IPhone SE 2 review: 2020 best-selling iPhone


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Still, it would be cooler if the second-generation iPhone SE were released in the case from the first. Give

four inch display in 2020! But no, we were reinsured, managed with half measures, it's a pity. But still, this is the most compact iPhone, a rare representative of the endangered species of frameless smartphones. Losing in characteristics to almost any Android device with a similar price tag. Still the most affordable new smartphone from Apple. And in its own way modern. See why.

What is it?

The second-generation iPhone SE is a smartphone with4.7-inch non-frameless display, Apple A13 Bionic processor, a single main camera and a fingerprint scanner on the front panel. It supports fast charging, wireless charging, there is protection from dust and water, there is no headphone jack.

What makes him interesting?

The fact that this is the most affordable new iPhone,equipped with the same processor as the flagship iPhone 11 Pro. And the most compact of the new iPhones. And quite controversial. Because for $ 400,550 you can buy an Android smartphone with more impressive features. But you cannot buy another new iPhone. But you can buy an old iPhone, namely the iPhone 8, from which the new product looks no different. Here is a story.

By the way, what is the real difference between the iPhone 8 iPhone SE 2020?

  • CPU. In the "eight" is the A11 chip, which is inferior in performance to the A13-m in one and a half to two times.
  • The camera, or rather, portrait mode, new schemes of "lighting" and stabilization when shooting video.
  • Support for e-SIM, that is, in fact, dual-SIM.
  • Stock of wireless speed for the future: Gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi 6.

What is in the box?

The smartphone itself, a charger, a charging cable and a wired headset with a Lightning connector. Beautiful pieces of paper and a paper clip to remove the SIM card tray.


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3.5mm Lightning to Headphone todisappeared, it seems since the eighth model (before that it was). The charger is only 5-watt, although the device itself supports fast charging from more powerful adapters. Perhaps in this way, the manufacturer emphasizes the budget of the iPhone SE, although it looks like saving on matches. But epplofans are not used to it. If you want 18-watt charging included, please have an iPhone 11 Pro for you.


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What does it look like?

Just like the iPhone 8 or 7. Well, almost. The location of the apple logo on the rear panel allows you to immediately distinguish the novelty, here it is placed in the center, and not closer to the camera, as before. And if you do not take into account the body materials and the presence of a headphone jack, then the iPhone SE 2020 is not difficult to confuse with the iPhone 6 / 6s. Front - for sure. By the way, did you know that iPhone 6 (taking into account the plus version) is in third place in the list of best-selling phones of all time, second only to Nokia 1100/1110 buttons? The next “apple” in this rating is already in 16th place, and this is the iPhone 8 (86 million of them were sold compared to 222 million “sixes”). So it goes.


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Well, while we are looking at another device in a very similar case. On the right side there is a power button and a SIM card tray with a hole for opening with a paper clip.


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On the left are two volume buttons and the legendary silent mode toggle switch.


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The upper end is empty, and the bottom has a Lightning connector surrounded by the usual speaker and microphone holes.


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Good old frames above and below the screenallow to do without "bangs", cutouts or holes. But there is no arsenal of cameras and sensors for face recognition, as well as the recognition function itself. The front camera, speaker, light sensor, everything is like in good old iPhones. In the black version, as in my photo, these elements merge with the color of the case.


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The frame at the bottom of the unit is enough forPlacement of a large round home button with integrated fingerprint scanner. This button, as in the iPhone 8, is not physical, but touch. Pressing it is simulated by a custom vibration feedback.

The camera is single, equipped with an LED flash. Structurally identical to the other models in this case.


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The camera lens protrudes above the plane of the rear panel.


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The back panel is covered with glossy glass, sideedges - aluminum, with a dull surface. Gloss of glass easily collects dust particles and fingerprints. IPhone SE 2 is available in black and white colors, as well as in a special red version of Product Red.

How good is the screen?

