The new iPhone 12 comes with a pretty hefty price tag, at almost R16 000 for the entry level iPhone 12, you might as well take out a second mortgage on your house.

At Flip Phone we believe that owning the latest tech shouldn’t cost the earth, that is why we put together this guide containing a list of the best iPhone to purchase under R10K.

iPhone XR

The best “value for money” iPhone with all the features. The budget friendly iPhone XR boasts the same look and feel as the latest iPhone models without having to fork out a small holdings price for it.

Reasons to buy

  • Longest battery life on an iPhone with up to 25 hours
  • Water resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
  • Comes in a range of fun colours

Reasons to avoid

  • Low-resolution screen display
  • No 3D touch feature – 3D touch enables you to access different shortcuts using different pressure levels.

Price: R9 499

iPhone SE (2020)

Cheapest high-end iPhone to purchase. This iPhone was released by Apple to give consumers a more affordable option, containing the same chipset as the iPhone 11 Pro Max – this iPhone’s performance is anything but ordinary.

Reasons to buy

  • The most affordable high-end iPhone on the market
  • Lightweight frame 
  • Upgraded internal with Apple’s brand new A13 Bionic chipset

Reasons to avoid

  • Average battery life
  • Old screen technology – no face ID

Price: R9 399

iPhone XS

An upgraded version of the iPhone X. This iPhone might not be as innovative as when the iPhone X was first released but it still boasts a range of major enhancements proving that Apple truly can improve upon greatness.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great camera quality (Depth Control feature allows you to adjust your portrait shots)
  • Super retina display

Reasons to avoid

  • The rear housing is more durable than the iPhone X but still fragile and expensive to repair.
  • Although it boasts better features, the iPhone X and XR are just as good and at a cheaper price point too.

Price: R9 999

iPhone X

First of its kind. The iPhone X was the first iPhone that Apple launched with a large all-screen display. This iPhone is a great choice for anyone looking for all Apple’s modern features in an iPhone but at a more affordable price point.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Dual camera technology
  • Houses many of the features present in newer models

Reasons to avoid:

  • Lacks the processing power of newer models
  • Lack of colour options

Price: R8 599

It’s can be very tempting to purchase the latest iPhone – Apple spends a lot of money on marketing to bolster this idea into your mind. However, at a price point of R16 000 – it might not be worth it.

New isn’t always better and with the quality and care that Apple places in each of their devices, you can be assured that even their older models will be pure powerhouses in your pocket.

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