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Apple iPhone 11 review: Still an iPhone for everyone

(Pocket-lint) – When it launched, the iPhone 11 was predicted to be Apple’s most popular iPhone of its then-flagship series, and for good reason. It followed on from Apple’s iPhone XR, which was unsurprisingly one of the company’s most successful phones in 2022. By offering all the important features people want with little compromise, the cheaper phone in the 11 series would always prove to be a tempting device.

Now, after a few years on the market, the iPhone 11 has much stiffer competition from other brands, and newer options like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

In light of those releases, does the iPhone 11 make sense to buy in 2022.

Our quick take

We loved the Apple iPhone XR when it launched in 2018. It was an excellent device, and the iPhone 11 built on that excellence.

It makes some compromises compared to the iPhone 11 Pro models – the finish isn’t as premium, the screen isn’t as impressive and the camera lacks a couple of features – but overall, the iPhone 11 is a great device that offers the biggest appeal in terms of technology and price point from the 2019 iPhones.

The iPhone 11 delivers impressive performance in terms of battery, processor and camera capabilities, alongside a super smooth software experience. It’s also the last in Apple’s line of rounded-off phones, so you might well prefer its design to more recent iPhones.

Looking around the market, years after launch, it’s completely understandable if buyers are tempted to put their money elsewhere. For a similar price, OnePlus and other manufacturers offer phones with sharper and more vivid displays, plus more versatile triple and quad camera systems. But in the most important ways, iPhone 11 still does a great job.

Familiar design

  • 150.9 x 75.8 x 8.3mm, 194g
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • New camera design
  • Two new colours: green and purple

The Apple iPhone 11 is virtually identical in terms of design to its predecessor: the iPhone XR. In fact, from the front, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two models, with both offering the same notched displays, as well as the same measurements and weight.

If you know your colours though you’ll spot the newer model. The iPhone 11 still comes in black, white, yellow and Product(RED) like the iPhone XR, but all the colours are more muted. There is also a new green (it’s mint) – our review unit –  and a purple (it’s lilac), compared to the blue and coral options of the XR, both of which are more pastel in their approach and lovely as a result.


Ajmal Solangi is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and reviews. He likes tech news, mobile unboxing, reviews, gadgets, and more.

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