Apple iPhone 11 Pro: is it worth your purchase?
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$ 999 (64GB), $ 1,149 (256GB), $ 1,349 (512GB)
Review iPhone 11 Pro: top Excellent iPhone of all time?
If you dedicate yourself to asking users and smartphone users what they value the most in a mobile phone, they will surely answer you quickly: speed, long battery life, beautiful design, durability And a good camera.
Well, this is all you get with the iPhone 11 Pro, but also with the standard iPhone 11 and 300 Euro less. Pro is an update, but probably not enough to earn the ‘Pro’ tag.
Still, the iPhone 11 Pro is a great iPhone, with some notable improvements (and not so noticeable) compared to last year’s iPhone XS. As good as it is, it’s not hard to think that Apple could do more to justify the great price difference of the iPhone 11 and the “Pro” name that comes with it.
Note: This review has been done with the iPhone 11 Pro, although we have tested both the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The only difference between the two phones is that Max is larger and the battery life is slightly longer. It is better to think of the iPhone 11 Pro as a single product that comes in two sizes.
With each new iPhone, the camera improves. In fact, the photographic area has become an important point for many users when choosing one telephone or another. The iPhone 11 Pro has undoubtedly managed to attract the attention of consumers with its cameras.
For a few years, high-end iPhones have received the Duo Plus telephoto lens, a powerful lens on the back. The iPhone 11 Pro turns the pair into a trio with a third wide-angle lens.
Those who enjoy the photo landscape will be the same as those who enjoy this new lens, as they will be able to get wider panoramic photographs. However, we think any user would take advantage of this lens.
This will take you too far without allowing people to take more people in group photos or photograph that huge sculpture or building without having to return.
The distorted perspective effect of a wide lens makes subjects look larger, which can create a true sense of scale. If a telephoto lens makes things intimate, a wide-angle lens makes them wider.
Returning to iPhone 11: The standard model also has this camera. It is only the telephoto lens that separates the Pro model from the normal one, a difference that we don’t find so much.
The telephoto lens is better in this update, which has a wider f / 2.0 aperture than the f / 2.4 telephoto camera on the iPhone X and XS. You’ll get better shots in low light and with a more pleasant natural bokeh.
The existence of telephoto lenses allowed the iPhone XS to do something that the iPhone XR could not do: take pictures in portrait mode of any subject. Now that both models have an ultra wide lens, they both achieve that capability.
Taking pictures in portrait mode with a standard wide-angle lens (which cannot be used on the iPhone X or XS) is good, but this is just one more way in which the Pro does not differentiate itself from the standard model.
Even in broad daylight, the iPhone 11 Pro has a better camera than the XS. Look at the red detail in the flowers, which in comparison loses some definition in the photo taken with the XS, while contrasts and details are retained in the 11 Pro.
Better sensors and more powerful A13 bionic processors combine to produce much better photos than the iPhone XS, which was already one of the best cameras on the smartphone.
Details and dynamic range are improved, and color accuracy is truly incredible. We can say that this phone is one of the models that reproduces real-world colors most faithfully.
The selfie camera now has 12 megapixels instead of 7, with a wider 15-degree field (85 instead of the 70-degree field of previous iPhones).
Both details make an important difference. You’ll get clearer and sharper shots in different lighting conditions, and the group selfie will now be better than before.
It is believed that this wide front camera also allows a wider field of view for Face ID. Although Face ID is incredibly fast on the iPhone 11 Pro, the extended field of view is barely noticeable. If you place your mobile phone on a flat surface, you will still have to make that awkward tilt.
When you place the phone in an upright position, it automatically cuts to the old 70 degree view. You can capture the widest with just one touch, and by switching to landscape mode automatically switch to a wider angle (you can narrow it with just one touch).
The front camera can now record video at 4K 60fps, and even slow motion video (which Apple insists on calling “sloughies” and will probably have 15 minutes of fame and rarely be used again ).
Finally, there is Knight Mode. When this device was introduced in Google Pixel and followed on other Android phones, iPhone users were quite upset as they did not have the same function. Now, Apple has its own version of Knight Mode, and it is done in a very Apple way.
When it is dark enough to ensure its use, Night Mode is automatically activated and will ask you to hold the phone for one to three seconds while the screen lights up, as if you were using a photo. Were revealing.
The resulting photos are usually full of rash and noise, but the same shots are even worse without Night Mode, apart from it being so dark that nothing can be seen.
Shots in Night Mode are much brighter and more colorful, but not uncommonly, as we’ve seen on many Android phones: it doesn’t change night into day, but simply captures a shot that looks like night. What can the eye see?
Night mode is finally here on the iPhone, and it may be the best implementation of any smartphone.
Get ready for the network to be bombarded by night shoots, as this is a really cool feature that makes possible shots that were previously impossible.
