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
1.72%
Apple iPhone 3G
0.25%
Apple iPhone 3GS
1.68%
Apple iPhone 4
12.23%
Apple iPhone 4s
7.86%
Apple iPhone 5
7.18%
Apple iPhone 5c
1.6%
Apple iPhone 5s
35.63%
Apple iPhone 6
17.27%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
14.58%

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78 Comments

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

All of them minimal of 8 lel, iPhonearena much

23. Geek.T

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

you cant ignore the fact that iphone was used to be really innovative product initially, until 3Gs there was no big competitor which could match the quality of there software and hardware, so they deserve more then 8 rating. Current generation are capable enough to get more then 8 rating but they are not best anymore.

46. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

They are all solid phones that work very well. They are a good fit for non tech savvy people who want a smartphone that is easy to use. They are well built and maintain their resale value. They are not my cup of tea, but no on can deny they are effective at satisfying their customers. Death to Apple, Android, and Blackberry Long live the mighty Microsoft

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your comment was ok up until the end. Then it just became pathetic.

3. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

IPhone 5c at that high? Hell no

43. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol it got the same as an iPhone 5 but with plastic, goes to show all that BS about premium materials is just marketing for Apple by PA.

4. OSarena

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 08, 2015

Honestly the iPhone 4s was the best, then the 5, then the 6/6plus. You can't beat a glass phone.

20. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

1 to ya 4s was the best phone it had an awesome camera at that time and is even better than most of todays smartphones it was success of 4s with which apple started ripping off peoples money

31. gaming64 unregistered

Agreed. The 4s was clearly the best phone of 2011. The specs beat Android phones at that time.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

5S, most beautiful, powerful enough and perfect size.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The 4s looked best. Keep it's looks with the bigger size of the iPhone 6,and that would be the best iPhone ever.

36. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

xperia Z(ish)/nexus 4 running iOS?

6. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

The 5S was my favorite, just needed a bigger screen. A 4.7" 5S would have been awesome I think.

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A 5.1" iPhone 5S for me would have been great with 1920x1080 or 1440p.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Which are rated the worst? I didn't find any.

16. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

For me...iPhone 4 is the worst ever, especially the antenna gate (you holding it wrong) remember that???

37. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Yeah except a 100th of 1% of people had it actually affect them.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's affected millions of phones, may many people doesn't notice because they were in an area where the signal was strong enough to overcome the effect. Every single iPhone 4 released had the issue right up until the started coating the antennas. It's the laws of physics, not even Steve Jobs could get around them.

44. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They didn't notice as much because of cases. Most iPhone users use cases on their phones and were even handed free rubber bands for iPhone 4 to make up for the design flaw in their users.

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So! If it was such small problem, then why did Apple have bumper made, and then try to sell the as an accessory? That so-called small problem cost Apple over $250M bucks. Let me ask, will you make $250M in your lifetime? NO. So it wasn't a small problem.

8. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

The screen-body ratio is disgusting.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

5S Hands down is my best Phone compared to any phone from any manufacturer - by so many standards and categories.... It's best looking from any phone I have seen specifically the Space Grey (hate how the silver and gold has white faces with back screens), was the fastest when it was released, had the best features, Fingerprint scanner, iSight camera, 120fps HD Slo-mo video recording. First 64bit mobile phone and OS. Nearly 2 years running and already upgraded to next operating system - and running smoothly. Best GRAPHICS on any mobile STILL, booyah... (would love to compare my 5S Game Graphics to current android flagships, but android just doesnt get the same graphic intensive games that iOS often does, sorry had to rub it in). I carry this guy naked, because putting a case on this aluminum/glass slab is blasphemy, lol. The only thing I'd change to 5S is the black anodized aluminum found on iPhone 5 (and I wouldnt care if it scratches easily)... Call me fandboy, blind sheep, dont care.. this this is as gorgeous as it's best suited for all my mobile needs.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You lose all credibility when you call it the best display ever to this day. It's not even close.

49. AlikMalix unregistered

1. Re-read the comment (and point out where I said that) 2. But since you're on this topic: iPhones in general have the best display when you balance sharpness and resource management. The color reproduction was alway great, the contrast isn't saturated like it is on some AMOLED screens. The only thing I'll give to android is when it comes to digitizing pens (specifically the note4 s-pen) AMOLED works better, much better.). The whole 2k/4k screens - really? But yeah you and those that thumbed-up your comment, do me a fiver reread again before you fish for green thumbs. Enjoy your android.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There are lot of graphic intensive games you can compare on both iOS and Android, you just don't play them. There is no way a 640p display looks better than a 1440p display. You certainly are a fanboi and you're crazy too. It's k to be a fan, but it's not ok to be stupid with facts that have been proven beyond your fanboism. 640p can't even b better than 720p or 1080p or 1440p. And the Snapdragon, blows the GPU Apple uses away. Even the Mali 760 inside the Note 4 and S6 blow the 5S away. The GPU inside the 5S couldn't even handle 1080p and 1440p...lol How exactly is it the best graphics of ANY of today's Androids? lol

63. AlikMalix unregistered

I've seen screens on my phone compared to screen on note 4. Just as sharp!!! And note 4 lags/jitters here and there when playing RR3. My 1.5 year old iPhone does not, my 3.5 year old iPad does not either. "Oh wait" he said "let me close all the apps running" guess what I didn't have to worry about that - Apple suspends apps I don't use in background. Guess what 5s loaded RR3 faster without any resource managing while note 4 had to shut down all background tasks and still took longer to load. Note 4 is an awesome phone, but my old iPhone still beats it in SOME THINGS in real life.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The 5&3GS for me.

11. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

The 5s is a no-no?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, not that. The 3GS, cause it introduced video recording/editing to iPhones, and the 5, cause the screen size increase and the sweet styling. What's yours?

34. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

It's a close call between the 4s and the 5s, but then again all of them are amazing phones, some more than others though.

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