How the New iPhone SE (2nd Generation) Compares with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone SE versus iPhone 11: How the iPhone SE (2nd Generation) Compares with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

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The iPhone SE (2nd generation) is Apple’s sleek economical alternative to their iPhone 11 line. This iPhone SE (release date: April 15th, 2020) is the next iteration of the first iPhone SE released in 2016. How does this iPhone SE stack up against the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro?

The SE is designed for users who are not content creators and prefer a phone that gives them that solid Apple experience at a solid price point. The SE is for users who want to post nice videos and photos to social media but do not plan on making long-form YouTube videos with multiple camera angles.

The iPhone SE (2nd Generation) is a lot smaller than the current range of iPhone 11 offerings which can be nice if you prefer less bulk in your phone. The SE feels a lot like the classic iPhone 8. If you prefer a physical button on your phone, the SE has a bezel-like button at the base. After using the touch-ID bezel for years, users still find themselves looking for the button that was removed on later iPhones. The return of the button is a welcome one for many users who like a more tactile experience.

How the New iPhone SE (2nd Generation) Compares with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone SE (2nd Generation). Image taken from Apple.

The iPhone 11 Pro has a nice OLED screen that you won’t get with the iPhone SE. However, video at 4K 60FPS in landscape mode not only matches the 11 in terms of specs but it also looks pretty good for a phone at this price range, which brings us to the first feature of the SE.

Below is a summary of the iPhone SE (Gen 2) specs versus the iPhone 11 specs versus the iPhone 11 Pro specs.

iPhone Model SE Gen 2 11 11 Pro
Size 138.4 × 67.3 × 7.3 mm 150.9 × 75.7 × 8.3 mm 71.4 × 144 × 8.1 mm
Weight 148 grams (5.22 ounces) 194 grams (6.84 ounces) 194 grams (6.84 ounces)
Screen 4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD 6.1-inch Liquid Retina 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR,
Resolution 1,334 × 750 pixels (326 pixels per inch) 1,792 × 828 pixels (326 pixels per inch) 1,792 × 828 pixels (326 pixels per inch)
Camera Single 12MP rear, 7MP front Dual lens 12-megapixel and 12MP wide-angle rear, 12MP TrueDepth front Dual lens 12-megapixel and 12MP wide-angle rear, 12MP TrueDepth front
Storage 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Ram 3 GB 4 GB 4 GB


The Nice Price

The first feature that really matters to consumers is the banging iPhone SE price. Coming in at 399 dollars for the 64 GB model, the SE is considerably cheaper than iPhone 11’s price of 699 dollars or the iPhone 11 Pro’s price of 999-dollar price tag. This makes the SE not only good for those of us on a budget, but for parents who may need to buy a few iPhones this year for their family members. A family of four is going to save 1200 dollars at least if they buy four SE model iPhones.


The Battery

 The iPhone SE offers about 13 hours of video playback which is pretty amazing when you think about it. While the iPhone 11 has 17 hours, the battery life is plentiful for the physical size of the phone itself. 13 hours of battery life for users who are looking for a standard phone experience where they watch videos, use the phone, and text their friends is a significant amount of use before needing a charge. While the iPhone 11 battery life exceeds the iPhone SE battery life by three hours, SE users are likely to get more use out of the battery itself. Users will not be using features the 11 and 11 Pro for features such as multiple camera angles, a face scan each time they open the phone, and so on. The SE is a titan of battery life for the cost.


The Fastest Chip in a Smartphone

The iPhone SE has the same chipset as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. This is important for running the newest Apple operating system. With the SE you’re going to have the same iOS 13 experience for the basic functions and features of the phone because the SE and the 11 feature an A13 Bionic chipset. Many of users are not going to be able to tell the difference in terms of their user experience in iOS 13 thanks to this. Ultimately your iOS experience is going to determine the quality of the user experience on any Apple device.

However, this does not mean they are clone phones at a cheaper price point. The iPhone 11 line has a larger screen, facial recognition to unlock the phone, and video content creating abilities the iPhone SE just cannot compete with. That said, browsing the internet, taking phone calls, and texting are going to be very similar experiences.


The iPhone for you!

If you’re on a budget the iPhone SE (2nd Generation) is for you. If you feel it would be nice to have the ability to make high quality content for your Vimeo channel but know that deep in your heart, you might post a video to TikTok at best, pick up the iPhone SE! Perhaps you really want to be a content creator, but you’re not sure you will, you can always take the 300 dollars in savings and put that towards a nice vlogging camera later. The SE is for users who want a nice, clean, and quality Apple experience for basic features and solid day-to-day use with fantastic battery life.