It is also fully automated, meaning it is not a different kind of similarity that you must choose before taking a photo.
It is worth noting that although you can disable it, unfortunately you cannot force it, and this gives us a look at Apple’s part. We found ourselves in many situations in which we believe the night mode would have helped us, but it was bright enough not to be active.
Night mode doesn’t work on an ultra-wide camera for some unknown reason, and it doesn’t work on any previous iPhone – we thought Apple could solve both problems, if it wanted to.
Although the iPhone 11’s camera is good, it’s about to get better. The next “deep fusion” technology will take the camera’s computer photography capabilities to a new level.
Apple has promised some of the fastest and accurate shots we’ve seen, a great improvement over current photo processing, which is already impressive. We have no idea when this camera update will arrive, only that it is scheduled for this fall.
The best smartphone for video is even better
The iPhone XS still had a lot of competition for picture quality, but its overall video quality was the best. Since then, the best Android phones would have taken the crown, but the iPhone 11 improvements should be enough to fix it.
In rear cameras you can take pictures at resolutions up to 4K at 60 frames per second, while still taking advantage of an extended dynamic range and image stabilization, which were only available up to 4K30 on last year’s model.
If you add it to the ability to zoom slowly from wide angle to telephoto, you get a large capacity video device.
Short transitions can be seen when transitioning between ultra-wide, wide and telephoto lenses, and the quality of each is different – after all, they are different sensors with different purposes.
But Apple has done an impressive job of color and exposure to make the simplest changes when changing cameras.
Apple has a new audio zoom function. When you expand over 1x while recording video, the background noise will decrease and the audio will focus on the subject.
This is a truly remarkable effect, especially when standing in a noisy environment next to a street or a fountain, but it is not so aggressive as to sound completely unnatural.
A better interface in the camera app
The camera interface has been greatly improved.
Hold down the shutter button and you will start recording a video instead of taking a series of bursting photos. A slip in one direction to block the video recording, another slide to create a burst shot.
The interface “dial” to zoom in and out smoothly is a very easy way to get the perfect shot that also zooms in a pinch.
The camera interface is familiar, but has been improved in several important ways. Why hasn’t it come on all iPhones?
Now, you can access changing function ratios, choosing filters, and setting timers in the function bar that appear when you swipe in camera mode and disappear when you swipe down. This is a good place for these things, and leaves a lot of room for future expansion without messing up the interface.
It would be great to change the video resolution and frame rate to the camera resolution instead of the configuration application, but Apple still doesn’t have a note about it.
When you take photographs with a telephoto lens or wide-angle lens, the black bars on the side of the main viewfinder show what will be captured with the next wider lens. This is a good way to quickly assess whether you should take a big picture.
Something that bothers us is that all of these improvements can be easily carried over to previous generation iPhones, except for wide angle previews. They should have been part of iOS 13, not the iPhone 11.
The processor of the Apple A series is second to none. Last year, the iPhone XR and XS’s Bionic A12 was the fastest mobile CPU of all smartphones, in addition to the fastest GPU. This year, Apple says it has made significant improvements to the A13.
According to Apple, the new A13 Bionic uses TSMC’s new 7nm second generation process, which improves energy efficiency and speeds up clock speed. The results are impressive.
According to Apple, almost all parts of the A13 are 20 percent faster than before: CPU (high-power and efficient core), GPU and neural motor. In addition, CPUs isolated from neural engines have new machine learning accelerators, which perform matrix multiplication operations six times faster.
Energy efficiency has also improved. Apple says neural engines consume 15 percent less energy, larger CPU cores consume 30 percent less energy, smaller high-efficiency CPU cores consume 40 percent less energy, just like GPUs
However, there is a trap. Apple states that these power improvements are “for applications and tasks that do not require more performance than the A12.” In other words, the GPU uses 40 percent less energy when running at the same speed as the A12 GPU: when it speeds up to 20 percent, energy savings are reduced or lost.
No matter how it is cut, it is a very fast and efficient mobile processor. Benchmarks are not exhaustive performance measurements, but they are a good way to perform the exact same tasks on different hardware. So let’s look at some.
Apple continues impressive CPU performance even in the grueling test of the new Geekbench 5.
In the new Geekbench 5 test, the single-core performance of the A13 was about 20% higher than the A12, which was 20% faster than the A11.
While multicore performance jumped 16% from A11 to A12, the A13 required a 30% improvement this year. The performance of computers keeps increasing by 40% from year to year.
No other phone comes close to these numbers.
Graphics performance has improved dramatically this year. Some tests are 50% faster.
