The best iPhone to buy in 2020: from $450 to $1450!

The best iPhone to buy in 2020: 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 last 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 2020, 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.

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.

Apple offers the 11 Pro 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 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 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 iPhone 11 Pro Max over the iPhone 11 Pro. 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 11 Pro 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 11 Pro 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 11 Pro 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, 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.

The 11 Pro Max 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.

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.

With the iPhone 8, 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.

Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2659 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1 inches
    1792 x 828 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2942 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1821 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A10 Fusion, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1960 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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