iPhone SE: the perfect mid-range smartphone?

Since it first came out in March 2016, the iPhone SE has enjoyed a reputation as Apple’s best-value phone.

Last updated: 29th Jun 2020 at 12:06pm

The small, compact handset offers many of the same features more expensive iPhones do, but for a fraction of the price.

Let’s take a look at what makes the iPhone SE one of the best mid-range smartphones, so you can enjoy all the quality of a well-known manufacturer without breaking the bank!


How much does the iPhone SE cost?

One thing’s for sure: the iPhone SE is Apple’s cheapest handset, and it’s perfect for those of us on a budget, but who aren’t willing to compromise on quality.

SIM-free from the Apple Store, the iPhone SE will cost you £349 for the 32GB version - but you can also pay for it in monthly instalments. And with one of Asda Mobile’s SIM cards and super-affordable bundles, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of a major smartphone manufacturer coupled with the best network in the UK - but for way less money.


iPhone SE key specs and features

  • 4-inch LED display
  • Apple A9 processor
  • 12MP main camera
  • 1.2MP selfie camera
  • 32/128GB memory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1624 mAh battery (up to 14h talk time)
  • All the power of larger iPhones in a smaller body!


iPhone SE - design and screen

The iPhone SE differs from more recent Apple smartphones in a pretty obvious way: it’s the smallest, most compact handset in the range, with a 4-inch screen. This makes it perfect for younger users, as well as those who prefer a phone that sits comfortably in the hand or in the pocket.

Its design remains similar to other iPhones, but it’s slightly thicker and heavier, with a glass front and aluminium back. (More recent iPhones now have glass backs.) It comes in four different colours (silver, gold, rose gold, and space grey), so you can choose the style that fits you best.

The SE’s 4-inch display might be small, but it still packs a punch. It offers great resolution, colours, and contrasts, and it’s perfect to browse social media, watch videos, and take photos.


Best features on the iPhone SE

The iPhone SE is an amazing phone for photography enthusiasts. It features a high-quality 12MP camera with Live Photos, which animates your pictures (it’s like magic!) The camera is the same as the one found on more expensive handsets like the iPhone 6S, so you’ll be able to take great snaps of your food, holidays, and more. The 1.2MP selfie camera is also really decent, and it’s perfect for Snapchat and Instagram!

The iPhone SE also has a great battery life - in fact, it’s better than the iPhone 5s’s battery, and can last for up to 14 hours of continuous use, or up to 240 hours in standby. You could also play 50 hours of music - that’s a lot of Spotify! The phone also supports the latest iOS, so you get access to all the features and advanced tricks that come with this operating system. 


Should I get the iPhone SE?

So, is this smartphone right for you? If you’re after an affordable handset you can use with an even more affordable pay as you go mobile bundle, you’ll love the iPhone SE. If you're still unsure, take a look at how it measures up against other iPhones on the market. 


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