Phone comparisons: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Apple iPhone SE (2022)

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This time we will compare the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G to the Apple iPhone SE (2022). These two phones are quite similar in terms of price. They’re among the more affordable options for iOS and Android users, and might be ideal if you’re looking to try out another operating system or something. Admittedly, these two phones are extremely different in many ways.

The Galaxy A53 5G is much newer than the iPhone SE (2022), while it looks different overall. It looks a lot more modern, for one thing, because the iPhone SE (2022) is based on a rather old design. This is something we will talk about soon. First, we’ll list their specs, then we’ll move on to the design section and go from there. We will compare their screens, performance, battery, cameras, and audio performance. With that being said, let’s start the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs Apple iPhone SE (2022) comparison.


Samsung Galaxy A53 5GApple iPhone SE (2022)
Screen size6.5-inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED display (120Hz)4.7-inch HD+ Retina IPS LCD display (60Hz)
Screen resolution2400×10801334×750
SoCsSamsung Exynos 1280Apple A15 Bionic
Storage128 GB/256 GB (UFS 2.2), expandable64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, not expandable
Rear cameras64MP (f/1.8 aperture, 26mm lens, OIS, PDAF, 0.8um pixel size)
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 123 degree FoV, 1.12um pixel size)
5MP (f/2.4 aperture, macro)
5MP (f/2.4 aperture, depth)
12MP (f/1.8 aperture, wide angle, OIS, PDAF)
Front cameras32MP (f/2.2 aperture, 26mm lens, 0.8um pixel size)7MP (f/2.2 aperture)
Battery5,000mAh, 25W non-removable wired charging1,821 mAh (specified), 18 W wired charging, Qi wireless charging
Dimensions159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1mm138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
lester189 grams144 grams
Connectivity5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi, USB Type-C5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, Lightning
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner (optical)Touch ID
SEAndroid 12
A 4.1 user interface
iOS 15.3
Price$449 (currently $349)$429
To buyAmazonApple

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Apple iPhone SE (2022): Design

These two phones are completely different. The Galaxy A53 5G has very thin bezels and a centered display camera hole. It also has four cameras on the back. The iPhone SE (2022) design is essentially the iPhone 8 design, with newer internals. It looks really dated at this point. There are thick bezels above and below the screen, a home button and a single camera on the back.

The iPhone SE (2022), however, is made from more premium materials. It comes with an aluminum frame and a glass back, while the Galaxy A53 5G has a plastic frame and back. It’s not something many people will complain about, however, as the phone feels really good in the hand, it doesn’t feel cheap. That’s much later than the iPhone SE (2022), so keep that in mind.

The Galaxy A53 5G is larger by every measure, which isn’t surprising given that its screen is 1.8 inches larger diagonally. The phone is taller, wider and thicker than the iPhone SE (2022), while also weighing 45 grams more. The iPhone SE (2022) is much easier to use with one hand, but you don’t get as much screen to work with. Both phones feel great in the hand, though.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Apple iPhone SE (2022): Display

The Galaxy A53 5G features a 6.5-inch FullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display. This screen is flat and offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It can get up to 800 nits of brightness and it is well protected. Sitting above that display is Gorilla Glass 5, and while it’s not Corning’s latest offering, Gorilla Glass 5 is still one of the company’s best offerings. I’ve never had any issues with this on phones as it repels scratches very well, even micro scratches.

Galaxy A53 Bixby Screenshot AH

The iPhone SE (2022), meanwhile, features a 4.7-inch HD+ (1334 x 750) Retina IPS LCD display. This panel gets up to 625 nits of brightness, and it’s also a flat screen. This panel offers a 60Hz refresh rate, so it’s not a high refresh rate panel. That’s not at all surprising as this is the same panel that Apple used years ago, on the iPhone 8, so it’s pretty dated at this point.

