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iPhone 11 evaluation | TechRadar

2021-02-18 14:40:33


Two-minute evaluation

The iPhone 11 was a giant shock, packing extra superior expertise (specifically within the digital camera capabilities and the processing energy underneath the hood) at a decrease price than the iPhone XR’s value in 2018. It combines a big 6.1-inch show with a premium-feeling physique, and is available in an array of colours too.

It is value noting that the iPhone 11 is not Apple’s latest smartphone – the iPhone 12 takes that crown, launched alongside the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 12 Professional Max.

They’re fairly related smartphones by way of design however have improved digital camera sensors, a more recent chipset and flat, not curved, edges. They’re vital upgrades in some methods, however the iPhone 11 remains to be on sale and nonetheless value contemplating.

Essentially the most eye-catching characteristic of the iPhone 11 is its imaging capabilities: with two sensors on the rear, now you can take wider-angle snaps alongside the ‘regular’ primary pictures. These sensors are 12MP every, and are raised from the rear of the telephone in a sq. glass enclosure – which we’re not enamored with visually.

The night time mode is probably the most spectacular a part of the iPhone 11’s imaging high quality, bringing brightness and readability to impossibly darkish scenes, and the Portrait mode, defocusing the background, is improved on the brand new iPhone too.

The telephone has misplaced a number of the highlight now that the iPhone 12 line is offered. However not being the most recent iPhone on the block probably means vital reductions on the iPhone 11.

The design hasn’t been up to date a lot from the iPhone XR in 2018, though there at the moment are six colours – together with a brand new lilac and mint inexperienced shade – to select from. The sides of the iPhone 11 nonetheless have the identical really feel because the older iPhone 6, 7 and eight, though the bigger 6.1-inch show within the center takes up many of the entrance of the telephone (though with barely thick borders across the display).

That show is shiny sufficient and responds effectively underneath the finger, with shiny daylight efficiency good and the general film and video streaming playback robust – though not in the identical league because the OLED-toting iPhone 11 Professional vary, not to mention the iPhone 12 vary.

The overall design is much like the earlier 12 months’s iPhone vary. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

Apple claims that the battery lifetime of the iPhone 11 is an hour longer than that of the spectacular iPhone XR, and in our assessments this largely bore out. We had been capable of eke 24 hours’ use out of it with no need to strive too exhausting – though sadly there’s no quick charger within the field, so if you happen to do deplete the facility pack you’ll want to attend round three hours earlier than it’s totally juiced up.

The general pace and efficiency of the iPhone 11 is strong – and particularly so for the value. It’s nonetheless one of the crucial {powerful} telephones on the market, in response to our early benchmarks.

In actuality that simply interprets to a strong expertise when flipping out and in of apps – though we did word that the pace in firing up the digital camera was slightly sluggish, and processing photos took longer than anticipated for a contemporary telephone.

That mentioned, given you possibly can edit 4K footage at 60 frames per second on a smartphone, it looks as if a reasonably {powerful} machine to have in your pocket – particularly if you happen to’re a social influencer.

General the iPhone 11 is a triumph for Apple – if, for nothing else, the actual fact it’s managed to decrease the value year-on-year. We really feel sufficient persons are going to be gained over by the hard-working digital camera (verify the night time mode samples additional down this evaluation to see what we imply) and the protection that purchasing a contemporary smartphone offers you.

You need to be capable of get years of use from this telephone, and certain, you may additionally contemplate the iPhone 11 Professional or iPhone 11 Professional Max, and even one of many iPhone 12 fashions, if you’d like extra energy and better spec, however we discovered the iPhone 11 to be enjoyable to make use of and sometimes outperformed what we’d count on given the value – and that is a feat some would not have anticipated from Apple.

The notch stays, however the Liquid Retina LCD display is obvious and shiny. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

iPhone 11 value and launch date 

  • iPhone 11 launch date: September 10
  • iPhone 11 launch date: September 20
  • iPhone 11 value begins at $599 / £599 / AU$999

The iPhone 11 launch date was September 20, 2019 world wide, and it is readily available for purchase within the US, UK and Australia. You should buy it straight from Apple, and a wide range of different retailers.

