Budget phone comparison: Apple’s iPhone SE and Samsung’s Galaxy A53 5G

Apple released the updated iPhone SE 2022, a budget iPhone equipped with 5G, in March. Samsung also recently released its own budget 5G smartphone, the Galaxy A53 5G, so we thought we’d compare the two to see how they compare. In short, the A53 5G offers a better feature set, but it can’t match the iPhone SE in terms of battery life and build quality.

On paper, the Galaxy A53 5G offers a wide range of features that the iPhone can’t match. As for the display, for example, the Galaxy A53 5G has a more modern 6.5-inch edge-to-edge 1080p AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the iPhone SE sports a smaller than 4.7 inches with thick, outdated bezels. The screen is bright, vibrant and at 1080p, significantly better than the iPhone SE screen.

Samsung has also equipped its smartphone with an ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the screen and facial recognition, while the iPhone SE uses a standard Touch ID home button, but Samsung’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader is slower and less accurate than Touch ID, and facial recognition isn’t up to par Face ID. It can be used to unlock the smartphone, but not to make payments or authenticate passwords. Touch ID is being phased out of the iPhone, but it’s still fast, responsive, and simple to use.

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The Galaxy A53 5G is made from plastic and looks cheaper than the iPhone SE, which is all glass with an aluminum coating. It’s clearly made from higher quality materials and it has a more premium feel than the Galaxy A53 5G, which looks like your average budget Android device.

The A53 5G gains in autonomy as it offers almost double the capacity of the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE is much, much faster than the A53 though because it uses the same A15 chip found in the iPhone 13. Samsung’s smartphone has an Exynos 1280 chip that’s not even up to par. height. Samsung has the advantage when it comes to storage, as the base model starts with 128GB and it can be expanded with an SD card slot (iPhone SE starts at 64GB), and it has more storage lenses. camera.

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Apple’s iPhone SE has a 12-megapixel wide-angle single-lens rear camera, while the Galaxy S53 5G has a 64-megapixel wide-angle camera, an ultra-wide lens and a depth and macro sensor. Of course, more megapixels and more lenses don’t equal better quality, and the iPhone SE has texture, detail and HDR features powered by the A15 that set it apart.

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Both phones have 5G and are equal in that department, and when it comes to pricing, the Galaxy A53 5G is technically priced at $449, but it’s available for $349 right now. That’s cheaper than the iPhone SE, which starts at $429.

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Although the Galaxy A53 5G seems like the best phone right now, it’s the A15 chip that sets the iPhone SE apart. Apple will provide software updates, new features and support for the iPhone SE for five to seven years, while Samsung won’t support the A53 5G for that long. The Galaxy A53 5G has a flashier set of features that may be immediately appealing, but those looking for a phone that will last for years should check out the iPhone SE.

What do you think of the Galaxy A53 5G, do you prefer it to the iPhone SE? Let us know in the comments.


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