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iphone 11 Pro full review

iPhone 11 Pro full review

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iPhone 11 Pro

Welcome to the review of the iPhone 11 Pro.

Right off the bat I don't really agree with the names I don't think there's enough pro about these phones that could have been to warrant putting pro in the name. But the names don't really matter. What does matter is these are the highest end phones that Apple makes right now in 2019.

The truth is these are mostly pretty familiar phones to last year, which was also pretty familiar to the year before, but you already knew that what's new is Apple is really focused on four major things for this new iPhone. So the design, barely the new display, slight upgrade the battery life major
These new cameras so the design does grow on you not gonna lie.

We saw those renders in the models and nobody thought they're pretty including me. But as usual, getting them in your hand and actually looking at them in person is a different thing. And it doesn't look horrible. I love the new matte finish. I think that helps a lot the way it looks the way it feels.

Even if it is technically a little bit slippery or than glossy, I will take a matte option in any phone every time the camera square is a weird looking part. I'm just happy we got memes out of it. And it's funny for whatever reason the camera square looks indented even though it's sticking out. It's all cut from one piece of glass and it's kind of like this weird optical illusion, I guess. But this is the design that apples crafted for the iPhone 11 Pro camera bumps in a camera square.

And yes, it rocks slightly when it's on a table. Apple does say that this is quote the toughest glass in any smartphone. I'm not going to test that but let's be real glasses glass so you definitely want to protect it or at least try not to drop it It probably still will shatter but the good news is Doesn't seem to scratch as much as the pixel three is matte black glass that this reminded me of.

So the matte finish and the camera layout are the only really new things back here with the design. If it comes down to it if you don't want to have to think about it anymore, or just want to avoid any chance of fingerprints or scratches, you can grab a grip from our channel sponsor D brand.

And this matte black robot skin on it is actually a limited edition thing. So link below if you want to check that out. But around the front of the phone, it's going to look like almost exactly the same thing as last year, same screen sizes and resolutions, same notch, same bezels literally you could put it next to last year's phone and you might have a hard time telling which ones which this is the new one here. So this is what's actually different.

Apple said they've improved face ID to be up to 30% faster in the same space and work at a larger variety of angles. I can vouch for a tiny bit faster, and you'll only really notice this if they're side by side with the old phone but you know what, I'll take that improvement anyway because it's for security. And that's better than nothing but the variety of angles thing.

I don't know But when I read that, I was hoping that meant it could sit on a table in front of you, and still read and unlock your face like it couldn't before. But it still doesn't do that. Unfortunately, you still got to do that lean on to whatever surface the phone is on to unlock it. So I've noticed honestly, no improvement here and the angles, it's basically the same. Other than that the buttons are very, very slightly lower on each phone. I don't know if anyone else has shown that but that's true.

I guess maybe it's a little easier to reach. And they've also upgraded the water resistance a bit still ip 68 certified, and this phone is very slightly thicker and heavier. I didn't really notice the thickness, but I did notice the weight, especially in the pro Max, this big phone is 20 grams heavier than last year. And I could tell it's a bit of a chunker.

But you know what? That's perfectly fine, because battery life is back to being excellent on this phone as a result. This is also achieved by getting rid of 3d touch so rip Apple Watch is really the only new Apple product now with 3d Touch shipping in it.

But by getting rid of that pressure sensitive display hardware that's allowed more space in the phone. For a bigger battery, it's true, the tear downs have shown it, the battery is bigger. So that's why the battery difference from the XR to the 11 was one hour. That's just a 13 bionic improvements. But the improvement from the 10 s to the 11 Pro was four hours because getting rid of that 3d Touch hardware has left room for more bigger batteries.

I don't know if I can measure that four to five hour claim. But from my experience battery life has been excellent. I'm getting you know my uses super high brightness, high end everything on all the time. I'm getting seven to eight hours of screen on time and a full day of battery pretty much every day on this phone. So that's really impressive. You can probably kill it in a day. But you'd have to really try now back to that display for a second. I mentioned they got rid of 3d touch. This has been mostly replaced by haptic touch which is essentially long presses. That brings back almost all the functionality from 3d pressing, it's not quite as good as the peek and pop was, but I hardly use that anyway. And there's also something new about the display specifically, that it can hold a higher 800 nits of brightness and at small points for brief moments can peak up to 1200 nits which is incredible on a smartphone display.

