iPhone SE 2020

Is it worth buying Apple iPhone SE 2 in 2021?

The iPhone SE is one of the handiest devices from Apple. Of course, I like Apple because of Steve Jobs. And in fact, I like this type of design handy, powerful, etc. But there is no rule for everyone to like it. Here I can give you an unbiased review of whether you to buy the iPhone SE 2 in 2021.

First, we need to look at the technical specifications of this device. Then we will see its suitability.

What does SE mean? SE means Special Edition. Apple executive Greg Joswick released the first model of iPhone SE on March 31st, 2016 at the Town Hall auditorium on the Apple campus. The company used the term SE to highlight it.

iPhone SE 1st Gen
iPhone SE 1st Gen

I used this phone a while back. But now, it is an outdated phone. And Apple thinks the same for its old customers. So they brought the SE 2nd edition with new features.

People like the iPhone SE for many reasons like speed, handy design, offerable cost, etc.

The best features in ‘iPhone SE 2020’

Any piece in the market will be best until the advanced model has come. Now, when I’m writing this post iPhone SE 2 is the cheap and best piece of Apple.

Why I’m saying this? Move your cursor to find.

The iPhone SE 2 screen and display

Well, the first thing we look at the phone is its screen. The iPhone SE 2 has a 4.7 inch IPS LCD display. The screen size is small with 65.23% to all the body of the phone. Multi-touch featured with 750*1344 pixels’ screen resolution. The resolution is not much great compared to AMOLED displays.

Powerful A13 Bionic processor

They used the A13 Bionic processor in iPhone SE 2020 edition. It is the fastest iPhone processor Apple ever made. A13 Bionic Chip was launched on September 10, 2019. The chip has 6 cores with a 2.66 GHz CPU clock rate. That means it can able to do nearly 5 trillion operations in a second.

The Apple A13 Bionic and Snapdragon 865 are in a face-to-face battle. Almost both processors gave the same speed, but with rendering and some other aspects, A13 beats snapdragon 865 and stands before it.

So, in performance wise iPhone SE 2 is second to nothing.

It is coming with the default operating system iOS-13. But you can update with the new iOS-14 and the next versions of it.

Storage variations

Apple doesn’t support external storage facilities on their devices. And the same happened here. You can choose this little one with 3Gb RAM in common and 64 / 128 / 256 Gb variations in choice.


The outer body of the device is made with mineral glass. The home button exists with the fingerprint feature in it. We can say the existence of the home button is a disadvantage. It occupies the space on the screen. And no facial recognition feature present in the device.

The company placed the Apple logo in the middle to match all the latest iPhone mobiles.


It is IP67 water-resistant capable. That means, the device can work under the water of 1-meter depth for about 30 minutes.

Camera view

The camera is also one of the major aspects of these days. The iPhone SE 2020 has a 12 MP rear camera and 7 MP at the front. Single rear camera with ISO capability. It has an image resolution of 4000*3000 pixels and a video resolution of 1920*1080 30f/sec. Impressible 4K video recording. Image stabilization and retina flash exist. And we can zoom objects up to five times.

Battery capacity

Low battery capacity that is 1821 mAh. The type of battery is Lithium-ion. It supports quick charging so that the device gets fully charged in 60 minutes.


The SE 2 has two sim ports. The 4G bands support both and also we can use 3G and 2G networks on this mobile. Connect Wi-Fi with up to 5GHz signal frequency.

It supports with VoLTE 4G network. I faced a problem with my old iPhone. It works with LTE but not VoLTE 4G network. Even it is an outdated piece, I like it.

The Best features

Some drawbacks

These are the things that we don’t want in iPhone SE 2020.

  • No night vision mode
  • We need a dual camera at least for this price.
  • Notch and home button occupies more space
  • No type-c port
  • Low battery capacity
MKBHD’s unbiased review

Most people think that iPhone XR is the best alternate choice for SE. Why do they think so? You can find the below comparison.

iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone XR

FeaturesiPhone SE 2020iPhone XR
Chip usedA13 BionicA12 Bionic
Operating SystemiOS-13 (iOS-14 update present)iOS-12 (iOS-14 update present)
Battery1821 mAh2942 mAh
Display size4.7” (11.94 cm)6.1” (15.49 cm)
FingerprintAvailable on the home buttonNot available
Face unlockNot availableAvailable
Launch dateMay 19, 2020October 26, 2018
Build qualityMineral glassGorilla glass
Weight148 grams194 grams
Height138.4 mm150.9 mm
Colors availableBlack, Red, WhiteBlack, Red, White, Yellow, Blue, Coral
Display Aspect ratio16:919:5:9
Screen resolution750*1344 pixel828*1792 pixel
Touch-typeCapacitive Touchscreen3D Touchscreen
Wireless ChargingAvailableAvailable
Storage variations64, 128, 256/364, 128, 256/3
iPhone SE 2 and iPhone XR comparis0n

By this comparison, you can find that iPhone XR is also the best product to buy for those who want a big screen, more battery. But, if it comes to processor and performance, undoubtedly, SE will beat XR.

And most people want to know which one is the best iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 11. I think there is no comparison between them because iPhone 11 has extreme features when compared to iPhone SE 2020. Let’s have a look at the main feature comparison.

iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone 11

Basic specsiPhone SE 2020iPhone 11
ProcessorA13 BionicA13 Bionic
Display size4.7” (11.94 cm)6.1” (15.49 cm)
Display typeIPS LCDIPS LCD
Camera7 MP12 MP
Battery1821 mAh3110 mAh
Storage3 Gb RAM4 Gb RAM
Video recording3840*2160 @ 30 fps
1920*1080 @ 60 fps
1920*1080 @ 30 fps
iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 11 comparison

Of course, if the budget is not your problem, the iPhone 11 is best. Check their official website to know more about iPhone 11.


The special thing about iPhone SE 2 is its low price, which is around $300. I wouldn’t say it is the least price ever but, at this price, getting a brand new iPhone with the latest A13 processor that was used in a $1000 iPhone is a big deal.

My opinion is iPhone SE 2020 is the best one to buy compared to the iPhone XR because of its performance and handy design. I always want my mobile size small and beast in performance. So, I prefer the handy thing SE.

If you want a big screen and long battery life, SE 2 will not suit you.