising guidelines models. Battery life could be better, app store advertising guidelines the screen tech is starting to age, app store advertising guidelines and app store advertising guidelines some upgraders will miss the headphone jack; app store advertising guidelines but overall, the smart improvements make this – app store advertising guidelines for the price – one app store advertising guidelines of the best iPhones Apple has ever app store advertising guidelines made.

For

  • Lightweight frame
  • Low price for iPhone

Against

  • Battery life could be better
  • Old screen technology

Two-minute review

The iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 app store advertising guidelines is built around one app store advertising guidelines goal: to create a new iPhone for app store advertising guidelines less money than ever, app store advertising guidelines and it app store advertising guidelines achieves app store advertising guidelines that well. For app store advertising guidelines just $399 / app store advertising guidelines ?419 / AU$749 app store advertising guidelines you app store advertising guidelines can have app store advertising guidelines a brand-new handset from app store advertising guidelines Apple – it’s app store advertising guidelines one app store advertising guidelines of the best iPhones ever app store advertising guidelines created and you can now app store advertising guidelines get app store advertising guidelines your hands on one.

The app store advertising guidelines design app store advertising guidelines of the phone app store advertising guidelines is app store advertising guidelines going to be familiar to anyone app store advertising guidelines that’s used an iPhone recently – unless app store advertising guidelines you’ve not app store advertising guidelines held app store advertising guidelines a handset from Apple app store advertising guidelines since 2013 app store advertising guidelines then you’ll have seen this 4.7-inch frame app store advertising guidelines before, complete with bezels app store advertising guidelines top and bottom app store advertising guidelines and a home button with fingerprint app store advertising guidelines scanner built in.

It’s now seen as the app store advertising guidelines ‘smaller’ iPhone form factor given app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines all-screen designs of the app store advertising guidelines more app store advertising guidelines recent models, app store advertising guidelines and it’s both more app store advertising guidelines lightweight app store advertising guidelines and pocketable than anything from the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 11 range.

It’s pleasingly water app store advertising guidelines resistant, but does have app store advertising guidelines some app store advertising guidelines drawbacks thanks to the older design: it lacks a headphone app store advertising guidelines jack at app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines bottom, and because the display app store advertising guidelines technology is slightly dated (as app store advertising guidelines it comes from the iPhone 8) app store advertising guidelines it can suffer in bright app store advertising guidelines light when you’re trying to watch videos or app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines like.

Apple might have app store advertising guidelines stuck with the same design as the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 8, but app store advertising guidelines the innards app store advertising guidelines are much improved app store advertising guidelines – notably the new A13 app store advertising guidelines Bionic chipset app store advertising guidelines inside, which adds speed app store advertising guidelines nearly everywhere and really does improve the performance app store advertising guidelines over the older app store advertising guidelines 4.7-inch models. app store advertising guidelines It’s not quite at the level of the iPhones launched app store advertising guidelines last year, but it’s not app store advertising guidelines far off.

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That A13 chipset app store advertising guidelines has improved the camera app store advertising guidelines performance too, despite no app store advertising guidelines discernible change to the app store advertising guidelines specs of the sensor since the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 8 (there’s just app store advertising guidelines a single app store advertising guidelines lens on the iPhone SE 2020). 

It app store advertising guidelines takes decent, bright photos app store advertising guidelines that will app store advertising guidelines please app store advertising guidelines most people, although it app store advertising guidelines doesn’t quite app store advertising guidelines offer the same color app store advertising guidelines reproduction or clarity as app store advertising guidelines the iPhone 11 app store advertising guidelines Pro Max, for app store advertising guidelines example.

The app store advertising guidelines portrait app store advertising guidelines mode app store advertising guidelines doesn’t work as well as on app store advertising guidelines phones app store advertising guidelines that app store advertising guidelines pack a second, depth-sensing sensor app store advertising guidelines for precise bokeh effects , and as a result you app store advertising guidelines can be left app store advertising guidelines with some odd-looking fringing around the app store advertising guidelines edges of app store advertising guidelines subjects. But overall the camera – and especially for app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines price – app store advertising guidelines takes app store advertising guidelines impressive pictures in app store advertising guidelines most scenarios.

Battery life is app store advertising guidelines probably app store advertising guidelines one app store advertising guidelines of the biggest app store advertising guidelines issues we app store advertising guidelines found with the iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 – it’s app store advertising guidelines not going to easily last you a day unless you’re app store advertising guidelines a particularly light and sedate user. 

Given the number of app store advertising guidelines power-hungry apps available that app store advertising guidelines will make app store advertising guidelines the most of app store advertising guidelines all that power provided by app store advertising guidelines the A13 chipset, we would app store advertising guidelines have liked to app store advertising guidelines have app store advertising guidelines seen at least an all-day battery app store advertising guidelines in there, even app store advertising guidelines for app store advertising guidelines the lower price.

