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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 709 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good iPhone for the price

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    Posted . Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Great iPhone for the affordability! I use the phone for my delivery side gig with no problems. FYI my battery needed to be replaced after two years.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade !!!!

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    Posted . Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This was my first brand new, not refurbished iPhone. I had a 6s 32 Gb and this 2020 SE has 128 Gb and man it is SUPER! The video and pics are amazing, every function a dream, I do recommend buying the iPhone 7 Battery case it fits perfect and gives the A 13 CPU all the juice it needs expanding usage to two days for me very good value for the money and then some !

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Apple Product

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I LOVE apple products, I went from an IPhone 7 to this IPhone SE and I’m loving the new bionic A13 chip, it is fast. The size of the SE is the same size as my IPhone 7, which is perfect for the small wristlets and purses that I normally carry. It is also bigger than the IPhone 12 mini and less money. For the difference between 4G and 5G appears to be negligible. I am very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smart phone for my son

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I bought this iPhone SE for my 11 yr old. He's been pestering me for a year for one. I finally broke down and got him this iPhone SE and he couldn't be happier. Easy to use and navigate, perfect size for a kids hand and pocket. I also got him a WSD glass screen protector and a clear Orbit otterbox style case on Amazon which works great together for maximum drop protection.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great iPhone for everyone

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This is the most value for money iPhone released ever. All latest internals, great cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Lone term investment , expect to use it for years!

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    Posted . Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Small enough to fit well in my pocket and fast. Just received another iOS update and since they are usually good for at least 5 years I have a phone that will get security updates for 8 years at this point. A lot cheaper cost per year than an Android phone and it's a lot better phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gift for kids!

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    Posted . Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Great little phone for a kid or someone who wants to get into the apple eco system without breaking their wallet.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    IPhone SE second gen.

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    Posted . Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    3 years no issues, and everything works like the first day, only the battery has been downgraded a little bit but still very good.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    iPhone SE is the best

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    Posted . Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    very happy with this product, worth the price. Very effective

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Less Space in Pocket, More Money in Wallet

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    Posted . Owned for 4 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    With cell phones getting more and more expensive, I decided to go cheaper. I had been upgrading to the larger plus models over the last several years. But, honest to God!, what do you want your phone to do? As far as functions go, I use this phone in exactly the same way my wife uses her iPhone 11, including streaming video, taking good pictures, sinking to our other smart devices, and other stuff. I know that there are things the iPhone 11 does that my SE doesn't, but I don't need those things. Before you upgrade to newest model with all the bells and whistles, think about whether you are actually going to use all that stuff. This $400 iPhone will meet your needs at a much cheaper price. You might even find this smaller phone that takes up less space in your pocket will also take up less space in your life!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Basically what I wanted

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I have had an iPhone 7 since the Note 7 was recalled. In the last year or two the phone has gone through hell. Its gotten a cracked screen, burns on the display, and really bad port to charge the device. I held back from upgrading the latest iPhones because I didn't think I needed the upgrade besides the storage space. I only had 32GB on mine. After seeing some friends and family with their iPhone X or 11 Pros, I noticed how I didn't like the home button not being there. Everything was more gestures and stuff. This phone gets announced and I figured it'd be a nice gift for my mom since she has the iPhone 8, but after a while it sounded like a good phone for me! I'm not taking the greatest photos, have that many apps or anything. As much as I'd prefer to have the size of the 8 Plus or whatever its basically what I have now but upgraded internally. I like the fast charge and wireless charging feature, as well. I'm happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    So close to perfect

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Waited a month to review as this phone is my daily driver. I have been a sucker for smaller firm factor phones as carrying a tablet makes no sense to me. This phone is crazy fast, great camera, waterproof and has wireless charging. Software is as you expect simply the best for a mobile device. The only hit was I with they could have made the screen taller so I could keep the home button. Yes I love the home button and for me was a huge plus for getting the phone. I have moved on to the wireless headphones so the loss jack wasn’t a negative for me. I pair this with my iPad mini 5 so when I want to read, review excel or PowerPoint for work or simply join a WebEx call I use the iPad. For calls and texts I use the iPhone but for work, browsing or media consumption I switch devices. This way I don’t compromise due to a small phone or lug an oversized phone with me everywhere I go.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My girlfriend loves this!

