Four Low-Cost iPhone Options for 2021

Apple is a premium brand in the smartphone industry and it’s for users who are looking for quality devices, regardless of the prices. The basic iPhone 12 model is available for $749. For entry-level users, it can be financially prohibitive to get a new iPhone model. With their advanced features and powerful internal hardware, iPhone models are generally future-proofed with good longevity. A somewhat older model is still capable in delivering good performance and usability. Apple also regularly releases new updates to optimize the hardware and fix possible glitches. iPhone could remain usable for many years. If you find the iPhone 12 is a bit too expensive, here are four low-cost iPhone options to consider:

iPhone XR

Apple released the iPhone XR in October 2018 and considered as a more affordable model of the iPhone X series. It offers great balanced between price and quality. The A12 Bionic chipset is roughly comparable to Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, in terms of performance. It is a still perfectly capable of running any app and game in the market. The experience should be smooth and lag-free. The 6.1-inch LCD display looks great for any multimedia and gaming purpose. On the back, there is a single 12MP camera, that is enough for casual users. The 7MP front-facing camera also works well for social media uses. An unlocked iPhone XR is currently available for $499.

iPhone SE 2020

If you want a more powerful budget iPhone, this model comes with A13 Bionic. It is the same chipset for the iPhone 11 models from 2019. However, the design is somewhat dated and the small 4.7-inch display is quite cramped for today’s standards. It comes with  1821mAh battery that offers mediocre battery life. Because it is a new device, you can still get five years of updates from Apple. Although there’s 12MP single camera on the back, the powerful computational performance of A13 Bionic should deliver better results. The retail price of iPhone SE 2020 is currently at $399.

iPhone 11

If you want to get the more powerful A13 Bionic chipset and the larger 6.1-inch IPS LCD display, the regular iPhone 11 is a great choice. Photography solutions are better with 12Mp primary camera and 12MP ultra-wide camera on the back. There are also 12MP selfie camera and Face ID sensor on the front. With its 3110mAh battery, the regular iPhone 11 could run for 17 hours when playing multimedia content. Retailing at $599 for the 64GB storage and 4GB RAM variant, the iPhone 11 is certainly for people with more flexible budget.

Refurbished iPhone

If you want to get cheaper models, you shouldn’t hesitate getting refurbished iPhones. If you want to get a more premium iPhone model like iPhone XS Max or iPhone 11 Pro Max, getting a refurbished unit should be a great alternative. Pre-owned units are available at much cheaper price. As of today, the price of refurbished iPhone XS Max is $530 in Amazon.