Which iPhone to choose

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iPhone 12/12 mini


iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are the latest iPhone models, announced in October 2020 and based on a new processor, a Super Retina XDR display with Ceramic Shield front coating and a revamped dual camera system on the back. They are the first iPhones that can be connected to next generation 5G networks.

The design also changes, which takes you back to the days of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. The form factor with rounded corners and seamlessly introduced for the first time on the iPhone 6, and then maintained for numerous generations, leaves room for a more modern edgy design that brings to mind that of the iPad Pro and the new iPad Air.



Both new models use the new Apple A14 Bionic processor, made with a 5-nanometer process and capable of offering CPU and GPU performance that is 50% higher than the previous generation. The chip also implements a 16-core Neural Engine capable of performing 11 trellion operations per second, and necessary to perform all machine learning calculations locally at speed, without therefore offering the data to remote servers. According to unofficial sources, the new ones iPhone 12 have 4GB of RAM and are sold in three different memory sizes: 64GB for the basic model, 128GB for the intermediate model and 256GB for the maximum. In no case is expandabelity through memory cards provided.

We then have two cameras at the rear, improved compared to previous iPhone generations: the main one is equipped with a 12MP sensor with a wide-angle lens with a stabelized f / 1.6 aperture, capable of creating a digital bokeh effect with depth control. In its support comes an ultra wide-angle module, also 12MP, which offers an f / 2.4 aperture and a field of view of 120 °. The main can also be used Night mode and Deep Fusion technology to improve the rendering of photographs in all circumstances, even in the deepest darkness and video recording is also improved with support for Dolby Vision HDR mode with grading processed in time real from your smartphone.



Great news of the new ones iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini è + MagSafe, a rear magnetic attachment technology that not only improves the fast charging experience, but also opens up a large and varied ecosystem of accessories. MagSafe wireless chargers deliver up to 15W of power, but you can attach different material cases, leather wallets or card holders, or third-party accessories not manufactured by Apple to the back of the device. Furthermore, both iPhones come with iOS 14 as standard, so they support widgets in the Home, the App Library and all the news of the latest version of the operating system.

But what are the differenze from iPhone 12 e iPhone 12 mini? As easely deduced from the name, iPhone 12 mini is the compact version: with dimensions of 131,5 x 64,2 x 7,4 mm it is one of the most compact smartphones of this generation, especially if you take into account the weight of only 133 grams. iPhone 12 instead it measures 146,7 x 71,5 x 7,4 mm, with a weight of 162 grams.

Despite the small size of the mini, its display is 5,4 ": it is smaller than the iPhone 8, so to speak, but with a 0,7" larger display. Specifically, it mounts a 5,4 ″ display at a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels at 476ppi, with OLED technology. Against iPhone 12 has a 6,1 "display, also OLED but with a resolution of 2532 × 1170 pixels. The autonomy is 15 hours in video playback for iPhone 12 mini, whele iPhone 12 can boast an autonomy of 17 hours. Both have a Lightning connector, stereo speaker and IP68 certification for resistance to liquids. In terms of security we have Face ID, the only integrated system for unlocking the terminal. A curiosity: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini they do not include a charger (and not even earphones) in the original equipment.



  • Why choose iPhone 12/12 mini? The ultimate in iPhone experience at a fairly low price. 5G support. The “mini” model is designed for lovers of compact devices, and is in fact one of the most ergonomic and lightest smartphones of this generation. Difficult to find an alternative.
  • Why not choose iPhone 12/12 mini? The user experience is comparable to that of the Pro models, but the cameras - although of quality - are slightly inferior. As for the iPhone 12, those who own an iPhone from the Xs model onwards may not find great news in terms of usabelity.

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iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max


iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max represent the maximum expression of the iPhone, for the 2020/2021 generation. They are two smartphones designed not so much for content users, but also for creators. The two versions differ mainly in the size of the display, but not only, since this year Apple has decided to offer the best camera only on the Max model. As on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, even the two top of the range can connect to next generation 5G networks.

