You want to buy an iPhone in 2022 ? Apple offers many references on its site, which can easily make you hesitate. We reassure you, some iPhone are easily different from others. Numerama helps you find the product that best suits you, at the best price.
The iPhone purchase guide in summary
- iPhone 13 Pro (€ 1,159): the default choice this year, impossible to be disappointed with such a fun and pleasant smartphone on a daily basis.
- iPhone 13 mini (809 €): an excellent smartphone for small hands, ready for the future.
- iPhone 11 (€ 589): a less upscale choice, however often in promotion.
- iPhone SE (€ 489): the cheapest Apple smartphone. However, it is likely that his successor will arrive in the spring.
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In 2021, Apple simplified its catalog. There used to be four really different iPhones, there are now two, available in two sizes each time. The iPhone 13 (6.1 inches) and the iPhone 13 mini (5.4 inches) are the two consumer terminals. The 13 Pro iPhone (6.1 inches) and the 13 Pro Max iPhone (6.7 inches) are those with the highest number of novelties. The brand also stores iPhone 12, iPhone 11 and iPhone SE in its catalog, which are more affordable. Some resellers also continue to empty their iPhone stocks, although Apple no longer officially sells these products.
You have decided to change your iPhone but do not know which model to choose ? Numerama can help you. We have tested all iPhones and believe that some models are worth more than others. Here is our selection.
The best choice: iPhone 13 Pro
Yes, the iPhone 13 Pro is expensive. We will not be told otherwise. But if last year the iPhone 12 Pro did not have many advantages over the iPhone 12, the same cannot be said of its successor. Apple’s latest smartphone has an OLED ProMotion screen (adaptive refresh rate between 10 and 120 Hz), which allows it to benefit from exceptional fluidity. The iPhone 13 Pro also has monstrous autonomy, high-end finishes and, of course, runs under iOS with all exclusive services to Apple, such as AirDrop, iMessage or Apple Pay.
In terms of photography, the iPhone 13 Pro also stands out from other Apple mobiles. It sports a triple camera module with a telephoto lens equivalent to 77 mm (optical zoom x3) as well as an ultra large angle capable of taking macro photos. His night photos are superb while video lovers will have fun with his Cinematic fashion capable of blurring a person, like in a movie.
That’s why we make it our default choice: whoever pleases you, no matter what smartphone you had before buying it. The larger 13 Pro Max iPhone (6.7 inches instead of 6.1 inches) is just as effective.
Often on promotion: iPhone 11
Certainly, iPhone 11 is two years old. But with his double camera module, face ID recognition, excellent processor and well-defined screen (even if unfortunately LCD technology), he clearly did not say his last word. The price displayed by Apple of € 589 makes us tell that we will find periods of destocking of this model quite frequently and that we will be able to see it pass under € 500 from time to time. It is therefore an iPhone whose price is to be monitored. Released in 2019, it will at least be updated until 2025.
The only problem for sustainability: it is not 5G .
The iPhones not to buy in 2022
Apple has finally got rid of the iPhone XR in its new range !
In 2022, the new iPhones offered by the manufacturer are rather well chosen and really adapt to all the scholarships. We have recommended iPhone 11 in this guide, but iPhone 12 are very good invoices for anyone who wants a 5G smartphone at a less elitist price than that of 13. That said, it is perhaps this range 12 that we find a bit out of step this year: it remains expensive compared to 11 and SE
On the other hand, do not buy a second-hand or repackaged iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max: most of the changes in these smartphones are found in iPhone 13 and 13 mini. Unless you have a very low price (but suddenly, beware of scams), it is not worth it compared to the new “normal” iPhone of the year.
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