Top 10 Best iPhones To Buy In Kenya [ 2022 Update]

Looking for the best iPhone to buy in 2022? Look no further. In this list, I share the iPhone prices and explain why that will give you value for money.

While going for the latest model should be the right move, the latest iPhone isn’t always the best for your needs and budget. That’s why this post exists. Help you save or at least get the best iPhone for your needs.

The idea is to help you pick a phone that enjoys software support, has a decent camera, reliable battery and brilliant Display. Remember, a great deal is one that guarantees value for money!

If you are coming from Android and wondering if switching to iOS is a good idea, the simple answer is that you can’t go wrong with an iPhone.

5 Main Reasons to Buy An iPhone

Not convinced yet? Below are the 5 main reasons why iPhones are just better:

  • Ease of Use: The iPhone user interface is the simplest you can get in a phone. Everything you want is readily accessible. And, the user interface is standard across all iPhones. Meaning there is no learning curve when you upgrade or change devices. The iPhone’s streamlined experience is the main reason millions love the Phone.
  • Better Performance: Since Apple makes both the A chip and the iOS, you can expect all iPhones to work as expected. The A chip isn’t just ahead of the rest, it’s designed to work exclusively with iOS. Result? A phone that’s faster than the competition.
  • Video Quality: If you are to buy a phone specifically for videos, there is no comparison‚Ķgo for an iPhone. The lenses in iPhones work so well with the camera software to give class leading videos. The picture quality is also the closest to real-life you can get from a smartphone.
  • Security: iPhone is secure because they control what apps you can install unlike Android. That explains why over 90% of smartphone malfunctioners target Android. Since Apple App Store maintains a strict quality control, you can be sure that what you install on your iPhone won’t mess up the phone.
  • Resale Value: Simply put, iPhones hold their value. Your 7-year iPhone can still fetch a good price compared to a new Android Phone. Why? Because of the Build Quality and Unmatched Software support. Let’s just say the iPhone was built to last a decade and Apple does their best to support the phone with software updates. For instance, the over 6 years old iPhone 6s Plus got iOS 15.

Read Also: 16 Ways Android Is Better Than iPhone

6 Factors to consider when buying the best iPhone

There are not so many variants of iPhones, yet picking the right one can be a challenge. Here are the factors to consider when buying an iPhone.

  • Budget: If you didn’t know already, iPhones aren’t cheap by any standard. So, your budget will literally determine the model and features to expect. As a rule, go for used iPhones if you are low on budget or the iPhone SE if you insist on latest chip.
  • Storage: Lack of expandable storage is one of the limitations of an iPhone. So, go for the bigger storage if you intend to use your phone for things like video recording. Unfortunately, the bigger the storage, the more expensive the iPhone.
  • Features: Different models of the iPhone pack different features. For instance, iPhone 13 gives you a modern Chip and acceptable cameras. But if you are into photography then you may want to pick iPhone 13 Pro. If you want it all (a bigger screen and excellent battery life) then iPhone 13 Pro Max is your go-to phone
  • Size: If you love a compact phone, the likes of iPhone SE 2022, iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone 13 Mini will match your need. But if you don’t mind a bigger phone then iPhone 12 Pro Max or iPhone 13 Pro Max are huge enough
  • Chip and Software: This is important if you are going for a used or refurbished iPhone. The hardware will determine your phone’s ability to receive iOS updates. So, try going for something later than iPhone 6s. iPhone Xs is a sweet spot though.
  • Seller: Whenever you can, buy your iPhone (new or used) from Apple or Authorized Resellers. At least you’ll wont’s have to worry about ending up with a fake iPhone.

Read Also: List of Authorized Apple Resellers in Kenya

Now that you know why getting an iPhone is not a waste of money, let’s jump to the list.

Save for the first two phones in this list, all the iPhones will receive iOS 16. Meaning you get the software experience Apple intends for in 2022.

iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s Plus is a 2015 phone that’s officially upgraded to iOS 15.3. That’s 7 years of official Apple updates. In other words, iPhone 6s Plus runs the same OS as iPhone 13. Remember, never go for an iPhone that’s no longer receives software support from Apple; they are just unreliable.

