Comparison of iPhone 6 and iPhone SE 2: is it worth updating?

With the release of iOS 13 in September 2019, Apple stopped supporting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Smartphones came out in 2014, and by the time

iOS 13 release they turned five years old. Despite this, iPhone 6 is an extremely popular iPhone in Russia and the world, which is still used by millions of people. In Russia, according to DeviceAtlas, iPhone 6 is in second place in popularity (on the first iPhone 7).

With the release of the new iPhone SE at the ownersoutdated models of iPhones there is an opportunity to upgrade: the updated version of the iPhone SE is equipped with a processor, as in the iPhone 11/11 Pro, is compact (4.7 inches) and costs 39,990 rubles for 64 GB of capacity (10-20 thousand cheaper than flagship models).

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If you have an iPhone 6 and you don’t know whether it is worth updating to iPhone SE 2, read our analysis.

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Is it worth changing iPhone 6 to iPhone SE 2

  • Is it worth changing iPhone 6 to iPhone SE 2
    • Design
    • Display
    • CPU
    • Memory and capacity
    • Cellular and Wireless
    • Camera
    • Battery and Charging
    • findings

Design

iPhone SE 2: dimensions 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, weight 148 g, IP67 certification, 2nd generation Touch ID, no headphone jack
iPhone 6: dimensions 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm, weight 129 g, Touch ID, 3.5 mm headphone jack

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iPhone 6 and iPhone SE 2020 are almost the samein size, SE is a little heavier. iPhone SE 2 is more square in shape and, unlike the all-aluminum case of the six, the aluminum has only side faces, and the back has frosted glass. The iPhone SE 2 is IP67 protected: dust and splash resistant and, as Apple claims, can withstand immersion to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes (iPhone models starting from the 7th generation have become moisture resistant). Supports Qi-standard wireless charging.

Display

iPhone SE 2: 4.7-inch Retina HD display, 1334 resolutionx 750, 326 dpi, tactile response when pressed, True Tone technology (white balance automatically adjusts to lighting, so images look more natural), brightness 625 nits
iPhone 6: 4.7-inch Retina display, 1334 x 750 resolution, 326 dpi, 500 nits brightness

Both iPhones come with a 4.7-inch IPS (High Quality LCD) LCD. At the same time, iPhone SE 2 has better color reproduction, contrast and wider viewing angles.

What color to choose iPhone SE 2 - black, white or red (RED)?

White

iPhone 6 2014

CPU

iPhone SE 2: A13 Bionic processor with 3rd generation Neural Engine
iPhone 6: A8 processor

The Apple A8 in the iPhone 6 was once a powerful ARM chip, but 6 years have passed since its release: the processor is outdated and no longer releases Apple. The main advantage of the iPhone SE 2 is its performance. A13 Bionic - the fastest Apple processor to date, is in the flagship iPhone 11/11 Pro. Moreover, Performance iPhone SE 2 has no analogues among Android smartphones with a diagonal of 4.7 inches. Well, the company will support iPhone SE 2 until 2024–2025.

Memory and capacity

iPhone SE 2: 3 GB of RAM, capacity 64, 128, 256 GB
iPhone 6: 1 GB of RAM, capacity 16, 32, 64 GB

IPhone SE 2 has 3 times more operational and 4times the base memory than the iPhone 6. Thanks to the additional RAM, the iPhone SE 2 works faster in multitasking mode than the iPhone 6, and the increased memory capacity allows you to store more photos, videos and documents on the device.

iPhone SE 2

iPhone 6

Cellular and Wireless

iPhone SE 2: Gigabit LTE, Wi-Fi 6, two SIM cards, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with read mode
iPhone 6: LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC

iPhone 6 only supports LTE (not even LTE-A),and iPhone SE - gigabit LTE (not available in all regions and not all telecom operators). iPhone SE 2 provides better signal and communication, faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, NFC with read mode, supports two SIM cards (nano-SIM and electronic, eSIM) and express transport cards.

Camera

iPhone SE 2:

  • main: one 12MP camera, f / 1 aperture.8 (as in iPhone 11), optical image stabilization, portrait mode (as in XR) with improved bokeh, stereo sound, video recording in 4K at 60 frames per second
  • Front: 7MP FaceTime HD camera with f / 2.2 aperture and portrait mode

iPhone 6:

  • basic: one 8 MP camera, f / 2.2 aperture, 1080p HD video recording at up to 60 frames per second
  • Front: 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, ƒ / 2.2 aperture

There are several cameras between the iPhone 6 and iPhone SEgenerations of updates, therefore, of course, in all respects the new SE wins. Portrait mode, including on the frontal; A13 processor, which in a good sense of the word will affect the photo; 4K video recording at 60 frames per second with stereo sound; next-generation Smart HDR function - all these are the undoubted advantages of the 2nd generation iPhone SE (even compared to the camera in the XR).

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Battery and Charging

iPhone SE 2: up to 13 hours in video playback mode, wireless charging with a Qi standard device with a power of 7.5 W, a 5 W adapter is included, there is the possibility of fast charging
iPhone 6: up to 11 hours in video playback mode, 10 W wired charging, 5 W adapter included

One of the weaknesses of the iPhone SE 2 is its autonomy. According to Apple, the iPhone SE 2 works "without recharging about as much as the iPhone 8," but in fact the iPhone 7. At the same time, in conjunction with a very powerful performance, the autonomy of the SE 2 should still be higher. And even despite a slight upgrade of the battery, the second iPhone SE 2 will hold the battery many times longer than the iPhone 6.

Also, the new SE supports fast charging -the device can be charged from zero to 50% in 30 minutes with an 18 W adapter (sold separately). There is the possibility of wireless charging (Qi standard).

findings

So, if you have an iPhone 6 and you have to decide whether to buy an iPhone SE 2020.

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Definitely yes, if:

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  • fundamentally want a compact iPhone,
  • Do not be confused by the frames on the display,
  • there is no possibility or desire to add 10-20 thousand to the flagship: there is simply no better alternative for performance in this diagonal.

Not if:

  • still want a big frameless flagship and Face ID - you can pay extra 10 thousand and buy an iPhone XR,
  • We need an improved battery compared to the iPhone 8 (although there are no tests yet, it's too early to draw conclusions about the autonomy of SE).

If you are configured to buy iPhone SE 2 - in Russiapre-order for iPhone SE 2 will begin on April 23, the start of sales on the 24th. In the US, the new SE is available for purchase now and can be bought several thousand cheaper.

Where to pre-order for iPhone SE 2 (2020) - the best deals