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We all know that the iPhone 11 is one of the best smartphones available right now. Its got everything you can ask from an iPhone. You get ultra-fast performance, a great display, and two excellent cameras.
Clearly, the iPhone 11 is a fantastic smartphone in many different ways, even when compared to the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. And if you would’ve told me that you were going to buy the iPhone 11 a few weeks back, I would’ve told you to go for it..
Now, however, with the release of the second-generation iPhone SE, maybe the iPhone 11 isn’t such a good buy.
Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 11 is still a great iPhone for everyone, but if you go for the iPhone SE, you can get more value for your money.
So, let’s say you have $699 to buy the iPhone 11, or $749 if you were thinking about going for the 128 GB iPhone 11. Well, with that kind of money, you might want to consider getting this instead.
iPhone SE @ $399
Apple packed everything you could ask for into this year’s iPhone SE. Now, you can have almost everything that’s loved about the iPhone 11 in a smaller, cheaper package.
On the outside, you’re basically looking at an iPhone 8. You’ll get a smaller 4.7-inch display, a Home button, and Touch ID. Apple made the most significant changes on the inside of the iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE rocks the A13 Bionic chip, the same chip you’ll find in the iPhone 11. Because of its internals, the cheaper iPhone SE can outperform some of Samsung’s most expensive smartphones.
Not only that, but the camera found in the second-generation iPhone SE is still excellent for a $399 iPhone. Sure, you can’t compare it with the iPhone 11’s camera with Night Mode, but there are some tweaks you can make to take better portrait photos.
Even the battery, which is much smaller than the one on the iPhone 11, lasts a prolonged time thanks to the iPhone SE’s smaller display and ultra-efficient processor.
Bottom line? This year’s iPhone SE has everything you could want and need from the iPhone 11 for just $399. Although, you’ll want to go for the 128 GB iPhone SE for $50 more.
If you don’t need a bigger display or dual cameras on the back, the iPhone SE is a much better value than the iPhone 11, especially if you put it together with the following, more affordable items on the list.
Apple Watch Series 3 @ $199
The Apple Watch is, without a doubt, the best smartwatch on the market. And there’s a reason for that. Not only do you get a premium smartwatch, but you also get a health-centric device that can help you lose weight and could even potentially save your life.
Apple released the Apple Watch Series 5 almost a year ago, and it delivered a bunch of great new features Apple fans were asking for, including an Always-on Display, Compass, and the Noise app. And around the time of the Series 5’s release, Apple decided to cut the price of the Apple Watch Series 3 as well, giving us a great companion for the new iPhone SE.
Starting at just $199, the Apple Watch Series 3 is $200 cheaper than the Series 5, and it’s got most of the features that make an Apple Watch great.
Even if it’s a few years old now, the Apple Watch Series 3 is still an outstanding addition to the iPhone SE, especially for this price.
On the other hand, if you absolutely want the Always-on Display on your Apple Watch, I don’t blame you. The good news is that Apple Watch Series 5 models are dropping in price, so browse the internet for deals.
Still, the Apple Watch Series 3 is worth getting. And if you don’t mind forgoing features like the Always-on Display or the Noise app, then you should consider choosing it.
AirPods @ $150
Sadly for some, neither the iPhone 11 nor the iPhone SE have a headphone jack. So it’s highly likely you might want to get a pair of AirPods regardless of what iPhone you choose to buy.
Fortunately, to stay within your budget, you can get the AirPods with a regular charging case for $159 (or much less).
Although, a better option for you would be the AirPods with the wireless charging case. Since the iPhone SE supports wireless charging as well, you could charge both with a single wireless charger.
- As of right now, you can get the AirPods with wireless charging for ~$150. That’s only $10 more than the regular AirPods directly from Apple.
- If you do want the AirPods with the regular charging case, you should also get them from Amazon for just $139.
It’s also worth mentioning that you might want to wait to get some new AirPods. If rumors are correct, Apple will be launching a pair of AirPods Pro Lite at a lower price than the regular AirPods Pro. We don’t know exactly when these are coming, but we expect them in the first half of 2020.
Grand Total = $750
So there you have it. For about $750, you’ll get an Apple Watch, a pair of AirPods, and a brand new iPhone SE. That’s the price of a 128 GB iPhone 11 alone.
In the end, you don’t have to get everything on the list. You can spend more or less, depending on what you actually want and need. But for the first time in what feels like forever, Apple is giving us options so we can choose to get a brand new iPhone with great specs at a much lower price.