2020 Guide to choosing your iPhone

This month, Apple launched four new phones in addition to the iPhone SE that was released earlier this year. That’s a total of five new phones in 2020! Fresh new specs like the A14 Bionic processor, a more durable “Ceramic Shield” glass coating, improved cameras, a new design, and the new MagSafe wireless charger and accessory system are the highlights of this year’s latest gadgets.

With all these to consider, you might be wondering which iPhone to go for right now, that’s why Slick Case is here to help you decide with our iPhone buying guide.


What’s new in 2020

iPhone 12 models: iPhone 12 Pro Max, Phone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini
Image: apple.com

First, let’s get familiar with the specs of each model:

iPhone 12 - the “standard” iPhone for 2020 has the same display and overall size as the iPhone 11 from last year, but it’s upgraded to an OLED display, which means you get better and more vibrant colours as compared to the iPhone 11’s LCD display. It also has the A14 processor which Apple advertises as the fastest smartphone chip, as well as support for 5G network. If you’re into photography, you’ll be happy to know that the cameras are also slightly upgraded that Apple says lets in 27 percent more light. Hooray to more IG-worthy photos!

iPhone 12 mini - the smallest iPhone Apple has released after a few years. If you’re a minimalist, have small hands, or simply prefer a more compact phone, then this is the perfect choice. Its 5.4-inch display offers the same upgraded specs as the iPhone 12, making it a good option for someone looking for a cheaper iPhone this year. You still get the good stuff in this small package.  

iPhone 12 Pro - the main difference is that this model has a stainless steel body, compared to aluminum on the standard iPhone 12. While both phones have a 6.1-inch display, the iPhone 12 Pro has a brighter display (think Super Retina!). This model also features a third camera — a telephoto lens — that offers 2x optical zoom making it THE iPhone for photography enthusiasts. The iPhone 12 Pro also boasts HDR video recording including Night Mode so you don’t have to limit your shots. Nice!

iPhone 12 Pro Max - the biggest and most expensive iPhone on the list. It has a 6.7-inch display and uses a new camera sensor and faster lens, allowing you to take more stable shots and virtually no blur! The wide camera is also getting better optical image stabilization that Apple says works similar to DSLR cameras. It also has an increased optical zoom of 2.5x giving you sharer images and farther scope.


More about the iPhone 12 lineup

SPECS iPhone 12 Pro Max iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini

Display

6.7 inches, OLED

6.1 inches, OLED

6.1 inches, OLED

5.4 inches, OLED

Resolution

2778 x 1284

2532 x 1170

2532 x 1170

2340 x 1080

Rear Camera

12MP ultrawide, wide, telephoto

12MP ultrawide, wide, telephoto

12MP ultrawide, wide

12MP ultrawide, wide

Optical Zoom Range

4x

4x

2x

2x

Front Camera

12MP

12MP

12MP

12MP

5G

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

mmWave and sub-6GHz

Processor

A14 Bionic

A14 Bionic

A14 Bionic

A14 Bionic

Storage

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Water Protection

rated IP68

rated IP68

rated IP68

rated IP68

Wireless Charging?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Weight (g)

228g

189g

164g

135g

Dimension (in)

6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29

5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29

5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29

5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29

Starting Price

$1,099

$999

$799

$699


What about older models?

On the other hand, some people prefer not to get the latest iPhones as soon as it’s released for some reason and we understand that. Not to worry, because Apple still sells older models or you can always buy from other retailers. Just make sure that the model you’re buying is still supported by Apple’s software upgrades!

To help you pick, we advise that you avoid the iPhone 8, 7, 6S, SE (2016), and all older iPhone that came before them. They are probably available somewhere at a much cheaper price, but you shouldn't take the bait. They don't have the specs to keep up with the latest software, they'll slow down considerably, and may stop getting updates soon. Without software support, these iPhones will slowly become less secure and die. Unless these are almost free, you're better off with an iPhone SE (2020) or another model from 2016 and up.

Bonus tip!

The latest iPhones are made of glass, which shatters and breaks. With such a high price tag and an even higher cost of repair, using an iPhone case to protect your device is the most effective way to reduce your risk of paying exorbitant repair fees. Apple sells $40 to $60 cases and expensive accessories for your phone. If the cost doesn't matter to you, go for it. If it does, other cases from Casetify, Slick Case, Spigen, Otterbox, LifeProof and Speck are good quality and should protect your phone from drops, bumps and scratches (and an expensive repair bill!).  


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