The simple answer, the one that works. But let’s look a little closer to the current phones Apple has to offer.
The iPhone SE is the classic iPhone experience. You get a 4-inch screen with the guts of an iPhone 6s. If you remember the iPhone 5 and 5s, the iPhone SE will look familiar, as it is fairly identical in looks. For someone who wants that small form factor, I still think the iPhone SE is a great choice, especially for the price. This is Apple’s cheapest option to get the iPhone experience. This is also one of the last iPhones that still have a headphone jack if that is important to you. If you are on a budget or need a quick but reliable replacement phone, the SE is a fantastic choice.
Next up, we have the iPhone 6s. Originally released in September 2015, this is the oldest iPhone that Apple offers. You have two options to choose from with the 6s, you have the regular 6s, with a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 6s Plus, with a 5.5-inch screen. The differences between the two, other than size, is that the Plus has a higher resolution display, photo and video optical image stabilization, and a far bigger battery.
It is a personal preference as far as size is concerned but having a Plus phone before, that battery is a monster!
As far as the 6s goes, as a whole, I would not recommend spending the money on this phone. If you can, look around at your carrier to see if they are offering this phone for free on some type of deal. Other than the SE, the 6s is one of the last iPhones that still includes a headphone jack. For some people, this is why they are still buying this phone and I can’t blame them.
Like the SE, the iPhone 6s comes in 4 colors, Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold.
Like the 6s, the 7 comes in two flavors, a big and a small. The regular 7 and 7 Plus again have 4.7 inch and 5.5-inch screens.
Starting with the iPhone 7 is where I start to recommend the Plus size phones a little more. All because of that camera. You can read my original review of the 7 Plus, here. Along with the massive Plus-sized battery, the better screen resolution, the 7 Plus has a dual camera that offers a 2X optical zoom and my favorite feature, portrait mode. Portrait mode makes your pictures look a little more crisp and professional by focusing on your subject and adding some blur to the background. It is amazing to have all of this power in your back pocket.
The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone without a headphone jack. This is a pain point for a lot of people but Apple does include an adapter, in the box, that allows users to use their current 3.5mm headphones, with the phone. If you wanted to charge your phone while listening to music, I do recommend this adapter from Belkin.
I would recommend the iPhone 7 to everyone if you do not want to spend as much money on an 8 or X but still want a phone that will run Apple’s latest software without a hitch.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus comes in 5 colors, Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. For what it is worth, the Jet Black is my favorite. It has a glossy type back which makes the phone easier to grip when out of a case. The downside to the Jet Black is that IT WILL get scratches on it.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is an easy yes because it is one of the newest iPhones. But the differences between the 8 and 7 aren’t as impressive, in my opinion. It does have the newest A11 Bionic processor so it will be a little quicker than the 7. Also, the 8 is the first iPhone with built-in wireless charging, which is great to have. In addition to wireless charging, the iPhone 8 supports fast charging for the first time. With the right charger, you can charge up the device to 50% in 30 minutes.
If you have been following along the difference between the regular and Plus sized phones, remain the same.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus comes in 4 colors, Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Red.
Here it is, the main event, the iPhone X.
I love this phone.
This is the first iPhone in years that feels new. While it is an iPhone and anyone who has used an iPhone before will be comfortable with it, Apple has done something special with this one. They have added gestures and new features that make it, in my opinion, the best phone available right now.
Goodbye home button. Since the home button has gone away, Apple had to engineer some new ways to navigate the phone. To go home, all you do is swipe up from the bottom. To change applications, a swift swipe from the left corner will do that for you.
Also, since the home button is gone, that means as is the fingerprint reader. To unlock the phone, Apple has incorporated Face ID. It isn’t as reliable as Touch ID was but it works and I can only imagine how the future iPhones are going to benefit from this feature.
Personally, the reason I love this phone so much is the size. I never cared for holding the size of the Plus but always wanted the battery and the camera. With the X, you get best of both worlds. You get a 5.8-inch screen (compared to 5.5 inches on a Plus) and is only slightly bigger than the regular 4.7 inch iPhones. This is what I have been wanting. In addition, it has the dual camera that allows us to take those lovely portrait mode pictures.
Unfortunately, all of this greatness comes at a price.
The iPhone X comes in Silver and Space Gray.
That was a lot of information. The best tip that I can give you is to look around and check with your carrier store. Most times, especially this time of year, they will offer great deals on iPhones.
Also, keep in mind, you can accomplish pretty much all of the same tasks on every single one of these. If the differences in features are worth it to you, spend the money to get what you want.
One last tip, always remember that in September we will probably see new iPhones. I hope to keep this updated every three months and when new iPhones are released.
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