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New & Refurbished Apple iPhone SE 2020

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    • Internal memory: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
    • Size: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in)
    • Weight: 148 g
    • Display: 4.7” Retina HD
    • Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels
    • RAM: 3GB RAM
    • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery (6.96 Wh)
    • Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+)
    • Operating System: iOS 13
    • CPU: Hexa-core (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder)
    • SIM: Nano-SIM and/or eSIM
    • Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation
    • Primary camera: 12MP
    • Secondary camera: 7MP
    • Video: 4K, HDR, OIS, stereo sound rec.
    • Connectivity: WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot, BLUETOOTH: 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC: Yes
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Why buy an Apple iPhone SE?

The cheapest iPhone you can buy new
Strong performance
A genuinely compact phone

Not convinced? Try one of these alternatives to an Apple iPhone SE:

iPhone 12 mini - smaller, newer, much better
Motorola Razr - a different approach to small
Google Pixel 4a - bigger, but newer and even cheaper

 

Introduction

The iPhone SE is a smaller, more affordable smartphone for people who want the iPhone experience, but don’t need all the bells and whistles. This phone, launched in April 2020, is the second time Apple has used the SE moniker. You’ll usually see the new iPhone SE referred to as iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone SE 2nd generation - we generally use iPhone SE 2020.

The iPhone SE is a little bigger and heavier than the iPhone 12 mini, but it is smaller and lighter than the iPhone 11. It shares the same processor as the latter, so it’s usefully quick, but it misses out on the high-end camera features you get with the iPhone 11 family. It is cheap, though, making it a great alternative if you fancy something with a little more class than a typical mid-range Android device.

 
 

Design

The iPhone SE 2020 is physically almost identical to the iPhone 8. It’s the last iPhone built without the ‘bezel-less’ design, so there are borders both above and below its screen. You may notice there’s only a single rear camera, and that there’s a front fingerprint sensor used for Touch ID.

Despite all this, the iPhone SE is a step up from the humdrum design typical of other mid-range phones. It has all the hallmarks of the classic iPhone: glass front and back, a sleek metal chassis, and the iconic colour choice of black, white or red. In short, it still feels special, even if things have moved on.

 
 

Camera

The iPhone SE has a single 12 megapixel camera at the rear, and a 7MP camera at the front. It isn’t as versatile as iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models, for example relying on digital rather than optical zoom. There’s also no Night Mode, but the iPhone SE deals very well with portrait shots. Overall, while it’s not market leading, the iPhone SE is likely to take photos that are more than good enough for most users.

 
 

Video

While missing out on optical zoom, the iPhone SE 2020 still has most of the video features you’d find in an iPhone 11. The front camera can’t record 4K, but the rear camera can at up to 60fps. In practice, that means the iPhone SE deals brilliantly with everyday videos, and is even up for more exacting creative work.

 
 

Display

The iPhone SE display is probably the most obvious difference between it and the iPhone 11. The iPhone SE’s 4.7” screen is much smaller than the 6.1” display on the iPhone 11. And while both have the same 326 pixels per inch sharpness, the iPhone SE’s 1,334x750 overall resolution is quite a bit lower.

A small screen does allow for a small phone, but the iPhone SE is slightly bigger and heavier than the iPhone 12 mini, even though that has a significantly larger and better 5.4” OLED display.

 
 

Processor

The iPhone SE 2020 uses the same A13 Bionic chip as you’ll find in iPhone 11 models. It’s not as fast as the latest generation A14 Bionic, but the iPhone SE is still relatively powerful for a mid-range phone. There’s certainly plenty of grunt, meaning the iPhone SE deals happily with games, multimedia and creativity.

 
 

Battery

Apple says the iPhone SE will play videos for up to 13 hours on a charge. That sounds like a lot, but the iPhone 12 mini will last 15 hours, and the iPhone 11 should manage it for 17 hours. All the same, in everyday use a new iPhone SE should comfortably last for more than a day, and with Qi wireless charging, it’s easy to top it up.

 
 

Colours & Options

The iPhone SE 2nd generation comes in only three colours: white, black or red. The base model has 64GB of storage, but you can buy a new iPhone SE with 128GB, or a generous 256GB - although that pushes the price up. If you want to pay less, look for a certified refurbished Apple iPhone SE 2020.

The iPhone SE doesn’t support MagSafe cases and mounts designed for the iPhone 12. However, with a huge choice of official and third-party cases, holders, wallets and the like, you can still find an accessory for almost any need!

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iPhone SE 2020 FAQs

Apple has used iPhone SE for two completely different phones. The iPhone SE 1st generation launched in March 2016, and was discontinued in September 2018. The iPhone SE 2nd generation launched in April 2020 - as of July 2021 it’s still on sale. For clarity, we usually refer to the 2nd generation phone as the iPhone SE 2020.
Yes. You can still buy a new iPhone SE 2020, or get great iPhone SE deals at Mozillion.
The iPhone SE 2020 is an affordable, compact iPhone, outwardly very similar to the iPhone 8. Its older design means the screen is smaller - just 4.7” - and authentication is via a fingerprint sensor, rather than Face ID. The iPhone SE 2020 is slower than the iPhone 12 range, but it has the same processor used in the iPhone 11 - it’s still a quick phone. It’s the cheapest new iPhone you can buy.
The iPhone SE has a 4.7” screen. It measures 139x67x7.4mm and weighs 148 grams - about mid-way between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

That’s 5.45x2.65x0.29 inches.