However, app store advertising guidelines don’t app store advertising guidelines let that app store advertising guidelines detract from the fact app store advertising guidelines that the iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 app store advertising guidelines follows on from its predecessor app store advertising guidelines by bringing you a new iPhone, app store advertising guidelines with not a lot of compromise, for less app store advertising guidelines money app store advertising guidelines than you might expect.

While it doesn’t hit app store advertising guidelines many heights in terms of app store advertising guidelines power or app store advertising guidelines performance, it more than offsets that by being app store advertising guidelines the cheapest iPhone app store advertising guidelines Apple has ever launched while still packing refined app store advertising guidelines and useful hardware, making the new iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines a splendid option for app store advertising guidelines those either app store advertising guidelines on a budget or just app store advertising guidelines wanting to find app store advertising guidelines an app store advertising guidelines easy route app store advertising guidelines into the app store advertising guidelines Apple ecosystem. 

iPhone SE price and release date

The iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 release date was app store advertising guidelines Friday app store advertising guidelines April 24 (with pre-orders app store advertising guidelines going live the week before) so app store advertising guidelines you can now get your app store advertising guidelines hands on Apple's latest handset if you're hankering for app store advertising guidelines some low-price app store advertising guidelines iPhone action.

The iPhone SE price app store advertising guidelines starts at $399 / ?419 / AU$749 app store advertising guidelines / Rs app store advertising guidelines 42,500, meaning it's app store advertising guidelines the same price app store advertising guidelines in the US as the original app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE (but higher in the UK). The base model app store advertising guidelines comes with 64GB of storage, with app store advertising guidelines 128GB and 256GB app store advertising guidelines models also available for a higher price app store advertising guidelines (which you can see listed below).

In the US, Apple is offering the app store advertising guidelines new iPhone SE at $16.62/month through its financing plan app store advertising guidelines or, app store advertising guidelines if you have app store advertising guidelines something like the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 8 to trade-in, just app store advertising guidelines $9.54/mo or $229 app store advertising guidelines – although if you’re upgrading app store advertising guidelines from the original iPhone SE or app store advertising guidelines iPhone 6, you'll only app store advertising guidelines get $30 toward app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines full price of app store advertising guidelines the device.

Design and display

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The app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines has exactly the same design and app store advertising guidelines display as the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 8 from 2017. Using this app store advertising guidelines form factor and screen hardware app store advertising guidelines allowed Apple to app store advertising guidelines keep the cost app store advertising guidelines of the device as low as app store advertising guidelines it has, as app store advertising guidelines it didn’t need to app store advertising guidelines invest in a app store advertising guidelines whole new manufacturing process.

It feels like the iPhone app store advertising guidelines world has app store advertising guidelines moved on in three years though app store advertising guidelines – that the 4.7-inch screen with the app store advertising guidelines chunky app store advertising guidelines bezels above and app store advertising guidelines below has been app store advertising guidelines consigned to the past.

In that app store advertising guidelines time the flagship iPhone range app store advertising guidelines has moved app store advertising guidelines to an all-screen design – app store advertising guidelines barring app store advertising guidelines a app store advertising guidelines notch at the top, you’re app store advertising guidelines presented with barely app store advertising guidelines any bezels – app store advertising guidelines while with app store advertising guidelines more premium app store advertising guidelines aluminum inside, app store advertising guidelines things app store advertising guidelines have got a little weightier in recent app store advertising guidelines years.

So returning to the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 8 design means Apple is bringing back app store advertising guidelines its app store advertising guidelines more app store advertising guidelines lightweight app store advertising guidelines phone, and app store advertising guidelines anyone upgrading app store advertising guidelines from something like app store advertising guidelines the first iPhone SE will feel app store advertising guidelines less of a change than if they went for app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines behemothic (but app store advertising guidelines impressive) iPhone 11 Pro Max, for example.

Indeed, app store advertising guidelines picking up app store advertising guidelines the new iPhone SE , the first app store advertising guidelines thing you’ll notice app store advertising guidelines is how lightweight it is. Again, some might not app store advertising guidelines notice the change if app store advertising guidelines they’re coming from a smaller app store advertising guidelines phone from 2016/17, app store advertising guidelines but trust us: it could have been a app store advertising guidelines lot worse, as the app store advertising guidelines devices in the newer all-screen iPhone ranges are a lot app store advertising guidelines heavier.

While app store advertising guidelines the iPhone 8’s design app store advertising guidelines might feel like an app store advertising guidelines archaic choice for a app store advertising guidelines new app store advertising guidelines iPhone, it makes app store advertising guidelines a lot of sense in the app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE 2020 – and for some who app store advertising guidelines don’t app store advertising guidelines particularly care for the latest app store advertising guidelines features, app store advertising guidelines this more familiar app store advertising guidelines design app store advertising guidelines will be a lot more desirable.

