Before you buy a new iPhone, you should check out these tips
Q: I’m ready to upgrade my iPhone, but I can’t decide which way to go. Any tips?
There has never been a better time to be in the market for an iPhone as the current selection includes eight different models — the entry level iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and their top-of-the-line X — that range in price from $349 to $1,149.
Start with screen size
If you haven’t already done so, make sure you hold each of the phones in your hand and slide it into your pocket or pocketbook to determine the best fit from a form factor standpoint.
Budget-minded consumers that don’t care about larger screens can opt for the four-inch SE — the size of the original — for the reduced prices between $349 and $449, depending upon your storage needs (32GB to 128Gb).
If you want a slightly larger screen (4.7 inches), then your choices are between the iPhone 6s, 7 and 8.
If you want a phone with the largest screen size, then your choices are between the 6s Plus, 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X.
iPhones have long been heralded for their camera technology and, unless you’re really into photography or super high-resolution video, every model has a 12MP camera that can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps).
If you’re a big selfie or FaceTime fan, you’ll want to stick to the iPhone 6 or better as the front facing camera on the SE isn’t great.
Water and dust ratings
If you spend a lot of time outdoors — especially near water — and you want something that can take a bit more abuse, you’ll want to go for an iPhone 7 or higher as they all have superior water and dust resistance ratings.
Despite the ratings for having your phone in 1 to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, you really shouldn’t plan on swimming with them. Exposing your expensive phone to salt and chlorine water isn’t something I’d recommend without something like a LifeProof case.
If things like wireless charging, fast-charging, 60 fps 4K Video and the most powerful processors available are important to you, then you’ll probably be able to justify buying the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X.
Apple’s comparison site is an easy way to compare up to three different models at a time to help you weed through the specs.
There are a plethora of options for buying new, used or refurbished iPhones, starting with Apple itself.
Apple offers an annual iPhone upgrade program, which is best for those that have to have the latest model every year. You can also look into their trade-in program for your older iPhones or shop for deals in Apple’s refurbished inventory.
If your current phone is tied to a specific cellular provider, check to see what their current promotions are based on your eligibility.