iPhone SE vs. Android’s best: A $399 iPhone is up to $ 3,000 in Android phones

iPhone SE vs. Android’s best: A $399 iPhone is up to $ 3,000 in Android phones

When comparing the phones, they usually want you to be in the same League. In these days, that could mean that it is a few hundred dollars, the separation of the models, such as the iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Pro or the Galaxy S20+ and the OnePlus 8 Pro but it is a waste of time, pit is basically;the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra against  the$400 Galaxy A51.

Update 5//23: the new tests to the battery and the Charging area.

But Apple’s new iPhone-SE is a horse of a different color. Yes, it’s Apple’s budget phone and costs more than a thousand dollars less than the highest-end Galaxy S20, but there are also a number of Apple-the latest tech. And, you know, it’s an iPhone.

I did the unthinkable and compared to the top three Android phones available today: Galaxy S20 Ultra ($1,400), Google-Pixel-4 ($900) and OnePlus 7T ($600). Add to it all, and you have $3000 Android mobile phones for a low $399 iPhone. But what should be a ridiculously one-sided fight was surprisingly close.

iPhone-SE vs Android: Design

looks like The iPhone and feels like an older phone. To introduced the iPhone 8, the SE is very similar to the hardware with the iPhone 6 in 2014, and you can design every bit of the six-year-old. The screen is small, the bezels are monstrous, and the home button is physical. It’s been a long time since an Android phone of any repute had a home button, and the SE looks and feels positively antiquated compared to the other phones here.

iphone-se-android-6s back Michael Simon/IDG

The iPhone-SE (right) has very similar dimensions as the iPhone 6s.

I’m not going to say on the discussion of the drafts of the other phones, but I’m going to: Despite the old looks, the iPhone-SE is an extremely attractive phone with a solid processing quality and retro charm. Even Apple, the old designs are better than some of today’s Android phones, and the glass in the rear, aluminum sides, and gently curved chamfers are satisfactorily balanced and ergonomically comfortable. The S20 and 7T looks are definitely a step ahead in the Department of the pixels 4 is a toss-up but for a phone that hasn’t not been T in the style for years, the SE is really that bad.

Granted, it is not a phone for everyone, but those who like to or on your outdated Home button appreciate is craftsmanship. The smooth glass back and polished aluminum edges Bely the $399 price tag, and the whole package feels like a premium handset. Its bezels are much too big to be in competition with the other phones here, but there is a certain charm for iPhone-SE—and it’s nice not to have to worry about palm rejection. There is also to say something for a phone that fits in any pocket.

iPhone-SE vs Android: Display

to the Right of the bat, the iPhone-SE at a disadvantage. While the Android phones, here have all the high-refresh-rate OLED displays, the iPhone-SE uses a LCD screen that pales in comparison to the other phones here:

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 6.9-inch Quad-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED, 120Hz, 3200×1440, 511 ppi
Pixel-4 XL: 6.3-inch Quad-HD+ P-OLED, 90Hz, 3040×1440, 537ppi
OnePlus 7T: 6.55-inch of Full HD+ AMOLED, 90Hz, 2400×1080, 402ppi
iPhone-SE: 4.7-inch HD IPS LCD, 60Hz, 1334×750, 326 ppi

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It is a 2.2-inch difference between the iPhone-SE screen and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Apple sticker iPhone-SE a Retina HD display rather than a Liquid surface of the retina, it is essentially the same display as the iPhone 11 with square corners instead of rounded. But for a LCD, the iPhone SE screen is several years old, amazingly well. Text is crisp and it is very bright, with the peak-to-manual adjustment of brightness, I was able to achieve, on the other is white with the same all-image.

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 610 nits
Pixel-4 XL: 745 nits
OnePlus 7T: 870 nits
iPhone-SE: 740 nits

activated But, with adaptive brightness and a direct source of bright light, applied, the results were dramatically different.

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 1275 nits
Pixel-4 XL: 1075 nits
OnePlus 7T: 1275 nits
iPhone-SE: 840 nits

With adaptive brightness enabled, the OLED displays can use advanced algorithms and higher-contrast to deliver a proportion of richer colours and impressive brightness. And they are far superior to, the claims on the lower end also with incredibly deep black shades, the SE LCS to.

iphone-se-android-stack Michael Simon/IDG

The iPhone is not the thinnest phone but not a lot.

