iPhone 11 Pro Review

The iPhone 11 series was released in September 2019 and includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 Pro is an excellent, high-spec smartphone powered by an A13 bionic chip, Apple's fastest processor to date. Standout features of this device include a crisp, OLED display, a triple rear camera with optical and digital zoom that captures beautiful images and superb 4K video. It also features Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with reader mode, in-built GPS, plus, it has a decent battery life, slightly longer than the iPhone XS. Trusted Reviews deem it to be one of the most complete iPhones Apple has ever produced.

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iPhone 11 Pro

There are 3 iPhone 11 models in the series:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro falls in the middle in terms of price. The standard iPhone 11 model is the cheapest while the Pro Max edition is the most expensive and has the most powerful tech and battery life. Naturally, choosing to buy a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro will mean big savings when compared with a new model. Prices for a pre-loved model can be as much as  £250 cheaper when compared with a new model (enough to get you some Airpods or an iPad!)

A major difference between the iPhone 11 varieties is the screen size. The iPhone 11 Pro is significantly more compact than the other models, measuring 5.8”. This also means it is smaller and a very comfortable phone to handle and hold. It is also lighter than the 11 Pro Max model, weighing in at 188 grams compared with 226 grams for the Pro Max edition. If you have a strong preference for a larger screen for watching videos or movies on flights, for example, we recommend checking out the other models, but if you prefer a more compact fit, go for a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro.

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iPhone 11 Pro: Specs at a glance

  • Display technology: OLED panel
  • Display size: 5.8" (smallest of all iPhone 11 models)
  • Comes with 18W fast charger included
  • Resolution: FHD
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Powered by an A13 bionic chip, Apple's fastest processor to date
  • Main Camera: Triple camera with not one, but 3 x 12-megapixel rear cameras
  • Capacity: Available in 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Face ID unlock.

iPhone 11 Pro Camera

Let's face it, if you love taking photos and are searching for the best smartphone camera money can buy, it's very difficult to beat an iPhone. And the iPhone 11 Pro truly shines in the camera department. The triple rear camera features a standard lens, a 26 mm ultra-wide lens, and a telephoto lens that has x2 optical zoom – ideal for capturing close-ups. All 3 cameras are 12 megapixels. The front camera is quite simply, perfect for catching selfies. It is an Apple Truedepth 12 MP camera with Retina Flash and Smart HDR technology and features an advanced portrait mode with a bokeh setting and depth control. It also features a selection of lighting effects including natural, contour, and stage.

4K Video

As well as capturing stunning, true to life photos, the 11 pro also shoots superb, cinematic 4K video at 24, 30, and 60 fps. Apple's QuickTake feature lets you take a video without changing modes and the device features optical stabilisation for video. It also features stereo recording and audio zoom allow for high-quality audio. To see how this 4K video actually looks, check out the iPhone 11 Pro Cinematic 4k Tokyo edition on YouTube. (Also good if you simply fancy taking a tour of this buzzing city.)

Design & Display

With a textured, matte body, the iPhone 11 Pro looks and feels sleek. It features a bright, Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 1792 × 828 pixels - images, videos, and text all appear super clear and vivid.

Battery Life

Apple claims that the battery life on the 11 Pro is 4 hours longer than the iPhone XS, with 18 hours of video playback. This is hard to measure and compare, however, as usage varies and the 2 phones are quite different in terms of processor power and display. If battery life is a priority for you and you want the best possible option in this regard, then the iPhone 11 Pro Max slightly beats the Pro model. That said, the 11 Pro is powered by a 3046mAh non-removable battery. This gives it an excellent battery life, but the Pro Max is just a bit better (3969 mAh battery).

Users and reviewers report that on the iPhone 11 Pro, battery life lasts for a full day with heavy usage before needing a recharge. It does come with an 18W fast charge cable so you can power it up quickly in a pinch. It charges up to 50% in 30 minutes: pretty nifty in case you need a quick top-up before boarding a plane or running out the door to work, so you can listen to a great podcast en route.

Better than New

The best things about buying a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro are that firstly, it's significantly cheaper than buying new and secondly, that it reduces tech waste. Many refurbished smartphones look and feel brand new and internal parts will often be completely replaced in refurbished smartphones. Backmarket always lists the condition of their products, so you know what you are getting whether it's like new or has some minor scratches on the body, for example. Prices vary depending on the model and condition, and there are huge savings to be found when you buy a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro.

Buying a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro or any piece of tech is a more eco-friendly option, cutting down massively on environmental waste. It gives a perfectly good device a second life. To date, backmarket.co.uk have been able to prevent the creation of 1700 tons of electronic waste thanks to refurbishing and renewing devices, hardware, and appliances - a crucial movement to support, especially considering that the production of one smartphone requires 240 gallons of water.

Discover the full range of refurbished Apple products at great prices in our Apple corner. If you are looking for a refurbished smartphone from any other brand, check out our full selection on our used smartphones page.

By Brian, Marketing Manager Back Market UK

When not talking about the latest eco-friendly tech and reducing our carbon footprint, Brian enjoys the odd game of football, a classic horror (book or film) or just to kick back with a beer or a proper Scottish whisky. Slàinte Mhath!

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