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Which iPhone to Buy? Here Are Some FTA Tips


Apple has recently released the new Apple iPhone Xs and Xs  Max in the Philippines and the new Apple iPhone XR is also coming later this month. The problem though, many Filipinos are tightening their belts with the rising prices of commodities. It shows in the inflation. A lot of our friends who are much into the Apple ecosystem wishes to replace their ageing iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to the newer models. Problem though – Are you willing to pay Php, 100,000 for the 256GB iPhone Xs Max? Do you have the same dilemma? Just read on.

Buy the Apple iPhone Xs or Xs Max if… 

  • If you have the money, why not?
  • If you love the screen – The iPhone Xs Max’s gorgeous and large AMOLED 6.5-inch display is your thing especially if you watch multimedia a lot.
  • If you care less about storage – We prefer the iPhone Xs Max 64GB (Php 74,990 at Power Mac Center) because its more practical to buy if you tend to transfer photos and videos to your laptop, Besides, 64GB is already a large storage space in the first olace.
  • If the Xs smaller screen is okay with you – Most of you might prefer the regular iPhone Xs (64GB at P67,990). It may be sleek and smallish, keep in mind it has a large 5.8-inch display.  Plus everything else in the hood is the same as its bigger sibling.
  • If you can get it through a carrier – We strongly suggest you get these phones if you have a postpaid plan from Globe and Smart, both phones offer the iPhone with their plan plus monthly amortization of the phone for 24 months.

Buy the Apple iPhone XR if…

  • If you can’t afford the higher end iPhones –  Please don’t pressure yourself buying a piece of tech if can’t afford it. The iPhone XR is the best option. BUt you have to wait for it to come in the Philippines. Price start at Php 50,990 for the 64GB model
  • If you care less about the screen – It does have a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display. No AMOLED here so it is not as vibrant and crisp as the Xs.  Aside from that, it hsd a low resolution display – 828 x 1792 pixels. That is quite low if you are coming from 1080p screens of the older iPhones.
  • If you don’t care much about portrait modes – More and more people are getting fond of taking photos with blurred background. Unfortunately the portrait mode in the iPhone XR works only on people and not to other subjects like a flower, pets, objects, etc.
  • If you are using the old iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or even the iPhone 6, its time to upgrade people!

Buy the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus if…

  • If you hate the notch in general –  The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus remains in Apple stores and retailers simply because Apple still sells older models as a cheaper alternative. Most people we talked to including ourselves really hate the notch on all phones including those you see on Android. Although most Android phones have an option to hide the notch, the current iPhones does not have that feature. We suggest you buy this one instead.
  • If you don’t care about older tech – What we like about Apple is their phones remained durable and reliable for 3 years or so. The secret is the company constantly updates their older iPhones to the latest iOS software, In the laresr iOS 12 update, even the 5-year old iPhone 5s gets updated. So, if you get an iPhone 8/8 Plus, rest assured your phone will last for a long time and gets updated yearly.
  • If you can’t afford the new iPhones – The iPhone XR starts at Php 50,990. That’s quite expensive right? If you take a look at the iPhone 8 64GB, that’s only P39,990. If you opted for the bigger iPhone 8 Plus 64GB, that’s Php 45,990.
  • If you care about cameras and better screen – Compared to the iPhone XR, the iPhone 8 has a better screen (1080p better than 828p) and dual cameras. You get a bang for your buck here.

You will never go wrong if you choose any iPhone you like. All you have to do is to know your preferences and most importantly, your budget. Most of all, if you are buying an iPhone, please do not upgrade yearly, it will be such a waste of money. If you want the latest in tech, better switch to Android instead.

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