Then there is the Problem of size. The iPhone-SE is not exactly small for 2020, it might be a little small in comparison to the Galaxy S20 Ultra and is more than an inch and a half smaller than the average Android flagship. Also, the 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone 11 Pro looks monstrous in comparison, and videos, and web pages feel very cramped in comparison. With Apple rumored to be switching to a all-OLED lineup for the iPhone 12, the SE and the LCD is going to quickly become outdated, but all in all it’s a decent display.

iPhone-SE vs Android: performance

to be Quite honest, the iPhone-SE would not be worth her salt (or in comparison to the cell phones here), if not for its processor. Apple/iPhone 11 Pro-s A13-processor inside the iPhone-SE, so that it is one of the fastest mobile phones ever made and certainly the fastest for less than $400.

I took the three phones that I did, because you harvest represent the cream of the Qualcomm Snapdragon. The S20 Ultra uses the 865, the best system-on-chip, the OnePlus 7T is powered by the Snapdragon 855+ and the Pixel 4 of the Snapdragon-855 runs. You don’t just put, you will find that a trio of faster processors in Android phone. But in a fight against the modest iPhone-SE, the three phones are simply not up:

Geekbench 5 (CPU)

Galaxy S20 Ultra

Single-core: 901
Multi-core can stack: 3245

Pixel-4 XL

Single-core: 724
Multi-core: 2529

OnePlus 7T

Single-core: 772
Multi-core: 2883


Single-core: 1331
Multi-core: 3310

Before you ask, this results, with all current patches and updates installed and following a fresh restart. I led them several times and took the best results. In short, it’s not a competition. The iPhone not only with the best Android phones, it’s handy beats phones costing twice and three times as much. And if it is the graphics, the iPhone-SE a animal.

Geekbench 5 (Compute)

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 3085
Pixel-4 XL: 2149
OnePlus 7T: 2675
iPhone-SE: 6413

not to say This is one of the phones are slow. Far from it. The Galaxy S20 Ultra and OnePlus 7T both UFS-3.0-memory with 12 GB and 8 GB of RAM, respectively, compared to the iPhone SE 3GB. The Pixel 4, such as the iPhone, the SE, has the advantage that you developed, in addition to the same team, which makes the Android operating system. But even for those advantages, the iPhone-SE is generally faster in all respects.

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The iPhone-SE is simply the best Android phones beat when it comes to the processing speeds and graphics power.

And if you compare the iPhone-SE to a $399 Android-phone, the results of one-sided to the point of being absurb. You don’t believe me? Take a look at the Geekbench 5 notes for the Pixel 3a, the Calculate widely regarded as the best budget Android cell phone that you can purchase:

Single-core: 351
Multi-core: 1244
: 639

And the numbers are good in comparison to the Exynos-powered Galaxy phones in this price class. But honestly, even if the next Pixel-4a were to share the same Snapdragon processor 855 as the Pixel 4, the iPhone, the SE would still run circles around him. It’s even got Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi (802.11 ax) that you’ll only find on the S20 here. Apple could have brought the victim, with the SE, the speed with an A12 chip or the A10-Fusion, which powers the 9.7-inch iPad and no one would have noticed. Instead, it’s the fastest phone you can buy, delivered to a ridiculously cheap price.

iPhone-SE vs Android: battery and charging cable

Granted, the Android phones that I saw, are very much larger, they have larger batteries. Apple does not disclose, the been revealed the battery capacity of the mobile phones, but due to the teardowns, it is that it is the same 1,821 mAh battery, like the iPhone 8. By any metric, the incredibly small, but it is downright puny compared to the others here.

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 5,000 mAh
Pixel-4 XL: of 3700 mAh
OnePlus 7T: 3,800 mAh

It is also small compared to Apple’s other offerings. The iPhone-XR has a 2,942 mAh battery, the iPhone 11 has a 3,110 mAh battery, the iPhone 11 Pro has a 3,046 mAh battery and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3,969-mAh battery. And in this case, size definitely matters. The iPhone-SE, the battery life is acceptable, because you will probably the most people get through a day with normal use, but each blow will not go away. And if you are planning to use it to do a good amount of streaming or navigation that you want to go to a charger in the vicinity.

iphone-se android ports Michael Simon/IDG

If you are going to go with the iPhone-SE-in Lightning connector for charging, you will want to invest in a better adapter.

