There are lists of best new features in iOS or macOS. There are lists of the Best Mac Ever. Yes, all these lists are subjective to a large degree, but you get the idea, right? Humans love lists.
Luke Dormehl has a good list of Every iPhone Ranked, From Worst To Best. The problem with such lists, and Luke’s in particular, is what defines Best.
Most features? Most sales? Fastest? Everything? Greatness? See? Such lists don’t quantify much but they can be a fun exercise down Memory Lane to the corner of Favorites and Misfits.
A ranking such as this is bound to be flawed. What exactly is being ranked — performance, cultural impact, sales or design? The answer is, “All of the above.”
Uh huh. Sure. Rank, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Luke gets the worst iPhone ever absolutely spot on. Apple’s phone before the iPhone was the Motorola Rokr E1. Terrible? Yes. Even by standards back in 2005. From there on it’s just a haphazard list of various and sundry iPhone models with a brief description of this or that feature in each one.
Meh. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Yet, we humans love our lists and Friday would not be a good day without one more.
Best iPhone – iPhone Xs Max. Seriously. The latest and greatest is always better than last year and Max, at a whopping $1,449 fully tricked out, is as good as iPhone gets.
Unless you like small.
Most Loved iPhone – Not a big favorite at Apple because it didn’t sell in numbers, but iPhone SE bred a cult following all its own thanks to a near timeless design and near perfect size; not to mention a bargain at $349.
Most Influential iPhone – Duh. The original iPhone, cira 2007. From then on, Apple improved iPhone relentlessly; faster, smarter, bigger, more capable, blah blah blah. But the original iPhone completely reshaped the entire smartphone industry, obliterated competition, and forced Google to make Android OS free for competing manufacturers.
What do the vast majority of smartphones look like today. Rounded corners, flat slab, giant screen. Just like the original iPhone.
Most Important iPhone – Totally subjective, of course, and since the original iPhone already won the coveted Most Influential iPhone crown, it cannot repeat. Therefore, the most important iPhone since the original is iPhone 6 Plus as it represented Apple’s jump into the large screen trend set by Samsung and others many years ago.
There you have it. For all the right reasons that matter, very best iPhones ever.