Apple’s new iPhones have arrived. The good news is the cheap iPhone 11 is the best buy (this is why). But if you like to live on the cutting edge, is Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max (that name… I know) the right phone for you? Here’s why the decision just got harder.

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Battery Life - Long Lasting, Limited Charging

Not the typical starting point for an iPhone comparison, but the most telling. Last year táo bị cắn dở made the strategic error not only of giving the cheaper iPhone XR better battery life than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max but the battery life of the iPhone XS in isolation wasn’t particularly good. This forced many premium upgraders khổng lồ buy the larger and more expensive 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. You can see the flaw:

iPhone XS - 2,658 mAh
iPhone XS Max - 3174 mAh iPhone XR - 2,942 mAh

This year, táo apple has righted this wrong và the iPhone 11 Pro has by far the biggest battery increase of the range.

iPhone 11 Pro - 3190 mAh
iPhone 11 Pro Max - 3500 mAh iPhone 11 - 3110 mAh

Consequently, táo bị cắn dở now claims both the iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max deliver better battery life than the iPhone 11 (the successor to the iPhone XR). And, given the iPhone 11 still offers more battery life than 2018 stamina king the iPhone XR, this is a game-changer for potential buyers of the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro.

No longer will premium iPhone customers be forced to go Max just for decent battery life.

Elsewhere, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max get another bump over the 11: an 18W Lightning lớn USB-C charger bundled in the box. Granted, this can’t compete with the 45W charging of some rivals, but it’s a world apart from the aged 5W charger still supplied with the iPhone 11.

Things are less positive when it comes to wireless charging. Apple has made no improvements lớn the sluggish 7.5W wireless charging speeds of last year’s models and ‘reverse’ wireless charging (which lets phones wirelessly charge devices placed upon it) was cut. Owners of wireless charging AirPods cases will be disappointed.

Displays - XDR but not HRR

The other big differentiator between the iPhone 11 Pro và the iPhone 11 Pro Max is their displays:

iPhone 11 Pro - 5.8-inch OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, Dolby Vision / HDR10, 82.1% screen-to-body ratio iPhone 11 Pro Max - 6.5-inch OLED, 2688 x 1242 pixels (458 ppi), 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, Dolby Vision / HDR10, 84.4% screen-to-body ratio

For those who love a phablet, the iPhone 11 Pro Max clearly rules the roost & the bigger screen also increases the screen-to-body ratio. But elsewhere, these phones are a match: both displays are more power-efficient than last year with twice the contrast ratiosoApple has rebranded them as‘Super Retina XDR’ (Xtreme Dynamic Range) panels, anod tothe company"s Pro Display XDR monitors.

These are stunning displays, helped by the fact Samsung gave táo bị cắn the same brilliant panel it uses in the Galaxy cảnh báo 10. But it also means they have the same limitation: a 60Hz refresh rate. With rivals quickly adopting 90Hz và 120Hz high refresh rate (HRR) panels this is a shortcoming. It’s the breakout tech of 2019 for a reason.

In finding space for its larger batteries, táo khuyết has also pulled the plug on 3d Touch. In its place are plain old haptics, as featured on the iPhone 11 and last year’s iPhone XR. It’s probably a worthy sacrifice, but it’s still a shame khổng lồ see these new phones take a backwards step.

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Design - Thicker, Heavier, Uglier

Apple is renounced for its design prowess, but there’s no doubt that in opting for substance the superficial appeal of the iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max have taken a sizeable hit. For starters, they are thicker and noticeably heavier:

iPhone XS - 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 177g (6.24 oz) iPhone XS Max - 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 milimet (6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 in) và 208g (7.34 oz) iPhone 11 Pro - 144 x 71.4 x 8.1 milimet (5.67 x 2.81 x 0.32 in) và 188 g (6.63 oz) iPhone 11 Pro Max - 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 milimet (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 in) and 226 g (7.97 oz)

By comparison, Google’s 5.5-inch pixel 3 và 6.3-inch px 3 XL weigh 148g and 184g respectively. These new iPhones are lumps, especially once you showroom a case khổng lồ them. They are also uglier. Their new triple cameras (next section) look lượt thích a cross between a stovetop & an electric razer và their square hump is the most obtrusive ever seen on an iPhone.

The flipside is both iPhones still retain Apple’s stunning build quality with stainless steel chassis and new matte finishes which reduce fingerprint smudges. They are more durable too with enhanced IP68 water resistance which survives 30 minutes being submerged at depths of up 4 metres and what táo claims is the “toughest glass in a smartphone” though it didn’t quantify this.

