Apple'sis over two years old, but that doesn't mean it can't still be a good choice. Since the arrival of the and in September, the iPhone 11 has been . But, how do you know if the iPhone 11 is the best pick for you? Beyond price and your , you may also want to consider what features you need in a smartphone when deciding which one to buy. (You may also want to take a look at CNET's guides about or an .)
For instance, do you mind using an iPhone that feels a bit dated? Or do you think saving several hundred dollars is more important than carrying the latest smartphone?-- how important is that to you? If you're shopping on a budget, the iPhone 11 is still a great choice. Although you'll be missing out on some newer features, the iPhone 11 gives you all the basics you'd want from an iPhone, including battery life that's on , a great dual-lens camera that includes and a processor that's still fast enough for everyday tasks.
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But if you have some wiggle room in your budget, here are some questions to ask yourself. (For the purposes of this article, I'm going to assume that you are currently using an iPhone.) And if you're still mulling over your decision after that, here'sand here's our list of the . Plus, all the .
5G connectivity: iPhone 11 doesn't have 5G. But do you really need it right now?
One of the iPhone 11's biggest missing features compared to theand iPhone 12 is 5G connectivity. The iPhone 11 is an LTE-only device, and if you don't care for the next-gen wireless tech just yet (service is patchy in the US after all), then the iPhone 11 should suit you just fine. Remember that and getting access to faster bands of 5G depends on where you live, so .
Display quality: You won't get a 120Hz refresh rate on an iPhone 11 (or iPhone 12)
The iPhone 11 uses a crisp LCD screen that refreshes at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz. Apple traded up in the iPhone 12, equipping it with an OLED screen, though. OLEDs are typically more vibrant than their LCD counterparts, with richer contrast and inkier blacks. If you watch a lot of videos on your iPhone and want a superior viewing experience, an OLED screen might make more sense for you. The too, though Apple bumped up the refresh rate for the to . The faster refresh rate will translate to smoother, snappier scrolling through apps and websites.
Software support: How long will the iPhone 11 get iOS software updates?
Apple's latest operating system,, is supported on many older iPhones, and the oldest is the 2015 iPhone 6S (Here's the new OS, but .) Based on that and some quick mental math, we can deduce that Apple plans to provide iPhone support for up to six years from launch. As a result, with the iPhone 11, unveiled in 2019, you can rest comfortably knowing that you can expect updates through 2025.
Durability and water resistance: How durable do you want your iPhone to be?
If you do opt for the iPhone 11, you will miss out on a few durability features that are available on the newer iPhone models. One of the iPhone 12's big improvements is the material of its display. Apple calls it. Made by Corning, the ceramic shield glass covering the phone's display is apparently harder than most metals. Indeed, we can confirm that the iPhone 12's ceramic shield is tough. show it protected the hardware from drops as high as 9 feet. (CNET's yielded similar results.) The iPhone 13 also has the same ceramic shield glass on its display.
So if you're a big klutz and are prone to slips and drops, springing for the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 is a wise move (or just get a really nice). Keep in mind, , either. It also survived and and earned a . You can read our for more details.
Price and budget: How much do you want to spend on an iPhone?
As I said earlier, Apple is selling the nearly two-year-old iPhone 11 forthan when it was first launched, making it a great choice for those shopping on a budget. The iPhone 11 is also just $100 more than the and offers more features like a larger screen, longer battery life and a dual-camera with wide and ultra-wide lenses. If it fits your budget, the iPhone 11 may be your best option for an affordable iPhone.
But, if you want the latest from Apple, phone carriers like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T offer the iPhone 13 Pro, standard 13 or 13 Mini for. Just keep in mind that there are plenty of caveats to those deals.