We still think the iPhone XR was the best smartphone released in 2018. But not everyone wants to or can drop $750 or more on a smartphone. And while we love FaceID maybe you think you’ll miss the classic home button and TouchID.
If that’s you, and you’re still running an iPhone 6 or older, you might want to consider today’s Woot iPhone deal. $220 or $260 will get you either a 32 or 128 GB iPhone 7. Depending on the size you choose, you can pick either Black or Rose Gold (the black model is 128 GB only).
The iPhone 7 looks very much like the iPhone 6 at first glance, but the changes on the inside were huge. This update introduced a quad-core processor, more ram, and a brighter screen. You also get 3D Touch baked in, which is something even the iPhone XR can’t say.
Your potential downsides? The iPhone 7 is the model that killed the headphone jack, and the Woot deal doesn’t include an adapter or charging cable. Additionally, Woot does warn that because this is a refurb, you should expect some scratches and dents. Woot tested the phone for functionality and offers a 90-day warranty, but don’t expect a brand new out of the box look. The odds are you’re going to throw a case on it anyway.
But those are minor downsides—especially if you already have a lighting jack cable. And by accepting those downsides, you get a solid iPhone at an affordable price. Just make sure to choose the bands that work with your carrier (CDMA for Sprint and Verizon for example).