How to choose which iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro to buy
You can now order Apple's 2019 iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro line of iPhones — but which do you choose? AppleInsider breaks down the lineup and provides our recomendations for model, storage, and color.
There are many factors that go into picking out an iPhone, namely the color, the size, the model, and the storage. We will tackle these variables one by one.
When picking out your iPhone, be sure you get enough storage. All three iPhones start at 64GB but we recommend most people will need the 256GB capacity.
A good way to estimate is to check the phone you currently have. Head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and see how much space you are currently using. If you currently have the 64GB capacity but are bumping up against it, it may be time to spring for the larger storage.
However, if you are well clear of your capacity you have now, stick with the same size.
Choosing a color may seem like a non-issue, but it can be important, depending on how you expect to use your iPhone.
If the iPhone is going in a case right away, color won't really matter. It may be faster to get your hands on gold or silver rather than the more popular space grey or midnight green.
If you plan on keeping your phone around for as long as you can, go with what makes you happy as you'll be looking at it for a long time. If you basically armor your iPhone in an ultra-protective case, this is less important.
When color can be important is when you plan to sell the phone after a year or so of use. Since the new space grey and midnight green colors are more popular, they will fetch a higher price on the second-hand market, and we aren't expecting this to change any time soon.
So if you plan to sell off that phone, perhaps choose one of the darker colors to get a few more dollars in your pocket when you sell the device.
iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro
All three are roughly the same speed for computational tasks. So, speed isn't really a big differentiator between the 2019 models.
The iPhone 11 Pro is the way to go if you put a big priority on your photos. The entire iPhone Pro line gets an improved tele lens for better-detailed photos when zoomed in. If you zoom into your photos frequently now, then an iPhone Pro is hands down where to spend your money.
Similarly, for looking at photos or video on your phone, the display of the iPhone 11 Pro is where you want to be. The iPhone 11 Pro has a new Super Retina XDR display that has an improved two million to one contrast ratio and up to 1200 nits of brightness.
With the max of 1200 nits during HDR or Dolby Vision content the iPhone 11 Pro really excels with video playback.
Last year, we recommended that the majority of people should pick up the iPhone XS. It was the middle-tier phone that the vast majority would be happy with. This year, we are recommending that most people should pick up the iPhone 11, the successor to the iPhone XR.
The iPhone 11 has most of what is in the iPhone 11 Pro line, for a much cheaper price. It even comes in at $50 less than the iPhone XR launched price.
Building on the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 has a new ultra-wide lens, the same blazing-fast A13 chip as the Pro models, faster Face ID, and a whole lot more. It even fixes issues we saw with the XR such as Portrait mode being limited to people. The iPhone 11 supports stereoscopic Portrait mode and works with both pets and objects.
With a new lower price, new features, and more power, we think that the iPhone 11 will be the phone for the masses.
Go to the Max
There are two real reasons to go with the iPhone 11 Pro Max over the iPhone 11 Pro. Both phones have the same exact specs and performance, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max can go longer on a single charge. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has the longest battery life of any iPhone in the lineup. So if you want the longest battery life, go with the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The other reason to go with the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the display. The display is the largest of all three iPhones, measuring 6.5 inches versus the 11 Pro's 5.8 and the 11's 6.1 inches.
If having a big display is important, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the way to go.
We can outline logical reasons and detail the specification to discuss why you should choose one over the other, but when it comes down to it, it is all user preference, and which particular specification suits your use case the best, and ultimately, only you can answer that. Perhaps you have an affinity towards that matte midnight green and against any logic, you will pay the higher price tag to get your hands on it — and that's ok.
Where to buy the iPhone 11 (and get the best deal)
The new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are now available to order from Apple and third-party outlets, with many iPhone pre-order incentives already available from wireless carriers and big-box retailers. Units are scheduled to begin shipping Friday, September 20th.
Best iPhone 11 deals
- Verizon Wireless: Get a free iPhone 11 (64GB) via bill credits when you switch to Verizon with select trade-in and Unlimited plan.
- AT&T Wireless: Buy an eligible iPhone and get the iPhone 11 for free when you buy both on a qualifying installment plan with an eligible AT&T unlimited plan.
- Sprint: iPhone 11 starts at $0 per month with Sprint Flex lease and select trade-ins.
- T-Mobile: Trade up to the new iPhone 11 and get up to 50% off.
- Walmart: Save up to $100 on the iPhone 11. Offer valid only on purchase with installment plan.
- Sam's Club: Get a $200 Sam's Club gift card with the purchase and activation on installment between Sept. 20 and Sept. 22.
- Visible: Get up to a $200 Prepaid Mastercard Virtual Account when you buy an iPhone 11 and bring your phone number to Visible. Plus get 0% financing, no money down, no upgrade fees, and free overnight shipping for well-qualified customers.