The iPhone 11 – the successor to the iPhone XR – has gone from secondary handset to firmly taking the limelight. Offering most of the top-end camera technology of the powerful iPhone 11 Pro, it packs good spec and manages to do so for a lower cost than many would expect – this is the one to go for if you want a good value new iPhone.ForImproved cameraNew range of colorsGood battery life remainsAgainstDesign is almost identical to XRNo headphone dongle in the boxCamera bump a little sharp
The iPhone 11 – the successor to the iPhone XR – has gone from secondary handset to firmly taking the limelight. Offering most of the top-end camera technology of the powerful iPhone 11 Pro, it packs good spec and manages to do so for a lower cost than many would expect – this is the one to go for if you want a good value new iPhone.Pros+ Improved camera+ New range of colors+ Good battery life remainsCons- Design is almost identical to XR- No headphone dongle in the box- Camera bump a little sharp -Two-minute review
The iPhone 11 was a big surprise, packing more advanced technology (namely in the camera capabilities and the processing power under the hood) at a lower cost than the iPhone XR’s price in 2018. It combines a large 6.1-inch display with a premium-feeling body, and comes in an array of colors too.
It’s worth noting that the iPhone 11 isn’t Apple’s newest smartphone – that’s the iPhone 13, which launched in September 2021 alongside the tiny iPhone 13 kecil, the iPhone 13 Pro, and the bigger iPhone 13 Pro Max. It didn’t improve much on the iPhone 12 range that released in 2020, but they’re still the most powerful Apple phones on the market.
Despite launching in 2019, the newer smartphones are pretty similar in terms of design but have improved camera sensors, a newer chipset and flat, not curved, edges – and they’re 5G capable. They’re significant upgrades in some ways, but the iPhone 11 is still worth considering, especially with significant discounts since it launched.
The most eye-catching feature of the iPhone 11 is its imaging capabilities: with two sensors on the rear, you can now take wider-angle snaps alongside the ‘normal’ main images. These sensors are 12MP each, and are raised from the rear of the phone in a square glass enclosure – which we’re not enamored with visually.
The night mode is the most impressive part of the iPhone 11’s imaging quality, bringing brightness and clarity to impossibly dark scenes, and the Portrait mode, defocusing the background, is improved on the new iPhone too.
The phone has lost some of the spotlight now that the iPhone 12 line is available. But not being the newest iPhone on the block likely means significant discounts on the iPhone 11.
The design hasn’t been updated much from the iPhone XR in 2018, although there are now six colors – including a new lilac and mint green shade – to choose from. The edges of the iPhone 11 still have the same feel as the older iPhone 6, 7 and 8, although the larger 6.1-inch display in the middle takes up most of the front of the phone (although with slightly thick borders around the screen).
That display is bright enough and responds well under the finger, with bright sunlight performance good and the overall movie and video streaming playback strong – although not in the same league as the OLED-toting iPhone 11 Pro range, let alone the iPhone 12 range.
The general design is similar to the previous year’s iPhone range. (Image credit: TechRadar)
Apple claims that the battery life of the iPhone 11 is an hour longer than that of the impressive iPhone XR, and in our tests this largely bore out. We were able to eke 24 hours’ use out of it without needing to try too hard – although sadly there’s no fast charger in the box, so if you do deplete the power pack you’ll need to wait around three hours before it’s fully juiced up.
The overall speed and performance of the iPhone 11 is robust – and especially so for the price. It’s still one of the most powerful phones out there, according to our early benchmarks.
In reality that just translates to a solid experience when flipping in and out of apps – although we did note that the speed in firing up the camera was a little slow, and processing pictures took longer than expected for a modern phone.
That said, given you can edit 4K footage at 60 frames per second on a smartphone, it seems like a pretty powerful device to have in your pocket – especially if you’re a social influencer.
Overall the iPhone 11 is a triumph for Apple – if, for nothing else, the fact it’s managed to lower the price year-on-year. We feel enough people are going to be won over by the hard-working camera (check the night mode samples further down this review to see what we mean) and the safety that buying a modern smartphone gives you.
You should be able to get years of use from this phone, and sure, you could also consider the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, or even one of the iPhone 12 models, if you want more power and higher spec, but we found the iPhone 11 to be fun to use and often outperformed what we would expect given the price – and that’s a feat some wouldn’t have expected from Apple.
Update: Apple has confirmed the iPhone 11 will receive iOS 15 when it lands later this year, so you’ll get all the latest features on this handset.
The notch remains, but the Liquid Retina LCD screen is clear and bright. (Image credit: TechRadar) These are the best iPhone 11 casesiPhone 11 price and release date iPhone 11 launch date: September 10iPhone 11 release date: September 20iPhone 11 price starts at $499 / £489 / AU$849
The iPhone 11 release date was September 20, 2019 around the world, and it’s readily available to buy in the US, UK and Australia. You can purchase it directly from Apple, and a variety of other retailers.
The iPhone 11 price currently starts at $499 / £489 / AU$849 (for which you get 64GB of storage). That’s a fair bit less than the $699 / £729 / AU$1,199 that it used to cost.
There are, as usual, a range of storage options to go for, with the aforementioned 64GB contoh joined by a 128GB ($549, £539, AU$929) and a 256GB ($749, £749, AU$1,249) version that isn’t sold directly by Apple anymore but may still be sold by third-party retailers, if you’re happy to spend more money to get extra capacity.
You’ll likely be able to find the phone for a little less with some retailers, carriers and networks. That’s even more so the case now that the phone has been out for some time and been superseded by the iPhone 13. Below we’ve put together the best deals you can find today for the iPhone 11. Get the cheapest prices: best US iPhone 11 deals