All 10 iPhones so far, reviewed and rated: the best and worst Apple smartphones according to us

It's hard to talk about smartphones and not mention Apple, the king on the hill which has been responsible for a host of the most popular mobile devices ever. For many people, the word "iPhone" has become a synonym for a modern smartphone and it will likely stay that way for quite some time. 

Of course, we've reviewed all iPhones, and while some have truly wooed us, others have failed to impress; sometimes the Apple was golden, sometimes it was rotten. Right below you will find a list of all Apple smartphones, sorted in accordance to the review rating we've given them.

Well, check our list out and make sure to vote for your all-time favorite iPhone model at the bottom of the post. Drop a comment or two as well!

#10. Apple iPhone 3G

The follow-up to the original Apple iPhone was pretty disappointing in a handful of categories. It failed to impress us as much as its predecessor and was mostly a device that tried to play catch with the competition. It was still an iPhone, which means that its multimedia capabilities, user interface, and design were impressive, yet the iPhone 3G failed to impress as much as its predecessor.

#9. Apple iPhone 3GS

The third iPhone that Apple unveiled was not a big improvement over the iPhone 3G, too. It came with better hardware, improved OS (iPhone OS 3.x). It came with close to no reasons for iPhone 3G users to upgrade, yet a big leap forward in comparison to the original iPhone.

#8. Apple iPhone 4s

Another quite incremental upgrade over its predecessor, the Apple iPhone 4s did not give many reasons to iPhone 4 users to jump ship and shell out a couple of hundred dollars for Apple's 2011 device. It came with better hardware in comparison with its predecessor, but the main selling point and highlight of the phone was Siri, the sassy voice assistant. 

Here it is, the godfather of the mobile smartphone industry. It was strikingly-different from any other smartphone at the time. The marriage between user-friendly interface and features that were nowhere to be found on iPhone's rivals  paired with Steve Jobs' and Apple's auras made this device a gamechanger. It was not a perfect phone by any means (in fact, it was lacking a host of essential features, like MMS and phonebook search), but it hinted at the bright future that was ahead of Cupertinians.

#6. Apple iPhone 5

The main highlight around the Apple iPhone 5 was its 4-inch screen, an improvement over the iPhone 4s. Of course, the internals were also improved - the iPhone 5 also came with a speedier chipset, which was more than a welcome improvement.  It was also the first iPhone to support LTE.

#5. Apple iPhone 5c

The affordable follow-up to the iPhone 5 was a pretty stark departure from Apple's design roots - aluminum was out, polycarbonate was in! Inside, the iPhone 5c was similar to the iPhone 5 in terms of hardware, but it boasted a lower, more affordable price tag in comparison with the better-equipped iPhone 5s - the difference between the two was $100 after they got launched on the market.

#4. Apple iPhone 6 Plus 

The largest iPhone ever comes with a 5.5-inch display and a gigantic (as per Apple's smartphone standards) 2,915mAh battery at the back, which generally aims to eradicate wall-hugging of any sort. With a OIS-enabled iSight camera at the rear and a sharp 1080p display, the iPhone 6 Plus is undoubtedly the most technically-advanced Apple smartphone at the moment.

#3.Apple iPhone 6 

The sixth iPhone generation was the harbinger of the second big design overhaul in Apple's camp. The aluminum handset employed new exterior aesthetics, pretty thin silhouette, came with even better hardware, and a 4.7-inch display at the front, while still retaining a large portion of the one-handed usability that iPhones are normally known for. 

#2. Apple iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s was the first smartphone to employ a 64-bit chipset. It was the finest embodiment of Apple's penultimate design language. Interestingly enough, several months ago the Apple iPhone 5s was chosen as the finest representative of Cupertino's smartphone lineup, leaving the new iPhone 6/6 Plus far, far behind. True Apple fans will will certainly have a soft spot for this premium trooper in the years to come.

