- Fun design
- Decent camera
- iOS is great
- Good battery life
The iPhone XR might be an aging phone but it’s still a great option for when you’re on a budget. That’s because Apple is class-leading at continuing to support its hardware via the latest iOS updates. That’s certainly the case here with the iPhone XR continuing to be a very appealing option. It looks positively fun with plenty of color choices and a timeless Apple iPhone design that always looks good. The edges around the phone are aluminum which feels good in your hands and provides a kind of two-tone look alongside the color scheme. A large 6.1-inch LCD display that uses Liquid Retina properties ensures that whatever you’re doing, the iPhone XR looks good. It offers a resolution of 1792 x 828 which is sharp enough providing you don’t look too closely. A colorful display, it’s plenty bright enough for you to use outdoors as well as inside. Rich in features, the iPhone XR also offers great stereo speakers that are loud and sound good. It has Face ID support too saving you the need to use Touch ID to log in. Its A12 Bionic chip may not be very new anymore but it’s capable of standing up to games and multitasking thanks to iOS being so well designed. A decent camera with a 12-megapixel lens with a f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization ensures you get a good image, with features like Portrait Mode and Smart HDR sprucing things up even more. Battery life means you’ll get a steady full day of use from the iPhone XR, with fast charging supported so you can get up to scratch more quickly than usual. Combined, there are a lot of reasons to love the iPhone XR providing you don’t mind going with a slightly older phone. It’s more than capable of standing up to the competition.
iPhone 11 (64GB, Unlocked) — $315, was $699
- Speedy performance
- Good camera system
- Great color options
- Day-long battery
The iPhone 11 was once considered to be the phone for everyone, and it’s still pretty great. Sure, it might offer some slightly thick bezels compared to newer phones but that means it’s a touch more durable too. It has a 6.1-inch display which is just the right size to ensure you can see plenty of what’s going on without feeling confined to using both hands to look at it. Thanks to smart features from Apple, it’s able to adapt to your lighting situation so it’s never too bright or dull to look at. Alongside that is a remarkable camera system that continues to shine. It has a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle lens so you can get more from a scene you snap. It also has a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, being the same main lens as the iPhone 11 Pro. Autofocus is faster than earlier models in low light conditions, while smart HDR provides you with more balanced shots in high-contrast lighting. Semantic rendering means that it can capture several underexposed photos before you tap the shutter button before combining them with an overexposed shot to make the best image. It also has a competent Night Mode as well as Portrait mode plus its selfie camera is 12MP. The iPhone 11 is also useful in daily use. Thanks to iOS, it has speedy performance across the board, even when playing the latest games. All-day battery life means you won’t have to recharge so often. When you do, there’s fast charging support plus you can charge it up wirelessly too which proves super useful when you’re in a rush. Appealing in many different ways, the iPhone 11 continues to be a dependable all-rounder, even when looking at newer, more recent iPhone models.
iPhone 12 (64GB, Unlocked) — $439, was $799
- Great camera performance
- Fast to use
- 5G connectivity
- Good battery life
The iPhone 12 isn’t the latest iPhone anymore but it’s good enough that you don’t really need to consider the iPhone 13 unless having the latest technology is an absolute must for you. The phone is made from aluminum with a metallic finish in a matte texture. It looks great with a glass back which means it’s quite striking looking. It’s light too so it feels great in your hands. A 6.1-inch OLED display offers smaller bezels on all its sides so it looks as sleek as it feels. That OLED display is great to use too. It looks crisp and bright at all times, with excellent viewing angles, and minimal color shift no matter the situation. Outdoor visibility is as good as indoors. Plus its Ceramic Shield glass protection promises four times improved drop performance compared to earlier models. Elsewhere, you get all the benefits of iOS which combined with the iPhone 12’s A14 Bionic chip means it performs admirably. Multitasking, as well as gaming, is suitably speedy and you’ll appreciate how eager the iPhone 12 is to react to whatever you’re doing. It also has 5G connectivity so if you want the fastest data speeds, you can use a 5G sim with it and enjoy that delightful speed boost when online. The iPhone 12’s camera is suitably great too. It has most of the iPhone 12 Pro’s features such as a great ultra-wide camera as well as selfie and main cameras. It also offers Night Mode and features like Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion, and a bunch of other great ways to tweak your photos.
Despite all that power, battery life is far from compromised. The iPhone 12 will last you all day without a hitch. It’s a great all-rounder of a phone that should keep you happy for a long time to come.
iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB, Unlocked) — $484, was $1,099
- Great display
- Excellent performance
- Large build
- Good cameras
The iPhone 11 Pro Max was a high-end choice back at launch meaning it’s still a powerful device. Once considered the best smartphone out there, it offers everything you could possibly want and more. While it’s a large phone, you’ll soon get used to it thanks to it feeling so good to use. On the surface, you’ll certainly immediately love that the iPhone 11 Pro Max is made of stainless steel. It instantly feels really high-end and far more durable than other iPhones. The back and front are wrapped in ‘durable’ glass with a matte texture on the back avoiding the risk of ugly fingerprints while also looking good. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch display encased in that gorgeous design. It uses a Super Retina XDR screen so you get fantastic brightness, incredibly accurate colors, along with a sharp resolution of 2688 x 1242. Whether you’re using it in bright sunlight or indoors, the iPhone 11 Pro Max offers a great picture. Its speakers also support Dolby Atmos so they sound great too. If you love to stream on the move, this is a great combination of factors to ensure you get to see every detail of the movie or show you’re viewing. Elsewhere, the iPhone 11 Pro Max once offered the best cameras you could find, so they’re still pretty great. A triple-camera system includes 12 megapixels per sensor with the main f/1.8 sensor the standard wide-angle, along with a telephoto lens with a wider f/2.0 aperture and an ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.4 aperture and a 120-degree field of view. Features like Night Mode, Smart HDR, and Semantic Rendering ensure every photo looks at its best too. With all-day battery life and great performance from iOS, this is a phone that will continue to last you for a long time to come.
iPhone 12 Pro (128GB, Unlocked)– $694, was $899
- Great design
- Amazing photo quality
- Fantastic display
- 5G connectivity
The iPhone 12 Pro remains a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a high-end iPhone. It looks great thanks to an upgraded stainless steel frame that’s heavier than earlier models but ensures it’s far more durable and stylish. It retains a flat glass back that has an etched matte texture for a great look. Easy to grip while looking good, you know you’re onto a good thing the moment you look at the iPhone 12 Pro. From there, it keeps on getting better. Its OLED display offers 6.1-inch to look at with a solid 460 pixels per inch. Well calibrated, it provides users with delightful colors and accuracy at all times. True Tone ensures it works just as well in bright sunlight as it does indoors. The display also has smaller bezels on all sizes so it seems smaller despite not actually being that small. The phone may still only have a 60Hz refresh rate compared to newer models but iOS runs smoothly enough that this is no loss. That’s helped by the iPhone 12 Pro’s A14 Bionic chip which ensures that performance is super speedy, whether you’re multitasking, editing photos, or playing games. Apple always knows how to get the most from iOS for all phones, after all. 5G support is also included so if you happen to be in an area with 5G, you’re in luck when it comes to great speeds. Other benefits include substantial battery life with Apple promising up to 17 hours of video playback on Wi-Fi and most reports suggesting all-day battery life being no problem at all. Fantastic cameras with a 12-megapixel sensor paired with a wider f/1.6 aperture mean improved low-light performance in particular and so much more. This is a delightful phone to use in every way, simply put.