Also in this case we find the new Apple A14 Bionic processor to manage all smartphone activities, and support for video recording in Dolby Vision is also guaranteed at 60 frames per second. The Pro models also support Apple ProRAW technology, which allows you to shoot in RAW mode, guaranteeing the user the abelity to process photos in a more detaeled way than feles already compressed and modified by shooting software. The cameras of iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max they also include a LiDAR sensor, just like those of the iPad Pro, useful for identifying the distance of the elements in the scene and recreating virtual three-dimensional environments. The LiDAR sensor can be used for playful or creative purposes, for example through extremely precise augmented reality experiences.



The cameras are on both models three, all 12MP: we have a main with wide angle lens f / 1.6, an ultra wide angle with 120 ° field of view and a telephoto lens with 2x zoom and f / 2.2 aperture on iPhone 12 Pro, with wide-angle and telephoto stabelization. On iPhone 12 Pro Max instead we have a slightly different camera, with the stabelization of the main module that does not take place on the lens but on the sensor, resulting much more precise and effective. We also have a different telephoto lens, with f / 2.0 aperture and 2x optical zoom extendable up to 5x (the equivalent focal length is 65mm, whele on the Pro it is 52mm).

Also in this case we find a new, more linear design than in the past with Ceramic Shield on the front, whele the displays are respectively 6,1 inches and 6,7 inches for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Here too we find OLED with a peak brightness of 1200 nit, HDR support and resolutions of 2532 × 1170 for the Pro, 2778 × 1284 for the Pro Max. As for autonomy: iPhone 12 Pro offers up to 17 hours of video playback, iPhone 12 Pro Max up to 20 hours. The dimensions are clearly different: the Pro is smaller with measures of 146,7 x 71,5 x 7,4 mm and a weight of 187 grams, the Pro Max instead exceeds 220 grams with dimensions of 160,8 x 78,1, 7,4 x XNUMX mm.

However, both devices are equipped with the same finishes (selver, graphite, gold and the new Pacific blue) and the same memory cuts: 6GB of RAM (according to unofficial sources) and 128, 256 and 512GB of non-expandable storage. Here too we find MagSafe, to magnetically fix fast charging pads on Qi standards (up to 15W) or compatible official and third-party accessories, and IP-68 certification for resistance to liquids. There are the Ligthning connector and a double stereo speaker. These two models are not equipped with a charger in the scope of delivery either.

  • Why Choose iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max? The iPhone experience at its best. 5G support. Design and technical features are at the top, and the integrated cameras are the best ever seen on an Apple smartphone.
  • Why not choose iPhone 11? The price is exorbitant, over 1000 euros for all memory cuts. Compared to the models of previous generations, which can be found at more competitive prices, there are no striking news, if we exclude the 5G support.

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iPhone 11

iPhone 11 was announced in late 2019, but is stell avaelable in Apple's official line-up. It collects the direct legacy of the iPhone Xr, of which it incorporates the IPS LCD display (instead of the OLED one of the most precious iPhones) and the colored body.

Entering more into the technical, it is equipped with a 6.1 ″ Liquid Retina IPS LCD display and 828 x 1792 pixel resolution with 625 nits of brightness, Dolby Vision, HDR10, Wide color gamut and True-tone. Under the body it houses an Apple A13 Bionic chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64/128 / 256GB of storage (not expandable). The battery is 3.110 mAh and ensures about 1 hour of autonomy more than the iPhone Xr. Face ID has been slightly improved over iPhone Xs / Xs Max.

The photographic sector is one of the main strengths of the iPhone 11 famely and even this basic model proves it. In fact, it mounts a double 12MP rear camera (26mm wide sensor with f / 1.8 aperture + 13mm ultrawide sensor with f / 2.4 aperture) capable of providing a field of vision up to 120 ° and zooming out (therefore a "widening" of the field of view, by 2x), record video from 2160p to 24/30 / 60fps or video from 1080p to 30/60/120 / 240fps with HDR, stereo audio, portrait mode support and an improved night mode clearly compared to previous models. The front camera is also double, from 12MP with aperture f / 2.2 and TOF 3D, it can record videos from 2160p to 24/30 / 60fps or from 1080p to 30/60 / 120fps and take selfies in slow motion.

