It was in 2017 when Apple took the world by storm with the iPhone X. At the time, the iPhone X brought the fancy future of technology to the present world with features that were never seen before on the regular phone. The narrow-bezel display and the infamous notch changed the design of smartphones for years to come. Since then, Apple released three-generational upgrades to the iPhone X and in 2020, you can get an iPhone X series phone for as low as Rs 40,000 is online sales.
The original iPhone X is two years old now and gets massive discounts, making it cheaper than several new Android phones. The slightly newer iPhone XR that also took the world by storm in 2018 and most of 2019, sells for prices mostly under Rs 50,000. Lastly, this year’s affordable iPhone 11 offers the latest of what Apple has to offer at a price that’s lower than the launch price of both the iPhone XR and iPhone X from a few years ago.
Hence, if you want to buy an iPhone, you have a lot of options to choose from. But which one should you spend your money on?
Is the iPhone X the ultimate deal under Rs 50,000?
The iPhone X was revolutionary when it launched back in 2017, especially with its FaceID system and a narrow-bezel OLED display. The iPhone X changed iOS in a major way and it sort of modernised the iPhone when compared to the iPhone 8 and older models. However, in 2020, the iPhone X is not a sensible choice.
Compared to the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, the iPhone X offers an OLED display which looks way better and sharper. However, the benefits stop there. The iPhone X is two years old and that means you will only get four more years of software support. The performance is still great but an iPhone XR will perform better any given day. Battery life is sub-par on the iPhone X and one can barely make it to the end of the day. The cameras are also decent but they are nowhere as good as new cameras we have these days.
Hence, iPhone X is 2020 isn’t a good deal.
So that means the iPhone XR is the best?
The iPhone XR was appealing when it launched in 2018 and in its one year, it has only become super appealing. The iPhone XR now sells for as low as Rs 42,000 at times and if you want the best value for money iPhone, this is easily the phone. However, despite its low price, it’s not a good deal to buy the iPhone XR in 2020. Shocked?
The iPhone XR is a great phone by 2020 standards- make no mistake. You get an awesome full-day battery life with moderate usage, super-fast performance that can run any of the current games in the best of ways and host of exciting colours to choose from. However, the iPhone XR has cameras that you can barely call great. The cameras lose out on details and Apple’s Deep Fusion tech isn’t coming to the XR to fix the issue. The lack of an ultra-wide camera is also a bummer for a premium phone in 2020. The front camera is decent too but it doesn’t offer the best quality in terms of selfies and videos. Lastly, the iPhone XR is a year old and it will get a year less of software support from Apple.
Hence, despite the lower prices, the iPhone XR is still not the best value iPhone by 2020 standards.
That leaves us to the iPhone 11
And, the iPhone 11 is the affordable iPhone you should buy in 2020. Of course, you might scoff at me calling the iPhone 11 affordable but one look at what the iPhone 11 Pro’s price tag and the iPhone 11 seems like a bargain. It’s mostly similar to the iPhone XR but the tiny upgrades Apple made to it make it a much better phone than the iPhone XR.
The cameras benefit the most and with Apple’s Deep Fusion tech, you can get Google Pixel-levels of details in the photos. The ultra-wide-angle camera is great for getting new perspectives while the night mode performance leaves the iPhone XR to eat dust. Even the front camera gets massive improvements and the new wide-angle can accommodate more people.
Other than that, the iPhone 11 slightly better battery life, slightly better performance and a new range of colours to choose from. However, Apple could have upgraded the 720p LCD display to an OLED panel on the iPhone 11.
On the whole, the iPhone 11 is the most expensive option here at Rs 64,990 but if you are willing to get the best experience that stays the same for years to come, it makes more sense to spend extra on the iPhone 11 instead of saving money on the older models with inferior technology.