Quiz: Which iPhone Should I Get?
There are so many great smartphone options available today that choosing between brands like Apple, Samsung, and Google is hard enough. If you’ve decided on Apple, you will probably be asking yourself this common question: which iPhone should I get?
Since the release of the original iPhone in June 2007, Apple has introduced 18 different phones. Choosing between such a wide selection can be pretty daunting. If you need a bit of help finding the iPhone that’s best suited to your unique requirements, we’re here for you.
Let us know what you’re looking for in a phone to find out which iPhone is the best fit for you.
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Unlike some other smartphones, iPhones don’t have expandable storage. This means that the amount of storage capacity that originally comes on the phone is the most you’ll ever get. Phones with more storage cost a bit more, but not having room to add apps or save pictures is no fun.
If you’re just looking for a phone to make calls, text, and email, you probably won’t ever need more than 16 GB of storage. If you don’t plan on ever downloading an app or storing music on the phone, even 8 GB should be fine. Either of these is also a great choice if you’re not opposed to paying a bit for a cloud storage system like iCloud.
For a bit more wiggle room, it’s might be a good idea to bump up to 32 GB. This would let you load up quite a few of your favourite albums. If you don’t want to have to pick and choose, 64 GB should give you enough room to store all your favourite music, download dozens of podcasts, and have every app you need at your fingertips.
The higher storage capacities are really for those who want to watch videos on their phone while off WiFi. Movies downloaded from iTunes can take up around 2 GB each - twice that if the video is HD. Go for 128 GB if you want to always have room for a movie on the go, or 256 GB so you can have a couple options downloaded as well.
Apple turned the smartphone world upside down when they introduced the touchscreen for the original iPhone. Within a couple years, almost every high-end phone was trying to replicate their design.
In recent years, every time Apple releases an iPhone they will also introduce a Plus model. These phones have very large screens - 5.5 inches to be exact. Think something between a phone and a tablet. For those who watch a lot of videos on their phone, or don’t have the best vision, this can be a great thing. For anyone who wants a phone that fits comfortably in their pocket, this might not be a good choice.
All other phones come in either a 4.7 inch medium sized screen, or a compact 4 inch screen. The medium screen cuts a nice balance, though can be a bit awkward to use with one hand. The compact screen sacrifices size to deliver a much more manageable device to handle.
So, how big of a screen do you think you need?
All iPhones contain a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Unlike many other smartphones, the battery cannot be easily replaced by consumers. With each iPhone released, the battery is made considerably stronger - but this doesn’t necessarily mean that a newer iPhone’s battery will last longer.
Though the batteries are getting stronger, they have more of a challenge with the newer more power hungry devices. Getting a long time out of each battery charge means striking a balance between the strength of the battery and the demands of the iPhone.
All iPhones have decent battery life, but some do a much better job of nailing this balance and have much longer capacities at full charge. This is shown by Geekbench’s user submitted benchmarks. If you’re worried about draining your battery quickly with videos or games, make battery performance a priority.
The biggest improvement with each iPhone always comes to the Apple designed processors, improving the speed of the phone. Through incremental improvements, Apple’s newest line of phones is at least five times as responsive as the ones it released five years ago.
How fast a phone might seem to you really depends on what you’re used to. If you’ve only ever used a flip phone, even the slowest iPhone will seem lightning fast. On the other hand, taking any kind of step down in processing speed can make for a very frustrating experience. It’s really all about perspective.
So, how fast do you think you need your iPhone to be?
There are dozens of factors that go into a great picture: subject, colour pallet, focus, lighting, exposure, timing … none of that really matters if you’re shooting from a low quality camera.
That being said, even on the original iPhone released in 2007, the camera was good - but it’s nothing compared to how good the cameras are now.
The best iPhone cameras will shoot a picture that has 12 million coloured squares per inch. This seems ridiculously high, but once you zoom in to crop a picture, or attempt to make large prints of your work, you’ll be thankful for all those millions of squares. Less equipped iPhones feature cameras that are still more than enough for the majority of users.
Another factor is the camera's ability to shoot video. Models as old as the iPhone 5 can shoot a quality of video that’s comparable to what was available on Blu-ray discs. Definitely good enough for most purposes, but anyone looking for a camera to shoot with commercially should consider going with a newer iPhone.
A final distinguishing feature is optical image stabilization (OIS). This reduces blurring caused by motion of the camera when shooting. If you’re planning on snapping pics while on the move, this will be a great feature for you.
Baring all of that in mind, what do you need out of your iPhone camera?
Selfies have become so ubiquitous that the word selfie was officially recognised by the Oxford English dictionary. If you use any kind of social media like Instagram or Snapchat, you know how important a high quality selfie camera can be.