Important iPhone 6s Plus Specs

It’s true that iPhone 6s Plus doesn’t boast of modern hardware as the 2021 models. However, the specs are still good enough to get you going. For instance, you get a brilliant Full HD IPS Screen and rear camera that can shoot 4K videos.

Whereas the RAM is limited to 2GB, Apple’s optimization makes the phone smooth to operate. You also have up to 128GB storage, which is standard even today. Last but not least, iPhone 6s Plus is among the last iPhones to have a 3.5mm audio jack.

iPhone 6s Plus

DISPLAY: 5.5 inches FHD, IPS Screen (401ppi)

OS: iOS 9, you can upgrade to iOS 15.5

PROCESSOR: Apple A9, Dual-core 1.8GHz

CAMERA: Single 12mp rear camera (4k video) and 5mp front camera (720p video)

STORAGE: 2GB RAM, from 16/128GB

BATTERY: 2750mAh, single day charge

FEATURE: Audio jack

COLORS: Gold, Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold

The fact that iPhone 6s Plus runs iOS 15, is a vote of confidence on the hardware. Just so you know how good the hardware is, a 2015 phone is running iOS 15 meant for iPhone 13 (a 2021 phone). Not saying all is rosy with this particular iPhone, the battery life isn’t very competitive. But you can trust 6s Plus to serve you well.

Reasons To Buy
  • Latest software, Runs iOS 15.5
  • 4k rear camera, with Image Stabilization
  • Stellar built quality.
  • Acceptable performance.
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
Reasons To Avoid
  • Unreliable battery life
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP Rating

iPhone 6s Plus Pricing & Where to buy

If you are new to Apple, iPhone 6s Plus is an affordable entry into the ecosystem. Speaking of affordability, you can get your hands on clean used or refurbished iPhone 6s Plus for between 15,000/- and 25,000/- in Kenya.

Since Apple no longer sells iPhone 6s Plus, I suggest you pick a used or refurbished one on Jumia or Jiji. Also, feel free to check with any of the Authorized Apple Resellers in Kenya for deals.

Be careful (and follow the on-site tips) when buying from free classifieds like Jiji Kenya. While you can get iPhone 6s Plus at a great discount, beware of scammers and cons on such platforms.

iPhone 7 plus

iPhone 7 Plus is one of the most popular iPhones out there and for a good reason. Released in September of 2016, iPhone 7 Plus introduced a dual camera setup on an iPhone (with portrait mode feature). And, this is the phone that got rid of the audio jack.

Important iPhone 7 Plus Specs

Top 10 Best iPhones To Buy In Kenya [ 2022 Update]

DISPLAY: 5.5 inches FHD, IPS Screen (401ppi)

OS: iOS 10, you can upgrade to iOS 15.5

PROCESSOR: Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core 2.34GHz

REAR CAMERA: 12MP wide camera and 12MP telephoto camera (4K@30fps and HDR)

FRONT CAMERA: 7MP camera (1080p @30fps)

STORAGE: 3GB RAM, from 32/64/128/256GB

BATTERY: 2900mAh, single day charge

FEATURE: Stereo Speakers

COLORS: Gold, Silver, Jet Black, Red, Rose Gold, Black

Reasons To Buy
  • Reliable Dual Camera Setup
  • Robust Stereo Speakers
  • Dust & Water Resistant
  • Faster than iPhone X
  • Acceptable Display
Reasons To Avoid
  • No headphone jacks
  • No wireless charging
  • Aging Processor

iPhone 7 Plus Pricing & Where to buy

Though not available on Apple’s website, iPhone 7 Plus is readily available in Kenya. You can get iPhone 7 Plus in Kenya for between 18,000/- and 35,000/-. The pricing is mainly dependent on the size of the internal storage

Should you not find iPhone 7 Plus on Jumia, you can check other similar sites like Kilimall and SkyGarden. You can also try Pigiame and Jiji.

