Pixel 5a, Galaxy S22, and more

iPhone SE 2022 officially shows the back of three phones in different colors.

We’ve been hearing about the iPhone SE (2022) for months, and the rumors were mostly true. Apple launched its latest compact phones on March 8, along with the new iPad Air and Mac Studio.

The new budget phone looks like a solid offering at $430, but it’s by no means the only game in town. We take a look at some of the best iPhone SE (2022) alternatives.


Best iPhone SE Alternatives (2022)


1. Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung Galaxy S22 screen on a pillow

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Samsung phones are the closest competitors to the iPhone lineup, and the Galaxy S22 series is no different. There may be a huge price delta, but the standard Galaxy S22 is still a fair competitor to the iPhone SE (2022), as it also relies on a more compact form factor.

What we thought: Galaxy S22 review

The vanilla Galaxy S22 offers a tiny 6.1-inch screen for Android, while also offering OLED technology and a 120Hz refresh rate, both of which are missing from the latest iPhone. Unfortunately, size comes with a significant reduction in battery life, as we found out in our review.

The Samsung phone is still a great device in many other ways, offering an IP68 rating, wireless charging, and a more versatile triple rear camera system. After four years of operating system updates and it’s clearly one of the best alternatives to the iPhone SE (2022) – although of course you’ll need to spend a little more than Apple’s asking price.

2. Apple iPhone 13 and 13 Mini

Right back side of Apple iPhone 13 in hand against a brick wall

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Liked the idea of ​​the iPhone SE (2022) but wish it could do more? This is where the non-Pro iPhone 13 devices come in. The iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, and iPhone SE (2022) share the same powerful processor and wireless charging capability, but the iPhone 13 also offers a better IP rating, dual 12MP rear cameras and OLED panels.

Our verdict: iPhone 13 review

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini also provide five or more years of software support and access to the Apple ecosystem. So those looking for an iPhone with a better screen and more diverse camera experience than the more wallet-friendly iPhone SE (2022) should give these two phones a look.

3. Google Pixel 5a

Google Pixel 5a on a bench with splashes of water

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The Pixel 6 series may be Google’s flagship, but the Pixel 5a is arguably a better match with the iPhone SE (2022). Google’s mid-$450 device doesn’t have the wireless charging capabilities of the iPhone or Silicon flagship, but it still has a lot to go with.

Our verdict: Google Pixel 5a review

The Pixel 5a brings a mid-range Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset, a 6.34-inch (60Hz) OLED display, and an IP67 design with a metal back. You’ll also get a dual rear camera system (12 MP main, 16 MP ultra-wide), making it a much more flexible shooting platform than the Apple device.

Other noteworthy features include a 4,680mAh battery that enables long endurance, three years of OS updates, and a rear fingerprint scanner.

For those who want to spend a little more, there’s also the Google Pixel 6 ($599) which packs a lot of key features at an affordable price.

4. Asus Zenfone 8

Asus Zenfone 8 Back Against the Tree

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The $700 Zenfone 8 is worth a look if you don’t mind spending some extra cash and want a smaller phone. Here you’ll get a 5.9-inch 120Hz OLED display, which makes for a more pocket-friendly experience.

The Asus 2021 flagship also features a powerful Snapdragon 888 SoC, 4000mAh battery, IP68 rating, 3.5mm port, and dual rear camera system (64MP main, 12MP ultrawide). There are a couple of downsides though, the lack of wireless charging and the company’s historically mediocre update history.

5. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G in the sun

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Another Samsung phone on the list is the mid-range Galaxy A52 5G. The Galaxy A53 is coming soon as well, but the 2021 model is still a great buy for $500.

Related: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Review

The Galaxy A52 5G doesn’t have the most powerful chipset or wireless charging, but there are still plenty of reasons to jump on the bandwagon. It offers an IP67 rating, a quad rear camera system (64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP), 128GB of primary storage, microSD expansion, and a 120Hz OLED panel.

Other additions like excellent battery life, three years of operating system updates, and four years of security updates only improve the deal even more.


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