The iPhone X series were extraordinary phones when they were launched in 2017 – they still are. So is it worth upgrading to the new 11? And if so, should you go for broke and get the iPhone 11 Pro, the first time Apple has given a phone the “Pro” designation? And then if you do get the iPhone Pro, should you buy the big Max with its 6.5in screen, or the regular 5.8in? The Pro offers a battery life improvement, a better display and a useful fast charger. But it’s the exceptional camera array, with its three big, spooky eyes, that makes it remarkable. Some say the iPhone 11 Pro is the best camera you can buy, not just the best phone camera. That’s overheated, but it’s right up there with really decent DSLRs. By the time you read this, it will have a feature called Deep Fusion, which, for a camera nut like me who occasionally takes photos and videos professionally, is perilously close to being all I need. The ultrawide-angle lens is a game changer, but there’s a good optical telephoto, too, and a host of shooting modes – including a low-light ability that can almost capture a black cat in a coal cellar.
So the big Pro or the little one? Apple has fitted the same cameras to both, and after using Max iPhones for a couple of years, I’ve found going back to a smaller device refreshing and more practical. So that’s my choice. Pro. Regular.