Budget Phone Comparison: Apple’s iPhone SE vs. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

In March, Apple introduced the updated iPhone SE for 2022, an economical iPhone with 5G technology. Samsung also recently introduced its budget 5G smartphone, the Galaxy A53 5G, so we thought we’d compare the two to see how they scale up. In short, the A53 5G offers a better feature set, but it doesn’t match the iPhone SE in terms of lifespan and build quality.

On paper, the Galaxy A53 5G offers a wide range of features that an iPhone can’t match. When it comes to the screen, for example, the Galaxy A53 5G has a more modern 6.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the iPhone SE has a smaller 4.7-inch screen with thicker, older bezels. The screen is bright and vibrant, and at 1080p, it’s noticeably better than that of the iPhone SE.

Samsung has also equipped its smartphone with an ultrasonic fingerprint reader located at the bottom of the screen And Facial recognition, while the iPhone SE uses the home button for the standard Touch ID, but Samsung’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader is slower and less accurate than Touch ID, and facial recognition is not at the level of Face ID. It can be used to unlock the smartphone, but not to make payments or authenticate passwords. Touch ID has been phased out from the iPhone, but it’s still fast, responsive, and easy to use.


The Galaxy A53 5G is made of plastic, feels cheaper than the iPhone SE, and is all-glass with aluminum sides. It’s obviously made of better quality materials, and has a more premium feel than the Galaxy A53 5G, which feels like a mid-budget Android device.

The A53 5G wins when it comes to battery life as it offers almost twice the capacity of the iPhone SE. However, the iPhone SE is much faster than the A53 because it uses the same A15 chip that is in the iPhone 13. The Samsung smartphone is equipped with an Exynos 1280 chip that is nowhere near a meter. Samsung has the edge when it comes to storage, with the base model starting at 128GB and expandable with an SD card slot (iPhone SE starts at 64GB), plus it has more camera lenses.

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

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

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While the Galaxy A53 5G looks like the best phone out there right now, it’s the A15 chip that makes the iPhone SE so special. Apple will provide new software and feature updates and support for the iPhone SE for five to seven years, while Samsung won’t support the A53 5G for long. The Galaxy A53 5G has a brighter set of features that might 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 over the iPhone SE? Let us know in the comments.

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