Apple’s current lineup of smartphones remains to be the benchmark in handheld technology and it’s easy to see why. As one of the tech giants in the world, Apple continues to provide some of the best devices we can get our hands on. The top iPhones in circulation are the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone XR and the iPhone XS. If you are one of the few who’s choosing his next smartphone from these amazing options, then look no further as I’ve got the ultimate guide for you.
Before anything else, let’s take a quick look at these devices.
iPhone 7/7 Plus
Despite being released back in 2016, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will remain in circulation this year. At present, these two iPhones are the cheapest available. If you are on a limited budget, then this may be your best option. Although it is outdated, don’t count out the iPhone 7 yet as it is still formidable.
The iPhone 7 is powered by A10 Fusion processors which are great enough to keep the device running smooth and fast even after months of use. There are no downgrades on the screen technology between the iPhone 8 and this model so that is one less thing to worry about. The iPhone 7 does have an inferior display which sizes up at 4.7-inch only with 326 PPI. The iPhone 7 Plus is relatively larger at 5.5-inch with 401 PPI. The iPhone 7’s cameras still hold its ground to this day thanks to its 12MP lens.
The iPhone 7 starts at a price of $449 for the 32GB model. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, starts at $569. The color options of the devices are black, silver, gold and rose gold.
iPhone 8/8 Plus
The iPhone 8 and its larger counterpart, the iPhone 8 Plus were the flagship Apple smartphones of 2017. The devices weren’t met with great acclaim when they were revealed as many criticized is lack of variation from its predecessors. What made it worse was that the iPhone 7 itself wasn’t already well received.
Still, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are powerful smartphones, there’s no doubt about that. Both run on the A11 Bionic CPU which was the best of Apple at 2017. At the time, Apple boasted that the processor is 70% faster than the A10. Both smartphones also run on 64-bit CPU cores that have four high-efficiency core.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus offer significant upgrades to their predecessors. When compared side-by-side, the major difference between these two phones is their sizes. The iPhone 8 sizes up at a 4.7-inch Retina display screen while its counterpart has a 5.5-inch screen. The larger variant also has a better camera.
The base 64GB model of the iPhone 8 sells for $599 while the 8 Plus starts at $699. The colors for these iPhones are Silver, Gold and Space Grey.
Now we are getting to the big leagues. The iPhone XR is one of the latest flagship smartphones coming from Apple that was introduced last year. Unlike what Apple did with the jump from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8, the iPhone XR is a huge upgrade from its predecessor, helping Apple finds its footing after a few shaky years.
The iPhone XR is powered by the A12 Bionic Chip which is the company’s best processor so far. Another huge upgrade the iPhone XR is getting is its battery life. It has one of the longest battery life for any iPhone to date. Its other great features include an amazing camera, a great retina display, and top-notch audio quality. At a starting price of $749, many claim this as the best iPhone for its value.
Every year, Apple launches one smartphone that is geared to top every other device on performance and price. This year, that award goes to the $999 iPhone XS.
The iPhone XS is an upgraded version of the XR in many ways. While the device is indeed powerful and amazing, many are unsure of its hefty price tag. Regardless, there is no doubting that the iPhone XS is one of the best smartphones in the luxury price range. It is made from only the best materials, it has advanced machine learning, and by far the best AR technology on any smartphone. However, that price tag is just a little too much even for devoted Apple fans.
Now that we’ve gotten a short glimpse of what these iPhones have to offer, let’s get down to the verdict.
From the get-go, I believe that the iPhone XR is the best iPhone in the market for now. It is a huge upgrade from the lackluster iPhone 8 and it is only a few features away from being up-to-par with the iPhone XS. It is the best bang for the buck of the iPhone line and I believe that it will satisfy just about any owner.
Speaking of the iPhone XS, I do admit that it is a very great smartphone with a ton of great features that give us a glimpse of what Apple can provide next. However, the $999 price tag is just too much to handle considering that you can get something close for just about 30% less with the iPhone XR. However, if you’ve got the budget for it, don’t be afraid to go for the iPhone XS as it is a great device still.
Now, if you are on a tight budget but are itching to get a hold of an iPhone. We suggest picking the iPhone 7 over the iPhone 8. There are no major variations between the two smartphones but the iPhone 8 is a little more powerful. I do believe that the $100 difference is not enough for that minor adjustment on the iPhone 8.
I’m 28-year old Adrian Rubin. I’m a lot of things including a gamer, humanitarian, a travel nut, and of course a tech aficionado. If you’ve got any questions under any of these niches, trust me when I say that I have a lot to say about them.