iPhone 11 Review Specs Price Features Functions

iPhone 11 Review Specs Price Features Functions

iPhone 11 Review Specs Price Features Functions

iPhone 11 Review Specs Price Features Functions

OUR VERDICT

The iPhone 11 – the successor to the iPhone XR – has gone from secondary handset to firmly taking the limelight. Offering most of the top-end camera technology of the powerful iPhone 11 Pro, it packs good spec and manages to do so for a lower cost than many would expect – this is the one to go for if you want a good value new iPhone.

FOR

  • Improved camera
  • New range of colors
  • Good battery life remains

AGAINST

  • Design is almost identical to XR
  • No headphone dongle in the box
  • Camera bump a little sharp

Two-minute review The iPhone 11 is a surprise-it carries more sophisticated technology (especially in the capacities of the camera and the processing power under the hood) and yet it provides less than the iPhone XR cost in 2018. It combines a big 6.1-inch screen with a body that feels premium, and also comes in a variety of colors.

The fresh iPhone’s most eye-catching characteristic is the imaging capabilities: you can now take wider-angle snaps alongside the’ ordinary’ primary pictures with two sensors on the back. These sensors are each 12MP and are raised in a square glass enclosure from the back of the device-which we are not visually enamored with.

The night mode is the most remarkable component of the image quality of the iPhone 11, bringing brightness and clarity to impossible dark scenes, and also improving the Portrait mode on the new iPhone, defocusing the background.

The design did not update much in 2018 from the iPhone XR, although there are now six colors to choose from-including a fresh lilac and mint green color. The edges of the iPhone 11 still feel the same as the older iPhone 6, 7 and 8, although the bigger 6.1-inch display in the center takes up most of the phone’s front (although with slightly dense boundaries around the screen).

Apple argues the iPhone 11’s battery life is an hour longer than the impressive iPhone XR’s, and this has mainly bored out in our exams. We were able to use it for 24 hours without having to try too hard-although sadly there is no fast charger in the box, so if you’re depleting the power pack you’ll have to wait about three hours before it’s completely juiced up.

The iPhone 11’s general pace and efficiency is robust-and for the cost in particular. According to our early benchmarks, it is still one of the most strong phones out there.

In fact, this only translates into a strong experience when turning in and out of applications-although we noted that the pace of firing up the camera was a bit slow, and handling images took longer than anticipated for a contemporary phone.

That said, since you can edit 4 K footage on a smartphone at 60 frames per second, it looks like a very strong phone to have in your pocket-particularly if you’re a social influencer.

Overall, the iPhone 11 is a triumph for Apple-if it succeeds in lowering the price year-on-year for nothing else. We feel that enough individuals will be won over by the hard-working camera (check the night mode samples further down this review to see what we mean) and the security it provides you to buy a contemporary smartphone.

You should be able to achieve years of use from this phone, and surely, if you want more power and higher spec, you could also consider the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, but we found the iPhone 11 fun to use and often outperformed what we would expect from the price-and that’s a feat some wouldn’t expect from Apple.

Would you like to learn more? Read on for our comprehensive, thorough analysis below.

iPhone 11 price and release date 

  • iPhone 11 launch date: September 10
  • iPhone 11 release date: September 20
  • iPhone 11 price: starts at $699 (£729, AU$1,199)

The iPhone 11 release date is September 20, which is good news for anyone looking to get hold of Apple’s affordable new iPhone, as the XR hit stores later than the XS in 2018.

If you’re ready to make a commitment to the handset, iPhone 11 pre-orders open on September 13 – and don’t forget that, if you’re in the US, your phone will come with a year’s subscription to Apple TV Plus.

That bonus aside, the iPhone 11 price is hugely impressive in the US, where it starts at $699 for the 64GB storage model – we can’t begin to call this phone ‘cheap’, but that’s a drop of $50 over the iPhone XR, and it’s an incredible thing for Apple to do here when most expected the price to keep going up and up.

In other regions the iPhone 11 price is still lower than the XR, but the saving isn’t as great. The 64GB iPhone 11 will set you back £729 in the UK and AU$1,199 in Australia, which represents a saving of £20 and AU$30 respectively over the XR.

There are, as usual, a range of storage options to go for, with the aforementioned 64GB model joined by 128GB ($749, £779, AU$1,279) and 256GB ($849, £879, AU$1,449) versions, if you’re happy to spend more money to get extra capacity.

There are, as usual, a range of storage options to go for, with the aforementioned 64GB model joined by 128GB ($749, £779, AU$1,279) and 256GB ($849, £879, AU$1,449) versions, if you’re happy to spend more money to get extra capacity.

Camera This isn’t something we usually do, but we’re going to get right to the easy reality that this handset’s iPhone 11 camera is readily the outstanding characteristic.

Apple has increased the amount of lenses available here: where the iPhone XR had one, porthole-like sensor on the back, things are much bigger for 2019, with a whole window on the back containing two 12MP detectors.

With the iPhone 11 range, Apple is obviously going for an iconic and uniform look, with the Pro and Pro Max packing the same square lens bump on the back.

It takes a while to get used to it, almost to the point that it’s too obtrusive visually, with your fingers playing over it much more when you’re holding the iPhone in the landscape, but it’s not as obtrusive as the bump on the iPhone in 2018, because it’s’ layered’ from the back–the glass housing around the lenses raises a small amount from the rear glass, and the sensors themselves are a little more.

It’s a wide-angle array–that’s to say you’re getting the’ periodic’ camera you’re going to discover on every phone, plus an ultra-wide-angle lens that gives more of the scene you’re shooting in.

