The iPhone SE 3 is an interesting device to say the least. While Apple went back to its iPhone 8 design to give the smartphone a retro look, which received mostly mixed reviews, it equipped it with the latest and most powerful Apple A15 Bionic chipset, the same one which powers the iPhone 13 lineup. This created a unique confusion for many potential buyers who wanted an entry-level iPhone which the iPhone SE 3 price fulfilled, but also the experience of the modern display and sleek design which it did not. And then, to increase the confusion further, the Samsung Galaxy A73 was launched a month later that offered a completely different proposition. So, if you are looking for a new smartphone and have around Rs. 45,000 to spend, which smartphone will meet your needs the best? Read on to find out. Also read: Apple iPhone SE 3rd Gen review: Surprise Edition!
It should be noted that both the smartphones have really different value-offerings and we are not doing a qualitative comparison here. Further, there are external factors that also determine the value of these smartphones. If you already own other Apple products, then the iPhone SE 3 would make the most sense given that you will also get a better ecosystem experience. Also read: Samsung Galaxy A73 5G review: Pricey but actually Awesome
Similarly, if your other devices are Android run, you will get a better value in the Samsung Galaxy A73. What we are trying to do is to break down these smartphones and compare them side-by-side and let you be the judge of which smartphone impresses you the most. So let us get to it.
The 64GB base variant of the iPhone SE 3 is priced at Rs. 43,900, but on Amazon you can get it for Rs. 41,900 right now. On the other hand the 8GB+128GB base variant of Samsung Galaxy A73 will cost you Rs. 41,999 but Amazon is offering it for Rs. 35,400 at the moment.
The iPhone SE 3 features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display. One of the selling points of this device is its portability and smaller screen. Although compared to other smartphones which freely give out AMOLED displays, some buyers might find it a little off-putting. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A73 comes with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. While the display boasts of the modern specifications, those buyers looking for a smaller phone would have to deal with a large display size.
The iPhone SE 3 was equipped with the Apple A15 Bionic chipset which is used in the iPhone 13 lineup as well. It runs on the latest iOS and is going to get steady upgrades for a while. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A73 comes with the Snapdragon 778G, which is also considered a performance-heavy processor.
Unfortunately, the iPhone SE 3 gets a single 12MP rear camera but is benefitted by the A15 chipset and Apple image processing software. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A73 sports a quad rear camera setup with a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, a 5MP macro lens and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, the iPhone gets a 7MP selfie camera while Samsung has a 32MP selfie camera.
The iPhone SE 3 offers up to 4K video recording with up to 60 (Frames Per Second) FPS from its main camera and Samsung Galaxy A73 offers up to 4K recording with up to 30 FPS from its main camera.
The iPhone SE 3 is a smaller device and as such, it does carry a smaller battery. The company claims that the battery will benefit from a better battery life compared to its predecessor with a more advanced chipset. In our review, we found that upon moderate usage, the smartphone easily makes it to the end of the day with 20-25% charge left.
On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy A73 benefits from a larger 5,000 mAh battery. We found in our review of the smartphone that on moderate usage, the smartphone still has 35-40% of the battery left at the end of the day.
So, as you can see, the value offerings of both the smartphones are quite different. Which one will sway you is completely dependent on what your needs really are.
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