Top 10 Things to Know Before Buying a New iPhone

It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time or the latest of many, purchasing a new model gives us immense excitement every time. The iPhone as we all know is one of the most expensive gadgets to own. And once we get one in our hands, it becomes our precious property. So, before acquiring this precious constant companion, make sure to go through some important factors listed below to consider the one that will define your personal style statement.

1. Augmented Reality

To the first time iPhone user, this feature is really impressive. The owner can experience immersive gameplay with the latest models starting from iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and the iPhone X as these models come along with an AR kit. It also offers another level of photography as well as style. You can find some special setups in the latest versions, such as transforming your image into your emoji version by using the snap chat filter through face mapping.

2. Camera

If camera quality is more important for you, having an iPhone X or iPhone 8 plus can be a good choice. You will find a second telephoto lens in both of these devices, which provides you with a better zoom and DSLR camera-portrait-like quality. You will also find it mimicking different kinds of studio lighting and ambiance. If you like to take selfies, you will love it even more as it comes with the same portrait mode for the front and back cameras.

3. Face ID

The new security feature of the iPhone is face ID. In iPhone X, you will find no touch ID which makes it more secure in unlocking the phone and authenticating payments, though iPhone 8, and 8 plus still have the option for finger scanner on the home button.

4. Home Button

Only the iPhone X model doesn’t have a home button among all iPhones released so far. On their 10th anniversary, Apple removed this feature from their model. So, now it’s time for the users to learn a new way of operating their iPhones. But, if you are attached to the physical home button, it will be better for you to go with the 8 or 8 plus model.

5. Storage 

iPhone does not allow you to add storage on a microSD card, while in most Android phones you can do it. So, you need to make sure you are getting enough capacity built-in when buying your iPhone. You can find the latest models starting at 64 GB. It might be enough if you do not store a huge number of albums or movies on your phone.

6. Screen

The latest iPhones come with ambient lighting for the warmth adjusted by Apple’s True Tone technology. Like their predecessors, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus have HD retina displays, whereas iPhone X comes with a Super Retina display offering more pixels per inch. iPhone X is the first model to use OLED and HDR technology, producing richer colors, deeper blacks, and more life-like images. The only thing you might not like is putting up with the rounded edges and black notch while watching videos.

7. Size

When the price is not your primary concern, size is the first thing you need to consider. If you want to buy the iPhone 8 Plus for its 5.5-inch screen, remember it’s bulkier, too. When comfort is your first priority, the iPhone 8 that comes with a 4.7-inch screen can be a better choice. You might also like the iPhone X, as it is in between the two in terms of weight and size.

8. Price

iPhones are not made to sell at a cheap price. The cheapest iPhone X starts at $999, the iPhone 8 plus at $799, and the iPhone 8 at $688. That’s without extra storage, AppleCare, and tax. So, when you are looking for the cheaper one, ruling out the X from the get-go will be a wise decision. Or, you might consider the Apple Upgrade Program that will let you pay off the phone in 24-month as well as upgrade it to the latest model when half of the payment has been made

9. Buying the SIM-Free One

If you are not bound to a network contract with an upgrade, purchasing your iPhone outright will be the right thing to do. When you are looking at any contract, know that you might find the same carrier offering a similar SIM-only plan that is cheaper than purchasing your iPhone from Apple almost every time a new model is released. It will help you add a pay monthly contract too. You can also pay as you go if you want.

10. The Best Time to Buy

The ideal time to purchase a new iPhone is just after the announcement of a new version made by Apple. It might not be a good idea with other tech products, as they may offer better bargains after the launch day. Compared to those techs, the iPhone barely varies in price. No matter which iPhone you are buying, you will get a good offer. So, buying early can be a good idea when you are determined to buy one.

Buying anything new is always exciting. But before that, you always need to check out the different advantages and features offered by them. You also need to look into the facts that might change or establish your decision so that you don’t have to regret your choice later. Like every other device, while purchasing a new iPhone, make sure to check out the points mentioned above and get the companion that suits you better.

Nethra Gupta
Nethra Gupta
Nethra Gupta, with a Master’s in Tech and Digital Media, she's an expert in the latest tech trends and social media. Recognized in tech forums Nethra is known for her reliable insights. When offline, she loves digital art and gaming.


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