In my Tests, I played a two-hour movie on the brightest settings when automatic brightness is turned off and then the same Film with automatic brightness turned on. Here is how much battery life is used, each phone:

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 23%
Pixel-4 XL: 35 percent
OnePlus 7T: 29 percent
iPhone-SE: 46 To push percent

Also, with far fewer pixels, you will need to fill out the SE up far more often than the other phones here. When the time comes, iPhone-SE supports wireless charging, this is something of a rarity for a phone this cheap. (Case in point: The OnePlus 7T, and the newer OnePlus 8.) Load speeds are acceptable, but the SE is still the slowest of the bunch, topping out at 7.5 W, half of what the Galaxy S20 provides (15W) and slower than the Pixel-4 s 11W max speeds.

For the wireless charging, the iPhone-SE comes with a lame 5W adapter in the box, which is about a painfully long two-plus hours to fully charge your iPhone, SE. This is fine if you close it before going to bed, but if you are looking for a quick charge before you are for the night you plan to go to ahead.

All other phones, the charging support fast out of the box and you have to destroy all the SE out-of-the-box-load-speeds. The OnePlus 7T achieve 30W, the S20 has 25W and the Pixel 4 gets 18W, but the difference between them is pretty minimal, with all of them fill up between 40 and 50 percent of the battery in half an hour, as long as you’re using the charger and cable. In a fair fight, the SE OK is actually not.

This is because of the iPhone-SE supports 18W quick charge. But you need a charger to be able to buy 18-watt-speed and a USB-C-Lightning-cable. You can buy both Apple.com for $48, but it is better to check Amazon for a high-rated third option.

To make things fair, I tested each phone with a 65W GaN Aukey PD charger with the same USB-C cable and an Apple USB-C-to-Lightning cable for iPhone SE. All mobile phones had less than 40 percent, to ensure that you pay as soon as possible. Here is what I observed with a power meter for the 15 minutes charging time:

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 16% load, 9V, 15W
OnePlus 7T: 13% load, 5V, 10W
Pixel-4 XL: 24% load, 9V, 19W
iPhone-SE: 28% Charge, 9V, 12W

Admittedly, the iPhone-SE a rating, on something of a curve, because the battery is so small, but there is no denying that these phones love their proprietary charging systems. With a standard charger and cable, the use of a lot of people, you do not get the fixed load speeds for all of these phones, including the iPhone-SE, but far from the above-mentioned claims that the OnePlus 7T and S20 to boast of.

iPhone-SE vs Android: biometrics

The iPhone-SE is the only phone here (and everywhere, really) for a physical fingerprint scanner. I don’t think that Apple will be able to get a $399 iPhone with Face ID, so until the next iteration of the SE, this is a fine compromise. The pixels 4 with 3D face unlock and it is almost as fast as it is on the iPhone 11. It is a little less convenient than a fingerprint sensor, you need to search directly on your phone, but it is safer.

iphone-se android button Michael Simon/IDG

Yuntil, that is, an honest-to-goodness home button.

even the budget phones have begun to adopt, in-display fingerprint Scanner as the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the OnePlus 7T, so the technology should be Mature by now. But while in the display, the Scanner looks good and can’t almost edge-to-edge designs, they are nearly as fast as with a physical fingerprint Scanner. My iPhone SE unlocked in a fraction of a second every time I tried it while the two phones with a display, sensors sometimes fought. As an admittedly unscientific test, I used a stopwatch for a minute, and timed how many times I was able to lock and unlock every phone with the same finger:

Galaxy S20 Ultra: 29
Pixel-4 XL: 33
OnePlus 7T: 28
iPhone-SE: 42

Apple’s Touch ID sensor is perhaps not as cool or beautiful as a display-the scanner, but the physical Scanner are simply superior to virtual. You can find it without searching, you don’t need to wait to enable until the screen, and they are more reliable. The iPhone-SE physical scanner may not be pretty, but it is still the fastest way for the implementation of biometric to unlock the phone.

