Apple released the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max on the morning of September 10, 2019. A few hours later I started testing all three phones. Even if I like the entry-level model, the iPhone 11, very much – you canRead my detailed review of it here- I quickly realized that every detail on the Pro and Pro Max models was a little bit better.
Read on for my in-depth review and the best place to buy the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 1 Pro Max right now. I'll be updating these listings every day or so, so please check back.
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Sometimes with a phone it's easy to get overwhelmed in the early days and become disappointed over time. Well, of course, that applies to more in life than just phones. So this review is about having used the iPhone 11 Pro over the long term to test if it can really keep its appeal as it gets a little older.
Whether you've been using the iPhone 11 Pro yourself for a while and want to see how my experience fares, or you're considering buying one yourself, read on to see how the Pro feels at four months and beyond.
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I've used both the Pro and Pro Max phones equally and almost everything is identical between the two, from the processor that powers both to the cameras, screen resolution and more. Almost everything applies to both models, even if the text only says iPhone 11 Pro. If it's not equally true, I'll say so, but as a rule of thumb, the differences between them are just screen size, battery size, and, oh yeah, price.
There's an unwritten rule about the structure of many reviews: start with the design, then discuss the display, unlock system, cameras, and other features, almost always in that order. Then finish with words about performance and battery life.
But I'll start with battery life, because it's one of the truly standout iPhones of 2019. Beyond that, I believe it's a game-changing upgrade that matters to real people. And it matters more than megapixel numbers or even some of the latest features.
Of course, in many ways the phones have a lot more to offer than the previous models, but four months later I still can't get over how epic the battery is on the iPhone 11 Pro and especially the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Unlike my experience with almost all previous cell phones from many manufacturers, I have never had to charge the iPhone 11 Pro during the day. I've always had enough battery, even on days when I've flown west internationally when the day inevitably gets much longer.
When I've nudged the iPhone off its wireless charging pad during the night so it starts the day at say 65% capacity, I still haven't worried.
It's hard to express what a difference it makes, that utter confidence that the iPhone will last you all day without a shred of worry.
Well, you got the point: the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max all have such long battery life that you no longer need to bother with carrying a portable charger.
Where to buy the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max now.
Prices aren't Apple's cheapest, but you can be sure of an unbeatably good experience, especially on land, including setting up the phone.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro, 64GB: $999, buyhere.
It's also available with 256GB of storage for $1,149 or 512GB for $1,349 via the same link once you've chosen your color.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, 64GB: $999, buyhere.
It's also available with 256GB of storage for $1,249 or 512GB for $1,449 via the same link once you've chosen your color.
Fancy something cheaper?
Apple iPhone 11, 64GB: $699, buyhere.
It's also available with 128GB of storage for $1749 or 256GB for $849 via the same link once you've chosen your color.
If you're buying two iPhones, Verizon is one of several stores offering a hefty discount. It says, "Buy one, save $700 on a second with Unlimited." A new line is required.” Find the offerherefor iPhone 11 Pro.
The same conditions apply to the iPhone 11 Pro Max,here.
Okay, now I'm going to be a bit more traditional with my rating structure. The design of the iPhone 11 Pro is enormous. It's a real eye-catcher. From the front, it looks the same as previous iPhone XS and XS Max models: a highly detailed OLED display that covers the entire front except for the true depth sensor at the top (some call this the notch). Same black frame around the display, narrow and even all around. It's black, even if you opt for the silver or gold version of the iPhone 11 Pro, which would have had a white frame on previous models. This means that the notch is of course not noticeable when the display is off.
The stainless steel frame is also like the previous iPhone XS but not like the iPhone 11 which has an aluminum edge. Depending on the selected color of the iPhone, the stainless steel is matched to it. In the silver version, the stainless steel is not colored at all. On the iPhone 11 Pro in Gold, Space Gray and Midnight Green, the frame is perfectly tinted to complement it. It's a nice detail that looks great.
Flip the phone over and the back is what sets the iPhone 11 Pro apart from both previous iPhones and the iPhone 11. First off, it's a matte glass that just looks and feels great. Even after four months, the phone feels different than other cell phones: smooth but not shiny smooth and deeply classy. Not too slippery either.
However, there is one part of the back that is glossy: the area where the three cameras sit. It's a slightly raised square (with rounded edges of course, this is Apple). It's color-matched to the back of the phone, but with a glossy finish. This is the stylistic inversion of the iPhone 11, which has a glossy back save for a matte camera square.
Because the square itself is color-coordinated with the rest of the phone, the overall look isn't created by the square but by the three protruding lenses.
