What's the best iPhone to buy right now? (2017 holiday season)

Alright, so the new iPhones are out and holidays are fast approaching. If you've got your mind set on getting an Apple handset for yourself or a loved one, there's probably no better time in the year to do so.

But which one do you buy? With a total of 9 models being up for sale, the selection of iPhones has never been so diverse. It's safe to say you may feel a bit hesitant in your decision. Well, worry not, we are here to offer our expertise and try and provide you with an answer. Let's dive right in!

Cheapest: iPhone SE or iPhone 6s?

Yes, the iPhone SE is clearly, without a doubt, the cheapest iPhone you can buy right now. It also has all the hardware internals of the iPhone 6s, so you are not missing out on productivity. But keep in mind that it only has a 4-inch display. On one side, that's a positive — the iPhone SE is extremely compact and super-easy to wield with one hand. On the other, however, its tiny display is a bit constricting, making it a chore to use for dual-thumb typing — unless the user has tiny hands, that is.

The next proposition is the iPhone 6s — it comes at a $100 extra. For that, you get a more comfortable 4.7-inch display and also gain access to 3D Touch, which is a bit more integrated with iOS stock features nowadays and is slowly making its way into games and 3rd party apps. In other words, it's the more future-proof model when it comes to getting all of the essential iOS features.

It's also worth mentioning that both of these handsets have the 3.5 mm headphone jack — something that was omitted with the iPhone 7 going forward.

Our suggestion: unless you (or the intended user of this phone) don't really, really want a super-compact phone, go for the $449-value iPhone 6s 32 GB. If, however, a tiny phone is desired and budget is flexible, we'd say spend that $449 on a 128 GB iPhone SE.

Best value for money:

There's really no better time to buy an iPhone 7 than now. The 2016 Apple flagship has optical image stabilization added to its camera and a water-resistant encasing. You also get to choose from the Black and Jet Black colors, which were only available with last year's iPhone models and will probably not be making another comeback soon. Its hardware is still powerful — it's just a tiny step behind the current model (iPhone 8), though the camera is noticeably inferior in low-light conditions.

Our suggestion: the $649 iPhone 7 128 GB is easily the best value. You spend $100 more than the base model to get a 96 GB storage increase and let's be fair — that's dirt cheap by Apple pricing standards. Still, if your budget is not flexible enough, you should be able to do fine with the standard 32 GB model. If a phablet and Portrait mode are the two things you want, then the iPhone 7 Plus is the most value you can get for your money and the point we made about pricing and storage still holds.

The best iPhone money can buy

Obviously, this category belongs to the iPhone X — it finally comes with a modernized design, it's powered by the new A11 Bionic chip, has the upgraded camera, which performs better in low-light conditions than the iPhone 7's snapper, and has optical image stabilization for both the wide-angle and the telephoto lens cameras.

Of course, the best iPhone comes with the mandatory exorbitant price-tag — starting at $999, it's not really a handset everybody will be able to afford. But with so many great choices in Apple's lineup, you don't really have to strive for the top-tier, right?

Conclusion (or “Where is the iPhone 8?”)

Now, you might have noticed that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are decidedly gone from this pick. That's not to say they are worthless phones. However, between the still-awesome iPhone 7 and the absolute top-tier iPhone X, the iPhone 8 just falls in a very weird place. It's slightly more powerful than the 7, but you really have to want the marginal upgrade and that glass back to spend an extra $150 on them. Do you?



19. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Note 8 FTW! :)

15. monoke

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Iphone x - Simply a notch above the rest!

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Already bought it...Note 8.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1131; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Another Advantage of the 8/8+ (as well as the X) is being the newest Models of iPhone, they are included in the Apple Upgrade Program, where you can trade in the phone after 12 months and get a new phone.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

"Holiday season 2017?" You mean Christmas and New Year 2017? ;)

7. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

I actually went with the iPhone 8 too since it's only $50 more than a 128GB iPhone 7 and I'd rather have wireless charging and the upgraded stereo speakers along with the other upgraded internals. Don't get me wrong, the 7 is a great value for sure, but there's no way a tech enthusiast like myself could settle on last years model and be happy with that six months from now. As for the iPhone X, I'm not sold on that notch nor am I particularly ready to give up a fingerprint reader. All that combined with the new gestures, some of which seem like they may not be the most ergonomically sensible to perform, and unknown AMOLED screen performance, and I'm definitely in wait mode.

6. imortel

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

iPhone X is not a revolutionary phone and it does not bring something new on the market. It is just an iPhone with a strange cut out in the top. It looks like a cheap copy of the essential phone.

5. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Well you can get an SE for about 150 dollars these days . I'd say that's the best deal.

12. KingSam

Posts: 1563; Member since: Mar 13, 2016


17. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Best buy or Walmart. Prepaid

4. amir59

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

8 & 8+ the same as before but expensive . X is new and not experienced (maybe with some bugs) that too mach for an non experienced device in not reasonable. i prefer SE or 7

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Stayed with the 8+. Tried... and true.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2716; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

How can we call the X the best iPhone money can buy when we have zero idea if that's the case? For all we know it could be a giant lemon.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Because it's the most expensive iPhone, of course it's gonna be the best /s

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