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We don’t want to admit it, but here goes: the Apple iPhone is a good smartphone. It’s even a great one, as long as you’re comfortable with iOS and aren’t overly attached to Android.

The iPhone is also a very popular smartphone, particularly in the US. According to research firm Counterpoint, Apple accounted for 46 percent of smartphone shipments during Q2 2020.

Here’s what we have so far: the iPhone is a great smartphone and people you know like to walk around with one in their pockets. Say you want to join them and buy Apple’s smartphone sometime soon. Let’s make your buying decision a bit easier with our iPhone buying guide.

The best iPhones:

  1. Apple iPhone 12
  2. Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max
  3. Apple iPhone 12 Mini
  4. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Editor’s note: We will update our iPhone buying guide as new iPhones launch.


1. Apple iPhone 12: The best for most people

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The iPhone 12 sports the base name for good reason. It is a well-balanced handset that should be great for most users. The 6.1-inch screen is large enough to be used comfortably, yet still small enough to make it manageable. The A14 Bionic chipset and 4GB of RAM keep the device speedy. If you care about it, there are also plenty of fun color options to pick from.

Like all 2020 devices from Apple, this handset comes with the updated design language, which is actually reminiscent of older iPhones. Glass covers the back and front, while a ceramic shield keeps the screen protected. These also come with a metallic border that outlines the whole device. It’s a great handset, and you’ll also love that it comes at a reasonable price considering most high-end handsets nowadays cost more than $1,000.


Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

2. Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max: Money is no object

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If you want an uncompromising iPhone experience and have deep pockets, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are currently your best choices. You technically get a very similar experience, albeit with some significant upgrades. The Pro models have better cameras, featuring more shooters and even a LiDAR scanner. They also have more RAM, which should help with performance in multi-tasking.

Obviously, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a much larger 6.7-inch screen and a bigger battery. These are the very best smartphones Apple has to offer, but they will cost you.


Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

3. Apple iPhone 12 Mini: For those who want something smaller!

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Phones just keep getting larger and larger. This is a trend we’re not all fans of. Many of us hate that there are very few quality small phones. Apple knows there’s a market for smaller-sized phones, and that is why they have created the iPhone 12 Mini.

This device features a 5.4-inch display. The only Apple smartphone with a smaller screen is the iPhone SE, but the iPhone 12 Mini’s body is actually smaller, thanks to the lower screen-to-body ratio. It still packs quite the punch, featuring the same internals and features as the standard iPhone 12. The only downside to the iPhone 12 Mini is its smaller battery.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

4. Apple iPhone SE (2020): Cheapest entry into modern iPhones

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This is the cheapest iPhone Apple currently sells. The phone packs plenty of power under the hood thanks to the A13 Bionic processor, which is the same chipset you’ll find in the iPhone 11 series.

The new iPhone SE sports wireless charging and is IP67 rated for protection against water and dust. You also get up to 256GB of storage, a single camera at the back, and a 4.7-inch display.

In terms of design, the iPhone SE looks a lot like older iPhones. It sports large bezels and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner under the display. It’s not the most beautiful phone in the world by any means, but it does offer great value for money.


Apple iPhone SE specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

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