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Tart8723

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Gonna use the device for 2-3 years at least. Wanna upgrade from my 7.
While 11 is more price competitive, pro seems to be able last longer in terms of its look & functions.
What I need the most from my iPhone is long lasting battery life, nice cameras.
Which one should I get?
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Gonna use the device for 2-3 years at least. Wanna upgrade from my 7.
While 11 is more price competitive, pro seems to be able last longer in terms of its look & functions.
What I need the most from my iPhone is long lasting battery life, nice cameras.
Which one should I get?

Didn’t you just answer your own question? You said you what you need most from _your_ phone was ‘long battery life and nice cameras’, clearly that’ll be the 11 Pro, being that has the extended battery life being offered and has the triple lens camera set for Ultra Wide.
 

mavis

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Jul 30, 2007
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The longevity will be the same for 11 and the 11 Pro given both have the same A13 and 4GB RAM.
That's true. The main benefits of the Pro would be the battery life (esp with the Max), the zoom lens (which I personally find far more useful than the ultra-wide), reduced bezel thickness, increased screen resolution and improved screen quality.
 
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Khedron

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The question is weird. I understand budgeting to keep a phone for several years but out of your options one costs 1.5 to almost twice as much as the other.

So you can, for example, keep an 11 for 2 years or an 11 Pro for 3.5 years.

IMO the 11 will fare far better I over its budgeted lifetime than the Pro will.

The biggest problem with the Pro is that next year is expected to be a bigger than average update to the design. So unless you upgrade yearly then this year is the worst possible time to invest in a super premium phone.

Get an 11 now and keep your options open.
 

bluespark

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Jul 11, 2009
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I ended up with the 11 Pro and very much like it, but in truth I would have liked the 11 just about as much. Apart from the zoom lens (which is nice sometimes, but which is actually used less than most people think, even when 2X is selected), I don't really notice much difference in the screen (some people say they do and I have no reason not to believe them). The extra battery life is very nice, but it's also not *that* much different. And I personally prefer the 11 color options to those on the 11 Pro.

In short, my view is that the differences are minimal and the price difference is not. But it all depends on which features you personally value, and how much those features are worth to you.
 

yellowdoor

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Sep 21, 2019
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I bought the pro for smaller size and will use the telephoto lens. If money had been an issue or 11 been the same size I would have bought the 11 - you really aren’t getting all that much for the money.
 

danny842003

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If you’re still rocking a 7 that doesn’t suggest you need the latest and greatest.
the 11 is a great phone with a great battery and camera, in my opinion the cost difference isn't justifiable.
 

The-Real-Deal82

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Jan 17, 2013
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I know a few people with the 11 now and I’ve heard no negative feedback. I’d be getting that as it’s a nice package for a sensible price. I can’t see that there’s a vast difference between that and the Pro and that suggests to me the 11 is perhaps the iPhone for the masses.
 
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nfl46

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iPhone 11. Save the $300 to $400.

The iPhone 11 will still be fine in 2-3 years.
 
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If you could hold on to your iPhone 7 a bit longer, there is a rumoured iPhone 8-based SE coming in March 2020 or a smaller (5.4”) iPhone 12 in September.
 

bobsamm

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What’s been the negatives you’ve faced?

They just seem cheap to me, it was cheap that's why i got it, although would never have paid retail was $529 below off gumtree.
Plus other things but no point going into them all been discussed before, and you will have the same answers too.
 

The-Real-Deal82

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Jan 17, 2013
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They just seem cheap to me, it was cheap that's why i got it, although would never have paid retail was $529 below off gumtree.
Plus other things but no point going into them all been discussed before, and you will have the same answers too.
The XR is a common works phone and I can’t say I’ve got the impression it’s ‘cheap’ feeling. It feels like any other iPhone to me. Well put together, premium construction, good quality screen, decent camera, sensible price for the package etc. I suppose we all have our opinions on stuff like this and the XR is a hugely popular phone so they’ve done something right with it.
 

bobsamm

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The XR is a common works phone and I can’t say I’ve got the impression it’s ‘cheap’ feeling. It feels like any other iPhone to me. Well put together, premium construction, good quality screen, decent camera, sensible price for the package etc. I suppose we all have our opinions on stuff like this and the XR is a hugely popular phone so they’ve done something right with it.

How long did you have your Xr for?
 

jz0309

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Sep 25, 2018
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Gonna use the device for 2-3 years at least. Wanna upgrade from my 7.
While 11 is more price competitive, pro seems to be able last longer in terms of its look & functions.
What I need the most from my iPhone is long lasting battery life, nice cameras.
Which one should I get?
I chose the Pro for b4tter battery and the camera, no regrets here but you'll probably be just as happy with the 11 ...
 
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