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(Pocket-lint) - The iPhone SE is an excellent alternative to the latest flagship smartphones from Apple, giving you much of the same experience but with a heavily reduced price tag.

Released in 2020, and now in its second generation, the iPhone SE is the company's entry-level model. The design is based roughly on the iPhone 8 and features many of the same internal components as the iPhone 11.

Even as we approach the likely release of a next-gen iPhone SE, the 2020 model is still a great option for those who just don't fancy stumping up the cash for an iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 - and perhaps even the iPhone 11

If that sounds like you, where this guide comes in. Below, we've given you a bit of background on Apple's cheap iPhone, as well as the best live prices for you to consider. 

Best iPhone SE deals and prices

The iPhone SE (2020) retails at Apple for $399 in the US and £419 in the UK, with the model available in black, white or (PRODUCT)RED.

However, you can explore the best live prices for the iPhone SE (2020) 64GB model through the widget below. 

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Should you buy the iPhone SE (2020)?

  • Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm, 148g, IP67 water-resistant
  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 (326ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Battery: Up to 13 hours

As we alluded to up top you want the most basic Apple smartphone in the ecosystem, the iPhone SE is a good place to start. 

When advising those interested in picking up an iPhone model that isn't in the top echelon of the company's devices, we often refer them to our iPhone SE v iPhone 11 v iPhone XR feature.

This outlines the top differences between the models, and, now, in 2021, these devices are close enough in terms of price to put them head-to-head.

It's also worth pointing out that there isn't likely to be a new, third-gen model of the SE until Q1 2022, too, so now is a decent time to pick one up.

And if you want a quick idea of the phone before diving into the deals, here's what we found in our iPhone SE review:

"For an affordable iPhone, the SE delivers the kind of power that will keep you content, without the need to upgrade in the immediate future.

"That's going to be incredibly appealing to all those iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 7S, and iPhone 8 users who want to upgrade, but don't want a physically larger or pricier phone."

Search for the best Apple iPhone contract deals

Still searching? Not seen anything you like? Feel free to use the iPhone deal selector below, to find your ideal deal.  

Simply use the drop-down menus and sliders to find the ideal iPhone contract. Whether you want more data or unlimited minutes, there's sure to be a deal for you.

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The best Apple iPhone upgrade deals

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Writing by Conor Allison. Originally published on 15 April 2020.