Getting the best iPhone for your needs

What is the best iPhone you can buy? Might sound like an easy answer, but not for everyone. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X are all great smartphones,  and the fastest you can buy. Still, different strokes for different folks.

If you’re a casual user who doesn’t care about the latest features and technologies, it might make sense to opt for one of the older iPhone models. After all, they still have enough power under the hood for most people, are cheaper, and the majority of them even get frequent software updates.e Of course, if you do want to get a little extra power, a better camera, and features like wireless charging, the new iPhone generation is a better option.

So, what is the best iPhone for your needs? If you’re having trouble deciding, keep reading. We’ll take a closer look at the last four iPhone generations in terms of specs, features, and price to give you a better idea of what each model offer and whether or not it might be suitable for your needs.

iPhone X

the very best iPhone you can buy

If you’re looking for the very best iPhone, this is the one to get. The X offers powerful hardware that can handle just about anything you throw at it, sports a large 5.8-inch display, and a bezel-less design that makes it stand out from the rest of Apple’s smartphone lineup. It’s also waterproof thanks to its IP67 rating and has dual-camera setup, allowing you to capture those bokeh images that are all the rage these days.

Unlike the previous iPhone generation, the iPhone X has a glass back and supports wireless charging. The glass looks and feels just as premium as metal, although it could crack if you drop the device and can be a fingerprint magnet.

Of course, the iPhone X isn’t perfect — no smartphone ever is. It doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, so you’ll have to unlock it with Face ID, which is a fancy name for face recognition. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack, so you’ll have to plug in your standard headphones with the help of an adapter. If listening to music isn’t really your thing or you already use wireless headphones, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Another drawback of the device worth pointing out is its price. It’s Apple’s most expensive smartphone to date with the 64 GB model retailing for $999, while the 256 GB option will set you back $1,149.

The device isn’t available yet but will go up for pre-order in more than 55 countries on October 27, with sales officially kicking off on November 3. You’ll be able to get it in Silver or Space Gray.

iPhone X specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,436 x 1,125 resolution, 458 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,716 mAh battery
  • iOS 11.0.2
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 174 g

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

the second best iPhone you can buy

If the iPhone X isn’t your thing but you still want to get your hands on the second best iPhone you can buy, the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus might be for you. In terms of design, they are quite different than the new flagship of the series and actually look a lot like their predecessors. The only major difference is that they feature a glass back, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on who you ask.

Unlike the iPhone X, they both sport a home button below the display that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The two smartphones also support wireless charging, have the latest A11 Bionic chipset under the hood, and are waterproof (IP67). However, they don’t support facial recognition and offer a bit less in terms of specs than the X model.

If you watch a lot of videos online, browse the web quite often, and are into photography, the iPhone 8 Plus is a better option for you. It comes with a 5.5-inch display as well as a dual camera setup on the back.

The iPhone 8, on the other hand, has a smaller 4.7-inch display, which makes it easier to handle as well as carry around in your pocket. The device only has one camera that can produce some great-looking photos but doesn’t support portrait mode (bokeh effect) like the iPhone 8 Plus.

Getting the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus over the iPhone X has the advantage of saving you money. Both devices are more affordable with the larger of the two retailing for $799 (64 GB) and $949 (256 GB). Due to its smaller size and the lack of dual cameras, among other things, the iPhone 8 is cheaper at $699 (64 GB) and $849 (256 GB). Both come in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

iPhone 8 specs

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1,334 x 750 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 1,821 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, 148 g

iPhone 8 Plus specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,691 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm, 202 g

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are extremely similar to the iPhone 8 generation described above, and while the 7 series is no longer the best iPhone, it still offers a ton of epic features. The main differences are that they have metal bodies, don’t support wireless charging, have a slightly less powerful A10 chipset, and ship with an older version of Apple’s iOS on board — though iOS 11 is already available for updating.

In addition, there are also some slight differences in the cameras and a few other minor things. The truth is that for the average user, these things don’t really mean much. The metal body feels just as premium as glass, if not more, and has the advantage of being more durable. The A10 chipset might not be the latest but is still more than capable of handling just about any task you throw at it, while the software can be updated to the latest iOS 11 with just a few taps.