One suspects app store advertising guidelines that if Apple had rebooted the app store advertising guidelines original iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE shape, app store advertising guidelines with the smaller 4-inch screen app store advertising guidelines and clickable home button (the new iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE 2020 features app store advertising guidelines a haptic app store advertising guidelines button that doesn’t move, but app store advertising guidelines simulates the feel of app store advertising guidelines a click with a app store advertising guidelines small vibration), it app store advertising guidelines would still have sold well; but the larger app store advertising guidelines 4.7-inch app store advertising guidelines LCD screen app store advertising guidelines is more useful app store advertising guidelines for app store advertising guidelines today’s apps, which make good use of app store advertising guidelines the extended display.

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One thing app store advertising guidelines that app store advertising guidelines many will miss is the 3.5mm app store advertising guidelines headphone jack. We’ve been saying we miss app store advertising guidelines this for many app store advertising guidelines moons now, but as the app store advertising guidelines original iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE or other app store advertising guidelines cheaper phones that app store advertising guidelines are 2-3 years old had app store advertising guidelines this feature we app store advertising guidelines can see it might still cause app store advertising guidelines consternation.

While app store advertising guidelines some phone buyers might have app store advertising guidelines accepted app store advertising guidelines this loss app store advertising guidelines by app store advertising guidelines now (barely any handsets are app store advertising guidelines being app store advertising guidelines launched with the app store advertising guidelines port now) it might still be something of a app store advertising guidelines shock app store advertising guidelines for those app store advertising guidelines using phones from a few app store advertising guidelines years ago, in spite app store advertising guidelines of the plethora app store advertising guidelines of true wireless app store advertising guidelines earbuds.

Apple has app store advertising guidelines put app store advertising guidelines its EarPods in the iPhone SE box, app store advertising guidelines which app store advertising guidelines use the phone’s Lightning connector in place app store advertising guidelines of app store advertising guidelines the 3.5mm headphone jack, app store advertising guidelines but those app store advertising guidelines who already have wired headphones that app store advertising guidelines they’re happy with will app store advertising guidelines need to spend $9 / ?9 app store advertising guidelines / AU$15 on an app store advertising guidelines adapter.

The display on app store advertising guidelines the iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 might not be app store advertising guidelines the most feature-rich, but it’s fine. Given app store advertising guidelines the target market app store advertising guidelines this phone is aimed at – those who want app store advertising guidelines a app store advertising guidelines new app store advertising guidelines iPhone, but don’t want to app store advertising guidelines spend app store advertising guidelines a huge amount app store advertising guidelines of money on one app store advertising guidelines – there’s not really an app store advertising guidelines expectation app store advertising guidelines of a fancy OLED display here.

The resolution of app store advertising guidelines the iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines screen might not app store advertising guidelines be top-end (it’s far less sharp than app store advertising guidelines more recent app store advertising guidelines iPhones, or app store advertising guidelines even a app store advertising guidelines number of app store advertising guidelines cheap Android phones), but it’s not something app store advertising guidelines that’s really that app store advertising guidelines obvious in most use-cases.

The only app store advertising guidelines thing that we would like to app store advertising guidelines see improved is the brightness app store advertising guidelines of the display: in the years app store advertising guidelines since the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 8 app store advertising guidelines launch the color and vividity of the screens on phones app store advertising guidelines has app store advertising guidelines improved hugely, and they app store advertising guidelines appears brighter app store advertising guidelines at default settings app store advertising guidelines – and forcing the brightness app store advertising guidelines right up has a strong (and negative) app store advertising guidelines effect on the app store advertising guidelines battery life.

That brightness does need to app store advertising guidelines be increased a little app store advertising guidelines too app store advertising guidelines often as well – there’s no escaping the fact that app store advertising guidelines this app store advertising guidelines is an older display on app store advertising guidelines offer with the iPhone SE 2020, and there were app store advertising guidelines more app store advertising guidelines than a few occasions app store advertising guidelines when app store advertising guidelines we needed to app store advertising guidelines shelter the app store advertising guidelines phone from brighter light to app store advertising guidelines see what was on the screen – app store advertising guidelines something that isn’t an app store advertising guidelines issue app store advertising guidelines with newer iPhones.

A13 Bionic chipset 

The big change with the iPhone SE 2020 (and app store advertising guidelines we don’t use the italics lightly app store advertising guidelines there) is the app store advertising guidelines upgraded engine app store advertising guidelines from the iPhone 8. While the app store advertising guidelines external design is nigh-on identical, Apple app store advertising guidelines has supercharged the insides, with an improved chipset app store advertising guidelines running the show.