#1. Apple iPhone 4

Here it is, probably the best iPhone Apple has ever churned out. At the time, the company was quickly losing its "cool" and had to come up with something completely different to reclaim its hip status, which was marred by the oh-so-unexciting iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 4 had premium new design, ultra-detailed (for its time) display, and albeit it suffered from certain issues (the poor signal reception, which led to the infamous "Antennagate"), the iPhone 4 was by far among the very best devices in its time. 

These were all iPhones Apple has churned out so far. Which one of these is your favorite? Cast a vote in the poll below. It will be active until April 28.

Which is your all-time favorite iPhone model?

Apple iPhone
Apple iPhone 3G
Apple iPhone 3GS
Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4s
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5c
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus



77. JonathanAlexander7

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

i hate iPhone 5C,please apple don't make iPhone 6C

76. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Coming from Android, the 6+ is the only one that i've personally thought I wouldn't mind owning. The price puts me off, but the phone itself is pretty impressive. I know iOS handles RAM better, but I wish they upped it to 2 gigs to make it more future proof and made a slightly thicker frame for a larger battery (it wouldn't take much). The display is no doubt beautiful, and it looks as if there's no air gap, which makes the overall experience much better.

78. vpvaiphei

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

looking at your comment i could see that you knew nothing at all about smart phones. For starter androids are dustbin while iphones are filters!! mo offence.

70. ravivarma639

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

Iphone 5s started many new things for Apple like touch id,64bit ,ios 7 ui they will take apple in new direction for few years

62. Figster512

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

I have to say the 6, because of the beautiful design, fast processor, and large screen. I think for the smaller sizes, the 4S was the best. This is because it ran iOS 5, 6, and 7 almost lag free and most newer games are compatible with 4S or later. It became cheaper than 5, 5c, and 5s but still had Siri, Retina Display, 1080p video, 8MP camera, and iOS 8 support.

59. Simona unregistered

ALL are crap EXCEPT 5/5S

57. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The 5s was just and amazing improvement over the regular 5 and 5c. apple had finally made a power house of a smartphone with benchmarks to prove it. and it is still a great phone its single core (what most apps use) performance is still so good that it can keep up with today's smartphones.

58. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

its single core performance is still unmatched by most phones smh.

56. adrewfryman

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

i love how apple has 10 phones total, when there's 7 variants of the s5 but no one says sh*t about it

68. gaming64 unregistered

Because the s5 is sh!t

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is a butthurt fanboy comment if I've ever seen one.

72. gaming64 unregistered

Because a butthurt genius couldnt accept the fact that it's true.

73. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whether I accept it being true or not, and it isn't, doesn't change the fact that it's a butthurt fanboy comment from you.

74. gaming64 unregistered

You still wouldnt accept that you're butthurt. Its useless to comment to you so goodbye and kiss my @ss peasant.

75. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Touched your spleen now, did I? Considering that you had to resort to profanity, I must have. Just shows how WEAK you really are, simpleton. Be gone, bum-burned.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So I'm trying to understand the rating. The article says, the iPhone 3 and 3GS both were basically not so appealing upgrades, in fact they were so mediocre; that they all shared the exact same hardware. The only thing Apple did was bump the CPU speed on the 2 subsequent models and gave them a new name. However, they wee rated as an 8. Assuming you all using a scale of 1 - 10, your words seem to indicate a slightly above average device which shouldn't rank higher than a 7. The 5C was just an iPhone 5 in plastic. It offered no benefit whatsoever. After 2 months on sale the price was dropped to 0 on contract because the device was selling terribly and even Apple drop production by 50% after 60 days on the shelf. It certainly wasn't cheap. It was $100 cheaper than the 5S. Unlike your opinion of the 3GS, I felt that was the best iPhone Apple ever made. I only didn't buy it because I had no plan to leave Verizon to get an iPhone so I had to settle on getting the 4 and 4S. The CDMA version of the 4 didn't have the issues with the antenna as the GSM versions that I could tell. The 4S wasn't even an upgrade. It was just a 4 with Siri. I dumped my 4 simply because I got tired of it, and at the time I wanted a new phone and I couldn't fine a good replacement so I went and got the 4S. After that I didn't want anymore, but I was eyeing the 5S for quite a while after its release. My only problem with it, is out of all the iPhone's I have ever held, it felt way to cheap. It felt as light and as cheap as the iPod Touch which shared the same design. Also, after the amount of complaints about how easy it was to damage the iPhone 5, and the 5S shares its design and Apple made no improvement on it; I decided I wouldn't buy it. At that point I said I wouldn't consider an iPhone unless it was bigger. By the time that happen I had already switch to another brand and after using Android which offered the capabilities I had to have, I saw so reason to switch back. I bought an iPad Mini instead and that satisfied by need for a larger iOS device. The White 5S with it's gold accents and the Gold model are the coolest looking of all the iPhone models. The 4 and 4S were the most solid built one with exception of the cheap silicate on the back. I don't understand why Apple didn't use Gorilla Glass for the back too. Both 6 models are just ugly. The Plus is way to big, especially since 2 other phones have equal or larger display sizes and manages to have a smaller case. Can't wait to see what the iPhone 7 will look like. I am betting it will be the 5S design, but larger. I actually may consider buying one if they did that.

55. adrewfryman

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

i dont knoe if you saw the artical on here that said apple confirmed they were making a 4-inch model of the next iphone and i can only imagine how good its gonna look

64. gaming64 unregistered

He's just butthurt and confused. All the iPhones had incremental upgrades over time. Apple wont add beastly specs unless its necessary for the OS. The @ssh0le above you should know that

65. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just can't understand his purpose with these extremely long, same, rehashed anti Apple rants. He literally comes here everyday, every article with the same crap about Apple. Honestly judging by the lack of likes and responses, it's like who cares. Those of us who like Apple, will continue to use Apple regardless of his rants, and those who don't weren't gonna anyway. He needs to exit PA, and take this to Apple HQ, no one here actually GAF. Ive (pun intended) got to the point a while ago, where I flick scroll thru his rants It's like a chicken nugget, (seen one ya seen em all).

48. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I like the 5s, the gold color looks good on it.

45. Iodine

Posts: 1520; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I think the best one was the 6 as it's got a eyewatering screen, performance camera and most important the best battery life (save for the 6 Plus). But is hard not to be biased as it's logical that the newest iPhone has the greatest tech inside but the older iPhones were also awesome at their times... iPhone 4 is the runner up to me as it represents classical Steve Jobs times.

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can you be specific as to what the greatest tech is in the recent iPhone? All the parts are from 2012, so the greatest tech of 2012 is no longer the greatest when there is better stuff available. Is DDR3 better than DDR4? Is 750p better than 1440p? Is eMMC better than UFS? Is the 1.2MP camera on the front of the 6 better than the 3.7 and 5MP shooters available now? Is the rear 8MP shooter, better than the 16, 20 and 40MP shooters you can get now? Please be specific.

67. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Is the Flash faster than Superman? Is snickers better than Mr. Good Bar? Does not the fire need water too, does not the mountain need the storm?

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Uh, to answer your first question: The Flash is indeed faster than Superman. Sorry. The geek that I am just couldn't resist, lol!

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's quite sad that the 5 was the first LTE iPhone and they never had HSPA + until they had an LTE phone either. Amazing how they manage to get away with charging high end hardware prices by using low end parts and hiding it with software that they created 10 years ago.

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The 4S was HSPA+

39. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014


38. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

How in the actual heck did the 5C come in ranked higher than the Original iPhone. The Original iPhone should have been in the top 3, 2 or 3. I absolutely completely agree the iPhone 4 is Apple's best smartphone to date.

29. gaming64 unregistered

What! The 4s should have been on the top. That was basically the best iPhone of its time!

27. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

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