> iPhone 7 review

If you prefer glass over metal and want wireless charging, the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus are better options for you. But if these two things, along with some other minor improvements, don’t get you excited, you’re better off sticking with the iPhone 7 generation. Both devices have a few advantages over their successors, as they pack bigger batteries, come in more colors, and are cheaper.

> iPhone 7 Plus review

Apple is selling the 32 GB model of the iPhone 7 for $549, while the 128 GB option can be yours for $649. It’s larger brother is more expensive at $669 (32 GB) and $769 (128 GB). Both devices also launched with 256 GB of storage but aren’t listed on Apple’s website anymore. In terms of colors, you can choose between Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold.

iPhone 7 specs

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1,334 x 750 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Apple A10 Fusion
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 1,960 mAh battery
  • iOS 10.0.1
  • 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, 138 g

iPhone 7 Plus specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Apple A10 Fusion
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,691 mAh battery
  • iOS 10.0.1
  • 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, 188 g

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Despite being around two years old, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are still solid devices. Why should you get one of them, you ask? Well, the number one reason is that they are cheaper than all of the other models described above. So if you’re looking for the best iPhone you can get on a tighter budget, the 6s and 6s Plus are great options. In addition to the price tag, the two handsets still offer enough power and features for most average users. 

However, they do offer less than the iPhone 7 generation in a lot of ways. First, neither of the two devices are water resistant, which might be a deal breaker for some. Both also come with a single rear camera and although they have metal bodies, the overall design looks dated at this point. In terms of software, they ship with iOS 9 on board, but that shouldn’t be a major problem as you can upgrade it to iOS 11.

The only thing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have that their successors lack is the headphone jack. This might be an important factor for a lot of people, as Apple’s decision to get rid of the headphone jack hasn’t been that well received among consumers.

The differences between the iPhone 6s and 7 series are much bigger than those between the iPhone 7 and 8. If you don’t need the latest camera, don’t care much about water resistance, and can live with a device that comes with an older chipset and a dated design, the 6s or 6s Plus could be for you. The Plus model offers a larger screen with a higher resolution and a camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), while the iPhone 6s is more compact and, of course, cheaper.

The 32 GB model retails for $449, while the 128 GB option will set you back $549. To get the larger device, you’ll have to dish out $549 (32 GB) and $649 (128 GB). Both models can be yours in Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold.

iPhone 6s specs

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1,334 x 750 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Apple A9
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 1,715 mAh battery
  • iOS 9
  • 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, 143 g

iPhone 6s Plus specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Apple A9
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • 12 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,750 mAh battery
  • iOS 9
  • 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, 192 g

iPhone SE

No one is ever going to call the iPhone SE the best iPhone you can buy, but it is the best iPhone you’ll find in a more ‘traditional’ (read: small) screen size. The device is extremely compact and easy to handle thanks to its 4-inch display. However, its small size does have a few drawbacks, as the experience when browsing the web or watching videos online isn’t the best. But if you’ll mostly just use the smartphone to make calls, send texts, and listen to music, it can be a good option.

It’s very similar to the iPhone 6s in terms of specs, as it comes with the same chipset, primarily camera, storage options, and the amount of RAM. But it does sport a camera with a lower megapixel count, a smaller battery, and a slightly different design. It’s far from the most powerful handset out there, but you shouldn’t worry about the performance too much unless you’re a demanding user.

The iPhone SE is the most affordable smartphone on this list, which is understandable based on its specs and a small footprint. It comes with 32 or 128 GB of storage with the first option retailing for $349, while the latter will set you back $449. You can get it in Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold.

iPhone SE specs

  • 4-inch IPS LCD display with 1,136 x 640 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Apple A9
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • 1.2 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 1,624 mAh battery
  • iOS 9.3.2
  • 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm, 113 g

Wrap up

The choice of which iPhone to get comes down to what you’ll use it for and how much are you willing to spend. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest from Apple, the choice is easy to make — iPhone X. If you’re in the market for a basic device that’s compact and easy to handle, the SE model is the way to go.

If none of these two options are for you, you’ll have to decide to get one of the devices from the iPhone 8, 7, or 6s series. The 8th and 7th generations are extremely similar with a few small exceptions, and you really can’t go wrong with either one. However, the iPhone 6 and 6s do offer quite a bit less than their successors but are great options if you want to spend less money but still get a solid device in return.

What do you feel is the best iPhone for your own needs? What did you think of our best iPhone list? Let us know down in the comments.

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