Do you know what one of the advantages is of buying a refurbished iPhone? That you can get the latest iPhone model but refurbished, at the fraction of a price in comparison to buying new! Let’s get over the misconception that the newest iPhones are the best.
In many cases, Apple releases models on the market that have completely different technologies, so it’s really a matter of figuring out which technologies you prefer over others for your smartphone.
The only component that is being upgraded from year to year is the processor, but honestly you might not notice any difference from one generation of processor to the next.
In this guide we group the different iPhone models that fall within the same price range. Therefore, it will be easier for you to understand based on the budget you have, which models or which versions of a certain model are within the budget you intend to invest.
Refurbished iPhones and relative prices:
As you may already know, offers on iPhones change quickly: in fact, the price of many models gradually changes after each annual release of the new iPhone by Apple. We can broadly group some models into similar budget categories still, that will make it easier for you to choose your next refurbished smartphone.
It is important to note that price varies according to the colour, but more importantly, according to the storage capacity. In most cases, however, all versions fall within the same budget – except for models available with 512GB storage. In this guide we will focus on the price related to the different versions.
iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone SE 2020
If you are looking for a refurbished iPhone that falls within a budget between £100 and £200, then Back Market can offer you the refurbished iPhone 7 Plus or the refurbished iPhone 8 Plus, and some versions of the iPhone SE.
As for the iPhone 7 Plus, all versions regardless of storage capacity and color do not exceed £330, while with the iPhone 8 Plus, if you want to fall within this budget, you will have to stay under 128GB of storage.
The iPhone 7 Plus is priced lower than the iPhone 8 Plus mainly because its processor is from a previous iPhone generation. However, in the end they both have the same camera with two sensors (wide angle and telephoto), the same size and the same LCD screen.
Therefore, it may be more convenient to simply opt for the iPhone 7 Plus, even if it has the A10 Fusion chip instead of the A11 Bionic. On the other hand, the iPhone SE has a price difference to the first two models.
You may wonder why, since it was developed following the model of the iPhone 8, but the iPhone SE has a superior processor that is similar the iPhone 11 series – the A13 Bionic.
Also, it has the advanced bokeh effect feature with depth control too, that was introduced from the iPhone X series. All previous models starting from the iPhone 7 Plus up to and including the iPhone X, has the standard bokeh effect portrait mode.
Just like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone SE falls within the same budget of under £200 iPhones in the 128GB version in any color.
iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
If you are on a slightly higher budget and are looking for a refurbished iPhone between £180 and £350, you can find a version of the whole iPhone X series at almost identical prices.
The 64GB iPhone XR and the 128GB iPhone XR fit perfectly under £300, and the XS and XS Max may creep a little over £300 dependent on the capacity you choose. Again, the slight price difference against the iPhone X with the other siblings is largely due to the chip, which is newer in the iPhone XR and above (A12 Bionic).
However, do remember that the iPhone XR camera has a wide-angle lens, while with the iPhone X you would get a dual sensor camera. On the other hand, the iPhone XR has the advanced bokeh effect, but it has no telephoto sensor.
The iPhone XS and XS Max on the other hand both have cameras with two telephoto and wide-angle sensors, plus, borderless OLED Super Retina screen – therefore, we recommend one of these two models if you prefer to have an iPhone of slightly larger size. Otherwise, you can stay on a lower budget and get a similar performance with the iPhone X.
And finally… the refurbished iPhone 11
The price of the iPhone 11 has dropped a lot since its initial release in 2019, and now it is available starting from just a little over £270-£400! It has the A13 Bionic processor (the iPhone 13 has the A15), an LCD screen, plus the camera is the first to have two distinct lenses – one for the wide angle and one for the ultra-wide angle, which is like the iPhone 13 currently! Therefore, if you consider all the innovations of this iPhone, you will really get a modern model at a very affordable price.
And in any case, regardless of the version you choose, the price never reaches over £400 (unless it is the maximum capacity in red!). Therefore, if you are undecided between the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 but prefer LCD screen over OLED and prefer ultra-wide angle over telephoto, and if you’re not a big fan of very large phones generally, then the iPhone 11 is probably the ideal choice for you. A
s we said, just because the iPhone 11 is newer doesn’t mean it’s better. It simply has different features. In fact, even the price between the two doesn’t change much despite the iPhone XS Max being released a year earlier (2018). Now it’s just a matter of deciding which model you prefer.
We hope this article has helped to shed light on all the different prices available from Back Market, for each Apple iPhone model, that will suit everyone of all budgets.