The good news is that all iPhones have excellent selfie cameras - but some are better than others. Newer models of the iPhone can also shoot Blu-ray quality video from the selfie camera, whereas all others shoot video a bit below this.
If all you are doing is posting a pic to Instagram, then any iPhone really should be good enough. If you are planning to print out some large portraits though, a higher quality camera might be worth the investment.
Which selfie camera do you think you’ll need on your new phone?
When Apple released the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a lot of people were disappointed to learn that there would no longer be a physical headphone jack. Apple made this controversial decision to slim down their phones and put an emphasis on wireless headset technology.
Traditional headphones can still be used with the help of an adaptor that lets you plug directly into the charging port. Despite that, the lack of a headphone jack is a real sticking point for a lot of people.
So how do you feel about it? Do you absolutely need the jack, or are you excited use the AirPods and make tangles headphones cords a thing of the past?
With the release of Apple’s iOS 11, some older iPhones have unfortunately been left behind when it comes to operating system updates. This might not be such a big deal in the short-term, but before too long you’ll probably find that more and more apps will stop performing optimally, occasionally crash, or stop working altogether.
This might not be such a big deal for those who only use their phone for basic functions like calling, texting, listening to music, or snapping pictures, but anyone who uses apps on a daily basis will find this very frustrating.
Touch ID is a powerful technology built into the home button of newer iPhones. This feature allows you to register your fingerprint on the phone to let you unlock the phone quickly and improve security.
Other smartphone manufacturers have experimented with similar fingerprint recognition software, but few have come close to Touch ID’s level of effectiveness - reportedly boasting an incredibly low 1 in 50,000 error rate.
Many users still feel a bit weird about scanning their fingerprint on their phone though, and would much rather stick to a passcode unlock. If that sound like you, you can save a significant amount by going with a phone without this feature.
With 3D Touch, an iPhone’s screen can distinguish between different levels of pressure, and will react differently depending on how hard you push the screen, and for how long.
Once you get the hang of 3D Touch, it can be pretty useful. You can quickly access many different functions of an app by firmly pressing on its homescreen icon. Switching between apps also becomes way faster. Links and emails can be previewed without having to actually open them. All of this can be fairly handy.
A lot of users have found this feature a bit underwhelming however, and it can be difficult to master. If you want to keep the way you interact with your phone’s screen simple, you probably won’t ever use 3D Touch. For those that crave the most innovative user experience however, this is a must.
This is a really handy tool that can simplify how you pay online, within apps, and out in the real world. You can easily digitize your credit and debit cards, and can even use Apple Pay to send your contacts money through iMessage.
By all accounts, Apple Pay is very safe to use. However there are a lot of people who understandably don’t feel completely comfortable with the idea.
If you’d rather steer clear of this feature, we'll understand. But if you’re ready to embrace the future, a phone that’s compatible with Apple Pay is a great choice.
One of the most useful features on newer iPhones is resistance to water and dust. While Apple will always shy away from calling these new phones waterproof for liability reasons, they are pretty close.
An IP67 rating means that if you accidentally spill some liquid on the phone, or drop it in the sink, you may not have destroyed your expensive piece of tech. You still definitely want to avoid any kind of liquid exposure, as this can still do some damage to your phone’s speakers.
If you’re particularly accident prone, any level of water resistance can be a lifesaver.
Your ideal iPhone:
The design of the iPhone 5 was so iconic when it first came out, that Apple is still using the form factor in the production of the iPhone SE to this day. The 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, and user interface were so groundbreaking when they were first released, that they still deliver a satisfying experience - as long as you haven't already gotten used to better.
The downside here is that the iPhone 5 is no longer getting software updates from Apple. If that doesn't seem like such a big deal to you, head over to our shop here and see if a used iPhone 5 catches your eye.
Your ideal iPhone:
The iPhone 5c takes the iPhone in a colorful direction - each 5c features a unibody polycarbonate shell in either red, green, blue, yellow, or white. Internally, the iPhone 5c is similar to the iPhone 5. They both use the same Apple A6 chip, which includes a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. Their other similarity is that neither is getting software updates from Apple anymore. This means that you might run into some small hiccups using this phone, including compatibility issues with apps.
If you can get past that, the iPhone 5c is a fun and cost-effective device that can tide you over until you’re ready to upgrade to something slightly less dated. Check out all of our used iPhone 5c’s here.
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Even though the iPhone 5s is similar in so many ways to the earlier iPhone 5, it’s better in many ways that really count. The iPhone 5s is the first to feature Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint recognition system for enhanced security and effortless unlocking. Its camera is updated with a larger aperture and dual-LED flash optimized for different color temperatures.
