Should you buy the iPhone SE (2020)? We reviewed its features and capabilities

Created date: 04/14/2020, 05:19:13, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 06:04:29

Detailed review of iPhone SE (2020)'s features

What are the advantages and disadvantages of choosing the iPhone SE (2020)? We conducted a deep-dive review into what makes this phone great. We did a thorough analysis into the often compared aspects of the device!

Review of the product design of the iPhone SE (2020)

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an iPhone SE (2020), the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the iPhone SE (2020) around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The iPhone SE (2020) is a size that can easily be held in one hand. Even when holding it along with other things such as a wallet, its size makes it difficult to drop accidentally.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the iPhone SE (2020) in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

The iPhone SE (2020) has a size that makes it relatively easy to keep and take out. While it sometimes get caught when sticking out of the pocket, I think it is just a matter of getting used to it.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The iPhone SE (2020) is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the iPhone SE (2020) by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The iPhone SE (2020) is a size that allows you to have a firm grip even while using it. Since your hand is kept stable, it is difficult to accidentally drop the phone, and it is very easy to use. Since the original body size is small, the phone is still easy to hold even when using a case.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The iPhone SE (2020) is a slightly heavy smart phone so using it with one hand for a short period doesn't cause any pain, however when used for long periods continuously it can hurt your hand. If you add a case and accessories it feels even heavier. It is preferable to use the phone with two hands and a proper case.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

Even when used with one hand, the iPhone SE (2020) has a size which allows buttons on the edges of the display to be operated. However, people with small hands may lose their grip if they try to press the buttons at the edges.

The size of the buttons on the App

The buttons displayed on the iPhone SE (2020) are large, and therefore it is difficult to press the wrong ones. While some buttons may look small depending on the app, you probably won't feel that stressed when you actually use it.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

You can type easily on the iPhone SE (2020) even with a tight grip. Even when typing at high speeds you can type freely without having to loosen your grip.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the iPhone SE (2020) with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the iPhone SE (2020) is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

In general, the iPhone SE (2020) displays characters and pictures in sizes that are easy to see. While some characters may look small depending on the app, they are not really difficult to see. Therefore, it can be said to be more than adequate for uses such as searching the Internet and messaging.

Ease of reading sentences

Since the iPhone SE (2020) displays characters smoothly, it can display them beautifully. Even when viewing small characters, the jaggedness of the character outline is not at a level seen during normal viewing and is displayed very naturally. Because of this, it is difficult for your eyes to become tired and make the phone suitable for reading long bodies of text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The iPhone SE (2020) can display photos and videos beautifully. While people with good eyes can see jagged outlines when they look at the display up close, it is not really something of concern.

Ease of writing sentences

For the iPhone SE (2020), the on-screen keyboard covers part of the screen when typing, but there is sufficient space for operation. Its size is suitable for entering long sentences, but I feel it may be a bit clumsy when editing office documents.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

Whether it be a phone call, mail, or during a chat, the iPhone SE (2020) provides smooth performance. Even when using the phone in demanding situations, you can use the phone comfortably since there will usually be no lag.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

If it is just SNS such as Facebook and Instagram, and some internet searches, the performance is enough. As a result, you will hardly ever find yourself frustrated or annoyed when using this phone.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

Even if you start multiple apps at the same time or switch between apps frequently, you will have smooth performance. It can be said that the performance is more than enough if you just do research and SNS.

Summary of iPhone SE (2020) performance and functions

The size and weight of the iPhone SE (2020)

The body of the iPhone SE (2020) is 2.6 inches (67.3 mm) wide, 5.4 inches (138.4 mm) long, and 0.3 inches (7.3 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 4.7 inch, and it weighs 148 oz (148 g). Holding the phone and viewing the screen is as easy as for an average smartphone. In addition, while it is slightly heavier, its weight is something that can be handled. Your hand may get tired if you operate the phone for long periods of time with one hand.

iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone XS 512GB
iPhone X 64GB
iPhone SE (2020)iPhone XS 512GBiPhone X 64GB
ColorBlack/White/Redー/ ー / ーー/ ー
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)2.6 inches (67.3 mm) x 5.4 inches (138.4 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.3 mm)2.8 inches (70.9 mm) x 5.7 inches (143.6 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.7 mm)2.8 inches (70.9 mm) x 5.7 inches (143.6 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.7 mm)
Weight148 oz (148 g)177 oz (177 g)174 oz (174 g)
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Display of the iPhone SE (2020)

The iPhone SE (2020) has a Retina IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 750 x 1334. Compared to normal smart phones, its screen is relatively beautiful. It shows great images even when up close, such as when using it for VR.

iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone XS 512GB
iPhone X 64GB
iPhone SE (2020)iPhone XS 512GBiPhone X 64GB
Display size4.7 inch5.8 inch5.8 inch
Display typeRetina IPS LCDTrue Tone ー HDR Super Retina HDTrue Tone ー HDR Super Retina HD
Screen resolution (width x height)750 x 13341125 x 24361125 x 2436
Pixel density325 ppi462 ppi462 ppi
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The battery life of the iPhone SE (2020)

The iPhone SE (2020) has a battery capacity of 1821 mAh. It has pretty much the same battery capacity as a standard smartphone.

The processing capability of the iPhone SE (2020)

The iPhone SE (2020) uses the Apple A13 Bionic CPU with 2.65GHz+1.8GHz×6(Hexacore). The memory capacity is 3GB. Its CPU has better performance than normal smart phones. While this level of performance may be excessive, it is something that would be appreciated when enjoying 3D games. In addition, it has slightly more memory, which is more than adequate for general use. Most games can probably be comfortably enjoyed. Although I feel it may be slightly inadequate for 3D games, overall, there is no problem.

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iPhone XS 512GB
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iPhone SE (2020)iPhone XS 512GBiPhone X 64GB
ChipsetApple A13 BionicApple A12Apple A11
CPU specs2.65GHz+1.8GHz×6(Hexacore)2.49GHz+2.49GHz×6(Hexacore)2.39GHz+2.39GHz×6(Hexacore)
RAM size3GB4GB3GB
Storage size256GB512GB64GB
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The camera of the iPhone SE (2020)

The iPhone SE (2020) has a back camera with 12 MP. The front camera has 7 MP. Its rear camera has slightly better performance compared to normal smart phones. While there are times when I feel it is lacking, it is able to take pictures with satisfactory quality almost all the time. The front camera performance is also roughly the same as a standard smartphone. The image quality for longer distance photography is less than satisfactory, but on the whole, there are no issues with short distance photos.

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iPhone SE (2020)iPhone XS 512GBiPhone X 64GB
Rear-camera resolution12 MP12 MP12 MP
Front-camera resolution7 MP7 MP7 MP
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