Whereas both iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 7 Plus may not enjoy OS updates after 15.5, they are the perfect way to get into the Apple Ecosystem. Not only are they considerably affordable, but they will still enjoy security updates from Apple for a while.

iPhone 8 Plus

Released in 2017, iPhone 8 Plus is more than 4 years old. So, why recommend such an old phone in 2022? Well, Apple still supports this gadget. That means, it rocks the same software as iPhone 14.

Software aside, the phone has 5.5″ FHD IPS display, 3GB fast RAM and the 10nm A11 Bionic chip which is still a pretty competitive combo in 2022. What’s more? You get a larger optimized battery and a capable camera (that can record decent 4K videos).

Here is a recap of some of the most important specs and features you get with iPhone 8 Plus.

iPhone 8 Plus Specs

Top 10 Best iPhones To Buy In Kenya [ 2022 Update]

DISPLAY: 5.5 inches FHD, Retina IPS (401ppi)

OS: iOS 11, you can upgrade to iOS 16.0

PROCESSOR: Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP wide camera and 12MP telephoto camera (4K@60fps and HDR)

FRONT CAMERA: 7MP camera (1080p @30fps)

STORAGE: 3GB RAM, from 64/128/256GB

BATTERY: 2691mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Wireless Charging

COLORS: Gold, Red, Silver, Space Gray

iPhone 8 Plus Pros & Cons

iPhone 8 Plus is among the first Apple phones to have wireless charging. Qi charging means you can charge your iPhone without cables. Charging without cables is both convenient and cost saving.

Here are some of the pros and cons that come with owning iPhone 8 Plus in 2022

Reasons To Buy
  • Wireless Charging
  • Big True tone display
  • Touch ID
  • Software support
  • Competitive Camera
Reasons To Avoid
  • Struggling with battery life
  • No Face ID
  • No 5G Support

iPhone 8 Plus is not for you if you care about 5G. Otherwise, you’ll still benefit from a large vivid display, the latest OS and acceptable camera setup.

The main differences between iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are in the Display (4.7″ HD vs 5.5″ FHD), Rear Camera Setup (Single vs Dual Camera), RAM (2GB vs 3GB) and Battery (1821mAh vs 2691mAh). Every other spec is similar.

iPhone 8 Plus Pricing & Where to buy

Whereas Apple stopped offering this phone in 2020, you can still get it renewed from Amazon or local authorized dealers. iPhone 8 Plus is available in Kenya for between 35,000/- and 45,000/- depending on the internal storage.

You can also buy it as renewed from Amazon Renewed Store for about $240 for the base model. Otherwise, visit a trusted iPhone dealer near you and pick an iPhone 8 Plus with desired specs.

iPhone XS

With a brilliant 5.8′ OLED Screen, iPhone XS is quite a competitive phone for the price. On top of a flagship level Display, you also get a faster A12 Bionic Chip coupled with 4GB RAM.

And if you thought that you’d get a raw deal in Operating System, iPhone XS runs on iOS 16. That means the already decent camera gets a software boost for even better selfies and 4K Videos.

Below are some of the specs and features that make the 2018 iPhone a great pick even in 2022

iPhone XS Specs & Features

Top 10 Best iPhones To Buy In Kenya [ 2022 Update]

DISPLAY: 5.8 inches Retina OLED (458ppi)

OS: iOS 12, you can upgrade to iOS 16.0

PROCESSOR: Apple A12 Bionic (7nm), Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP wide and 12MP telephoto cameras (4K@60fps, HDR, stereo sound)

FRONT CAMERA: 7MP camera + SL 3D

STORAGE: 4GB RAM, from 64/128/256/512GB

BATTERY: 2658mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Face ID

COLORS: Gold, Silver, Space Gray

iPhone XS Pros & Cons

If you are looking for an iPhone with a display that won’t disappoint, then XS has you covered. The processor gives you a solid performance just as the dual camera set up at the back of the phone. What’s more, your phone is water resistant.

Reasons To Buy
  • Excellent OLED Display
  • Software support
  • Solid performance
  • Dependable Camera
  • Better IP Rating
Reasons To Avoid
  • Average battery life
  • No audio adapter
  • Expensive

The large OLED screen seems to eat into the battery life and lack of audio adapter out of the box means you’ll have to pay more to use your phone. And, considering the age of the phone, the renewed iPhone XS is expensive.