The iPhone 11 value at the moment begins at $599 / £599 / AU$999 (for which you get 64GB of storage). That is a good bit lower than the $699 / £729 / AU$1,199 that it used to price.

There are, as regular, a spread of storage choices to go for, with the aforementioned 64GB mannequin joined by a 128GB ($649, £649, AU$1,079) and a 256GB ($749, £749, AU$1,249) model, if you happen to’re completely happy to spend extra money to get further capability.

You will probably be capable of discover the telephone for rather less with some retailers, carriers and networks. That is much more so the case now that the telephone has been out for a while and been outdated by the iPhone 12. Beneath we have put collectively the most effective offers you could find at the moment for the iPhone 11.


This isn’t one thing we usually do, however we’re going to get proper to the straightforward incontrovertible fact that the iPhone 11 digital camera is well the standout characteristic on this handset.

Apple has doubled the variety of lenses on provide right here: the place the iPhone XR had one, porthole-like sensor on the rear, issues are rather more grandiose for 2019, with an entire window on the rear containing two 12MP sensors.

Apple’s clearly going for an iconic and uniform look with the iPhone 11 vary, with the Professional and Professional Max packing the identical sq. lens bump on the rear. 

It takes some getting used to, virtually to the purpose of it being too obtrusive visually, together with your fingers taking part in throughout it way more if you’re holding the iPhone in panorama, nevertheless it truly isn’t as obtrusive because the bump on 2018’s iPhone, due to being ‘layered’ up from the again – the glass housing across the lenses is raised a small quantity from the rear glass, and the sensors themselves slightly extra.

Two sensors – regular and ultra-wide – now adorn the rear of the iPhone 11. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

It’s a wide-angle array – that’s to say you get the ‘common’ digital camera you’ll discover on each telephone, plus an ultra-wide-angle lens that brings extra of the scene you’re taking pictures into the body.

It’s a setup that’s fairly straightforward to make use of: a toggle on the backside of the digital camera interface lets you transfer between focal size, and you may maintain this right down to activate a scroll wheel with which you’ll extra easily zoom out and in.

There’s a slight judder when transitioning between the 2 cameras, and if you happen to look carefully you possibly can see there’s a distinction within the gentle sensitivity of the 2 sensors as effectively within the preview.

The digital camera app is comparable, however comes with a couple of new tweaks. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

The general output is sort of completely different – you’ll get a far darker picture when zoomed out, so we’d counsel solely utilizing the further-out sensor in a powerful, shiny scene and counting on night time mode for the remainder of the time.

One factor that’s presupposed to be easy is fixing your too-narrow images when you may be utilizing the ultra-wide lens. 

We noticed in a demo how the iPhone 11 would be capable of take a shot utilizing the usual lens, however throughout our testing couldn’t work out the best way to get entry to the broader shot that’s presupposed to be taken on the similar time, so you possibly can change the composition submit snap.

We activated all the suitable settings however making the image broad after taking it’s not one thing that’s going to be straightforward to do for many.

(Aspect word: iOS 13 brings a characteristic we have been after for a lengthy time: the potential to alter the facet ratio if you’re snapping. You possibly can select sq., 16:9 alongside the 4:3 commonplace picture. Nevertheless irrespective of the ratio chosen, it is nonetheless a 4:3 picture on the telephone.)

Let’s speak about one thing that does work effectively – the low-light efficiency. Traditionally Apple’s iPhone cameras have by no means been nice right here, however with its improved AI smarts the iPhone 11 is able to rendering some superb night time snaps.

Whether or not you’re in a sort-of-dark state of affairs, or focusing a tripod-mounted telephone on the night time sky, there’s a setting that lets you make what would usually be a badly-lit picture look as clear as… effectively not fairly as clear as day, however splendidly shiny.

This works by the iPhone 11 robotically telling you to carry the handset regular for 2-5 seconds in order that the shutter can keep open for longer; the telephone then captures various images at completely different exposures and sharpness ranges, earlier than merging the info to provide the perfect picture attainable.

In the event you’ve braced or mounted the telephone securely, the seize time will be prolonged to as much as 30 seconds – that is solely actually essential if you happen to’re going to be taking images of the night time sky, and for basic night time photographs we noticed little or no distinction between the brightness of images taken over 5 seconds and 30 seconds.

