Extremely high performance
Long battery life
Excellent camera quality.
The new iPhone 11 is a direct successor to the iPhone XR, but it doesn’t have an extra letter or designation. The new iPhone has a wide choice of back panel colors: iPhone 11 is available in six different color options. In addition to the already known black, yellow, white and red, green and purple variants have appeared this year. But orange and blue disappeared. The iPhone we tested is finished in classic black.
The packaging, as we are used to from Apple, is as compact as possible. When unpacking, the buyer will find, in addition to the smartphone itself, a power adapter, a Lightning cable, a SIM tray ejector, wired headphones and classic accompanying documents: a user manual, a warranty and, of course, Apple stickers are again included.
Back to the most important thing: the iPhone 11 fits comfortably in the hand, it is well-made, like the previous model. The shiny glass back panel is also reminiscent of the iPhone XR, for the new iPhone 11 model, Apple developers, unlike its two older brothers 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, opted not for a matte back panel.
Same display, same display edges, same notch: iPhone 11 looks like iPhone XR from the front, so it’s possible to mix them up
Speaking of the rear panel, from this side, the iPhone 11 clearly shows itself as a model of the 2019 generation. Because Apple replaced the Single-camera with a dual one. Together with a flash and a microphone, she nestled comfortably in a rounded rectangle in the upper left corner of the device. Thanks to this, the iPhone 11 fits perfectly into the design language of the current Apple lineup. In addition, the Apple logo has moved to the center of the device. The placement of the Apple logo now strongly resembles the design of the iPod Touch models.
On the side is a very large power button, and on the right is the SIM card slot, on the left side of the frame are the volume buttons. In addition, on the left is a typical iPhone switch to quickly mute the device. The dual speakers of the smartphone are located at the bottom of the frame and in the cutout above the screen. At the same time, the lower speaker is much louder and clearer than the speaker in the bangs. Also on the bottom side is a Lightning connector.
The design strongly resembles the predecessor iPhone XR.
On the front of the new iPhone is a 6.1-inch display. Unlike the Pro models, the iPhone 11 does not have an OLED display, but one that Apple has dubbed the «Liquid Retina HD Display». If you understand, it turns out that the type of technology is an LCD display. A resolution of 1792×828 pixels with a diagonal display of the iPhone 11 gives a pixel density of only 326 ppi — this is a relatively weak result. In everyday use, this resolution will be sufficient for most users, but compared to Pro models or smartphones with Full HD resolution, the difference is nevertheless striking. Focusing on a rather big price of about 600$, to be honest, one could expect Full HD resolution. Otherwise, the image quality is very good. The screen brightness of the iPhone 11 is a maximum of 635 cd / m². Although this is less than the related Pro models, it is still sufficient for almost all situations.
The edges of the iPhone 11 display are identical to those of the iPhone XR and are therefore relatively wide. True-Tone technology is also used, which adjusts the color temperature of the display according to the available lighting, which should improve color reproduction.
Display can’t compete with Pro models
Inside the new iPhone 11, as well as in other new models, the new Apple A13 Bionic processor is running, which provides tremendous performance. According to Apple developers, when creating a new processor, the focus was not so much on improving performance as on its energy efficiency. However: Compared to the Apple A12 Bionic predecessor, the new processor breaks records: our iPhone 11 top list loads in a record 0.17 seconds, and it took less than 3.3 seconds to load our Render test in PDF format — one of the best values.
The new processor is supported by 4 gigabytes of memory. The iPhone XR had to make do with 3 gigabytes. Performance is, as usual, top notch. Due to the low screen resolution, the iPhone 11 even outperforms the Pro models in our performance test.
Performance sets new records
It was the camera of the new iPhone that was optimized as much as possible; compared to the iPhone XR, the new model has one more camera. In addition to the traditional main lens, you can now use an ultra wide-angle lens when shooting photos and videos. Both cameras are twelve megapixels, with the main camera scoring well at f/1.8 aperture, while the ultra-wide camera will have to settle for not a fast f/2.4 aperture, but its 120-degree angle of view. Videos can be shot in resolutions up to 4K at 60 fps (frames per second).
The front camera shoots selfies with a resolution of twelve megapixels and f / 2.2 aperture. Also, the selfie camera can shoot video in 4K at 60 frames per second. Optical stabilization is, however, only the main camera located on the back of the smartphone.
Among the novelties of the iPhone 11 is a new wide-angle lens
New night mode: Even iPhones now have a night mode, as well as rivals from Huawei, Samsung and Co. who introduced it earlier. This allows you to capture better quality images even in low light conditions. Our test showed that the quality of night shots does not quite reach the quality of the leader Huawei P30 Pro. But it keeps up with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Google Pixel 3.