The main difference between iPhone X and iPhone XS is in the chip (A11 Bionic vs A12 Bionic). Other differences are in max internal storage (up to 256GB for iPhone X vs 512 for iPhone XS). Ironically, iPhone X has a slightly larger battery than XS (2716mAh vs 2658mAh). And yes, iPhone XS has better water resistance.

iPhone XS Pricing & Where to buy

Though Apple had to discontinue the sale of iPhone XS to promote iPhone 11, you can still buy this phone from authorized dealers. Like I mentioned before, it is one of those phones whose prices have refused to go down despite its age.

In Kenya, iPhone XS is available from 40,000/- though the variants with higher storage still cost more than iPhone 11.

If you live in the US, you can buy one from the Amazon Renewed Store for about $300. Otherwise, you can check with Authorized Resellers like Mac & More or Elite Digital for deals on iPhone XS.

iPhone SE 2020

With the entrance of iPhone SE 2022, you may be wondering why iPhone SE 2020 is on this list. Well, the price is too competitive to ignore considering the Main difference between the two is Chip.

iPhone SE is for those who want a taste of iPhone without having to spend more. That’s why SE 2020 gives you the same chip and camera as iPhone 11 at half the price. Below are some of the features of iPhone SE 2020 to show why it’s still a good buy in 2022.

iPhone SE 2020 Specs & Features

Top 10 Best iPhones To Buy In Kenya [ 2022 Update]

DISPLAY: 4.7 inches, Retina IPS (326ppi)

OS: iOS 13, you can upgrade to iOS 16.0

PROCESSOR: Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: Single 12MP wide camera (4K@60fps, HDR, OIS)

FRONT CAMERA: 7MP camera (1080p @30fps)

STORAGE: 3GB RAM, from 64/128/256GB

BATTERY: 1821mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Apple A13 Bionic Chip

COLORS: Black, Red, White

iPhone SE 2020 Pros & Cons

This is the cheapest brand-new iPhone you can buy today. Affordability is the main pro here. Of course, the A13 Bionic Chip is better than the A12 in the more expensive iPhone XS and the Camera is more refined than what you’d get in iPhone 8 Plus.

Reasons To Buy
  • Affordable
  • Decent Camera
  • Solid Sofware support
  • Powerful Processor
  • Smooth performance
Reasons To Avoid
  • Bad battery life
  • Overpriced
  • Dated design

The main downside is the design. You are stuck with a 2017 design even in 2022. And the battery life leaves little to be desired.

iPhone SE 2020 Pricing & Where to buy

With the introduction of iPhone SE 2022, 2020 is understandably missing on Apple’s site. However, the phone is still available brand new from most retailers. In Kenya, you can get the 2020 model brand new for 50,000/-

Amazon’s Renewed Store has some of the best deals on iPhone SE. You can easily buy the budget iPhone at $290 for the 256GB version. That’s an iPhone in your hands for less than $300.

iPhone 11

There is a reason iPhone 11 is among the best-selling phones of all time. This is one of the iPhones you can say offers value for money. With the still-powerful A13 Bionic Chip and a selfie that can shoot in 4K and Liquid Retina Display, you have good few years.

Support for Dual SIM, a battery with larger capacity and fast-charging and of course a fair price are additional reasons to pick iPhone 11. The phone also comes in a new Product Red color if that’s something you are interested in.

iPhone 11 Specs & Features

Top 10 Best iPhones To Buy In Kenya [ 2022 Update]

DISPLAY: 6.1 inches, Liquid Retina IPS (326ppi)

OS: iOS 13, you can upgrade to iOS 16.0

PROCESSOR: Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP wide and 12MP ultrawide cameras (4K@60fps and HDR)

FRONT CAMERA: 12MP wide angle (4k@30fps)

STORAGE: 4GB RAM, from 64/128/256GB

BATTERY: 3110mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: 4K Selfie Camera

COLORS: White, Black, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple

iPhone 11 Pros & Cons

If you are looking for a phone to record professional-level videos or take great night shots, then look no further than iPhone 11. The A13 Bionic Chip is still one of the fastest processors out there and coupled with the smooth experience of iOS 16, you have the ideal phone.

