How we do our research
When creating the guide, we consider the features of each iPhone, including things like display, camera and storage. We also consider user ratings and reviews.
Things to look for when buying
Before buying an iPhone, one must look for features that meet their needs. Choosing from Apple products may not be an easy task, so one should look for the specifications and prices of each product and then make a purchase.
Apple iPhone SE (second generation)
The Apple iPhone SE 2nd model (also known as the iPhone SE 2020) is one of the best iPhones under ₹30,000 that you can buy in India. You get the essential iPhone experience with the best features that Apple is known for. The iPhone SE 2020 has a 4.7-inch Retina display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio which means there are thick bezels at the top and bottom. The screen is reinforced with an oleophobic coating to prevent smudges and makes it more suitable for daily use. This iPhone SE has a solid build and design reminiscent of the iPhone 8 series. It is very thin at 7.3mm and lightweight at 148 grams and is rated IP67 for protection against dust and water ingress.
Powered by the A13 Bionic chip (same as the one in the iPhone 11), you can expect powerful and stable performance all day long with excellent battery life. iPhone SE 2020 can also be upgraded to the latest iOS 16.0.2. It has a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS and a 7-megapixel selfie camera. There are stereo speakers on board with a Touch ID fingerprint reader. You can choose between three colors: Starlight, Midnight and Model Red.
Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 11 is the next best iPhone that you can get under 30000 in India. It has a 6.1-inch Retina display with oleophobic coating and has a metal glass construction that measures 8.3mm and 194 grams. The iPhone 11 is also rated iP68 which protects it from dust and water up to 2 meters. Under the hood, you’ll find the A13 Bionic chipset that can handle any app or game you throw at it. It can also be upgraded to the latest version of iOS 16.0.2.
There are dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back, a regular main camera with OIS and a 120-degree FOV sensor. On the front, there is a 12 megapixel camera with Face ID. The iPhone 11 can record in 4K UHD up to 60FPS from both the main and selfie cameras. It also has stereo speakers, 18W fast charging and wireless charging support. The colors offered are Black, Green, Purple, Red, White and Yellow.
Apple iPhone SE (3rd generation)
The Apple iPhone SE 3rd generation (also known as the iPhone SE 2022) is an affordable 5G iPhone that is the successor to the iPhone SE 2020. It is powered by the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 so you can be . Be sure to work hard. It has the same durable construction and design that consists of an aluminum chassis and Ion strength glass on the front and back. It measures 7.3mm and weighs a little 144 grams. The display is the same as on the iPhone 2020, it measures 4.7 inches, so it’s a little stronger and more comfortable to hold in the hand.
At the time of its launch, it was running iOS 15 and now it is upgrading to iOS 16. You get the option to choose between 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of storage variants. There is a 12-megapixel camera on the back with OIS and it can record in 4K UHD at up to 60FPS. On the front, there is a 7-megapixel selfie camera that is good enough for some casual photos or video calls. The iPhone SE 2022 also has stereo speakers and supports 20W fast charging, however, the charging adapter must be purchased separately.
Apple iPhone 12 Mini
The iPhone 12 Mini is another iPhone that has now received an affordable price that has brought it under the ₹ 40,000 mark. It has a 5.4-inch Retina OLED display that is both HDR10 and Dolby Vision certified. The iPhone 12 Mini has a Full HD + resolution display with a ceramic glass coating that makes it tough and resistant to scratches and damage. The aluminum frame is flanked by Gorilla Glass on the front and back and the 12 Mini is also IP68 rated. Being a small and lightweight phone, it measures 7.4mm and weighs 135 grams.
The iPhone 12 Mini has a powerful A14 Bionic chip that is powerful and efficient and works with a slick iOS 16 interface. Storage variants on offer include a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The rear camera records in 4K UHD up to 60FPS and on the front we get a 12-megapixel selfie camera with the Face ID biometrics system. Also, the iPhone 12 Mini has stereo speakers and supports 20W fast charging.
Apple iPhone XS
iPhone XS is available for ₹ 30,000 with refurbished dealers or local stores so it’s not that easy. However, if you do get one, the iPhone XS is a great affordable iPhone that features a 5.8-inch Retina OLED display surrounded by a stainless steel frame and Gorilla Glass on the front and back. It is IP68 rated and measures 7.7mm in thickness while weighing 177 grams. The iPhone XS is also one of the few end-of-life iPhones that supports the latest version of iOS, iOS 16.0.2 and is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset.
Cameras on the iPhone XS include a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. The rear camera can record in 4K UHD up to 60FPS and on the front, we get a 7-megapixel camera with Face ID. The iPhone XS also has stereo speakers and supports 15W fast charging.