With so many phones on the market today, it can be hard to decide which is the best purchase. IPhones are a popular option due to their vivid displays, quality camera and easy-to-use operating system.
Earlier this month, Apple announced three new iPhone models: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The iPhone 11 is the cheapest of the three, starting at $699 and is the successor to the previous model iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 Pro is the “premium” version of the new models (successor to the XS), sporting a bigger price tag ($999 starting). The Pro Max, which starts at $1099, is the plus size version of the regular 11 Pro.
The main difference between the 11 and the Pro is the camera. Apple has been running a dual camera setup on their iPhones for a couple years, but now they’ve added a third lens.
The Pro has a wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide lens and a telephoto lens. The three cameras are calibrated individually but work as one to achieve a better image. The lenses allow for 2x optical zoom-in, digital zoom-up to 10x and dual optical image stabilization.
The iPhone 11 features a new dual camera setup, which consists of a wide and ultra-wide lens. Although these updated lenses are most likely very effective, previous models such as the iPhone XS, X and 8 Plus all include both a wide and telephoto lens. A jump from one of these models to the 11 is a small upgrade camera-wise.
Another key difference between the 11 and the 11 Pro is the display. The 11 features a 6.1-inch LCD Retina display with 1792 x 828-pixel resolution. Meanwhile, the Pro has a 5.8-inch OLED display with 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution.
Although it is smaller, the Pro’s display has much better contrast and colors due to it being OLED. The iPhone XS also has an OLED screen with the same resolution.
All three models come with Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, which Apple claims is “the fastest chip ever in a smartphone.” The new chip allows for speedy processing and loading times.
The 11 has a glass back and comes in a wide variety of bright colors, while the Pro has a textured matte glass and a stainless-steel design, which comes in muted colors.
As far as battery life, the iPhone 11 beats the Pro. According to Tom’s Guide, the iPhone XS lasted for nine hours and 41 minutes of continuous web browsing, while the iPhone 11 lasted 11 hours and 20 minutes. The Pro lasted for 10 hours and 24 minutes.
There are many deals available for the iPhone 11, such as the typical mobile carrier deal where you must open a new line and trade in your old phone to get a discount. Apple is offering up to $16.62 per month or $399 with a trade-in for the iPhone 11, and $24.95 per month or $599 with trade-in for the Pro.
Whether or not the iPhone 11 is worth an upgrade depends on what phone a person is upgrading from and what features they value the most. If you are a hobbyist photographer and enjoy using your phone to take pictures, then the 11 Pro is a great choice.
Besides the camera, there isn’t really a strong case for upgrading to the Pro. The better display and battery life of the Pro are not a huge improvement compared to the 11. Most consumers wouldn’t notice the difference and it wouldn’t have a huge impact on their day-to-day lives.
Unless you are upgrading from a phone three years or older, it wouldn’t make much sense to upgrade to the new models, unless you place a high value on display, camera quality and having the latest tech. If you have an older phone, either iPhone 11 would be worth the cost because you would be getting many new features in both cases.
Another good reason to upgrade is if you are looking to switch phone lines and have an eligible model to trade-in. Discounts as much as half-off are available.
Since the iPhone 11 hasn’t been drastically redesigned, it would be worth it to wait in most scenarios. Anyways, who knows what Apple will come up with next fall.