Which iPhone to choose in 2022?

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For a few years now, Apple has opted for a (questionable) rate of four new iPhones per year. This year, the iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are therefore the new stars.

Apple is keeping the iPhone 13 (and its mini variant), the iPhone 12 and the iPhone SE, its most affordable iPhone, in the catalog. Difficult to choose from this very extensive lineup.

So which iPhone to buy in 2022/2023? We help you choose.

iPhone 14 Pro Max: everything to the Max

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Technically the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 14 Pro are identical in all respects. The “Max” model is, as its name suggests, larger. With its 6.7” screen, it therefore allows a more immersive multimedia experience, to the detriment of handling. Because its giant size makes it necessary to use it with two hands.

What about the iPhone 14 Pro Max except that it incorporates everything that Apple knows how to do best. Its triple photo sensor works wonders, its screen is magnificent, its finishes are exemplary. Above all, it inaugurates Dynamic Island, this small graphic and dynamic element which exploits the punch housing FaceID.

Always faster, always more efficient, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is also the most enduring Pro model on the market. He is also extremely good at making high quality videos.

In summary, the iPhone 14 Pro Max lives up to its name. For what he knows how to do of course, but also for his price, which is also at the max.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is for you if:

  • you are a professional or have professional use of your smartphone
  • you have comfortable finances
  • you like big smartphones

iPhone 14 Pro Max 128 GB at the best price Base price: €1,479

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iPhone 14 Pro: really for the Pros

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As we indicated previously, the iPhone 14 Pro shares the same spec sheet as the Max version. The only difference is its screen size and format. More compact, it is therefore easier to handle on a daily basis. Moreover, some users will be able, for certain uses, to use it with one hand.

However, it incorporates a 6.1” screen providing already quite sufficient reading comfort. Let’s say that with this format Apple seems to have found the right compromise.

Who says more compact format says smaller battery. And although Apple has become a master in the art of optimization, the iPhone 14 Pro is necessarily less enduring than the 14 Pro Max. Do not panic, you will easily last a day and a half in intensive use. It is therefore one of the most durable smartphones on the market.

Due to its technical data sheet, its format, its versatility, but also its slightly more affordable price, the iPhone 14 Pro is in our opinion the most recommended smartphone for professionals in mobility. Unless they don’t mind using a giant smartphone. In which case, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is more recommended. Finally, you got it.

The iPhone 14 Pro is for you if:

  • you are a professional or have professional use of your smartphone
  • you have comfortable finances
  • you use your smartphone with one hand
  • you are allergic to giant smartphones

iPhone 14 Pro 128 GB at the best price Base price: €1,329

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iPhone 14: not for everyone

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This is what is known in the jargon as the standard iPhone. Some call it “Simple iPhone 14”. Yet there is nothing classic about the iPhone 14. If it is not the most advanced of the latest iPhones, the iPhone 14 is still a premium smartphone.

Evolution more than revolution, this year it takes up most of the characteristics of the iPhone 13, its predecessor. However, the photographic part has been the subject of some software improvements and new features accompany it.

So yes, it does not bring much compared to the iPhone 13 and in addition it costs much more. But the public targeted by Apple is not the same. Let those who bought an iPhone 13 keep it, they will still be satisfied with it for a few years.

In reality, iPhone 14 will suit owners of iPhone 11 or older. For iPhone 12 or 13 owners, wait for the iPhone 15, or even the 16 or 17.

The iPhone 14 is for you if:

  • you are not a professional
  • you have a comfortable budget
  • you have an iPhone 11 or earlier
  • you have a smartphone over 3 years old (or even more)

iPhone 14 128 GB at the best price Base price: €1,019

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iPhone 14 Plus: to think big

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This is the great novelty of the iPhone range in 2022. Apple is abandoning the mini format in favor of a Plus format. The iPhone 14 Plus is therefore a larger iPhone 14 than the standard model.

It therefore presents the same technical sheet with the exception of the screen and the autonomy. In this regard, not only is the iPhone 14 Plus the most enduring smartphone in the entire range, but also in the entire market. It even outperforms the already impressive iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The iPhone 14 Plus is to the iPhone 14 what the iPhone 14 Pro Max is to the 14 Pro: a larger model, with a more comfortable screen and better autonomy, all for a higher price.

The iPhone 14 Plus is for you if:

  • you do not have a professional use of your smartphone
  • you have a comfortable budget
  • you like big smartphones

iPhone 14 Plus 128 GB at the best price Base price: €1,169

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iPhone 13: the right balance

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If the iPhone 14 tempted you but your finances were a bit tight, good news, the iPhone 13 is still in the catalog. More affordable than the iPhone 14, it takes up most of its features, with a few small details.

Among the differences we note the absence of the latest image processing algorithms for the photography part which, in itself, does not change much (with the exception of night photos). The rest is almost the same.

Moreover, if Apple offers it at 909 euros on its site, some distributors sell it at more attractive prices. The iPhone 13 is undoubtedly the best alternative to the iPhone 14 in 2022/2023, especially since the excellent tracking of updates still leaves it many good years ahead of it.

The iPhone 13 is for you if:

  • you do not have a professional use of your smartphone
  • you have a tighter budget
  • you have an iPhone 11 or earlier
  • you have a smartphone that is 3 years old or older

iPhone 13 128 GB at the best price Base price: €909

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iPhone 13 mini: the only compact iPhone

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Let compact smartphone enthusiasts be reassured: if Apple does not launch an iPhone 14 mini, it has kept the iPhone 13 mini in the catalog. So there is still a small premium iPhone.

The other good news is that if Apple had offered an iPhone 14 mini, it would no doubt have looked a lot like the 13 mini (like the iPhone 13 and 14). And not to spoil anything, iPhone 13 mini is the most affordable iPhone said to be “top of the range” in 2022/2023.

The iPhone 13 mini is for you if:

  • you want a compact iPhone
  • you have a smaller budget
  • you have an iPhone 11 or earlier
  • you have a smartphone that is 3 years old or older

iPhone 13 mini 128 GB at the best price Base price: €809

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Refurbished iPhone 12: a good alternative

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Among the other smartphones offered in Apple’s catalog, the iPhone 12 is still an excellent alternative. Nevertheless, we find that the price displayed on the manufacturer’s website is far too high in relation to the market.

Thus, opting for a reconditioned model allows you to make great savings while equipping yourself with a high-performance model. Offered at 809 euros on the Apple site, the iPhone 12 for example is between 500 and 600 euros on a site of refurbished models. If your budget allows, you can even opt for a newer model.

In all cases, refurbished is now a mode of purchase to consider. For economic reasons, of course, but also ecological ones.

By buying a second-hand product, we participate less in the ecological disaster that high-tech products represent. If this is one of your commitments or causes that are close to your heart, we highly recommend it.

iPhone 12 128 GB at the best price Base price: €959

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Why we don’t recommend the iPhone SE

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Apple still offers an iPhone SE in its catalog. This model has always been intended to make the iPhone accessible to as many people as possible. For this, Apple took an old chassis and integrated some new technologies in order to access the essentials.

The problem with the latest generation of the iPhone SE is that it does not meet any of the criteria that have made the iPhone SE successful in the past. First, Apple is taking over an outdated chassis that no longer meets the needs of 2022 users. The screen is too small and the design is frankly outdated. As for the camera consisting of a single lens, it is quite insufficient to date.

Above all, Apple increased the price of its iPhone SE at the end of the year. It now costs 559 euros, against less than 500 euros when it was released. Already at the time of placing on the market we found it too expensive compared to the proposal. But at this price, we suggest that you opt for a more premium refurbished model instead.

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