Meet Apple's best-value iPhone ever: The $499 Android flagship killer25
This isn’t going to be very extensive, scientific, or based on solid research, but if I was to list some of the best-value Apple products (ever?!), I’d probably go with:
- M1 MacBooks - hard/impossible to find this package elsewhere
- AirPods - a long-term investment, which will discourage you from going back to wired earbuds
- iPhone 6S - six years of OS updates!
- iPad Air 2 - seven years of OS updates!
- iPad Pro (2018) - Apple’s new flat-edge design was born with the iPad Pro 2018, so really - there aren’t many reasons to get a new iPad in 2021, and probably even in 2022-2023.
So, yes! Despite being known as an ultra-premium brand (which does hold true), Apple can offer great value. Of course, the $700 Mac Pro wheels or even the pricey iPhone 13 Pro Max won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, one of them is totally ridiculous. We’ll leave you to be the judge... But it’s the wheels!
The point is - Apple does deliver great value, in one way or another - whether it’s the long software support, unmatched customer service, or discounts on older devices, which the company chooses to keep around. This seems to be part of Apple’s business strategy, which we might discuss in a future story.
iPhone 11: The best-value iPhone (ever?) vs iPhone 13 and iPhone 12
So, the iPhone 11 was a pretty good buy when it launched and even a better value purchase last year, when it came down to $599 following the iPhone 12 release.
However, now, at just $499, it’s getting pretty hard to ignore! Why? Well, for starters - it’s a proper flagship phone, but at a price that’s more fitting for a mid-range device. Let’s take a look at how it stacks up against the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 to give you some context:
So what does the iPhone 11 give you? The iPhone 11:
- Packs a very powerful chipset, which will be going strong for at least another 2-3 years
- Brings Apple’s legendary software support which will probably give you another four years of updates on a phone that’s already two years old
- Has a primary camera with support for Night Mode, which is pretty much essential today
- Gives you an ultra-wide-angle shooter, which can be fun
- Delivers excellent front camera experience with 4K 60fps video recording
- Boasts arguably better video recording capabilities than most Android flagships released in 2021, thanks to… well, that’s always been the case with iPhones
- Comes with a big enough battery to last you a whole day
And, finally - the iPhone 11 comes with wireless charging and IP67-rating, in case you want to take it underwater. These extra features are otherwise reserved for more expensive devices. If you want them at the $500 price mark, you’d have to make a bunch of other compromises - perhaps settle for an Android device with a mid-range chipset, a plastic build, or even mediocre cameras.
In the end: There are some compromises you'll have to make, if you go with the iPhone 11
- The most significant feature for a truly better user experience you’d be missing out on with the iPhone 11 is a high-refresh screen like on the iPhone 13 Pro series. However, no other iPhone has it - even the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is still much more expensive (and not officially sold by Apple - not that it matters all that much).
- Please, do bear in mind that the iPhone 11 doesn't carry the new flat design, and has the biggest battery, compared to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. Therefore the phone weighs 194 grams compared to the 164-gram iPhone 12, and 174-gram iPhone 13! While this might not be a deal-breaker for many, it certainly will be for those who don't like heavy phones - me included.
- Don’t forget you get only 64GB of storage with the iPhone 11 - just like with the 12 series. Therefore, you might want to splurge for that $549 model with 128GB storage, which by the way, is now the base variant on the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini!
- Of course, there's no 5G support on the iPhone 11, but I'd argue this (still) shouldn't be the deciding factor, if you are on the market for a new phone - 5G is far from ready.