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12. iPhone 11

A still-great iPhone

Specifications
Release date: September 2019
Weight: 194g
Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
OS: iOS 13
Screen size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 828 × 1792
CPU: Apple A13 Bionic
RAM: 4GB TBC
Storage: 64/128/256GB
Battery: 3110mAh TBC
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 12MP
Reasons to buy
+Improved camera+A new range of colors
Reasons to avoid
-Design not altered-Battery life not best-in-class

iPhone XS was a minor, but important upgrade over the completely redesigned iPhone X. It's noticeably faster and has an improved dual-lens camera to make it a good choice, if you can still find it on sale.

Why it's ranked 12th: The specs here aren't as impressive as they are on the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, let alone the iPhone 12 range, but the trade-off in a lower price for this device still makes it a top-buy for many Apple fans. You'll miss out on a faster processor and features like MagSafe by not going with the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 mini, but that's about it.

Screen: The iPhone 11's 6.1-inch display isn't the best screen you'll find on an iPhone – it's still an LCD, for instance, whereas the iPhone 12 line all have OLED displays – but it's still vibrant and large enough to watch video on. Like all post-iPhone X Apple handsets, you'll have to live with a wide notch.

Battery life: The easiest way to describe battery life on the iPhone 11 is good, but not great. You'll get around a day of usage from the iPhone 11, but it's not as good as the physically larger phones like the 11 Pro Max.

Camera: Expect a similar experience from the camera on the iPhone 11 as on the iPhone XR. If you want the best camera on an iPhone, you'll want the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but it's still an impressive shooter on the rear of the 11 – and crucially, it has an HDR-like Night Mode.

Read our iPhone 11 review