The outcomes are startling, elevating Apple to the extent of Huawei, Samsung and Google relating to taking low-light and night time images – and in some methods enabling it to surpass its rivals. Night time mode could make images shot at 1am look as in the event that they had been taken in late afternoon, and if you may get your topics to stay nonetheless, you’ll take nice snaps.

Nevertheless, attempt to {photograph} a scene that features movement – individuals dancing at a live performance, for example – and it’s a world of blur. You’ll must manually flip off night time mode, and that’s slightly little bit of a nuisance if you’re attempting to get a fast snap.

Speaking of pace, there’s a pleasant new characteristic added to iOS 13 whereby urgent and holding on the shutter button will help you take a fast video, Instagram-style, as an alternative of burst mode images (you possibly can nonetheless do that by sliding your finger left; if you happen to slide proper as an alternative recording will likely be locked, permitting you to take your finger off the shutter button to regulate publicity and zoom).

It is a good characteristic that’s going to enchantment to those that need to Share video clips to social media with ease. You don’t get the identical low-light capabilities for video (extra on that in a second), nevertheless it’s clean and defaults to the settings you’ve already set, so that you will be taking pictures high-end 4K footage in a matter of seconds.

We did discover from time to time that the iPhone 11 would present a black display once we fired up the digital camera, that means we would wish to flick into one other mode (like video or slow-mo) to jolt the viewfinder into exhibiting one thing. We’ll regulate this, because it’s probably one thing that will likely be fastened quickly through an replace, nevertheless it looks as if a bug when beginning the digital camera app.

Deep Fusion

There was one characteristic Apple made an enormous deal of on the iPhone launch occasion, and it could possibly be the factor that propels the iPhone to the pinnacle of our listing of finest digital camera telephones, or at the least will get it very shut: Deep Fusion.

This characteristic will take 9 images earlier than you press the shutter button to take a snap, undergo the knowledge in every, after which on a pixel-by-pixel foundation will determine how finest to gentle and optimize the snap if you do take it. It was referred to as “mad science” on stage – and if it really works, we’ll be completely happy to go together with Apple’s description.

We have but to correctly check this characteristic on the iPhone 11 because it was solely launched alongside iOS 13.2, however we’re planning to incorporate a full have a look at Deep Fusion within the evaluation as soon as we have had time to check it.

Portrait mode

With the addition of the second digital camera, Apple has made Portrait mode on the iPhone 11 much better than it was on final 12 months’s iPhone XR – the place final 12 months software program was used to assist the iPhone know which was foreground and which was background, the additional sensor offers extra bodily data to assist.

It is not excellent – the place a scene is split into foreground topic and background, it typically leaves some blur across the object that’s presupposed to be in focus (particularly with hair) however it may possibly take some respectable snaps.

New to the Portrait mode results in iOS 13 is Excessive Key Mono, becoming a member of the Stage Mild and Stage Mild Mono choices – at instances it seems arty {and professional}, but when that foreground picture is not captured exactly, it seems a bit poor.

Film recording

Apple is making a variety of noise about how the iPhone 11 can shoot 4K footage at 60 frames per second (fps), and it is acquired good motive to: having such a characteristic on a telephone at this value goes to be engaging to lots of people.

Capturing at 60fps will carry a sure fluidity to the shot, though some won’t benefit from the impact because it would not appear to be the footage you’re used to seeing on TV.

We additionally seen a particular enchancment in publicity and distinction, even over the iPhone XS from final 12 months, with extra definition and element within the shadowy areas.

The brand new iPhone 11 is a device that these with some video-editing functionality will be capable of do lots with; having the ability to tweak the filter results, colour steadiness and so forth within the native Pictures app is cool too, earlier than you export to iMovie. It is not fairly as superior as different telephones in the marketplace on this regard, nevertheless it balances energy and usefulness effectively, and is a worthwhile motive to purchase if you happen to’re into fast video seize.