Smart-HDR and Live-Photos (Live Photos): New iPhones with iOS 13 have improved HDR mode, Live-Photos shots have received a new longer length. Apple is especially proud of the latter circumstance, since here, even before the shutter button is pressed, several shots will already be taken, which sometimes look even better than specially taken ones. In addition, after enabling this feature, iPhone additionally captures images with the new wide-angle camera, even if its mode is not enabled at all. Thus, in post-processing, you can crop the scene you need.
Quick-Take: With iPhone in the future, even the native camera app will be able to take videos in the same way as Snapchat and Instagram: if the situation calls for a quick video recording, you can simply hold down the camera button to start capturing video, the recording will stop. when you release the button.
With Slowfies, Apple is introducing a new sub-category of selfies: With the front camera’s time-lapse mode that records up to 120fps in Full HD resolution, you can now play back selfie videos in much slower motion. How useful it is, let’s see, now with the new iPhone we have such an opportunity.
In our test, we really liked the image quality of the iPhone 11. In daylight, the images are on par with competitors from Samsung, Huawei and Co. The new night mode is activated automatically when the lighting conditions are insufficient, now even in dim light you will get quite good images.
Most camera innovations are software improvements
While Apple is finally including an 18W fast charger with its Pro models, the regular iPhone 11 must still make do with a slow 5W power supply. Accordingly, the charging time is not at all happy: almost 3.5 hours is required for the smartphone to “sprint” from 0 to 100 percent. In half an hour, the battery is charged by only 16 percent. It should be noted that the new iPhone has a wireless charging function. If you want to charge your iPhone 11 faster, then you will need to purchase a more powerful power bank. With a more powerful power source, charging time is reduced from almost 3.5 hours to about 2 hours, and within the first half hour, the iPhone charges 46 percent instead of 16 percent.
The battery capacity is 3,110 mAh, which, according to Apple developers, should keep the iPhone 11 alive for an hour longer than the previous XR model. In our test, the iPhone 11 only lasted three minutes longer, at around 13 hours. Thus, Apple’s promise for the iPhone 11 was not fulfilled. But the predecessor, the iPhone XR, also showed excellent battery life in our test.
Charging time is disappointing, but battery life is good
The memory of the model we tested is 128 gigabytes. There are alternative options with 64 gigabytes and 256 gigabytes for your choice. It’s a pity that Apple continues to release models with a minimum memory of 64 gigabytes, and does not start with models with 128 gigabytes of memory, and despite the fact that neither option will expand the memory with an additional card.
The operating system on the iPhone 11 at the time of our testing is using a completely fresh version of iOS 13. In addition to the dark mode (Dark Mode) and completely redesigned Apple applications, the new version includes updates such as «Quick-Path» and «Sign in with Apple» that are already in use on the new iPhone 11.
The iPhone 11 supports all major LTE and Wi-Fi standards, including the current Wi-Fi ax standard, Bluetooth in its current version 5.0, and NFC. The latter is especially important for paying with Apple Pay. However, unlike the current iPad Pro and almost every other modern flagship smartphone on the market, the new iPhone 11 does not use USB-C technology, but remains true to its own Lightning connector. In addition, we noticed a well-functioning and accurate vibration motor, which Apple called the «Taptic Engine». Another novelty is the increase in protection against moisture, now the iPhone is certified to IP 68.
The price of the iPhone 11 is slightly lower than the recommended price of the iPhone XR from last year. For 600$ (as of October 2019), the iPhone 11 is available in a 64 GB variant. For 650$ you will get double the memory, for 700$ it will be quadrupled to 256 gigabytes.
The iPhone 11 is well-equipped, but not perfect
On the one hand, the iPhone 11 scored well in our test for excellent performance, a cool camera, very long battery life, and very high quality processing. On the other hand, the low resolution of the display slightly spoils the good overall impression. In addition, the long charging time and the wide edges of the screen did not please us either. Compared to the iPhone XR’s immediate predecessor, the iPhone 11 has a second camera and better performance. If you don’t care about the ultra-wide-angle lens, then you should pay attention to the iPhone XR, which is 100$ cheaper.
Extremely high performance
Long battery life
Excellent camera quality.
Very long charging time
Low display resolution
Almost no innovative innovations.
In our test, the iPhone XR performed well, with its super battery even outperforming its more expensive sister models, the XS and XS Max, in our overall rankings. It has excellent performance, photo quality is also very good, and in this regard, the iPhone does not lag behind the iPhone XS versions, despite one lens.
Only the display is a bit weaker because Apple puts a lower resolution IPS LCD in the XR instead of OLED. In addition, the edges of the display are much wider than the top models. The display and bezel are the same as the iPhone 11. You won’t even notice the jump in performance from the iPhone XR to the iPhone 11. In addition, our test showed almost the same battery life.