The best iPhone you can buy in 2018 isn’t an obvious choice for everyone because Apple launched three new iPhones late last year, including the pricey iPhone X.
There are a lot of options, from a 5.8-inch all-screen display to a 4-inch one-hand-friendly old-school screen size, and the prices vary wildly. No matter what, buying a top-rated iPhone is always an expensive decision, so we’re here to help you choose the best iPhone.
With a bewildering selection of different specs, screen sizes, and price points, each of these handsets has something to offer every type of Apple fan – so we’ve boiled down the choices for you in a simple-to-read format.
Best iPhone: which one should you buy
1. iPhone X
There is really no debate, is there?
Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2,716mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP
The iPhone X is as impressive as it is expensive, but if you really want the best iPhone you’ll look beyond the latter characteristic. Millions of Apple fans already have since it launched in early November 2017.
It has a large all-screen display, except for a notch at the top that features a new TrueDepth Camera.Apart from incredible selfie shots, this new feature can also map your face to an iPhone X-exclusive Animoji.
The iPhone X has a more forward-leaning design to faster specs and new features. You’ll just have to get used to Face ID instead of reaching for that non-existent fingerprint sensor.
Read our iPhone X review here
2. iPhone 8 Plus
We all still love that 5.5″…. even if it is expensive.
Weight: 202g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2,691mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP
While not as good as the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus is the best iPhone if you’re not willing to spend more than you earn or are not convinced of the FaceID feature. It has the regular, normal and more emotionally reassuring fingerprint sensor..
It also has several key features you’ll like, however. It’s among the first iPhones to have both wireless charging and fast charging, and the camera has improved. Its dual-lens camera doesn’t have OIS in the telephoto lens (a feature saved for the X), but it’s still a great way to snap a photo at long distances.
It is not as great a beauty as the X, but the iPhone 8 Plus is the iPhone built for big hands and slightly smaller wallets than the new iPhone X.
Read our iPhone 8 Plus review here
3. iPhone 8
The newest 4.7-inch iPhone is a phone lots of people still want
Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 1,821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Every time we go back to this iPhone with ‘normal’ dimensions, we feel like we just went on a smartphone vacation.
Just because the size is the same as iPhones of old, doesn’t mean the technology behind it is, though. The iPhone 8 features the same A11 Bionic chipset as the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, and it too debuted wireless charging and fast charging on an Apple smartphone.
The camera is still fantastic, even if it doesn’t have the dual-lens capabilities that are exclusive to the X and Plus, and you’ll dig iOS 11 at this size more so than the even smaller iPhone SE.
Read our iPhone 8 review here
4. iPhone 7 Plus
2016’s best iPhone, for a lower price
Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: A10 Fusion | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 2,900mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Back in 2016 the iPhone 7 Plus was the best phone Apple had ever made, and it remains a winner for its longevity and price. It’s larger than the iPhone X though despite its smaller display, so if you’re after a smaller phone with a bigger screen, this won’t be the best choice for you with its 5.5-inch 1080p display.
The USP was the waterproof design and a new dual-lens camera that allows you to snap with two 12MP lenses at the same time. It allows for better optical zoom as well as a bokeh mode to blur the background of your photos and put the main focus on the foreground.
Battery life on the iPhone 7 Plus is much improved upon the iPhone 6S Plus, and while it’s still a costly option it’s much cheaper than it was at launch, making it one of the best iPhone choices in 2018 for people looking for a deal.
Read our iPhone 7 Plus review here
5. iPhone SE
Compact, relatively affordable and still quite powerful
Weight: 113g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.0-inch | Resolution: 1136 x 640 | CPU: Apple A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/64GB | Battery: 1,624mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
Despite the iPhone SE’s small size and relatively modest price tag, it’s still an upper mid-range phone. It has the same boxy yet premium design as the metal-clad iPhone 5S and the same powerful Apple A9 chipset and rear camera as the iPhone 6S.
It lacks the 3D Touch features and higher-resolution front-facing camera of the iPhone 6S and beyond. The screen is also less impressive all round, thanks in large part to a lower contrast ratio. But it compares well to many mid-range handsets.
It’s also the most powerful 4-inch iPhone you can get, so for fans of compact form factors this is an obvious choice. But the best bit is its price, as it’s one of the cheapest iPhones you’ll find on the market and it’s something of a bargain by Apple standards.
Read the iPhone SE review
6. iPhone 7
The first water-resistant iPhone
Weight: 138g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Apple A10 Fusion | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 1,960mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
The iPhone 7 is a smaller and cheaper alternative to the iPhone 7 Plus.
This was one of the first iPhones to lack a headphone jack, but it does come with a water-resistant design that means your phone is likely to survive the odd dip in the sink rather than just being frazzled right away.
There’s no dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7, but you can still take some absolutely incredible photography with the 12MP sensor.
If you own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S, you may not see much difference with this phone but the newer processor and camera tech may be enough to entice you to buy it if you can’t stomach the high price of the iPhone 8.
Read the full iPhone 7 review here
In your opinion, what is the best iPhone. Which of these freat devices is your favorite?
Let us know in the comments section.