With the ability to edit images on the fly is beneficial – the auto mode does job of brightening (to the purpose of us questioning what it wasn’t computerized when taking the pic). (Picture credit score: TechRadar)


We’ve had selfies, ‘bothies’ and ‘groufies’, and with the iPhone 11 Apple has added a brand new time period to the lexicon of annoying front-facing digital camera slang: ‘slofies’. The front-facing snapper right here can seize slow-motion video selfies, and sluggish + selfie will get you… yep, ‘slofie’. Thanks Apple – even selfie was unhealthy sufficient.

The outcomes are good although, if you happen to’re into such issues. The iPhone 11 will intelligently work out the place to start the sluggish movement sequence, or you possibly can tweak it your self within the modifying app.


The Lightning connector stays – no fast-charging USB-C port… but. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

The design of the iPhone 11 is moderately much like that of the iPhone XR from 2018; in truth, if you happen to place it face-down and canopy the digital camera, there’s little or no to indicate it’s a brand new telephone in any respect.

You can, maybe, inform by the brand new colours on provide – mint inexperienced, lilac and lighter yellow shades be part of the Product (RED), black and white variants on provide this 12 months. However past that, the iPhone 11 and XR look similar from the entrance.

On the rear, issues are slightly completely different. We’ve talked already in regards to the unpleasant digital camera bump on the again of the telephone, however the iPhone brand has additionally been moved downwards and – in a brand new transfer – the phrase ‘iPhone’ is nowhere to be seen.

That is one thing we anticipated to vanish, and it may herald the purpose within the subsequent couple of years the place we see the mannequin quantity or title disappear utterly disappear utterly – the iPhone 12 may effectively be the brand new iPhone, as has develop into Apple’s apply with the iPad.

(Or, it’s simply redundant. What else is a telephone with an Apple brand going to be referred to as? The truth is, it’s odd that it’s taken this lengthy for Apple to drop the iPhone wording on the rear).

The lilac colour is demure – and extra purple than our pictures counsel. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

In the event you’re studying this evaluation questioning whether or not to go for the iPhone 11 or the brand new iPhone 11 Professional, then you definitely’ll need to know the cheaper machine is slightly thicker – admittedly, solely 0.2mm so, however you possibly can really feel the distinction if you happen to maintain each.

However that thickness doesn’t cease it feeling premium; the glass and aluminum combo would possibly really feel slightly previous, given it’s been utilized by Apple for therefore lengthy, however given the iPhone 11’s value it definitely feels definitely worth the money.

One the underside of the telephone you’ll nonetheless discover the identical previous Lightning connector – we are able to’t assist feeling that this will likely be changed by a USB-C port within the close to future, because it permits for sooner charging. 


Not like the larger 11 Professional, the iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch show that makes use of LCD expertise moderately than OLED, calling it ‘Liquid Retina’. Which means you gained’t get the richness of colours, nor the deep blacks and shiny whites, that you just’ll discover on handsets with extra superior display tech.

You’re nonetheless getting an honest show right here although, as Apple has crafted and calibrated the display to be clear, shiny and sharp, regardless of solely having a decision of 1792 x 828 pixels.

The iPhone 11’s Liquid Retina show won’t be the highest-res on the market, nevertheless it’s clear and shiny. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

That’s decrease than the 2436 x 1125 of the iPhone 11 Professional, but you don’t really feel such as you’re getting a low-res display right here – the brightness and powerful colour copy see to that.

What’s much less engaging is the thicker border across the exterior of the show – today we’re seeing a variety of telephones, together with ones with a lower cost tag than the iPhone 11, include edge-to-edge shows, and with no notch on the high .

Clearly Apple nonetheless clearly believes that that is essential to accommodate the front-facing digital camera and superior FaceID sensor to let customers get into their telephone. 

When it comes to daily use although, we discovered the iPhone 11’s display to be clear, shiny and simple to see even outside on shiny days. It will possibly run as much as 625 nits of brightness, in response to Apple, and that’s sufficient for us in most situations – blinding if you happen to have a look at it on full brightness when opening your eyes within the morning.

When it comes to cinematic prowess, there’s no excessive dynamic vary (HDR) playback right here – so that you get one thing referred to as ‘Prolonged Dynamic Vary’ – which doesn’t have the identical functionality as an OLED-toting iPhone at taking part in again top-end films.