And also it's up to a 2 million to one contrast ratio. So of course they had to name it. They named it this super Retina Display xDr The name is pretty lame, but the display is impressive. Again, indoors and outdoors. Now Could you tell the difference side by side with the Xs watching a YouTube video or playing a game or even scrolling Instagram? Probably not. But there are certain times certain times when watching a movie or something in HDR where you can notice that improve brightness and it looks great.

And the sound is also pretty good thanks to the improved speakers, even though there's still a notch you know, the highest and iPhone display has always been pretty great and This is no exception. It's better again. But I can't help but think what would customers have noticed more, a slightly improved brightness or shrinking the knotch a bunch at you know, that's something we'll get more into later. For now what you need to know is the iPhone 11 Pro and pro max have even better, awesome high resolution OLED displays again. And they're also a bit more efficient contributing to even more battery gains. So that's worth it. Oh, and the specs.

They almost don't matter on an iPhone review. But since people are always curious, it is the new a 13 bionic chip this year, which is excellent, and four gigs of RAM and these pro phones according to Geekbench it's still extremely fast as any new phone should be. Most of these improvements over the a 12 are just going to help these stay faster for longer and as it's been said there'll be appreciated more near the end of the phone's life than the beginning. Alright, I almost can't believe I made you guys wait this long for the cameras. So clearly the cameras are if you've watched any of the ads
or any of the presentation videos?

These cameras are the main focus for the iPhone 11 Pro. Yes, that's a pun. So you've seen it. We're looking at triple cameras now, three new sensors. So you have the primary 12 megapixel sensor, a two x telephoto camera and point five x ultra wide camera about 120 degree field of view.

And it's true the iPhone elevens cameras are a big improvement over the Xs in broad daylight I would go as far as saying this has been an A plus camera. Often taking the best sharpest and cleanest photos I've seen a smartphone take colors are great.

They're realistic, so not too over processed. Dynamic Range is excellent. And of course, with subjects their tonal mapping is next level it's really good which helps it of course in tougher shooting scenarios where it's improved a lot over the Xs. So the typical iPhone 11 Pro photo is I think the closest to what the human eye sees of any smartphone camera and including the pixel on that which tends to be a little contrast here a little more dramatic, but then of course, the ultra wide camera finally have been waiting for this I've been waiting to see what an iPhone ultra wide camera would look like.

LG done it. Samsung did it. Motorola did it a su stated one plus dated Huawei did it everyone had already done an ultra wide. We just wanted to see basically what Google and Apple would do with their new cameras. So we finally have an iPhone ultra wide and it's a it's fine. It's pretty good. It's actually really fun. The main advantage should be consistency with the other lenses.

And color wise, white balance wise it is it's very consistent, but in quality and detail thanks to the smaller sensor and slower glass is still noticeably a step down, it's softer. There's a little more noise reduction doing more smoothing on the ultra wide camera. So it's just generally not as good quality as the main camera which is to be expected. But that doesn't stop it from being awesome to have for these new fun perspectives and all the awesomeness that comes with an ultra wide camera. The new UI also in iPhones camera app is improved.

For the first time in a while, you know, they simplified a few controls brought them to the bottom, where you can reach in with one hand. And now when you open it, you get a preview of what's going to show up in the ultra wide if you switch to it. But I, I don't really want that there. I think it's kind of cool that it shows what you could see. But when I just want to take a normal photo, it's kind of distracting. it lags behind a little the actual framing. And it's not perfectly aligned all the time.

So I want to turn it off. But I can't it will fade out automatically when it detects that you're taking a photo of a close up subject since I guess it recognizes that ultra wise or more for landscapes or far away subjects, and then it'll come back automatically when you put that close subject away.

But yeah, I want to be able to just shut it completely off. There's also Now finally, a dedicated night mode, which turns on automatically when it thinks it's dark enough. But sometimes it's kind of dim and it doesn't turn on when you want it to but there's no way to manually turn on night mode, which isn't very pro But okay, when you do get it turned on the UI is excellent.

It gives you exposure equivalent so you can turn up or down live and it will go for way longer times if it detects you're on a tripod or stabilized. And they can see the picture sort of brighten up as it's being taken almost like it's exposing the frame in real time, which is pretty sick. And the shots you can get now at night and in low light on the iPhone are very good. There's no clear overall winner I think for best night mode right now, in my opinion, they all sort of do it a different way.

