It’s 2017 and smartphones suddenly got exciting again. We witnessed the rise of dual cameras and bezel-less displays. We also lost the headphone jack! Cheap phones get good and good phones get cheap! With that in mind, the iPhone isn’t really cheap at all. For the longest time, Apple treats the iPhone as a high-end phone. Last year, that all changed with the iPhone SE.
This year, Apple launched three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the radically new iPhone X! One strange thing happened though: they kept the iPhone 6s series AND the iPhone 7 series in the lineup! This begs the question: which iPhone should I buy? Well, I’m here to give you the 2017 iPhone lineup guide! I’m here to tell you which iPhone is the best one for you! Note that I will be putting Philippine pricing here. I also won’t include the iPhone 5s (P12,990) and iPhone 6 (P19,990). They are both available in the Philippines but have older processors that are really slow when running iOS 11.
Table of Contents – 2017 iPhone Lineup Guide
Price: P22,490 (32GB), P28,990 (128GB)
Notable Specs: A9 chip, 2GB RAM, 1st generation Touch ID, 12MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera
The iPhone SE is the cheapest one in the lineup right now. It basically has the specs of an iPhone 6s (save for the Touch ID sensor and front camera) in an iPhone 5/5s body. I’ve read reports that the SE slows down on iOS 11 but I’m sure it’ll be a better experience than the 5s and 6.
Who is this for? This is for the first-time smartphone buyer who wants an iPhone. This is also for people who REALLY like small phones. (My Dad actually likes this compared to the size of the 6/6s/7/8.
iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6s – P28,990 (32GB), P35,490 (128GB)
iPhone 6s Plus – P35,490 (32GB), P41,990 (128GB)
Notable Specs: A9 chip, 2GB RAM, 2nd generation Touch ID, 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were the 2015 flagship iPhones. These phones were the first to have the faster Touch ID sensor, and the 12MP rear camera. These phones also marked the FIRST TIME that the front camera had a HUGE UPGRADE at 5MP. These are the first iPhones to have 3D Touch. Like the SE, I also saw tweets that the 6s is slower on iOS 11 but it’s comparable to some midrange phones out there.
Who are these for? Get the iPhone 6s if you like the size and cannot afford the higher-priced iPhones. Get the iPhone 6s Plus if you care about optical image stabilization on your phone and love the big screen and big battery.
iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7 – P35,490 (32GB), P41,990 (128GB)
iPhone 7 Plus – P42,990 (32GB), P49,490 (128GB)
Notable Specs: A10 Fusion chip, 2GB RAM (iPhone 7) / 3GB RAM (iPhone 7 Plus), 12MP rear camera with OIS (iPhone 7) / Dual 12MP rear cameras (iPhone 7 Plus), 7MP front camera
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the oddball of this lineup, to be honest. I thought the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus would replace both these phones. It did not happen. The good thing about this though is that you can NOW get a Jet Black iPhone 7 in 32GB! (This wasn’t the case last year.)
The iPhone 7 Plus was the first iPhone to have a dual-camera setup. It also introduced Portrait mode which produces that sweet bokeh effect. Oh, don’t forget that these iPhones are the first ones without a headphone jack.
Who are these for? These iPhones are for those who have older iPhones but don’t want to break the bank. These phones are also for the true blue black iPhone fans. This was the first time that there were TWO iPhone choices with a black front! Get the 7 Plus if you are into photography because of Portrait mode and the two cameras.
iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 – P44,990 (64GB), P54,490 (256GB)
iPhone 8 Plus – P51,490 (64GB), P60,990 (256GB)
Notable Specs: A11 Bionic chip, 2GB RAM (iPhone 8) / 3GB RAM (iPhone 8 Plus), glass design, wireless charging
These are the latest iterative iPhones that Apple has now. They basically are the latest refinements of the iPhone 6/6 Plus design. People will only recognize that you have an iPhone 8/8 Plus if you got the new Gold color.
These iPhones return to having the glass back that reminds me of the iPhone 4/4s. With the glass back, these are the first iPhones that support Qi wireless charging and USB-C fast charging. (Sadly, you can only get fast charging if you buy the USB-C to Lightning cable and the 29W USB-C Power Adapter.)
Who are these for? These iPhones are for those who are due for an upgrade but want a familiar phone. If you’re a fan of wireless charging, go for it. If you’re looking at the iPhone 8, I’d recommend getting the iPhone 7 since the difference is not that big. The 8 Plus is a better phone mainly because of the new Portrait Lighting mode. If you don’t care about that feature, just get an iPhone 7 Plus.
Price: P64,490 (64GB), P73,990 (256GB)
Notable Specs: A11 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, 5.8″ edge-to-edge OLED display, TrueDepth front camera system, Face ID, Dual 12MP rear cameras WITH OIS, glass design, wireless charging
You saw all the iPhones before this. If they all look boring to you, then you should be looking at this iPhone.
The iPhone X brings a fresh new take on how an iPhone should work. With that gorgeous edge-to-edge OLED display, you’re sure to get more of your content. Yeah yeah, the notch is there. It’s only noticeable when you’re watching video in landscape mode. It’s the best that Apple has to offer in the most expensive one in the bunch.
The cameras are improved over the 8 Plus thanks to OIS on both rear cameras AND the TrueDepth camera on the front. ANIMOJI! Yeah. There are still kinks here and there, so you’re really paying for its potential in the future.
Who is this for? This phone is for hardcore Apple fans or longtime iPhone users who want something fresh. I’m sure those who REALLY want this phone DO NOT care about the price tag at all. It has a lot of new features that would be an amazing upgrade if it weren’t for the price.
There you have it! That was my 2017 iPhone lineup guide. Have you decided on which iPhone you’re getting? Sound off in the comments section below! Share this guide with your friends who are planning on getting an iPhone!