To Pro or not to Pro?

In September 2019 we saw the launch of Apple's latest iPhone models - the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. There is a pretty big price difference between the two, so we wanted to take a look at the differences to help you decide which one is for you.

The designs: iPhone 11 vs 11 Pro

Like previous generations, there is both a 'regular' sized iPhone 11 and a larger screen 'plus' variant - the iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, between the regular iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro, there is only a slight difference in design; the iPhone 11 is 5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 (in) and weighs just 6.84 ounces, whereas the Pro actually comes in a tiny bit smaller at 5.67 x 2.81 x 0.32 (inches) and weighing at 6.63 ounces.

For both the phones, Apple has guaranteed the 'toughest glass found in a smartphone', but has explained slight design differences between the bodies.

For the 11, the device is made with an aluminium frame and both the front and back are made of glass. Though the Pro has the same design and glass build, it has a stainless steel frame and is completed with a premium matte finish.

The displays: iPhone 11 vs 11 Pro

According to Apple, the iPhone 11 has been created with a 'Liquid Retina HD' LCD display which offers higher quality and clarity. This LCD display is one of the main factors as to why Apple can offer the cheaper alternative, with only 625 nits of maximum brightness, it is great for the majority of users who use their phones predominately for social media and contacting friends/family as well as streaming movies, playing games and view photos.

However, for those who perhaps want a better and brighter display for gaming/photography/watching HD movies, the Pro boasts a 'Super Retina XDR' OLED screen which offers a brighter screen in sunlight without affecting the details, can display true blacks and can support iTunes movies that play in HDR.

It's worth noting, that although the Pro uses better screen technology than the 11, the display size on the Pro is actually slightly smaller than the 11, coming in at 5.8" compared to 6.1" on the iPhone 11. For those wanting the biggest screen possible, it's the Pro Max you'll have to pick, which comes with a 6.5" OLED display.

The cameras: iPhone 11 vs 11 Pro

Probably one of the biggest differences between these phones is the camera.

The iPhone 11 is loaded with an already pretty impressive dual 12-megapixel camera system with wide and ultra-wide lenses, offering a 'zoom out' to 0.5x without having to physically move. It also supports a new night mode, auto adjustments, optical image stabilisation, 2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 5x, brighter true tone flash, Smart HDR and portrait mode with six different effects.

The main difference between this and the more expensive model is the Pro's third telephoto camera. The advantage of this added lens is that it allows you to zoom out on distant objects without losing a significant amount of clarity in the image - such as taking photos at a sporting event.

Water resistance: iPhone 11 vs 11 Pro

Both phones are water resistant but you can dive a bit deeper with the Pro (not that we're suggesting you take your iPhone swimming, think of it more as accident protection). The iPhone 11 is water resistant to a depth of 2 metres for 30 minutes and the Pro doubles that to 4 metres. Both will stand up to coffee and tea spills.

Storage capacity: iPhone 11 vs 11 Pro

Both models are available with 64GB of storage. If that's not enough for you, the 11 is also available with 128GB or 256GB. The 11 Pro goes one step further with 256GB and 512GB versions available. Really though, if you're looking at storing more than 64GB on your phone, it's worth looking at a decent cloud back up service for photos and videos - such as Google Drive or Apple's own iCloud.

The performance: iPhone 11 vs 11 Pro

There is supposedly no difference between the model's processor performance, with both the iPhone 11 and the Pro being powered through the newly developed A13 Bionic Chip, which Apple claims is the fastest CPU to ever appear in a smartphone.

This Bionic Chip is allegedly 20% faster than its previous A12 Bionic, and consumes 40% less power (finally!). In terms of battery, when it comes to watching video, you'll squeeze an extra hour out of the Pro versus the 11.

The conclusion

For the entry price, the iPhone 11 is certainly a great device for everyday mobile phone usage, and don't be disillusioned, you're getting one of the best flagship mobile phones money can buy. Given that you'll also be receiving an impressive upgrade on the previous generation's cameras and battery life, it's certainly a great purchase if you just want to update your regular device.

However, if you're looking for a phone that can possibly replace your camera and laptop, then the iPhone 11 Pro certainly offers more quality when it comes to build, camera and display.

If you have any more questions on any iPhone model, you can tweet us, message us on Facebook or call the team on 0208 712 6808.

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