Apple iPhone 11 Pro Review: It costs a pretty penny, but you’re paying for the best – Mobile Phones


Should you buy the Apple iPhone 11 Pro?

If you’ve come here to find out if the iPhone 11 Pro is the best iPhone you can buy at the moment then let me tell you: it is. It is an incredibly good smartphone with a near-perfect blend of performance, camera quality and battery life. 

But in a year where you can buy the iPhone 11 for $550 less and not lose an awful lot, it makes the choice of whether to splurge on this first ever ‘Pro’ iPhone a little harder to justify. The iPhone 11 Pro’s $1,749 starting price would be easier to justify for most people if it were the only option.

Despite this, the 11 Pro is the best iPhone right now and the one you should buy if you can afford it. 

Price and availability

The iPhone 11 Pro with 64GB storage costs $1,749 direct from Apple, up from last year’s now discontinued $1,629 iPhone XS. Comparatively the 64GB Google Pixel 4 is $1,049 and the 256GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is $1,699 – while the 64GB regular iPhone 11 is $1,199.

If you want a larger display, then the iPhone 11 Pro Max with larger battery starts at $1,899. 

The iPhone 11 Pro is the most expensive mainstream smartphone you can buy right now unless you’re cash rich crazy and want a Samsung Galaxy Fold ($2,999). But for that extra cash, the 11 Pro still manages to stake a claim as an iPhone to invest in if you’ll appreciate the improvements made over the iPhone XS (and the regular 11) in display, camera and battery.

If you’re looking to pick up the iPhone 11 Pro on a post-paid plan, all major Australian carriers have plenty of options. You can check out our picks for the best Apple iPhone 11 Pro mobile plans via the widget below:

Design and build

The iPhone 11 Pro has a design you’ll find familiar. The front of it is indistinguishable from the iPhone X or the iPhone XS with a 5.8in notched OLED display. The flat display has black bezels around the edge, but the design still feels like it’s all screen, and I never was truly bothered by the notch in my time with it. The only way to go without one and get an ‘all-screen’ design is a mechanical pop up camera, which I think are tacky – not to mention breakable. 

My silver review unit most closely resembles the original iPhone X with its silver stainless steel rim and white back glass panel. The glass is now a frosted matte finish which means the silver model is a no-fingerprint zone, though you might fare differently with the gold, space grey or new midnight green colours. 

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I’m also not fussed about the look of the triple camera arrangement on the back, which some say is ugly. I’m of the belief that no normal people (i.e. not us tech reviewers) care much what cameras on a smartphone look like. It’s an odd thing to get annoyed about – particularly when the results those cameras can achieve are so wonderful. 

The 5.8in size is a sweet spot in the 2019/2020 iPhone line up, being smaller than the 6.5in iPhone 11 Pro Max and the 6.1in iPhone 11. I daringly reviewed the phone without a case and although phones have grown over the years, the 11 Pro still disappears in a pocket – something that cannot be said of the gargantuan Note 10 Plus.

Aside from the cameras and the matte finish, this will feel like the same phone to you if you’re looking to upgrade from an iPhone X, XS or XR. The tangible improvements that the phone brings are on the inside.

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Features and specs

Apple says it has updated the iPhone 11 Pro’s screen to what it calls its Super Retina XDR display. But on paper, this is the same panel as on the iPhone X and XS with a 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458 pixels per inch. 

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