That extra app store advertising guidelines power is designed app store advertising guidelines to allow the new iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines to rival the iPhone 11 range in app store advertising guidelines terms of app store advertising guidelines speed app store advertising guidelines when flipping between apps, and editing app store advertising guidelines snaps app store advertising guidelines and video, app store advertising guidelines and should app store advertising guidelines also improve the camera performance app store advertising guidelines (thanks to upgraded computational power from app store advertising guidelines the new chipset).

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Apple looks to app store advertising guidelines have implemented some serious performance improvements while app store advertising guidelines keeping the app store advertising guidelines cost of this phone app store advertising guidelines down, app store advertising guidelines and that impression has been borne out in app store advertising guidelines our experience with app store advertising guidelines the iPhone SE: it matched app store advertising guidelines the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 11 app store advertising guidelines Pro app store advertising guidelines Max app store advertising guidelines – app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines most app store advertising guidelines powerful app store advertising guidelines phone from Apple on the market – for app store advertising guidelines speed app store advertising guidelines when exporting an iMovie, app store advertising guidelines and app store advertising guidelines actually compressed a 1080p four-and-a- app store advertising guidelines half minute video at an almost identical speed.

We compared it to the app store advertising guidelines older iPhone 8 Plus with app store advertising guidelines the same test, and app store advertising guidelines when compressing and exporting a app store advertising guidelines movie down to a app store advertising guidelines smaller size, the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 managed app store advertising guidelines the task so much quicker.

If you’re going to tax the phone app store advertising guidelines to its limits, then the iPhone 11 app store advertising guidelines Pro handsets are more able to handle app store advertising guidelines graphically intensive tasks and apps - app store advertising guidelines but even when playing more powerful games app store advertising guidelines like Pascal’s Wager, app store advertising guidelines we didn’t feel the new iPhone SE losing any app store advertising guidelines performance. The average user will notice little difference unless app store advertising guidelines intentionally trying to tax app store advertising guidelines the SE 2020.

What's interesting is the app store advertising guidelines way that the app store advertising guidelines iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE has been 'angled' by Apple in app store advertising guidelines terms of app store advertising guidelines power output. Our benchmark testing app store advertising guidelines showed that the newest iPhone app store advertising guidelines doesn't quite app store advertising guidelines have app store advertising guidelines the raw grunt or speed of the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 11 app store advertising guidelines range, suggesting that app store advertising guidelines Apple is balancing power output with app store advertising guidelines battery performance.

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You app store advertising guidelines can see the same thing on the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 11 vs the iPhone 11 app store advertising guidelines Pro - small differences in benchmark scores, app store advertising guidelines likely in a bid to make sure app store advertising guidelines each experience is app store advertising guidelines tailored app store advertising guidelines to different target users. 

Those app store advertising guidelines interested in app store advertising guidelines the Pro app store advertising guidelines model app store advertising guidelines will want the absolute max power (which is app store advertising guidelines why there's a larger battery app store advertising guidelines to app store advertising guidelines compensate) but app store advertising guidelines the more 'regular' user might app store advertising guidelines be fine with more of app store advertising guidelines a balance - the new iPhone SE also appears app store advertising guidelines to app store advertising guidelines have 3GB of app store advertising guidelines RAM, rather than the 4GB the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 11 is packing, app store advertising guidelines again minimizing app store advertising guidelines costs.

We experienced app store advertising guidelines very little in the way of slowdown during app store advertising guidelines our app store advertising guidelines time with app store advertising guidelines the new iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines – apart from in app store advertising guidelines the camera, app store advertising guidelines where app store advertising guidelines the phone took app store advertising guidelines a second or two to process each app store advertising guidelines image app store advertising guidelines we took. That’s not a app store advertising guidelines huge problem in the app store advertising guidelines grand scheme of things, app store advertising guidelines but if you app store advertising guidelines want to instantly check out a snap app store advertising guidelines you’ve taken it takes the shine app store advertising guidelines off somewhat.

It’s hard to know what else to app store advertising guidelines say about the upgraded app store advertising guidelines chipset, especially app store advertising guidelines when app store advertising guidelines we don’t know the amount of RAM that app store advertising guidelines it’s teamed with (which will have an impact on app store advertising guidelines the performance of some apps app store advertising guidelines in the future), but based on app store advertising guidelines side-by-side comparisons app store advertising guidelines we couldn’t fault the power app store advertising guidelines of the new, app store advertising guidelines cheaper iPhone.

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Camera

In our app store advertising guidelines view, app store advertising guidelines the make-or-break app store advertising guidelines feature for app store advertising guidelines the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE app store advertising guidelines – app store advertising guidelines and app store advertising guidelines so app store advertising guidelines the key focus of this review – is the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE camera and how app store advertising guidelines well app store advertising guidelines it performs in day to day app store advertising guidelines use – given that there’s app store advertising guidelines ‘old’ app store advertising guidelines hardware on offer here, app store advertising guidelines Apple app store advertising guidelines has taken a gamble that it app store advertising guidelines can app store advertising guidelines improve photo quality using app store advertising guidelines image processing powered by the A13 app store advertising guidelines Bionic chipset.