Leaked versions and pre-launch renders almost all got the look of the back of the phone wrong. They thought the camera square would be bulkier, with lenses flush with a deeper bump and colored black. The end result was much, much better. The cameras are barely noticeable on darker surfaces like midnight green and space grey. They really stand out on the gold and silver models. In the weeks following its launch, people only recognized it as the new iPhone as I reviewed the gold iPhone 11 Pro, while the midnight green iPhone 11 Pro Max drew much less attention.
The iPhone 11 Pro's OLED display looks amazing. It's razor sharp, with a resolution of 458 pixels per inch (ppi), much more than the 326ppi on the cheaper iPhone 11. Brightness levels are the highest ever on an iPhone, 800 nits for easy outdoor reading and up to 1200 nits for viewing HDR content. Both are brighter than last year's models.
Stats aside, what really sets this display apart is the fidelity, which offers amazing color accuracy so what you see on the display is recognizable as what you see in the real world. It is compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
The screen has amazing contrast levels - Apple says it's 2 million to 1. Whatever the numbers, the result is what counts and this display looks pretty good. Video playback is buttery smooth and strikingly bright - and those contrast levels look fantastic.
The iPhone 11 Pro's cameras are a real selling point. iPhone cameras have continued to be great in recent years, but other phones, most notably the Huawei P30 Pro, have overtaken Apple in terms of photographic virtuosity.
This time around, expectations that Apple couldn't catch up on lost ground were impossible to catch up.
As it turns out, the iPhone 11 Pro's cameras have put Apple back on top, contrary to all predictions. The 11 Pro's three rear cameras offer an irresistible combination of flawless lenses, groundbreaking software and great ease of use.
Apple's cameras don't have a Pro mode (ironically, not even on the iPhone 11 Pro) because they're designed to be effortless to use: let Apple do the heavy lifting, make the decisions. All of that could go wrong if Apple's engineers had bad taste, could lead to unrealistic results and poorly rendered images.
Thankfully, the folks at Apple have amazingly good taste, so Pictures, while definitely processed, do two remarkable things: faithfully capture the moment and make it look great.
The three lenses are a regular wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens (2x), and an ultra-wide-angle lens (0.6x the wide-angle lens). While even that doesn't quite match the versatility of phones like the Huawei P30 Pro, with its 5x optical zoom lens in the mix, it's a combination that works well in most situations.
Choose the telephoto lens and the display will show on the sides what the wide-angle lens would see. Choose wide and you'll see what the ultra-wide would offer around the edges. Wide and ultra-wide are identical to the iPhone 11's sensors.
As with every current smartphone camera, the optical zoom is missing here for reasons of space. There are "equivalent" 2x and 0.6x zooms by swapping lenses. Therefore it is always best to use any lens without zooming as this is purely digital zoom. Three lenses provide more versatility.
The ultrawide is particularly practical: instead of taking a few steps back, which is not always possible anyway, simply fold in this lens for a truly impressive distance view.
Multiple lenses also provide excellent bokeh effects when your subject is in sharp focus and the background is blurry. The iPhone 11 Pro is tremendous at this. And the portrait lighting effects continue to improve, offering compelling black and white studio effects that set your subject against a black or now a high-contrast white background. It doesn't always work well, but it produces some really striking results when it does.
Night mode is another new feature for the 2019 iPhone crop. In keeping with Apple's call for simplicity, this is invoked automatically; You don't have to turn it on.
A small icon of a moon appears at the top of the display when it's active, telling you exactly how long the exposure will last. But it's not done through a long exposure, which would inevitably be out of focus.
Instead, it works by taking multiple images over a second or longer and stitching them together to create the result. And these results are amazing. Not only does it make you feel like the camera can see better than you, but that the brighter image it provides is still reminiscent of the event itself. In other words, it doesn't lighten up too much.
The camera interface has also been improved with an on-screen swipe mechanic to reveal additional menu options.
The front camera is now also 12 MP and has a wider field of view. When you rotate iPhone to landscape, the camera knows to automatically choose that wider view. Apple also announced the Slofie (I know, I know), which stands for slow-motion selfie videos shot at 120 frames per second. These are actually quite funny.
The more I use these cameras, the more impressed I become. Sure, the interface is simple enough that you may crave more control (there are apps if you want that), but for most people and in most situations, what the iPhone does is exactly what is desired is to deliver exceptional results with minimal effort. That makes you want to use it again.