As much as its predecessor -screen in iPhone 8. The same 4.7 inches, IPS with a resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels, which corresponds to a pixel density of 326 ppi (this is the same as the iPhone 11, but less than 458 ppi for the iPhone 11 Pro). Nominal brightness 625 nits, contrast ratio 1400: 1. In general, the exact same screen as in the "eight". There is a vibration effect of Haptic Touch, but they didn’t dig out 3D touch, since the 11th generation of iPhones it hasn’t been and apparently will not.


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Good screen overall. But small, by modern standards, and irrationally spending the size of the case (and this case is not much smaller than the iPhone 11 Pro, by the way).

What about performance, autonomy?

Here is the most interesting. In the most affordable model put the same processor that equips the most expensive. Nobody except Apple allows this. But no one but Apple does not optimize the operating system to such an extent that the smartphone runs smoothly enough on old hardware. Especially - on the new. In theory, processor performance should grow 2.4 times, and the GPU - as much as four times. This I compare the new product with the closest ancestor - iPhone 8 with the chip before the last generation. In practice, with the naked eye, this is not particularly noticeable. Any new iPhone is subjectively fast. And it is moderately heated, if you uncover it with difficult tasks.


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A13 processor that I first encountered iniPhone 11 Pro, then more impressed with its impact on autonomy. Maybe here he will show himself? Unfortunately no. With the same battery capacity (modest 1821 mAh), the G8 and SE 2 show roughly the same results: "12 hours of Internet use." And this despite the less gluttonous processor. Somehow it's a shame. On the other hand, you can normally use a smartphone all day, and if you use a little, then enough for the second. But with active work, it is not difficult to put the battery in for dinner, especially if you start working in such work from six in the morning. In any case, the new "SE-box" will last longer than your old "eight" with an already tired battery. And it will be quite at the level of the average competitor on android with twice as much battery capacity. By the way, even a slow, complete 5-watt charge gives a fully shrunken device 28% of the charge in 30 minutes, 81% in an hour and 100% in less than two hours. So there is energy efficiency, there is simply not much progress.

Wireless charging is also supported. Among the other drawbacks of the glass back panel of the smartphone (not only this, but generally any) is the tendency to crawl from some charging stations with a smooth finish. Of course, the station itself is not included.


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The smartphone will be available in versions with 64b 128 and 256 GB of memory, a slot for its expansion, as always, is not provided.

If to this place you are sad from not veryimpressive iPhone SE 2 options, then listen. I mean, listen to his sound! The built-in speakers sound very good, and they (that is, the main and conversational) play in pairs and create a good stereo. These iPhones stand out favorably in the dull android world of monodynamics.

Oh, and even the most inexpensive new iPhone was not deprived of dust and moisture protection. Like the G8, it can be immersed to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. But not necessary.

In terms of communications - a modern set onlevel senior models. This is new-fangled Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, useless gigabit LTE in our latitudes and already practically applicable e-SIM in addition to the usual nanoSIM card. There is NFC that works with Apple Pay. The safety of this entire economy is ensured by the classic fingerprint scanner: face recognition, as in frameless iPhones, is not here.

What's up with the firmware and interface?

Like what, it's an iPhone! IOS 13 is preinstalled here, and since this is a new model, updates will be released for quite some time. There are no fundamental differences from the already repeatedly seen by us iOS, except that the lack of a cutout for the front camera dictates minimal differences in the design of the interface. Like good old times.


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What about the camera?

The second-generation iPhone SE is equipped with the samecamera, like the iPhone 8. Single, with a moderately wide angle of the lens and a 12-megapixel sensor. Aperture f / 1.8, optical stabilization. From the new - only software chips that appeared with the platform update: different versions of "portrait lighting" and improved algorithms for "smart" HDR. The front camera is 7-megapixel, it uses a display as a flash. He writes video in resolutions up to Full HD, supports stabilization, but does not know how to shoot slo-mo.


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Yes, there is only one main camera module, butshooting quality is better than that of other "multi-eyed" smartphones. In the absence of several focal lengths, the electronics have to be blown away for the zoom capabilities.


