iPhone SE (2020) 6 Months Later! Can ANYTHING Else Compete?!

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

The iphone sc 2020 was released back in what seems like dang it seems like an eternity ago seriously does april even seem like it was real anymore either way it's been about six months since the iphone sc 2020 came out so how is it holding up as a daily driver and is it still the amazing value with other devices coming out on the market let's find out what's up everyone i'm the everday dead and if i can figure it out you can figure it out six months

Later i feel like that's a pretty important milestone in a product's life where it's kind of gotten over that initial shine maybe it's received a firmware update or two and it's comfortably sitting in a stable place which i mean you're right that does make a lot of sense which is why i like to make these milestone videos it's like it's planned out kinda so the iphone sc 2020 has been my daily driver during most of my working from home stint

Not so much in the past week as i'm doing a week test drive on a different device but more on that this friday if you've already seen my you should buy the iphone se video then you'll know that i'm darn in love with this thing i'll try and not let that cloud my personal opinion too much but i mean it is my personal opinion and there is no truly unbiased human endeavor so i'll do my best but i do really enjoy this you know factor that in as you

Watch this video first up let's get into the things that i don't like after all of this time because despite my infatuation there are two things that i'm i'm not over the moon about number one is something that's shared across iphones and it's not really specific to this device it's all iphones and to further niche this down this is really only a problem for working professionals that spend hours and it's depressing me to say this out loud but people that

Spend hours a day in web conferencing meetings the internal speakers for the speakerphone they're not great they sound pretty tinny and when i say they sound pretty tinny i mean like one of the least comfortable sound experiences that i go through on a daily basis now i'm not an audio expert so i don't know that i'm explaining this correctly i don't even know how to explain this correctly but from my layman's perspective and attending meetings all day using the speakerphone option on the

Iphone se it just leaves me exhausted drained and depending on the day it could leave me with an absolute splitting headache i just the thought of listening to this all day though i'm not as hard about it because this is a very niche problem that you could and i have fixed by using a cheap bluetooth speaker or headphones with the iphone se but dang if you are in a pinch and you need to use the voice speaker phone it can be rough after a full day of use and the second problem is something that i've mentioned

In all three of my iphone sc videos the battery life since we made that initial sc video i've kind of developed my own standard for battery life i don't care if a device gets 24 hours of life or anything crazy like that because no matter what my phone's gonna get plugged in at the end of the night while i'm sleeping it's gonna stay plugged in and get charged while i'm sleeping i don't need an eternity of battery life but what i do need is a tech device to comfortably get me through

One working day of battery life so doing light to medium use eight hours you got to give me a buffer to make to get me comfortably through eight hours and the sc does that but not with a wide enough margin and it doesn't really leave you any wiggle room if you do have a late work day or in the event that you have to take work home with you you will if you're using this during the day you'll immediately need to plug this into the wall again the world has changed since i originally got this phone and

That's pretty tempered for me in actual use because i've been stuck my work my working from home office is right through the door right there i've been stuck in that tiny basement room now for six months now so it's always within close distance of a lightning charger the battery life does what i needed to do but it's not a comfortable margin and that's all the negatives an easy fixable speaker issue that all of the iphones have and the battery life on a 300.99 phone with a flagship

Processor is just barely acceptable and if we're gonna like if i've got a book out here i've got a book i'm making my check marks that's pretty good so that leaves us now free to discuss what i like and thank goodness because there is a lot obviously i've made several videos and a whole video saying that you should buy one there's a lot that i like so i'm glad that we get to talk about that now first off the things i like is kind of maybe it's childish but i like the color options it's going to sound silly and i

Definitely feel like as i get older i'm supposed to start liking more muted tones right he says as he sits in front of a big gray background but i like being able to have a little more fun with how my phones look there's only so much space gray silver and gold that i can there's only so much of those that i can take we passed that a long time ago my macbooks my ipads everything looks the same i like having different colors sure you only have white black and red but i like the bolder colors like the

White the black and the red i like that because it just makes your phone stand out and i think it makes cases that are kind of matte and they're a little more subdued i think they look so much better when contrasted against something like this i do kind of miss all the fun options from my iphone xr days though that would be sweet the next thing i really like is a refrain that you'll have already heard me say but touch id is great touch id should be included on all devices from apple going forward

Even if an apple phone or ipad even if it has face id it needs to have touch id only having face id is your primary unlocking ability that's a pre-2020 luxury and even when slash if things settle down and we can more easily and safely interact with each other face masks probably aren't going away anytime soon face id was made for a world that doesn't really exist anymore and touch id just touch id needs to make a comeback on everything i'm even good with it existing as like an unlock button

From the ipad air 4 rumors those two paragraphs lead me to saying that i love touch id on the iphone se it's one it's absolutely one of the selling features of this phone to me when you think about it and you look at the lineup this is the only phone with a processor this powerful and touch id if you're talking about apple stuff it's it's legitimately great it's legitimately great and again everything needs to have this going forward it probably won't be on the iphone 12 these devices have long product

Development timelines i guarantee it was already like through an approved prototyping when you know all the working from home started so i doubt 12 would have it but if you're sketching out the 13 please include touch id the next thing i really like and it's definitely a personal preference is the size some people enjoy bigger phones i am not one of you i do not enjoy big phones at all i like having a smaller phone because i always have my ipad with me

