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IPhone SE first impressions review

iPhone SE (2020) is an extremely important product for Apple in India, and we've finally got our hands on it. The launch of this new phone based on an old design, at (what Apple considers) the low starting price of Rs. 42,500, has set off a firestorm of comments from Gadgets 360 readers and viewers, and opinions are quite split. While Apple hopes to tempt buyers who couldn't otherwise afford an iPhone, the price is still too high for many people to stomach, and the iPhone XR doesn't cost that much more

IPhone SE

On one hand, we have the prospect of the class-leading Apple A13 Bionic processor, the slick iOS 13 with updates likely for years, Apple's ecosystem of services, and various other features that match the current-gen iPhone 11 (Review) and iPhone 11 Pro (Review). On the other, we have a dated design, small screen, and a single rear camera, all at three times the cost of a perfectly good Android phone


The iPhone SE (2020) looks nearly identical to the iPhone 8 (Review), and in fact, the body has pretty much been recycled without anything other than colours to help you distinguish between them. Silver, Space Grey and Gold have been replaced by simpler White, Black, and (Product)RED options. All three have black front faces, which gives the White version an especially striking look. The glass back is the same, and thankfully so is the IP67 water and dust resistance

More importantly, this phone is exactly the same size as the iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch screen. It has the same thick borders above and below the screen, plus a capacitive home button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. Such designs haven't been seen in the Android world for many years now, even at the bottom of the budget tier, and so you might not feel that this phone is modern enough

We were sceptical too, but the feeling disappeared as soon as we picked up the iPhone SE (2020) and turned it on. First of all, it's incredibly light and compact by today's standards, which feels refreshing. It weighs 148g and is just 7.3mm thick. It's very easy to hold and use in one hand and it wasn't too much of a stretch to reach the upper corners of the screen. This phone is also incredibly well built, with a satisfyingly premium feel and excellent grip. The edges are curved, the seams are perfectly machined, and the Apple feel 
is not diluted at all

IPhone SE first impressions review