Reasons To Buy
  • Dual SIM support
  • Great Pricing
  • Reliable Processor
  • Competitive Camera Setup
  • Excellent battery life
Reasons To Avoid
  • Limited storage option
  • No headphone dongle
  • Ships with 5W charger

One downside of owning iPhone 11 has to do with its average screen resolution. Add while the phone supports Fast Charging, Apple ships it with a standard 5W Charger. Otherwise, iPhone 11 has the bells and whistles you’d expect in a modern phone.

iPhone 11 Pricing & Where to buy

Being a popular phone, iPhone 11 is still available on Apple Website and is brand new available from Authorized dealers. In Kenya, you can easily get brand new iPhone 11 at 60,000/- for the base model. The average price for the 128GB Variant is about 80,000/- though.

iPhone 11 is available on Apple Website at $500 with the option to trade in your old phone. You can also get the phone Renewed for about $370 on Amazon. In short, iPhone 11 is readily available at very competitive prices.

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11’s bigger brother rocks a Super Retina XDR OLED Display to give you a crisper experience. Aside from the 5.8″ FHD+ screen, iPhone 11 Pro has useful telephoto lens with a 2x optical zoom. You can take the professional photos you’ve always wanted to.

Great screen, world class camera couples with the reliable 7nm A13 Bionic Chips, the Pro in the name isn’t farfetched. It also goes without saying that iPhone 11 Pro has several years of software support. You’ll be sorted for years.

iPhone 11 Pro Specs & Features

Top 10 Best iPhones To Buy In Kenya [ 2022 Update]

DISPLAY: 5.8 inches, Retina XDR OLED (458ppi)

OS: iOS 13, you can upgrade to iOS 16.0

PROCESSOR: Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto) and 12MP (ultrawide) cameras (4K@60fps)

FRONT CAMERA: 12MP (wide) + SL 3D

STORAGE: 4GB RAM, from 64/128/256/512GB

BATTERY: 3046mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Triple Camera Setup

COLORS: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Midnight Green

iPhone 11 Pro Pros & Cons

If you need a phone that takes excellent photos at night, iPhone 11 Pro has you covered. From some of the best Stereo Speakers on a phone to reliable battery life, iPhone 11 Pro offers you value for money.

Reasons To Buy
  • XDR Screen is one of the best
  • Bigger RAM, Faster Processor
  • Dependable Battery Life
  • Reliable Triple Camera Setup
  • Robust stereo speakers
Reasons To Avoid
  • Base storage of 64gb too low
  • Very Expensive
  • No audio adapter

Though you pay a lot for the phone, it comes without a headphone adapter. This means you’ll have to pay more to enjoy media from your phone. Bottomline, iPhone 11 Pro is easy to hold and handle. The wireless charging is refined too.

The main differences between iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are in the Display (HD, IPS LCD vs FHD, XDR OLED) and Main Camera (Dual vs Tripple). iPhone 11 maxes at 256GB vs the 512GB in iPhone 11 Pro. Otherwise, most features are similar if not EXACT.

iPhone 11 Pro Pricing & Where to buy

Though not available on Apple’s website (as of the time of publishing), iPhone 11 Pro is readily available in Kenya. You can get iPhone 11 Pro in Kenya for between 80,000/- and 160,000/-. The pricing is mainly dependent on the size of the internal storage and of course the reseller.

To save money, I recommend you go for a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro. For instance, you can buy this phone (unlocked and renewed) on Amazon for less than $650. You’ll be getting a premium phone for half the price.

iPhone 12 Mini

iPhone 12 Series revisited the old iPhone Square Design. Whether it’s a good thing, that’s personal preference. What matters is there are new features we didn’t already see in iPhone 11. Well, there are.

iPhone 12 Mini (the little brother in the series) has one of the best Display in a compact phone. You get the Super Retina XDR OLED screen you could only find in iPhone 11 Pro. Of course, the phone also runs on the super-fast 5nm A14 Bionic Chip.

iPhone 12 Mini Specs

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DISPLAY: 5.4 inches Retina XDR OLED (476ppi)

OS: iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 16.0

PROCESSOR: Apple A14 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP (wide) and 12MP (ultrawide) cameras (4K@60fps and HDR)

FRONT CAMERA: 12MP (wide) + SL 3D

STORAGE: 4GB RAM, from 64/128/256GB

BATTERY: 2227mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Wireless Charging

COLORS: Gold, Red, Silver, Space Gray

iPhone 12 Mini Pros & Cons

If all you want is a small phone that doesn’t cut corners, iPhone 12 Mini is your phone. It has all the features of iPhone 12 in compact form factor. From a faster chip to a smooth software experience, the Mini shines.

