The best iPhone to buy in 2020: from $450 to $1450!
With the introduction of last year's new models, the current Apple phone line-up looks like this:
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.
iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
Expected spending: $1000 - $1450
That's it, the absolutely best iPhones you can buy right now are the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max – nothing else qualifies here, except maybe a last-year iPhone XS, 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 11 Pro.
★ Reasonable size: iPhone 11 Pro [$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 11 Pro. This is the smallest iPhone with the new A13 Bionic chipset. Both the 11 Pro Max and the 11 are considerably bulkier.
★ All Maxed-out: iPhone 11 Pro 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 11 Pro Max in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, or Midnight Green. The are the same as in the 11 Pro, but of course, the screen is bigger, and so is the battery. The 11 Pro 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 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, XR, and iPhone 11. 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 on a budget, the iPhone 11 should be the way to go this year.
That said, the slightly older iPhone XR is still a pretty capable device. It has a single camera, and a lowly-res LCD display, but still, for $449, you can hardly get anything better on Apple's camp.
An affordable, compact iPhone? There is such a thing!
Expected spending: $450 - $550
Our affordable iPhone choice this year is the iPhone 8. In this category, our main objective is to reduce costs, so it doesn't make too much sense to pick the iPhone 8 Plus. The 8 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 8, 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.