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iPhone Buying Guide: Which iPhone Is Right for You?
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iPhone Buying Guide: Which iPhone Is Right for You?

There are now three offshoots of the best-selling iPhone X on the market, which means buying an iPhone seems more complicated than ever. Each model of the latest generation iPhone boasts unique selling points like powerful hardware and a sleek design. However, slightly older models of the iPhone like the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7 Plus still get the job done with great internal specs at a better price point. As we’ve covered before, deciding whether you should upgrade your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone comes down to what features are important to you.

We have 10 options for iPhone buyers at GoWireless, but don’t get overwhelmed! We’ve covered the main pros and cons of each model iPhone below in our comprehensive iPhone buying guide to connect you with the version that’s right for you.

iPhone XS

The 5.8-inch OLED screen that defined the iPhone X receives a brighter display, mesmerizing camera capabilities, and a blazingly-fast processor. The iPhone XS represents the best tech of any iPhone, but surprisingly has a smaller display than the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR. If the extra $100 and 6.5-inch display of the iPhone XS Max give you second thoughts choose the iPhone XS for the best internal specs and camera in iPhone history. Once you unbox it learn how to set up your iPhone XS.

  • Starting Price: $999
  • Screen Size: 5.8-inch OLED
  • Battery Life (Average): 9 hours, 41 minutes
  • Storage Options: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Front Camera: 7-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12-MP (f/1.8 and f/2.4)
  • Processor: A12 Bionic

 

iPhone XS Max

This is it. The big one. If you choose the largest storage option (512GB!) for the iPhone XS Max you’ll be out nearly $1500, which is about the same price as a new MacBook Pro. But what you get in return is nothing short of astounding: an immersive 6.5-inch OLED display, improved battery life compared to the iPhone XS, astounding camera performance, maximized optical zoom, and industry-best processing.

  • Starting Price: $1099
  • Screen Size: 6.5-inch OLED
  • Battery Life (Average): 10 hours, 38 minutes
  • Storage Options: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Front Camera: 7-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12-MP (f/1.8 and f/2.4)
  • Processor: A12 Bionic

 

iPhone XR

The comparatively affordable iPhone XR only makes a few downgrades to shave off $250 from the price tag, notably the LCD screen and lack of dual rear cameras. However, for $749 you still get the ultra-fast A12 Bionic processor, a variety of stunning color options, great camera features and the best battery life of any available iPhone. The iPhone XR is the best choice for budget-conscious iPhone buyers who don’t need cinema-grade camera features. Learn more about the iPhone XR.

  • Starting Price: $749
  • Screen Size: 6.1-inch LCD
  • Battery Life (Average): 11 hours, 26 minutes
  • Storage Options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Front Camera: 7-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: 12-MP (f/1.8)
  • Processor: A12 Bionic

 

iPhone 8

Prices for the iPhone 8 are now mid-range, which is quite something for a smartphone of this quality. The iPhone 8’s main differences from the latest iPhone X series are the large bezels, the relatively low-res display, and a lack of optimal zoom. However, for $400 less than the iPhone XS you still get a powerful processor, wireless charging capabilities, and the dependable reliability of Apple’s flagship smartphones.

  • Starting Price: $599
  • Screen Size: 4.7-inch LCD
  • Battery Life (Average): 9 hours, 54 minutes
  • Storage Options: 64GB, 256GB
  • Front Camera: 7-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: 12-MP (f/1.8)
  • Processor: A11 Bionic

 

iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus represents a bit of a conundrum: it has several positive attributes, including a great battery, optical zoom support through its dual-lens camera, and a sizable LCD screen. However, at only $50 more the iPhone XR improves upon the iPhone 8 Plus in every category: a faster processor, longer-lasting battery, and enhanced camera features. The main reason to choose an iPhone 8 Plus over an iPhone XR is if you must have optical zoom capabilities but you don’t want to spend $999 on the iPhone XS.

  • Starting Price: $699
  • Screen Size: 5.5-inch LCD
  • Battery Life (Average): 11 hours, 16 minutes
  • Storage Options: 64GB, 256GB
  • Front Camera: 7-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12-MP (f/1.8 and f/2.8)
  • Processor: A11 Bionic

iPhone 7

The processor in the iPhone 7 is now two years old, but if you aren’t regularly shooting 4K video or playing battery-sucking games the iPhone 7 is still a well-constructed smartphone. The screen size is the same as the iPhone 8 for $150 less. However, the iPhone 7 has the shortest battery life of any iPhone still sold by Apple, and the price jumps if you want more than 32GB of storage.

  • Starting Price: $449
  • Screen Size: 4.7-inch LCD
  • Battery Life (Average): 9 hours, 3 minutes
  • Storage Options: 32GB, 128GB
  • Front Camera: 7-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: 12-MP (f/1.8)
  • Processor: A10 Fusion

iPhone 7 Plus

Upgrading from the iPhone 7 comes with a $120 price jump, which may seem steep. Buyers of the iPhone 7 Plus will appreciate the features absent from the iPhone 7, including dual rear cameras that support optical zoom, portrait effects, and an LCD screen that matches the size of the iPhone 8 Plus. The internal specs are the same as the iPhone 7, so make your decision in this bracket based on camera features.

  • Starting Price: $569
  • Screen Size: 5.5-inch LCD
  • Battery Life (Average): 10 hours, 38 minutes
  • Storage Options: 32GB, 128 GB
  • Front Camera: 7-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12-MP (f/1.8 and f/2.8)
  • Processor: A10 Fusion

iPhone 6S

Apple doesn’t offer the iPhone 6S online, but you can still purchase this bargain-priced iPhone here at GoWireless. Some users prefer the smaller 4.7-inch LCD screen that can fit comfortably in your pocket. If you don’t need a ton of storage and primarily use your smartphone for basic features the iPhone 6S is a solid choice for the price. However, keep in mind that some users report excessive battery drain after upgrading to iOS 12, so consider picking up a battery case or power pack accessory.

  • Starting Price: $349
  • Screen Size: 4.7-inch LCD
  • Battery Life (Average): 8 hours, 59 minutes
  • Storage Options: 32GB, 128GB
  • Front Camera: 5-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: 12-MP (f/2.2)
  • Processor: A9

iPhone 6S Plus

For an extra $100 you can take advantage of the impressive performance of the iPhone 6S with the added bonuses of a robust screen size and a battery life that rivals that of later iPhone models. The iPhone 6S Plus is the exact same price as the iPhone 7. For a larger screen size and better battery life you sacrifice the speed of the A10 Fusion processor for that of the A9.

  • Starting Price: $449
  • Screen Size: 5.5-inch LCD
  • Battery Life (Average): 10 hours, 31 minutes
  • Storage Options: 32GB, 128GB
  • Front Camera: 5-MP (f/2.2)
  • Rear Camera: 12-MP (f/2.2)
  • Processor: A9

Now you can confidently choose the Apple smartphone that best suits your needs. If you have lingering questions you can talk to a professional at your nearest GoWireless location. While you’re there check out all of the smartphones in our lineup and browse the latest accessories for your new iPhone.

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