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iPhone SE vs iPhone 8: which less expensive Apple phone should you choose? | ...

iPhone has always been an expensive phone, especially here in Brazil, where Apple uses an imaginary dollar higher than what we already have. But, with widespread price hikes and Android manufacturers hitting launch price records, "budget" iPhones may catch your eye more.

In 2017 Apple launched the original iPhone SE, and after that it invested in simpler devices like the iPhone 8, and now back to bet on the name SE. And it didn't come cheap here, but it's enough for you to wonder if it beats the iPhone 8 or not.

Is this one from last year better? Is the youngest more optimized? If you are interested, follow this comparison here, on TudoCelular.com.

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Comparative index

Design

Apple iPhone SE

If you missed the physical home button, the fingerprint reader, you can celebrate, as they are back on the iPhone SE. And that makes it very similar to the iPhone 8. In fact, being clear, it is exactly the same housing, a measure to save money.

And that means that in the middle of 2020 we have a device that looks like three years ago, with even bigger and bigger side edges. The lower part houses the Touch ID, which is fast and accurate in both, and the upper part has a camera and sensors, in addition to sound output.

Apple iPhone 8

Behind, the rear is scratch-resistant glass on both, and only one camera appears, bouncing. The body is made of aluminum and has IP67 protection. The measures and weight are the same, and are good devices for those looking for something smaller than the current market standard, as they are more compact.

The connection is still Lightning and they still have a slot that holds only one SIM chip, but now the iPhone SE has an internal eSIM, allowing it to be dual SIM.

For the details of the dual SIM, which is important for many, the point is the iPhone SE.

Better construction
none
Is slot hybrid or not?
iPhone SE
Do you have any resistance?
Both
Best notch solution
none
Best biometrics solution
none
Which is lighter and thinner?
none
Best connection type
none

Multimedia and resources

Screen

iPhone SE vs iPhone 8: which less expensive Apple phone should you choose? | ...

On the screen, we have the same specifications and numbers. There are two 4.7-inch Retina LCD displays in HD + resolution and 16: 9 aspect, with break protection and 326 ppi. The display of the iPhone 8 was already very interesting for its category, and improved on the iPhone SE.

It is brighter and with better contrast, still counting with True Tone, a function that adapts the screen to the environment, and also a blue light filter. In general, they are good black and the definition, due to their size, does not show serrations or details. It doesn't have colors as intense as an AMOLED, but they are balanced. Unfortunately, the body screen ratio is only 65%.

And it is for these improvements that the point remains with the iPhone SE.

Best screen technology
none
Better screen resolution
none
Best screen / body ratio
none
High Hz screen?
none
Overall screen quality
iPhone SE

Sound

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They don't have that great stereo set, but they are not mono. On both devices the speakerphone for calls also works with media, leaving sound on both sides when the device is in landscape mode.

It is a loud and good quality sound, but it is not quite as good as the iPhones 11, more robust. Because the two speakers are distinct, the sound can be a little unbalanced and have less bass on one side.

The headphones, three years later, are still the same, and have a Lightning connection because neither smartphone maintained the P2 connection for audio. They are in the traditional format of EarPods and have good fidelity in the songs, but a volume not so high and bring discomfort when used for long periods.

They tie here.

Sound is stereo?
Both
Has P2 input?
none
Do you have high quality protocols and settings for Bluetooth and wire?
none
Do headphones come in the box?
Both

System

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Even though it was a 2017 device, the iPhone 8, as is already tradition at Apple, received the newest version of iOS, 13.5, as well as iPhone SE. The difference here is that the newer model will certainly have updates for much longer, something that may be important to you.

It is the same iOS as other devices of the brand, with the difference that navigation is done by the physical button, not by gestures. It is a light, fluid system, with many applications available and little possibility of customization.

However, thanks to different processing and new components, iPhone SE will support new camera functions and also accept future features. If that is not important to you, it will make no difference.

In connections they are also very similar, and the only difference is that the iPhone SE comes with the sixth generation of WiFi, when the iPhone 8 was in the fifth. Other than that, the two bring NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and do not accompany FM radio.

