Most attention has been given to the iPhone 11 Pro, featuring its three-camera system, and in our roundup you can see general thinking specific to that model.
The iPhone 11, however, is the phone that almost every reviewer of technology says is the one you should purchase. The iPhone 11 packs improvements in most of the iPhone 11 Pro, at a cost that has been the cheapest we’ve seen for over three years for a new iPhone.
The primary upgrade to the iPhone 11 is the addition to the back camera of a new ultra-wide lens. The Verge defined it as something really fun to play with, but observed that the ultra-wide lens ‘ quality is not as great as the primary wide angle camera. If you can, merely go back to capture the entire scene. The quality of the ultra-wide lens is nice, but not on the same level as the back’ primary’ camera.
Given the poor performance of iPhones in low-light situations so far, there was a lot of doubt as to whether Apple’s Night Mode would be able to catch up enough to be competitive. The function is commonly commended, though. The iPhone’s night mode automatically switches on, so there’s no need to change modes manually, and the resulting pictures are illuminating.
TechRadar claims that in many low-light situations, the iPhone will now surpass its competitors.
In the video department, Apple remains its prowess. With an expanded dynamic range, both iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro can now shoot 4 K 60FPS video, and the front camera can also record 4 K 60 FPS video. The Verge noted that Apple has calibrated the lenses perfectly so that it is seamless to switch between the wide and the ultra-wide lens.
The front camera upgrades are also widely commended. The front camera now shoots images of 12 megapixels, and when taking selfies from the landscape, it has a wider field of view.
Apple didn’t really show this on stage, but the iPhone 11 includes new features that allow you to adjust a picture’s framing after it was taken. This implies the phone also saves photo information from the ultra-wide lens when you take a 1x image. This is how it is described by USA Today:
The iPhone 11 is equipped with the same A13 chip as the iPhone 11 Pro, which implies it provides the best performance CPU and GPU. This may be the’ cheap’ iPhone, but when it comes to raw results it outstrips the top Android flagships.
Reviewers unsurprisingly criticized the choice by Apple to continue to include the iPhone 11 with a paltry 5W charger. The iPhone 11 Pro includes a quick 18W charger, but non-Pro phone customers will still need to sprinkle extra if they want to take benefit of their fast-charging device.
There was another black mark… iOS 13. The Verge was quite critical of the recent release of Apple’s software, facing multiple app crashes and overall glitchiness. Hopefully, these problems will be cleaned up in the coming weeks with software updates. Apple has already promised that on September 30 iOS 13.1 will be released.
Finally, it’s difficult to beat the iPhone 11. You really have to love an OLED display’s profound blacks or have an affinity for the 2x telephoto lens to warrant the additional $300+ to go Pro. The iPhone 11 provides better battery life than the iPhone XR, a handy ultra-wide secondary lens, front selfie camera improvements, better video recording, and the recent A13 chip.
For $699, Apple has been offering the highest value-for-money iPhone in many years.