Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone SE 2020
Apple recently released one of its most anticipated, budget-friendly smartphones, the second-generation iPhone SE. Sure, it’s a powerful device given that it sports the A13 Bionic chip, and way more affordable compared to the base model iPhone 11. But even with the PHP 26,490 price tag, I don’t recommend buying one. Here’s why.
Authors note: If you are an Apple fanboy, feel free not to read this article.
Some people will say that buying an iPhone is like buying six years of software updates from Apple, which is excellent as you can be sure that your device won’t get obsolete in just a few years. However, we can’t say the same thing when it comes to its design, considering that its Android competitors, and even Apple themselves, are releasing devices with larger screens and better designs to improve usability. While it has a powerful engine under the hood, the small screen and large bezels might feel like a downgrade, which you will notice when you use applications that look better on a device with a more functional screen.
Since we’re already talking about the display, the iPhone SE 2020 is not for you if you’re looking for a large, high-resolution screen. With a 720p display, pixels are noticeable on this phone when consuming media. And with approximately 650 nits of brightness, you’ll find the SE 2020’s screen hard to use under broad daylight.
Upcoming iPhone 12
The iPhone 12, as rumored, the new generation of iPhones will come in four variants, which includes the base model iPhone 12. It is reported to have a 5.4-inch AMOLED display for USD 649 or approximately PHP 32,500 when converted directly. If rumors are right, why not skip the iPhone SE 2020 and save a little more for this new iPhone?
For more options, below are some better phones that you might want to consider within the iPhone SE’s price range:
If you don’t mind exploring the Android ecosystem, considering that OnePlus runs on OxygenOS, which is close to stock Android, this phone is one of the best you can get. It has a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 8GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, and triple-rear cameras setup, one of which is a 48MP sensor.
At PHP 30,000, even though it is PHP 4,000 more, this can give you a lot more features, almost the same performance, and has a way better display than what’s on the SE.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10
You can also get the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, which has a curved 6.47-inch AMOLED display, up to 256GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM, and a penta-camera setup – one of which is a 108MP camera—and priced at around PHP 25,000 in Lazada.
If you can’t get out of Apple’s ecosystem, these iPhones are also worth checking out:
The iPhone X is still a good candidate for a daily driver. The chipset might be older, but this iPhone can still provide decent photos and snappy performance when it comes to multitasking and playing graphically intensive games. For a starting price of PHP 20,000 for a second-hand unit, you’ll get Apple’s modern iPhone design, FaceID, and an AMOLED display.
You can also check out the iPhone XR, one of the closest contenders to the iPhone SE, when it comes to camera and performance. The iPhone XR has 6.1-inch IPS LCD panel, Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, and 12MP single-lens camera. You can cop this one for a starting price of PHP 30,000 or PHP 25,000 for a second-hand unit. If you want it brand new, you can still get this for PHP 40,990 from an Apple authorized reseller like PowerMac or Switch.
iPhone XS/XS Max
You can also get Apple’s 2018 flagship devices like the iPhone XS or even an iPhone XS Max. Both have an OLED display, A12 Bionic chipset, and dual-rear cameras. While the second-hand units for the larger XS Max with 6.5-inch display retail for PHP 33,000, the units for the younger XS cost PHP 26,000
Note: Purchased iPhones from third-party resellers are mostly second-hand devices or refurbished. Make sure to check and test everything before you buy it.
On paper, the previously mentioned phones are slightly behind when it comes to performance compared to the new iPhone SE. But when it comes to day-to-day use, I don’t think you’ll notice the difference.
Sure, the iPhone SE 2020 is the cheapest yet latest iPhone you can buy right now. But if you don’t mind owning an Android device or a second-hand/refurbished iPhone, then you should skip the iPhone SE 2020.