There are a lot of ways to think about Apple’s new $399 iPhone SE. One is that it’s a more affordable option than the iPhone 11 ($699 at Apple), with , which it is. Or that it’s the 2020 sequel to the , which it also is. Or, at 4.7 inches, that it’s the smallest and cheapest iPhone you can currently buy (though ). Or — and this is my favorite way to think about it — that . In fact, the new iPhone SE is all these things and that’s why I’m enamored with it.
- Affordable price
- Long battery life so far
- Great rear camera
- iPhone 11 Pro-level performance
- Old iPhone design
- Selfie camera is mediocre
The new iPhone SE has the classic design that defined the iPhone for its first 10 years. The design, the body and the camera lenses are all the same as 2017’s. But Apple performed a clever brain transplant, replacing the nearly 3-year-old processor with the used