Apple iPhone 11 review

Apple iPhone 11 review

In 2018, Apple introduced the iPhone XR as a “profitable” offer in the new iPhone series. We loved the XR, and even said it could be the best iPhone Apple has ever created. The continuation of the iPhone XR is the new iPhone 11, and Apple’s decision to bless this model with the name “iPhone 11” – and not to call it the iPhone 11R – says a lot about where the company is located. phone

So can this phone carry the heavy burden of being recognized as the iPhone 11? In fact, it could be. Satisfactory speed increase, dual camera installation and long battery life combine to make the iPhone 11 better than the XR. Given its relatively low price tag, it’s probably the best iPhone for most people right now.


The main feature of the iPhone 11 is its 12-megapixel dual camera installation. Apparently, Apple has deliberately decided to differentiate the camera with 2019 phones. The iPhone XR’s single camera is almost inconspicuous, and the curved design of the iPhone XS’s two cameras won’t make you think twice about what it looks like. But the iPhone 11’s dual camera catches your attention and shouts, “Smile! You’re on camera.”

Apple iPhone 11 review

The iPhone XR (left) has a single large camera. The iPhone 11 (right) has wide and ultra-wide cameras

The iPhone 11 has a wide camera like the iPhone XR, but the iPhone 11’s second camera is an ultra-wide camera that offers 2x magnification and allows you to capture more of the environment you’re shooting. These two cameras are also available on the iPhone 11 Pro, which adds a third telephoto camera to really enlarge.

Ultra wide, it’s a great addition that gives you more flexibility when taking photos. Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to switch between wide and ultra wide. When composing a frame in the camera program, the 1x button appears below the picture frame, ie a wide camera is used. When you touch this button, the phone switches to an ultra-wide camera and the 1x button turns into a 0.5x button. Tap the button again to go back. You also get a preview of what a 0.5x ultra-wide shot will look like when you’re in 1x camera view.

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In terms of real image quality, it creates beautiful images that look both wide and ultra wide. The colors are accurate and the cameras provide amazing detail and visual clarity. Of course, we said the same thing about previous iPhones, and this still applies to the iPhone 11. But the new Night Mode, exclusive to the iPhone 11 (and 11 Pro), is a complete rediscovery of Apple’s low-light photography game. If you are really looking for just one reason to buy a new iPhone, here it is. Night mode captures images taken in dark environments and uses software to detect details that would otherwise be lost.

Details on how to use night mode and how it works can be found in a separate article: Practical with night mode. The low light upgrade was available on Android phones and finally on the iPhone, and it works really well. Our sister publication PCWorld even found that Apple’s Night Mode is better than the Android version. Bottom line: a useful feature with excellent results

The only problem with the iPhone 11’s rear camera is the lack of optical zoom. Like the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 has only 5x digital magnification

In some cases, especially when you exceed the 2x digital magnification limit, you will get noticeable image noise, which causes an unpleasant photo. So, if you’re like me and use a lot of scale, you need to reconsider how you use it on the iPhone 11.

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The iPhone 11 doesn’t have an optical zoom, but it does offer 5x digital zoom

Apple has finally upgraded the front-facing TrueDepth camera from a 7-megapixel camera that captures 1080p / 60 frames / s video to a 12-megapixel camera that captures video at 4K / 60 frames. The front camera can record slow motion video that did not exist before. So yes. Let’s see if Apple can make “slofies”?

A fast phone is faster

At the heart of the iPhone 11 is the A13 Bionic processor, the successor to the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR. A12 Bionic is an impressive chip, so what does A13 Bionic do to keep up?

Gains with CPU performance are modest. In Geekbench 5 tests, the iPhone 11’s single-core CPU performance increased by 14 percent compared to the iPhone XR, and the multi-core CPU’s performance increased by 18 percent.

In terms of emphasizing the graphics performance of the iPhone, the iPhone 11 showed more impressive results than the iPhone XR.

In 3DMark’s Sling Shot test, the iPhone 11 was 29 percent faster in both the Sling Shot Extreme and Sling Shot Extreme Unlimited tests. In 3DMark’s Ice Storm Unlimited test, the iPhone 11 was 20 percent faster.

The numbers show an increase in performance, but does the iPhone 11 feel faster than the iPhone XR? is a must

In everyday use, the iPhone 11 opens faster, apps open faster, and graphics performance in games is noticeably smoother. This is especially true when comparing performance with the iPhone XS, which uses the same processor as the iPhone XR.

The iPhone 11 has the same processor as the iPhone 11 Pro, and the overall comparison results for these phones were consistent. So basically, you can get the same performance as the Pros on the iPhone 11 for a few hundred pounds / dollar less. If performance is most important to you, this is a value proposition that is hard to ignore.

