In a time when phones have progressively been getting larger and more expensive, it was surprising when Apple announced that they would be releasing a budget-friendly model in 2020. The iPhone SE (2020) comes in three colors – red, black, white – and brings both familiar and new tech into one small package.
Emphasis is on the small, as the SE 2020 has the same screen real estate as the iPhone 8. For those of you who have not kept up with Apple in recent years, that means almost three model years have passed since we’ve seen a screen this small. Apple has released eight phones since 2017 with larger screens, more cameras, and ever-advancing technology.
So, what does the SE (2020) have to offer?
iPhone SE (2020) At a Glance
- Convenient size
• Smaller screen than most flagship cellphones .
- Home Button
• Home Button .
- Same IOS functionality
• One Camera .
- Has newest Apple processor
• Less battery life .
First and foremost: With all the talk about screen size and phone size, these two aspects come down to personal preference. As someone who has owned the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone Xs Max, the transition to the SE (2020) was easier than expected and only really noticeable while watching videos/movies (this will not be a problem for most professionals who use their phone for work exclusively).
The home button is another overstated point of controversy. With most recent iPhones relying on “Face ID” to unlock, the inclusion of a “home button” has been considered by some to be a step in the wrong direction. Some consider it outdated, and an unwise use of precious real estate. In 2020 with the wide-spread use of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is actually more convenient to use the home button and “Touch ID.” Anyone transitioning from an iPhone 5s to the iPhone 8 Plus will not have a problem with this.
Although obvious, it should be noted that a smaller phone will mean a smaller battery and shorter battery life. For users who do not use their phones for heavy content consumption or social media, getting through the day should be fine. The iPhone SE (2020) will be difficult, however, for anyone who needs to stay connected 24/7. But this phone isn’t intended for those who tend to stay always-connected.
So, Who is the SE (2020) Meant For?
The iPhone SE (2020) is meant for the average person. It has all the functionality of recent Apple flagships, without the bells and whistles that many people find superfluous. Although its single-camera array is “missing” the extra 1-2 lenses that would be found on some pricier models, the vast majority of users will find that there is no notable difference in the SE (2020)’s photo quality. Additionally, having the newest processor means that this simple device should be able to handle Apple’s continued IOS updates for years to come.
For those who like the familiarity of Apple devices, or aren’t ready to make a switch, the SE (2020) will be a seamless transition. This will be helped by the fact that Apple supports proprietary wireless data transfer for some of its newer devices, allowing you to swap phones at home without the need for a technician or cords – in just a matter of button presses, you’ll be able to move all of your contacts and data from your old phone right into your new one.
If you have been holding off on upgrading your older iPhone, the SE gives very little reason not to make the move now. If you are an Android user who has been hesitant to enter the Apple ecosystem, now might be the time to do it. If it’s time to give your child a cellphone, this is a more affordable option for their first smart phone than any other Apple device. And, if you want the added ease of connecting with friends and family who have Apple devices already, the SE (2020) will help you do that without breaking the bank.
You can buy the iPhone SE 2020 now, through the Apple Store, Best Buy, or your phone service provider – for just $399 total (or $16.62 per month).
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