For the many people who had to choose an Apple smartphone in 2019, the iPhone 11 was the obvious choice. However, a few years down the line with new additions to the iPhone world, thus the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, along with their variants, is the iPhone 11 still worth buying? Even though nothing has changed about the iPhone 11, it may be less desirable compared to the better devices Apple has released.
The device still has a high-quality camera that performs excellently. Its performance is very good and its battery life is lifesaving. On top of that, Apple cut the price of the device making it quite cheap, then and now.
In a nutshell, the good thing about the device is its ultra-wide camera, the night mode comes with the fast A13 Bionic chip as well as its long battery life. But do these “outstanding” features of the phone match the likes of the new android and iOS devices? To make things focused on you, is the iPhone 11 a good option regardless of the new releases? Well, that depends on the things that matter to you.
But in general, the device is still a very good alternative if you are looking to buy an Apple device. However, the device does come with some downsides. For one, it doesn’t come with a fast charger with a slow LTE (4G) connection compared to the iPhone 11 Pro which is a much larger device. The device comes in iOS 13 but is upgradable to iOS 15.1 so there is no need to worry about the software experiences. And you can expect updates right up to 2025. So, buying it now gives you a few years of legroom.
Verdict: Is the iPhone 11 Worth Buying in 2022?
The iPhone 13 is the latest, and if there is an ideal iPhone for you, it would be the iPhone 13 instead of the iPhone 11. But comparatively, both devices are quite similar, and for most users, the differences may remain unfelt. That is to say that the upgrades in the iPhone 13 are not to die for and that an iPhone 11 can equally serve you well.
However, depending on what matters most to you, you might want to go with the iPhone 13. It has 5G (which is not yet in Ghana, but maybe in the future). It also has a brighter display with a slightly better ultra-wide camera which first appeared on any iPhone in the iPhone 11. Further, the iPhone 13 has a cinematic night mode as well as an excellent night mode. If you don’t care fr these upgrades, the iPhone 11 makes for a good option considering that the upgrades are only minor and the difference in price doesn’t make it worth it.
iPhone 11 Specifications Vs iPhone 13
|Specification||Apple iPhone 11||iPhone 13|
|Release Date||September 20, 2019||September 24, 2021|
|Display||6.1″ Display at 828×1792 pixels||6.1″ at 1170×2532 pixels|
|Processor||Apple A13 Bionic||Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)|
|Front Camera||12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide)||12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide)|
|Rear (back) Camera||Two Camera modules;12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide)||Two Camera modules;12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide)|
|RAM||4GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Battery Capacity||3110mAh Li-Ion||3240mAh Li-Ion|
|OS||iOS 13, upgradable to iOS 15.1||iOS 15, upgradable to iOS 15.1|
As shown in the table, the display and the chip processor are the biggest benefits of the iPhone 13 along with a few new features introduced with its hardware.
iPhone 11 Review
The iPhone 11 was released on the 20th of September 2019. It was the overall great device for its year. It didn’t have many improvements from the iPhone XR or iPhone 10R if you aren’t a fan of roman numerals. But it sure is a good device even standing quite well against the iPhone 13. As already alluded to previously, choosing between the iPhone 11 and 12 is a tough one. But when you begin to look at the details, you would realize which exact one fits you most. In terms of look and feel, they are not very differentiated. So, if you don’t mind using an older iPhone, the iPhone 11 is a sure winner. Another thing to look out for is the price. The iPhone 12 and 13 are expensive and may not fit your budget. f your budget is a modest one, the iPhone 11 again is a good alternative. When you look at the core features of the iPhone 11 compared with its successors, you can better judge which one you should get.
5G Network Connectivity?
5G is fast becoming a thing. But is it? While 5G is supported elsewhere, it is yet to make its debut in any of the networks in Ghana. The iPhone 11 doesn’t have 5G support while the 12 and 13 both support the latest generation of connectivity. In reality, you may not need a 5G support device for the next 3 to 5 years. This is because the technology is still young and it will take some time to be launched in Ghana. Spending extra money on such a possibility should only be done if you are not on a tight budget and don’t mind the extra cedis spent.
iOS Support and Updates?
Any device from the iPhone 6S which was released in 2016 supports the latest iOS version, iOS 15. This means your iPhone 11 will be able to work with the new and latest features in the software department. However, there is a catch. Devices usually stop receiving updates after some years. For the 11, its time is 2025 which is only a few years away. If you feel you may want to upgrade your device shortly, then it might be fine to get an iPhone 11 while you wait to upgrade. But you won’t be upgrading your device for the next few years even after 2025, so it is much better to go for a 12 or 13. But you only have to make this decision if the software is a huge part of your experience. If it isn’t, you can simply get whichever meets your budget as you don’t have to worry. Once you stop receiving updates, you can still use the device.
Is it More Durable?
The iPhone 11 is a quality device and has some pretty standard durability features. However, it is outdone by its successors when it comes to durability. The biggest of them came with the iPhone 12 which is the addition of the “ceramic shield” glass. The shield protects the device from drops, something which has been tested by tech reviewers. The question here is whether you are prone to dropping your phone. As expensive as the device is, you don’t want to lose it from a few drops. So if you drop your phone quite often, you might want to consider getting a protective cover or case and a glass protector. But if you simply prefer a tougher screen, then you need an iPhone 12 or 13 with the durability you need.
Price of iPhone 11 in Ghana & Where to Buy the iPhone 11
The iPhone 11’s price has since been discounted and now sells at $499 or GHS3083.13. However, market prices may vary. The average price we could find on Tonaton was GHS4,100 for a brand new device. The best way to determine if the price the seller is asking for is right is to examine the device. If it is new, be sure that it is actually new. And if it is a used device, you might want to perform a thorough check on the device before parting ways with your money. Remember to always pay cash instead and go with a friend or two to examine the device.
How much can you spend? (Your Budget)
The ultimate question is how much you can afford to spend on your new smartphone device. Is iOS the best option? Or you want to consider some Samsung devices… Remember, a smartphone is a mere tool, and how you use it determines how much value it is to you. And simply widening your options may bring you better alternatives at even better prices. At the price, if an iPhone 11, you could get Samsung Galaxy S20 with better performance. We also have a comparison between Samsung and Apple.
Prices of Latest Apple iPhones
The price of the iPhone 12 is GHS5,200
The price of the iPhone 13 is GHS6,260
NB: Actual prices at the marketplace. Make sure not to use price as the benchmark for quality. Examine each device for originality before making payments.
The iPhone 11 is still a fantastic option and you wouldn’t miss much if you do decide to buy it. This is especially true considering the cost involved in going for the 11 as against the 12 or the 13. That said, make sure to get a quality glass protector and a phone case to protect your phone from drops, scratches, and other physical damages.