The best iPhone to buy in 2018: from $450 to $1450!

The best iPhone to buy in 2018: from $450 to $1450!
These days, Apple's iPhone lineup has become more complex than ever. Well, that's why we're here to break things down and make choosing a new iPhone in 2018 an easier and simpler affair!

With the introduction of this year's new models, the current Apple phone line-up looks like this:

It's quite the range, eh? All of these phones are legit options in 2018, so it'll mostly be your budget that's going to dictate which one you should go for. On the cheapest end of the spectrum is the iPhone 7, which is still a very capable phone with strong internals and up to date software. In fact, all current iPhones officially for sale from Apple support the latest version of iOS. Anyway, the iPhone 7 is sold for just $450 right now, which is a pretty good deal. On the other end, there are the brand new XS and XS Max, which cost $1000 and $1100, respectively. These monsters deliver exceptional experience and will understandably receive support further into the future. But, in-between these phones, there some other interesting options as well, like the controversial XR, for example, or the silent success that the iPhone 8 family has turned out to be.

There are three main roads you can take this year, depending on how much you're willing to spend, but your options are literally scattered across the range from $450 to $1450! Below, we'll try to suggest the best bang-for-the-buck options across the different categories, although it's undeniable that each of the iPhone models on sale has its own unique advantages.

Nothing but the best: iPhone XS and XS Max

Expected spending: $1000 - $1450

That's it, the absolutely best iPhones you can buy right now are the XS and XS Max – nothing else qualifies here, except maybe a last-year iPhone X, but you'll have to get that through some other retailer, because Apple decided to stop selling this signature handset with the introduction of the XS.

Reasonable size: iPhone XS [$1000]

If you want the fastest iPhone you can get right now, but size is also a consideration, then Apple doesn't leave you much choice this year: you're forced to go for the iPhone XS. This is the smallest iPhone with the new A12 Bionic chipset. Both the XS Max and the XR are considerably bulkier.

Apple offers the XS in a variety of storage formats: 64, 256 and 512 GB, costing $999, $1149, and $1349, respectively. However, if you don't really shoot a ton of video, chances are even a 64 GB version will serve you just fine.

All Maxed-out: iPhone XS Max [$1100]

So you've packed all your things and are ready to sell the house. Good! With half of the money from the sale, you'll be able to afford a gorgeous iPhone XS Max in Silver, Space Gray or Gold. The are the same as in the XS, but of course, the screen is bigger, and so is the battery. The XS Max comes in roughly the same size as the 8 Plus and other Plus models, but it feels better, because the front is all-screen. This way, you don't get the feeling that the phone is needlessly large.

The bezel-less design translates quite well to the super-sized form-factor: the screen is absolutely gorgeous! Plus, when you consider that $100 on top of $1000 isn't exactly a huge spike, you might as well pick the XS Max over the XS. Should you, though? The fact remains that this is one huge phone, so if you've never gone this big or if you know you tend to prefer more regular-sized devices, then chances are the XS Max will gradually overwhelm you. Also, aside from "bigger screen", you're not really getting anything over the XS in terms of functionality.

But, the extra-large screen remains exclusive to the XS Max, so if you know you want that and the size doesn't trouble you, well, we guess nothing's stopping you from grabbing a brand spankin' new iPhone XS Max. Nothing, except for the price, of course. But as we said, what's $100 on top of $1000?

The best reasonably priced iPhone to buy

Expected spending: $600 - $900

There's quite a bit of action in Apple's mid-range field this year. On paper, there are three very different phones to choose from: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and XR. Of these three, however, we can easily discard the iPhone 8 Plus, because it no longer seems to serve any real purpose.

If you want a large screen, the iPhone XR should be the way to go this year. It's only $50 more expensive than the 8 Plus, but it has a much more efficient design and a bunch of improvements in the processor, the camera, speakers, and other components.

The $600 iPhone 8, however, is a different story. It's a much more compact device than either the 8 Plus or the XR, so it's safe in its own niche. The XS is the only other iPhone close to that size, and it's almost double the price. Plus, the iPhone 8 is still more than up for the task: it's cute and good-looking, the display is nice, albeit of not too high resolution, the processor is still extremely fast... there are no real weak spots to speak of.

So, what about that controversial iPhone XR, then? Well, let's start by saying that it's not abnormally big. It's definitely more manageable than a Plus or a Max. However, it's also by no means small. If you're OK with that, then you should just get the XR. It's more powerful than the 8 in almost any way, and the price isn't too high.

Best mid-range pick: iPhone XR [$750]

Compact mid-range pick: iPhone 8 [$600]

An affordable iPhone? There is such a thing!

