Should you buy an iPhone SE on Black Friday?

iPhone SE 2020
iPhone SE 2020 (Image credit: iMore)

Should you buy an iPhone SE on Black Friday?

Black Friday would be the absolute best time of the year to purchase an iPhone SE thanks to the many Black Friday iPhone deals out there. Even without a Black Friday deal, the iPhone SE is a tremendous value for the starting price of $400, and it's the best iPhone for those who still want a Home button.iPhone SE (2020) - 64GB, Black - Fully Unlocked (Renewed) (opens in new tab) (From $332 at Amazon)iPhone SE (2020) 64GB Unlocked (opens in new tab) (From $400 at Best Buy)iPhone SE (2020) Unlocked (opens in new tab) (From $400 at Walmart)

The iPhone SE (2020) is the iPhone with the best value for your buck

The iPhone SE is the best iPhone you can get if you want an iPhone that continues to utilize a Home button. But that's not all that the iPhone SE offers — it has a crisp 4.7-inch screen, A13 Bionic, Touch ID (thanks to the Home button), Dual SIM, Portrait mode, Optical Image Stabilization, 4K video recording, and Haptic Touch. The new iPhone SE is basically an iPhone 8 with new guts and is one of the best options out there if you want a low-cost iPhone.

Considering that the iPhone SE is only one generation behind the iPhone 12 series (A13 versus A14 Bionic), it's guaranteed that this iPhone will last for the next several years, and it starts at a mere $400. It's also a great pick for those who don't want to give up the Home button yet, prefer a smaller device, but still want some modern advancements like Portrait mode and Haptic Touch.

With Black Friday iPhone deals, we expect to see some great savings from the normal $400 price tag of the iPhone SE (2020). It's already a great handset for the price, so with Black Friday iPhone deals, it's going to be even more enticing.

There are reasons not to get the iPhone SE (2020), though

iPhone 12 mini laying on an ice chest

iPhone 12 mini laying on an ice chest (Image credit: iMore)

The iPhone SE is great for the price and features, but it's not the overall best iPhone that you can get right now. If you want something that ditches the Home button and utilizes the entire front glass for the screen while also retaining the small size, then you should consider the iPhone 12 mini. It's the cheapest option of the new iPhone 12 series at $700, but you get a 5.4-inch screen with Face ID, 5G capabilities, A14 Bionic, an ultra-wide camera, MagSafe compatibility, TrueDepth camera with Portrait mode, and so much more.

While it's quite a jump up in price from the iPhone SE, we also expect to see some Black Friday iPhone deals on the iPhone 12 mini, which should help knock the price down to something that's easier to swallow. And don't forget to check out the best Black Friday Apple deals if you want even more savings!

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.