Buying an iPhone SE in 2023: A good idea?

If you are thinking of buying an iPhone in 2023, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, perhaps one of the first options that comes to mind is the iPhone SE. So in this post we are going to look at the strengths as well as the drawbacks of this phone. And because it is very important to adapt a design so old to be consistent with software that is much more advanced.

The iPhone SE is a good phone, but…

Apple presents the iPhone SE as a low-priced phone, but with the essence of the iPhone. What does that mean? Well, they stand behind the processor, 5G connectivity and the benefits of its camera. In turn, this phone has a design that is really old. Its shape is the same as we already had in the iPhone 6, 7 and 8. And we must remember that the iPhone 6 was launched in 2014: as of 2023, we will be buying a phone with a nine-year-old design.

But that the design is nine years old is not a problem in aesthetic terms. For tastes, colors. But in this case, the design is part of the software and how the iOS system is able to adapt to your physical body. The fact that Apple controls the hardware and software of its devices makes the integration and interaction between both parties constant. And if we look at how certain iOS features work on phones with updated designs, we’ll realize that even the software itself may look older than it isjust because of having different hardware.

What does the current iPhone SE offer us?

This current model of iPhone SE, as we have said, is not a bad device. For a start, It has the A15 chip., which is the same as the iPhone 13. So, in terms of power, this iPhone is more than capable. It also has a 12 Mpx wide-angle rear camera (with a single lens). and with all the software functionalities when it comes to capturing and processing images. In the same way as the images, the video recording is up to the task, since we can record video in 4K up to 60 frames per second. It is a phone with very good internal hardware. However, the drawbacks come when we start to see the screen, which is 4.7 inches. If we compare it with the iPhone 12 mini (or 13 mini), it has a 5.4-inch screen. But things are not limited there.

iPhone SE

Interaction with iOS is very important. Having a Home button means that features like gestures to switch between apps and launch multitasking aren’t available. As well as accessing the control center or viewing items onscreen. Interaction on iOS is much more fluid than ever thanks to the fact that the Home button is no longer present. In the same way, having such a small screen makes even the iOS home screen itself already look different compared to its other “big brothers”.

Buy a phone in 2023, to interact with him in the same way as nine years ago, when the operating system has taken a significant leap, it is not a good investment. If we want a phone to last as long as possible, and we want to continue using it organically and without friction, the exterior design is a very important point. And in this case, it is the main asset of this iPhone.