Another year, another iPhone. Such is the case with Apples flagship line of devices this time around, they tend to drop either a new entry, or an expansion to a previous smartphone line along this time of the year. However, the 11 is breaking the cover as a switch up for Apples branding strategy as a whole. See, the iPhone XR was actually the bestselling phone in the iPhone X lineup, so Apple decided that the budget should be stripped of such titles. So now, the iPhone 11 is actually the successor to the XR, and the iPhone 11 Pro is the true flagship with the most advanced and newest features. Without further ado, let’s get into the review for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
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As has always been the case, Apple, with their phone series, has generally upheld one of the best displays on the market. However, since the paradigm shift downgrade of the XR becoming the flagship iPhone 11, the average screen has become much worse for wear. This is a simple display, not featuring the Super AMOLED capabilities of various contemporaries on the market, a shame seeing as even much cheaper phones have been adopting this technology. The iPhone 11 Pro however sports a brilliant display with deep blacks, and bright whites, not on the level of Samsung which very well might make the best screens in the industry, but the iPhone 11 Pro certainly holds its own in the comparison.
It should come as no surprise that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, as has always been the case with Apple products, perform like a dream. This is what happens when a company puts their own software, on their own hardware, running on their own chip. The animations flow smoothly throughout the phones interface, and there is very little lag and frame dropping to be seen anywhere. However, as we know, iPhones tend to slow down significantly over time, and we can only hope that by the time the fifth or sixth next iOS update comes around, these phones will remain as snappy and responsive as they are today. As for battery performance, despite not featuring the largest units on the market, Apple manages to squeeze a lot of battery life from these devices using smart tricks to elongate the screen on time.
Again, you will find no surprises in this department, since Apples iOS software is so synonymous with quality and quickness that it has changed very little since the iPhone 6 days even. It’s the same, responsive home screen layout, with the same settings menu, and the very same Apple Ecosystem additions you’d expect. Airdrop, iMessage, Facetime, all the usual suspects are present here, and that is probably one of the main reasons why you’re even considering an iPhone in the first place. iOS probably has never let you down in the past, and probably never will this time around either.
This is where the real innovation came in this time around. It’s clear that Apple felt the threat from the Google Pixel’s camera backing, and needed to do something fast in order to recover their brand. While the standard iPhone 11 features much of the similar camera setup to the previous iPhone X series, a dual camera with high quality images, and portrait mode. The iPhone 11 Pro is where the real fun comes in, as it features a triple camera setup, capable of clicking a multitude of shots, including, finally, a wide angle. The cameras on both the phones are fantastic, and can be highly recommended to anyone demanding that their smartphone have a superior camera. It’s difficult to say whether or not this will trump the camera of the soon to be released Google Pixel 4, but suffice to say the iPhone 11 series features some of the best cameras in the smartphone world today.
Chances are, you already know whether or not you’re going to purchase an iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or neither. Hardcore Apple fans will certainly purchase it, seeing as they will purchase anything the brand puts out at this point. Those owning an iPhone X or Xs, needn’t purchase this as the differences are marginal. However, if you own an iPhone 8 or earlier, this may just warrant a purchase seeing as the technology has come a long way since then.