Internet users were quick to criticize the new third-generation iPhone SE, and that without having tried it yet. Well, we tried it and our verdict is: Apple screwed up. But not the way you think.
And believe it or not, we also found a handful of reasons to speak in favor of the iPhone SE 3. However, it wasn’t really difficult for us to find reasons why you shouldn’t buy the iPhone SE 3. entry-level iPhone.
Which can also be interpreted as a highlight (after all, the “old” design with Touch ID is more attractive to many users than using the notch) is probably also its greatest weakness.
For many users, the 4.7-inch screen with black bars on the top and bottom edge of the device is anything but contemporary, let alone the Home button.
Since Apple rolled back the iPhone 8 case, which is about five years old, users have also had to do without features like MagSafe. Apple managed to fit a 5G modem and the A15 chip into the old case design, but unfortunately there was no more room for innovation.
While the iPhone SE 3 should clearly be considered an entry-level iPhone or a “standard task iPhone”, a little more storage wouldn’t have hurt.
With the iPhone 13, Apple buried the 64GB memory variant, but it was resurrected with the SE 3. If you want more storage, you have to choose between 128GB or 256GB, since the 512GB or more are reserved only for users of pro models. .
You might be interested in our article Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 64GB iPhone SE.
Today, 64 GB is no longer enough for many users, which is why they are practically forced to buy the most expensive variants. This is when the question arises whether it would not be better to bet on another model of iPhone.
The iPhone SE’s camera has never been a camera to brag about, and Apple is continuing that tradition with the third generation. use exactly the same Equipment than its predecessor, but the A15 chip is now supposed to offer better image quality.
In addition, the SE 3 also now supports Deep Fusion, Photo Styles and Smart HDR 4. On the front is the same 7 MP front camera as in the second generation, but now also with Deep Fusion and Styles already mentioned.
If you take a lot of pictures with your smartphone and whether you like to zoom telephoto or ultrawide, stay away from the iPhone SE 3. With the SE 3, you only get 5x digital zoom…
Many users expected the SE 3 to have a bigger battery, and Apple responded to their wishes in a way as well. According to a first demolish posted on YouTube, the battery is 10% higher than in the second generation. The A15 chip should also help extend battery life.
However, if you are coming from a Pro device and have already found that the battery is not enough for you, you should immediately forget about the iPhone SE 3. If you are good at saving energy (you activate the mode of power saving and don’t set the screen to maximum brightness), you should spend a whole day with the SE 3.
The SE 3 is aimed at users who just want to use the iPhone for standard tasks, rather than those who spend the day using it, so theoretically its battery requirements won’t be as extreme.
The price can certainly be seen as an argument in favor of the iPhone SE 3, since with a price of $529 / MXN $11,499 it is currently the cheapest iPhone that can be purchased directly on the Apple Store.
However, if you read the reviews on the internet, the price-performance ratio does not seem to be there for many users. And in fact, you don’t even have to look at the Android competition to find better deals.
Apple is selling the iPhone 11 with 64GB of storage for just $589 / MXN$12,999. For just $60 / MXN$1,500 more, you’ll get a larger 6.7″ screen, a more modern design with notchan ultra wide angle and a wider variety of colors to choose from.
The iPhone 11 is however not 5G compatible and only offers the A13 chip, although it should suffice for most tasks.
As you can see, Apple has gone too far when it comes to price adjustments. If the iPhone SE 3 costs less than $500 / MXN$11,000, it would seem like a pretty good deal. On the other hand, you have to really like the old design and the few new features of the iPhone SE 3 to prefer this model to an iPhone 11 or later.
You can buy the iPhone 11 at a very good price on the Apple website or in stores such as Macnificos, K-tuin, MediaMarkt, El Corte Inglés, Fnac or Amazon.
But if you still want an iPhone SE (2022), you can also get one on the Apple, Amazon, Fnac, El Corte Inglés, MediaMarkt, Macnificos and K-tuin sites.
Original article published in Macwelt.