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.

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38 Comments

47. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

My iPhone 4 is still kicking years later until apple brings back the metal and glass design I won't be buying an iPhone anytime soon.

35. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm going with the 6S Plus, all older iPhones hindered me from buying one because rivals offer a lot more more for less and the 6 Plus' debut was met with media backlash for its #bendgate. Out came the 6S Plus, it can now finally go toe to toe with the competition in all corners and not like comparing a Galaxy S4 to the iPhone 5S which is utterly stupid so the 6S Plus pulled the gap close enough for me to give Apple a try.

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Best iPhone goes to the 6s plus hands down.

36. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Accept the design. Ip6s+ with ip5 design v2

21. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

How bout the iphone with all the Samsung parts

14. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

The worst iPhone was the iPhone 6, did nothing to innovate, was bland and underspecced. The 6S was a good improvement.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7526; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The worst iPhone was the iPhone 6, did nothing to innovate, was bland and underspecced. The 6S was a good improvement." Is this Bizarro world or are you trolling?

39. jeevanand88 unregistered

The major change ever done by apple is from 5s to 6 / 6s...!! Fastest chipset till date since it is launched, 12MP camera, biger selfie, 3D touch, bigger display, slimmest design!! Bro, u should be blind as fcuk!!

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: 7526; 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: 1607; 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.

48. AlikMalix unregistered

You are wrong... If I knew the SE was coming I would have held on to my 5s longer and got the "updated 5s". My main reason for upgrading was Apple Pay, not bigger screen - moving to a bigger screen was and still is in some ways a negative thing for me. I know plenty men and women that liked smaller from phones - but we all like new things - so most of us upgraded to 6/6s because it was new - 5s was and still is a great phone. SE is just a beast in a regular sized frame.

12. ColinW

Posts: 413; 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.

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; 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. :/

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: 7526; 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.

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: 7526; 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

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: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Count me in on the 5s as well

42. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

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

4. kiko007

Posts: 7526; 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: 7526; 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. www.vertu.com So not sure why you like to make sweeping statement that iPhone users make more money than Android users.

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