Apple iPhone SE Review Rundown

Apple | Published on 20 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer


Photo of Apple iPhone SE
  • Beautiful OLED display
  • Fast processor
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Long battery life
  • Nothing in particular


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.



Sentiment Score[*] 80%
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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  • Lightweight and compact
  • Very good battery life
  • Great camera
  • Fast charging
  • Only one year of A13 Bionic


Sentiment Score[*] 75%
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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  • Long battery life
  • Fast SoC
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Decent cameras
  • Only 12 months warranty
  • Mediocre speaker quality


Sentiment Score[*] 90%
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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  • Fast processor
  • Solid battery life
  • Solid connectivity for the price
  • Smaller screen than iPhone 11 Pro


Sentiment Score[*] 91%
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.
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  • Beautiful 4.7-inch OLED display
  • Great battery life
  • Great cameras
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 82%
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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  • Great camera
  • Fast-charging
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting software
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 88%
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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  • Sleek design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid audio performance
  • Nothing in particular


  1. 1. ^ Apple iPhone SE review: love at second sight. Nextpit. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Apple iPhone SE 2020 Review - Small phone with a fast-beating heart. Notebookcheck. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) Review. Pcmag. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) vs iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR. Phonearena. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Apple iPhone SE review: everything you need. Theverge. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Apple iPhone SE (2020) review. Whathifi. 03 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. *. 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.
  8. **. 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.
  9. ***. 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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