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Which iPhone is right for you?

Apple phones have long been a favourite choice among customers, with a new range entering the market every Autumn. With so many iPhones to choose from, it can be daunting to find the right one for you. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a handy cheat sheet so you can easily compare cost, specs, and features. 

The popularity of iPhones

Apple is equally as desirable today as they were over a decade ago, having sold 37.7 million iPhone 11 handsets in the beginning of 2020, and over 100 million units of the first iPhone in 2007. 

Why are they so popular? iPhones are aesthetically pleasing, with soft curved edges and a large screen; simple and easy to use; and work harmoniously with many other iOS products. 

Finding the right iPhone

iPhone models below the 8 can’t support the latest iOS updates, so it’s probably not worth seeking out anything earlier. Use the navigation below to find out more about each handset:

 

iPhone 8 range

The iPhone 8 range was released in September 2017, and while it’s still available on the market, newer models will be better if you’re looking for a reliable and fast phone. As no new ones are being produced, if you want an 8 it’ll have to be refurbished or second-hand. 

 

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

Cost

£339 from Apple

£379 from Apple

Display

4.7 inch LCD display

 

1334 x 750 resolution

5.5 inch LCD display

 

1920 x 1080 resolution

Size

H = 5.45 inches
W = 2.65 inches
D = 0.29 inches

H = 6.24 inches
W = 3.07 inches
D = 0.30 inches

Camera

12MP Wide camera

 

5x digital zoom

 

4K video recording

Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras

 

10x digital zoom

 

4K video recording

Battery

1,821mAh

 

13 hours video playback

 

40 hours audio playback

2,675mAh

 

14 hours video playback

 

60 hours audio playback

Material

Glass and aerospace-grade aluminium 

Glass and aerospace-grade aluminium 

Colour

Silver, Space Grey, Gold

Silver, Space Grey, Gold

Water resistance

IP67 - 1 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP67 - 1 metre submersion for 30 minutes

Storage

64GB or 128GB

64GB or 128GB

Features

Touch ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility

Bluetooth 5.0

Touch ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility

Bluetooth 5.0

More affordable than other models

Portable sizes for easy transportation 

Compatible with wireless charging 

Water resistant up to 30 minutes
 

Not brand new - can only get second-hand

Battery won’t last all day 

 

iPhone X range

The iPhone X (10) range was released in November 2017, and consisted of four new models: the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR, giving users more choice than ever before. 

If you’re looking for a fresher, faster, and slightly newer model, you’re spoilt for choice in the X range. Prices are for refurbished models. 

 

iPhone X

iPhone XS

iPhone XS Max

iPhone XR

Cost

£679 from Apple

£679 from Apple

£719 from Apple

£498.99 from Asda

Display

5.8 inch OLED display

 

2436 x 1125 resolution

5.8 inch OLED display

 

2436 x 1125 resolution

6.5 inch OLED display

 

2688 x 1242 resolution

6.1 inch OLED display

 

1792 x 828 resolution 

Size

H = 5.65 inches
W = 2.79 inches
D = 0.30 inches

H = 5.65 inches
W = 2.79 inches
D = 0.30 inches

H = 6.20 inches
W = 3.05 inches
D = 0.30 inches

H = 5.94 inches
W = 2.98 inches
D = 0.33 inches

Camera

Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras

 

2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom

 

4K recording

Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras

 

2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom

 

4K recording 

Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras

 

2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom

 

4K recording

12MP Wide camera

 

5x digital zoom

 

4K recording

Battery

2,716mAh

 

13 hours video playback

 

60 hours audio playback

2,658mAh

 

14 hours video playback

 

60 hours audio playback

3,174mAh

 

15 hours video playback

 

65 hours audio playback

2,942mAh

 

16 hours video playback

 

65 hours audio playback

Material

Glass and surgical-grade stainless steel

Glass and surgical-grade stainless steel

Glass and surgical-grade stainless steel

Glass and surgical-grade stainless steel

Colour

Silver, Space Grey

Silver, Space Grey, Gold

Silver, Space Grey, Gold

Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral, Red 

Water resistance

IP67 - 1 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP68 - 2 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP68 - 2 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP67 - 1 metre submersion for 30 minutes

Storage

64GB or 256GB

64GB, 256GB or 512GB

64GB, 256GB or 512GB

64GB or 128GB

Features

Face ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility

Bluetooth 5.0

Face ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Face ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Face ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Big storage capabilities

High resolution screens for optimal viewing 

Compatible with wireless charging 

Impressive zoom abilities
 

Not brand new - can only get second-hand

Cameras aren’t as impressive for the price

 

iPhone 11 range

The iPhone 11 range was released in 2019, and until recently was the most advanced Apple range on the market. These are still being made, so you can either buy brand new, or see if there’s a cheaper, refurbished one out there. 

