OK, so your mind’s made up that it’s time for a new iPhone, and generation 11 is calling your name.
Now it’s time to make an important choice: which model should you pick?
Right here, that’s where.
They’ve billed the Pro and Pro Max ‘the first iPhone powerful enough to be called Pro’, lending a lot of weight to such a tiny abbreviation. It’s a smart angle, aligning the phones with the sophisticated iPad Pro, their most premium tablet. But the claim is also more than just marketing, because the Pro models really have been elevated to deliver photo and video that meets the standards of creative professionals.
It all centres on that iconic three-eyed camera. The 12-megapixel wide and ultra wide lenses are exactly the same across all models, but with the Pro series you also get a jaw-dropping telephoto lens (also 12-megapixel). This, in real world terms, gives you double the amount of zoom with your Pro Vs regular iPhone 11. For taking videos, you can zoom in up to x6 with Pro, Vs x3 with 11. For photos, you can zoom to a staggering x10 with Pro, Vs x5 with 11 – and still get great shots.
Does this matter? Well, it entirely depends on how you use your iPhone. If you’ve ever had a moment where you just need that extra bit of zoom power to capture a great shot, the Pro series is here to vanquish that problem. And if you need a phone that’s a great back up for a visual project you’re involved with like a film or photoshoot, that’s exactly what the Pro was made for.
Even if you don’t identify as a fussy creative, the quality of images you can capture with the Pro and Pro Max’s telephoto lens is truly awesome. Simply put, it gives you more options than ever before, letting you create photo compositions that make jaws drop and eyes pop. So if you love taking photos that stand out from the pack on Instagram and other social media sites, going Pro could give you the edge – and the extra followers.
The telephoto lens is just one part of the story, though. Apple has played up the ultra wide lens’s ability to fit in 4 times more scene, with a 120 degree field of view – and yes, it really is amazing for panoramic landscape shots or capturing big groups of your friends. Got a gathering on the horizon, or going on a road trip soon? This camera will be your partner in crime for creative shots that fit everything in.
However, you may be falling back on the humble wide lens more than you think – with an aperture of 1.8, it’s likely to be a speedier option for in-the-moment action shots, backed up by features like 100% Focus Pixels that give you faster focusing in low light.
Which, of course, brings us to Night mode – one of the 11 series’ most celebrated features. The verdict is in, and Night mode really does push low light photos to a whole new level. Check out this gallery to see what we mean. There are other niche camera features to get creative with too. Slofies (slow motion selfies) are simply hilarious, however you use them.
It’s not just about the photos, either. You can shoot super sharp 4K video on any of the three models, across all three cameras. It’s time to kick the door wide open for your inner director.
With so many features in common, why would you pay extra for the Pro or Pro Max? It’s a good question – but one that we feel is answered by a few key features that are exclusive to the Pro series.
First, the display. Whether you choose the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro or 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max, you’re getting a Super Retina XDR display. These support HDR (high dynamic range), which gives a key edge when considering image quality, with more visible contrast between bright and dark areas of an image. In everyday terms, your photos and videos are likely to look a notch or two better than the 11’s Liquid Retina HD display. The smoking gun is in the detailed specs: the Pros feature a contrast ratio of 2,000,000: 1 versus just 1,400: 1 on the vanilla 11. That’s epic.
Second, battery. In this department, there’s no doubt that the Pro series are heavyweight champs. iPhone 11 gives you 1 hour longer on a full charge compared to the iPhone XR. Hold that against the raw stamina of 4 hours longer versus iPhone XS for the iPhone 11 Pro and 5 hours versus the XS for the Pro Max.
Oh, and did we mention the telephoto camera?
OK, we’ll admit it – we’re a little biased towards the sheer power and technical prowess of the Pro series.
Which iPhone 11 model you choose should of course depend on how you use your phone and what you value. Some commentators feel the iPhone 11 gives you just about everything you need.
However, there’s another angle to think about: Price.
Choose an iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max with Raylo, and – thanks to our smart subscription model – you could save up to £40 per month over 24 months.
Even if you opt for a regular iPhone 11 from another provider, that’s going to be hard to beat.
So why not take the plunge, and unlock a phone that pushes your expectations further? It’s only appropriate for a phone subscription service that does the same.