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New iPhone SE vs iPhone 11 Overview and Review


An image representing the 3 main colourways of the new iPhone SE

The new iPhone SE and How it compares to the iPhone 11

Having only recently upgraded from the original iPhone SE to an iPhone 11 myself, hearing the news of the 2nd Generation SE was quite something. Whilst i love my iPhone 11, had i made the wrong choice? Should i have waited?

In one of most exciting tests I have wanted to do in a long time, We compare the two, to see, if the hype is as good as it sounds, and ultimately, if i should have waited.

The new iPhone SE was designed in order to challenge its predecessor and Apple’s top selling iPhone 11 smartphone, in specification and in price. If you are fond of Apple’s devices, but have been reluctant to upgrade, the 2nd generation SE is certainly worth considering. It not only more affordable, but also has many similar features to the iPhone 11.

Design and Materials

The design of the new iPhone SE keeps the legacy of Apple’s phone designs and most resembles the 2017’s iPhone 8. The processor of the SE has been handed the same A13 Bionic processor that was used in all versions of the iPhone 11.

The front and back of the phone is made of glass, whilst the sides are made of aluminium. In order to align it with Apples latest crop of phones, it centres the Apple logo on the back the phone.

New iPhone SE

Tech Specifications

With the display size of 11.9 cm, the iPhone SE screen holds the resolution of 1334×750 pixels, this is lower than the iPhone 11’s screen size, and 1792×828 pixel resolution.

Slightly sleeker than the iPhone 11, the dimensions of the the new iPhone SE are 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, whilst the device weight is just shy of 150g, around 40g lighter than its more expensive compatriot.

The iPhone 11 is the first Apple Smartphone released since the 2019 statistics were published this year, showing that Android devices currently make up 87% of the smart phone market World WideDeviceAtlas

Surprisingly, the SE is equipped with a 12 megapixel back camera which is the same as in iPhone 11, though its front camera is 7 megapixels and far less than the one sported by its bigger brother. That being said, it’s camera quality is sharp, and looks great for its size. Some additional extra features of the iPhone SE include Water resistant (IP67), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), and wireless charging.

A view of the new iPhone SE and iPhone 11 side by side

Capacity and Faults

There are of course some limitations associated with the SE. On its main back camera it is missing features, such as Night Mode and Deep Fusion. Also, face ID is not an available option, whilst the wide angle lens is absent is the selfie camera.

The device comes in three different storage versions of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. However, the iPhone SE is much cheaper that the iPhone 11, and starts from just £419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB).

The 64GB iPhone 11 costs £729 from the Apple website, in direct comparison the same capacity iPhone SE, costs just £419. – Apple

Whilst the SE does have its faults, it does deliver on it biggest asset, value for money. Packing the tech punch that new devices require to stand out in the market, whilst being an great choice for the avid iOS user, who is looking for a great deal on an upgrade.

Verdict – Should I get the new SE?

We believe, that if you are looking for something sleek and lightweight, but able to pack a real punch in terms of tech, the new iPhone SE more that does what it is asked. It’s main goal is to be a next gen phone for those using older iPhone versions and the old iOS, and to bring them up to date.

Whilst the SE is not directly trying to compete with the iPhone 11, it certainly offers many excellent features, that in terms of value for money, the iPhone 11 simply does not match,

Change is not something to be scared of, and if, even after reading this, the thought of upgrading that old iPhone you have, still seems too much, then perhaps this article will still not convince you. However, if you do want some advice, then take the plunge and get/upgrade to the new iPhone SE now! – You won’t be disappointed.

If Apple products are not your thing, why not check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy a40 Android phone. A Personal favourite of ours here at Device Dictionary.

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