Spoiler alert: the gamble app store advertising guidelines has paid off handsomely. app store advertising guidelines The new iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines goes app store advertising guidelines toe-to-toe with the iPhone 11 Pro app store advertising guidelines Max in app store advertising guidelines terms of general snapping, and app store advertising guidelines only app store advertising guidelines struggles app store advertising guidelines when app store advertising guidelines it comes to the areas where app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines hardware is app store advertising guidelines lacking.

We’ll explain more about app store advertising guidelines that in app store advertising guidelines a moment, but app store advertising guidelines we’ve compared the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE 2020 to the iPhone 11 app store advertising guidelines Pro Max, the iPhone XS Max and the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 8 Plus, and it holds app store advertising guidelines its own well.

Before app store advertising guidelines we go into more app store advertising guidelines detail about the camera’s app store advertising guidelines performance, let’s look app store advertising guidelines at the app store advertising guidelines hardware: the app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE camera is basically using the app store advertising guidelines same set of lenses, app store advertising guidelines and app store advertising guidelines megapixel count, as the iPhone 8, with a app store advertising guidelines 12MP camera, a six-element lens and a sapphire glass app store advertising guidelines cover for strength.

We don’t know the app store advertising guidelines exact sensor that’s being used - app store advertising guidelines Apple wouldn’t confirm whether it had app store advertising guidelines upgraded app store advertising guidelines the hardware app store advertising guidelines there app store advertising guidelines - but app store advertising guidelines the same 12MP camera app store advertising guidelines and f/1.8 aperture app store advertising guidelines remains, so it seems that there’s very little app store advertising guidelines change to the sensor.

However, Apple has kept app store advertising guidelines the same hardware app store advertising guidelines specs app store advertising guidelines for the ‘normal’ wide-angle lens app store advertising guidelines on the app store advertising guidelines iPhone range since the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 8, but hugely improved app store advertising guidelines the quality of the pics – which app store advertising guidelines suggests the processor is doing app store advertising guidelines a app store advertising guidelines lot of the heavy lifting. So app store advertising guidelines just how app store advertising guidelines much difference does app store advertising guidelines imbuing the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE with app store advertising guidelines the same A13 app store advertising guidelines Bionic chipset, complete with that improved app store advertising guidelines image signal processor inside, make?

The short app store advertising guidelines answer is: app store advertising guidelines a lot. Put photos from the app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE 2020 next app store advertising guidelines to snaps taken with the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 8 app store advertising guidelines Plus, for example, app store advertising guidelines and you app store advertising guidelines can instantly see app store advertising guidelines improved sharpness, app store advertising guidelines more accurate color reproduction, app store advertising guidelines and app store advertising guidelines an overall ‘better’ photo whether app store advertising guidelines taken in brighter or darker conditions.

Apple’s app store advertising guidelines ‘tuning’ of app store advertising guidelines images from the app store advertising guidelines new app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines – app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines way app store advertising guidelines it thinks a photo should app store advertising guidelines look – is app store advertising guidelines interesting, with the processing appearing to app store advertising guidelines follow in the footsteps of that in the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 11 range, app store advertising guidelines favoring a cooler-looking scene.

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This results in app store advertising guidelines images that look less app store advertising guidelines warm compared to app store advertising guidelines those from even the iPhone XS from 2018 (which, app store advertising guidelines to our eye, are more visually app store advertising guidelines appealing), but the processing does produce snaps with good app store advertising guidelines levels of sharpness and clarity.

In app store advertising guidelines a side-by-side comparison with the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 11 Pro Max, the app store advertising guidelines most feature-packed phone Apple has ever app store advertising guidelines created, the iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines doesn’t perform as well… app store advertising guidelines but that’s app store advertising guidelines understandable for app store advertising guidelines the price. It’s clear that the SE app store advertising guidelines has a app store advertising guidelines tendency towards overexposing in some scenarios, app store advertising guidelines with app store advertising guidelines some of the color app store advertising guidelines and vividness app store advertising guidelines lost in app store advertising guidelines a few pictures.

One in particular saw us app store advertising guidelines having to massively drop the exposure of a app store advertising guidelines nature scene taken under app store advertising guidelines forest cover. Despite the darker app store advertising guidelines conditions, app store advertising guidelines the image was far too bright – it app store advertising guidelines seemed the new iPhone SE camera app store advertising guidelines was trying too app store advertising guidelines hard to compensate. app store advertising guidelines We often app store advertising guidelines found that the app store advertising guidelines images on app store advertising guidelines the viewfinder were much brighter than in real life, app store advertising guidelines which usually meant we app store advertising guidelines had to tweak the app store advertising guidelines exposure.