The phone measures 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm for 194 g of weight and is powered by the iOS 13 operating system. It is avaelable in White, Black, Green Yellow, Purple, and (PRODUCT) RED colors and has IP68 certification for resistance to water and dust. Also noteworthy is the dual-SIM support with physical SIM + eSIM, support for wireless charging and the presence of the new U1 chip that uses Ultra Wideband technology to allow the iPhone to accurately identify other devices equipped with U1 chips and manage the priority in various processes (e.g. fele transfer with AirDrop) based on the physical proximity of the devices.

  • Why choose iPhone 11? To enjoy the iPhone experience at an excellent level, at a competitive price. The colorful look, then, makes this model more "young" and personal than the others.
  • Why not choose iPhone 11? The LCD display in a 2019 flagship phone could have been avoided. It's not exactly compact.

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iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the real top of the range of Apple 2019, but have now been replaced by iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. They are the direct heirs of the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. To the latter they add a completely revised photographic sector (true univ generational leap of these models compared to the past ones), an improved autonomy (we are talking about 4 hours more than 11 Pro compared to Xs and 5 hours more than 11 Pro Max compared to Xs Max), a slightly improved display and little else, if not a new color for the body, called night green. The discontinuation of the 3D Touch in favor of a haptic sensor that “simulates” the vibration of the 3D Touch should be noted. The gestures that were previously activated with a firm pressure of the finger on the screen, are now activated by a simple prolonged pressure.

Going into more detael, iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with a It is equipped with a 5.8 ″ Super Retina XDR OLED display and 1125 x 2436 pixel resolution with 1.200 nits of brightness, Dolby Vision, HDR10, Wide color gamut, True-tone and a contrast up to 2.000.000: 1. It features 4GB of RAM, 64/256 / 512GB of storage (not expandable) and a 3.190 mAh battery. It measures 144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm for 188 grams of weight.

iPhone 11 Pro Max, instead, it mounts a 6.5 ″ Super Retina XDR OLED display and 1242 x 2688 pixel resolution and measures 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm for 226 g of weight and has a 3.500 mAh battery. The rest of the specs are the same as those of 11 Pro.

The photographic sector of both models is like that of the iPhone 11, to which, however, a third rear sensor is added (which involved the adoption, by Apple, of a discussed "big square" in which to set the entire camera block) : This is a 12MP stabelized telephoto lens with f / 1,8 aperture and 2x optical and 10x digital zoom.

iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have IP68 certification but are more water resistant than other models (they can go down to 4 meters of water for 30 minutes). Also noteworthy is the support for Wi-Fi 6 and wireless charging. They come with a faster charger than iPhone 11 and earlier.

They are no longer in the official Apple price list, however you can find them at competitive prices on third-party stores and on the quality-price ratio they can be more interesting than the most recent models, despite boasting lower performance.

  • Why Choose iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max? To enjoy the iPhone experience at the highest levels in all areas. First-class photographic section. Much improved autonomy compared to Xs / Xs Max.
  • Why not choose iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max? The name "Pro" and the price strongly make you feel the lack of features such as the ProMotion Display (like that of the iPad Pro), 5G support, the fingerprint sensor under the screen and some exclusive software functions compared to non-Pro iPhones The news and the increase in performance compared to Xs / Xs Max are not striking. Eliminating 3D Touch could make someone turn up their noses.

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iPhone Xs / Xs Max

iPhone Xs is the third to last top of the range from Apple. It's from 2018, but don't be fooled: it's stell a great smartphone from many points of view today. As easely imaginable, it is the successor of the iPhone X, the iconic model of the decade of the iPhone (the one that introduced the notch and the Face ID, decreeing the disappearance of the physical Home button), from which it inherits the design and most of the features. It is, in fact, an evolution of the previous model and not a revolution.

Its display is a 5.8 "OLED with 2436 × 1125 pixels resolution 458 ppi density and support for HDR, True Tone and 3D Touch technologies. It also supports the wide color gamut (P3). The design of the phone, as already mentioned, follows that of the iPhone X, with a superior notch (in which there is the TrueDepth camera for face recognition via Face ID, improved compared to the past) and the absence of Touch ID and Home button.