Both phones have had external speaker upgrades too. Virtual surround sound creates what táo apple calls ‘spatial audio playback’ and this has also gained them Dolby Atmos certification. Dual sims remain (physical nano-sim & internal eSIM) but the Lightning port sticks around for another year as well và the tai nghe jack is never coming back.

Colour options are more limited compared lớn the jazzy iPhone 11, but midnight (dark) green is attractive and is added lớn the existing space grey, silver and gold finishes.

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Cameras - Triple Time

So what vì you get for putting up with the ugly new camera modules on these phones? A lot:

Primary Camera - 12 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 26mm, 1.4µm px size, Optical Image stabilisation (OIS), Quad-LED True Tone flash, 4K 60fps clip Telephoto Camera - 12 MP, f/2.0 aperture, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom Ultrawide Camera - 12 MP, f/2.4 aperture, 13mm Front Camera - 12MP ‘TrueDepth’ module, f/2.2 aperture

The addition of an ultrawide camera sees táo bị cắn catch up with the likes of Samsung và Huawei và they are joined by a brighter True Tone flash than last year. Táo bị cắn dở has also played catch up with the launch of its long-awaited Night mode while the selfie camera has had a megapixel bump & shoots with a wider field of view.

And táo khuyết may soon narrow the gap that has opened up in recent years with photography. The company teased its ‘Deep Fusion’ computational image processing which is set lớn go live before the over of the year. Similar processing is what saw Google’s px phones stride clear of their rivals as point and shoot cameras, so seeing táo bị cắn dở make a push in this area is exciting.

Performance - Powerfully Efficient

Apple has dominated smartphone performance for years now, but where the A13 Bionic (ignore ‘Bionic’, it’s kinh doanh nonsense) looks set to break new ground is efficiency.

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max - táo bị cắn A13 Bionic chipset: Six-Core CPU, Four-Core GPU, Neural Engine - 8 cores iPhone Pro range only: U1 Ultra-Wideband chip

While táo apple boasted (and was likely correct) that the A13 cpu is the fastest ever seen in a smartphone phone, it declined khổng lồ quantify specific gains in favour of a jaw-dropping 40% increase in efficiency. Combine this with the reduced nguồn draw in their displays & the bigger batteries và you can see why talking about battery life opened this guide.

Whether users are comfortable with tech which delivers ultra-precise location data is another matter. Especially since the legendary security of game ios is now being seriously questioned.

Lastly, networking. Táo khuyết has taken the controversial decision not khổng lồ offer 5G on any of its new iPhones và that decision - while understandable in 2019 - may become something buyers regret in 2020 và 2021. On the other hand, 4G LTE performance has been boosted to tư vấn (very) theoretical 1Gbit speeds, which brings them in line with the 4G performance of rivals if not their 5G abilities.

Storage và Price - Same Options, New Threat

Pricing và storage capacities for the iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max are unchanged from last year. But the problem is the iPhone 11 has had a price drop of $50 at every price point compared to lớn the iPhone XR:

iPhone 11 Pro - 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149), 512GB ($1,349) iPhone 11 Pro Max - 64GB ($1,099), 256GB ($1,249), 512GB ($1,449) iPhone 11 - 64GB ($699), 128GB ($749), 256GB ($849)

Is a 64GB iPhone 11 Pro worth $300 more than a 64GB iPhone 11? Is a 64GB iPhone 11 Pro Max worth $400 more? I think most customers will struggle lớn justify this.

Bottom Line

Arguably there’s nothing specifically ‘Pro’ about Apple’s premium new iPhones, other than their price tags. That doesn’t mean they are bad phones, not in the slightest, but it does place a big question mark over their value for money compared to the iPhone 11 which matches them or is ‘good enough’ for the vast majority of people at $300/400 less.

That’s the downside. The upside is táo apple has done a huge favour to fans of smaller phones. With its major battery boost, the iPhone 11 Pro no longer feels like the 5.8-inch mã sản phẩm exists lớn upsell customers to lớn the 6.5-incher. The A13 is also another game-changing chipset from Apple, the đoạn phim capabilities look astonishing & the cameras should get better và better as Deep Fusion launches and matures.

Would I upgrade? No. Táo apple has far more radical iPhones coming next year & I see the lack of 5G becoming an issue down the road (particularly for resale rates, as it did for the 3G-restricted iPhone 4S). If I did upgrade, I’d go for the iPhone 11 which I’d be happier ditching in two years for a 5G model.

But will anyone who buys the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max be disappointed? I very much doubt it.


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