The best iPhone you can wrap one hand around
Release date: September 2019 | Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm | OS: iOS 13 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | CPU: A13 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3,046mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP+12MP | Front camera: 12MP + 3D ToF
The iPhone 11 Pro is Apple's latest iPhone that has people asking us "What's really changed?" It's a fair question because it looks very similar to last year's iPhone. But use the new cameras for a few minutes and both that question and inquisitive looks from doubters quickly fade.
Screen & Design: Even with the unchanged 5.8-inch screen size, the iPhone 11 Pro display has been re-worked to be brighter, and it's noticeable when viewing the phone outdoors in sunny conditions. Its maximum brightness reaches 800 nits with normal content onscreen.
That's taken to another level when viewing HDR video content, with Apple claiming a max brightness of 1200 nits. Its returning support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 video is best viewed at 100% brightness.
In terms of design, the iPhone 11 Pro isn't all that different from last year's models; it looks nearly identical to the iPhone XS before it and the iPhone X before that, which is somewhat lazy on Apple's part.
There is, however, a more refined looking frosted matte finish on back, which offers at least a subtle change from the clean glass backs we've become accustomed to on most modern phones. As an added bonus, the matte finish makes it easier to grip the phone and hide smudges. While it's very familiar in most regards, it's still the best-looking iPhone we've tested to date.
Camera: Its rear camera trifecta offers wide, 2x optically zoomed and all-encompassing ultra-wide perspectives, the latter being a first for the iPhone. We found the iPhone 11 Pro cameras tout incredible versatility.
Of course, there's also a new Night Mode this year, which might be the very best reason to upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro or its siblings. It's baked into Apple's main photo mode, not a separate mode like we see on Android rivals, and that makes the feature wholly more useful.
Performance: Apple's A13 Bionic chipset makes unsurprising gains, offering performance you won't find on Android phones. Every new phone is snappy in the beginning, sure, but we found video editing and exporting to be noticeably faster on the iPhone 11 Pro.
We did notice some slowdown in booting up the camera app – although it could be an iOS 13 problem more than an issue with the A13's performance. Our Geekbench 5 benchmarking score tells us that it's the fastest phone around along with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, with a multi-core score of 3,431.
Mini verdict: Thanks to some nifty camera and battery upgrades, we can wholeheartedly recommend the iPhone 11 Pro – even for those who already own last year's iPhone XS. That said, we wish Apple had done more to distinguish its iPhones in 2019.