Colorful upgrade

iPhone 11

Advanced features

iPhone 11 Pro

Don't call this the replacement for the iPhone XR. It's packed with a lot of new features for a serious upgrade.

from $699 at Apple

Pros

  • Lower price
  • More color choices
  • Many of the same internals for less
  • Biggest display

Cons

  • No telephoto lens
  • LCD, not OLED
  • No 512GB storage option

Apple's most advanced device ever with a 5.8-inch screen. It may have the "pro" title, but it's for more than just pros.

from $999 at Apple

Pros

  • Look at the midnight green
  • Has 512GB storage option
  • triple back camera

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Better, yet smaller screen size
  • Is the iPhone 11 Pro Max a better choice?

You aren't going to find a bad iPhone here. Both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are terrific devices that, not surprisingly, are the best Apple handsets released to date along with the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. The choice between these two handsets comes down to price and whether you're willing to pay more for the extra features the iPhone 11 Pro provides.

Battle time

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have many of the same features. Both, for example, have the same A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine. Each model also has a front 12MP TrueDepth camera with a ƒ/2.2 aperture and Retina Flash. Other identical features include 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, and 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide camera lenses on the back of each device.

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Premium features on the iPhone 11 Pro include a telephoto lens on the back, a Super Retina XDR display, which provides for better resolution, HDR video playback, and better water resistance. The Pro model also includes an optical camera zoom up to 10x versus the 5x for the iPhone 11, and a slightly better battery. Also, there's a 512GB option on the Pro model, but not the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 Pro also includes a textured matte glass and stainless steel design. By comparison, the iPhone 11 uses glass and aluminum.

Despite these useful differences, the iPhone 11 might still be a better choice for most people. The reason? Just look at that price difference! Also, the iPhone 11 is the only one that's available in six versus four colors. Plus, though it offers an LCD and not an OLED, the iPhone 11 has a bigger screen than the iPhone 11 Pro.

iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro
Starting price $699 $999
Colors White
Black
Purple
Green
Yellow
(PRODUCT)RED
Midnight Green
Gold
Silver
Space Black
Battery performance - Video playback: Up to 17 hours
- Video playback (streamed): Up to 10 hours
- Audio playback: Up to 65 hours
- Video playback: Up to 18 hours
- Video playback (streamed): Up to 11 hours
- Audio playback: Up to 65 hours
Screen quality - Liquid Retina HD display
- 1792-by-828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
- 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
- Super Retina XDR display
- 2436‑by‑1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
- 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Camera MP Dual 12 MP Triple 12 MP
Camera lens features - Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
- Wide: ƒ/1.8 aperture
- 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 5x
- Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
- Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
- Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture
- 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 10x
TrueDepth Camera lens features - ƒ/2.2 aperture
- Animoji and Memoji
- Slo-mo video support
- 4K video recording
- Cinematic video stabilization up to 4K
- ƒ/2.2 aperture
- Animoji and Memoji
- Slo-mo video support
- 4K video recording
- Cinematic video stabilization up to 4K
Portrait mode features Natural
Studio
Contour
Stage
Stage Mono
High-Key Mono
Natural
Studio
Contour
Stage
Stage Mono
High-Key Mono
Night Mode Yes Yes
QuickTake Video Yes Yes
Audio Zoom for video Yes Yes
Chip version A13 A13
Water resistance rating IP68 2 meters for up to 30 minutes IP68 4 meters for up to 30 minutes
Wi-Fi support Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6

New colors all around

iPhone 11 pro midnight green

For 2019, Apple has come out and introduced all-new colors for both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series. For the former, there's a never before Purple and the first Green iPhone since the iPhone 5c. These join White, Black, Yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED versions. For the iPhone 11, there's a midnight green (see above) that's likely to turn some heads. It joins the always popular Space Black, Silver, and Gold versions.

Much more battery, and a new plug!

Weak battery life on iPhones has always been a point of contention, although the situation has improved remarkably in recent years. With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, things have improved here when compared to last year's models. Impressively, the battery on the iPhone 11 Pro lasts up to four hours longer than iPhone XS.

In more battery news, the iPhone 11 Pro (and iPhone 11 Pro Max) also include an 18W charging adapter. Alas, the iPhone 11 is stuck with the traditional 5W version. Both handsets are fast-charge capable.

It's the screen, folks

Like the iPhone X, and iPhone XS series before it, the iPhone 11 Pro series includes an OLED that's second-to-none when it comes to Apple handsets. The iPhone 11 keeps with an LCD.

The iPhone 11 Pro's display, called Super Retina XDR, includes two new record levels of brightness, hitting up to 800 nits when you're out in the sun, and up to 1,200 nits when you're viewing extreme dynamic range content. Apple calls it the "brightest, sharpest iPhone display ever."

While it's easy to argue OLED bests LCD, it doesn't mean the latter found on the iPhone 11 is somehow terrible. Instead, its true-to-life all-screen design makes everything look amazing, no matter your environment. The iPhone 11 adjusts the white balance automatically to match the color temperature of the light around you.

So which one should you buy?

If you're still trying to decide whether to get the iPhone 11 or the iPhone 11 Pro, we don't blame you. They both have some amazing features. Before you make the final plunge, consider this:

  • If bright and flashy colors catch your eye and think the triple-lens is a bit overkill, you're leaning toward the iPhone 11 anyway. You're not going to be disappointed. The iPhone 11 has a dual-lens camera with wide and ultra-wide zoom, which is plenty awesome for most people. Plus, some of the other big features on the iPhone 11 Pro, like Slo-fies and Night mode, are also on the iPhone 11. It's a darn good investment. And you can save yourself at least $300 by skipping the Pro.
  • If you were drooling before the end of Apple's demo of the triple-lens camera features, if four extra hours of battery life is top-priority to you, the iPhone 11 Pro might fit your speed better. It's almost everything you could ever want in a phone that doubles as a camera and won't die on you in the middle of the day. You're paying for those features, but you won't regret it when you're zooming in 2x and zooming out 2x like a boss.

Colorful and practical

iPhone 11

No doubt, this will be the people's choice in 2019

Despite fewer premium features, this is probably the iPhone most will select in the coming months. Pick your favorite color, and enjoy!

Professional in every way

iPhone 11 Pro

Look for the midnight green model!

When you want the best and money isn't an object, this is the one to get.

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