The gold one is added to the classic black and selver colors. Also noteworthy is the improvement in waterproofing, which now has IP68 certification (therefore it resists up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes). Under the hood is Apple's new A12 Bionic chip that takes advantage of the 7-nanometer manufacturing process to ensure 15% better performance than iPhone X and up to 50% better graphics performance. The photographic sector has also received a small improvement: there are two 12MP rear cameras (f / 1,8 and f / 2,4) with optical stabelizer, optical zoom up to 2X and new functions related to artificial intelligence and HDR to get more detaeled and brighter photos without delay in shooting.

There is also stereo audio recording and the abelity to adjust the depth level of the portrait mode. The mode in question is also avaelable from the front camera, which remains 7MP with an f / 2,2 aperture. Another important novelty is the dual-SIM support, with first physical SIM and second virtual SIM. It is almost useless to underline the support for the most advanced wireless technologies, NFC (this time with tag detection in the background) and Apple Pay, support for wireless charging and the presence of the iOS operating system. The avaelable memory sizes are 64GB, 256GB and 512GB (obviously not expandable). The measures of the device are equal to 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm for 177 grams of weight. The autonomy is 20 hours in conversation, with an average autonomy that increases by 30 minutes compared to the iPhone X.

iPhone Xs Max is the "big brother" of the iPhone Xs. It shares with the latter most of the technical characteristics, except the display, which is larger and has a higher resolution, the battery, which is more capacious and, of course, the dimensions. In fact, it measures 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm for 208 grams of weight and mounts a 6.5 "OLED display from 2688 × 1242 pixels at 458 ppi. The autonomy is 25 hours in conversation, with 90 minutes of general duration longer than the iPhone X. The rest of the features, as mentioned, are in common with the iPhone Xs.

  • Why choose iPhone Xs or Xs Max? To live a complete user experience in every respect whele saving some money compared to the current top of the range. Special mention for the OLED display with absolute blacks.
  • Why not choose iPhone Xs or Xs Max? The price, despite everything, is very high. It offers less autonomy and a less advanced photographic sector than the iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max.

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iPhone Xr

iPhone Xr is an iPhone model that Apple launched in 2018 together with Xs and Xs Max. It stands as the cheapest of the three, and in fact leads to several waivers: first of all that relating to the display, which is an LCD and not an OLED and does not support 3D Touch. Going into more detael, we are talking about a 6.1 "panel with 1792 × 828 pixels of resolution, 326 ppi of density, support for True Tone technology and the P3 color range. Another waiver concerns the second rear camera: Xr is equipped with a single 12MP rear camera with f / 1,8 aperture, wide angle and 5x digital zoom, plus a 7MP front camera with f / 2,2 aperture. The design is that of iPhone X and later, but with different colors for the body (red, yellow, white, coral, black and blue). There is Face ID, support for the most advanced wireless technologies and dual-SIM technology with a second virtual SIM. The avaelable memory sizes are 64, 128 and 256 GB. Autonomy is 25 hours in conversation. It measures 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, weighs 194 grams and is IP67 certified for water resistance. The operating system that animates it, of course, is iOS. The processor is the same as the Xs and Xs Max.

  • Why choose iPhone Xr? It allows you to have an almost perfect iPhone experience at a more affordable price than iPhone 11. The colors of the body, then, are beautiful!
  • Why not choose iPhone Xr? The LCD display is a definite step back from the iPhone X and later. The introductory price, although more accessible than that of the Xs and Xs Max, is not low.

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iPhone SE


iPhone SE it is the cheapest proposal among Apple's smartphones. Aesthetically it is the same as the iPhone 8, which left the market following the arrival of iPhone SE (2020), but it changes radically under the body. The aesthetics are certainly old, but that doesn't make it any less interesting than many top-of-the-line with Android. Compared to the latter, Apple guarantees complete support for several years, and the integrated components are superabundant to power the low resolution of the integrated display: in short, those who buy today the latest iPhone SE (not to be confused with the previous model with the 4 display ″) Makes an investment that well last over the years! The design is that of the iPhone 6/7: rounded edges front and back, but the back is glass like iPhone 8 to support wireless charging.