That Apple didn’t compromise on the cameras is another plus. With iPhone 12 Mini you enjoy the power of 5G and of course the convenience of MagSafe.

Reasons To Buy
  • Best compact phone
  • Excellent Stereo Speakers
  • Superfast Processor
  • Years of software updates
  • Great Camera
Reasons To Avoid
  • Struggling battery
  • Small Display
  • Slower wireless charging

Nothing is without challenges and so is iPhone 12 Mini. The smaller form factor means you’ll get a smaller battery. With a such a brilliant Display, the battery life will definitely suffer.

The small display can also be a disadvantage when it comes to media consumption. It’s almost unbearable if you are coming from a huge phone. All in all, iPhone 12 Mini will give you the power of iPhone at comparatively lower cost.

The MAIN difference between iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini is the Chip. The former rocks A14 Bionic while the latter runs on A15 Bionic. And since both chips are 5nm, there is no huge difference in performance. iPhone 12 Mini being cheaper, it’s a better buy than iPhone 13 Minie.

iPhone 12 Mini Pricing & Where to buy

With the introduction of iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 12 Mini is not so prominent on Apple’s site. However, the phone is readily available as brand new or renewed. In Kenya, for instance, you can get a brand-new iPhone 12 Mini at 90,000/-.

The price can go up to 130,000/- for the variants with higher storage. Just ensure you buy from authorized resellers or Amazon’s Renewed Store.

Speaking of Amazon, they sell iPhone 12 Mini at about $670. With that you get a Renewed (Fully Unlocked) 12 Mini with 256GB storage.

If buying from Kenya, and doesn’t care about used or refurbished phones, then try sites Jiji. Now, don’t forget to follow the usual safety rules when shopping on classified.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Before I tell you why you should get iPhone 12 Pro Max, let me tell you who shouldn’t buy this phone. If you have iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, there are no real benefits you’ll be getting by moving to iPhone 12 Pro Max. So, skip it.

iPhone 12 Pro Max is for you if you have an old iPhone or are looking for a bigger display. The XDR OLED is one of the best displays you can find in a phone. And, yes, it is huge (at 6.7″ with stellar resolution).

Debate is ripe whether the camera lenses on a Pro Max are better than the ones on a Pro. Whatever the case, you are guaranteed the best camera experience with iPhone 12 Pro Max. Coupled with a faster chip, a whopping 6GB RAM and up to 512GB of storage, this phone is future proof.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Specs & Features

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DISPLAY: 6.7 inches FHD+, Super Retina XDR OLED (458ppi)

OS: iOS 14.1, you can upgrade to iOS 16

PROCESSOR: Apple A14 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto) and 12MP (ultrawide)

FRONT CAMERA: 12MP (wide) + SL 3D

STORAGE: 6GB RAM, from 128/256/512GB

BATTERY: 3687mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Fast Wireless Charging

COLORS: Gold, Graphite, Silver, Pacific Blue

iPhone 12 Pro Max Pros & Cons

A top of the class camera, battery life you can depend on and an efficient chip. That’s what iPhone 12 Pro Max brings to the table. You get a screen that’s optimized for productivity and multimedia.

The phone rocks a quality build with a luxurious feel to boot. Worrying about charging your phone? iPhone 12 Pro Max supports fast wireless charging through the MagSafe as well as and rocking a luxurious build.

