Apple has so many versions of iPhone, most recently the iPhone 12, iPhone 11 and iPhone SE. And while they boast the latest and greatest features, they’re not cheap. You can save money by buying an older iPhone model, but will it do what you want? Let’s dive in to see which iPhone best meets your needs and budget.
Performance, Storage, and Price
The zippy A14 Bionic chip in the newest iPhone 12 gives makes it the fastest smartphone to date. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE features the slightly slower A13 Bionic chip. That said, all these models deliver sufficient performance for typical uses, but for computationally intense activities, such as immersive video games, you’ll want the fastest model you can afford.
How much storage you’ll need typically depends on how much media and how many apps you want to carry around. You can cut costs by opting for less storage, but that may require you to spend more time juggling videos, photos, and podcasts.
Look & Feel
The size and weight of a smartphone matter, because it should be comfortable to hold and easy to tote around. The best way to assess what size and weight you’d prefer is to try it in person, and we have demo models in our store for you to test drive. All three models come in a variety of colors, but the iPhone 12 has the most vibrant options.
The iPhone 11 and iPhone SE include the traditional glass front and back, while the iPhone 12 features Apple's new Ceramic Shield front and surgical-grade stainless steel on the back. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 have a 6.1-inch display, and the iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch display. All three models have varying specs when it comes to resolution and brightness. You can see more details in the chart below:
All of Apple’s current iPhones have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and work well for everyday photos and videos. All three models also include dual optical image stabilization and True Tone flash.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 feature Ultra Wide and Wide lenses, Night Mode, and Deep Fusion. The iPhone 12 really steps up the game with a Telephoto lens and Apple ProRAW. Not to mention it can digitally zoom up to 10x!
In normal operation, all these iPhones can easily power you through a day. If your usage tends to chew through your current iPhone’s battery life, give extra consideration to the iPhone 12, which bests the other models in each category where Apple supplies data: talk time, Internet, video, and audio. The iPhone 11 and SE don’t have quite as good battery life, though most people won’t notice the difference.
An additional power-related feature is available in the iPhone 12. MagSafe wireless charging enables you to charge your phone snapping it onto a magnetic wireless charging port, and a fast-charge feature puts more power into the battery faster, letting an iPhone reach a 50% charge in 30 minutes. This feature requires special charging accessories.
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