A refurbished iPhone 11 is a pocket-friendly investment

We’re all about the latest and most cutting-edge devices here at Back Market. The differences between this and previous year’s iPhone are more iterative than revolutionary. Additionally, the cost of the latest flagship device is soaring through the roof. So, could this be the time to save a few hundred quid and choose a refurbished iPhone 11 as your next phone?

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The Phone

There’s no shortage of reasons why you would want to buy a refurbished iPhone 11. While we consider ourselves experts in all matters concerning Apple products, including MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones, we won’t attempt to confuse you with technical jargon about the iPhone 11 here. Instead, we’ll show you what the smartphone can do in the right hands—your hands.

Even with a Pro and Pro Max version, the iPhone 11 still holds its ground. You get crisp professional-looking photos, a large and bright, oil and scratch-resistant display, and a battery that lasts into the next day. The phone also has enough firepower to shoot down any heavy application that you throw at it. Let's back all this up with hard facts.

Better Processor

Thanks to the great Hexa-core (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder) A13 Bionic processor, the iPhone 11 is much quicker and more versatile than its predecessor, the iPhone XR. Some iPhone 11 fans would even go as far as arguing that it’s the best iPhone made by Apple so far. But at its £600+ price point, some may shy away with broken hearts. A refurbished iPhone 11 from Back Market can also cost more than £100 less, so you can get the best phone without breaking the bank.

Same Looks With a Twist

The iPhone 11 almost looks identical to all other iPhones that were released after the iPhone X. It’s basically the S version to the highly popular iPhone XR. Up-top, the phone looks exactly the same. You’ll get the same 6.1-inch 720p LCD that’s designed with chic rounded corners. The iPhone 11 also has the same aluminium body and giant bezels. But the glass on the front and back is now much stronger, which means a refurbished iPhone 11 can survive falls better than the XR. The increased strength, however, doesn’t mean it’s not necessary to buy a case—just in case (forgive the pun ;-)

Apple also milled the camera bump right into the glass, which is way better workmanship on their part. The entire design still looks large and surfboard-y. If you’re upgrading from an iPhone 6s, this is going to feel massive.

The dual back camera on a refurbished iPhone 11 can also perform a few new tricks. The low-light mode allows users to take sharper pictures in the dark than previous iPhones. No more blurry pictures after a once-in-a-lifetime night out. You can also take much more expansive scenic shots or fit everyone in a group picture using the extra wide-angle lens. Your refurbished iPhone 11 will also come fitted with a 12-MP selfie camera that should get everyone looking pretty. Face ID will also work much better.

Better Battery Life

The iPhone 11 has a slightly larger 3110 mAh battery that’ll let you listen to music offline for up to 65 hours. You can also talk or go online for up to 17 hours. Put simply, you’ll easily get to the next day on a single charge.

However, just like any other smartphone, iPhone 11 batteries deteriorate with time—it’s an inescapable fact. Fortunately when you buy a refurbished iPhone 11, if the battery has deteriorated then it is replaced with a completely new battery by the refurbisher.

Refurbished iPhone 11 Conditions Explained

When you buy a used refurbished iPhone 11 from Back Market, we’ll always describe the device’s condition and price the smartphone accordingly. A refurbished iPhone 11 that’s in fair condition will slightly be cheaper than one in mint condition. Whichever one you choose, you’re guaranteed that the iPhone is unlocked, cleaned, and reset to factory settings. We'll also make sure it comes equipped with compatible headphones and a charger (should really go without saying) to get you started on the right foot. But if you’re upgrading from a previous iPhone, you should be sorted anyway.

To give you an idea of what Back Market means with the different refurbished iPhone 11 conditions, here are some descriptions showing what you can expect from the different conditions:

Stallone Condition iPhone 11

Much like Rocky, this phone has taken a few knocks but is still swinging. It may have a few scratches and even some small dents, but do you really care about looks when the phone still works perfectly and comes at a huge discount?

Fair Condition iPhone 11

This iPhone has enjoyed a bit of time in bags and pockets and may have a few very light but visible scratches. The screen may also have micro-scratches (that are invisible when it is on). The main thing being that everything will be cleaned and in working order to provide great value for your money.

Good condition iPhone 11

This refurbished iPhone 11 would pass as a new phone. But if you look closely, you may see a few micro-scratches.

Very Good iPhone 11

This iPhone looks like it’s just got off the assembly line. If you whip out a magnifying glass, you may see some light marks on the body. The screen still looks pristine and the phone runs like new.

Mint condition

You can’t tell this refurbished iPhone 11 apart from a boxed one. In fact, it may very well be a boxed iPhone 11, but just one that someone bought and returned unused or perhaps even a display model kept safe in a glass display box (kind of like Hannibal Lector). We, however, still check for faults and factory reset them.

iPhone 11: Key specs

  • Display: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD (~326 PPI density)
  • Size: Height: 150.9 mm ; Width: 75.7 mm ; Depth: 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 194g
  • Main camera: 12MP f/1.8, 1.4µm, wide 26mm, PDAF, 1/2.55", OIS: 12MP f/2.4, 1/36”, ultrawide 13mm
  • Selfie camera: 12MP f/2.2, 1/36”, wide 22mm: SL 3D, (biometrics sensor/depth)
  • Video recording: 4K@24/30/60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec. 1080p@30/60/120/240fps,
  • Battery life: Li-Ion 3110 mAh
  • Wireless Talk time: Up to 17 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 14 hours
  • Wireless Playback (Video): Up to 15 hours
  • Wireless Playback (Audio): Up to 65 hours
  • Water, splash, and dust resistance: Rated IP68 under IEC standard 60529.
  • Charging compatibility: Fast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min, Qi wireless charging
  • USB Power Delivery 2.0
Brian Back Market
By Brian, Marketing Manager Back Market UK & Ireland

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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