It’s a setup that’s fairly simple to use: a toggle at the bottom of the camera interface allows you to move between the focal length, and to activate a scroll wheel you can zoom in and out more smoothly.

In the transition between the two cameras there is a slight judge, and if you look carefully you can see that there is a distinction in the light sensitivity of the two sensors as well as in the preview.

The general output is quite distinct-when zoomed out, you’ll get a much darker picture, so we’d suggest using the extra sensor in a powerful, bright picture and relying for the remainder of the moment on night mode.

One thing that should be easy is to fix your too-narrow pictures when the ultra-wide lens could be used.

We saw in a demo how the iPhone 11 could take a shot using the standard lens, but couldn’t work out how to get access to the wider shot that should be taken at the same moment during our testing, so you can alter the composition snap.

We enabled all the correct settings, but after getting it, making the image large is not something that will be simple for most people to do.

(Side note:iOS 13 introduces a function that we’ve been following for a long moment: the ability to alter the aspect ratio when you’re snapping. You can choose square, 16:9 alongside the normal 4:3 picture. However, regardless of the proportion selected, it’s still a 4:£ picture on the phone–let’s just speak about something that works well–low-light efficiency.

This scene shows how we saw the tree at night-not much light was around.

iPhone 11 camera (Image Credit: TechRadar) However, the brightening impact was amazing and the sky was even better.

iPhone 11 camera (TechRadar image credit) Using longer exposure can assist you get better pictures, but you need a steadier hand. Without night mode, this picture was drawn on…

iPhone 11 camera (Image Credit: TechRadar)… and as we braced our hand for the shot, a tiny quantity of wobble ruined the entire picture.

The findings are astonishing, raising Apple to the level of Huawei, Samsung, and Google when it comes to taking low-light and night pictures–and allowing it to surpass its competitors in some respects. Night mode can make pictures shot at 1 am look like they’ve been taken late in the afternoon, and if you can keep your topics quiet, you’re going to take excellent pictures.

Try photographing a scene that involves movement, for example, individuals dancing at a concert, and it’s a world of blur. You will need to switch off night mode manually, and when you try to get a fast snap, that’s a bit of a nuisance.

Talking of speed, there’s a nice new feature added to iOS 13 whereby pressing and holding on the shutter button will allow you to take a quick video, Instagram-style, instead of burst mode photos (you can still do this by sliding your finger left; if you slide right instead recording will be locked, allowing you to take your finger off the shutter button to adjust exposure and zoom).

This is a good function that will appeal to those who want to easily share video clips with social media. You don’t get the same low-light video capacities (more about that in a time), but the settings you’ve already set are smooth and default, so you can shoot 4 K high-end footage in seconds.

Occasionally we noticed that when we fired the camera, the iPhone 11 would show a black screen, meaning we would have to flick into another mode (such as video or slow-mo) to get the viewfinder to show something. We’re going to maintain an eye on this, as something is likely to be fixed shortly through an update, but it looks like a bug when the camera app starts.

Deep Fusion There was one characteristic that Apple made a enormous deal of at the iPhone launch case, and it might be the thing that drives the iPhone to the top of our best camera phone list, or at least takes it very close: Deep Fusion.

Before pressing the shutter button, this function will take nine pictures to take a snap, go through the data in each, and then decide on a pixel-by-pixel basis how best to light and optimize the snap when taking it. It’s been called on stage “crazy science”–and if it works, we’ll be pleased to go along with the description of Apple.

We’re saying’ could’ because Deep Fusion isn’t available yet–Apple adds the feature curiously later this year, and it won’t even show up in your camera app… According to Apple, the pics just get better.

Why wasn’t the launch accessible? We’re in the dark on that one, as the energy already appears to be all in the iPhone. Either way, when it landes, we look forward tore-examining the iPhone 11 camera.

Portrait mode Apple has made Portrait mode on the iPhone 11 much better than last year’s iPhone XR with the addition of the second camera–where last year’s software was used to assist the iPhone understand what was first and background, the additional sensor provides more physical data to assist.

It’s not ideal–where a scene is split into the foreground topic and background, it sometimes leaves some blur around the object that is meant to be in focus (particularly with hair), but it can take some good snaps.

If you have a contrasting background and a clear topic (and you have a bow tie), the Stage Mono mode operates well.

iPhone 11 camera (Image Credit: TechRadar) However, objects are less efficient-using stage light mode, this demonstrates where the iPhone sees the foreground and background.

iPhone 11 camera (image credit: TechRadar) Usually the High Key Light Mono mode is fairly precise and enables you to appear in your own Calvin Klein advertisement.

New to the portrait mode effects in iOS 13 is High Key Mono, joining the Stage Light and Stage Light Mono options–sometimes it looks arty and professional, but if the foreground image isn’t accurately captured, it looks a little bit poor.

Movie recording Apple makes a lot of noise about how the iPhone 11 can shoot 4 K footage at 60 frames per second (fps), and it has excellent reason to: having such a function on a phone at this cost will be appealing to many individuals.

Shooting at 60fps will bring some fluidity to the shot, although some may not enjoy the effect because it doesn’t look like the footage you’re used to watching on television.

We also found a definite increase in exposure and contrast with more definition and detail in the shadowy fields, even over last year’s iPhone XS.

The new iPhone 11 is a instrument that people with some video editing capacity can do a lot with; it’s nice to be able to tweak the filter impacts, color equilibrium and so on in the indigenous Photos app before exporting to iMovie. In this respect, it’s not quite as sophisticated as other phones on the market, but it balances energy and usability well, and is a valuable reason to purchase if you’re capturing fast video.

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