The Galaxy A53 5G has a better display here, and it’s not even close. Not only is it sharper, but it’s also an AMOLED screen. On top of that, it gets brighter and offers a much higher refresh rate for smoothness. Colors are more vivid on this panel and viewing angles are also better. The panel inside the iPhone SE (2022) is quite dated, although it’s sufficient if you’re a demanding user. Also, its resolution isn’t particularly high, but keep in mind that this screen is quite small, so that probably won’t be an issue if you’re good with screen size.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Apple iPhone SE (2022): Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 1280 SoC. On top of that, Samsung has also included 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB of RAM, depending on your choice. The iPhone SE (2022), meanwhile, is powered by Apple’s latest Apple 15 Bionic chip, which is currently the company’s flagship processor. The device also includes 4 GB of RAM inside.

The iPhone SE (2022) may look like the iPhone 8, but its internals have been updated, well, some of them. This improvement in the SoC does important things for the performance of this device. The iPhone SE (2022) is really fast, and chances are it will stay that way for a long time. In fact, it delivers significantly better performance than the Galaxy A53 5G, which holds true both on paper and in real life.

In our tests, the Galaxy A53 5G did indeed lag from time to time. The performance was decent, but it wasn’t great. The iPhone SE (2022) does a much better job of this. Both phones did a good job in the gaming department though. The iPhone SE (2022) should technically be able to do better in terms of gaming, but we had no issues with the Galaxy A53 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Apple iPhone SE (2022): Battery

Samsung’s offering does a much better job in the battery department. The Galaxy A53 5G packs a 5,000mAh battery, while the iPhone SE (2022) packs a 2,018mAh unit. iOS handles power consumption differently, and the iPhone SE (2022) has a much smaller, less sharp screen, with a lower refresh rate. Still, it’s a major difference, and it shows in actual use.

The Galaxy A53 5G did an outstanding job here. It managed to push us over 8 hours of screen time on several occasions, and that’s pretty impressive. The iPhone SE (2022) is a completely different story, and most of you will probably be able to get half of that with regular use. Your usage will be different, however, so chances are you’ll get different results. Note that the game kills the battery noticeably faster.

What about charging? Well, Galaxy A53 5G supports 25W wired charging and no wireless charging. The iPhone SE (2022) supports 20W wired charging and 7.5W wireless charging. Note that neither of these two devices offer reverse (wireless) charging, nor do they do not come with chargers. You will need to purchase a charger separately. The iPhone SE (2022) will charge much faster, thanks to a much smaller battery.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Apple iPhone SE (2022): Cameras

When it comes to cameras, the setups here are very different. The Galaxy A53 5G has four rear cameras. A 64-megapixel main camera is supported by a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. A 5-megapixel macro camera is also included, as is a 5-megapixel depth camera. The iPhone SE (2022), on the other hand, features a single camera on the back, a 12-megapixel unit. This camera sensor is also quite old, although it is bolstered by the Apple A15 Bionic and software.

Galaxy A53 5G case 1

That said, in good light, both phones did a good job. The Galaxy A53 5G’s images were a bit more contrasty, and frankly, most of you will probably prefer them. They were also a bit more pointed. In low light, well, the Galaxy A53 5G doesn’t capture much detail, but it still beats the iPhone SE (2022). Apple didn’t provide a night mode for the iPhone SE (2022) camera, although it technically could thanks to the Apple A15 Bionic. That’s a shame, as the phone would do a much better job in low light. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either.

You also get a lot more options with the Galaxy A53 5G camera setup. Not only do you have an ultrawide camera on the back, but also a dedicated macro camera. Admittedly, this macro camera won’t be very useful, since it’s only a 5-megapixel unit, and the images aren’t really that sharp.


What about the audio aspect? Well, both phones include stereo speakers, while neither includes a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Galaxy A53 5G’s speakers do a noticeably better job. The sound is really balanced, while you also get bass as part of it. The iPhone SE (2022) is quite small and its speakers are quite small and dated. The sound is decent, but it can’t quite live up to what the Galaxy A53 5G provides. The Galaxy A53 5G’s speakers also get noticeably louder in comparison.

Now, in terms of headphones, if you are not using Bluetooth headphones, you will need a dongle or headphones with a specific port. The Galaxy A53 5G uses a Type-C port, while a Lightning port is placed on the iPhone SE (2022).

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