Keen to keep the grains of time firmly planted in your palms, Apple is refusing to kill the iPhone 8. At least in physical terms. Picking up the iPhone SE (2022) is like a time machine, replete with curved edges, Touch ID, and even the 4.7in LCD screen. So in essence, the iPhone SE has been given a heart transplant to overcome its natural, age-related obsolescence. Under the same charming and light body, Apple has now shoehorned the mighty A15 Bionic SoC that also does duty on the flagship iPhone 13 series phones.
Apple iPhone SE (2022) review
Design: Comfortably old
It might sound like cramming a V12 under the hood of a hatchback, and it behaves like one too. So what exactly is the iPhone SE you ask? Well, it is essentially the iPhone SE from 2020, which was essentially the iPhone 8 from 2017, which is essentially how all phones were before human hands suddenly evolved into baseball gloves.
At a mere 144gms, the iPhone SE feels almost weightless in the hand after moving from gigantic phones that feel like tablets in disguise. It sports the same 4.7in Retina HD screen that has always been the benchmark in its class in terms of colour accuracy, but with 625 nits of brightness and a “mere” 1400:1 contrast ratio, it pales in comparison to the modern competition, both literally and figuratively.
Using the iPhone SE’s tiny keyboard is an exercise in renewing your muscle memory too, but it’s still accurate and makes for perfect one-handed use and the QuickPath swipe keyboard becomes a precision tool to input any kind of text, all while using chopsticks with your free hand. As always, the trusty Touch ID works flawlessly too and is quicker than using Face ID with a mask on, even after the iOS 15.4 update.
Performance: Still the gold standard
Verdict: Should you buy?
Could’ve been the killer budget iPhone for beginners, but needs to be better priced.
|Display:||4.7in LCD Retina HD|
|Resolution:||326ppi (1334x750 pixels)|
|Processor:||Apple A15 Bionic SoC|
|Camera:||12MP rear, 7MP front|