The Best Budget iPhones of 2023: What to Look for

The Best Budget iPhones of 2023: What to Look for

If you're in the market for a budget iPhone, you have come to the right place. This blog post will provide an overview of the best budget iPhones of 2023, explain why they are worth considering and explain what features you should look for when purchasing yours.

The Best Budget iPhones of 2023

With Apple Iphone 14 launch, there will be plenty of options available for those looking for a great value phone - both new and refurbished. 

Refurbished phones often provide excellent value for money as they are second-hand devices tested and restored by technicians. The most popular budget iPhones from 2023 are likely to be the following.  

iPhone SE (2023 Model)

It is the latest version of Apple’s classic 4” phone, with all its familiar features, including Touch ID, A13 Bionic chip, 2GB RAM, and up to 128GB internal storage. 

It also has access to FaceTime HD video calls, Siri voice assistant, and Apple Pay. It's rumored that this model will start at just $399 USD/$499 CAD or less, depending on where it's purchased from.

iPhone 11 

The 2020 model of Apple’s flagship phone was a hit with consumers who appreciated its large 6.1” display and dual-lens camera system. 

Despite being two years old now, this device still provides good value in terms of specs with its A13 Bionic processor, 4GB RAM, and up to 256GB internal storage capacity. Expect this device to cost around $499 USD/$599 CAD or less depending on where you buy it from. 

iPhone XR

Released in 2018, this popular 6.1" device will likely remain in demand until the release of newer models due to its A12 Bionic processor, 3GB RAM, and up 64GB onboard storage capacity. 

It’s also equipped with wireless charging capabilities, which makes it even more attractive. The iPhone XR can be refurbished at around $399 USD/$499 CAD or less depending on where you buy it. 

iPhone 8 Plus

First released in 2017, the 8 Plus has a 5.5" display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip along with 2GB RAM and 256 GB onboard storage capacity.

While this model might not have all the bells & whistles as newer models (i.e., no facial recognition), it offers enough features for most users, such as wireless charging capability & improved water resistance, compared with older models like iPhone 7 or earlier versions. 

You can expect refurbished prices from around $299 USD/$359 CAD or less depending on where you purchase it from online or offline stores like Walmart.  

What Features To Look For When Shopping For Refurbished iPhones 

When shopping for a used/refurbished iPhone model such as those mentioned above, there are certain things that you should keep an eye out for before making your purchase: 


You should always check whether or not the device comes with some form of warranty coverage so that if something goes wrong during your usage period, you can get help without any hassle and extra costs involved.

In addition, make sure that your warranties don't have any service limitations, like only covering hardware defects instead of accidental damages, etc.     

Battery Performance

As these devices would already be used previously, always check how much battery life they have left before buying them. 

Try to find out how many battery cycles the devices have been used or if not, then always check out the performance of the batteries on different tasks & activities to ensure that they still hold their charge for a good time. 

Condition & Quality

When purchasing a used/refurbished device, always ensure that it is in good condition and looks clean without any signs of physical damage like dents, cracks, or scratches which would lower its resale value in case you decide to sell it later on. 

Make sure to review any pictures you can find from previous owners so that you are aware of what to expect when you receive your device. 


As with all purchases, double-check prices offered by different retailers before committing to one store. Depending on where they are sourcing their stock, there can often be quite significant differences in price between stores. 

Online stores like Amazon and eBay often offer cheaper deals than local offline retailers as they don’t have the extra overhead costs associated with operating physical stores. 

In addition, always keep an eye out for discounts & promotional offers from different retailers throughout the year, as these can help you save money further.


In conclusion, 2023 is an exciting year for budget iPhone shoppers as Apple launched the new Iphone 14. Refurbished devices offer great value for money - provided buyers do their homework properly first.

Be sure to consider the features mentioned above when shopping for a refurbished iPhone and shop for the best online deals.

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