Which iPhone should I get?

Which iPhone should I get?

Main differences between models.


Expected Lifespan

iPhones don’t last forever, unfortunately. These estimates are until the phones software will no longer be updated, although the phone will still function.

Less than one year → iPhone 5S

1+ Years Remaining → iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

2+ Years Remaining  → iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S+

3+ Years Remaining → iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

4+ Years Remaining → iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X.


Display

iPhones range in display sizes from 4-inches, up to 5.8-inches. They also come in OLED or LCD, HDR, TrueTone, and more

  • iPhone X
    • 5.8-inch Super Retina Display
    • OLED
    • HDR & True Tone
    • 458 ppi
    • 1,000,000:1
  • iPhone 8 Plus
    • 5.5-inch Retina HD Display
    • LCD
    • True Tone
    • 401 ppi
    • 1300:1 contrast ratio
  • iPhone 8
    • 4.7-inch Retina HD Display
    • LCD
    • True Tone
    • 326 ppi
    • 1400:1 contrast
  • iPhone 7 Plus & iPhone 6S Plus
    • 5.5-inch Retina HD Display
    • LCD
    • 401 ppi
    • 1300:1 contrast
  • iPhone 7 & iPhone 6S
    • 4.7-inch Retina HD Display
    • LCD
    • 326 ppi
    • 1400:1 contrast
  • iPhone SE
    • 4-inch Retina Display
    • LCD
    • 326 ppi
    • 800:1 contrast

Camera

iPhone has various cameras. The dual-lens models allow for “portrait mode”, which automatically blurs out the background, focusing on the subject.

  • iPhone X
    • Rear Camera
      • 12MP dual cameras
      • Portrait mode
      • Portrait Lighting
      • 4K Video up to 60 fps
      • Dial OIS
    • Front Camera
      • 7MP TrueDepth
      • Portrait Mode
      • Portrait Lighting
      • Retina Flash
  • iPhone 8 Plus
    • Rear Camera
      • 12MP dual cameras
      • Portrait mode
      • Portrait Lighting
      • 4K video up to 60 fps
    • Front Camera
      • 7MP FaceTime HD camera
      • Retina Flash
  • iPhone 8
    • Rear Camera
      • 12MP camera
      • 4K video up to 60 fps
    • Front Camera
      • 7MP FaceTime HD camera
      • Retina Flash
  • iPhone 7 Plus
    • Rear Camera
      • 12MP dual cameras
      • Portrait mode
      • 4K video at 30 fps
    • Front Camera
      • 7MP FaceTime HD camera
      • Retina Flash
  • iPhone 7
    • Rear Camera
      • 12MP camera
      • 4K video at 30 fps
    • Front Camera
      • 7MP FaceTime HD camera
      • Retina Flash
  • iPhone SE, iPhone 6S & iPhone 6s Plus
    • Rear Camera
      • 12MP camera
      • 4K video at 30 fps
    • Front Camera
      • 5MP FaceTime HD camera
      • Retina Flash

Design

iPhone currently has 2 overall designs: aluminum or glass (although there are minor differences)

  • iPhone X
    • All-glass and stainless steel design
    • water and dust resistant
    • No Home Button
  • iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
    • All-glass and aluminum design
    • water and dust resistant
  • iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Plus
    • Aluminum Design (Excluding Jet Black)
    • water and dust resistant
  • iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus
    • Aluminum Design

Authentication

Apple has had Touch ID since the iPhone 5s, which allows you to bypass the passcode with your fingerprint. With the iPhone X, Apple has ditched Touch ID in favor of Face ID: Facial Recognition.

  • iPhone X
    • Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
  • iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE
    • Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay

Wireless Charging

Wireless charging gives you the option to rest your iPhone on a compatible charging pad, rather than plugging it in.

  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X
    • Yes, works with Qi chargers
  • iPhone 7  & iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE
    • No

3D Touch & Taptic Engine

3D Touch is a pressure sensitive display, that makes some iOS interactions quicker and easier. The Taptic Engine is a new vibration technology.

  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 7  & iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus
    • Yes
  •  iPhone SE
    • No

Chip

What powers the machine

  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X
    • A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip in a smartphone
  • iPhone 7  & iPhone 7 Plus
    • A10 Fusion chip
  • iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus
    • A9 chip

Our Verdict

  • iPhone X is a great device for those who want the latest and greatest iPhone, and don’t mind the hefty price
  • iPhone 8 & 8 Plus is a great device for those who want the latest phone, but don’t need the all-screen design. The iPhone 8 Plus is strongly recommended over the 8 for its camera, larger battery, and better display.
  • The iPhone 7 & 7 Plus is good for those who don’t want to spend as much money on a phone, but want it to last awhile, and still be relatively up to date.
  • The iPhone 6S & 6S Plus is good for those who are buying it for a kid, or buying their first iPhone. Its not the most up to date, but it definitely pulls its weight.
  • The iPhone SE is for those who will only use their iPhone occasionally, and don’t mind a very small screen.