Best iPhone 2022: all available iPhone options ranked

Discover the best iPhone for both your needs and your budget in our iPhone guide

iPhone 14 Pro in all four colours
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If you're looking for the best iPhone in 2022 and want no other device in your pocket then you've come to the right place – as this is where all up-to-date iPhone models are compared, tested and ranked.

In this guide, we're going to focus on the best iPhones currently sold by Apple. You can still pick up older models – such as the iPhone 13 Pro – on the second-hand and refurb markets (which is ideal for those on a budget or headed back to school), so that's something else to bear in mind.

Remember, however, that T3 has a number of phone guides and if you don't need an iPhone then you could be better served elsewhere. For example, in our best small phones feature we list devices that are ideal for people will small hands, while in our best Android phones feature we highlight the best of Google's system. In addition, we also cover the best gaming phones, best Samsung phones, and best cheap phones.

Best iPhones 2022: The top 3

The ultimate iPhone is the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max. If you're after a slice of everything that Apple has to offer then look no further: new cameras, the best processor, new features such as an always-on display and Dynamic Island put thisd larger 6.7-inch iPhone at the top of the stack. It is expensive though. 

The best iPhone for most people is the Apple iPhone 14. With its 6.1-inch screen it nestles easily into the hand, iOS 16 makes it look great, and while its less feature rich than the Pro or Pro Max and not massively different to the iPhone 13 from before, it's still a small buy mighty offering.

The best budget iPhone is the Apple iPhone SE (2022). Want cheap? This is as cheap as they come. Sure, it looks a little dated, but with the latest software on board, if you don't want a massive or pricey iPhone then it's a great Apple option.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

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The ultimate iPhone

Specifications

Weight: 240g
Dimensions: 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1290 x 2796 pixels (460 ppi)
CPU: Apple A16 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Battery: 4323 mAh
Rear camera: 48MP main + 12MP 2x & 3x + 12MP ultrawide
Front camera: 12MP

Reasons to buy

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48MP camera is the best yet
+
Dynamic Island rather than notch
+
New always-on display

Reasons to avoid

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Most expensive option
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Always-on display costs battery
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Still no USB-C or fast charging

As we said in our review: "The iPhone 14 Pro Max is the ultimate iPhone and boasts three killer features that make it worth the upgrade. The new 48MP camera is truly impressive, the always-on display is really useful and the Dynamic Island is not only a feat of hardware and software collaboration but actually adds to the user experience.

These new features can cost the battery life a bit, however, which is why we think the larger Pro Max, with its 6.7-inch screen and larger battery capacity, is the more savvy option over the iPhone 14 Pro this time around. Sure, it's pricey, but it sure is punchy too. 

iPhone 14 review

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The best iPhone for most people

Specifications

Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8mm
Screen size: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 1170 x 2532 pixels
CPU: Apple A15 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Battery: 3279 mAh
Rear camera: 12MP main + 12MP wide
Front camera: 12MP

Reasons to buy

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Reliable and familiar design

Reasons to avoid

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Not a major upgrade over iPhone 13

The 'entry-level' iPhone in the latest series is, well, anything but entry. Sure, it's familiar to any iPhone users as generation-to-generation it's not especially different. But that means it's small and reliable, thanks to its 6.1-inch screen and stellar battery life, and while some may see it as an honorary 'iPhone 13S', if you want the new features such as crash detection and satellite SOS then you'll need the latest hardware. 

As said in our review: "Upgrades over its predecessor – while certainly welcome – aren't major. That said, with shiny new iOS 16 software, a reliable and familiar build, and pretty much everything in its right place, this smaller-screen iPhone is still a mighty attractive prospect".

iPhone SE 2022 review

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The best budget iPhone

Specifications

Weight: 144 g
Dimensions: 138.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 7.3 mm
Screen size: 4.7 inches
Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels (326 ppi)
CPU: Apple A15 Bionic
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
Battery: TBC
Rear camera: 12 MP wide
Front camera: 7 MP

Reasons to buy

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Affordable price point
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Very compact form factor

Reasons to avoid

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Basic camera

As part of its March 2022 event, Apple announced a brand new iPhone SE – the third generation of the affordable handset. It's the cheapest iPhone in the Apple range, even though its starting price is a little bit higher than its predecessor.

