- The camera: aim and shoot
- Total and absolute fluency
- Rear less slippery
- Functional autonomy (with fast charge)
- These screen frames in 2019
- The management of notifications on iOS
- We still have no reverse wireless charging
- We’re going to 1,300 euros
After a few months, we started the month of October with a new iPhone on the table. In this analysis of the Apple iPhone 11, we disengage point by point all the features of the Apple mobile. With the best and the worst of each section.
We are in 2020 now, and there are 12 years of annual renewal of the Apple iPhone 11. Since when the launch of the first iPhone in 2007. Last year, Apple’s mobile catalog consisted of a trio of aces. Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max being the latter. The Apple iPhone 11 – who stars in this analysis with opinions. We have thoroughly tested it, and we bring you a thorough review of every one of its characteristics.
iPhone 11 Pro, Max, Ultra
It is not easy to keep up to date with the vocabulary of the iPhone. Especially considering that last year the names were completely different: iPhone XR, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max. In the year 2019, models were the renewal of the three iPhones of the year 2018. In a way that the news is such that:
- The iPhone 11 is the renewal of the iPhone XR.
- The iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Meanwhile, are the renewal of the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, respectively. Therefore, the one we tested in this analysis is the successor of the Xs Max.
Now everything is clear, right? Having made the presentations, we will go into the matter to know what this Apple Pro 11 Max offers. In terms of features, the novelties are in the design – it is not more of the same. Although, at first glance, it seems – the camera (s), the Battery, and some other details. But above all, you are interested in knowing what changes in design, cameras, and Battery.
There are also differences between the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 11 Pro. In addition to the size –6.5 “for the Pro Max and 5.8” for the Pro–. The 11 Pro Max has a third x2 optical zoom camera that the Smaller model does not bring (its second lens is the wide-angle). In addition to that, the capacity of its Battery is higher (3,500 mAh vs. 3,190 mAh), among other details.
Index of Contents
- You will like the new rear of the iPhone
- One of the best screens that have passed through our laboratory
- What a pleasant surprise with the Battery
- The iPhone has given to all three cameras (finally)
- The camera application has received the face wash I needed
- That is what the iPhone camera was capable of in 2019 of the wide-angle lens, the highlight is video stabilization
- Night mode to give more life to night photography
- The 2x zoom is no longer as essential, but still performing as the most
- A front camera that grows in megapixels
- A Bionic A13 to dominate them all
- Face ID has managed to stop me from remembering what a fingerprint reader was
- It is not the best mobile at the moment, but it is the best iPhone
- You will like the new rear of the iPhone
As I said at the beginning, on the outside, it may seem that nothing has changed on the iPhone. But the truth is that there are several very relevant design developments. It is resistant to water and dust (IP68). The back is no longer of that fingerprint-trapping glass that we have seen in the mobile market for a year, and, of course, there is no fingerprint reader (it works through facial recognition).
The back of this Apple iPhone 11 of 2019 is made with a different finish than Apple had accustomed us until now. And is a material that offers a much less smooth touch. In addition to being much safer to hold against possible falls. Now it does not catch the fingerprints so much – it is not perfect. But the prints are not marked as much as on the previous iPhone.
- Size 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm
- Weight 226 grams
- Water-resistance Yes, IP68
At a time when we have become accustomed to the six-inch mobiles that until some years ago seemed like real ships – partly because they did not have screens that optimized the front so well -. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max does not feel at all like a giant phone. You have to be used to large mobiles to handle comfortably with it, yes.
Comparison of iPhone 11
|iPhone 11 Pro||Max Galaxy Note 10+||Mate 30 Pro|
|Length x width||158 x 77.8 mm||162.3 x 77.2 mm||158.1 x 73.1 mm|
|Aspect ratio||19.5: 9||19: 9||18.5: 9|
In any case, we think it is scarce that the screen of this iPhone only takes advantage of 83.7% of the front: it might seem a little different from 83 to 91%. But we talk about that, because of that, this mobile has frames of the screen larger than its competition. As it is obvious in the previous table.
There is more. This iPhone weighs a lot, and in 2019 it is time for Apple to find a solution to prevent its flagship, the one that is worth more than 1,000 euros, despite the same as a mid-range phone. It may be more or less justified, but it is not acceptable that the competition does, and Apple does not get down below 200 grams within this same range – if they do not, because they incorporate 5G and the iPhone that does not have it-.
As usual for a couple of years, you will not find a mini-jack for headphones, so you will have to use the Lightning cable headphones that come in the box, or if you prefer. You can use wireless headphones like your AirPods. The Power, Volume, and Silence buttons remain where they always have.
Who was going to tell us that it would be one of the best screens that have passed through our laboratory
Discreetly, Apple has managed to continue climbing the train of mobile screens in recent years, despite everything – it took its time before moving to the OLED – and despite all – manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, or Sony are moving forward in this regard. In its new iPhone of 2019, Apple has put all the meat on the grill: it has managed to make one of these 11 Pro Max the screen with the highest brightness that we have registered in our laboratory.
But before talking about that, let’s make the proper presentations: we are facing a 6.5-inch panel – OLED technology with Super Retina XDR – that resolves 2,688 x 1,242 pixels. It is nothing more than a Full HD + resolution, which would seem somewhat scarce if we ignore the fact that the pixel density reaches 458 PPI, more than enough, so that the human eye does not differentiate each pixel.
