For its 11th iteration, the iPhone has gone “Pro” with far better cameras and a battery that lasts much longer. The iPhone 11 Pro is a flagship device that is small by today’s standards. This device essentially looks the same as the iPhone X with its 5.8-inch screen, glass and stainless-steel body and Face ID notch. It is a little heavier than last year’s iPhone XS but it still remains a phone that is easy to carry around in the pocket.
The iPhone 11 Pro comes with the A13 Bionic chip that is powers all of this year’s iPhone models. It comes with 4GB RAM and a minimum of 64GB storage. Performance is smooth and quick including resource intensive tasks like video editing and gaming. This phone will last a good few years thanks to these specs. It still continues to use the Lightning connector instead of USB-C which is a bit of shame and the entry level storage capacity is also a bit on the low side. For people shooting 4K video, 64GB will fill up very quickly.
According to Apple, the iPhone 11 Pro has a battery life that is four hours longer than the iPhone XS which clocked in back then at 24 hours. When tested it was found the iPhone 11 Pro actually lasts about 32 hours between charges and doesn’t change much even when an Apple Watch is paired with the device. The iPhone 11 Pro does ship with an 18W USB-C fast charger and cable in the box and is the first iPhone model to do that. It takes just of two hours to charge fully from flat and above 95 per cent, Apple slows down the charge.
The iPhone 11 Pro is powered by iOS 13.1.2. The main new feature is dark mode which should have some benefits for battery life thanks to the OLED display which uses up battery for pixels that are not black. It is now possible to swipe-type and unknown or spam calls can be silenced. Apple offers five years of support for its software from the date of release which is a big advantage in comparison to Android.
The iPhone 11 Pro comes with a triple 12MP camera setup and 2x telephoto and a new ultrawide camera which enables 10x optical zoom. There is a new night mode which allows for photography in very low light, but you should be aware that it only operates from the main camera or ultrawide telephoto. Automatic mode allows for multiple frames and smart HDR has been improved too. Video capture is great including 4K at 60 fps. The selfie camera now shoots at 12MP and overall the camera on the iPhone 11 Pro is a major leap forward.
The iPhone 11 Pro is arguably the best smaller phone around. It has a longer battery life, better screen and outstanding performance in comparison to last year’s misstep. The winning design is now starting to look its age. There is no 5G yet but that is not a deal breaker. The iPhone 11 Pro is by no means a perfect device, but it nice for a flagship device to fit easily in the pocket and doesn’t compromise on either power or features. It is an expensive phone so it is hard to argue value for money. Nevertheless, if you want a great smartphone, it is hard to go wrong.