There's no such thing as the best iPhone but here are several candidates to the title

There's no such thing as the best iPhone but here are several candidates to the title
The best iPhone probably doesn't exist. However, today we'll take a look at several ways that one could try to answer what turns out to be an increasingly pertinent question: "which is best iPhone ?".

One way to find the best iPhone is to provide a response based on the options currently available on the market. Unfortunately, though, what seems like the easy way out is not a one-way street.

Unlike in the first few years of the iPhone era, Apple currently has multiple iPhone models on offer. Walk into an Apple Store (or head on to the company's website) and you can purchase the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone SE. In the second-hand market, the iPhone 5s remains a popular device to this day. 

In the perfect capitalist market, the most expensive product should be the best one, but that's not necessarily the case with Apple's iPhone lineup. As we're about to explain, each one of these phones come its fair share of advantages and drawbacks. 

Apple iPhone 6s

- the best iPhone for the average user - 

According to you guys, the current-generation 6s is the best iPhone to have ever existed, and, looking at the phone's strong points, it's easy to see why. 

The superb build quality, the great performance, the insane app variety, the improved battery life, and the innovative 3D Touch system, these are all aspects that really make the iPhone 6s one the best high-end phones on the market.

In our Apple iPhone 6s review, we've rated Apple's current-generation flagship device at 9.3/10 points. Our readers, however, have rated it at a highly generous 9.5/10 points. That's the highest user review score for any iPhone.

One reason why the iPhone 6s is probably the best iPhone on the market is the phone's size. The iPhone SE and the iPhone 5s come with 4-inch displays, which may be too small for most people. The iPhone 6s, on the other hand, comes with a large 5.5-inch display and is not a phone that's comfortable phone to use or pocket. The display of the iPhone 6s is 4.7-inch IPS panel running at 750 bt 1334 pixels at a PPI of 326.

On the inside of the iPhone 6s beats the heart of an Apple A9 SoC with a 1.84GHz dual-core Twister CPU and a PowerVR GT7600 GPU. Paired with 2GB of RAM, the A9 can handle everything that you throw at it, offering superb performance overall.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

- best iPhone for phablet fans -

If you're the type of smartphone user with a passion for large screens, then the best iPhone for you is definitely the iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple's current-gen phablet comes with a 5.5-inch display, which runs at 1080 by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401. This is the most pixel-dense iPhone display that Apple has ever made, on equal footing with last year's iPhone 6 Plus, which has the same display specifications.

The camera is another reason why the 6s Plus can be considered the best iPhone currently available. While both the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus come with a 12MP primary sensor with an F2.0 lens and dual-LED flash, the larger iPhone 6s is the only one that features optical image stabilization (OIS).

Apple iPhone SE

- the compact alternative -

Although it's not the best iPhone for most people, the new Apple iPhone SE is actually a handset that caters very well to a specific niche, namely the compact smartphone market. 

In a time when most high-end smartphones come with large displays, the iPhone SE offers a compact alternative: a 4-inch display running at 640 by 1136 pixels that is small enough for comfortable one-handed use.

The iPhone SE is basically a hybrid between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6s. The handset is based on the same Apple A9 SoC with 2GB of RAM, and even uses the same 12MP primary camera as the iPhone 6s. However, these components are fitted inside a body that borrows its design and build from the iPhone 5s. For a closer look at Apple's supercharged 4-inch iPhone, check out our detailed iPhone SE review.

Apple iPhone 4

- the best iPhone we've ever reviewed -

We've been reviewing Apple's iPhone lineup since the original iPhone back in 2007. Out of all the models that we've ever reviewed, the iPhone 4 is the best iPhone of all time in our perception. 

Back in 2010 when we published our Apple iPhone 4 review, we've rated the handset at 9.5/10 points, thinking highly of the phone's display, camera, and build quality.

On the design side, the iPhone 4 was the first iPhone to feature a glass-metal sandwich build, with an aluminum frame separating the front and back glass panels.

In terms hardware, the Apple iPhone 4 came with a 3.5-inch IPS display running 640 by 960 pixels at a PPI density of 330. This is the first display panel that Apple described as 'Retina', claiming that the average user won't be able to identify the individual pixels on the screen and a major. Note that this display is actually denser (although only slightly) than those of the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus.

The iPhone 4 was launched with an Apple A4, a SoC that integrates a single-core 1.0GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU and a PowerVR SGX535 GPU. In the memory department, the iPhone 4 featured 8/16/32GB of integrated storage and 512MB of RAM.

In this 4K era, the Apple iPhone 4 camera specifications seem a little underwhelming: the phone came with a 5MP primary camera capable of 720p video capture and a VGA front-facing shooter. At the time, the word selfie had yet to be invented.



2. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No such AS thing as..? What is that lol

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Best iPhone: 4s no question. At the time of its release, it was the undisputed king of all smartphones. It had the best screen, best camera, and the UI was as stable as they come. Apple owes a lot of it's success to the 4s without a do. I kinda hope they rehash that design for the supposed "Anniversary Edition" iPhone.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that "anniversary edition" will be gold plated iPhone at $20000

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If you're going to troll, at least be original about it. The "iPhones cost 2 much.....blah blah!!" stigma has gotten really boring/stale IMO. Besides, I'm pretty sure iPhone buyers on average make more annually than their Android counterparts, meaning some of us could afford it if we wanted it that badly :).

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Vertu phone are much more expensive than Apple iPhone and its running Android. So not sure why you like to make sweeping statement that iPhone users make more money than Android users.

28. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's not a sweeping statement. There are statistical reports dating all the way back to 2012 that have evidence that iPhone users, on average, make more money annually/monthly than Android users. All you have to do is Google different studies to find this information. It doesn't help that the average Android phone sells for less than $164 USD either. Again look it up. The NY Times even did a report on this lol.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh and PS, I know what Vertu is and what they offer. I'd never pay that kinda bank for an Android phone..... ever.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Are you sure you could afford a Vertu in the first place. They don't sell phone, the sell a certain life style. i don't buy iPhone because every iPhone is the same design. Which is very boring to me. I pity those that need to buy a shoes case just to standout. Pitiful!!!

43. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"You pity those who need to buy a shoes case just to standout. Pitiful!!!" You know who I pity. The idiots who care about what others people are buying. I make 400k a year, I can afford just about any gadget under the sun lol, including your Vertu phone, which is much more overpriced than any iPhone.

49. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Make 400k but still troll the PA forum like an over grown baby. I don't care wbich phone anyone uses. I just took offense on your single remark. Android user are poorer people compare to iPhone user. I mention Vertu is just to tell you that rich or poor people can use whatever phone they like. iPhone is popular but so does Android use by people that wants it.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Kiko07, you obviously do not know what kind of service Vertu provide.

25. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

I hear ya, but I'm not so certain it was the "undisputed" king of all smartphones ;) There were plenty of good Android devices out already. I know I preferred my HTC Sensation to my girlfriends 4s. It was the same back then as it is now. Apple fans & Android fans. Definitely not undisputed :)

5. AlikMalix unregistered

My best iPhone was 5S. I still see it run better than some new android devices, first 64bit device, the FP was a huge welcome, and the design is superb. The size was perfect.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

+1 for the iPhone 5S

22. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Count me in on the 5s as well

42. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I would love iphone with 5 inch screen and 5s design. Don't like rounded corners that much

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No one buying the iPhone. Let's keep writing artiest about it and maybe people will start buying it again.

16. TerryTerius unregistered

Yes. Tens of millions of people buying a device equals them not selling ಠ_ಠ Apple just had their worst quarter in a decade, and they are in desperate need of a rethink of their approach, new design, and expansion into new areas. But to put that in context, this last quarter would still be record-setting for just about every android OEM but Samsung... Who just so happens to literally be the only phone maker in the world outselling them. So yeah, the logic of this comment escapes me.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Don't mind him, he's delusional as always. I'm just glad the post wasn't thesis comparable in length. I can see it now, WHY THE EARTH IS FLAT AND APPLE IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS TOMORROW! by TechieXP :).

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol that was funny.

38. jeevanand88 unregistered

The shortest post ever from techXP1969 :D

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

didnt they always say something like "best iPhone ever", "best iPhone camera ever". "fastest iPhone ever" in their yearly event?

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What OEM doesn't? You just don't watch those other ones do it because: A) you don't care enough about them to watch. Or B) It's streaming in some Korean/Mandarin language you have no idea how to interpret. There you have it.

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I only own a iPhone in my lifetime, which is the iPhone 4. I really like the build quality and the size of it, it is very comfortable at my hand. The only downside to me is the iOS, because of it I need the iTunes to transfer my music every time, very troublesome for me. :/

40. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why don't you just buy it from iTunes Store?

12. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The 4s was my second and last iPhone. It had a terrible battery life especially if you worked it hard, was fragile and rife with hardware problems. My family went through 5 and then gave up.

13. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I don't think people buy iPhone SE because of compact. They buy it because it's budget. No one will entertainment 4inch screen but because it's the cheapest A9 chip device people compromise. Midrange price with flagship DNA, at least for Apple standard

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"No one will entertainment 4inch screen" B/c you speak for the masses right? I mean, who could go against Hugo's word, it's absolute!/s 30 million iPhone 5s sales as of 2015 say otherwise. Don't go talking for the lot of us as if you know what people want. And calling any iPhone "budget" is pretty ridiculous. Those $80 dollar Android phones are "budget" phones, the SE outclasses most phones in terms of speed and reliability.

33. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well you're wrong on that, I've got an iPhone 6 and I'm thinking of getting the SE as my next phone, not because I can't afford anything else, but because I prefer to use my phone one-handed and it's a much better size for that while performing as well as anything else on the market in most regards. I'm sure there are many with similar views to me, I know a few in person.

37. iWinAndroBerry unregistered

Oh because the mast majority of customers who bought the SE knows everything about the A9 chip.

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