iPhone 11 Pro Review

With its relatively small 5.8-inch screen, the iPhone 11 Pro is a veritable throwback in today’s market of ever-growing phablets. But there are plenty of people who still want a more compact phone. Everything else about the iPhone 11 Pro is big, though, including the mammoth improvements to Apple’s cameras. From the new Night mode and better Smart HDR to the extended dynamic range in video, the iPhone 11 Pro is now arguably the best camera phone around.

At $999, the iPhone 11 Pro’s price is also quite large, and I would expect more storage than 64GB for a grand. Another bummer: The 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max and cheaper iPhone 11 feature better battery life. But if you want a beast of a smartphone in a design that’s easier to tote and use with one hand, the iPhone 11 Pro will be right up your alley.

iPhone 11 Pro review cheat sheet

  • The regular iPhone 11 offers great dual cameras, but the iPhone 11 Pro offers a third camera for optical zoom, giving you more range.
  • Apple’s new Night mode produces amazing results in very low light.
  • The extended dynamic range in video and cinematic stabilization produce movie-like results.
  • Thanks to its A13 Bionic processor, the iPhone 11 Pro is the fastest phone you can buy.
  • At about 10.5 hours of battery life, the iPhone 11 Pro offers good endurance, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge.
  • The fast charger in the box works pretty well, getting you to 55% in 30 minutes.
  • We wish Apple included more storage than just 64GB; you may want to go for a higher capacity.
  • The lack of 5G connectivity is a bummer but it will be at least a year until there’s more widespread coverage.

iPhone 11 Pro price and availability

The iPhone 11 Pro is now on sale (Sept. 20). It starts at $999 ($41.62 per month) for a relatively skimpy 64GB of storage. With a trade-in, the iPhone 11 Pro can be had for as little as $599 at Apple if you have an iPhone XS in good condition.

By comparison, the Galaxy Note 10 packs four times as much storage at 256GB, though Apple does a better job with compression than Android phones. You can pay $1,149 for 256GB of storage on the iPhone 11 Pro or $1,349 for 512GB. 

If you’re a UK user, the iPhone 11 Pro costs £1,049 for the 64GB storage version, then £1,119 for 128GB and £1,399 for 256GB. You can get this price down to £759 with Apple’s trade-in scheme, assuming you own a valuable enough phone you can give in exchange.

Be sure to check out our iPhones 11 and iPhone 11 Pro deals page to make sure you take advantage of any discounts.

iPhone 11 Pro Specs

Starting Price$999
Screen (Resolution)5.8-inch Super Retina XDR Display (2436 x 1125)
CPUA13 Bionic
RAMUnknown
Storage64GB, 256GB, 512GB
MicroSD?No
Rear Cameras12-MP wide (f/1.8), 12-MP ultra wide (f/2.4), 12-MP telephoto (f/2.0)
Front Cameras12-MP (f/2.2)
Water ResistanceUp to 4 meters for 30 minutes
Battery SizeUnknown
Battery Life (Hrs:Mins)10:24
Size5.67 x 2.81 x 0.32 inches
Weight6.63 ounces
ColorsGold, space gray, silver, midnight green

iPhone 11 Pro design: Compact and menacing 

One look at the back of the iPhone 11 Pro and you know this phone means business. The three large camera lenses dominate the top left corner, and they’re a bit intimidating at first. And while the iPhone 11 has friendly colors like green, purple and yellow, the iPhone 11 Pro sticks to conservative hues like midnight green, space gray, gold and silver.

I really like the matte finish on the back; it not only resists fingerprints (I’m looking at you, Galaxy Note 10) but it’s less slippery than other glass phones. 

The iPhone 11 Pro has no trouble shrugging off water. I dumped it in a fountain and the phone didn’t experience any issues. The device is IP68 rated and can withstand being submerged in up to 4 meters for up to 30 minutes. (That’s a full 2 meters more than the iPhone 11 can withstand.)

There’s a couple of things that I don’t love about the iPhone 11 Pro’s design. The first is that it’s a bit heavier than the iPhone XS (6.63 ounces versus 6.24 ounces), and it’s also slightly wider and thicker, which I suspect has to do with additions like the third camera and perhaps a larger battery.

The second nitpick is that the iPhone 11 Pro looks nearly identical to recent iPhones from the front. Yes, the notch has become iconic at this point, but I’d like to see something closer to a full-screen iPhone.

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