All the new bells and whistles on the iPhone 5s are powered by the A7 dual-core processor and the M7 motion co-processor. The A7 is a monster of a processor that makes the iPhone 5s run smoothly and enables things like Touch ID, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, dynamic exposure, and more.
Simply put, the iPhone 5s remains one of the greatest iPhones ever built. If it sounds like the phone for you, head on over to our shop and pick up a used iPhone 5S of your own.
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Like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S that came before it, the iPhone SE is a compact 4 inches, meaning you can comfortably, confidently use it one-handed.
The SE was meant to serve as a replacement for the iPhone 5S in Apple’s product line. Like the iPhone 5S, the SE comes in at a lower price point. But unlike the 5S, the iPhone SE offers an updated processor, rear camera, and other features from the high-end iPhone 6S. The result? An affordable, highly capable device that’s available in a small package.
If you’re eager to pick-up an SE, check out the used models available for sale in our shop here.
Your ideal iPhone:
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, decent wireless speeds, iSight camera with all kinds of video features, good camera autofocus, and passable battery life. And, for the first time, Apple bumped up the iPhone's storage capacity to 128GB for the 6.
The iPhone 6 lets you do more, for longer. With the addition of desktop-class processors, the iPhone 6 set a new standard for speed and power when it was released. It's a phone that makes many buyers happy today. If you want to count yourself among them, take a look at these used iPhone 6’s available today.
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Along with its sibling, the iPhone 6, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus sold more than 10 million phones in the first three days after its release. What about this phone made it such a crowd pleaser? Well, it's not only bigger than the iPhones before it, but the iPhone 6 Plus is better in every way.
It boasts an improved iSight camera with time-lapse video features, a beautiful HD Retina display, powerful desktop-class processors, and the long battery life.
The iPhone 6 Plus takes all of the features of the smaller iPhone 6 and wraps it in a bigger 5.5 inch aluminium case. With a size somewhere between a smartphone and tablet, the iPhone 6 Plus provides the ultimate user experience.
Want an iPhone 6 Plus of your own? Head over to our shop and see what’s in stock.
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The iPhone 6S changed what it meant to have the world at your fingertips. The new 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press on the touchscreen, lets you unlock new, better ways of using your phone.
Along with improvements to camera capabilities and 4K video, the iPhone 6S is powered by the Apple A9 system-on-chip, a desktop-class processor that gives you up to 90% better graphics performance and is 70% faster than its predecessor, the Apple A8 chip. With advanced LTE and Wi-Fi technology, you'll see browsing speeds of up to twice as fast as the previous generation phone.
Already in love? Find the new(ish) iPhone 6S that’s perfect for you here.
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A 3D Touch-enabled screen, LTE Advanced for faster connections, 12MP pictures and 4K video capabilities— all powered by processors once only found in desktop computers. Take all these amazing features also in the iPhone 6S and wrap it in a bigger 5.5 inch body. The result? The iPhone 6S Plus.
And with its size, there are other perks, including a longer battery life, a larger screen with higher resolution, and optical image stabilization, which can deliver sharp photos even in low light. With all these features, the iPhone 6S Plus is still one of the best phone available.
If you’re looking for a high-end phone, without the hefty price that usually goes along with it, take a look at our used iPhone 6S Plus selection.
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While it’s overall form factor is strikingly similar to the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 7 features hardware changes that have made some call the device “deeply unusual”. Specifically, the iPhone’s iconic home button is no longer a physical button; instead, it gives the impression of a button using pressure sensors and haptic vibration motors. In addition, the iPhone 7 is, for the first time, dust proof, water resistant, and lacking a traditional audio jack. The latter change was the subject of much speculation and discussion by both bloggers and early adopters.
Internally, the iPhone 7 has some impressive upgrades, including the A10 Fusion processor, which is about 40 percent faster than the A9 chip inside the iPhone 6S. All around, the iPhone 7 is a fantastic addition to Apple’s lineup!
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Between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the latter device is really the standout star. In benchmark performance tests, the iPhone 7 Plus is more powerful than any Android flagship phone and its camera should impress even the fussiest photographer.
Let’s start with the thing you see first: the screen. The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus sports one of the sharpest, brightest, and most natural-looking screens you’ll find anywhere. This is powered by the A10 Fusion chip, which is a 64-bit, quad-core processor that is 40 percent faster than the previous generation phone.
With the Plus models always getting better battery life than the smaller iPhone, the iPhone 7 Plus is no exception. All-in-all, you should be able to get a day and a half of use from your phone, which is about an hour longer than what you would get with the iPhone 6S Plus.
Take all these things together and you get the most powerful, durable, and capable phone Apple has ever made. Want one of Apple’s best phones ever, but don’t want to break the bank to get it? Take a look at our used iPhone 7 Plus phones.