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It also provides background blur. And it copes with this successfully, without any auxiliary cameras, although the bokeh is characteristically smartphone-like. Macro photography is also good, you can focus from a very close distance.


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Mentioned above Smart HDR, good pullingimages with different levels of illumination of individual areas. When there is very little light, an increased shutter speed and sensitivity twisted to the maximum come to the aid (of course, these parameters cannot be adjusted manually, everything is done by automation). The illustration can be seen in the example of two frames taken in the afternoon and twilight.


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Photo features in low light are more or less in trend. This is not a “night vision device” like some of the current flagships, but a rather versatile and simple photo tool for every day.


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Video is recorded in resolutions up to 4k and up to 60 frames pergive me a sec. Stabilization makes the picture smoother, but with strong shaking it affects the image quality in a characteristic way. Visual illustration - video shot on the run.

There is a beautiful slo-mo (240 frames per second).

Timelapses even on hand are good.

In general, the camera, even though it is single, does not disappoint, although it cannot be called faultless.

In the dry residue

Couch experts (like me) usually meetiPhone SE 2 at a loss. Say, expensive, non-innovative and generally Apple is no longer a cake. Indeed, from a rational point of view, in a budget of $ 550 there is a sea of ​​Android smartphones with a large amount of memory, large screens, many cameras and many times more capacious batteries. But when a customer selects an iPhone, he selects an iPhone. And he will compare the hero of this review with his current iPhone (it’s clear that this is not 10 or 11), or with the iPhone 8 closest in spirit. Sales of new items are just beginning, and the “eight” in Ukrainian retail have not fallen in price yet, the price of devices comparable. But in general, the verdict is as follows: if you need the most affordable compact new iPhone, then you can take SE 2. It will be supported by iOS updates for a long time, well-assembled, fast, and efficiently removes. But if the choice of the ecosystem is not critical and there is no binding to the "apple", then, of course, there are a huge number of more interesting smartphones on the market.

5 reasons to buy a second-generation iPhone SE:

  • compact body;
  • fresh, fast processor;
  • good camera;
  • dust and moisture protection;
  • modern wireless interfaces.

5 reasons not to buy a second-generation iPhone SE:

  • relatively small display with wide frames;
  • single camera without the possibility of real zoom;
  • modest autonomy;
  • lack of slots for a second physical SIM card and memory card;
  • value for money, inferior to many Android smartphones.

Or let's not be so formal, it's an iPhone after all:

2 simple reasons to buy a second-generation iPhone SE:

  • Are you looking for a replacement for your old iPhone 8 or earlier?
  • you need the newest iPhone at the lowest price

2 simple reasons not to buy a second-generation iPhone SE:

  • you already have an iPhone X or higher (or a budget for such a purchase)
  • are you ready to consider Android smartphones

Apple iPhone SE 2 generation

iPhone 8 with iPhone 11 processor

An updated version of the aging iPhone 8. In a classic case with wide bezels around a 4.7-inch display and a round Home button with an integrated fingerprint scanner. Sufficient performance, good camera, compact dimensions. With the price still far from dumping.

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Specifications iPhone SE 2 (2020)

Display
IPS, 4.7 inches, 1334 × 750, 326 ppi

Housing
Aluminum frame, glossy rear window, dimensions 138.4 × 67.3 × 7.3 mm, weight: 148 g

CPU
Apple A13 Boinic, 6 cores, up to 2.49 GHz, 4 GPU cores

RAM
3 GB

Flash memory
64, 128 or 256 GB

Camera
The main single, 12 MP, f / 1.8, LED flash; frontal: 7 MP, f / 2.2

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) 2.4 / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC

GPS
GPS / GNSS

Battery
~ 1821 mAh, non-removable

operating system
iOS 13

Sim card
1 nanoSIM + eSIM

Thanks

Revision gg thanks the Citrus online store for the kindly provided smartphone for review