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  • - You may have seen a video I did recently

  • on why I'm switching to Android.

  • Well, yes, that might be the right decision

  • for me personally, there are two sides to every argument,

  • and the iPhone SE 2020 is one hell of a side.

  • In case you've been living under a rock,

  • the iPhone SE takes the same tried and true formula

  • from the original SE which, of course, came out

  • over four years ago, and simply takes all of the most recent

  • internals and puts it into a much more affordable package

  • because at 399, there's no doubt that this is probably

  • the best value iPhone that has ever been made.

  • Also, that's very red.

  • At $399, you're not sacrificing a lot beyond, I guess,

  • the fact that it still comes with the tiny five watt charger

  • in the box.

  • So you still get water resistance,

  • something that is pretty rare on phones at this price.

  • You get wireless charging, and probably most importantly,

  • you get the same Apple A13 chip as in the full iPhone 11

  • and the 11 Pro range, which means that this $399 phone

  • is probably the most powerful phone

  • that you can get regardless of price.

  • One small recommendation though, while you can

  • pick up the base model with 64 gigs of storage,

  • for only $50 more, you can upgrade that to 128 gigs,

  • and I would definitely recommend that.

  • It's certainly usable to spend time with a 64-gig phone,

  • but considering it's not that much more, you're gonna get

  • a lot more longevity, especially considering that this phone

  • should be getting updates for years to come.

  • Apple delivered this with a very simple strategy,

  • the parts bin.

  • So the design here is very similar to 2018's iPhone 8,

  • which is an upgraded version of the iPhone 7,

  • which you could buy after the iPhone 6 came out.

  • Of course, that being the S model of the iPhone 6,

  • so this design, I guess, is five years old at this point,

  • which to be fair, if it ain't broke, don't fix it,

  • and if you're broke, buy an iPhone SE.

  • I'll admit, I'm not a massive fan of this design.

  • While, yes, it is better than that original iPhone 6,

  • I like the glass back,

  • and they've done a couple of minor tweaks,

  • but generally speaking, it lacks the specialness

  • of that original SE, which had

  • that awesome chamfered design, that really tiny size.

  • I was about to say it's not an outdated design,

  • but when you look at the front,

  • you look at the giant size of the bezels here,

  • it does look a little bit dated.

  • Well yes, it is time for me to set up Apple Pay and Siri

  • in the settings.

  • A lot of components have been lifted

  • straight off of the iPhone 8, including Touch ID,

  • which makes sense considering that it is much more

  • mask friendly than Face ID, and, of course,

  • the screen itself, while it is only a 4.7-inch display,

  • and yeah, it's low resolution, blah, blah, blah,

  • the thing is, this is still a very bright color

  • accurate IPS panel, and it has held up remarkably well

  • considering that it's, well, a few years old at this point,

  • but you know what doesn't feel like a five-year-old design?

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  • One of the things that I appreciated about

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  • After you focus on building your city,

  • you can go fight barbarians,

  • and it all takes place on a seamless RTS map.

  • The battles happen in real time, and there's so much detail

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  • There's always something to experience.

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  • Governors can join alliances of up to 170 players

  • and band together to form vast empires.

  • Now, I've only been playing the game for a few days.

  • What I found is that there's a ton of depth there.

  • There's a lot that you can experience.

  • There's a lot that you can do without having to leave

  • the confines of your own home.

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  • our iPhone SE video.

  • The most impressive part of the SE

  • is absolutely the Apple A13 inside.

  • Let me be super clear.

  • This is the most powerful phone you can buy, period.

  • I don't care what price point you're playing in.

  • So it is pretty much identical to what you get

  • on the iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro,

  • even though it is down to three gigs of RAM

  • compared to four, but trust me, you won't notice,

  • and when you put this thing side by side with a Pixel 3a,

  • it is not even close.

  • You also have Wi-Fi 6, as well as Bluetooth 5

  • from the bigger iPhones.

  • It has support for NFC, as well as Apple Pay.

  • The SE camera is a hybrid of the iPhone 8 lens

  • and sensor and the iPhone 11 processor.

  • What this means is it actually is a fairly decent step up,

  • and it does get really close to the iPhone 11.

  • When you look at a lot of these stills side by side,

  • the dynamic range especially is very impressive.

  • The only place that you really do notice a deficiency here

  • is in the sharpness of the image.

  • If you're looking at it on Instagram, you're totally fine,

  • but as soon as you start to pixel peep,

  • you notice that is a little bit on the softer side.

  • Somewhere else the SE falls a bit short

  • is in the Night Sight mode, or rather,

  • the lack of because while yes, the low light photos

  • are fine on the iPhone, they're much much better

  • on something like the Pixel 3a.