More recently, Deep Fusion has appeared, another auto-on feature. When capturing images in low to average lighting, nine images are needed and combined to offer great detail that surpasses a normal HDR effect. It doesn't work with every lens or in all lighting conditions, but it offers another gentle upgrade to your photos.
There are other outstanding camera phones at the moment –You can read my review of the seven best current ones here– but for my money, Apple stole a head start here with its stunningly good cameras.
The release of iOS 13 brought Dark Mode, which has proved very popular, offering a less intrusive design with black backgrounds instead of white. On the Pro phones, with their OLED screens, that also offers power savings as well as a clean, attractive look.
Face ID, the fast, reliable, and secure facial recognition system introduced on the iPhone X, is now more effective and works at more angles, so you don't have to crane your neck forward when it's on your desk, for example — although you do still have to lean on. This improvement also applies to the other iPhone models with Face ID as it is software based.
The processor called A13 Bionic is lightning fast. At the moment it's easy to notice how quickly apps launch and respond when in use, but as developers build more demanding apps you can expect the new processor to come out on top. Despite this, I haven't noticed an iota of slowdown in more than four months. It's still amazingly fast.
Note that the great 3D touch effect of the iPhone X and XS isn't present here. That's the subtle haptic feedback you get when you touch certain menus. It has been replaced on the iPhone XR by Haptic Touch, which works differently. Previously, Haptic Touch was limited in its functionality, but it has now been extended to all areas of 3D Touch. You can feel a difference and it doesn't feel quite as crisp as 3D Touch, but by and large I forgot about the change pretty much instantly.
Four months later, the iPhone 11 Pro is still wowing. I've tested a lot of phones over the past year, and a few almost convinced me to switch my daily driver. But the combination of pleasing looks, standout cameras, and—perhaps most of all—epic battery life has kept me coming back to the iPhone time and time again.
True, there is no 5G iPhone yet, but until a killer app comes along that requires 5G to work, I won't miss it.
For many, the $699 iPhone 11 will suffice. In most cases it is just as powerful. But I love the super high definition OLED screen, the stainless steel antenna strap and the additional camera that the Pro version offers.
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Does the iPhone 11 Pro have a good battery? ›
Thanks to its A13 Bionic processor, the iPhone 11 Pro is still the fastest phone you can buy today. At about 10.5 hours of battery life, the iPhone 11 Pro offers good endurance, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge. The fast charger in the box works pretty well, getting you to 55% in 30 minutes.Does the iPhone 11 Pro have longer battery life? ›
The iPhone 11 Pro lasts four hours longer than the iPhone XS. Video playback up to 18 hours, video playback (streamed) up to 11 hours, and audio playback up to 65 hours.Is iPhone 11 Pro worth buying in 2022? ›
Apple is also likely to be supporting the device with software updates until 2025. So, we can expect iPhone 11 Pro to get iOS 19 or iOS 20 which is not bad for longevity. Apple is well known for keeping their phones relevant for a long time and in that sense, yes it is still worth it.What is the lifespan of iPhone 11 Pro? ›
As a result, with the iPhone 11, unveiled in 2019, you can rest comfortably knowing that you can expect updates through 2025.Why does my iPhone 11 Pro battery draining so fast? ›
If your iPhone battery is draining fast, a slew of factors can be responsible. Start by checking your battery's health in the Settings app; it might be time to replace the battery. You can also see which apps drain your battery the fastest, control your screen brightness, and disable location services.Is iPhone 11 Pro camera good? ›
The ultra wide camera is so much fun to shoot with. Apple's deep software paired with the camera hardware is what sets the iPhone 11 Pro cameras apart and makes zooming between the three cameras feel so smooth; there's none of the stuttering you see on Android phones when you toggle from one camera to the other.Is iPhone 11 Pro obsolete? ›
Pre-orders began on September 13, 2019, and the phones went on sale on September 20. They were discontinued on October 13, 2020, following the announcement of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.Is iPhone 11 Pro battery better than 12 pro? ›
The iPhone 11 Pro wins in terms of battery life
If you value battery life, you'll find that the iPhone 11 Pro lasts an hour longer than the iPhone 12 Pro.
iPhone 11 Pro: 7 hours and 36 minutes. iPhone 12: 6 hours and 41 minutes. iPhone 12 Pro: 6 hours and 35 minutes.Why is no one selling the iPhone 11 Pro? ›
Because the iPhone 12 Pro, it is the direct replacement for the iPhone 11 Pro. With the iPhone 12 Pro, there is no need for an iPhone 11 Pro. That's why the iPhone 11 Pro is no longer sold directly at Apple. As an example, Ford introduces a new Ford Focus, then they do not continue to sell the old Ford Focus.
