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Apple iPhone SE review: A phone for consumers

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Apple iPhone SE review: A phone for consumers

Apple has a new, cheaper iPhone coming to stores on Friday that at least encapsulates what we need in a smartphone. The latest iPhone SE has a bright screen, zippy processor, quality camera and strong battery life. It also makes phone calls.

Yet for most of us, that won’t be enough.

Year after year, most customers are drawn to the more expensive iPhones that range from $700 to $1,100. Even though we get very few features that we rarely use, for many of us a phone is more than just a phone. Rather, it is an investment in how we hope to work, entertain, and connect with our loved ones. Some of us are even ready to go into debt for what has become a status symbol.

All I have to say is that Apple’s budget iPhone SE is for a certain type of customer: anti-consumer. You probably want this $430 phone if it meets any of the following criteria:

• You don’t care about fast-paced features like ultrafast cellular speeds.

• You know correctly that smartphone technology has been around for so long that you should be paying less for it today.

• You don’t care how many camera lenses or pixels on the screen tell your friends and colleagues about your assets.

• You upgrade to a new phone only when you really think you need it.

In short, the latest iPhone is for those who just want a no-frills phone that does a good job for a reasonable price. If that’s you, then here’s what you need to know about it.

For this budget iPhone, Apple took the best of its more expensive iPhones and squeezed them into the shell of an older iPhone with a Home button and smaller screen.

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Let’s start with the highlights.

Like the fancier iPhones, the new iPhone SE includes connectivity to the latest cellular network 5G. In my tests of the device in the San Francisco Bay Area, 5G data speeds were up to 20 percent faster than 4G. It’s not mind-blowing, but it’s a nice feature to have as 5G networks become more widespread.

The new iPhone also has the same computing processor as the more expensive iPhone 13 model. According to speed-testing app Geekbench, the cheap phone had the same computing power as the iPhone 13. This means that apps and games open up and run smoothly in a jiffy.

Another strength was the iPhone SE’s battery. The previous generation of phones from 2020 had a subpar battery that would get depleted at around 7am each day. I found the new model to have enough battery life to last through bedtime.

It is equally important to know what the new iPhone lacks compared to the fancier model. Here’s some good news: In my tests, the trade-offs were minor.

One of the iPhone SE’s most notable omissions was compatibility with the ultrafast variant of 5G known as “millimeter wave”. Promoted by carriers like Verizon and AT&T, this data connection can deliver speeds so fast that a feature-length movie can be downloaded in seconds.

The problem is that 5G millimeter wave technology travels short distances and has trouble penetrating walls and obstacles. As a result, it is also rare to find a connection. People who buy the iPhone SE might not even know it’s missing.

The more noticeable disadvantage of the latest iPhone is the camera. The fancy camera systems on expensive iPhones have multiple lenses capable of capturing more light.

In my tests, the iPhone SE took clear and vibrant photos in daylight, but it didn’t do as well in more challenging lighting conditions. In a photo of my dogs on a shaded path, the iPhone SE produced an image with less detail and unnatural colors than the $700 iPhone 13 Mini. The iPhone SE camera also lacks the special Night Mode found on hardcore iPhones for taking photos in the dark. However, using flash is always an option.

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The most obvious difference was the screen. The iPhone SE’s 4.7-inch screen felt constrained and looked dim compared to pricier iPhones, which have 5.4 by 6.7-inch displays. This was probably the most distinguishing factor – if your eyesight isn’t great or if you spend a lot of time streaming video, you’ll probably prefer a bigger screen.

There are some compromises when you spend less on a smartphone, the new iPhone delivers more than satisfactory results. iPhones over $700 are better, but not 60 percent better.

It’s worth remembering that there are other strong phone contenders in the iPhone SE’s price range. These include Google’s $400 Pixel 5A, which has different pros and cons. In my tests, the Google Phone’s screen is slightly larger and takes better photos in low light. But the Pixel phone wasn’t as fast as the iPhone SE, and it might not last as long as Google only guarantees software updates for the device until 2024.

In the end, though, both phones excelled at doing what we needed to do — connect to the Internet, make phone calls and take pictures — at a fraction of the price of their higher-end counterparts. In an age where the price of almost everything is skyrocketing, this is something to celebrate.

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