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Technology iPhone 11 and 11 Pro review: When the best is just good enough

16:45  20 september  2019
16:45  20 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Apple's iPhone XR and iPhone 8 get big price cuts

Apple's iPhone XR and iPhone 8 get big price cuts If you're not jumping straight into the future with Apple's new iPhone 11 family, picking up a slightly older model is one way to upgrade without spending a lot of money. Now that the new phones have been announced you can pick up the previous gen for even less, now that price cuts have been announced for the iPhone 8 and iPhone XR. The two year-old iPhone 8 now starts at $449 without any sales or discounts, while last year's mainstream model, the XR is available for $599.

Ultimately, the iPhone 11 Pros offer a better camera experience because that third telephoto sensor gives them more flexibility. For one, iOS's dark mode is finally here, and it looks good enough that I've left it enabled on the iPhone 11 even though its LCD screen means I'm not preserving its battery

But with this review of the iPhone 11 , 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max — the newest models that Apple unveiled last week and which will become The iPhone 11 models are all a significant step up from those introduced in 2014. What I found was that the iPhone 11 was better , but not profoundly so.

While sitting in the audience at Apple's campus in Cupertino, California, watching a parade of executives unveil the new iPhone 11 lineup, I couldn't help but think of all the features the company wasn't introducing.

Samantha Murphy Kelly holding a cell phone: The new iPhone 11© CNN The new iPhone 11

The new smartphones didn't support 5G, the next-generation of wireless networks. They didn't offer wireless charging, a hotly anticipated feature that would let you charge your AirPods by placing them on the back of an iPhone. They certainly didn't fold, though perhaps Apple was smart not to go there. And for the most part, the new iPhones looked the same as the models from the year before, and the year before that.

Meet Apple's full 2019 iPhone lineup: The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Meet Apple's full 2019 iPhone lineup: The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max New starting prices range from the $449 iPhone 8 to the $1,099 iPhone 11 Pro Max.

And software robust enough to handle arduous tasks with ease. The new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max certainly tick all these boxes, and — as you might These are both excellent devices, and represent Apple at the peak of its smartphone game. But are they dramatically better than the premium phones

But with this review of the iPhone 11 , 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max — the newest models that Apple unveiled last week and which will become The iPhone 11 models are all a significant step up from those introduced in 2014. What I found was that the iPhone 11 was better , but not profoundly so.

And yet, in all the years that I've been reviewing new iPhones, this is the first time I was approached in the real world ahead of their official launch by strangers asking to see the new models. The iPhone 11's vibrant new colors and the iPhone 11 Pro's eye-catching (though arguably unattractive) three-camera system on the back helped these products stand out even on the busiest of subway platforms.

This is the contradiction of Apple right now. Even in a year filled with incremental updates -- perhaps more incremental than usual -- there's a consumer fascination with seeing and touching and possibly buying the newest iPhone models. It's why even someone who just bought a new iPhone last year may give serious thought to buying a new model this year. But that doesn't mean they should.

Meet Apple's full 2019 iPhone lineup

Meet Apple's full 2019 iPhone lineup New starting prices range from the $449 iPhone 8 to the $1,099 iPhone 11 Pro Max.

This means the iPhone 11 now captures enough information to take better photos from the start – and especially portrait photos. Case in point: last year’s The iPhone 11 Pro Max captured the best portrait mode photo of my colleague Lydia, showing accurate colours, picking up on details like wisps

The good news is that the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are getting generally great reviews . This is a fantastic smartphone, with the most impressive cameras in Apple’s smartphone history, ridiculously good battery life for most, and the new matte finish and overall design changes are all

Yes, the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, which went on sale on Friday, are everything most people would ever want or need in a smartphone, boasting a familiar refrain for Apple devices: faster, smarter, with better cameras and battery life. If you're due for an upgrade, these models definitely will not disappoint.

However, this year's updates are probably not enough to lure existing Android users away from devices like the Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy. And with the 5G iPhone -- the true game changer -- potentially on the horizon for next year, it's harder to justify rushing to upgrade to these models if you're not due for a new device.

The standout: iPhone 11

The big draw of the new collection is actually the base model, the iPhone 11.

The device replaces last year's best-selling iPhone XR, but costs $50 less and comes with a much better camera. At $699, the iPhone 11 will likely appeal to most people. It offers a lot of the same bells and whistles as the Pro models without the four-figure price tag. The iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max start at $999 and $1,099, respectively.

Apple ditches 3D Touch for Haptic Touch in iPhone 11 and 11 Pro

Apple ditches 3D Touch for Haptic Touch in iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Goodbye 2015 tech.

“The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer the best that Apple is capable of right now, but we’re still left with an important question: Do you actually need everything on offer here?” That ’s not to say Velazco’s review is negative. He’s a big fan of the new matte finish (join the club), and admits a certain

The first batch of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews are out and it looks like Apple has managed to hit it out of the park. So the best I can tell you is that Apple has historically been good about meeting its battery life claims, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max I’ve been using every day for a week has

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max internals are nearly identical, touting an A13 bionic chip. On the surface, the iPhone 11 looks and feels a lot like the iPhone XR. It's made of aluminum and has the same screen as the year before (it still has bezels along the sides, if that sort of thing bothers you). The 6.1-inch size is bigger than the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and smaller than the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The back of the iPhone 11 features a glossy finish; the Pros are more matte. The Pro line comes in gold, silver, space gray and midnight green, a darker, muddier shade than I expected, appearing almost silver or black in some lights. More playful options such as a minty green, creamy yellow and lavender are available on the 11.

Battery life on all models is noticeably longer lasting; during my commute home, I still had a healthy bar of power left across all devices. I'm typically deep into the red zone by the time I leave the office.

