iPhone SE 2020

The last iPhone I used was an iPhone 3GS. My company Huawei P20 was just replaced, today, by an iPhone SE 2020 (the management decided that as there were only 3 people using non-iPhones in the company, that it would go all-in on iPhone, no choice any more. I had the option between an iPhone 8 or the SE 2020, so I went with the latter, because it should get updates for longer.

I was surprised by how small it was, compared to even the “small” P20 – my private phone is a Galaxy S20+. Then, I was caught by how little had changed between 2009 and 2020. The design is “almost” the same. The same rounded corners, the same “home” button, the same small screen stuck in the middle of a, relatively speaking, huge case – given that the P20 is only about 1.5cm longer and 0.5cm wider, the whole iPhone SE 2020 is the size of the screen on the P20, with the 1.5cm being the chin for the sensor on the P20. What is really surprising / shocking is the forehead on the SE 2020. I’ve not seen that much space above the screen in several years, on the Android side.

It really gives the SE 202 a retro feel, it really feels like a thinner iPhone 3GS to look at.

Without a power adapter to charge it, the packaging is a lot thinner than it used to be. Luckily, I have a laptop with USB-C at work, so I could charge it up. We have a lot of old Apple power adapters for old iPhones, but they are all USB-A, the cable with the iPhone is USB-C to Lightning. I have USB-C cables and I have USB-A charging adapters – I have a couple of USB-C adapters at home, so charging at home won’t be a problem, but why couldn’t they have just done USB-C to USB-C, like everybody else? That would be so much simpler.

I set up my email easily enough and installed Teams, so now I’m all set, but I couldn’t delete all of the Apple apps I don’t need, but at least you can remove them from the home screen in iOS 14.

For a bit of telephony on the move and checking emails when not at my desk, it should be fine. But it is a real retro design.

Conversation 7 comments

  • peterc

    Premium Member
    23 December, 2020 - 6:07 am

    <p>What always impresses me about apple is the product build quality (¬£pricey but extremely solid). What drives me nuts about apple is iOS on the iphone… not the ipad, just the iphone. i'm spending most of this xmas forcing myself to live with it ahead of me trading my surface pro 7 in and buying an M1 macbook air or pro model early next year and enjoying mobile/desktop single ecosystem living once again (apart from my gaming set up). <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Its annoying after all these years but iOS for iphone only needs a handful of customisation options and it would be ace, literally just a few….to get one handed use working better.</span></p><p><br></p><p>I still have an old iphone 8 as a back up family device in case someone breaks their iphone etc. What I love about it is I can pop it in my jeans pocket, something I just cant do with phone sizes nowadays. </p>

    • wright_is

      Premium Member
      23 December, 2020 - 6:33 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#601776">In reply to peterc:</a></em></blockquote><p>My Galaxy S20+ fits in my jeans pocket…</p><p>The quality of the SE is great, but it just feels so dated, compared to Android devices in that price category, which have screen to case ratios well over 90%, the SE looks like 70%.</p>

  • north of 49th

    Premium Member
    23 December, 2020 - 10:13 am

    <p>My company did the same a while back and switched everyone to an iPhone – I imagine for security and longevity reasons. I'm rocking an iPhone 7 which is the same design as what you have and as for speed, I don't notice any issues with the applications I use for work. </p><p>Just be sure to stick it in a case of some sort – the Dilbert cartoon of the day speaks of his company creating a mobile phone using the BSB principle. Beautiful, Slippery, Brittle. When Dilbert asks if that isn't sort of evil?, the reply from the boss is that it isn't their fault if customers don't by an ugly case.</p>

  • basic sandbox

    23 December, 2020 - 12:58 pm

    <p>I am glad a SE is an option. I'll probably move to the SE next year from Android because of Apple's respect for privacy. Decent camera, decent price, light and easier in and out of the pocket. I process 99% of my work, shop, write, research using a computer and don't like working on a phone. I actually want fingerprint auth since my current phone's facial recognition was never great and doesn't work well with masks, sunglasses, and hats. </p><p>This approach is against the grain since most folks seem to prefer using a phone over a computer.</p><p><br></p>

  • sherlockholmes

    Premium Member
    23 December, 2020 - 1:28 pm

    <p>Im an iPhone XR user since 6 month and Im happy with it. I can get a new iPhone in 1,5 years over my mobile plan. And I wouldnt ever put an expensive phone as an iPhone in my pocket. Too dangerous to drop it. </p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    23 December, 2020 - 4:30 pm

    <p>I'm hanging on to my employer-issued iPhone SE 1st generation as long as possible. I really appreciate having a work phone that is small enough to nearly disappear when carried alongside my personal device.</p><p><img src="https://i.imgur.com/6hrsfJO.jpeg"></p&gt;

    • j5

      Premium Member
      23 December, 2020 - 7:06 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#601921">In reply to Chris_Kez:</a></em></blockquote><p>I have a co-worker that's been hanging onto their iPhone SE for the same reason as you! While the majority of co-workers that get work-issued phones fight to get the newest iPhone every year. And when we were in the office they were always annoyed carrying 2 big phones lol, greedy!</p>

  • minke

    23 December, 2020 - 5:28 pm

    <p>Surprised they didn't go for iPhone 12s. Much more modern and up-to-date with better processors and a longer potential lifespan. Better cameras. Just better phones all around. The 12 mini is a nice looking new phone that is just about as powerful as the regular 12. In my experience most companies that issue phones do so based on what the upper management uses, and here in the USA that is almost always an iPhone, though very few companies provide phones anymore. It is mostly BYOD. Some big ones like Google just pay for whatever phone employees want, but most of them just use that phone as their personal device too. I know one person like that, but I don't know anyone who has a company supplied phone.</p>

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