Reasons To Buy
  • Excellent Display
  • 5G Support
  • A future-proof processor
  • Stellar Speakers
  • Class-leading cameras
Reasons To Avoid
  • No Charger in the box
  • A 60Hz screen
  • Very Expensive

If you can afford it, iPhone 12 Pro Max is a great pick. Why if you can afford it? Well, this particular phone is prohibitively expensive. And, thanks to its size, forget about doing most single-handed functions.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Pricing & Where to buy

The biggest iPhone in the 12 series doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to part with something between 130,000/- and 180,000/- based on storage. In some cases, the phone even hits the 200,000/- mark.

Are there deals? Of course. If you have an old iPhone, then you can trade it in to save on iPhone 12 Pro Max. You can also check on limited offers on eBay and Amazon.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Unlocked (Renewed Premium) goes for $1099 on Amazon for the 512GB variant. Otherwise prepare to spend on the average of $900 for the 256GB one.

Locally, I recommend you look for offers on Jiji and SkyGarden. You are likely to get a better deal on such websites as long as you do due diligence not to get scammed.

The MAIN differences between iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max are in the Size and battery life. The former has a 6.1″ Display vs 6.7″ on the latter. You also get a bigger battery (3687mAh) in the Max against 2815mAh found on iPhone 12 Pro. Most if not all the remaining features are identical.

iPhone 13

First, let’s see if you really need the all-new iPhone 13. I mean, if you have iPhone 12 then the only major for an upgrade is better battery life. Otherwise, you don’t need to spend more if your gadget has solid battery life. iPhone 13 is not a major upgrade of iPhone 12, so I’d not upgrade.

However, if you run iPhone 11 or older, you may want to upgrade. Compared to the 2019 model, iPhone 13 has significant improvements. From support for 5G to faster chip to an OLED Screen, the new iPhone is just better.

You also get higher base storage than in iPhone 11 (128GB instead of 64GB). Better yet, iPhone 13 has more than 5 years of guaranteed software update. Not forgetting very capable cameras.

iPhone 13 Specs & Features

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DISPLAY: 6.1 inches FHD+, Super Retina XDR OLED (460ppi)

OS: iOS 15, you can upgrade to iOS 16

PROCESSOR: Apple A15 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP (wide), 12MP (ultrawide) (4K@60fps and HDR)

FRONT CAMERA: 12MP camera + SL 3D

STORAGE: 4GB RAM, 128/256GB/512GB

BATTERY: 3240mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Wireless Charging

COLORS: Green, Blue, Starlight, Red, Midnight, Pink

iPhone 13 Pros & Cons

The benefits of owning iPhone 13 begin with a higher refresh rate screen for smoother scrolling. Of course, the phone packs one of the fastest processors on a phone too.

iPhone 13 Cameras are not just improvements, they are class-leading. In other words, you get a premium phone with the best camera setup in 2022. Add unrivalled battery life to the benefits and you have a holistic smartphone.

Reasons To Buy
  • Class leading camera
  • Fastest processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best 5G reception
  • Brilliant Display
Reasons To Avoid
  • Slower charging
  • Expensive
  • No major design changes

As mentioned before, iPhone 13 is not without its drawbacks. For starters, this isn’t a major improvement if compared to iPhone 12. And while the battery life is good, the charging speed is still average.

iPhone 13 Pricing & Where to buy

iPhone 13, though not a major improvement on iPhone 12, is expensive. Let’s just get that out of the way. But being new, it’s readily available on Apple’s website and all authorized resellers in Kenya.

The price range for a brand-new iPhone 13 is somewhere between 90,000/- and 150,000/- for the 512GB model. The trick is to find a reliable retailer with the lowest price and buy from them.

You can also order unlocked (renewed) iPhone on Amazon for about $800. That’s for the one with base storage (128GB). Better yet, you can order directly from Apple’s website for $700. You may even take advantage of their competitive trade-in deals and pay less for brand new iPhone 13.

