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Design and Build of iPhone SE vs iPhone XR

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Apple finally announced the iPhone SE after months of leaks and reports, and honestly, years of waiting for the successor to the ‘affordable flagship’ iPhone idea that started with the original iPhone SE. The new iPhone SE (or iPhone SE 2) is here now and it’s a solid option for anyone looking for a budget iPhone in 2020. However, there’s also the iPhone XR that comes in at a similar price point in India. So, if you’re looking for the best budget iPhone.

Design and Build

The first thing you’d notice with a brand new phone, and this is especially true with iPhones, is the design and build. Cupertino has a very specific way it designs its smartphones, and they are quintessentially Apple in the way they look and feel. The iPhone SE takes a step back in time, as far as the design is concerned and occupies the shell of the now discontinued iPhone 8.

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That means, the new iPhone SE comes with a pretty chunky forehead and chin, and a design that was still acceptable back in 2017 when the iPhone 8 launched, but is definitely quite outdated by today’s standards.

The new iPhone SE

However, it’s not all bad. For one, a lot of people actually don’t like full-screen devices with huge displays, and I’m assuming Apple did its market research before deciding on going with a 3 year old design. Moreover, personally, the in-hand feel of the iPhone 8 was nigh unbeatable in a lot of ways.

The iPhone XR, with its full-screen design is more up to date as far as smartphone design trends are concerned, but it’s also a bigger phone, a slightly thicker than the iPhone SE. The iPhone XR is 8.3mm in thickness — that’s 1mm more than the iPhone SE, and believe me, 1mm might read like a pretty tiny number, but when it comes to in-hand feel, the difference can be fairly noticeable.

Apart from that, both the iPhone SE and iPhone XR come with the same glass-back design, which affords them wireless charging capability, and a huge tendency to be fingerprint magnets.

At the end of the day, design remains a highly subjective thing. If you dislike the new iPhone designs with their huge notches and gesture controls, the iPhone SE 2 may just be the iPhone you’ve been waiting for. However, if you’re looking to get an iPhone that will not look outdated for a couple of years, I’d suggest going with the iPhone XR.

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