Apple Iphone SE
At the precise time OnePlus was blowing us away with the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, and right about the time news of the Pixel 4a was emerging, Apple remembered that mid-range phones are a thing and reminded us just what it can do with devices that don’t cost the earth. No wheels have been reinvented: the Cupertino wizards have simply taken the 2017 iPhone 8 body and crammed it with modern-day hardware, in the same vein as the previous SE, which squashed itself into an iPhone 5 shell.
But oh, what a selection of components. There’s a generous HDR10-capable 4.7” Retina display, complete with Touch ID security on the home button and a glass – not plastic – case rear. Wireless charging has made it in, along with fast charging to get you up to 50% battery in 30 minutes. There’s Wi-Fi 6, too – though no 5G quite yet.
The core package is where this shines the most. Apple might have looked back in time for the case, but it’s pulled the A13 Bionic processor right out of today’s kit, giving the iPhone SE a tremendous amount of power for its size. As for the camera, it uses a 12 megapixel, f/1.8 sensor, which Apple boldly claims is “the best single-camera system ever in an iPhone”.