The point is with the iPhone SE, more complete and longer lasting.

How many biometrics solutions do you offer?
Both
System well updated?
Both
Will the system be updated in the future?
iPhone SE
Which system or customization has more and better features?
iPhone SE
Missing connections? Are they left?
iPhone SE

Performance


iPhone SE vs iPhone 8: which less expensive Apple phone should you choose? | ...

Here we will have a noticeable difference, after all we are talking about three years of difference. And as much as both boast the processors at the time of their launch, a newer one is always important, after all, it goes through more efficient manufacturing processes.

We have on the iPhone 8 an Apple A11 Bionic with 2 GB of RAM and storage that can be 64 GB or 256 GB. In iPhone SE the chipset is the A13 Bionic with 3 GB of RAM and internal space versions of 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.

In benchmark tests, the iPhone SE can be more than 40% better than the old cell phone, which has improved over time in the tests, too. In our performance tests, the SE was also almost 30% faster, even though it was slower than the iPhone 11 with the same chipset.

In games, both will do very well, but in general the iPhone SE will better accompany the requirement for heavier titles. It is well known that as Apple updates its devices, they tend to lose performance.

The point then is the iPhone SE.

Who does best in the opening test?
iPhone SE
Who wins in the most demanding games?
iPhone SE
Who has the best benchmark numbers?
iPhone SE
What is the most updated processor?
iPhone SE
Which has better RAM / processor balance
iPhone SE
Which has more storage?
none

Drums


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If drums are very necessary for you, better not to take either. Being the same body, Apple kept the same battery as the iPhone 8, and so the iPhone SE, in the middle of 2020, brings 1,821 mAh inside.

However, the duration was not the same for both, since the iPhone SE brings more efficient and modern processing. In our standardized tests it was 13 hours and 40 minutes for the youngest and 11 and a half hours on the iPhone 8.

It is a much lower number than the iPhone 11 itself and even in relation to Android intermediaries, which offer much more battery. If you only stay with essential apps during the day, you can even get to bedtime without recharging, but games will take you a second time to take the same day.

At the time of recharge the numbers are also bad, and the two spend approximately two and a half hours to reach 100%, with 20 minutes less for the iPhone 8. The charger that comes in the box is the same for both, only 5W . At least, both have wireless charging.

The point is the iPhone SE, but no one deserved a point here, no.

Which has more battery?
none
Which reloads faster?
iPhone 8
Which lasts longer according to the TC battery test?
iPhone SE
Do you have wireless charging?
Both

Cameras

Going against all trends, the iPhone SE brought only a rear camera, just like the one we already saw on the iPhone 8. In both, we have only a 12 megapixel main wide, f / 1.8 aperture, PDAF and optical stabilization. A risky maneuver.

But we know that not only sensors and lenses make a camera, and we have new features in the iPhone SE, such as Smart HDR and also newer hardware, which works better in post-processing of images. So yes, iPhone SE brings better pictures.

It is possible to say that the latest cell phone has a higher level of detail, superior HDR and in good light situation it is comparable to more expensive models like the iPhone 11. The iPhone 8 brings great HDR and is fast in photos, and both tend to present more yellowish photos.

In low light situations, noises begin to appear. The iPhone SE even manages to control the problems more and does not destroy the details or end the contrast, but it does not work miracles, especially without the night mode present in other recent models.

In photos with rear camera, the point is the iPhone SE.

Best rear camera set
none
Best DxOMark, if you have
none
More balanced colors
none
Best night photos
iPhone SE
Best external photos
iPhone SE
Best indoor photos
iPhone SE

Photos taken with the Apple iPhone SE

For video, having the same set, it is important to note that both have optical stabilization and record in 4K at 60fps, with iPhone SE capturing audio in stereo. A drawback of the iPhone 8 is that it gets very hot in the maximum recording quality.

During the day, the video quality of the iPhone SE is impressive, the stabilization works very well. At night, things get complicated for both, as they appear …

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