RANK #39

Apple iPhone SE

"The iPhone SE is an outstanding phone, delivering fast performance and very good cameras in a compact design. The only thing missing is Night Mode."
As posted by tomsguide.com

Pros

  • Very good cameras
  • Very good battery life
  • Light, compact design
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Selfie camera is mediocre
  • No headphone jack
  • Camera not great in low light
  • Poor front-facing camera

Product Details

Date First Available:
May 14, 2020

Overall Rating

84.6%
The overall rating was calculated based on 63188 customer and expert reviews from 54 review sites and 5 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Mobile Phones:
  • 86.6%
    Design
  • 96.7%
    Performance
  • 86.8%
    Camera
  • 83.1%
    Battery
  • 86.1%
    Charging
  • 76.8%
    Display
  • 95.4%
    Durability / Build Quality

Expert Reviews Rating

Excellent
20
Good
33
Fair
0
Poor
0
Bad
0

Customer reviews by store

Price Comparison

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    815 reviews
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    815 reviews
    $399.99
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    815 reviews
    $399.99
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Expert Reviews

The new $399 iPhone SE looks like an iPhone 8 but works like Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone 11 Pro.

Read more on cnet.com

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Long battery life so far
  • Great rear camera
  • iPhone 11 Pro-level performance

Cons

  • Old iPhone design
  • Selfie camera is mediocre

The iPhone SE (2020) is affordable, powerful and lightweight

Read more on techradar.com

Pros

  • Lightweight frame
  • Low price for iPhone
  • Powerful chipset

Cons

  • Battery life could be better
  • Old screen technology
  • No headphone jack

The iPhone SE is an outstanding phone under $400, delivering fast performance and very good cameras in a compact design. The only thing missing is Night Mode.

Read more on tomsguide.com

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Fast A13 Bionic performance
  • Very good cameras
  • Compact design
  • Supports wireless charging

Cons

  • Big bezels
  • Lacks 5G
  • No Night mode
  • Shorter battery life than other iPhones

The 2020 Apple iPhone SE is a petite powerhouse with no-compromise performance for hundreds of dollars less than other recent iPhones.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Fast performance
  • Small, one-hand-friendly form factor

Cons

  • No camera night mode

The Apple iPhone SE is the best choice if you're looking for a small, but powerful smartphone.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Fast.
  • Very good battery life.
  • Easy to use with a single hand.

Cons

  • Low-res front-facing camera.
  • Lacks the latest Wi-Fi capabilities.

For a pocketable device with a powerful processor, $400 is a great starting point.

Read more on wired.com

For a phone that is so affordable this really does deliver - and should give you a phone that will last you for the next 3-4 years without the need to upgrade.Read full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com

Pros

  • Affordable price but flagship specification
  • Small size has its charms
  • Decent camera performance
  • Water-resistant design

Cons

  • 2017 design shows with large top/bottom bezel
  • Limited battery - and no fast-charger in the box
  • No Face ID - it's Touch ID only
  • No Night Mode

Apple's iPhone SE (2020) isn't the best iPhone, but it's enough for most people. Our in-depth review examines performance, camera quality, design, and more.

Read more on digitaltrends.com

Pros

  • Light, compact design
  • Class-leading performance
  • Loud, enjoyable audio
  • Great camera
  • iOS is excellent

Cons

  • Not a great display for $400
  • Battery life is just OK

Apple iPhone SE: Well-built with a great camera and fantastic battery life, the iPhone SE (2016) was once the small phone to buy

Read more on expertreviews.co.uk

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
  • Gorgeous build quality

Cons

  • Touch ID is slower than on the latest iPhones
  • No 3D Touch

Apple’s budget iPhone delivers a satisfying and slick smartphone experience at an attractive price

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Colourful, detailed screen
  • Musical sound

Cons

  • Camera not great in low light
  • Battery life could be better

In this video, smartphone expert Tshaka Armstrong reviews the Apple iPhone SE (2020), a budget phone that still has high-end features.

Read more on reviews.org

The 2020 iPhone SE packs in a top-spec processor and flagship features at a bargain price, but dated design and bad battery hold it back.

Read more on techadvisor.com

The iPhone SE (2016) is an affordable, well-designed small phone that can run iOS 13, although it's getting a bit old now

Read more on trustedreviews.com

Pros

  • Compact body
  • Great camera
  • Excellent performance
  • Solid battery life

Cons

  • Average screen
  • Poor front-facing camera

The iPhone SE 2020 is the best cheap smartphone for most people – its camera, build quality and speed all match more expensive phones. Its smaller screen will also please those who feel left behind by ever-larger devices.

Read more on t3.com

Pros

  • Premium build
  • Excellent processor
  • Very impressive camera
  • Great value
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • No haptic touch on lock screen
  • No Night Mode in camera

TCL's first entry into North America with its own brand delivers stunning design, high-end AMOLED panels, solid camera technology, and an affordable price. This impressive entry into the mid-range market will make you question ever spending $1,000 on a smartphone again.

Read more on zdnet.com

Pros

  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Affordable price
  • Flawless performance
  • Long battery life
  • Good camera performance
  • 3.5mm and IR

Cons

  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging

The iPhone SE 2020 is the best cheap smartphone for most people – its camera, build quality and speed all match more expensive phones. Its smaller screen will also please those who feel left behind by ever-larger devices.

Read more on t3.com

Pros

  • Premium build
  • Excellent processor
  • Very impressive camera
  • Great value
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • No haptic touch on lock screen
  • No Night Mode in camera

It's not the size of the phone in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the phone.

Read more on wired.com

Remember the days of small phones? Apple fans sure do, and to satisfy your longing for a 4-inch iPhone, Apple introduced the iPhone SE. It’s just as powerful as the iPhone 6S, but it’s got a retro look.

Read more on digitaltrends.com

Bigger is normally always better, but sometimes great things come in small packages too.Read full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com

Pros

  • Small size will suit a certain audience
  • Feature set means plenty of power
  • Accessible price point

Cons

  • Not a new design
  • Small size won't be for all - can feel crammed on screen
  • No 3D Touch
  • 1.2MP front camera
  • No MIMO Wi-Fi

The iPhone SE 2 is £419/$399 making it a great deal for an Apple device. Here's our review with a look at the camera, performance and more.

Read more on trustedreviews.com

Pros

  • At $399/£419 this is an excellent buy
  • Flagship performance should keep this speedy for years
  • Great photos in daylight situations
  • Impressive video capabilities
  • Offers a strong proposition for those who don’t want big phones

Cons

  • Battery life is far from excellent
  • A new design would’ve been welcome

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