Apple iPhone SE (2022) review: solid yet dated

As for the LCD screen itself, it is Fine. It gets bright enough for outdoor use, but competitors like the Google Pixel 5A 5G ($450) and Samsung Galaxy A52 5G ($500) (soon to be replaced by the A53 5G) use OLED panels that offer more stable colors and darker blacks. The latter even has a 120Hz screen refresh rate, which Apple keeps for its more expensive iPhone Pro models.

Battery life on the SE is fine. Most days, I end up with about 30 percent falling asleep before bed. (That’s with roughly six and a half hours of screen time.) On my busier days, like when I used the camera a lot, relied on the SE for commuting, and used it as a hotspot for my MacBook, I hit 15 percent by 5 p.m., on the Although the phone has been on in low power mode long enough to go home. However, when the aforementioned Samsung and Google phones can last for about two days on a single charge, I’m left wondering why the iPhone SE can’t do that either.

If you are using a heavy phone, bring a battery. It can also be a wireless battery pack! The SE is one of the only phones at this price that supports wireless charging. Too bad there is no MagSafe support; I would have loved to magnetically attach a slim battery to the back of this iPhone.

These omissions do not mean that the iPhone SE is either bad. barely. It just means that owning one will force you to miss out on some great perks. The big problem for me is the lack of a night mode in the camera. Apple says the new 12MP rear camera steals some features from the iPhone 13, like Photographic Styles to apply a specific filter look to your shots and Deep Fusion to bring out fine details. The images I got from the camera were crystal clear, with accurate colours, and excellent high dynamic range…during the day.

At night, expect muted colours, underexposed scenes, plenty of grain, and slightly blurry subjects. Head-to-head low-light comparisons with the similarly priced Pixel 5A saw the Google phone outperform the SE in just about every night shot. The 7MP selfie camera isn’t outstanding either. (On the other hand, video performance is pretty impressive on SE.)

This is all a darn shame, because we I know The processor inside the iPhone SE can support night mode; The feature is available on iPhone 13 which has the same SIM. Looking at the photos of the SE, it feels like I’ve been using a phone for three years. It falls short, and that’s not to mention the lack of additional cameras. The Pixel and Galaxy A52 both have ultrawide cameras for some uses, which I’m very much missing here.

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At $429, the iPhone SE is one of the most powerful budget phones you can buy. But compared to its peers, it is still limited.

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The iPhone SE 2022 is a powerful phone for anyone who prefers classic Apple design. The company promises to support the device for a long time, and I would say you don’t need to upgrade from the 2020 SE if it still treats you well. If you want to upgrade from the 2020 model, consider the iPhone 11 for an extra $70 if you prioritize the camera ( Do Support night mode and it has an Ultra HD camera). But it’s bigger and doesn’t have 5G.

I’d like it if Apple turned off Gatekeeper for some features. There’s really no reason not to include a night mode on the iPhone SE. We know the device is capable. The larger battery would be nice, as would the slightly larger screen (while maintaining similar dimensions). At the very least, I hope that the next time Apple updates its own version, it actually looks special and isn’t…”outdated”.