Should you buy an iPhone 8 in 2020

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Should you buy an iPhone 8 in 2020

Best answer: Absolutely not. Not only does Apple no longer make the iPhone 8, but the new iPhone SE is also a better phone that's less expensive than the iPhone 8.Get this instead: iPhone SE (2020) (opens in new tab) (From $399 at Apple)

You should get the iPhone SE instead of looking for an iPhone 8

The iPhone SE is a superior product to the iPhone 8 in every way: processor, camera, updates, and price, plus it still has Touch ID for those of you that want that. There's nothing about the iPhone 8 that's better and quite a few things that are worse. It might still be available from some retailers, but you should get the iPhone SE instead.

The iPhone SE uses the same A13 system-on-a-chip that you'll find on Apple's flagship iPhone 11 lineup. That means that not only does the iPhone SE have excellent flagship-level performance in a much cheaper package, but it should get software updates for the same amount of time that the latest flagships will. With Apple's track record, that's going to be about four or five years. The iPhone 8, by contrast, runs the A11, which, while a capable chip, won't last you as long if you get that device today.

Both the iPhone 8 and 2020 iPhone SE use the same camera sensor, but the iPhone SE has better camera performance than the older phone. This is thanks, again, to the newer image signal processor in the iPhone SE. The new hardware allows the iPhone SE to take Portrait Mode photos with a single lens, just like the iPhone XR can.

Finally, there's the price. The iPhone SE starts at $399 for 64GB of storage. At stores like Best Buy, the iPhone 8 is still more expensive than that for a worse phone with the same amount of storage.

The iPhone SE is sitting right there

Unless you want a bigger phone like the iPhone 8 Plus, which Apple has also stopped selling, you should get the iPhone SE. It's better and cheaper than the iPhone 8, and more readily available.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.