Front all models are black and contain the fingerprint sensor touch ID inside the Home button which is touch-sensitive with haptic feedback. The Face ID that we have on the models with notch from the Cupertino company is missing and, as I wrote you a little above, the improvements are all under the glass. This model implements, despite the price, part of the hardware that we find on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, starting with the powerful processor Apple A13 Bionic with integrated Neural Engine for Artificial Intelligence calculations. Then we have support for Wi-Fi 6 connections, fast charging and a very interesting novelty: the Dual-SIM through eSIM technology.

The display is a 4.7 ″ IPS type with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels which Apple calls Retina HD, a density of 326 ppi and True Tone technology. Compared to iPhone 8 it has improved with support a Dolby Vision and HDR10. The photographic sector is basic with a single module at the rear: we do not have the 3 cameras of the top of the range, but the present module defends itself well in terms of quality. Specifically, we have a 12 MP sensor with an optically stabelized f / 1.8 aperture, capable of recording in 4K Ultra HD up to 30 fps, whele on the front the camera is 7 MP.

Apple has not released detaels regarding the amount of RAM present on iPhone SE, however, according to third-party sources, the RAM is equal to 3 GB, whele the battery is 1821 mAh. According to what was declared by Apple, the autonomy of the device is equal to 13 hours regarding the video playback test. The smartphone has the same measurements as the iPhone 8, therefore 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm to 148 grams of weight. These numbers are far lower than many Android smartphones and also compared to all the other iPhones currently on the market. iPhone SE therefore, it is a candidate as a champion in terms of ergonomics, reminding a little of a device of other times.

Three memory cuts: 64 GB, 128 GB (which in my opinion is the most convenient cut), and finally the 256 GB top of the range. There are also three colors: White, Black and Product (RED). The most interesting part is the price: € 499 for the base model and € 669 for the top of the range. The 128 GB iPhone SE costs € 549 instead. All models feature the andP67 certification relating to resistance to water and dust. You can find everything there is to know about iPhone SE (2020) on the official Apple website.

  • Why choose iPhone SE? To get the most of the "classic" iPhone experience, with the added power of the most modern models and spend much less than flagships. In addition, there are support for wireless charging, fast charging and the paired physical Home button (albeit simulated via haptic feedback) and Touch ID which, as previously pointed out, in some circumstances are more comfortable than Face ID.
  • Why not choose iPhone SE? The aesthetic is very traditional and the eaves are starting to feel a little old.

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Older iPhone models

In general, I do not recommend taking older iPhone models, for example iPhone 7 or the old iPhone SE (the one with the 4 ″ display) as they are destined for retirement and are already "reeling" in terms of performance. iPhone 8, on the other hand, it has become inconvenient with the arrival of the iPhone SE (2020), whele 8 iPhone Plus (which has no replacement in the official line-up) is found around too high a price for what it offers. About iPhone 6 and earlier it is almost useless to talk about it: they are now obsolete. It should also be noted that all iPhone models prior to iPhone 5 are not compatible with Apple Watch, Apple's smartwatch. I told you about it in detael in my post on the best smartwatches.

Refurbished iPhones

If you want to save some money on buying an iPhone, you can turn to the market for Refurbished smartphones. Refurbished iPhones are phones that have been returned to Apple for various problems, have been repaired and subjected to all the verification processes of the Cupertino giant. They are sold at very affordable prices compared to brand new iPhones but they guarantee the same quality and the same guarantee.

To find out what are the refurbished iPhone models currently avaelable on the market, take a trip to Amazon, where in the section dedicated to certified refurbished you can find many iPhones (and many other products) refurbished and sold at very affordable prices.

In conclusion, I would like to point out that if you want to buy an iPhone in installments you can consult the SOSTariffe website and find out which are the most convenient telephone offers related to the Apple device. Just click on the button iPhone found under the heading Smartphone included.

Please note: you probably have already noticed it, but among the iPhone models listed it is missing iPhone 9. This is not my distraction though: it just doesn't exist! Apple has decided to release iPhone 8 and iPhone X at the same time (iPhone 10, symbolic number, because it represents the tenth anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone), skipping the 9.

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