What are the disadvantages of iPhone 11 Pro? ›
- Not a huge amount of new features.
- Lacks a headline spec.
- Still a notch on the front.
- Still no USB-C.
- It's still $1000.
- Base 64GB storage is too low for "pro" iPhones.
- A bit heavier and thicker than iPhone XS.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Battery Replacement cost is Rs. 3799 with 6 months warranty.When should I replace my iPhone 11 Pro? ›
The iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 is almost three years old, but it's likely running smoothly enough for most people. You can probably wait at least until the iPhone 14 arrives before you upgrade.Is iPhone 11 a good phone in 2022? ›
The iPhone 11 has a slower processor but is still a very capable iPhone even in 2022.Should I charge my iPhone 11 every night? ›
Shomes recommends charging your iPhone as it needs it. If you go to sleep and it has a 40 or 50 percent charge, leave it. Then charge it some time during the next day when it gets into the red. That way, the battery won't be stressed, and its health will last way longer than it will when overnight charging.What kills iPhone battery health? ›
The two things that cause the most battery drain in your iPhone are its screen and cellular service. Obviously, you know when you're actively using your phone, but your iPhone is often performing tasks in the background and even lighting up your screen without you noticing.What is the best battery health for iPhone 11 Pro? ›
Apple considers any iPhone with a battery capacity of 80% or above to be in optimal condition.Is iPhone 11 Pro camera better than Samsung? ›
Both the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro Max have good cameras that are capable of capturing some amazing photos in good lighting conditions. The iPhone wins out when it comes to dynamic range and video stabilization, but the S20 has better portrait mode photos.Which camera is better iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max? ›
The cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are identical. The only difference between these two iPhones is the size of the screen (the Pro Max is bigger). You get the same Wide lens and Ultra Wide lens as the iPhone 11. But you also get a 2x Telephoto lens which lets you zoom in on your subject.Which camera is better between 11 Pro and 12? ›
The iPhone 12 takes better photos
In almost every example in this test I prefer the look of the images from the iPhone 12 over those taken on the iPhone 11 Pro. Details are clearer, shots are brighter and more vibrant, and Night mode images have seen huge improvements.
What year will iPhone 11 stop working? ›
|Updates up until|
|Refurbished iPhone Xs||September 2024|
|Refurbished iPhone Xr||September 2024|
|Refurbished iPhone 11||September 2025|
|Refurbished iPhone 11 Pro (Max)||September 2025|
The iPhone 11 has a slightly bigger screen and about an hour of extra battery life during typical web browsing, while the iPhone 11 Pro has an additional camera lens, matte finish, and OLED screen technology which will give you higher contrast colors.Is it worth upgrading iPhone 11 Pro? ›
iPhone 11, 11 Pro. If you're using an iPhone 11, we recommend upgrading to an iPhone 14 (or even an iPhone 13). In the last three years, Apple has made enough changes to features including battery life, performance, screen quality, cameras and durability to merit buying a new iPhone.Which iPhone Pro is best? ›
Best iPhone overall
This year's best overall iPhone goes to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It's a mouthful, but for good reason. The 6.7-inch model is the largest of the iPhone 14 line and comes stacked with the latest features that Apple has to offer.
Its design is more distinct and adventurous, its display is richer and more detailed, it offers stronger performance, and it also supports 5G. In other words, if you can afford to upgrade or to trade in your iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 is certainly worth it.Is iPhone 11 Pro better than iPhone 13? ›
With the iPhone 11 Pro, it's harder to see the improvements in photos with bright, even lighting, but the iPhone 13 does a much better job with lights at night (there's less lens flare) and also with texture.Why iPhone 11 Pro is better than 12? ›
The iPhone 11 Pro has a third sensor, the telephoto sensor, which allows 2X optical zoom without any loss in quality. The iPhone 12 has only the wide angle and the ultra wide angle.What is better 11 Pro or 12? ›
The iPhone 12 is faster and it has better connectivity. Last but not least, it runs iOS 14 out of the box, while iPhone 11 Pro is based on iOS 13. So there are no doubts, the iPhone 12 wins the hardware and software comparisons.Is iPhone 11 Pro 5G? ›
Does the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max support 5G? The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also do not support 5G. All three models are limited to 4G.Is iPhone 11 Pro waterproof? ›
What this means is that the iPhone 11 is almost wholly resistant to dust and dirt and can withstand submersion in water up to 1.5 meters (about five feet) in depth for about half an hour.