This model looks pretty much identical to the old one, and Touch ID is still used instead of Face ID. There are improvements over the previous iPhone SE though: better battery life, a faster processor, and the addition of 5G. Those features might make the upgrade worth it for you.

The iPhone SE 3 is likely to appeal most to people looking to buy a new iPhone on a smaller budget, while getting hold of all that latest apps and iOS software goodies. With a 4.7-inch screen, it's also going to be a tempting proposition for those who want a smaller iPhone, and who don't want to pay for the iPhone 13 Mini. 


iPhone 14 Pro

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4. iPhone 14 Pro

Top features in a not-so-big package

Specifications

Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 147.6 x 71.5 x 7.85mm
Screen size: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 1179 x 2556 pixels
CPU: Apple A16 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Battery: 3279 mAh
Rear camera: 48MP main + 12MP 2x /3x tele + 12MP ultrawide
Front camera: 12MP

Reasons to buy

+
48MP camera is the best yet
+
Dynamic Island rather than notch
+
New always-on display

Reasons to avoid

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New features cost battery life
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And less battery life than the Pro Max
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No USB-C or fast charging

The iPhone 14 Pro sits below the Pro Max at the top of this list, as it's a bit smaller, at 6.1-inches, instead of the maximum-in-the-range 6.7-inches. That means the Pro is almost identical in stature to the standard iPhone 14, but it comes with some key new features: Dynamic Island rather than the typical notch on the screen; there's ProMotion faster refresh-rate for the panel, which is also brighter; and the cameras receive the same upgrade as the Max, with a 48-megapixel main shooter being the biggest Apple upgrade in quite some time. 

We're yet to review the Pro handset here at T3, but anticipate it may be the best for many buyers. That said, as per the Pro Max, the new addition of an always-on display is likely to cost the battery life a little, so you may want to go with the larger Max handset for better longevity overall. 

iPhone 13 mini best iPhones

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5. iPhone 13 mini

The best iPhone for small pockets

Specifications

Weight: 141g
Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7mm
Screen size: 5.4 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels (476 ppi)
CPU: Apple A15 Bionic
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 2438 mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP wide + 12 MP ultrawide
Front camera: 12 MP wide

Reasons to buy

+
Can fit just about anywhere

Reasons to avoid

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Might even too small

If you want a small-ish iPhone but don't want to skimp on the specs (i.e. not buy the SE), here's your answer. The iPhone 13 Mini has a screen size of just 5.4 inches, making the handset as a whole very compact. It's also the last in a generation, as there's no iPhone 14 Mini to replace it!

In terms of the rear camera, what you get on the Mini is the same as what you get on the iPhone 13: a dual-lens affair that lacks the LiDAR, the optical zoom and the Apple ProRAW support of the Pro models. Still, if you can live without those features then you can save yourself some money, because this is the cheapest of the iPhone 13 variants.

Apple iPhone 13

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The standard iPhone 13 model

Specifications

Weight: 174g
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm
Screen size: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 1170 x 2532 pixels (460 ppi)
CPU: Apple A15 Bionic
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 3240 mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP wide + 12 MP ultrawide
Front camera: 12 MP wide

Reasons to buy

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The latest in Apple components
+
Competitive price point

Now the iPhone 14 is here, we think that the standard iPhone 13 is competitively priced by comparison - and there's not a huge amount of difference between this older handset and the newer model. 

Sure, you miss out on some of the advanced camera tricks of the Pro models (either 13 or 14), but there's a lot here to like, including that bright and sharp 6.1 inch display. We like the range of colours too, with five of them to choose from.

iPhone 12 best iPhone 2022

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The best value iPhone 12 model

Specifications

Weight: 164g
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm
Screen size: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 1170 x 2532 pixels (460 ppi)
CPU: Apple A14 Bionic
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 2815 mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP wide + 12 MP ultrawide
Front camera: 12 MP wide

Reasons to buy

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Still decent value

Reasons to avoid

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Dates back to 2020

The standard iPhone 12 is very similar in a lot of ways to the 13 and 14 models, except older and cheaper. You can run iOS 16 software on it, so other than older internals you're not missing out on a huge range of newer features really.

Considering that you still get plenty of screen space from that 6.1-inch panel and super-fast internals for your money, we think the standard iPhone 12 makes a very decent case for being the best-value Apple handset. 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.