iPhone 11 review: Why the Apple iPhone 11 is still a great smartphone

When there are newer models such as the iPhone 12 available, why should you still bother with older ones like Apple’s iPhone 11? Although the basic iPhone 11 was released in 2019, it still holds up in comparison to some of the more advanced models. On top of that, if you can find a good provider of refurbished smartphones, you can get an iPhone 11, as well as many other models, for a cheaper and affordable price. 

So, is the iPhone 11 worth looking into, in case you are in need of a reliable Apple smartphone? In our iPhone 11 review, we dig deeper into the iPhone 11 and its different features as well as its pros and cons as opposed to other Apple smartphones.


Made of aluminum and glass, the iPhone 11 comes in six different colours: black, green, purple, red, white and yellow. With options like this, you’ll be getting a great looking phone, whether you care more about how your phone looks or what’s under the hood instead.

In addition to the six colour options, the iPhone 11 is available in three options for storage capacity. The phone comes either with 64, 128 or 256 GB of storage capacity, so you can get an iPhone 11 with plenty of capacity for pictures, music, apps and other files.

The size of the iPhone 11 will likely please most users as well. With a 6.1-inch display, the iPhone 11 is large enough to use for a variety of purposes, from watching videos to playing games, without being too large to operate in everyday use. The iPhone 11 weighs 194 grams, so it is also easy to carry around and use on the go.


As just mentioned, the iPhone 11’s screen is 6.1-inches and the display itself is a Liquid Retina HD display. Even though the iPhone 11’s LCD display does not quite match some of the newer models’ sharper and more advanced OLED displays, the Liquid Retina HD display of the iPhone 11 still offers a pleasing picture that will not disappoint.

To improve your user experience, the iPhone 11 comes with the True Tone feature that adjusts the brightness and colours of the screen based on your surroundings. The iPhone 11’s maximum screen brightness is 625 nits. Nits are the unit used to indicate the brightness of phone displays and other devices. With 625 nits, the iPhone 11 performs well in this regard.

Overall, the iPhone 11’s 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display is well enough for most users, even if it does not quite match up to some of the newer models’ OLED displays.


The front and rear cameras of the iPhone 11 are a great improvement from previous iPhone models. The two 12-megapixel rear cameras include one Wide and another Ultra wide camera for versatile filming and photography. The phone’s cameras are also equipped with 2x optical zoom as well as digital zoom up to 5x.

The phone’s front camera is also 12-megapixels, making it great for selfies and portraits. With the cameras’ Portrait Lighting effects and Portrait mode you can take professional-quality photos of yourself and other people. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11’s front camera allows you to film in slow motion with HD quality in 120 fps.

One notable feature of the iPhone 11 and its cameras is the Night Mode that allows you to take pictures even in the dark and low-light environments. In addition to Night Mode, the phone supports Smart HDR that takes multiple pictures with different exposure levels and combines the best parts into a single stunning picture. The iPhone 11 is also capable of 4K video recording and includes optical image stabilisation both for video and pictures.

So if you are looking for an Apple smartphone with great cameras both on the front and back, the iPhone 11 is a great choice for even more demanding photography.

Processor and battery

Another improvement from older models of Apple’s iPhone, the iPhone 11 is packed with a powerful A13 Bionic -processor. With Apple’s more powerful A13 Bionic -chip, the user experience of the iPhone 11 is smooth even with applications and tasks that require more processing power, such as games and augmented reality. 

The A13 Bionic -processor also powers many of the advanced features of the iPhone’s three cameras and enables a longer battery life. According to Apple, the iPhone 11 should be able to endure even 17 hours of video playback with a single charge. On top of that, the iPhone 11 is capable of faster charging as well as wireless charging, although you have to purchase a fast charger separately. 

In other words, whether you are looking for a smartphone with long-lasting battery life or a powerful processor – or both! – the iPhone 11 is a great option for you.

Technical details of iPhone 11


6.1” Liquid Retina OLED display with True Tone

Rear camera

Dual 12 MP cameras with wide angle and ultra wide angle, portrait mode and up to 60 fps 4K video

Front camera

12 MP TrueDepth

Face ID

Protect your privacy with facial recognition


Super powerful and intelligent A13 Bionic chip

SIM card

Dual SIM – nano-SIM and eSIM




Lightning connector


4G / LTE, Wi-Fi


Li-ion battery, wireless charging, compatible with Qi chargers

Water resistance

The original waterproof seal IP68 cannot be guaranteed due to the refurbishing process Read more

Size and weight

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm



Verdict: Should you get the iPhone 11?

If you value a powerful processor, long-lasting battery and high-quality cameras with plenty of additional features such as Night Mode and Portrait Mode, then the iPhone 11 might just be the smartphone for you. With plenty of colour options and a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, the iPhone 11 will not disappoint.

Even if the iPhone 11 is not the newest model, it is still a great option even a few years after its release. Because the phone has been out for a while, there is a great deal of used and refurbished iPhone 11s available. With a reliable reseller, you can find a cheaper and affordable Apple iPhone that is still as good as new.

Pros of the iPhone 11

  • Powerful A13 Bionic -processor
  • Double 12-megapixel rear and front cameras with plenty of features
  • 4K video recording and optical image stabilisation
  • Long-lasting battery life

Cons of the iPhone 11

  • The display is not quite as advanced as the newer models’ OLED displays.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro

For a more advanced model, we recommend checking out the iPhone 11 Pro with a stunning OLED display as well as a triple camera. Even if the iPhone 11’s LCD display is sufficient for most users, the iPhone 11 Pro’s 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display is a sight to behold. The 11 Pro is also highly recommended for those who want even more out of their phone in terms of video recording and photography.

Getting a refurbished Apple iPhone

Once you have decided if the iPhone 11 could be the one for you, go check out Swappie’s excellent selection of professionally and reliably refurbished iPhones

When getting an iPhone from Swappie, you are sure to get a device that has undergone our rigorous 52-testing procedure, so you can be certain that your new Apple smartphone will be as good as new. We also offer a 12-month warranty as well as a free 14-day right to return.

So check out our selection of refurbished iPhone 11 smartphones as well as other great products.