Best iPhone 2019: which Apple phone is the best?
Picking the best iPhone got a bit more complicated in late 2018 after Apple launched three new picks in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.
We’ve ranked these three new flagship iPhones, as well as the older handsets, so you can find the best iPhone for you.
Our recommendations round out the top 10 iPhones you can buy (yes, there’s more than 10), because buying the newest might not be your best option if you wanted to save money or don’t want to worry about losing a cutting-edge phone.
For example, 2017’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are still great picks, and you’ll find the iPhone X on sale in certain places for a cheap price – even if you can’t pick one up directly from Apple.
Best iPhone: which one should you buy today
1. iPhone XS Max
The iPhone XS Max is the best iPhone you can buy
Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 6.5-inch | Resolution: 1242 x 2688 | CPU: A12 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3,179mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP
The iPhone XS Max is the best iPhone you can buy right now. It’s Apple’s biggest and best iPhone – if you’re hands and wallets and large enough. It has an expansive 6.5-inch OLED screen with HDR10 support to make colors pop. It’s the perfect phone if you want a giant screen.
Behind that huge screen is an improved dual-lens 12MP camera. Apple outfitted it with Smart HDR and increased the sensor size to capture larger pixels. Don’t let that static 12MP number fool you. The iPhone XS Max (like the XS) has new depth-sensing capabilities for adjustable bokeh (background blur) during and after a shot.
The TrueDepth camera returns with faster Face ID recognition, and your 7MP selfies get better depth control and Smart HDR, too. And, of course, Animojireturns with the iOS 12 benefit of having Memoji now.
The iPhone XS Max is more expensive than the iPhone X and iPhone XS that replaces the X, of course. But if you’re paying for it over the course of two years in a contract (or through the Apple Upgrade Program), it’s not that much more month-to-month.