The performance of 3D graphics makes a big leap on the iPhone 11 (perfect for Apple’s Arcade games). In 3DMark Sling Shot tests, the A12 did not improve performance compared to the A11 – we theorize that it could find a bottleneck in memory bandwidth. Whatever the reason, the A13 is now much faster in this strenuous test: we are talking about 50 to 60 percent! (Review iPhone 11 Pro)
Even in less advanced 3D graphic visuals, the A13 leads with impressive gains.
In the oldest Ice Storm Unlimited test, which is a better representation of simple 3D games, the A12 was 17% faster than the A11, and the A13 is about 30% faster than the A12.
Apple stated that the A13 “has the fastest GPU in a smartphone” (although it also said that the A12 “continues to lead the group”, which is not true). Although not the fastest in the A13 Sling Shot Extreme test, this Sling Shot is faster than any other mobile processor in Extreme Unlimited, and dramatically faster in Ice Storm Unlimited Tests.
Comparing performance between platforms is tough as iOS and Android, but as far as we know, Apple is right: the A13 Bionic is the fastest GPU in a phone.
The performance of a difficult area for smartphones is continuous: processors are very fast during brief periods of activity, but they tend to overheat and slow down when they run full for long periods of time.
Apple says that improvements in thermal design and improvements in the A13 design in the iPhone 11 Pro give these phones much better sustained performance than previous iPhones.
This is difficult to measure, but my real belief is that this is true. You can play high-end games for an hour, although the phone is definitely warmer, it is not as hot as before, and performance keeps its level very high at all times.
Every year, Apple sets the standard in mobile system design on a chip, and it’s safe to say that the company has done it again with the A13 Bionic (Review iPhone 11 Pro)
Tremendous battery life
The iPhone 11 Pro is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone XS (you won’t notice), and it all seems to occupy a large battery in space. The A13 processor also features a more efficient OLED display and better battery saving features.
Apple says that, all together, adds up to four hours of extra battery life on the iPhone 11 Pro compared to the iPhone X. The iPhone 11 Pro Max should last five hours longer than the iPhone XS Max.(Review iPhone 11 Pro)
We can’t really replicate any real-world usage scenarios that Apple does to get those figures, but the iPhone 11 Pro is a certified battery giant.
In our battery benchmark, where we tested the Geekbench 4 battery with a screen at a constant brightness of 200 nits, the iPhone 11 Pro lasted 37% longer than the iPhone XS – about an hour and half. The iPhone 11 Pro Max experienced almost the same improvement, lasting about two hours longer.
The battery life of last year’s iPhone XS was very good, and this year’s iPhone 11 Pro is great.
We’ve spent eight hours in front of the screen with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, doing nothing conservatively at least. In fact, most of that time we have devoted to games, which are known to eliminate batteries.
This means that you may be able to run the battery of your iPhone 11 Pro before the end of the day, but you have to work hard. If you do not spend the day with maximum brightness, it is likely to last you all day.
Since we are talking about the battery, we should keep in mind that the iPhone 11 Pro comes with an 18-watt USB-C charger and Lightning to USB-C cable in the box. This description is, quite frankly, several years late.
The normal iPhone 11 still comes with a 5-watt USB-A power adapter, which we find ridiculous. We do not understand how the world’s richest company offers an adapter on a phone that costs more than 700 euros.( Review iPhone 11 Pro)
You have a good charger at the end in the box. Better late than never.
The loading speed is quite good. Using the included 18-watt adapter, I charged an iPhone 11 Pro Max up to 32% in just 20 minutes, and about 50% in half an hour.
One hour of charging took me to 83%, but after that the charging rate slowed down considerably (as with almost all rechargeable batteries).
One of the major improvements of the iPhone 11 Pro, one of its “Pro” features, is considered its screen. OLED screens with the same resolution as last year’s iPhone XS are now brighter and more energy efficient (with equivalent brightness).
Apple says that the screen reaches 800 nits during normal viewing and 1,200 nits when viewing HDR content. To be honest, you will not see it.
Keeping the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 Pro Max apart does not look very different, as you can see in the photo. Both look great, but you have to pixel-pecking both phones one by one to see the difference.9 (Review iPhone 11 Pro)
Apple says the screen is great for HDR content, but it took us a long time to see the difference. At the top is iPhone XS Max, at the bottom is iPhone 11 Pro Max.
In broad daylight, it was a little easier to see that the iPhone 11 Pro screen flares up when normal tasks are done, but the difference is not so marked that suddenly you can use the phone on the beach without moving it. If you didn’t have an iPhone next year, you wouldn’t notice the difference.
There is a small difference in brightness in very bright daylight, but you won’t realize it without side-by-side comparisons. IPhone 11 Pro Max on the left and iPhone XS Max on the right.
Apple has begun to market the iPhone 11 Pro screen as the “Super Retina XDR”, even claiming that it provides the “feel” of its next Pro Display XDR.