The display is barely washed out compared to the iPhone 11 Professional Max, for example, with the restrictions of the LCD expertise within the Liquid Retina show coming to the fore. It lacks the colour depth and distinction ratio of the higher-spec telephone, however remains to be completely serviceable for streaming Netflix or dwell sport, as we present in our testing.

iOS 13, iOS 14 and efficiency

The iPhone 11 launched with iOS 13, and packs some nifty options because of this. We’ll get to them under, however first it is value noting that iOS 14 is now accessible for the telephone. This provides some main new options like an App Library and residential display widgets.

All of this builds on what was present in iOS 13, and the very first thing we actually like with that’s that the OS now has extra well-rounded, clever mini-notifications. That signifies that if you change the telephone to silent, otherwise you change the amount, the little component that pops as much as inform you what’s taking place is extra helpful and in addition interactive.

It means, for instance, that urgent a single quantity key brings up a pleasant slider which you can management with a finger, moderately than a field that covers the display. It sounds minor, however such issues will enhance the best way you work together together with your telephone daily.

iOS 13 is clearer and extra pleasing on the attention, with some good tweaks to each the UI and privateness. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

FaceID has additionally had a much-needed improve – the sector of view of the digital camera has been improved a good bit, so you possibly can look at your telephone out of your seat and unlock it. Whereas you should still want to maneuver your face nearer or elevate the telephone barely, it is a massive improve from what debuted on the iPhone X two years in the past.

This characteristic isn’t the results of new {hardware} although, and it’ll be coming to all iPhones launched lately – it’s only a case of Apple making higher use of the knowledge picked up by present sensors.

A few different new options we preferred (not unique to the iPhone 11, however useful nonetheless): swipe typing when utilizing the keyboard, new Memoji stickers, and management of the Wi-Fi / Bluetooth choices from Management Middle.

The brand new manner of typing is nice if you’re attempting to do issues one-handed – whereas carrying procuring, for example. The Memoji stickers should be accessed from the aspect of the keyboard when composing a missive (they are not straightforward to see if you first open your messaging app), and provide one thing extra private: a picture of your personal face to punctuate your witty prose with buddies.

The flexibility to alter Wi-Fi networks from inside the Management Middle is a very helpful one – now you not must open up the Settings menu to change.

That is iOS 13 coated, so what in regards to the iPhone 11 itself? The brand new handset packs Apple’s new A13 Bionic chipset, and – in response to spec leaks – pairs it with 4GB of RAM.

The brand new haptic engine is extra refined when flickering your finger by means of the interface – opening the app menu on the house display offers extra choices now. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

That is a robust combo, and our Geekbench testing returned a rating of 3186, an actual enchancment on final 12 months. This energy is clear all through the consumer expertise, with every part as fast underneath the finger as you’d hope for.

Nevertheless, that is moderately stating the plain – smartphones turned {powerful} sufficient to reply immediately to your each whim years in the past, and it is within the nuances the place we see the variations between the merely good handsets and the perfect. The demo sport we performed on the iPhone 11 – Pascal’s Wager – regarded nice, with all method of shadows and reflections flickering in regards to the display, and ran fluidly.

Our expertise taking part in different, less-powerful video games on the handset was simply as we anticipated: every part wanting shiny and clear, with nothing in the best way of slow-down, and racing video games with surroundings re-rendering rapidly as we moved, and visible parts like water splashed about attractively..

The iPhone 11  wasn’t fairly so speedy throughout all duties – saving images or video to the digital camera roll typically took a second or two, however then once more you’re processing massive quantities of knowledge (particularly for Night time mode or 4K video), in order that’s maybe to be anticipated; nonetheless, some individuals would possibly count on efficiency to be instantaneous on a regular basis.

All through our testing we did not discover any actual issues with the iPhone 11 – it is a sensible and speedy handset, and delivers much better efficiency than similarly-priced telephones in the marketplace, in addition to packing a extra mature app catalog to enhance your expertise.

There may be one change that we need to spotlight: as with the iPhone XR, there is no 3D Contact on provide with the iPhone 11, so urgent tougher on the display will not yield any new menus or further performance. As an alternative, it is a long-press-and-wait for brand spanking new menus, or previews of issues like internet pages or Dwell Pictures.

