Apple iPhone SE (2022) in review

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The most affordable iPhone features the powerful A15 Bionic, 5G, better battery life, improved durability, and a new camera system with advanced features like Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion

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Advantages
Excellent performance
Long battery life
An Inexpensive entry-level price for an iPhone

Disadvantages
Low display resolution
Very long charging time for a small battery
Poor photo quality in low light

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) scores admirably in the test and offers a low-cost way into the iPhone world. The performance is outstanding, and the battery, despite its small size, lasts a very long time. The camera captures nice pictures, however it comes nowhere close to the best models. The design has its advantages and disadvantages; it’s a little outdated and looks similar to the iPhone 8, but it still retains the good old home button with TouchID.

iPhone SE comes in a compact and durable design, and together with iOS 15, delivers a seamless user experience.

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Externally, the Apple iPhone SE (2022) has the same design as the iPhone 8, which was no longer a big deal at the time. The Apple logo on the back is only slightly more prominent than it was on the iPhone 8. The camera, though, and the entire front have remained unchanged. As a result, you’ll have thick display edges but a relatively small device.

The wide bezels around the screen provide enough room for the well-known home button. As a result, you won’t have to deal with Apple’s new swipe motions, which debuted with the iPhone X. In addition, TouchID has been reintroduced. You can unlock your iPhone, make purchases, and pay with Apple Pay using the fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button. FaceID is not available on the iPhone SE (2022).

Simple single camera, powerful LC displayIconic Design with a 4.7-inch Display
The display of the iPhone SE (2022) offers no surprises: My observations reveal that the screen is nearly equal to that of the iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2020). The iPhone SE uses an LC display rather than an OLED panel, with a diagonal of 4.7 inches and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

However, the panel’s quality is far from poor. The iPhone SE (2022) features beautifully rich colours, with a typical RGB colour space coverage of 138 percent and a DCI-P3 colour space coverage of roughly 98 percent. The white point is likewise exactly located, ensuring a neutral white display – indicating that Apple has calibrated the screen to its customary high standards. At 637 candelas per square metre, the maximum brightness is adequate. In this way, even in low-light settings, display material may be seen well. With roughly 1,000 candelas per square metre, today’s leading smartphones glow far brighter.

Only the resolution is limited: at 1,334 by 750 pixels, it falls short of the industry standard. The pixel density is still a reasonable 326 ppi, despite the small size. Most other smartphones in this price range already have Full HD Plus displays, which produce a sharp image despite the larger screens.

Anyone who enjoys taking photos or shooting a lot of videos should exercise caution. Because the SE’s camera lens is identical to that of the iPhone 8, it will continue to be limited. Some functions from the iPhone 13 series are now available thanks to the upgraded processor. However, the thrilling and entertaining “movie mode” is not supported. You also won’t be able to use a zoom or a wide-angle lens. The main camera is optically stabilised and produces videos at 60 frames per second in a maximum 4K resolution.

The iPhone SE (2022) impressed me with its good camera quality in daytime. The quality of low-light photographs is totally dependent on whether you’re holding the smartphone in your hand or using a tripod. The photographs in this case are also excellent. Small movements, on the other hand, can drastically impair image quality. This could be due to the lack of deep fusion, which is only available on the more expensive models. The selfie camera’s quality is impressive.

From the outside, the iPhone SE (2022) resembles a 2017 iPhone, but when it comes to performance, it demonstrates where the hammer rests. Apple uses the same top-of-the-line Apple A15 Bionic CPU for its entry-level iPhone, which also ensures excellent performance in the current high-end models of the iPhone 13 series. This processor has six cores and runs at up to 3.24 GHz. Only the main memory is 4 GB, which may appear to be a performance stumbling block on paper.

A15 Bionic packs a powerful 6-core CPU, the fastest CPU in a smartphone, with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, making iPhone SE up to 1.8x faster than iPhone 8, and even faster compared to older models. The 16-core Neural Engine is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second, enabling faster machine learning computations for third-party applications

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A15 Bionic packs a powerful 6-core CPU, the fastest CPU in a smartphone, with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, making iPhone SE up to 1.8x faster than iPhone 8, and even faster compared to older models. The 16-core Neural Engine is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second, enabling faster machine learning computations for third-party applications

Apple, on the other hand, demonstrates how well the operating system can be tailored to the hardware. Because our test PDF file loads in just 1.3 seconds on the iPhone. The iPhone SE (2022) obtains 80 frames per second in the graphics benchmark. As a result of its exceptional value, the Apple smartphone is ranked among the best gadgets in our performance rankings. Furthermore, the current processor assures that the gadget has up-to-date 5G capability and is future-proof.

When it comes to the battery, the data sheet initially raises some concerns: The new iPhone SE has a battery capacity of only 2,018 mAh, according to Apple. As an example: The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a battery capacity of 4,373 mAh. But it also demonstrates what a good combination of hardware and software can accomplish.

In test, the entry-level iPhone managed a runtime of 13:10 hours with the display turned on all the time. That should suffice for any long day with no issues. The subsequent loading pause will require some patience. To regain 100 percent battery capacity, the iPhone SE (2022) requires roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes. If this is too sluggish for you, you’ll have to dig deeper into your wallet and purchase a separate quick-charging power supply. There’s also wireless charging on board.