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro has a telephoto camera and a 120Hz screen. And since these are things that matter to some users, I couldn’t ignore the phone. After all, it is cheaper than iPhone 13 Pro Max whose only benefits are size and bigger battery.

iPhone 13 Specs & Features

iPhone 13 Pro

DISPLAY: 6.1 inches FHD, Super Retina OLED (460ppi)

OS: iOS 15, upgrade to iOS 16

PROCESSOR: Apple A15 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: 12MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto) and 12MP (ultrawide)

FRONT CAMERA: 12MP camera + SL 3D

STORAGE: 6GB RAM, 128/256/512/1TB

BATTERY: 3095mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Wireless Charging

COLORS: Gold, Green, Silver, Blue, Graphite

iPhone 13 Pro Pros & Cons

iPhone 13 Pro packs the first high-refresh-rate display on an Apple phone. In addition, you get an improved camera for all-round photography. And, Apple’s optimization genius ensures the comparatively smaller battery lasts a day on single charge.

Reasons To Buy
  • 120Hz OLED Screen
  • Best Camera around
  • Up to 1TB Internal storage
  • Wonderful battery life
  • Top notch processor
Reasons To Avoid
  • Slower charging
  • No 4K ProRes in base model
  • Very pricey

On the downside, the iPhone 13 Pro is heavy with an annoying notch. Apple also didn’t include an on-off setting for macro photography. The same goes for the cinematic mode, it’s not so refined.

The only reason you’d pick iPhone 13 Pro Max over the Pro is because it has a larger screen and battery. Everything else is similar if not identical. Interestingly, the price difference between iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max is staggering.

iPhone 13 Pro Pricing & Where to buy

You can buy iPhone 13 Pro for between 120,000/- and 190,000/- in Kenya. The difference in iPhone price has to do with individual resellers and of course the internal storage. To get the best deals, trade in or look for an unlocked renewed model.

iPhone 13 Pro is available on Apple’s Site, Amazon and eBay at between $999 and $1299. Otherwise, you can purchase iPhone 13 Pro with a monthly carrier plan. As usual, don’t forget to take advantage of the trade-ins, you’ll definitely upgrade for a lot less.

iPhone SE 2022

The main reason I’ve included iPhone SE 2022 in the list is because it has a processor. Otherwise, you are better off with iPhone SE 2020. I mean, the phones are almost identical save for a slight battery boost in the 2022 model.

If a better processor, improved camera and more years of software update are worth the money, then by all means, get iPhone SE 2022.

iPhone SE 2022 Specs & Features

iPhone SE 2022

DISPLAY: 4.7 inches, Retina IPS (326ppi)

OS: iOS 15.4, upgrade to iOS 16.0

PROCESSOR: Apple A15 Bionic, Hexa-core

REAR CAMERA: Single 12MP wide camera (4K@60fps, HDR, OIS)

FRONT CAMERA: 7MP camera (1080p @30fps)

STORAGE: 4GB RAM, from 64/128/256GB

BATTERY: 2018mAh, Fast Charging

FEATURE: Fingerprint

COLORS: Red, Black, White

iPhone SE 2022 Pros & Cons

If you are looking for the cheapest way to own a brand-new iPhone, then look no further than iPhone SE 2022. Being a 2022 model points to a better chip, better camera and of course good years of software support.

Reasons To Buy
  • Long software support
  • Compact and easy to use
  • Class leading Processor
  • Decent photos
  • Improved battery life
Reasons To Avoid
  • Average display
  • Overpriced
  • Dated design

The downside here is that you’ll be buying an iPhone 8 in 2022. And of course, paying more in the process. The design is too outdated to be frank. Anyway, iPhone SE 2022 is mostly identical to iPhone SE 2020 and so they share most pros and cons.

iPhone SE 2022 Pricing & Where to buy

You can buy iPhone SE 2022 for between 55,000/- and 100,000/- in Kenya. The higher the storage the more you’ll pay. While you can still find good rates by buying from authorized resellers, places like Phone Place Kenya or Avechi do sell cheaper.

Should you not find iPhone SE 2022 on Jumia, you can check other similar sites like Kilimall and SkyGarden. Feel free to try Pigiame and Jiji of course with extra caution.

The above list has 12 iPhones that I believe will offer you value for money. We may get a small commission if you buy via our affiliate links. Otherwise, this list will be updated regularly to reflect price changes as well as new software updates.

I hope this list helps you buy the right iPhone. Please feel free to share your views or additions via the comment box.

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