Packing a powerful performance in a portable size, the iPhone 11 Pro was Apple’s standout smartphone in 2019. Does it still hold up? Read on for everything you need to know about the iPhone 11 Pro.
iPhone 11 Pro features and specs
- 5.8-inch OLED display, with 2436 x 1125-pixel resolution
- Weight: 188g
- Dimensions: 144mm x 71.4mm x 8.1mm
- Triple lens rear camera system: 12MP f/1.8, ultrawide f/2.4, and telephoto f/2.0 with 2x optical zoom rear camera
- 12MP front camera
- Three storage options: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage
- Four colourways: Space Grey, Silver, Gold, Midnight Green
Released in 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro was hailed as Apple’s best device that year. Combining power and portability, it was the perfect option for those who wanted the premium experience of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but with the smaller size of a standard iPhone.
Even at the time of writing (February 2022), it’s still a highly capable phone. It shares the same core as the rest of the iPhone 11 line: an A13 Bionic chip and 4GB of RAM. While it’s no longer the fastest or most powerful processor, it still performs extremely well, years later.
At release, it came with iOS 13 preloaded. Luckily, Apple offers software updates long after launch (around five years of support), so the iPhone 11 Pro can still support the most recent operating system, iOS 15.3.
iPhone 11 Pro availability and price
Like the rest of the iPhone 11 range, the iPhone 11 Pro started shipping on 20 September 2019.
At the time of release, it was priced from £1049. Now, at the time of writing (February 2022), you can find it at a much more affordable price.
Unfortunately, it’s no longer available directly from Apple. You’ll be able to buy it refurbished from Apple, or from a third-party seller, however.
How good is the iPhone 11 Pro’s design and display?
While the regular iPhone 11 has an aluminium frame and glossy glass back, the iPhone 11 opts for curved stainless-steel sides and a matte finish glass on the back. It shares the same impressive design and build quality as 2018’s iPhone XS.
Like the iPhone XS, it has a 5.8-inch OLED screen with 2436 x 1125-pixel resolution and an edge-to-edge display, bar the camera notch at the top. However, this time around, it incorporates new Super Retina XDR technology to create a stunning and vibrant screen, with a maximum brightness of 800 nits.
How good is the iPhone 11 Pro’s camera?
The iPhone 11 Pro was the first handset to be equipped with three lenses, including a brand new ultra-wide angle lens.
Featuring one Wide lens at f/1.8, one Ultra-Wide lens at f/2.4 and a telephoto lens at f/2.0, all with 12MP sensors, it sports the same rear camera setup as the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The 2x telephoto lens is only on the Pro models, and it brings even more advanced and versatile photography to the table.
As well as upgraded hardware, the iPhone 11 Pro camera system comes with some leaps in software: for example, Night Mode for low-light shots, an improved Smart HDR and a better Portrait Mode.
The front camera is also 12MP, and comes with an improved Face ID – Apple’s own facial recognition system.
How good is the iPhone 11 Pro’s battery life?
Powered by a 3046mAh battery, the iPhone 11 Pro has the smallest battery out of the iPhone 11 line.
Nevertheless, thanks to the smarter power use of the A13 processor, it’s got a long-lasting battery life that can get you through a day of heavy use with ease. Not to mention, Apple says it should last four more hours than the iPhone XS.
What are the key differences between the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone XS?
Design-wise, the iPhone 11 Pro is near identical to the iPhone XS – the main difference is the look of the camera setup on the back.
Look past appearances and you’ll find more substantial upgrades, with the iPhone 11 Pro demonstrating superior battery life and camera performance.
And although the screen size and resolution has remained the same, the iPhone 11 Pro’s XDR Retina display is brighter and more pleasing on the eye.
How does the iPhone 11 Pro compare to other flagship handsets in the UK market?
Other high-end flagships that came out in 2019 include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Google Pixel 4 XL.
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On its release in 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro was one of the best devices you could get that year. A true powerhouse of a phone, it had a stellar camera, great battery life and powerful processor.