Here's my take. night mode is good enough that I wish I could turn it on more often. I think the natural curious comparison here is with pixels nitesite the pixel definitely tends to brighten up photos more and bring shadows up bring highlights up you can it's it's more of like a nighttime to daytime transformation sort of situation happening there with pixel where the iPhone is a bit more true to life. And it's also taking what I think are the most detailed, sharpest, low light photos of any smartphone, even more so than a pixel but in dim light, it just it does.

doesn't turn on very much. And there is no night mode in the ultra wide camera. So really, it's a great start. But no doubt it can get better over time. I think this will make a really good blind smartphone camera test if we if we do like a separate bracket specifically for phones that have a dedicated night mode now, which a lot of them, I think they can be really good.

But just in general, I am really happy that there's this new focus on smartphone cameras, I feel like the last year of presentations of smartphones have had more time spent on the camera than any other feature. And they're all just fighting against each other to try to make the best possible camera to put in our pockets. And we went from that the iPhone 11 Pro still does the best video of any smartphone. That's still pretty clear to me.

And they're also making it easier now in the UI to just quickly start taking a video so if you see something you like you open the camera up and just hold down the shutter button and it just starts recording. So just like Instagram or Snapchat, and if you want to lock it into video recording, you just drag it over to the right and it's hands free. You're taking a video but yeah, and the photo

Their competition is pretty stiff. And it's coming from all different directions. We're about to get pixel four, we just had the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro come out, one plus seven T is right around the corner, you can count on that stuff. And I just want to touch on iOS 13 for a second. So I've been using it in beta on my iPhone Xs max before this came out. So I've already used the things you get again here, like dark mode, and the long presses and quick settings and stuff like that. It's great, a bunch of little tweaks here and there. But I got to say it has been kind of buggy. I've had some weird issues with lockscreen controls just not showing up.

Sometimes. Sometimes the camera app just freezes all together until I close it. And then I've had some other weird app issues with like the Tesla app and Instagram app. But now those are fixed. So yeah, I should definitely mention that hopefully, iOS 13 dot one and future software updates will iron a lot of this stuff out. Otherwise, it's iOS as you'd expect it also For those wondering the U one ship and these new phones, which should again basically give you an ultra wideband signal for referential locating of other users.

Want to enable devices and should improve airdrop that's not enabled in this version of the software. I think that's also coming in 13 dot one. Aside from that we don't really know what else it does. So generally the software experience of the iPhone is pretty much unchanged. Same UI, same feature set, you already know what it is nothing is dramatically or drastically different here beyond I think night mode, so I'm not super surprised here. Look, you probably don't need an iPhone 11 Pro.

But it is a great upgrade. Like especially when a lot of these improvements, even though they're small, are on such core functional things to normal people like speed, battery life, and camera. Like if you were to ask normal people what they care about the most in their phone. It's those things but I've said it before and I'll say it again, a lot of the features that I was looking forward to especially when we heard was going to be a pro phone are just not here.

And that's got me hyped way too early for this 22 iPhone or the iPhone 12, or whatever they call that and actually new design, shrinking the knotch maybe USB type C, of course, a high refresh rate promotion display that would have been super Pro, putting Touch ID back underneath the display glass, reverse wireless charging, any of these things in this phone would have been would have would have felt a little more pro and would have maybe made it worth the name or just felt really cool to have but of course none of it happened.

So really the focus for this new iPhone 11 Pro has come down to the a 13 the battery life the slightly improved display. And just these new cameras you want it you get if you're just someone who wants the best possible camera in your phone or if you do a lot of video creation or if you're a pro content creator on your phone.

Then you're going to be really happy with this phone with the new iPhone classic or even with the new iPhone 11 non pro which is $300 cheaper and has the same cameras and same processing and a great battery.

Minus the telephoto. But again, that much cheaper price that'll get its own review. But I'll say as a whole, the iPhone 11 Pro is a really great phone and unless you have the Xs is probably worth the upgrade just for the love of cameras.

But really the big looming reason for someone like me not to get this phone is the 2020 iPhone or the next iPhone. So that's something to think about, but we'll stay ready for that, as I expect a lot more. But this package they've shipped today. It's pretty damn good. Either way, that's minute. Thank you for watching. Catch you guys in the next one piece.


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