However, there is no such thing as “extreme dynamic range” or XDR, it is an Apple marketing phrase, and the iPhone 11 Pro’s mobile screen is nothing like the 10-bit color or brightness of the new Studio Monitor Apple Professional.
None of this means that the iPhone 11 Pro does not have an incredible mobile screen. He has The only thing that is slightly better than last year’s iPhone XS’s stunning OLED screen.(Review iPhone 11 Pro)
Built to last (probably)
Most smartphones are fragile, so about 99 percent of them require a protective case. The iPhone 11 Pro has a new frosted glass backrest made of a single piece of glass, including a camera bump.
Apple says that this is the hardest glass of the smartphone, and the iPhone 11 Pro is the toughest iPhone ever.
We are not sure if the iPhone 11 Pro (right) has fewer buttons and mute switches than the iPhone XS (left), which may be easier to access.
In our case we are not going to dedicate ourselves to trying to break down how expensive iPhones are by how resistant they are, but many YouTubers have done so who have managed to show that although the 11 Pro is not indestructible , And it can break even, it is more difficult than other iPhone cause serious damage.
In addition, it is more waterproof than before: up to 30 minutes at a depth of 4 meters, which is better than most competing phones.
If you are going to spend a thousand euros on a phone, it should be made to last. It should also look good, and although the iPhone 11 Pro doesn’t look much different from last year’s iPhone XS, there are some minor changes that are worth noting.
The large square camera module in the back is not as monstrous in person as it sounds at first glance, and in a few days you stop bothering. Frosted glass gives the phone a matte finish that is superior to the iPhone XS’s shiny finish and fingerprint magnet. (Review iPhone 11 Pro)
And the new fourth color, Midnight Green, is a great addition.
There is no doubt that the iPhone 11 Pro is the best Apple iPhone ever. Similar price models are expected to continue to improve from year to year. But what exactly makes this a “professional” phone?
Apple says that the Pro features are: Pro Design, Pro Performance, Pro Camera and Pro Battery. This is all very well, but it seems somewhat exaggerated, as the 11 standard’s performance is practically identical.
In addition, its cameras (front and rear) are equally good, even though we take into account the extra wide angle of the Pro model. Battery life is not as long as the iPhone 11 Pro, but it is still excellent (another hour hard).
In terms of design and screen, as we explained, there is no significant difference from last year’s model.
Apple also puts an 18-watt USB-C power adapter in the box with the 11 Pro, but gets no credit for doing it a few years ago, and should do on the standard iPhone 11 as well.
Apple is integrating its brand in a way that makes sense. MacBook and MacBook Pro. IMac and iMac Pro. IPad and iPad Pro. Now iPhone and iPhone Pro. (Remove the name “Max”, Apple. Just call it the iPhone Pro and it’s available in two sizes, as you do with the iPad.) It’s not that the name is bad, but the product still doesn’t fit it Does. It is not enough to distinguish the much more expensive “pro” model from the standard model.
You’ll get a telephoto lens, an OLED screen instead of an LCD (it’s a very nice LCD screen, though … not many people care), and a stainless steel build instead of aluminum on the edges with a couple. Other cosmetic changes. Just. This is why you pay around 300 euros more.
Why not replace the Lightning port on the iPhone Pro with a USB-C port like the iPad Pro? Why not include a 120 Hz promotion screen, another iPad Pro feature we would love to see on the iPhone?
Why is it not compatible with Apple Pencil, even if it is meant to be the size of a single phone? Why not a version with 5G?
The iPhone 11 Pro is the best iPhone, but it is 50 percent more expensive than the normal iPhone 11 and not much better. That price difference is difficult to justify for most buyers. (Review iPhone 11 Pro)
Should you buy a newer iPhone?
There is a better iPhone every year, you can be sure about it. This does not mean that it should be updated every year, of course. As always, those who have an iPhone XR or XS should probably keep it for another year, while those with older phones will see more drastic improvements when they update.
You can find almost all the major improvements of this year’s iPhones on the iPhone 11, hundreds less than the iPhone 11 Pro. With the most important camera features that are no longer exclusive to high-end models, and 3D Touch removed from all models, and also a greater price difference than ever before, we find ourselves in an awkward position.
The iPhone 11 Pro is undoubtedly the best iPhone, and the best smartphone a person can buy. How is it possible that you don’t like the iPhone fast, durable and with the best camera of all time?
At the same time, it does not open new avenues. It does everything the iPhone XS does, but is better, and adds features that Android phones have boasted for a while (night mode and wide-angle cameras), but it’s not the revolution that The iPhone was X, and it still does not have any 5G capability.
It’s hard to recommend the original iPhone 11, which is not the Pro, which is almost as good and costs a third less. If Apple is going to continue with the brand and the huge price differential, it will have to do more to justify both.
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