Review: iPhone 11… Is It Worth It?

Tala A., Reporter

In the month of September, Apple released two new iPhones, the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. Many consumers question whether the release of two phones, with only slight differences between them, is worth the purchase. Allow me to help by comparing the two iPhones and to give you an honest review on which iPhone is worth your money. 

To start this review, I think it’s best to list the comparisons between the two iPhones.

A compare and contrast chart between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

As a previous iPhone 6s owner, I recently purchased the new iPhone 11 because of the new dual ultra-wide angle camera, and also the lavender color. On the other hand, my friend, A. Dashti (’20) recently purchased the iPhone 11 Pro. With both of the new iPhones on hand, I decided to test out their individual features to see if the differences between the two iPhones are up to the standards they respectively promote.

First, I tested out the phones’ camera quality. The iPhone 11 has a dual-camera lens, while the iPhone 11 Pro has a triple-camera system. This means the iPhone 11 can go from 0.5x (ultra wide) to 1x (wide), while the iPhone 11 Pros go from 0.5x to 2x (telephoto), for a total of 4x optical zoom.

Comparison between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro ultra-wide camera.
Comparison between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Wide camera.
The photo was taken with the Telephoto (2x) option on iPhone 11 Pro

From the comparisons of the camera-quality of both iPhones, I wouldn’t think they were taken on different iPhones. The photos that were taken with the ultra-wide and wide lenses look almost identical. The only big difference between the camera quality is that the iPhone 11 Pro has the telephoto lens which zooms 2x into the photo.

Next, I decided to test out the battery life. When introducing the new iPhones, Apple said, “The iPhone 11 will get up to 17 hours, while the iPhone 11 Pro up to 18 hours.” This means that both iPhones will sustain a full day of iPhone usage without having to recharge them. I tested the battery life by having both iPhones set to 100% in the morning and then calculating the percentage of battery life they had by the end of the night. The iPhone 11 ended with a percentage of 15 by the end of the night, while the iPhone 11 Pro ended with a percentage of 27. Although the two iPhones lived up to Apple’s standards, the results could have been based on how much the individual used their phone during the day.

Last, I wanted to see if the new colors could have swayed any decisions in purchasing either iPhones. The iPhone 11 colors are black, white, red, and yellow, while pastel shades of purple and green make their debuts. On the iPhone 11 Pro, you can choose between the usual space gray, silver, and gold, with a new dark “Midnight” green color joining the group. I conducted a survey asking individuals whether the color of the iPhone could affect their choice to select the iPhone 11 or the iPhone 11 Pro. The survey was sent to 10 students, and most replies stated that they were interested in the new pastel shades in the iPhone 11. M. Amani (’20) was especially adamant about her choice: ” I would definitely consider the new purple shade over the iPhone 11 Pro!”

The comparison of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro through their camera quality, battery life, and colors, proved that both phones are fairly similar. The iPhone 11 would be a perfect choice for an individual interested in the new pastel phone colors, while still featuring most qualities of the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro would be the perfect choice for an individual who wants to go the extra mile for a new innovative phone despite the increased cost. The iPhone 11 Pro can cost from 33 to 50 percent more than the regular iPhone 11.

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