However, in app store advertising guidelines a app store advertising guidelines direct app store advertising guidelines comparison with the app store advertising guidelines best iPhone on the market, there app store advertising guidelines wasn’t as app store advertising guidelines much of a difference as the app store advertising guidelines massive app store advertising guidelines gulf app store advertising guidelines in app store advertising guidelines terms of app store advertising guidelines price app store advertising guidelines tag would suggest. You app store advertising guidelines don’t get app store advertising guidelines things app store advertising guidelines like night app store advertising guidelines mode (which is superb, and worth looking app store advertising guidelines into if you’re considering the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 11) or the additional ultra-wide app store advertising guidelines and 2x app store advertising guidelines zoom cameras.

In terms of the image quality app store advertising guidelines you app store advertising guidelines do get, app store advertising guidelines the differences are app store advertising guidelines small, but still app store advertising guidelines there to app store advertising guidelines see. app store advertising guidelines Not all app store advertising guidelines the tricks have come off – for app store advertising guidelines instance, the depth of app store advertising guidelines field capabilities on the iPhone SE aren’t app store advertising guidelines as strong app store advertising guidelines (due to the aforementioned app store advertising guidelines lack of a depth-sensing lens).

This app store advertising guidelines means app store advertising guidelines portrait mode doesn’t always quite work out app store advertising guidelines the edges of the subject (and it app store advertising guidelines can only manage to use the background defocusing on humans, app store advertising guidelines not app store advertising guidelines on objects).

The app store advertising guidelines new iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE camera will blur around app store advertising guidelines the edges of app store advertising guidelines a subject at times, meaning app store advertising guidelines using app store advertising guidelines one of the app store advertising guidelines smart effects, like Stage app store advertising guidelines Light Mono, look quite strange, with parts app store advertising guidelines of the hair missing at app store advertising guidelines the sides. It’s app store advertising guidelines not terrible, but it’s not easy to get the app store advertising guidelines smart-looking snaps Apple app store advertising guidelines uses in app store advertising guidelines its app store advertising guidelines marketing.

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While any phone app store advertising guidelines that can algorithmically app store advertising guidelines work out a subject using machine smarts app store advertising guidelines alone is impressive, there’s a gulf in quality between app store advertising guidelines a portrait mode photo taken with app store advertising guidelines a phone app store advertising guidelines with two-cameras compared to app store advertising guidelines a single sensor.

Elsewhere, the app store advertising guidelines low-light detail app store advertising guidelines isn’t as robust, and the color app store advertising guidelines reproduction is behind that of the behemothic app store advertising guidelines iPhone app store advertising guidelines 11 Pro app store advertising guidelines Max

But when you consider the relative cost of app store advertising guidelines the phones, and the fact that the new iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE is about a third of the price of the app store advertising guidelines 11 app store advertising guidelines Pro Max, it’s easy to forgive some app store advertising guidelines of these mild deficiencies, and instead app store advertising guidelines be impressed that Apple has managed to app store advertising guidelines improve things so well just by app store advertising guidelines putting app store advertising guidelines a new engine inside what is app store advertising guidelines in many respects app store advertising guidelines an old handset.

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The front-facing camera, app store advertising guidelines a 7MP affair, app store advertising guidelines has also been given app store advertising guidelines smarter app store advertising guidelines capabilities: you’re able to take the app store advertising guidelines aforementioned app store advertising guidelines portrait mode pictures, meaning app store advertising guidelines the background blurs away app store advertising guidelines and you app store advertising guidelines can arrest the world with only app store advertising guidelines your dazzling features.

There’s no ‘slofie’ (read: slow-motion app store advertising guidelines selfie app store advertising guidelines video) option app store advertising guidelines here, and we app store advertising guidelines can’t say we app store advertising guidelines miss it – app store advertising guidelines although that may app store advertising guidelines just be because we’re app store advertising guidelines still slightly sickened by the app store advertising guidelines invention of the word ‘slofie’.

The app store advertising guidelines quality app store advertising guidelines of the app store advertising guidelines images is good app store advertising guidelines – they’re sharp and clean, app store advertising guidelines and even look decent in low-light app store advertising guidelines too. Apple has app store advertising guidelines applied its photography algorithms well here, app store advertising guidelines and app store advertising guidelines improved app store advertising guidelines the capability of app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines front-facing camera to take smooth, well-lit photos.

Again, app store advertising guidelines using any of the portrait mode options will app store advertising guidelines mostly lead to a closely-cropped app store advertising guidelines image, with hair app store advertising guidelines looking somewhat unnatural or blurred – app store advertising guidelines but standard selfies come out well.

