iPhone SE Review

Apple launched Its Premium Budget smartphone named iPhone SE successor to iPhone SE (2016). was released on April 15, 2020. Apple iPhone 11 is priced at 479 EUR In Europe, 399 USD in the US, and 42,000 Indian Rupees @ 64 GB Base Variant.

Apple has Made Several Changes In SE (2020) to Stand Out from Last gen Variant. Apple Has Concentrated in the Camera department and improved the Single 12MP camera Setup From iPhone 11 With iPhone 11 Series Image processing. Apple has Placed the 7MP Front camera in Top Bezel, This Time iPhone SE Got IP68 Rated Water and Dust Resistant & Wireless charging Equal to iPhone 11 Series

iPhone SE features the Apple A13 Bionic chip from Apple Itself. this chip is made of 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 2 parts; the first part features 2 x High power cores which are clocked at 2.65GHz Which are named Lighting, The second part features 4 x A55 high powered cores that are clocked at 1.8GHz Which are again named as Thunder. it has Apple 4 core GPU. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai built in the processor, it has AI Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of Apple iPhone SE and Jump into the review.

Apple iPhone SE Specs

  • 4.7” HD IPS LCD Display
  • Apple A13 Bionic CPU
  • Apple 4 Core GPU
  • Single Nano Sim + E-Sim
  • 3GB LPDDR4x Ram
  • 64 / 128 / 256 GB Internal Storage
  • Single Camera 12 MP f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS (Main)
  • 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
  • 7MP f/2.2, 32mm front camera
  • 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
  • 1821 mAH battery with 18W fast charging, Qi wireless charging 7W 
  • iOS 13
  • Touch-ID / Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot / Volte
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Siri / Dolby Atmos with Stereo Speakers
  • NFC / Lightning Port

4.7″ HD+ IPS LCD Screen :

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Here in the Display Department, iPhone SE Features an Excellent HD+ IPS LCD panel with NotchEdge screen with 326 pixels per inch, the colors are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also Excellent. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight.

Stereo Speaker and Headphone Jack:

In iPhone SE, Apple Used the traditional Stereo Speaker System and equal when Compared to Stereo Speaker System used in iPhone 8.

Apple Has Removed Headphone jack In their Smartphones From iPhone’s. Coming to Lightning Port and earphones, the Lightning Port was equipped which provides a punchy and clear sound. there are headphones in the Box which sounds good. A bad thing is there is no 3.5mm to Lightning Port connector in the box. 

Build Quality : 

iPhone SE is Build with an Aluminium Frame on the side on Front &back of the Device Is Protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with Stainless Steel and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with the build quality.


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iPhone SE has a Vintage design with Bezels on Top and Bottom Which is Uncommon in Budget Smartphones Also And its Quite Smaller Smartphone in 2020.

Face ID:

iPhone SE has a Fingerprint unlock feature. It works Nice and Very Quickly & Securely to recognize the Fingerprint of the user. 

Weight balance: 

iPhone SE series feels Very Light with 4.7” Screen and 1821 mAh battery equipped.

Battery life:

My iPhone SE lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 29% in iPhone 11 which is good for a 3110 mAH Battery. We got 6 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get above 7 hr Battery life if you use Continuously on WiFi. The ideal drain of the iPhone SE is very low. the 18W Fast charging makes a difference and charges 50% Battery in 30 min which is a bit good.

there Is a Support for Wireless charging In iPhone 8. through this We can charge the iPhone Nearly 100 min.

iOS :

Here the iPhone SE comes with the iOS Operating System. So We cannot see Dual apps and other features in this iOS. We cannot see the unnecessary apps that are wasting Ram on the phone. we can get years of iOS Version Upgrades and of security updates on iPhone SE very Quickly at a time.


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My iPhone SE managed to do day to day tasks very well like the iPhone 11 Pro. there are no issues and problems with the UI. there are no heating issues with iPhone SE It Feels a bit warm In Outdoor Conditions While Recording 4K Videos and Gaming.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is not well on this iPhone SE device. it features 3 GB ram variant and I did not notice any lags with the 3GB Ram device and there are reloading of apps on this iPhone SE Multitasking experience is average.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. We had a smooth game play and does not heats much.


in iPhone SE , Out of 64 or 128GB or 256GB Storage, we get 60 or 118GB or 240GB.

Call Quality :

The Call quality on iPhone SE is outstanding and there are no issues with cellular call quality. We have taken long calls in a day, and the other party doesn’t complain about call quality. The earpiece is present in Top Bezel Which Acts as a Stereo Speaker Too. 

Rear Camera: 

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Coming to the Camera Department, iPhone SE features a Single-Camera setup on the back of the device and a Single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly on iPhone SE. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

1. 12MP Primary Camera: the 12MP main Camera With OIS is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.8. iPhone SE has PDAF Autofocus systems. The daylight pictures are excellent and contain exquisite details Which are like the natural photo. Exposure is in control with a Decent Dynamic range to take good pictures in good lighting conditions. In low light conditions, the images are clear and Sharp without noise which is good to see. Autofocus is very fast due to Laser and PDAF systems.

Video recording can be done up to 4k@60fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good in 4k@60fps And 1080p FHD recording Due to Optical Image Stabilization.

Slow Motion Video & Time Lapse Recording is Good in 1080P with good details and accurate colors.

Selfie camera :

iPhone SE has a 7MP selfie camera with f/2.2 Aperture. the Picture quality is good and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions it also captures Equal lowlight images compared to the rear camera. AI beautification mode is available. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.

Video recording can be done up to 1080p@60fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good in 1080p@60fps FHD recording Due to EIS. The video quality in the low night conditions is very good with good Sharpness and Decent Dynamic range.

Widevine L1 support:

 iPhone SE has Widevine L1 support to stream HD videos from Amazon Prime or NetFlix which is good to see.

In Box Contents:

In the iPhone SE smartphone box Apple provided Lightning headphones, Lightning cable, 18W charger.


  • Unique Design with Water Resistant Coating
  • Good & Bright IPS LCD Display
  • iOS 13
  • Touch ID
  • Great hardware for Raw Performance In $400
  • Superb Camera Quality and Details With all 2 Cameras
  • Awesome Selfie and Video Quality
  • Very Loud Stereo Speakers.
  • Faster Charging Solution with good Battery Life.
  • Long Time Support With iOS


  • Very Big Big Bezels
  • No Full HD+ Screen
  • No Night Mode
  • No 3.5mm Jack and Audio Adapter & fast Charger
  • Options & settings should be Same Hosting App Not in Settings


Who can Get iPhone SE SmartPhone view: 
if you want a True Flagship Phone with Bright IPS LCD HD+ screen, with Apple 13 Bionic Chip and 18W Wired fast charging, Single Rear & Front Camera Setup & iOS then you can go with iPhone 11 SmartPhone. If you want the Same Full-Screen Design Smartphone with Same Performance In Android

Samsung Galaxy S10e

iPhone XR

Pixel 4a can be your Alternatives to iPhone SE

If you are using iPhone SE then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this

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