August 15, 2022
iPhone SE (2020) first impressions

The iPhone SE (2020) is an extremely important product for Apple in India, and we’ve finally got our hands on it. The launch of this new phone based on the old design, (which Apple believes) at a low starting price of Rs. 42,500, has sparked a storm of comments from Gadgets 360 readers and viewers, and opinions are quite divided. While Apple hopes to entice buyers who otherwise couldn’t afford an iPhone, the price is still too high for many to stomach, and the iPhone XR doesn’t cost that much.

On the one hand, we have the class-leading Apple A13 Bionic processor, the slick iOS 13 with the potential to be updated over the years, Apple’s ecosystem of services, and a host of other features that match the current-gen iPhone 11 (Review) and iPhone 11 (Review). Huh. 11 Pro (Review). On the other hand, we have a dated design, smaller screen and a single rear camera, which is more than three times the price of a good Android phone.

The iPhone SE (2020) looks almost identical to the iPhone 8 (Review), and in fact, the body has been recycled without anything other than the colors so you can differentiate between them. Silver, Space Gray and Gold have been replaced with simpler White, Black and (Product) RED options. All three have black faces on the front, which gives the white version a particularly attractive look. The glass back is the same, and thankfully there’s also IP67 water and dust resistance.

More importantly, this phone is exactly the same as the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch screen. It has similar thick borders at the top and bottom of the screen, as well as a capacitive home button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. This type of design hasn’t been seen in the Android world for many years, even at the bottom of the budget tier, and so you might not realize that this phone is quite modern.

We were skeptical too, but that feeling disappeared as soon as we picked up the iPhone SE (2020) and turned it on. First, it’s incredibly light and compact by today’s standards, which feels refreshing. It weighs 148 grams and is just 7.3 mm thick. It’s super easy to hold and use in one hand and it wasn’t too much of a stretch to reach the top corners of the screen. This phone is also incredibly well built, with a satisfying premium feel and excellent grip. The edges are curved, the seams are fully machined, and the apple feel isn’t slimy at all.

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The iPhone SE (2020) is extremely well built and has an IP67 rating

When we were using this phone, iOS 13 felt extremely fast and responsive. Yes, the small screen has a constraint. We can’t find ourselves really enjoying games and videos like we are now used to on the 6-inch and bigger screens of most current phones, which means there is likely to be less CPU usage – Also it is reportedly less. Still, there are other use cases for it, which we’ll explore in more detail in our full review coming soon.

Evaluating the iPhone SE (2020) isn’t as easy as listing its features. Yes, the screen is small and low-res, but it has Apple’s True Tone white balance adjustment feature and remarkable color accuracy. Yes, there’s only one rear camera, but you get video stabilization, depth effects and portrait lighting thanks to the A13 Bionic’s machine learning capabilities. Yes, it’s small and looks old-fashioned, but you get wireless charging and water resistance. These are the things that separate the iPhone SE (2020) from the much less expensive Android phones that seem to be competing.

There’s also Apple’s suite of services such as iMessage and iCloud, as well as privacy, security, and the promise of major iOS updates for years. This is especially valuable for users of the older iPhone who need an upgrade and want to stay within the ecosystem. Everything added up, the price is not so difficult to justify.

In India, the iPhone SE (2020) competes with the nearly two-year-old iPhone XR (Review), which is now usually discounted to around the same price or even less when it goes on sale. We hope this means that the iPhone SE (2020) will sell itself for less than its MRP after some time. The examples from the original iPhone SE and other entry-level models show that this could happen.

Our full review is coming soon, and we’ll be evaluating the iPhone SE (2020) in terms of performance, usability, battery life, software, ergonomics, and more, to help you decide if it’s worth the money. worth it or not. Stay tuned with Gadgets 360.


Is the iPhone SE the last ‘affordable’ iPhone for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts either RSSDownload the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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