Apple iPhone SE 2020 review
Our UK Apple iPhone SE 2020 review reveals the most affordable iPhone. Priced from £22.50 per month, on a 24-month contract, this iPhone is for everyone, even those who have a tight budget to work to.
You can buy the Apple iPhone SE 2020 in one of three memory options. The memory variants are 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
A compact and robust head turner
The Apple iPhone SE 2020 is more pocket friendly than other iPhones and packs a 4.7” Retina HD display. This display has a high resolution at 1,334x 750 pixels and 326 pixels per inch, so apps, games, and websites all look sharp, clear, and detailed.
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The True Tone display technology shows natural colours, and you can ramp up the brightness to the tune of 625 nits, which is exceptionally bright and ideal for use on sunny days. When you need to read the fine print, the display zoom tool becomes your new best friend.
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The new iPhone SE is made from durable aluminium and glass. You can choose to blend in with the crowd by purchasing the iPhone SE 2020 in black or white or stand out from the crowd with the red colour option.
This iPhone is very light and thin at 148g and 7.3mm. The phone is IP67 rated, making it water-resistant for 30 minutes at a depth of down to 1m.
Phone Set Up
Secure and convenient
This Apple smartphone brings back the Touch ID home button, which sits just below the display. Your fingerprint data is stored on the device to ensure security.
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New and enhanced iOS 13 features
The 2nd generation iPhone SE comes with iOS 13 and a host of new features. The first new feature is Dark Mode, and you can turn this on manually or schedule a time for it to turn on each day. There is also a new Photos app where Live Photos and videos play as you scroll.
Siri Shortcuts join three new Animoji characters; Cow, Octopus, and Mouse. Your Memoji can be made one in a million with more hairstyles, makeup, piercings, and headwear choices.
Preloaded apps include the App Store, iTunes Store, Maps with the Look Around feature, News, Podcasts, Notes, and TV. Further free apps available from Apple include GarageBand, iMovie, Numbers, Pages, and iTunes Remote.
The final new feature is for those who love music and sharing. Audio Sharing works with Beats headphones or Apple AirPods, with individual volume control through the iPhone SE 2020.
Bionic power, speed, and energy efficiency
The new iPhone SE uses the A13 Bionic chip, which is the same chip as that in the iPhone 11 Pro and the fastest chip in a smartphone. You will enjoy fluid experiences as you launch apps, play games, delve into augmented reality, and work in new ways.
Camera & Video
A focus in portraits
The 12MP wide camera has a clear focus on giving your portraits a touch of class. The Portrait Mode lets you blur backgrounds for portrait shots and selfies. An easy to use slider gives you control over the image depth and advanced bokeh, so you can blur the background a little or a lot, to find the most striking balance.
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Portrait Lighting lets you adjust the light intensity of six studio-grade effects:
• Studio Light
• Natural Light
• Contour Light
• Stage Light
• Stage Light Mono
• High-Key Light Mono
The Apple iPhone SE 2020 has a new Smart HDR camera feature and this recognises faces and intelligently relights them to capture natural skin tones and contours. Smart HDR also makes subtle adjustments to background shadows and highlights.
The camera also offers 63MP Panoramas, Live Photos, a Burst Mode, and 5x digital zoom. There is a 7MP FaceTime camera with 1080p video recording.
Video recording at its best
The iPhone SE can record 4K video, which has 4x the detail of 1080p. Recording features include stereo audio recording, 3x digital zoom, Slo-mo video at 240 frames per second, cinematic video stabilisation, the option to take 8MP stills while recording, and playback zoom. The handy QuickTake Video feature removes the need to switch between photos and videos; you hold down the shutter button to start recording video.
Standard, fast, or wireless
The Apple iPhone SE 2020 will give you up to 40 hours of music playback or up to 13 hours of video. This iPhone is compatible with the (sold separately) 18W fast charger, which delivers 50% capacity in 30 minutes. The phone is also compatible with Qi wireless chargers (sold separately).
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Written by: Michael Brown