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Apple iPhone SE Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple iPhone SE Smartphone (2nd gen, 2020)
Neoscore* 74%
  • Compact design
  • Good camera
  • Great battery life
  • Aged design
  • Mediocre display

Summary

The iPhone SE and iPhone 11 are superior in key aspects, which makes the iPhone XR a less-compelling purchase. The iPhone SE comes along with the good old 4.7-inch Retina LCD display that's been used since the iPhone 6 in 2014. With a resolution of 750x1334 pixels, the unit iPhone SE is definitely not among the sharpest on the market today.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The iPhone SE uses the same single camera, same Touch ID-enabled home button, and same IP67 aluminum chassis as the iPhone 8. The smallish, 4.7-inch screen with monster bezels is no doubt going to be a polarizing factor for a lot of people. If you're obsessed with huge, nearly borderless OLED panels, perhaps opt for the iPhone 11 Pro.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful, slim design
  • Fingerprint biometric authentication works well
  • Great camera
Cons[**]
  • Small display
  • Lacks headphone jack

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The iPhone SE appears visually simple, unobtrusive, and is kept suspiciously simple. Apple has placed the shiny silver apple in the middle like on the iPhone 11, as on the back of its current models. The performance of the iPhone is easy to understand, as you would expect from a new iPhone out of the box.
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Pros[**]
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Very good battery life
  • Great camera
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • Only one year of A13 Bionic

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
With a base price of 479 Euros ($399), the 2nd generation iPhone SE is currently the Californian company's cheapest smartphone. Compared to the iPhone 8, it comes with the faster Apple A13 chip, more RAM and Wi-Fi 6 support. The display of the Apple iPhone SE (2020) measures 4.7 inches diagonally and supports a native resolution of 1334x750 pixels.
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Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • Fast SoC
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Decent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Only 12 months warranty
  • Mediocre speaker quality

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The new iPhone SE is all the phone most people need, especially right now. With a blazing-fast processor, a high-quality body, and solid connectivity for $399, the 2020 iPhone SE sets a benchmark for midrange phones. It uses a (popular) older iPhone body and a smaller screen to cut prices while giving you a super speedy experience and Apple's latest apps.
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Pros[**]
  • Fast processor
  • Solid battery life
  • Solid connectivity for the price
Cons[**]
  • Smaller screen than iPhone 11 Pro

phonearena[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following[***]:
Starting at $399, the iPhone SE 2020 matches Apple's flagship iPhone 11-series and wipes the ground with its similarly priced Android rivals. It comes along with the good old 4.7-inch Retina LCD display that's been used since the iPhone 6 in 2014. The iPhone XR lags behind its two siblings, but this doesn't mean it's a bad device. It has all the bells and whistles supported on the iPhoneSE and raises the bar with its ultra-wide angle video recording capabilities, which make it a tad more versatile.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 4.7-inch OLED display
  • Great battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

t3[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The iPhone SE (2020) comes in three colours: black, white and red. It's the cheapest way to get the new iPhone, and we recommend it if you're happy find your own SIM-only deal to use with it (or are keeping an old SIM) Apple offers 0% interest payment instalments at its online store, so you can get the phone SIM-free and save some money.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Great camera
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
Apple has resurrected an old idea and released another iPhone SE. For people who want an iPhone, it makes buying a brand-new phone a whole lot easier. No other phone at this price will last as long as the iPhone SE will in terms of software support. The iPhone SE shines a bright, clarifying light on the entire smartphone industry.
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Pros[**]
  • Great camera
  • Fast-charging
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting software
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The iPhone SE 2020 is one of the best phones for those on a budget, especially if you like the idea of owning a smaller handset. For less than $400, you get Apple's A13 Bionic processor, delivering not just fast performance but also camera capabilities you'd expect from a pricier phone. The iPhone SE is available through all of the major carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact design
  • Fast performance
  • Water resistance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Haptic touch doesn't work on lock screen

whathifi[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The iPhone SE (2020) has a 4.7in screen compared to the iPhone 11's 6.1in screen. The iPhone SE is powered by Apple's A13 Bionic chip and third-generation Neural Engine. It has a single 12MP wide camera similar to that found in the iPhone XR. There are a wide range of video recording modes – the iPhone SE can record 4K video at 24fps, 30fps or 60fps.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid audio performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

wired[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
Apple has revived its low-cost model, the iPhone SE, which hasn't been in the picture since 2018. The new iPhone SE starts at $400 for a model with 64 gigabytes of internal storage. It has the same external build as a 2017 iPhone 8, but has a much improved camera and runs on Apple's fastest phone chip yet.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Smaller and more pocketable than the iPhone 11
  • Long battery life
  • Decent camera
Cons[**]
  • Camera isn't as good as iPhone 11

references

1. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) review: Old is new, again!. androidauthority. 2020-08-20 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
2. ^ Apple iPhone SE review: love at second sight. nextpit. 2020-04-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Apple iPhone SE 2020 Review - Small phone with a fast-beating heart. notebookcheck. 2020-05-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) Review. pcmag. 2020-04-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR. phonearena. 2020-05-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Apple iPhone SE review: everything you need. theverge. 2020-04-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) review. tomsguide. 2021-03-15 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
9. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) review. whathifi. 2020-07-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Review: Apple iPhone SE. wired. 2020-04-22 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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