The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have been recently released. In this blog post, I will be reviewing the iPhone 11. I will tell you about all the pros and cons of this phone and how it stacks up against the 11 Pro as well as its predecessor from last year the iPhone XR.
iPhone 11 Introduction:
When you compare the iPhone 11 to the iPhone XR from last year there are a few things that stand out.
The iPhone 11 has a dual-camera setup, longer battery life, and it’s faster than that of the iPhone XR.
When Apple released the iPhone XR last year, it was billed as the affordable iPhone. This phone was made for people who are on a budget, people who are not interested in paying the hefty price tag to get a premium iPhone.
This phone was popular among iPhone users and some people believe that this was the best iPhone that Apple had ever made, but that’s debatable.
iPhone 11 Design:
When it comes to the design of the phone, the iPhone 11 didn’t change very from that of its predecessor.
Both iPhones have a similar look and feel to them. The notch at the top of the display screen, the anodized aluminum sides, and the glass back are very similar.
There are six color variants which include white, black, green, purple, yellow, and Product red.
These colors are not as bright as the colors of the XR from last year, they are a bit more subtle.
The iPhone 11 has black bezels that are slightly thicker than that of the 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 has an LCD display screen which is cheaper than that of the OLED display screen on the 11 Pro.
The thicker bezels on this phone are necessary to prevent light leakage. These bezels are not a problem because they are not huge by any means.
Other than the camera bump and the colors, one of the most noticeable things is the placement of the Apple logo has been changed.
The Apple logo is now located at the center of the phone instead of near the camera where it was located before.
Before these iPhones were released there was an iPhone rumor that was going around.
People believed that one of the new features of the iPhone 11 was expected to be bilateral wireless charging.
The Apple logo is located at the center to mark the exact spot where iPhone users should place their devices when charging.
So this seemed plausible, however, when these iPhones were released bilateral charging was not part of the features listed.
The iPhone 11 has an IP68 water resistance rating, this means that it can be submerged in up to two meters of water for up to 30 minutes, that’s twice the depth of the iPhone XR.
The iPhone 11 does not look and feel like a cheaper version of the Pro models.
The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch LCD display screen and the 11 Pro has an OLED display screen.
The display screen on the iPhone 11 is referred to by Apple as a “Liquid Retina HD” display screen.
The Liquid Retina display has 326 ppi resolution, with 625 nits of brightness, and a 1,400 to 1 contrast ratio.
The 11 Pro has a “Super Retina XDR” display screen which has 458 ppi, and 2,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, with 800 nits of brightness.
So if you’re comparing the display screens on both phones you will notice that the colors are more rich and vibrant, the display screen is brighter, and you can see a little more detail on the 11 Pro in comparison to the iPhone 11.
The OLED on the 11 Pro is a better display screen, but the LCD still looks good.
Nevertheless, the display screen on the iPhone 11 looks good, you must remember that this is a mid-range phone, the display screen is relatively bright, and the colors look natural.
The main selling point for this phone is the 12-megapixel dual camera setup that it possesses.
The iPhone 11 has a bigger camera bump than that of its predecessor. Nevertheless, the dual-camera setup consists of a wide-angle camera and an ultra-wide-angle camera with a 2x zoom.
This dual-camera setup gives you the ability to fit more into your shots. These two cameras are also present on the 11 Pro.
However, the 11 Pro also has a telephoto camera which gives you the ability to zoom in on a subject that’s relatively far away.
It’s great that Apple added the ultra-wide camera to the iPhone 11 because this gives you a bit more flexibility when shooting photos.
It’s set up in such a way that it’s extremely easy to switch between the wide and ultra-wide-angle cameras.
When you’re in the camera app and you’re framing a shot, the 1x button will appear at the bottom of the image frame.
This means that the wide-angle camera is in use. If you tap the 1x button the phone will switch to the ultra-wide-camera, then the 1x button changes to a 0.5x button.
If you tap the button again, everything switches back to the way it was before.
While you’re in the 1x camera view, you will get a preview of what the 0.5x ultra-wide photo would look like.
When it comes to photo quality, both cameras in the dual-camera setup produce great photos in different conditions.
The color accuracy is excellent and the photos have lots of details.
Both the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro have a new Night mode which has improved the quality of photos taken with these phones in low light conditions.
When you take photos in low light conditions Night mode uses software processing which reveals details that would have been lost.
It would have been good if the iPhone 11 had an optical zoom, but this is not a deal-breaker by any means.
Nevertheless, there’s digital zoom and it goes up to 5x. However, in some cases when you exceed 2x digital zoom you will get some noise.
So you shouldn’t heavily rely on the zoom feature if you plan on getting this phone.
The TrueDepth camera located at the front of the phone has been upgraded from a 7MP camera that shoots 1080p/60fps.
To a 12MP camera that shoots 4K/60fps video camera. Now, this camera can also record slow-mo video. This camera shoots great photos in different conditions.
iPhone 11 Speed And Performance:
The iPhone 11 is powered by the new A13 Bionic processor, which is the successor to the A12 Bionic processor that’s in the iPhone XR.
This phone is faster and more responsive as a result of the new A13 Bionic processor. When opening apps you will notice that they launch faster and if you enjoy playing video games, the graphics performance is smoother.
The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro have the same processor, and both phones perform in a similar manner.
The iPhone 11 comes with a 3,046 mAh battery that lasts slightly longer than its predecessor.
On average, the battery on this phone will last for over one full day of moderate to heavy use.
An Apple representative stated that the longer battery life was achieved through software and hardware optimizations, and a bigger battery.
Before the release of the 2019 iPhones, the iPhone XR was the iPhone with the best battery life.
However, that award now belongs to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Nevertheless, if you’re upgrading from an older iPhone to the iPhone 11 you will notice that the battery life is better.
I dislike the fact that this phone does not come with a fast charger, however, you can buy one separately.
The iPhone 11 comes with a 5w plug which takes roughly 3 hours to charge the phone from 0 to 100%, this is not acceptable.
The 11 Pro models come with an 18w charger which also works on the iPhone 11. With the 18w charger, you can charge the iPhone from 0 to 100% in roughly one hour and a half.
So it will take you twice as long to charge the phone if you use the 5w plug that comes with it. If you would like to charge the phone faster you will have to buy the 18w charger separately.
The iPhone 11 has wireless charging capabilities but if you would like to use this feature you will have to buy a Qi wireless charger separately.
My Final Thought:
When the iPhone XR was released last year it was very popular because it offered the most value.
The iPhone 11 provides some great improvements to the cameras and the phone has great overall performance.
This is being billed as the most affordable iPhone of the year which starts at $699 for the 64GB model.
While the 11 Pro starts at $999 for the 64GB version. The thought of paying $999 for a phone does not appeal to me.
However, if you have an older iPhone and you’ve been thinking about upgrading, you should consider getting the iPhone 11.
I hope this iPhone 11 review was informative and it answered all the questions had.
However, if you have any questions that were not answered in this review. Or if you would like to share your experiences with this phone, please feel free to leave a comment below.