 

iPhone 11

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Cost

£597.99 from Asda 

£924 from John Lewis 

£1,149 from John Lewis

Display

6.1 inch LCD display

 

1792 x 828 resolution

5.8 inch OLED display

 

2436 x 1125 resolution

6.5 inch OLED display

 

2688 x 1242 resolution 

Size

H = 5.94 inches
W = 2.98 inches
D = 0.33 inches

H = 5.67 inches
W = 2.81 inches
D = 0.32 inches

H = 6.22 inches
W = 3.06 inches
D = 0.32 inches

Camera

Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras

 

2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom

 

4K video recording

Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras

 

2x optical zoom, 4x optical zoom range, 10x digital zoom

 

4K video recording 

Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras

 

2x optical zoom, 4x optical zoom range, 10x digital zoom

 

4K video recording 

Battery

3,110mAh

 

17 hours video playback

 

65 hours audio playback

3,046mAh

 

18 hours video playback

 

65 hours audio playback

3,969mAh

 

20 hours video playback

 

80 hours audio playback

Material

Glass and aerospace-grade aluminium

Glass and surgical-grade stainless steel

Glass and surgical-grade stainless steel

Colour

Purple, Yellow, Green, Black, White, Red

Midnight Green, Silver, Space Grey, Gold

Midnight Green, Silver, Space Grey, Gold 

Water resistance

IP68 - 2 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP68 - 4 metre submersion for 30 minutes 

IP68 - 4 metre submersion for 30 minutes 

Storage

64GB, 128GB or 256GB

64GB, 256GB or 512GB

64GB, 256GB or 512GB

Features

Face ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Face ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Face ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Big storage options

Large screens

Compatible with wireless charging 

All-day battery 

Stronger water resistance - up to 4 metres under
 

Expensive

Quick to be overtaken by next model 

 

iPhone 12 range

The iPhone 12 range was only released in October 2020, and brought with it some fancy new features and functionality, as well as the expected better specs. You’ll of course have to pay for it though - they don’t come cheap! For the fastest, newest, most up-to-date phone, take a look at the options below. 

 

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Mini

Cost

Up to £947.99 from Asda 

Up to £1,296.99 from Asda 

Up to £1,396.99 from Asda

Up to £847.99 from Asda 

Display

6.1 inch OLED display

 

2532 x 1170 resolution

6.1 inch OLED display

 

2532 x 1170 resolution

6.7 inch OLED display

 

2778 x 1284 resolution

5.4 inch OLED display

 

2340 x 1080 resolution

Size

H = 5.78 inches
W = 2.82 inches
D = 0.29 inches

H = 5.78 inches
W = 2.82 inches
D = 0.29 inches

H = 6.33 inches
W = 3.07 inches
D = 0.29 inches

H = 5.18 inches
W = 2.53 inches
D = 0.29 inches

Camera

Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras

 

2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom

 

4K video recording

Pro 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras

 

2x optical zoom, 4x optical zoom range, and 10x digital zoom

 

4K video recording 

Pro 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras

 

2/2.5x optical zoom, 5x optical zoom range, 12x digital zoom

 

4K video recording 

Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras

 

2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom

 

4K video recording

Battery

2,815mAh

 

17 hours video playback

 

65 hours audio playback

2,815mAh

 

17 hours video playback

 

65 hours audio playback

3,687mAh

 

20 hours video playback

 

80 hours audio playback

2,227mAh

 

15 hours video playback

 

50 hours audio playback

Material

Ceramic shield front and aerospace-grade aluminium

Ceramic shield front and aerospace-grade aluminium

Ceramic shield front and surgical-grade stainless steel

Ceramic shield front and aerospace-grade aluminium

Colour

Blue, Green, Red, White, Black

Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite, Silver 

Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite, Silver

Blue, Green, Red, White, Black

Water resistance

IP68 - 6 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP68 - 6 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP68 - 6 metre submersion for 30 minutes

IP68 - 6 metre submersion for 30 minutes

Storage

64GB, 128GB or 256GB

128GB, 256GB or 512GB

128GB, 256GB or 512GB

64GB, 128GB, or 256GB

Features

Face ID

Siri

MagSafe and Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Face ID

Siri

MagSafe and Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Face ID

Siri

MagSafe and Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

5G

Face ID

Siri

MagSafe and Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

5G

Compatible with wireless charging and new MagSafe technology 

Huge storage options, up to 512GB

Strongest water resistance to date - up to 6 metres under

Large screens 

Compatible with 5G
 

Expensive

Lower battery life than previous generation 

 

Other models

The iPhone SE 2020 (2nd generation) is an improved version of the 1st generation iPhone SE from 2016. It’s perfect for Apple lovers who want a smaller phone, but don’t want to sacrifice the better hardware. 

 

iPhone SE (2020)

Cost

Up to £548.99 from Asda 

Display

4.7 inch LCD display

 

1334 x 750 resolution

Size

H = 5.45 inches
W = 2.65 inches
D = 0.29 inches

Camera

12MP Wide camera

 

5x digital zoom

 

4K video recording

Battery

1,821mAh

 

13 hours video playback

 

40 hours audio playback

Material

Glass and aerospace-grade aluminium

Colour

Black, Red, White

Water resistance

IP67 - 1 metre submersion for 30 minutes

Storage

64GB, 128GB, or 256GB

Features

Touch ID

Siri

Qi wireless charging compatibility
Bluetooth 5.0

Large storage options  

Compatible with wireless charging 

Good size to transport easily 
 

No 5G 

Only one camera due to size  
 

Regardless of which iPhone model you’re thinking of buying, here are some tips and tricks you might find helpful with your new phone. 

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