What iPhones will stop working in 2022? ›
The iPhone 6S was introduced in 2015, making it obsolete between 2020 and 2022. The iPhone 7 was introduced in 2016, making it obsolete between 2021 and 2023. The iPhone 8 was introduced in 2017, making it obsolete between 2022 and 2024.How long does iPhone 11 Pro battery last before replacement? ›
Apple's batteries are rated to hold 80% of their capacity for up to 500 charge cycles, which lasts roughly 18-24 months for most users.How often should I charge my iPhone 11 Pro? ›
It's best to charge it when it goes below 20%, primarily to avoid the risk of it going to zero when you don't have a charger available, and to prevent unexpected shutdowns when you might need the phone.Does iPhone 11 Pro have better battery than 11? ›
It has a third rear camera that, combined with Apple's Deep Fusion image processing, takes better zoomed-in photos. But probably the most-welcomed upgrade on the 11 Pro is how much longer battery life is over the previous-generation iPhone XS. The 11 Pro lasts almost as long on a single charge as the 11.What camera is better iPhone 11 Pro or 13 Pro? ›
The main camera (1x) on the iPhone 13 Pro captures more than twice as much light than the iPhone 11 Pro. The focal aperture of the iPhone 11 Pro is f/1.8, while the iPhone 13 Pro's is f/1.5. The telephoto or zoom camera has been increased. The iPhone 11 Pro features 2x zoom and the iPhone 13 Pro offers 3x zoom.Can I change my iPhone 11 Pro battery? ›
We can replace your iPhone battery for a service fee. Our warranty doesn't cover batteries that wear down from normal use. Your iPhone is eligible for a battery replacement at no additional cost if you have AppleCare+ and your product's battery holds less than 80 percent of its original capacity.Is iPhone 11 still good in 2023? ›
It still holds well in 2023 and is an excellent choice for those seeking a reliable, high-performance device at a more affordable price than the newer models. The device's dual-camera system, A13 Bionic chip, and Face ID are still considered top-of-the-line compared to more recent models.Is iPhone 11 too old? ›
Despite being well over two years old, so much about the iPhone 11 holds up remarkably well in 2022. The biggest reason for this is its processor. Powering the iPhone 11 is Apple's A13 Bionic chip.How is iPhone 11 Pro battery? ›
The iPhone 11 Pro is supplied with a 11.67 Wh (3,046 mAh) battery, a slight increase from the 10.13 Wh (2,658 mAh) found in the iPhone XS, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 15.04 Wh (3,969 mAh) battery, another slight increase from the 12.08 Wh (3,174 mAh) found in the iPhone XS Max.Can you overcharge iPhone 11 Pro? ›
The short answer is no, you can't overcharge your phone, but the full picture is a little more complicated than that. Modern smartphones have optimized batteries that will stop drawing power once they reach 100 percent.
Is 11 Pro or 12 Pro better? ›
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro are both powerful smartphones. If you're looking for a slim design that feels good in your hand and offers slightly longer battery life, the iPhone 11 Pro is for you, but if you're a serious photographer, the iPhone 12 Pro is the obvious choice because of its better image processing.What is the best feature of iPhone 11 Pro? ›
- Lasts up to 4 hours longer than iPhone XS.
- Video playback: Up to 18 hours.
- Video playback (streamed): Up to 11 hours.
- Audio playback: Up to 65 hours.
- 18W adapter included.
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
- Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers10)
The 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro has a significantly sharper 2,436 x 1125 display at 458ppi and the 6.5-inch Max has a 2,688 x 1,242 resolution, again at 458ppi. Also, the iPhone 11 has an LCD screen, while the iPhone 11 Pro uses OLED, which offers better contrast and more vibrant colours.Which iPhone battery lasts longest? ›
The iPhone 14 Pro Max delivered the longest result we've ever seen from an iPhone, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro both backslid from their predecessors by hours. The 14 Pro still boasts adequate battery life at over 10 hours in our testing, but it's a far cry from the 12+ offered by the 13 Pro.Which iPhone has the best battery life 2022? ›
- 1st – iPhone 14 Pro Max – 4,323mAh.
- 2nd – iPhone 14 Plus – 4,325mAh.
- 3rd – iPhone 14 Pro – 3,200mAh.
- 4th – iPhone 13 – 3,227mAh.
- 5th – iPhone 14 – 3,279mAh.
- 6th – iPhone 12 – 2,815mAh.
- 7th – iPhone 13 Mini – 2,406mAh.