A better camera made for the pros

The Pro line features three cameras -- an ultra-wide lens, a wide lens and a tele-photo lens -- positioned in a square-like fixture on the back of the device. Some critics panned the look, claiming the placement resembles Mickey Mouse ears, and that the square fixture created a slightly raised bump. These quirks didn't bother me as much as I thought; I eventually forgot about them.

iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XR, and iPhone 8: Everything you need to know about Apple’s 2019 lineup

iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XR, and iPhone 8: Everything you need to know about Apple’s 2019 lineup Apple just unveiled the three iPhone 11 phones we were all expecting, including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 is the cheaper new iPhone you can buy right now, and it’s even cheaper than we thought — the 64GB version will retail for $699, $50 less than the original iPhone XR price last year. The Pro models, start at $999 or $1,099, depending on size, matching Apple’s pricing structure introduced last year. But

All told, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is well worth the upgrade if you need a big phone, but be sure to try out the fast, cheap iPhone 11 before you pull the trigger. ( The best part: When you're using Apple Maps navigation through CarPlay, Siri will tell you to make turns "after the next light.")

The iPhone 11 Pro cases will help keep your new, expensive iPhone protected. If you've already ordered your iPhone 11 Pro , you're well aware of just how much money you had to spend to get it. The best iPhone 11 Pro case will protect your phone first and foremost, but great cases can go even

Switching between the wide, ultra wide and tele-photo lens on the Pro phones is easy by tapping a prompt that appears at the bottom of each frame. As I pointed them up toward the new Vessel statue in New York City, I was impressed to catch fine details of what people climbing the structure were wearing several stories up. The ultra-wide lens is particularly fantastic at squeezing more into shots.

Although the iPhone 11 features one less lens on the back -- there's no telephoto camera -- for most people, it's still better than good enough, especially when you consider the price difference. But if you're all about taking photos and willing to spend a hundred dollars more, the Pros take arguably the best shots you can on any smartphone on the market.

The 11 and the Pros also mostly come with the same camera software. Smart HDR is better on all of the phones; by using machine learning, multiple photos are taken at once and automatically mashed together to get the most optimized shot. Now portrait mode's facial recognition technology lets you take pictures of your pets. I love it — my cat does not.

Night Mode is a killer new camera feature, allowing users to take shots in super low-light situations. Pictures taken in near darkness now look almost like someone has turned on the lights, which is especially helpful if you're ever snapping shots at a concert or a dim restaurant. Comparatively, shots taken of me on my iPhone XS without Night Mode were significantly darker. (Google and Samsung's flagship phones already have this feature.)

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has 23 percent more battery capacity than the Pro

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has 23 percent more battery capacity than the Pro When you check the iPhone 11 model's technical specs on Apple's website, you won't see specific information about its RAM and battery capacity. Those are information you'd usually discover later when people start taking new devices apart for teardown reports. The documents Apple filed with Chinese regulatory agency TENAA and first seen by MacRumors and 9to5Mac, however, can give you an idea of what to expect. Based on the filing the tech giant submitted, the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with a 3,969 mAh battery and 4GB of RAM. That's over 1,000 mAh bigger than the iPhone XR's, 1,311 mAh bigger than the iPhone XS battery and almost 800 mAh larger than the iPhone XS Max's.

Apple has provided review units of the iPhone 11 , iPhone 11 Pro , and iPhone 11 Pro Max to media outlets, but this article will focus only on the iPhone 11 and In short, this will likely be the iPhone that is the best choice for most customers this season. Wired echoed many of these sentiments, calling it

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the best iPhones Apple has engineered. It doesn't mean you should rush out to buy. But if that current phone in your pocket is operating just fine, you can certainly wait another cycle or two, when Apple will perhaps cook up something to truly

Other notables

The Pro line's new OLED display provides stunning color details and better contrast than the 11, but a quick drop to the bathroom floor mere hours after getting my iPhone 11 Pro Max left part of the screen scratched. It's my own fault for not having it in a case, but it's an especially tough blow when you're spending a minimum of $1,049 for a new device. My iPhone 11, also not in a case, also has a few minor scratches without undergoing any significant falls. (Note to self: always use a case.)

Meanwhile, dark mode -- already popularized on the Mac -- dims wallpaper and the phone's backdrop, making it easier on the eyes and potentially helping to save on battery life. This is all about personal preference. I didn't expect to like it as much as I do.

Lastly, Apple is trying to make "slofies" a thing, a new slow motion video feature available via the iPhone 11 and Pro selfie cameras. It's hard to envision a real use case for this, but it's a fun way to send slow waves and sassy hair flips to friends.

So should you buy an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro?

Apple's new smartphones aren't groundbreaking — and let's be honest, there hasn't been a revolutionary phone in terms of design or capabilities in some time. But they're just what's needed to hold people over until next year's expected 5G iPhone, with great cameras, blazing speed and long-lasting batteries. Those who upgrade will be happy. Those who wait for next year likely will be, too.

a close up of electronics: The new Apple iPhone 11 (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (right)© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The new Apple iPhone 11 (left) and iPhone 11 Pro (right) a person taking a selfie: Samantha Kelly tests the iPhone's new © Sofia Barrett/CNN Samantha Kelly tests the iPhone's new "slofie" mode

One photo is all it takes to be wowed by the iPhone 11’s most incredible new feature .
Apple's iPhone 11 series phones have a bunch of new features that make upgrading from an older iPhone a no-brainer, including a faster, more efficient processor; larger batteries with support for faster charging; and — best of all — brand new camera systems that might just be the best mobile cameras on the planet right now. The cameras also get a feature that Google and other Android handset makers have had for a while now, and that’s a new night photography mode — or Night mode, as it’s called on the iPhone 11 phones.

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