Best Apple phone for under $500?

The iPhone SE (2022) costs more than its predecessor, putting it in the sub-$500 category alongside the iPhone 11. So which device is better?

the iPhone SE (2022) has a higher launch price that puts it in the sub-$500 category, allowing it to be compared to the iPhone 11, the other Apple smartphone priced below $500. Even after the launch of a new iPhone, Apple is known to continue to manufacture and sell some models from previous generations. It also lowers their price, making them more affordable and a great choice for those on a budget.

The iPhone 11 is one of the older generation phones that Apple has yet to abandon. The iPhone 11 was launched in 2019 alongside the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max which were previously delisted. The other older generation iPhones that Apple still sells are the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. Surprisingly, Apple decided not to keep the iPhone SE (2nd generation), which was immediately discontinued and delisted after the new model was announced.


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the iPhone SE (2022) and the iPhone 11 doesn’t look like anything. While the former has thick top and bottom bezels, the latter has a notch and a screen that covers almost the entire front. The contrasting design extends to the rear where the iPhone 11 has a camera bump and dual rear cameras while the iPhone SE (2022) has a single camera sensor. Both phones have a curved aluminum frame and are covered in glass front and back. The iPhone 11 has an IP68 water resistance rating while the iPhone SE has a less durable IP67 rating. In terms of dimensions and weight, the iPhone 11 is bigger and heavier. It’s also available in six colors, double what the iPhone SE 3 offers.

Either the iPhone is a bargain

iPhone 11 in all its colors

Apple ships the iPhone 11 with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display that towers over the iPhone SE’s 4.7-inch Retina HD display. Both screens are 60Hz LCD panels with the same maximum brightness and contrast ratio. Although the iPhone SE is smaller, it’s actually the most powerful thanks to the 5nm A15 Bionic chip, the same processor that’s inside the iPhone 13. It also has a modem 5G, but only with support for networks below 6 GHz. The iPhone 11 is a 4G phone powered by the two-year-old 7nm A13 Bionic. Both phones feature 4GB of RAM and come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options, though Apple doesn’t seem to be selling the 256GB iPhone 11 anymore. However, the camera department is where the iPhone 11 shines. Not only is there a 12MP main sensor and an additional 12MP camera with an ultra-wide lens, the iPhone 11 also has Night mode and audio zoom. This is in addition to a 12MP front camera.

The iPhone SE has a single 12 MP rear camera and a lower resolution 7 MP selfie camera. However, the iPhone SE has new camera features, such as Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion, which are not available on the iPhone 11. Apple is shipping the iPhone SE with Touch ID buried under the home button while iPhone 11 uses Face ID. The iPhone 11 has a bigger battery capacity and better battery life overall, delivering up to 17 hours of video playback, compared to the iPhone SE’s 15 hours. Both phones support fast charging (up to 50% in 30 minutes) and don’t come with a charger in the box. They also support Qi wireless charging. There is also Dual SIM (nano and eSIM), Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6 and NFC support on both phones, although the iPhone SE should have better positioning thanks to its GNSS module supporting more satellites. Again, only the iPhone 11 has an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) chip.

The 2022 iPhone SE may have an outdated design, but it’s more powerful, supports 5G, and is cheaper with a starting price of $429. Its compact size may also appeal to those who want a small phone. However, the iPhone 11, which originally launched in 2019 with a starting price of $699 but is now being sold for $499, has a bigger screen, better cameras, longer battery life, a higher IP rating and a UWB chip, all for an extra fee. $70. That said, the lack of 5G support means owners won’t be able to reap the benefits of a higher-speed network, and it can’t match the performance of the iPhone SE. Plus, its starting price of $479 (64GB variant) is the same as the 128GB iPhone SE (2022)and there’s no denying that having more storage for videos and photos is always better.

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