iPhone-SE vs Android: the operating system updates

The advantages of iOS compared to Android is discussed on forever, so I’ll leave that argument for another day, But one thing is clear: You will still be updates for your iPhone-SE in 2024. And to to install you will probably be able to iOS 18, on you. The Galaxy S20 Ultra people spend $1,400 is happy, you get to Android 12 in two years.

iphone-se-android-size Michael Simon/IDG

The iPhone-SE is still

There is no competition here. I have to admit that Android mobile phone decision makers, much better updates to push in a timely fashion and communication to customers of what you are going to get, but even the best Android phone in the iPhone SE price class, the pixels 3a, guaranteed only two years of version updates, as well as three years of monthly security updates. And Samsung low-cost offer only quarter-annual updates.

iPhone-SE vs Android: camera

The newest iPhone is always at or near the top of the smartphone heap when it comes to taking pictures, but the SE is a new iPhone only in name. This is not to say, it has a bad camera, but it is  a far cry from the multi-camera module in the iPhone 11 Pro and the Android phones here. You do not get a capable camera, but I think we will see all the iPhone-SE pics in Apple’s next shot on the iPhone campaign.

iphone-se-android-cameras Michael Simon/IDG

you Can take a camera, the nine?

The biggest gap between the iPhone and other mobile phones here with low-light photos. Apple has a great deal of the night-mode on the iPhone 11, and rightly so—the iPhone do 11 algorithms a remarkable work of the extension of the recording time and amping up the exposure, to reduce noise and brightness, even in difficult light conditions.

Without a night mode, the fight SE, such as the Apple phones used, and the results are dark and grainy. They are passable, in most cases, but compared to the phones here, especially the Pixel-by-4 XL, it is not a competition. NiBattle mode is the most important thing that I miss with the SE and it is frustrating that Apple omitted it, since the camera and chip seem to be technically capable of handling.

iphone-se android photo compare dark Michael Simon/IDG

When the light fails in, is the iPhone-SE-deficiency symptoms.

Even with a single lens, the iPhone-SE-portraits, but, like the iPhone, XR, it works only with people. There is another strange limitation, the other single-camera budget phones don’t have, but the SE fantastic bokeh shots of people. Even compared to the S20 Ultra, which consists of four cameras, including a separate depth sensor, the iPhone-SE impression carried out fully. In the photos below, the iPhone-SE bright background is handled without problems, and even the skin tones did a better job with my son, especially his rosy cheeks.

iphone-se android photo compare portrait Michael Simon/IDG

The iPhone-SE (left) is considered to be a good portrait-taker, such as the S20 Ultra even with a single camera.

The iPhone had to plug always been a tendency for the color in the photos below, to benefit from the real-world accuracy, and the iPhone does not stray that lane. In the photo below, the OnePlus 7T the green is oversaturated a bit and has a cool hue to the wall, while the SE-well maintained color accuracy, and correct white balance.

iphone-se-android-photo-compare the color Michael Simon/IDG

The iPhone-SE (left) has a better job than the OnePlus 7T use of colour in this recording.

see The results somewhat subjective, but the SE does its best to correctly capture the scene. And in the right light, it is so good, the shooting is a point-and-like the other cameras here.

iPhone-SE vs Android: the conclusion

I can’t imagine that someone with a thousand dollars for a new smartphone would actually opt for an iPhone SE the iPhone 11 Pro or one of the Android phones here, but if you do it, you have a phone will always be faster, more plug-in cards, and many capable of very good images. More importantly, if you are on a budget, it is a very attractive option, no matter what the platform, flag, fly it.

iphone-se android Michael Simon/IDG

The iPhone-SE costs hundreds less than the OnePlus 7T, Galaxy S20 Ultra-and-Pixel-4 XL.

the speed of The iPhone-SE is simply mind-blowing. With the same design as my old iPhone 6s, I expect it to be small, but the SE flies through tasks and apps with ease. I had not expected that it opened the eyes of the stack up to the other phones in every category, but its tremendous power and compensates for some of the Areas where it falls a little short, namely the display and battery.

in short, the compromises, the Apple with the SE smart. Yes, it is an old design and it’s missing some of the latest iPhone tech, but it is not a $399 phone feel sluggish after a year or two or four, which is more than you can say for all Android price in this price class—and even a few that are much more expensive.

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Released on Sat, 23. May 2020 12:07:00 +0000

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