Apple’s new iPhones have arrived. The good news is the cheap iPhone 11 is the best buy (this is why). But if you lượt thích 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 apple made the strategic error not only of giving the cheaper iPhone XR better battery life than the iPhone XS và iPhone XS Max but the battery life of the iPhone XS in isolation wasn’t particularly good. This forced many premium upgraders to lớn 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, apple has righted this wrong & 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 apple now claims both the iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max deliver better battery life than the iPhone 11 (the successor to lớn 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 lớn go Max just for decent battery life.

Elsewhere, the iPhone 11 Pro và iPhone 11 Pro Max get another bump over the 11: an 18W Lightning to 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. Táo bị cắn has made no improvements khổng lồ the sluggish 7.5W wireless charging speeds of last year’s models và ‘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 & 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 và 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 lưu ý 10. But it also means they have the same limitation: a 60Hz refresh rate. With rivals quickly adopting 90Hz and 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 bị cắn has also pulled the plug on 3 chiều Touch. In its place are plain old haptics, as featured on the iPhone 11 và last year’s iPhone XR. It’s probably a worthy sacrifice, but it’s still a shame to 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 and iPhone 11 Pro Max have taken a sizeable hit. For starters, they are thicker và noticeably heavier:

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

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

The flipside is both iPhones still retain Apple’s stunning build chất lượng with stainless steel chassis & 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 apple 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 apple calls ‘spatial audio playback’ & this has also gained them Dolby Atmos certification. Dual sims remain (physical nano-sim and internal eSIM) but the Lightning port sticks around for another year as well and the tai nghe jack is never coming back.

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

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Cameras - Triple Time

So what vày 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 pixel size, Optical Image stabilisation (OIS), Quad-LED True Tone flash, 4K 60fps đoạn 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 and Huawei and they are joined by a brighter True Tone flash than last year. Táo has also played catch up with the launch of its long-awaited Night mode while the selfie camera has had a megapixel bump và shoots with a wider field of view.

And apple 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 end of the year. Similar processing is what saw Google’s px phones stride clear of their rivals as point và shoot cameras, so seeing táo bị cắn dở make a push in this area is exciting.

Performance - Powerfully Efficient

Apple has dominated điện thoại cảm ứng performance for years now, but where the A13 Bionic (ignore ‘Bionic’, it’s marketing nonsense) looks set khổng lồ break new ground is efficiency.

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

While táo bị cắn boasted (and was likely correct) that the A13 cpu is the fastest ever seen in a thiết bị di động phone, it declined to quantify specific gains in favour of a jaw-dropping 40% increase in efficiency. Combine this with the reduced power nguồn draw in their displays và the bigger batteries and 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 ios is now being seriously questioned.

Lastly, networking. Táo khuyết has taken the controversial decision not to offer 5G on any of its new iPhones and that decision - while understandable in 2019 - may become something buyers regret in 2020 and 2021. On the other hand, 4G LTE performance has been boosted to support (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 and 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 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 lớn 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 apple has done a huge favour to lớn fans of smaller phones. With its major battery boost, the iPhone 11 Pro no longer feels lượt thích the 5.8-inch model exists to upsell customers to the 6.5-incher. The A13 is also another game-changing chipset from Apple, the video clip capabilities look astonishing and the cameras should get better và better as Deep Fusion launches and matures.

Would I upgrade? No. Táo bị cắn 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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