That is high-quality, and the implementation works effectively if you get used to the ‘rhythm’ of getting to attend – nevertheless it signifies that if you maintain down on icons on the house display you’ll now want to decide on the choice to rearrange apps (or wiggle your finger on the display barely), moderately than it simply taking place naturally.

Battery life 

One of many highlights of the iPhone XR was that it was simply one of many longest-lasting iPhones we’d seen, if not the longest-lasting.

We had been truly frightened that our testing course of had gone unsuitable in a roundabout way, such was the stunning efficiency, nevertheless it was true – and the iPhone 11 carries on in that vein. We discovered it to be basically nearly as good because the XR by way of stamina, simply making it by means of to the top of a working day in our testing.

On a low-use day we discovered that it held out for 27 hours – we took the telephone off cost at 8.20am, and it lastly gave up the ghost at 11am the following day once we employed it as a conveyable hotspot. This was nonetheless with round an hour of video streaming, some music playback, and about 45 minutes of images thrown into the combo.

With tougher use, together with a variety of app downloading and music streaming over Bluetooth, in addition to commonly checking electronic mail all through the day, it was useless simply after 10pm. The iPhone 11 battery life did not impress as a lot as that of the iPhone XR, however that is as a result of we have rapidly develop into used to the truth that a telephone from Apple would not must have an infuriatingly quick battery life.

We discovered that the iPhone 11 has respectable battery life, and is able to hibernating effectively when not in use. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

That is to not say it is the most effective in the marketplace – if you’d like a telephone with the most effective battery life round, look to the Android secure, the place there are some long-lasting telephones certainly. Nevertheless, if you happen to’re intending to stay with Apple, the iPhone 11 gives respectable battery life, particularly for the value.

There’s no quick charger within the field with the iPhone 11, which is clearly a cost-saving transfer because the iPhone 11 Professional and Professional Max each have an 18W charger within the field, which powers up the iPhone 11 way more quickly than the usual USB plug it comes with..

To present you an concept of the distinction relating to charging speeds, we examined utilizing the sluggish charger within the field and a fast-charging unit individually.

And sure, the notch stays… at the least for yet one more 12 months. (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

Utilizing the usual, slower charger from the iPhone 11 field, after 20 minutes it had gained 10%, and just about carried on that ‘1% each two minutes’ rhythm till totally charged.

Utilizing a quick charger, in 24 minutes the iPhone 11 had gained a whopping 35% cost, and by 12:03 was at 75%, the place we wanted to take away it to take it on the go. To get a largely-full battery in underneath an hour is good, and we advocate you improve to a quick charger if you purchase the telephone.

Additionally, if we’re recommending issues, keep in mind that the iPhone 11 helps wi-fi charging too, so getting your self a wi-fi pad for house and for work will see you not often with battery anxiousness once more – it’s a worthwhile funding, even when the charging is slower.

Purchase it if…

You desire a 2019 iPhone for affordable(er)
OK, it isn’t low cost, nevertheless it’s by far probably the most cost-effective telephone we have seen from Apple for the reason that iPhone SE – and it’s miles extra {powerful}.

You need longer-lasting battery life
The battery life on the iPhone XR was good, and that is continued with the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 Professional Max is barely higher right here, however you should buy with confidence on the 11.

You desire a telephone with a really robust digital camera
The iPhone 11’s night time mode, two lenses and forthcoming Deep Fusion mix to make a really competent snapper – virtually matching what’s accessible on the costlier Professional vary.

Don’t purchase it if…

You need probably the most {powerful} iPhone out
Whereas the iPhone 11 has acquired some grunt, it would not fairly match the uncooked energy of the 11 Professional vary – we doubt you may discover a lot of a difficulty in any respect, however one to notice if that spec issues to you.

You need good battery life
This would possibly sound complicated given the above level about nice battery, however whereas the iPhone 11 has good longevity, there are many telephones in the marketplace that last more.

You want an enormous capability for media and apps
The iPhone 11’s storage choices high out at 256GB – that is going to be high-quality for almost everybody, however if you happen to love a terabyte of area, that is not on provide right here.

First reviewed: September 2019

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