Apple's iPhone SE is one of the best budget phones you can buy today. It comes equipped with Apple's high-end A13 processor and a few handy new features like Portrait Mode that make it attractive to those looking for an entry-level iPhone. It's a great smartphone, but it's not perfect. Continue reading to browse a handful of things that the iPhone SE just can't do.
Night Mode Isn't Available
The iPhone SE takes excellent photos thanks to the A13 bionic processor, but it struggles in one key area – dark conditions. Unlike the iPhone 11, the iPhone SE does not have Night Mode. As a result, the camera struggles when taking a photo at night or in dark conditions.
You Can't Use Face ID
In case you weren't already aware, the iPhone SE does not have Face ID. Apple instead opted to keep Touch ID on the phone. If you have an older iPhone or never used an iPhone, Touch ID won't be an issue. You'll have to get used to its quirks, though – it doesn't work when your fingers are wet or sweaty, and it takes a few seconds to open your phone.
If you are coming from a newer phone and want to switch to the iPhone SE 2nd generation to save some cash, it'll be a difficult transition away from the convenience of facial recognition. Facial recognition is quick and easy to use. The only hiccup we're finding out right now is that Face ID doesn't work very well with facial masks.
You Can't Go Multiple Days without Charging
The new iPhone SE lasts about as long as the iPhone 8, even though it has the power-saving A13 processor. Reviewers note that the battery needs to be charged daily, under moderate to heavy use. Unlike the iPhone 11 Pro/Max, which can last a day and then some, the iPhone SE needs to hit the charger at the end of each day.
It's Compatible with Some, But Not All Older Cases
Everyone applauded when Apple confirmed the iPhone SE is compatible with cases for the iPhone 7 and 8. Although, one case that may not be compatible is the battery case for the iPhone 7. The case will charge the iPhone SE 2nd generation, but it removes the phone's ability to charge wirelessly. Wireless charging was not standard when the iPhone 7 debuted, so the battery case does not support this handy feature.
You Can't Use It with 5G
If you bought the iPhone SE and wanted to use it on your carrier's 5G network, think again. The iPhone SE does not include support for 5G networks. It will handle 4G and Wi-Fi calling just fine, though.
Fast-Charging Will Cost Extra
The iPhone SE is fast-charge capable, which allows you to charge the phone to 50 percent capacity within 30 minutes. Unfortunately, the phone ships with a low power charger and not the 18W charger that makes fast charging possible. If you want fast charging, you'll have to shell out some extra cash to grab the standalone charger and cable.