In app store advertising guidelines terms of app store advertising guidelines video too, the overall app store advertising guidelines power of the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 is as good as app store advertising guidelines anything Apple is app store advertising guidelines offering elsewhere in its lineup: you can app store advertising guidelines shoot 4K video at up to 60 app store advertising guidelines frames per second (fps).

The 60fps option should only app store advertising guidelines be used in good light though, app store advertising guidelines as movies will look dark in lower light. The app store advertising guidelines slickness of the app store advertising guidelines footage looks a app store advertising guidelines bit odd app store advertising guidelines – it almost looks too slick – but it app store advertising guidelines gives a app store advertising guidelines nicer look for app store advertising guidelines fast-moving app store advertising guidelines scenes.

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Battery

The new app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE battery app store advertising guidelines size hasn’t been announced by Apple app store advertising guidelines (it never reveals this spec), but app store advertising guidelines we do know that the iPhone app store advertising guidelines 8 came with a 1,821mAh power pack, app store advertising guidelines and we anticipate something similar for the app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020.

And if that is app store advertising guidelines indeed the case then app store advertising guidelines it’s a app store advertising guidelines potential issue, because the app store advertising guidelines iPhone 8 didn’t have stellar app store advertising guidelines battery app store advertising guidelines life – it could just about app store advertising guidelines last a app store advertising guidelines day in normal use, with the charger needing to app store advertising guidelines be in reach app store advertising guidelines towards the end app store advertising guidelines of the app store advertising guidelines evening.

The new iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE should, in app store advertising guidelines theory, have a longer-lasting battery as app store advertising guidelines it’s got a more app store advertising guidelines efficient engine at its heart, and iOS app store advertising guidelines 13.4 is better app store advertising guidelines at managing app store advertising guidelines power consumption. 

However, Apple says app store advertising guidelines the iPhone SE “lasts about app store advertising guidelines the same app store advertising guidelines as iPhone 8”, which is surprising and suggests that app store advertising guidelines you should see about app store advertising guidelines 2-4 app store advertising guidelines hours’ less app store advertising guidelines battery life app store advertising guidelines in app store advertising guidelines normal use than an iPhone 11, and up app store advertising guidelines to 25 app store advertising guidelines hours less if just using the app store advertising guidelines iPhone app store advertising guidelines for audio.

In practical use, app store advertising guidelines we saw app store advertising guidelines a mixed performance from the new app store advertising guidelines iPhone in app store advertising guidelines terms app store advertising guidelines of battery life: it certainly app store advertising guidelines wasn’t in the app store advertising guidelines same power-use bracket as app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines impressive iPhone XR app store advertising guidelines and iPhone 11 range, app store advertising guidelines and we app store advertising guidelines found ourselves having to regularly reach app store advertising guidelines for the charger in the evening.

However, on low-usage days, app store advertising guidelines where we didn’t use the iPhone for app store advertising guidelines a heavy amount app store advertising guidelines of photography or web browsing, we got app store advertising guidelines to the end app store advertising guidelines of the app store advertising guidelines day with over 30% left app store advertising guidelines in the app store advertising guidelines tank, app store advertising guidelines and we app store advertising guidelines saw little app store advertising guidelines power-drain overnight too, suggesting that the iPhone SE is app store advertising guidelines pretty power-efficient in standby mode.

But, overall, we felt app store advertising guidelines that the iPhone SE was indeed a app store advertising guidelines throwback to the older, 4.7-inch app store advertising guidelines iPhone app store advertising guidelines models, where it just felt like the power pack app store advertising guidelines inside wasn’t big app store advertising guidelines enough to comfortably app store advertising guidelines last app store advertising guidelines the day – we definitely didn’t have the confidence app store advertising guidelines in this handset that app store advertising guidelines we’ve come app store advertising guidelines to enjoy with more recent iPhones.

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However, if you’re app store advertising guidelines coming from an original iPhone SE or app store advertising guidelines older iPhone model you won’t notice any issue app store advertising guidelines (and app store advertising guidelines you’ll probably app store advertising guidelines see app store advertising guidelines a slight improvement) – app store advertising guidelines it’s just a shame that this feels app store advertising guidelines like an opportunity to improve things app store advertising guidelines that Apple has surprisingly app store advertising guidelines missed.

One way of alleviating this app store advertising guidelines issue app store advertising guidelines is app store advertising guidelines to invest in a fast app store advertising guidelines charger. Anything with USB-C PD app store advertising guidelines or 18W power delivery app store advertising guidelines (such as app store advertising guidelines the charger that comes in app store advertising guidelines the box with the iPhone 11 Pro app store advertising guidelines and is available app store advertising guidelines for app store advertising guidelines an extra $29 app store advertising guidelines / ?29 app store advertising guidelines / AU$49) will charge app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines phone rapidly – we’re talking getting app store advertising guidelines you from empty to over app store advertising guidelines 50% app store advertising guidelines in around app store advertising guidelines 30 minutes.

