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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 11
  2. Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  3. Apple iPhone SE (2020)
  4. Apple iPhone XR

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


1. Apple iPhone 11: The best for most people

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As good as the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are, their high-end features come with equally high-end price tags. If you want a relatively-affordable iPhone and don’t care much for things like display resolution and triple-camera systems, the Apple iPhone 11 is your pick.

Apple still sells the iPhone XR for $599 — which also made this list — but the iPhone 11 gets you so much more for an extra $100. There’s a rear dual-camera system, the A13 Bionic chipset, a slightly larger 3,110mAh battery, and more sophisticated color choices.

Also read: Apple iPhone 11 vs the Android competition

The iPhone 11’s Super Retina LCD display is a step-down from the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max’s OLED displays in resolution and vibrancy. That said, you don’t notice the differences quite as much in the real world.

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Apple iPhone 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,792 x 828
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,110mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

2. Apple iPhone 11 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 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are currently your best choices.

The stainless steel frame is sandwiched between two glass panels, with Apple giving the rear panel a soft matte finish. Also around back is a triple camera system, a first for iPhones. The triple camera system comprises of three 12MP sensors with wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto focal lengths.

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The iPhone 11 Pro is the smaller of the two and features a 5.8-inch display. The iPhone 11 Pro Max features a bigger 6.5-inch display. Apple markets the two displays as Super Retina XDR OLED displays. The name is very clunky, but the two Super Retina XDA displays are among the best smartphone displays we’ve seen.

That’s before we get to the A13 Bionic, a beast of a processor that helped the iPhone 11 Pro Max outperform the competition in our review. Also taking into account the excellent camera output, reassuring heft, long-lasting battery, and smooth iOS 13 operation, and you have the two best iPhones you can get.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, 2,436 x 1,125
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,046mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 2,688 x 1,242
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,969mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

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

Apple iPhone SE 2020

This is the cheapest iPhone Apple currently sells. It launched with the same price tag as Google’s Pixel 3a. 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

4. Apple iPhone XR: For the frugal

Apple iPhone XR official render

Although it’s powered by an older chipset, the iPhone 11 XR offers more overall than the iPhone SE. It comes with a larger display, supports Face ID, and has a more modern design. That also means it’s more expensive but is still a lot more affordable than the iPhone 11 series.

It ships with iOS 12 on board but can be upgraded to the latest version of Apple’s OS. The phone supports wireless charging and is IP67 rated against water and dust. The display comes in at 6.1-inches, which is a great size for the average user. It’s not too much of a pain to hold the phone or carry it around in your pocket, but at the same time, the display is big enough to watch movies on and play games comfortably.

If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on one of the latest iPhone 11 models and don’t like the iPhone SE because of its small screen and dated design, the XR just might be for you.

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Apple iPhone XR specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,792 x 828
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 2,942mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

That’s it for our iPhone buying guide. We’ll update this post with new models once Apple announces them.