Even now, at the time of writing (February 2022), it performs very reliably in everyday use and doesn’t feel dated. Its smaller form factor means you can comfortably use it with one hand, without having to compromise on the premium features of the larger Pro Max model.
However, as expected with an “older” phone, it’s missing a few fancy features found in the latest iPhone iterations.
For example, it lacks 5G connectivity, so you won’t be able to make use of those ultrafast speeds.
And the screen doesn’t contain the latest “Ceramic Shield” technology, so it’s a little more fragile.
Nevertheless, given the iPhone 11 Pro’s now discounted price, it’s a worthy option if you want to buy the phone outright and add a cheap SIM-only deal on top – although you’ll need to scout out a refurbished one, or one from the third-party reseller, as it’s now discontinued.
And with Apple dedicated to providing software updates up to five years after launch, there’s still plenty of mileage left in the 11 Pro.
iPhone 11 Pro contracts
If you want to get a mobile phone contract, rather than buying the device outright, there are several ways you can get a good deal.
Take a look at the comparison table at the top of this page, where you’ll find our pick of the standout iPhone 11 Pro contract and SIM only deals available right now.
If you can’t see one that meets your needs, you can tailor your search by using the filters at the side of the page.
Can I get the iPhone 11 Pro with no upfront cost?
Don’t want to pay a large amount upfront? The good news is that there are plenty of deals with no upfront cost.
That said, contracts with no upfront cost usually have higher monthly premiums. So you’ll have to spend a bit more cash each month.
Can I get the iPhone 11 Pro with unlimited data?
Of course – pretty much all networks will offer an unlimited data deal.
They’re generally a bit more expensive than contracts with data limits. But you won’t be hit by any extra charges for going over a limit, which may work out better for you.
You can see which deals are currently available using the comparison tool above. Set the data allowance filter to unlimited or high data, and choose the plan that suits you best.
What’s the cheapest way to get an iPhone 11 Pro?
Although budget networks don’t offer much in way of perks, such as Netflix/Spotify subscriptions or customer rewards schemes, you can get ample amounts of data for very affordable prices.
But, if you have the money to spare upfront, the cheapest way to get an iPhone 11 Pro is to buy it SIM-free and add a SIM-only deal on top.
Can I get the iPhone 11 Pro with poor credit?
It can be difficult. Networks always run credit checks on phone contracts, especially on the most recent and expensive devices.
However, as the iPhone 11 Pro is an older model, you may have a little more luck – particularly if you look at contracts from resellers, or on a refurbished phone.
Nevertheless, as with any other phone, the best chance of getting the iPhone 11 Pro with poor credit is to buy the handset outright. You can then buy a cheap SIM-only deal separately.
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Is the iPhone 11 Pro worth buying in 2023?
Although it was released in 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro is still a very capable device and performs well to this day.
The main issue is that it’s now a little difficult to get your hands on the iPhone 11 Pro. Having been discontinued by Apple following the release of the iPhone 12 line, you’ll need to look for refurbished devices.
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Is now a good time to buy the iPhone 11 Pro?
If you can’t stomach the sky-high prices of the most recent iPhones, now is the ideal time to snap up an older Apple flagship for cheap.
Will the iPhone 11 Pro drop in price?
Given that prices tend to drop when Apple releases its latest iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro has already undergone some significant discounts since its launch in 2019.
At the time of writing (February 2022), refurbished models can be found for several hundred pounds cheaper than its launch price.
Should I upgrade or wait for the 2023 model?
If you’re keen to get your hands on the most up-to-date tech, it’s probably better to upgrade to a more recent iPhone model, such as the iPhone 13 Pro.
On the other hand, if you currently have an iPhone 11 Pro and it’s still going strong, you could always wait to see what the next release has to offer.
iPhone 11 Pro specs
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||71.4mm x 8.1mm x 144mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||5.8 inches|
|Resolution||1125 x 2436 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||458 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||6 Cores Cores|
|Internal Storage||64, 256, 512|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||12 MP|