Is the budget iPhone any good?
I have had the second-generation iPhone SE for over six months now and wanted to share some of my thoughts on it, what is good and what could have been better and, overall, if it is worth it.
First, let’s go over who I am and what I am looking out of a smartphone. I love taking photos and selfies with friends and family, so something with a decent camera and looks good. Furthermore, I take a lot of photos, download a lot of apps, and I am the type of person who will forget about the apps they download and it accumulates into a lot of crap on my phone, so I need storage. To add, I use quite a few power-demanding apps to edit photos and videos, so I need something that is not only fast but able to keep up and last a while. Finally, I don’t use social media, so the battery does not need to last forever, but at least the entire day.
Performance: This is a fantastic, powerful device, especially for the price. The iPhone SE has Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, the same processor that is found in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro phones. It is not the most powerful phone on the market, but so far, I have not had any issues with it whatsoever. It has been able to handle everything that I have thrown at it without fail, including some heavy multitasking. For example, sometimes during FaceTime calls, I might be doing another task, such as editing photos, and while the phone may get a touch warm, I can edit and export the photo quickly, all while still being on call and having no issues. The true test is to see how many years it last with all the software updates and apps becoming more demanding.
Screen: The screen is something that I love and hate about this phone. To begin with the pros, I love having a smaller screen and a smaller device in my pocket. Being able to use the phone one-handed is a massive convenience and something I will always consider when looking for future phones. And while it is on the smaller side, it is still big enough to enjoy content and read articles. However, it is not the best screen on the market, and I wish it had an OLED display. While I am okay with the resolution of the screen (for the price), I believe that the LCD panel that is on the iPhone is extremely outdated. So, if Apple had changed the technology to either and LED or OLED, it would have made the experience 10x…