As a user of the iPhone SE 2 since launch in April 2020, I would say it’s a good phone at its price point of USD$399 if you are in the Apple ecosystem.
The reason it’s cheaper than flagship iPhones is because it uses an obsolete design dating back to 2014—with big top and bottom bezels and a home button—when most smartphones today, even cheaper ones, have large, slim bezel screens.
With iPhone SE 2, Apple retained many components from the 2017-released iPhone 8, from the camera to the screen, speakers, Touch ID home button, battery and chassis, with the processor being the only major hardware difference.
As with every previous generation device, Apple will provide discounts as demand weakens and customers shift focus towards the newer iPhones. While the SE 2 model is new in terms of market availability, it’s also just a refreshed iPhone 8.
The suppliers, manufacturing processes, parts have already been established, saving Apple tons of money compared to a new design that incurs R&D expenses.
That being said, the design is old but gold in my opinion. In the mask-wearing world today, Touch ID works just fine whereas newer edge-to-edge screen iPhones that utilizes facial recognition unlock, or Face ID, can’t recognize your face with a mask on.
One of the main selling points of the iPhone SE 2 is the powerful, flagship A13 processor, that is also found on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the highest-end iPhone in 2020. This ensures long-term software updates and security patches, up to 5–6 years, that is unrivaled in the industry.
Overall, the iPhone SE 2 gives you flagship-level performance without breaking the bank. Amidst the global pandemic and facial mask requirements, it provides a practical fingerprint authentication system, far more convenient and secure than constantly having to enter a passcode outside when Face ID can’t identify you.
I wouldn’t say iPhone SE 2 is excellent, but it’s practical, affordable and essential. It’s definitely good enough for me.
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