It used to be fans of "apple" products had to wait for years, while Steve Jobs "think out" the next smartphone. Modern Apple teaches us that the new iPhone can be stamped like cakes - several in a year. It is advisable to adhere to this approach for a company that has established itself as a manufacturer of goods of exceptional quality - a big question. The fact is that supporters of the brand in 2017 now have a pleasant headache: how to decide which iPhone to choose?
What Apple smartphones are available?
At the end of 2017, a limited number of iPhone models officially sold in Russia, namely:
- The iPhone X is a premium new product.
- iPhone 8/8 Plus - two more devices, presented in 2017.
- iPhone 7/7 Plus - the previous generation of smartphones.
- The iPhone 6S / 6S Plus is an enhanced 6th generation model that came out in 2015.
- iPhone SE is the “successor” of the iPhone 5S, a rather compact smartphone, when compared with the latest generation devices.
All called gadgets are available in the online store Apple. There is no iPhone 6 in the catalog on the site - the model is considered too outdated - however, this device, like the iPhone 5S, is still distributed by resellers.
Do not forget about Avito and other sites for the sale of used items. On such portals, you can purchase “apple” devices of the 5th, 4th and even 3rd generations, perfectly preserved and at a reasonable price. However, before buying the old "yablophone", you should think hard. Using applications on such a device would be problematic at best, at worst impossible. iPhone 4 cannot be upgraded to iOS 8, and it is this version of “OSes” that many programs from the AppStore require as minimal. Models 4S and 5 are updated to modern versions of iOS, but after the upgrade they start to hang up annoyingly.
When buying an iPhone in a little-known suspicious store or "with hands", you should carefully check the device. The exact measures that need to be taken are described in our article devoted to the verification of used iPhones .
Which iPhone is better to buy a photographer?
Apple has never participated in the race for megapixels, reasonably believing that you can improve the quality of photos not only through resolution. Even on the latest "apple phones" there are 12-megapixel modules - by the standards of 2017, this is a very average figure. At the same time, the iPhones always shot at least as good as the closest competitors.
Amateur photo art is to get the iPhone 8 Plus .
And we will now explain why. It would be logical to advise to buy an iPhone X, which has a dual 12-megapixel module with a wide-angle lens (f / 1.8 aperture) and a telephoto lens (f / 2.4). However, this gadget does not take much better pictures of the G8 to overpay 15 thousand rubles for it. The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual camera with the same resolution, which is similar in terms of aperture wide-angle lens, but the telephoto lens is weaker - the aperture is f / 2.8. The iPhone 7 Plus camera has exactly the same characteristics, but the “eight” has a larger matrix - thanks to this, the camera captures more light, provides excellent color rendition and does not allow any noise.
Here is an example of a photo taken on iPhone 8 Plus by photographer James Martin from CNET in the vicinity of San Francisco:
Which iPhone has the best autonomy?
We will also recommend buying the iPhone 8 Plus to the user who prioritizes the autonomy of the mobile device. But do not rush to throw accusations of bias - our advice is not subjective, it is based on statistics provided by mobile market experts and the manufacturer itself.
Here is some information about the autonomy of "apple" devices available on the official Apple website:
iPhone 8 Plus
When surfing the Internet
When playing video
It is noted that the "eight" work about the same as their "predecessors" of the 7th generation (corresponding in size). The iPhone X says that it holds the battery for 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7. The values given by Apple suggest that the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus are similar in terms of autonomy, although many experts believe that this is not the case: The "X" has a larger display and a thin case, in which a capacious battery simply could not fit, so in comparison with the 8 Plus it will surely give way.
Experts of the TechRadar portal recognized the SE model as a “champion” in terms of the price-autonomy ratio. Testing made it possible to determine that at maximum load the gadget will “stretch” 4 hours and 7 minutes. The iPhone 7 Plus showed the best results, 4 hours and 14 minutes (which is obvious - it has almost twice the battery), however, this device is much more expensive - 7 “extra” minutes of autonomy in this case clearly do not pay off.
All users of Apple products are recommended to upgrade iOS to version 11.1. Due to such a simple measure, it will be possible to increase the battery life of the gadget by 40%.
Which iPhone to choose for those who appreciate compactness?
If the user wants to be able to control the gadget with one hand, he definitely should stop the choice on the iPhone SE with a screen diagonal of 4 inches. This smartphone, although considered obsolete, is still in great demand, especially after its price dropped to 19,000 rubles. The pledge of popularity is advanced stuffing: the SE model is both productive, and it takes great pictures, and holds the charge for a long time. Oh yeah, and his design is just gorgeous!
Others in the official sale of iPhones, alas, can not boast of compactness. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 devices have a diagonal of 4.7 inches. The plus models are bigger - they have 5.5 inch screens. The iPhone X is generally giant: 5.8 inches.
Which iPhone is better to give to parents?
Mom or dad as a gift is better to buy again the iPhone SE. There are several reasons for this:
- Rare elderly people understand mobile technology as well as young geeks. Parents, most likely, simply will not be able to appreciate the benefits of the latest model. And if they even find out how much such an IPhone is worth, then they will completely refuse to use it.
- The SE model has small dimensions and fits in one hand - it’s convenient to use a smartphone, and it’s precisely the convenience and simplicity that “over 50” people appreciate more functionality. The huge screens of the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are great for gaming, but the elderly user doesn't need it at all.
- Model SE looks stylish. If you give a pink iPhone to your mother, her delight will surely be genuine.
Will it be possible to buy an iPhone, if the money is absolutely “just enough”?
Do you want to become the owner of the cherished "apple", and you do not even have enough money to order Blackview with AliExpress for the promotion? Do not despair - help you electronic bulletin boards! If you glance at Avito, you will be amazed at the quantity and modest prices of used Aiphones of outdated modifications. In particular, iPhone 5 can be found for 5-6 thousand rubles, 4S - for 3 thousand rubles, and a simple "four" - for 1.5-2 thousand rubles. Back in 2012, the iPhone 4S proudly flaunted in the most prominent place in the windows with a price tag of 30,000 rubles - it turns out that in 5 years it has fallen in price by 900%!
There is no other such gadget from 2012 that would be as popular in 2017 as the iPhone 4S. Despite the fact that the Quartet and the camera are “ridiculous” by modern standards, and the processor doesn’t pull modern programs from the AppStore, and the battery doesn’t hold a charge even a day, 4S can still be seen in the hands of young people. The “magic of Steve Jobs” works here - the iPhone 4S turned out to be the latest smartphone released under its supervision. Many agree that after the death of the visionary, Apple is "no longer a cake."
For a person who wants to buy an iPhone mainly in order to boast the newest “apple” to friends, the best option is iPhone X. However, it should be noted that bragging costs more and more expensive every year - in 2017 you will have to pay for the right to own an exclusive product 90 thousand rubles.
The best option in terms of price-quality ratio in 2017 and 2018 will be iPhone 8 Plus. This is a gadget with a large screen, good autonomy and high-quality camera. In addition, the 8 Plus model is significantly cheaper than the iPhone X.
For that budget user, the iPhone SE is the best option. Modest in size, the device is a real "monster" of performance and in terms of functionality is not inferior to Apple 6th generation devices. In 2017, the SE has a price below 20 thousand rubles - most likely, in the 2018th it will be even more accessible.