Impressed by iPhone 11 Pro?

Some critics say there are more affordable options out there

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What is the verdict for the new iPhone 11 Pro?

By Daniel J. McLaughlin

The iPhone 11 Pro hit the shops towards the end of last month, and techies are getting to grips with the new offering from Apple.

The model costs over £1,000 - but is it worth the huge cost?

The camera, screen, and battery life of the new iPhone has received plaudits from some critics.

However, others say that there are more affordable options out there from Sony, Samsung, and Huawei.

"The best small phone available"

The Guardian's Samuel Gibbs gives the iPhone 11 Pro a five-star review, calling it "the best small phone available".

He praises the latest edition in the iPhone range for its "cracking camera, great screen and 32-hour battery life".

Gibbs writes: "After a misstep last year, Apple is back on top with what is simply the best smaller phone available.

"The iPhone 11 Pro has longer battery life, a better screen and excellent performance all round."

He says that the camera is a "big improvement in terms of clarity and performance". While admitting it will not replace a digital SLR in terms of professional photography, Gibbs adds that "it's closer than anything there has been before".

There are more affordable options out there

However, Trusted Review's Tom Bedford says that the iPhone 11 Pro "isn't all it's cracked up to be".

He says that Apple does not seem to understand how people use smartphone cameras, noting that the company is "only catching up the competition" now.

Bedford argues: "Sure, Apple made the iPhone 11 Pro video recording sound exciting and novel, but in reality it's not doing anything you can't do on any other mid-range or high-end smartphone already.

"If you want a great phone for video recording, there are loads of more affordable options, like the Sony Xperia 1, Huawei P30 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S1, and each is comparatively affordable, some with more impressive specs, too."

The Facts

The iPhone 11 Pro was released on September 20. It is Apple’s first Pro iPhone model, following the likes of Huawei and Samsung with the 'Pro' title for its phones.

The starting price for the iPhone 11 Pro is £1,049, offering 64GB of storage. It increases to £1,199 for 256GB or £1,399 for 512GB of storage.

The models are available in midnight green, space grey, silver and gold.

It is the same size as last year's iPhone XS - and the Pro, with its 5.8-inch screen, is the smallest iPhone in the 2019 releases.

It might be small, but its screen is mighty. The Pro offers a new OLED screen that features 458 pixels per inch.

The iPhone 11 Pro has three 12-megapixel cameras - and for the first time on an Apple device, it includes an ultra-wide angle lens. There is also a standard lens, and 2x telephoto lens.

It also comes pre-loaded with Apple's iOS 13 software.

All of the new iPhones are made from glass, therefore they can be charged wirelessly. According to the Mirror, they are IP68 rated - this means that they are "water resistant up to two metres for up to 30 minutes, and are protected against accidental spills from common liquids such as coffee and fizzy drinks".

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