The overall charging speed is around one app store advertising guidelines hour and 50 minutes for a full, dead-to-100% recharge, but app store advertising guidelines the 5W charger that comes in the box app store advertising guidelines will be a lot slower. We’d suggest picking app store advertising guidelines up a fast iPhone charger from Apple or app store advertising guidelines Anker to app store advertising guidelines suit your app store advertising guidelines speedier charging needs.

Then again you could buy a app store advertising guidelines wireless charger instead, as the app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 is Qi-charging app store advertising guidelines enabled. Grab a cheap app store advertising guidelines wireless pad or two, for home and when (eventually) app store advertising guidelines at app store advertising guidelines work, and you’ll app store advertising guidelines never have an issue app store advertising guidelines with power levels app store advertising guidelines again.

It’s app store advertising guidelines not ideal – we’d rather the iPhone could app store advertising guidelines just easily app store advertising guidelines last app store advertising guidelines a day without you needing to reach for the app store advertising guidelines charger, giving app store advertising guidelines you some breathing room going app store advertising guidelines into the next day or in case app store advertising guidelines of emergency, app store advertising guidelines but app store advertising guidelines that’s app store advertising guidelines not the case here for app store advertising guidelines some app store advertising guidelines reason.

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Buy it if...

You want a new, great-value iPhone 

This app store advertising guidelines is app store advertising guidelines easily the best-value handset from app store advertising guidelines Apple yet. Not only is app store advertising guidelines it app store advertising guidelines the app store advertising guidelines cheapest model, app store advertising guidelines but it app store advertising guidelines comes with Touch ID, a powerful engine that app store advertising guidelines makes it fast and responsive under the finger, app store advertising guidelines and a decent camera, all app store advertising guidelines for nearly half the app store advertising guidelines price of an iPhone 11.

You’re app store advertising guidelines going to app store advertising guidelines keep hold of it app store advertising guidelines for a few years

The app store advertising guidelines iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines from 2016 was popular app store advertising guidelines because it offered something novel app store advertising guidelines at app store advertising guidelines the time: a new app store advertising guidelines iPhone for less app store advertising guidelines cash than the existing app store advertising guidelines models, and that same idea app store advertising guidelines has been app store advertising guidelines offered with the latest model.With app store advertising guidelines the iPhone app store advertising guidelines SE 2020, you’re likely to app store advertising guidelines still get upgrades and security features for app store advertising guidelines three to four years, which will appeal app store advertising guidelines to app store advertising guidelines many who aren’t as bothered about having app store advertising guidelines the very latest app store advertising guidelines features.

You want a lightweight handset

If you app store advertising guidelines want a app store advertising guidelines new iPhone but don’t want weight app store advertising guidelines in app store advertising guidelines the pocket, app store advertising guidelines then this is the model app store advertising guidelines to go for. It’s far less app store advertising guidelines weighty (partly, it seems, due app store advertising guidelines to having less battery app store advertising guidelines to lean on), and is easier to wrap your app store advertising guidelines fingers around than some models in the range app store advertising guidelines right now.

Don’t buy it if...

You app store advertising guidelines want app store advertising guidelines the best pics from an iPhone

While app store advertising guidelines the iPhone SE app store advertising guidelines 2020 app store advertising guidelines camera is strong, it’s not the strongest app store advertising guidelines in the range, and it struggles in a app store advertising guidelines few areas, such as with exposure levels and depth app store advertising guidelines of field app store advertising guidelines effects. However, it’s still mightily app store advertising guidelines impressive for the money, app store advertising guidelines and will impress app store advertising guidelines those upgrading app store advertising guidelines from much older app store advertising guidelines phones.

You value long battery life

We’re still not sure app store advertising guidelines why Apple has stuck app store advertising guidelines with app store advertising guidelines the battery life from app store advertising guidelines the iPhone 8, app store advertising guidelines but it has. It’s usable, app store advertising guidelines but given that the newer models are app store advertising guidelines now able to much more easily last app store advertising guidelines a app store advertising guidelines day app store advertising guidelines in normal use, we expected more here app store advertising guidelines – this is app store advertising guidelines very much ‘stereotypical iPhone battery life’.

You love watching movies app store advertising guidelines on the app store advertising guidelines go

The screen on the iPhone SE 2020 app store advertising guidelines dates back app store advertising guidelines a app store advertising guidelines few years, being the same one app store advertising guidelines that was used on the iPhone 8. It’s app store advertising guidelines not app store advertising guidelines stellar in bright light, and it lacks app store advertising guidelines the sharpness of newer screens, app store advertising guidelines although app store advertising guidelines the speakers are punchy to app store advertising guidelines help improve the app store advertising guidelines movie-watching app store advertising guidelines experience.

First reviewed: April 2020