It is a panel that has HDR10 (with Dolby Vision), True-tone technology and pressure sensitivity of 120 Hz (that does not mean that it refreshes at that rate, eye, they are two very different things; the refresh rate, in this case, it stays at 60 Hz).
The screen offers an excellent experience, whether it is to view its content in any ambient light condition – with the help of True-tone technology. Inheritance of the iPad Pro that gives iPhone the ability to adapt the temperature color to every lighting situation – as well as talking about enjoying your subscription to Netflix, HBO, or Prime Video. An excellent screen, in short.
We said in the introduction of a section, and we have been surprised by the screen results in laboratory tests. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has achieved a maximum of 1,139 lux in our brightness test with the maximum brightness mode, which is even higher than the results achieved by the Samsung Galaxy S10 + in its analysis.
That the screen obtains these records in the measurement of brightness guarantees two things: that it will look good outdoors in full sunlight (which we can confirm). And that the contents with HDR of applications. Such as Netflix or YouTube will display with liveliness and a color worthy of the high range to which this mobile belongs (which we can also confirm). Very happy with the screen, in short.
What a pleasant surprise with the battery
“Battery” and “iPhone” are two concepts that have been somewhat at odds in recent years. Still, it seems that this has finally changed: with its 3,969 mAh capacity, Apple has managed to provide this phone with a decent autonomy that allows reaching in conditions until the end of the day. It is enough to arrive the next day.
With intensive use – and when I say intensive, it is intensive -, at night you will indeed need to use the 18 W charger that comes in the phone case – with its fast charge, you can have 50% of the Battery charged in about 30 minutes, and 100% in just under two hours. If you make more moderate use of the phone, the truth is that you can risk spending the morning of the next day without having cold sweats in case you forgot to put the phone to charge before going to sleep.
Apple’s way of measuring screen hours is different from Android phones, so talking about screen hours on is not representative of autonomy. In any case, we can tell you that many days we have exceeded five hours of the screen in daily use.
The iPhone has passed to all three cameras (finally)
In a market that has been using the double claim of the telephoto camera along with the wide-angle sensor as companions of the primary sensor for years, it was a matter of time for Apple to jump from two to three cameras, as it has finally made with the new iPhone 11 Pro.
The funny thing is to verify that Apple is announcing the cameras of its new iPhone in a somewhat different away. While during all these years we – and brands too – have referred to the wide-angle sensor like that, sensor wide-angle, and to the primary sensor like that, primary sensor, Apple is doing it in another way:
- The primary sensor is called a full angle sensor, and it is a 26 mm 12 megapixel lens (f / 1.8).
- The wide-angle sensor is called ultra-wide-angle; it is a 13 mm lens of 12 megapixels (f / 2.4).
- The telephoto sensor has not changed its name, and it is a 52 mm lens of 12 megapixels (f / 2.0).
Call it what you call it, it is a three-camera configuration that offers the full range of possibilities. That can be requested today to the camera of a phone.
In case you are wondering what that of the f / 1.8, f / 2.4, or f / 2.0 is. We will tell you that these are figures that indicate the amount of light that the lens can capture. The lower the number, the more light. It means that it can capture; In practice, this is the same picture taken from each of these three lenses:
As the number of the f (focal ratio) goes up, the scenario gets darker. But the scene is the same in all three images. That is because of the amount of light that can capture reduced. Not only on this iPhone: it happens in all cameras, so keep that in mind when shooting night photos.
Let’s start talking about the camera application of the new iPhone.
The camera application has received the face wash I needed
For years, Apple has chosen to simplify its camera application on the iPhone to avoid the user any friction in that “point and shoot” experience that characterized the cameras of their phones. In 2019, with three cameras mounted behind, the application had received a small wash. More from the functions that the design – so that it has been perfect.
To enable the Night mode has arrived: using the A13 Bionic processor. This mode allows you to take night photos with better quality. It is that, if you activate it, the phone will enable the optical stabilizer, choose several photographs in a row and then join them. Eliminating imperfections to give life to a much more vivid night image, clean of noise, and with more details. In practice, we will see later.
The operation of Apple Night mode is not as intuitive as one would like. The method in question hidden under an icon of a circle. That at first glance does not make you believe that this function can bury there. But when you activate it, you are left with the doubt whether you’re shooting the photograph with that mode or not. It should indicate more clearly.
Of the wide-angle lens, the highlight is video stabilization.
Leaving aside the novelty of the wide-angle sensor in an Apple mobile, something that until now did not exist. The most remarkable thing about this camera concerning its competition is the stabilization in video recording. No mobile market brought it so far – except for Motorola’s One Action when we were preparing this analysis. Which is one of the few phones on the market that allows you to record videos with this lens without leaving them moved?
Night mode to give more life to night photography
What is the Night Mode of the new iPhone of 2019? It is an icon that will appear when you are going to take a picture at night, on the left side of the screen. If it is running, you will see it illuminated in the form of a yellow circle.
A front camera that grows in megapixels
The number of megapixels says rather little about the quality of a camera. So note that this new iPhone increases up to 12 megapixels. The front camera of seven megapixels that brought the Xs Max does not reveal much. The exciting thing is in the fact that now the front camera is a bit more wide angle. Moreover, this year can record 4K videos.
It is not the best mobile of the moment, but it is the iPhone that the market deserves