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This phone replaced an iPhone 7 that had some weird unexplainable issues. Features that separate the SE from that are as follows: - Better battery life by 2-3 hours (from her usage pattern, not mine) - Wireless charging - Portrait mode (Made possible by the A13 Bionic chip) - An additional gigabyte of ram - Roughly 3x the CPU performance - eSIM support I used to play a few multiplayer games over the phone with my girlfriend and she almost always experienced lag on her iPhone 7. At times, games like Call of Duty Mobile was unusable for her, and lag spikes would transport her to random places on the map. Now she doesn't experience any of the same issues; we can both carry our team again! The iPhone 7 base model only had 32gb of storage, and that's not enough for most people. My music library would take up a quarter of that! The SE starts out at 64gb, but offers 128gb and 256gb storage tiers. For a $50 premium, I believe the 128gb tier offers the best value since it doubles the base storage. Before I gave her the phone, I quickly compared performance throughout the operating system on different websites to the 11 Pro I use. The SE offers similar performance in everything except battery life and multitasking, but for a $450 phone, it definitely holds its own. I'd even consider buying another as a backup (my first 11 Pro unit had charging, booting, and display issues within a month!). **Now that the iPhone XR's price has been cut due to the release of the 12 and 12 Pro, it'd be wise to compare the two. The iPhone XR has an older processor, but it has an edge-to-edge display and face ID for $100 more. Those who frequently wear a mask may still benefit more from the SE since it is cheaper and has Touch ID.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid

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    Posted . Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I broke my iPhone 6s and needed a new phone. Didn't want to pay over a grand for the tablet we call the 11 pro, but I did want the new tech that comes with it. The same chip, smaller size, and 1/3 the price is a ridiculous deal. If you look up the 2020 SE, most articles are calling this the best deal apple has ever had. Better yet, since it's the same size as the iPhone 6-8, if you have an older case or screen protectors laying around, you can throw it on this thing as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Long awaited, much needed.

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I've been waiting for a new SE for quite some time. I was not willing at first to upgrade from the old SE due to size. Once it was available I was willing to upgrade especially based on the cost. I can not say a bad thing about the device thus far. It's incredibly snappy, and knowing Apple will support it based on the processor used is enough to keep me in this until SE3.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Phone For Cost

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    My wife had the first gen SE and loved it for the size. They have gotten a little carried away with the larger phones. I like something a little larger than this, but understand the need for these. For the most part it is fairly close to the iPhone 11. It has the same chip, is still water resistant, and has the same camera without the ultra wide one. We can use the Qi wireless chargers that I use on my work phone which is Android. It’s a good value and performance. I have the 7Plus and will have to decide on the 11 or 11Pro is worth the extra money when time to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smallish and affordable phone!

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Finally broke down and replaced my four year old iPhone SE and I’m glad I did. I loved my old SE and wasn’t planning on replacing it until I absolutely had to. Now that I’m working from home, I needed to upgrade to do my work. Hopefully I can write it off on my taxes! I was also able to use Best Buy rewards to help defray the cost a bit. I loved my old SE because of it’s petite size, which easily slipped into my pocket when not carrying a purse. It also lasted me longer than any other brand of phone I’ve had previously. The new SE is a little bigger but much sleeker and the screen images appear to be much sharper. Reception is good too! I’m very happy with my new SE!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good device

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I’ve been an android user since the beginning but just started considering a switch to an iPhone. The new SE was announced so I decided to grab one just to try it out before committing to a two year contract on an 11 (or 12 when it’s released). So far, I’m enjoying the phone. One thing I like about it is the size, although, the small size is also not easy on my eyes or fingertips. But there’s a zoom feature that I’ll have to consider once I’m ready to accept that I’m getting older. Anyway, good phone and I wouldn’t be surprised if I upgrade to an 11 soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    Posted . Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I hate large phones. I felt the previous SE, at 4.87in tall, was the PERFECT size for my hands, one-handed browsing, pocket real estate, and several other benefits. So imagine my dismay when Apple announced the next SE was going with the 7/8 size. My old SE started getting slow and I was looking into other non-Apple, similarly sized alternatives. But hearing that this had the same guts as the top of the line XI, and it still had the physical button and absence of the "notch" (no offense to fans of that style, it's just not for ME), at a price point of $399, for 64GB MINIMUM, well, I dove in. Not disappointed so far. Blazing fast, razor sharp, easy to hold. The adjustment to the larger dimension was not as much as I'd feared, and the VALUE. Oh my goodness, dollar for dollar, this might be the greatest Apple phone value EVER (i get it, Android fanboys, there's probably a Google phone or Samsung Device that has more value than this product, but for Apple users, this is the BEST). I'll always miss and love the old SE, but this is a worthy, gorgeous, powerful, and "budget-friendly" successor well worth your time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Switrched from the 11 Pro to this

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I switched from my 11 Pro to this and I'm not disappointed. I love the compact size of the phone and the A13 chip it has. I sacrificed battery life and camera quality but those features on this SE are still good enough for me. The other models are just too big to carry around in my pocket, to exercise with, and for one-handed operation, so this is perfect. I hope Apple continues producing SE models.

    I would recommend this to a friend