Expected spending: $450 - $550

Our affordable iPhone choice this year is the iPhone 7. In this category, our main objective is to reduce costs, so it doesn't make too much sense to pick the iPhone 7 Plus. The 7 Plus starts from $570 and represents a more considerable investment that won't necessarily hold up too well after a couple of years. A $450 iPhone 7, though, is a whole other thing! You're not paying too much, and for the money you'll be getting a perfectly capable little fellow that can still run all the games flawlessly and do almost everything that those newer kids on the block do.

With the iPhone 7, you get to choose between 32 GB and 128 GB of storage. We'd say that for most use cases, 32 GB should be enough room for most things, except for keeping lots of video or large games. Overall, it shouldn't feel too constrained. The good news is that the jump to 128 GB will cost you just $100 more, so if the phone seems to suit your needs just fine but you also want the storage, getting it with plenty of memory wouldn't hurt your wallet too much.

Favorite entry-level pick: iPhone 7 [$450]

What is the best iPhone deal this year?

Buying a new iPhone is not as simple as it once used to be! But, granted you know what your budget is, we think we made it a fairly simple business for you to pick the right model according to your needs. Care to tell us which one you're going to pick? Tell, you what, here's a nice little poll where you can cast your vote for the iPhone that you think will best serve your needs this year. It'll be fun to see which model is going to get the biggest approval rating from you guys!

Which iPhone is going to serve your needs best?

iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS
iPhone X (third-party retailers only)
iPhone XR
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7



1. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

change article title to "every iphone you can buy in 2018: from $350-$1150"

2. libra89

Posts: 2280; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Fair point, but remember that they did not recommend the iPhone SE, so the title is accurate.

6. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

The article recommends the iPhone 8 Plus, X, 7 Plus, and 6s. That's 4 out of 8 available models, and these four models cover different price points. Are the others bad? Of course not.

4. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

They ALL operate in 64bit mode at least, unlike Sammy phones that run 32bit Android on 64bit SoCs. Are they kidding?

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's not like 64bit version of Android can magically make your phone faster... Main purpose of Android x64 is to support more than 4GB of RAM.. 64bit OS on device with 2GB of RAM is what I call stupid..

18. Shazam777

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

Please explain the advantages of using 64 bit today?

19. Vokilam

Posts: 1191; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Same reason why having ppi over 300 - bragging rights with neglegable results. Except 64bit is ecosystem-wide on iOS, so helps to be a bit faster, while higher resolutions help device to be a bit slower than it can be.

3. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

That was a nice Apple ad.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well, sales aren't as robust as they would like so the media mouth pieces have to start pushing product again.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Last minute effort

5. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I think only 6s+,7+,8+ are worth buying for a flagship phone otherwise only 6s good for headphone jack or 7,8 good enough for basic stuff like midrange phones do.5SE is only good for those who can't afford an a little overprice iphone 6s,7 too so they can buy this one but new SE is around the corner to replace 6,6s,SE mostly an underspecs version of 7.So do iphones 2018 version too to replace all old design iphones while x is being discontinued for xs,xs+ to make profit for Apple in limit quantity this year 2018 than x did last year 2017 in larger quantity later quarters.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The feeling is mutual. The iPhone 6S, although a few years old at the moment, is still a very capable smartphone with solid performance. I personally think this phone at $450 is a total steal. Unfortunately, The 32GB variant is priced for $699 AUD which equates to roughly 540 Yankee Bucks. And that's why I bought a Samsung and would rather buy a Google Pixel (1st Gen) than an almost 3 year old iPhone. Oh well...

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

You should get pixel 2 gen series after pixel 3 annoucement with price cut on pixel 2 series so that u don't get left behind in software updates 1year after it introduction since pixel 2 gen series is having software support till 2020 with android R up to date with security path.Otherwise u face the karma of your galaxy S6 which sadden u of it's software support end in nougat with no oreo update in it.Pixel 1 Software support will end with Andoid P no Q for it in the horizon.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'd have bought The iPhone SE if it had a larger display. The 4" 16:9 is just too darn slim for my taste and I think typing on it would be a nigtmare because I use both hands (Thumbs, to be precise) to jolt down text. My Lumia 430, also a 4" smartphone, has a relatively wider 5:3 or 15:9 aspect ratio and it may sound like a small change but it makes the phone significantly wider and much easier for typing. It feels almost as wide as The 4.7" "middle-weight" iPhone. Oh well, G'Day!

9. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

My 7+ is just too good a phone to warrant an "upgrade" to an 8 or X.

20. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Bought one yesterday. Haven't received it yet.

11. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Apple pricing is perfect for up selling. U choose between model and storage and then the next model becomes in your spending range. If the 7 series were 64gb it would be a steal.

15. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I think that strategy has worked the most on developed countries, however in humbler places I have seen plenty of people complaining because their iPhone (7 series and older) ran out of storage. No wonder they just wanted to feel part of Apple's world...

16. koioz unregistered

Desparate times comes desperate moves.

17. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

In my country would be: "The best iPhone to buy in 2018: from $650 to $1850!" ... ... ... ... prices are too damn high!

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