iPhone 11 Pro Max Review: The iPhone 11 Pro Max was Apple’s biggest and most powerful phone, combining its greatest technology with a new matte back, three cameras to match Samsung, Google, and Huawei, and a longer-lasting battery.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max was till the iPhone 12 Pro Max in 2020, and now the iPhone 13 Pro Max has excelled it. The new Pro Max phone boasts upgraded features and cameras and a revised design from the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but 5G is hardly a revolution.
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iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera
The camera is the biggest change in 2019’s iPhone lineup. Hardware-wise, the ultra-wide camera makes it a three-camera phone.
These protrude from the back of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, with a glass square matching the phone’s colour to limit their aesthetic effect.
A ‘regular’ wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens, and a new ultra-wide lens. The telephoto option zooms you 2x closer to your subject, while the ultra-wide-angle lens captures twice as much.
All three cameras include 12MP sensors, which is normal for most smartphones, providing for a decent balance between pixel size (to capture more light) and resolution (for capturing plenty of detail).
Pro Max can now record 4K at 60 fps (fps). More information implies smoother video, but it also fills up your iPhone faster.
Design of the phone
Apple didn’t modify the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s front design (compared to the XS Max), but the back has been upgraded with a matte glass that’s less prone to smudges and fingerprints.
The notch remains, the sides are curved stainless steel, and the bottom has a Lightning connection and two speaker grilles (for symmetry – only one actually fires sound outwards).
If you’ve used Apple’s Plus or Max phones in previous years, you’ll find the 11 Pro Max manageable.
The camera bump is the key new design feature. Milling the glass and rolling it into the phone’s back creates sharp edges. This phone’s bump may harm other screens, so don’t put it in your pocket with other devices.
iPhone 11 Pro Max Display
The iPhone 11 Pro Max screen is one of the phone’s primary selling factors, along with the camera.
Apple’s OLED display gives you 6.5 inches of screen space. It has True Tone technology, which adjusts the white balance according on the ambient illumination, and a fluid screen, but not as fluid as the iPad Pro’s.
The new OLED panel has a yellow tint while viewing white sceneries or photos. These tints aren’t visible on a computer screen, therefore it may be a calibration problem.
This tint is also evident when comparing the 11 Pro Max to the 2018 iPhone XS Max, although it’s faint and photographs seem fine when seen alone.
iPhone 11 Pro Max Review: Apple said the iPhone 11 Pro Max will last five hours longer than the iPhone XS Max. This raises the size of the power unit without increasing the device’s thickness. Could Apple have planned to include reverse wireless charging on the iPhone 11 but couldn’t get it to work?
Whether or not that conspiracy idea is real, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s battery life is good. Here’s how we did on the third day of testing…
Taking the iPhone off charge at 7pm, we watched a Dolby Vision-enabled movie for nearly two hours on auto brightness before using it to navigate home for 50 minutes (streaming music over Bluetooth). We also did some messaging and tried to pair a Garmin watch before going to bed just before midnight, when the phone was at 62%.
Overnight, standby mode lost 5-6% battery during seven hours, thus we began the day with over 50% battery.
Purchase it if..
- You want the very best iPhone 11 out there: There’s no better iPhone 11 in terms of performance or specs – battery life, movie quality, processing punch… this is Apple’s top dog.
- You enjoy watching movies on the go: Bright screen, Dolby Vision, and improved OLED make viewing high-end movies wonderful, and Apple will automatically update your library.
- You need power fused with good battery life: The iPhone 11 Pro Max combines the best power and battery life of any iPhone.
don’t purchase it If…
- You’re watching the pennies: A $1,099 / £1,149 / AU$1,899 phone isn’t everyone’s must-have smartphone. If you’re on a budget, consider the iPhone 11 or devices from 2018.
- You want the most advanced features: While this is the most sophisticated iPhone, other manufacturers provide reverse wireless charging, better cameras, and 5G. Apple’s phones seldom have the newest features.
- You don’t really need the Pro version: Some of you are delusional. If you’re considering a new iPhone, the iPhone 11 will offer you a lot of delight. You don’t need the additional power or lens.
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