Slightly longer battery life

Apple says the iPhone 11’s 3,046 mAh battery lasts up to an hour longer than the iPhone XR’s 2,942 mAh battery, and you can get up to 17 hours of video playback, 10 hours of video streaming, and 65 hours of audio playback. In particular, Apple no longer offers an estimate for what it calls “Talk Time (Wireless).” It was 25 hours for the iPhone XR, and we can calculate that you can go up to 26 hours on the iPhone 11. According to an Apple spokesman, the extension of battery life was achieved thanks to a combination of a larger battery, software and hardware. optimizations

We used the Geekbench 4 Battery Life test to measure battery life and compare it to other iPhones. Our test results showed that the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR have a similar battery life. In fact, in our tests, the iPhone 11 lasted only a few seconds longer than the iPhone XR.

Our Geekbench 4 Battery Life test performs tasks that require a processor (by darkening the screen) until the battery runs out, so this does not represent use in the real world. However, this is an effective way to constantly test different phones

During daily use, I did not have to charge the iPhone 11 until the end of the day. I think I’m a more demanding user than most, because I play Pokémon Go at work and on dog walks. On my hardest day (playing PoGo at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Saturday, watching my son play football, and navigating using Apple Maps), I ended the day with a 24 percent battery. Not bad at all

The biggest drawback in terms of battery life is the incoming charger. Apple still has a weak, slow 5-watt charger with a low-end iPhone model. For £ 29 / $ 29, you can buy Apple’s 18W USB-C Power Adapter – the same as the iPhone 11 Pro. Surprisingly, Apple did not include this charger in the base model. The iPhone 11 also supports wireless charging, but you’ll need to purchase a separate Qi wireless charger.

Design: Do not interfere with employees

Apple hasn’t changed much in terms of industrial design. The iPhone 11 is very similar to the iPhone XR with anodized aluminum edges, screen notch and glass back, available in black, green, purple, white, yellow and (Product) Red. This year, the application of color is different: Apple has decided to go with pastel shades, which are more subtle than the bright colors of the XR.

The frame of the iPhone 11 (right) is thicker than the frame of OLED phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro Max (left).

The iPhone 11 still has thicker black frames than OLED iPhones. And as long as this model continues to use LCD (a lower-cost part than the OLED in the Pro model), thicker frames will continue to prevent light leakage. Sorry, I did not consider the staff offensive. In fact, I didn’t pay attention to them until they pointed at me.

The most noticeable design change between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR (along with the colors and the stroke of the camera) is the placement of the Apple logo, which is now centered, not next to the camera.

According to rumors, one of the new features of the iPhone 11 will be a two-way wireless charging, with the Apple logo centered to indicate where users should place their devices. However, when the new iPhones were released, they were not included in the list of dual charging functions.

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On the iPhone 11, Apple moved the logo to the center of the phone. The company has also removed the iPhone label

A less noticeable change is the iPhone 11’s improved water resistance, which now doubles the depth of the iPhone XR to 2 m in 30 minutes.

The design of the iPhone XR worked well, so Apple was wise to stay with it on the iPhone 11. Best of all, it doesn’t feel like a cheaper version of the iPhone 11 Pro. It feels good and firm to the touch and is easy to use. The frames may bother you, but you have to be very careful to find flaws in them.

Liquid Retina HD display

Another important feature that does not change is the screen. Apple is again using a 6.1-inch LCD, and the iPhone 11 Pro has OLED

The iPhone 11 display (Apple calls it the “Liquid Retina HD display”) is a Retina display with a resolution of 326 ppi, a contrast ratio of 1400 to 1 and a brightness of 625 nits. The iPhone 11 Pro’s Super Retina XDR display is rated at 458 ppi, has a contrast ratio of 2,000,000 to 1, and offers a brightness of 800 nits.

If you put the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro side by side, if you look closely enough, you can see the differences. The iPhone 11 Pro’s screen is brighter, the colors are a little more vibrant, the blacks are deeper, and the details look a little sharper.

Apple iPhone 11 review

The iPhone 11 uses the same beautiful-looking LCD as the iPhone XR

But no comparison iPhone 11’s screen looks great on its own Color quality Brightness and sharpness are satisfactory Yes OLED sets a high bar and no LCD can match But LCD still looks great


Apple won with the iPhone XR, and while its search book doesn’t need to be rewritten on mobile phones, it needs to do enough to be a worthy successor to the throne. The new iPhone 11 must fulfill this task. Mandatory changes to the camera that even one-year-old iPhone XR users will seriously consider improving.

In addition, the iPhone 11 starts at £729/$699 for the 64GB model, which is £20/$50 less than the starting price of the iPhone XR.

Apple has been widely criticized for its iPhone prices, so the company’s discount for the most affordable iPhone is very pleasing. This makes the iPhone 11 even more attractive, especially when comparing its price to £1,049/$999 64 GB iPhone 11. Pro or £1,149/$1,099 64 GB iPhone 11 Pro Max. (Apple still sells the iPhone XR for £629/$599.)

If you have an iPhone 8 or older model and have postponed the upgrade, now is the time to click on the trigger (or wait for the iPhone 12 a few weeks before the announcement) to enjoy dual camera installation and faster battery life. To have more fun with your photos, you’ll have to get used to the iPhone at night without switching from Home button and Touch ID to Face ID, but within a few days, gestures and Face ID quickly became a second character.

Read the iPhone purchase guide for more general advice

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