Mobile Phones

iPhone vs. iPhone 11: is it worth the savings or should we spend more?

The latest phone of Apple has been of great interest to many, not only for its impressive camera, but also for its price of $400. Is it true that it is similar to the expensive flagship phone of the company apple bite? To verify this, we have decided to compare in this guide, the iPhone IS vs. iPhone 11.


iPhone (2020)iPhone 11
Size138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches)150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches)
Weight148 grams (5.22 ounces)194 g (6.84 oz)
Screen size4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD
Resolution1,334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)1,792 x 828 pixels (326 ppi)
Operating systemiOS 13iOS 13
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Payment systemApple PayApple Pay
ProcessorApple A13 BionicApple A13 Bionic
CameraRear camera of 12MP and another front of 7MPRear camera’s dual 12MP and 12MP wide-angle and other front 12MP TrueDepth
Video4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps4K up to 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps
PortsLightningLightning connector
Finger SensorIf, to the frontNo, only the FaceID
Water resistanceIP67IP68
Battery1,821 mAh

18W quick charge (the charger 18 W sold separately)

Qi wireless charging

3,100 mAh

Fast charging quick charging (charger, 18-W, sold separately)

Qi wireless charging

Stores Apple App StoreApple App Store
OperatorsAT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, VerizonT-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
ColorsBlack,white and redPurple, white, yellow, green, black and red
Prices$399 more$699 $ or more

Design and durability

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Thanks to our friends at iFixit, we know that the iPhone uses exactly the same camera, SIM tray, Taptic Engine, and the entire assembly of the screen that the iPhone 8 Apple in 2017. But not only that. Physically, also appreciate the same chassis, frame, LCD screen and up to the size of its brother iPhone 8.

Other interesting things in the design of the iPhone is the reappearance of the button of the fingerprint, which although some may consider something obsolete, we can not deny that gives a bit of nostalgia at the sight.

The design of the iPhone 11 should be quite familiar to owners of the iPhone X or XS from Apple. Account with the same rounded corners, bevels, screen of 6.1 inches and the back glass.

The iPhone has a lower classification in terms of resistance to dust and water that his older brother’s more expensive, but we believe that this should not be a relevant factor for most buyers, unless you work or you like to play under the water or in areas with a lot of dust. Outside of the water resistance, the durability of the two phones are quite similar, as they both have bodies of glass and aluminum frames.

The iPhone 11 is the only phone of the series 11 that has a LCD screen instead of the OLED screen a lot more advanced and of higher resolution than you will see in the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. This is one of the main factors that allowed Apple to offer the iPhone 11 at a more affordable price.

For its part, the iPhone also has an LCD display, because it maintains the same display assembly to the iPhone 8. While the iPhone 11 that has a larger panel that the iPhone IS, you won’t see big difference between them, since they offer the same amount of pixels per inch.

Although physically they are very similar, we cannot deny that the iPhone 11 is much more aesthetically pleasing.

Winner: iPhone 11

Performance, battery life and charging

teléfono en la mano de alguien
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Both the new iPhone as the iPhone 11 have the same processor A13 Bionic and similar sizes in the memory RAM, which means that the daily performance of both phones is quite good, and none should have problems to run the latest 3D games or applications.

However, the big difference is perceived in the length of the battery. It should be No surprise that the iPhone, with its body size smaller, has almost 40 percent less time of audio playback and nearly 25 percent less time of reproduction of video in connection with the iPhone 11, that offers a day (and even more) of battery life.

Both devices provide a fast charge for up to 18 W, as well as the wireless option, but if you want a charging cable faster, you will have to invest in a quick charger, since it is not included in the box.

The performance is mostly uniform between these two, but without a doubt the big difference is in the battery.

Winner: iPhone 11


teléfono verde de espalda
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Apple has chosen to reuse part of the hardware of the iPhone 8 in the new iPhone, including the old set from the camera. However, in our tests we noticed that the camera of the new iPhone is much better than the one that offers the phone Apple of 2017.

On the other hand, the iPhone 11 comes with dual-lens camera for wide angle and ultra wide-angle 12-megapixel camera, in comparison with the single camera wide-angle 12-megapixel camera of the iPhone. If well does not reach to the iPhone 11 Pro, the extra lens of the iPhone 11 gives an added versatility that the iPhone can’t match.

Although the iPhone has made great improvements in your experience of camera thanks to iOS 13, the iPhone camera 11 is undoubtedly the winner because of its versatility.

Winner: iPhone 11

Software and updates

teléfono de apple con la pantalla encendida
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Like all the Apple phones of the latest generation, the iPhone and the iPhone 11 running the same version of iOS, and they work in an identical way in regards to updates.

iOS 13 has been one of the best until now, and the automatic updates make maintaining your operating system updated is as simple as charging your iPhone at night and wake up with an upgraded phone for the morning. It is likely that both phones will receive updates on the same day and, judging by the history of Apple, they will do so for a long time.

Winner: tie

Special features

la pantalla de telefono mostrando un videojuego sostenido por la mano de alguien
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The iPhone is basically the copy of the iPhone 8 and, in addition to iOS 13 , and a updated processor, not really brings more than the rest of the current line. However, its price is so temptingly low that you easily can stand out as its special feature.

Apple has not released a phone that starts at $399 dollars from four years ago when it appeared the iPhone IS 2016. With the iPhone IS 2020, Apple recognizes that there is a large market that wants a device new and modern, but the people can’t (or don’t want) to pay a high price over $1,000 dollars.

The iPhone 11 is a fantastic device and its camera function night mode, as well as compatibility with surround sound with dual speakers, place it firmly in competition with the best smart phones on the market.

Also does everything possible to stand out with their variety of bright colors and the awesome battery life, but are the animojis and memojis with the function ID Face that give you the advantage over the iPhone. Many of the special features present of Apple’s work with the camera selfie TrueDepth ID Face, and the truth is that without it, the iPhone is at a disadvantage.

Winner: iPhone 11

Price and availability

Both the iPhone as the iPhone 11 are available unlocked in the Apple store, as well as in all of the major operators. The iPhone starts at just $399, while the iPhone 11 starts at $699 usd.

Overall winner

The iPhone (2020) is one of the best options in the market that you can find, if what you’re looking for is a modern phone at an affordable price. However, if you have a little more budget, and your goal is to have a device more useful and durable, undoubtedly you should lean on the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 not only has a more attractive design and modern and a camera more powerful, but it also has some of the special features the most solid on the market.

However, the big question is, is it worth investing $300 dollars more for those features? The answer to this question depends on your priorities and what you’re looking for in your future phone. But what is clear is that, if the size of the screen or the battery life is not your priority, perhaps you would do well to save a few hundred dollars and decide for the iPhone.

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