By Leigh :) Stark, an award winning reviewer and technology journalist with over 15 years of expertise in phone news, reviews, and analysis. He even owns an original iPhone from the early days.
With no less than four current iPhones and a few from prior years also in the line-up, picking an iPhone can be difficult. Fortunately, we can help.
When you’re in the market for any new gadget, working out what you want can be a daunting task. There are prices, feature sets, sizes, and so on, and so picking anything is often a case of research and working out just what is right for you.
It’s a question only you can answer, while the research side is often up to publishers like Pickr to help out. After all, reviewers have been working for years to explain what makes the right product the right product for you.
Picking a phone is one of these dilemmas. It’s never all that easy unless you know exactly what you want, and there is often a lot to choose from.
Pickr’s editor has long suggested to head to a store and find three phones you like the look and feel of, and then to research them and read reviews. Feeling whether they match your hand and who you are is an important part of working out if a phone is right for you, and is very much like seeing a TV for yourself when you audition it before buying. However, the research is critically important, as well. After all, how do you know if it’s good if you don’t see a review?
Buying an iPhone is no different, thanks in part to just how many iPhone models there are these days. With four released at a minimum every year, plus older models still in the range, both found new and from refurbished places, how do you pick an iPhone?
Buying the best iPhone right now
One of the obvious approaches is to pick the best iPhone you can, of which there are always two best iPhone models every year.
Simply look for the model that has the latest number and the words “Pro” or “Pro Max” to find the best iPhone. What makes the Pro/Pro Max models “the best” comes from a combination of factors, including:
- The materials used in the design
- Faster screen technology, and
- Better cameras
From September 2023 to September 2024, those models are the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. While Apple typically keeps the feature set very similar between models, in terms of technology, the best iPhone right now is technically the iPhone 15 Pro Max, due to its difference in camera technology from its Pro sibling, something we confirmed by awarding the 15 Pro Max a Best Pick award at the end of 2023.
The iPhone 15 range for 2024
Speaking of the current iPhone range, let’s talk about what they are. From September 2023 when they were launched to September 2024 when they will likely be replaced, the current iPhone models to pick between are the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
- If you want a 6.1 inch normal-sized model, you’re essentially picking between the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro.
- If you want a larger 6.7 inch large-sized model, you’re essentially picking between the iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Older iPhones are still great, too
Of course, you don’t have to buy a new iPhone.
Apple keeps slightly older models in its system for the next few years, providing a way to buy an iPhone that’s still great quality for less money, handy for people who want to save.
Until September 2024, that range includes:
Note: while the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are the next logical phones to save money on, the standard iPhone 14 is very similar to an iPhone 13, with the only major difference being an autofocus selfie camera. If you’re considering the iPhone 14, we’d suggest considering the iPhone 13 closely, as the technology is largely the same.
The same does not technically apply to the iPhone 14 Plus due to the fact that the “plus” sized standard iPhone did not exist in years prior.
Refurbished phones can save serious money
There are others ways to save money on an iPhone in Australia, too.
While buying an older generation of iPhone is definitely one way to save on costs, a refurbished phone will also help you cut back due to its pre-owned status.
Refurbished phones are essentially used phones that have been checked by a professional and restored to their factory appearance as best possible. They’ll typically come with information noting the level of quality you’re buying, and may have components replaced, such as the battery and screen, which can give you more confidence than simply buying a used phone from someone else.
When it comes to buying an iPhone, buying a refurbished iPhone also comes with the added bonus of being able to find some of Apple’s older models that are quickly replaced when new models come out. While Apple shifts standard iPhone models along in its line, former Pro and Pro Max models invariably are removed from the line-up, likely to encourage people who want the best iPhone to consider the latest technology found in that year’s current iPhone Pro and Pro Max model.
Refurbished models can overcome this issue because they can be sold back to refurb dealers and be found once again.
If you’ve read the review of a Pro or Pro Max model iPhone that no longer can be commonly found, you may find a refurbished dealer can provide what you need.