The cheapest new iPhone SE 2020 has 64GB of storage and costs £399. You can upgrade to 128GB for £449, or get the 256GB model for £549. Of course, these are Apple’s prices - you’ll find much better iPhone SE deals on the Mozillion marketplace!
The iPhone SE has the previous generation of processor compared to the iPhone 12 range, and uses a small, LCD screen rather than the bigger, better OLED displays used on other modern iPhones. It also has a simpler rear camera and misses out on Face ID technology. Because it doesn’t have these high-end features - or 5G support - you can buy a new iPhone SE for less. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the iPhone SE 2020 isn’t exactly cheap - you can pick up better Android phones for less.
The iPhone SE 1st generation did have a headphone jack. The iPhone SE 2020 (2nd generation) doesn’t. You can only use the iPhone SE 2020 with wired headphones if they have a Lightning connector.
Yes and no. While there’s only room for a single nano-SIM, the phone supports a second eSIM. Provided your phone network supports eSIMs, you can add a second SIM digitally and use dual SIM features.
The iPhone SE 2020 combines Apple’s powerful A13 Bionic processor, classic iPhone looks, and a compact and affordable package. It’s a good phone, but it does suffer from having a small screen with a low resolution, which makes it less enticing than, say, an iPhone 12 mini. The iPhone 12 SE 2020 is a good choice if you want to buy a new iPhone on a low budget, but if you can pay more, the iPhone 12 mini is a better choice.
Yes. Although they’re physically similar, the iPhone SE 2020 has a much newer processor, and supports newer iPhone features such as portrait mode and Qi wireless charging.

 

Yes. Apple says the iPhone SE can survive water up to a metre deep for 30 minutes. While we wouldn’t shower with one, it should shrug off everyday spills - or the dreaded toilet drop.

No. You’ll need an iPhone 12 for that.
Yes, it supports Qi wireless charging. You can also charge using the supplied USB-C to Lightning cable, but you’ll need a power adaptor with a USB-C output. An old USB-A to Lightning cable will let you recharge an iPhone SE from a wider range of existing chargers, power banks or vehicles. Either way, you’ll need a 20W or better power adaptor for the quickest charge.
No. Apple no longer supplies a charger with any iPhones.
SE stands for ‘Special Edition’, according to Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing when the iPhone SE 1st generation launched in 2016.
The iPhone SE 2020 doesn’t have a number, as it combines features from different iPhone generations. It uses the A13 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 11, but physically it’s almost identical to the iPhone 8.
Apple has a great record for iPhone support. Phones typically get iOS updates for at least 5-6 years after they were last on sale. The 1st generation iPhone SE was launched in 2016 and is still supported (as of July 2021).

 

To turn off an iPhone SE, press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears. When it does, drag it across and wait 30 seconds for the phone to fully shut down.

If the phone is on, turn it off following the instructions above. If it’s already off, press and hold the button on the right-hand side until the Apple logo appears. If it doesn’t appear, charge the phone for a few minutes first.
If the phone’s not responding, you can try forcing a restart. Quickly press volume up, followed by volume down, then press and hold the side button. Release it when the Apple logo appears.
Briefly press and release the side button along with the home button. You’ll hear a shutter sound, and a screenshot thumbnail should appear on the screen. Tap this to edit, share or delete the screenshot.

To video what’s on your screen, you first need to add Screen Record to the Control Centre. Tap Settings, Tap Control Centre, scroll to Screen Recording and tap the green cross next to it. With this done, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Centre and tap the Screen Record icon. If you want to narrate the recording, hold down the icon and switch the microphone on. Recording begins after three seconds.

The iPhone SE 2020 is unlocked with Touch ID. Simply present one of the fingertips you previously registered to the reader below the screen and it should unlock. If it doesn’t, check your fingers and the sensor for dirt. If Touch ID isn’t working, enter the passcode to unlock the phone.
To backup your phone to iCloud, open Settings, tap your name, then tap iCloud followed by iCloud Backup. When you turn iCloud Backup on, your phone is backed up daily whenever it’s connected to power and Wi-Fi, and locked.
First you need to set Apple Pay up: open Settings and tap Wallet & Apple Pay. Read the Apple Pay overview, then tap Continue and tap Credit or Debit Card to add a card. Either use a card that’s already associated with your Apple account, or tap Add a Different Card, scan the card, then tap Continue. Once you’ve provided the card’s three-digit security code and agreed any additional terms and conditions, tap Continue to finish the process. You can use Apple Pay on any contactless terminal. Rest your finger on the Touch ID sensor and hold the phone near the terminal to pay with your default card. To use a different card, hold the phone near the terminal first, then when your default card appears tap it, choose another card, then rest your finger on the sensor to pay.
You can charge the iPhone SE using any Qi wireless charging compatible dock or device. Alternatively, connect the supplied USB-C to Lightning connector to a USB-C power adaptor. To charge from a wider variety of chargers, vehicles or devices, buy a USB-A to Lightning cable.

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