It’s quite hard to pick the best iPhone for you when there are so many options on the market with different features for different people. Whether it’s the iPhone 11 Pro Max with its extraordinary pricing or the excellently affordable iPhone SE, there’s an iPhone for everyone.
From cameras to performance to price, there’s a lot to mess up. iPhones differ in screen size, features, colour and design, making it a little confusing to know which one to buy, and when?
We love that iPhones have such a good range of apps to choose from, typically excellent cameras and software updates for at least three to four years from when they’re released, longer than any Android phone. Our team has ranked all the iPhones to show which models we think are best for most people.choose without considering the ranking which we have given.
Have a read of our breakdowns and the full reviews of each iPhone before you choose yours.
Let’s get started:
Best iPhone: which one should you buy now?
1. iPhone 11
The best value for money Apple iPhone, present right now
Ultrawide lens is better than telephoto
Blazing Fast speeds
Slow bundled charger
No PiP or other software features that utilise the big screen.
The iPhone 11 isn’t the highest-spec Apple phone, but it succeeded the iPhone XR ‘budget flagship’ in many ways to become the standout phone of its generation in terms of value for money.
True, it misses out on a telephoto lens, but like we found with the Samsung Galaxy S10e, a coupling of main and ultrawide lenses serve most photo needs. While it doesn’t get an OLED display, a major drawback according to me, its LCD screen at least allows the phone to keep its best-in-generation battery life crown. And it even gets some more RAM – up to 4GB from its predecessor’s 3GB.
Add in iOS 14 and all the new improvements in the iPhone 11 series makes it a perfect device for most users and all these for $699, the cheapest an iPhone has debuted after iPhone 8.
2. iPhone 11 Pro
Nearly the best, but a bit too pricey
Camera a real step forward
Noticeable battery upgrade
Similar to iPhone XS, visually
Few non-camera upgrades
The notch is still enormous
big price step up may be questionable for most people
A high-refresh rate screen would have made it more competitive.
No 3.5mm jack or audio adapter in the box, limited NFC usage.
The file management and transfer in iOS isn’t that easy to understand.
Ultra-wide camera lacks autofocus and Night Mode
The iPhone 11 Pro is a more advanced smartphone than the base iPhone 11, but it isn’t the best iPhone just because its price is a big step up too.
Sure, the smaller screen is one-hand-friendly, the screen quality is a bonus, and it’s Apple’s most affordable handset with three rear cameras, so it’s a decent phone all in all – that’s why it’s at our second spot on the list of our best iPhones!
3. iPhone 11 Pro Max
The leader iPhone until iPhone 12.
Three rear cameras
Fastest, best iPhone out there
Even more battery
Large cases are difficult, even impossible, to handle with one hand.
Glass front and back are stronger than previous models, but still relatively fragile compared to more durable materials.
Somewhat awkward “camera notch” at the top of the display takes getting used to.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is not only a confusing shift in naming convention – it’s the biggest, fastest, greatest iPhone out there. It’s also the most expensive with a $1,099 starting price, which only hikes if you expand storage.
Not much has changed from the iPhone XS Max, aside from the upgraded camera module- but, again, adding an ultrawide lens isn’t a big upgrade, no??
Indeed, the photo software has been upgraded, too, and swapping between zoom levels is far smoother here, compared to other phones. Also, The battery level has been improved by 4 hours over the iPhone XS Max, according to Apple
4. iPhone SE
Cheapest ever iPhone
Battery life could be better
Old screen technology
Unveiled in April 2020, the new iPhone SE may look like an older iPhone but it comes with a lot of benefits over the rest of the range. The vital reason you may want to buy this is it’s the cheapest iPhone you can buy from Apple .
It comes with the same design as the iPhone 8, but has upgraded internals such as a mind boggling A13 Bionic chipset, which is above all the cons that urges you to ignore this little beast.
It also comes with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is something we haven’t seen on recent iPhones. The camera is good on this phone, but won’t compete with the very top iPhones and it has an average battery life too.
5. iPhone XS
Another ‘smaller’ beast
camera takes 4K video at up to 60 fps
Smart HDR helps the camera
Faster operation in one hand vs Max
Still very expensive
Battery life not as per the pricing
Believe it or not, the iPhone XS was once Apple’s best ‘small’ phone. It has a 5.8-inch screen, so it’s more convenient for one handed use than a lot of the larger phones on this list, but it still packs a bunch of specifications.
The iPhone XS may be a little older now, but it has a Smart HDR-capable 12MP camera, enhanced TrueDepth front-facing camera, and a fast A12 Bionic chipset, exactly like the larger iPhone XS Max.
6. iPhone XS Max
The iPhone XS Max is still a big, great phone
Great big screen for games and heavy media users
Camera is still a game changer
Price: most expensive iPhone ever
Size can make it tricky to handle
This was once the very best iPhone if your hands and wallets were large enough. It has an expansive 6.5-inch OLED screen with HDR10 support to make colors pop. It’s the perfect phone if you want a giant screen, but it has now been replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro Max we’ve mentioned above.
Behind that huge screen is a dual-lens 12MP camera. Apple outfitted it with Smart HDR and increased the sensor size to capture larger pixels. Don’t let that static 12MP number fool you. The iPhone XS Max (like the XS) has depth-sensing capabilities for adjustable bokeh (background blur) during and after a shot.
The TrueDepth camera returns with faster Face ID recognition, and your 7MP selfies get better depth control and Smart HDR, too. This is now cheaper than at launch too, so it may be a good option if you want lots of spec but don’t want to get the absolute latest iPhone.
7. iPhone XR
The best value for money iPhone which also has a great battery life.
Great battery life for an iPhone
Lower price tag and fun colors
Some apps still not fully optimized
The iPhone XR is a pronounced upgrade for the average consumer who doesn’t want to pay for most of the expensive iPhones money (a lot of money) can buy. This was Apple’s so-called ‘cheap’ iPhone until the iPhone SE 2020, which later (march 2020) came with the same title.
It comes with a variety of colours: White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral and Red that looks really awesome. Yet it shares the same internal specs: Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset and a 12MP camera on back.
You don’t get the dual-lens camera like you do on a higher-tier iPhone, so you miss out on telephoto shots. But Smart HDR is the real perk to taking great photos, and that’s here.
It’s cheaper, it’s more colorful and it has a big 6.1-inch screen. That’s enough for most people, especially those who aren’t insistent on an impressive OLED screen.
8. iPhone X
The iPhone that changed the range
Smart TrueDepth camera
Very pricey and not value for money
No fast charger provided in the box (and the optional one is expensive)
The iPhone X is as impressive as it is expensive, but if you really want a great modern iPhone without buying a newer device, this is the one to go with.
It has a large all-screen display, except for a notch cutout at the top that houses a new TrueDepth Camera. This takes selfies to another level and can also map your face to an iPhone X-exclusive Animoji. If you don’t know what that is by now you probably won’t care.
The iPhone X is Apple’s 10th anniversary smartphone and has just about everything iPhone users have been demanding for, from a more forward-leaning design to faster specs and all new features. Also, the ritual of 3D face id started from here onwards.
Hope this will help you to find a perfect iPhone for you.