Best iPhone 2018: Which Apple phone is right for you?

With so many iPhone models on the market, which is the best iPhone?

What’s the best iPhone? Apple launched its latest trio of iPhones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in late 2018. The iPhone 8 adds in an updated camera system, glass back for Qi wireless charging but it’s the iPhone X that’s the big update. This has a edge-to-edge Super Retina display, facial recognition and a depth-sensing front-camera. All this is great if you have oodles of cash to burn, but if you’re on a budget the company’s still selling some of its older iPhones, which are cheaper and still have some pretty impressive specs.

Related: iOS 12

Apple has recently announced iOS 12, the latest update that’ll hit phones and iPads later in the year. Apple has really focussed on performance here, aiming to make phones as far back as the iPhone 5S feel faster to use. It is making the keyboard faster to open, camera faster to shoot and general performance better. There are new features too: an option for grouping notification together, updated Stocks app and a brand-new Books experience.

Arguably the most important feature though is Screen Time. This is a way to gauge how much time you spend on your phone each day. It’ll tell you screen-on time, specific time amounts for each app and so on. You can then limit time for certain apps and even apply these to your family members. If you feel you use your phone too much, this could he a great addition.

Finally Apple updated its Do Not Disturb mode. You can now set it so you won’t receive any notification at night and its a lot more granular with its settings.

iOS 12 will be available to download for all phones that have iOS 11 later in the year.


iPhone 8 Plus

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Key features:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p DCI-P3, True Tone screen
  • A11 Bionoc CPU, 3GB RAM
  • 64GB or 256GB storage
  • iOS 11
  • Dual 12MP cameras, f/1.8 and OIS
  • Price: £799

The A11 Bionic CPU makes this one of the fastest phones out there, and the new 12-megapixel camera takes more saturated and colourful shots.

The new glass back enabled Qi wireless charging, though a pad doesn’t come in the box, and the display benefits from the True Tone tech that’ll adjust the colour temperature depending on your environment.


Read the full iPhone 8 Plus review

iPhone 7 Plus

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Key features:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p DCI-P3 screen
  • A10 CPU, 3GB RAM
  • 32GB, 128GB or 256GB storage
  • iOS 10
  • Dual 12MP cameras, f/1.7 and OIS
  • Price: £669

The iPhone 7 Plus may be last year’s model but it’s still a decent phone, especially when you consider the discounted price. It was the the first iPhone to have two camera sensors on the back, with the second acting as a telephoto lens. The main 12-megapixel sensor still takes better shots because it has a wider f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation and the secondary sensor works with a new Portrait mode to give a nice bokeh (background blur) effect.

The iPhone 7 Plus also benefits from a better 1080p display that sits at 5.5-inches. It’s not huge compared to the competition – the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch screen – but it still makes the 7 Plus a big phone.

The rest of the specs are similar to the smaller iPhone 7: The A10 Fusion CPU, 32GB of base storage and iOS 11.

Read the full iPhone 7 Plus review

iPhone SE

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Key Features:

  • 4-inch Retina display
  • A9 CPU
  • iOS 10
  • 12MP camera, f/2.2 and OIS
  • Price: £349

The SE is the smallest and most unique member of the iPhone family. If you want an iPhone that’s the same size as the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, this is the one to pick.

The iPhone SE is affordable, fast and has the same ace camera as the iPhone 6S. Its battery can easily make it through two days and its diminutive size makes it perfect for one-handed texting.

There’s no Force Touch, or optical image stabilisation on the camera, but you’ll get the iOS 12 update later in the year just like everyone else. Apple has also recently upped the storage from 16GB to 32GB, which is great news.

Read the full iPhone SE review


Key features:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p screen
  • A9 CPU
  • iOS 10
  • 12MP camera, f/2.2 and OIS
  • Price: £549

Apple’s larger flagship from 2016 is still available for £599, and remains a good option for headphone jack loving folk who don’t need the dual-camera toting iPhone 7 Plus.

The major specs are the same as the 6S. Under the hood you’ll find an A9 CPU, 16GB and iOS 11. The only big upgrades over the iPhone 6 is that there’s OIS on the 12-megapixel rear-camera and a higher-res 1080p, 5.5-inch display.

As is normal with the bigger Plus model, the battery life far exceeds the smaller model. But it also takes a lot longer to charge, as there’s no type of fast-charging here.

Read the full iPhone 6S Plus review

iPhone 7

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Key features:

  • 4.7-inch HD DCI-P3 screen
  • A10 CPU, 2GB RAM
  • 32GB, 128GB or 256GB storage
  • iOS 10
  • 12MP camera, f/1.7 and OIS
  • Price: £549

The iPhone 7 is far from the best iPhone, but there’s still plenty going for it. It doesn’t have the dual-cameras of the Plus variant, but unlike older iPhones, it has optical image stabilisation, which leads to much better low-light photos.

It also has an improved display that covers the P3 colour-gamut, and faster A10 Fusion chip that offers seriously impressive performance.

The problem is the lack of a headphone jack, and tiny battery. The first issues can easily be remedied by either using the included wired Lightning EarPods or using a Bluetooth pair, but the poor battery life isn’t quite so easy to ignore.

With Apple rumoured to be giving the entire line-up a big upgrade this year, we’d say save your money and not plump for the least enticing iPhone right now.

Read the full iPhone 7 review

iPhone 6S

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Key features:

  • 4.7-inch HD screen
  • A9 CPU
  • iOS 10
  • 12MP camera, f/2.2
  • Price: £449

Apple’s still selling 2016’s headline device for £499, which is a good deal for people who want to save a bit of cash and aren’t willing to lose the headphone jack.

The iPhone 6S is still a good phone, and looks almost identical to the newer model. It arguable even has better battery life than the iPhone 7, though it lacks the wider aperture and optical image stabilisation in the camera.

What you do get though is a fast A9 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a vivid 4.7-inch IPS display. It’ll also get the iOS 12 update later in the year.

Read the full iPhone 6S review

iPhone X

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Key features:

  • 5.8-inch OLED HDR display
  • A11 Bionic CPU
  • iOS 10
  • Dual 12-megapixel camera with OIS
  • Price: £1000

A few years ago we’d have laughed at the idea someone would actually pay £1000 for an iPhone. But in 2018 the idea’s not that strange thanks to the arrival of beautiful, but super-expensive, handsets like the iPhone X.

The iPhone X is the most costly iPhone that Apple’s ever released, but it’s also one of the best. Featuring a beautiful, near-bezeless design, and more top-end tech than you can shake a stick at, the iPhone X is one of the best smartphones, if not the best, on the market.

Key highlights include a much-improved telephoto camera, impressive battery life and a new Face ID security feature that lets you unlock the phone with your face.

If you’re on the market for a new iPhone and money is no object, the iPhone X is this year’s must-have gadget.

Read the full iPhone X review