Anyways so if i really want to watch a video in a bigger format i can always just grab the ipad and if i do want to do some work again i have the ipad with the magic keyboard on it i don't need the phone to do everything i don't need the phone to do everything i also don't want zoolander tiny but i think the iphone sc perfectly balances how small that i want a phone yes if you have bezel phobia the size of the sc will probably set you off it has some pretty substantial bezels but bezels don't bother me too much so

Meh another big thing that i really like about the small size is sometimes just trying to use my iphone 11 it's just big enough that holding the phone is fine but if i'm trying to type or swipe something across it it really stretches my hands out and it's kind of uncomfortable that does balance out if i'm doing two-handed typing it's a little bit better on that bigger phone but that part's not a big enough benefit to me to want to have that larger phone i just like how easy it is to tap all over the

Screen on the iphone sc wow i just spent three paragraphs arguing with myself on phone size i argue with myself a lot if you didn't know like as i'm typing i'll argue with myself if you like smaller phones which i do you'll like the iphone se take that gary okay the next thing that i really like isn't necessarily a single spec or feature i like the whole overall package yes it's got the okay as of today it's got the cutting edge a13 processor on it it's got enough

Ram and it has a retina display but what that really means is all together all of that stuff together you get a surprisingly functional little device this will bring you everything in the apple ecosystem and at the same time it will undercut the normal rationale for not getting an apple device seriously hold on just brace yourselves and tell me if you've heard this before well actually i don't know why anybody would buy an apple device you have to pay

The apple tax here's an under 400 phone that has all of the latest technology and has all of the apple niche features all of us youtubers can't shut up about imessage facetime airdrop apple watch compatibility geez this is you this is like a basic walking talking youtube video and it costs less than four hundred dollars take that again gary why am i arguing with myself a lot today that point kind of went off topic from an all-in-one package

Into a price thing so let's touch on that price thing a little bit more the price is awesome i also think i've said this in every video that i've made about the sc but i honestly have i have no idea why anybody would pick an android phone when something like this exists for this price i just i'm saying that but i also put my money where my mouth is i just bought my wife a new one of these with 120 gigabytes of storage for 450 that's a fantastic deal for any phone

Let alone a phone with a legit processor and all of that other jazz that we already covered like to get all of that in one of these things that i get so crazy i get so excited about this phone legitimately this is probably one of my favorite not just phones but this is probably one of my favorite like technology devices ever made the next thing that i really like okay it hasn't actually happened yet i know that sounds crazy heck maybe it is crazy but hear me out the longevity of this device

It the longevity of this device will be insane and okay sure i can't say the exact date right now that the iphone se eventually will go out of style or will be sunset and stop getting updates but that day will be years yes i typed years in all capital letters in the script to make sure you understand that will be years away i like to it's something that i like to contrast this against the iphone 6s is kind of like my current gold standard example for how long apple

Will support a phone and they still support the 6s and that's 6s that over five-year-old phone will be getting their latest operating system when it's released later this year and it's got every operating system on the way up to that one what if the company does that none none other company does that you might be lucky to get bug fixes for up to what three years if you have an android phone maybe you'll even get the next version of android or even the fact

And this this is crazy the fact that you'll get the next version or two of your operating system that's seen as a major selling feature on some phones what i don't understand it that's something that drives me crazy about online phone discourse quick rant the only reason people complain about apple specs is because everything else is locked in you don't have to worry about a single thing when you buy an iphone the ecosystem is the best the phones just work you have to do like these mental

Gymnastics to say oh it's missing this one highly niche thing 120 hertz cough it's missing this highly niche thing so it's going to fail come on come on okay enough about that and the last thing that i really like about the iphone se 2 6 months later is the camera it's not the latest camera sensor technology from apple nor is it the fastest lens but it's pretty solid compared to the competition you get 4k recording on the rear camera and 1080p on the front camera you get

Portrait photography mode on both and if you really want to unlock some more potential out of both of these cameras you can always download a secondary app that will give you some more manual control over the lens you can change shutter speed iso all that stuff you can have more control over this i think for video this does fantastically well again especially considering the price tag and i now honestly recommend this when people ask me what camera they should get with a sub 400

Budget the stabilization is fine the audio quality is good enough treating this strictly like a camera and again for that price point you are getting great value and but it's not just a camera that's great i it's great it's not just a camera it's not just a phone it does so much but at the end of the day so what right how is the iphone sc holding up six months later i think it's holding up fantastically well obviously i think it's holding up fantastically well or i wouldn't have made so many videos

About it i also wouldn't have made a video saying that you should buy one i have very little to complain about and because of this phone's existence i don't know that i could ever recommend something other than an iphone the value proposition just isn't anywhere else unless you have to have some super niche specs whether better battery life better camera stuff like that that you need to go to like an 11 or 12 when it comes out pro model um this just does it all but what do you think do you have the iphone se

Are you looking for a new phone and are considering the iphone se leave me a comment below and let's see who else has been enjoying one of these or who else is considering buying one of these and if you like this video and you want to see what my argument is on why you should buy one of these you can find that video it's going to be right up over here click on the iphone se to watch more about the iphone se click click click click click click click

Thanks for watching

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