  • When you put it together as a whole though,

  • it is a solid package, and it does have portrait mode

  • for both the rear camera as well as the front.

  • Now, as with all of these things, it always misses

  • the side of my glasses, but beyond that,

  • it does do a respectable job.

  • Where, I think, the iPhone SE really shines is in video.

  • So this is 4K video, completely untouched,

  • straight off of the iPhone SE, and while yes,

  • it might not be quite as stable as something like

  • what you get on the iPhone 11, it's really impressive

  • to see this level of video quality on a phone

  • at this price, right?

  • I mean, generally speaking, iPhones have been

  • ahead of the game on video for a while,

  • and this really cements that even at a 399 budget.

  • While on paper, the 1,800 milliamp hour battery

  • isn't particularly impressive,

  • because of the efficient display, processor

  • and iOS, battery life actually isn't too bad on the SE.

  • Still not quite where I would like it.

  • It does feel a little bit of a generation behind,

  • but it is certainly enough to make it through a day.

  • So as someone who's been struggling with the decision

  • between iOS and Android,

  • there have been a lot of major advantages

  • that I've seen on both sides,

  • which makes it a very complicated decision

  • because at its very root, both Android and iOS

  • are very, very good these days.

  • So for example, with Android, one of the main advantages is,

  • of course, the customization not only

  • in the operating system, which, of course,

  • gives you a much deeper level of control,

  • but also, in the amount of hardware that you can pick up.

  • Now, yes, the iPhone line is probably the broadest

  • that it's ever been, between the SE on the low end,

  • you have the iPhone 11, the Pro, the Pro Max,

  • but even that pales in comparison

  • to the hundreds of legitimately very impressive

  • Android options out there.

  • If you want folding phones,

  • as I mentioned my previous video, if you care about 5G

  • and high refresh rate, all that stuff is available

  • on the Android side of the fence.

  • When it comes to app support, at least for me,

  • 95% of the apps that I use on a daily basis

  • are available not only on Android and iOS,

  • but are very similar quality.

  • There aren't major differences.

  • Of course, what are phones these days beyond a camera,

  • and just a portal to whatever app you want to use.

  • Now, there are certainly some exceptions.

  • Instagram would be a good one,

  • which I do think is significantly better on iOS

  • and of course, there are some advantages

  • on the Android side of the camp.

  • For example, if you want to play some retro games

  • via an emulator, good luck trying to do that

  • on iPhone unless you want to do some weird side loading.

  • When you talk about the Apple ecosystem,

  • there is a negative connotation there,

  • and I will certainly admit, I have perpetuated that

  • with, I mean, even my last video.

  • Now, yes, it is very annoying

  • once you get into the Apple ecosystem,

  • and everyone has you on iMessage,

  • and your grandma calls you on FaceTime,

  • and you're charging with your Apple Card,

  • and you have your Apple Watch, and your AirPods,

  • and your Mac and your iPad.

  • I mean, there's so many things that make it very difficult

  • once you have that iPhone to get out,

  • but by that same token, there are some advantages,

  • of course, too, if you have a couple of Apple devices

  • in your life, right?

  • Having an iMessage pop up on your Mac is great,

  • or being able to take a call on your iPad or vice versa.

  • All this stuff is nice to see,

  • but you don't have to go all in.

  • One thing I will say though, if you are coming from Android,

  • all the Google apps work great on iOS

  • with almost no exceptions,

  • but if you're going from iPhone to Android,

  • well, you can listen to Apple Music,

  • and probably another app.

  • I can't think of one, though.

  • Something I will give Apple props for is the level of focus

  • they put on not only security, but also privacy in iOS.

  • Not only does Apple have an excellent track record

  • of continuously supporting devices,

  • something I'll talk about a little bit later,

  • but on top of that, they also put a lot of emphasis

  • on privacy, and we've done an entire video on this,

  • so you can definitely find out more

  • about my personal thoughts, but TL;DW,

  • I definitely think Apple does a better job

  • than pretty much anyone else in the industry

  • for protecting your personal privacy.

  • Yes, if you look at a poll of random people,

  • they might think that Google or Facebook

  • are more trustworthy, which I find

  • to be quite wrong, but generally speaking,

  • when you look at just how much they've invested in things

  • such as differential privacy,

  • and when you look at the general business model of Apple

  • makes money when they sell you a phone,

  • and Google makes money when they sell you an ad

  • using the data they acquire using their phones,

  • it kind of becomes fairly straightforward,

  • in my opinion that while we all spend a lot of time online,

  • but especially these days with all of us so invested

  • in our digital lives, I think it really matters personally,

  • that I have a device that actually is looking out

  • for my privacy.

  • Yes, that might be a little bit overblown.

  • Yes, I might be that weirdo on the internet