"Night Mode", "Slofies" and more.. iPhone 11 brings more surprises to the market
Today, Apple will release its most powerful family of iPhones in Saudi Arabia. The iPhone 11, along with the new Pro models are not only faster and more durable, but they also offer more tools to unleash your creativity.
Is the iPhone 11 right for you or should you consider bumping up to the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max? I had the chance to put the models to the test to see just how well the latest phones perform.
Don’t expect a radical change in design, but new colours breathe life into the latest lineup from the beautiful new purple iPhone 11 to gorgeous new Midnight-Green which is exclusive to the higher-end iPhone 11 Max Pro. But the colour is only part of the story. Apple has also swapped out the glossy glass on the rear of the iPhone 11 Pro models with a textured glass (matte finish) which not only gives it almost an aluminum-look but makes it less slippery in the hands.
Those who refuse to use a case for their iPhones will be happy to know Apple has improved the durability of the glass it uses on not only the front but also the back of the iPhone 11.
Another improvement is in the water resistance. Last year’s iPhone XS was able to withstand being submerged in water down to 2 meters for 30 minutes. The iPhone 11 matches those specs while the iPhone 11 Pro Max (as well as the iPhone 11 Pro) now resist water at double the depth, down to 4 meters for 30 minutes.
This is one of the areas where you will see a difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models.
The Liquid Retina LCD on the standard iPhone 11 is quite beautiful. It’s incredibly bright. So bright in fact that you will be squinting when looking at the screen at full brightness in the dark. That being said there is something special about the new Super Retina XDR display on the iPhone 11 Pro models.
For starters the screens on the Pro models are OLED. The blacks are incredibly deep and dark which truly cannot be beat. The screens boast a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio making them ideal for watching movies and other videos.
Everything looks gorgeous on these new screens. It’s not that the regular iPhone 11 doesn’t have a nice display, it’s just hard to go back to LCD once you’ve witnessed the beauty of OLED.
All of Apple’s latest phones feature the new A13 Bionic processor. Apple makes a bold claim stating the A13 Bionic is the fastest chip in a smartphone, with the fastest CPU and fastest GPU. So how do the latest iPhones perform? Quite well.
Dual and Triple Camera systems
Cameras have become an important feature for smartphones as more and more of us use the devices to create content on the go. It’s also the feature where we see the biggest difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro line-up.
The rear of the iPhone 11 contains a dual-camera system. One camera contains a 12MP standard wide-angle lens, while the other has a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. You really need to try the camera yourself to truly appreciate what you can accomplish with this new dual system.
The ultra-wide camera lets you grab a wider shot, or capture the BIG picture without having to step away from your subject.
The best part is swapping between the two cameras is simple. On the right side of the screen, you’ll now see an option to swap back and forth between cameras. In fact, while you have the wide-angle camera up on the screen, you’ll see a preview of what the ultra-wide-angle camera would give you. It’s so nice to be able to swap back and forth between the cameras without having to dig through menus or drop-downs.
The ultra-wide-angle camera works really well when you’re shooting in confined spaces or crowded areas where bracing up may not be an option.
The iPhone 11 Pro lineup features for the first time a triple camera system. Not only do you have the wide, and ultra-wide cameras, you also get a 12MP telephoto camera thrown into the mix.
Now you can get a little bit closer to your subject without having to move. The key here is now you can swap between all three cameras without digging through menus, allowing you to frame your shot just how you want it with minimal effort on your part.
It really does make a difference, so much in fact that once I tried it on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, I was reluctant to go back to the standard iPhone 11.
Both the Ultra-wide camera and Telephoto camera allow for some great pics, but keep in mind each camera will only give you up to 2X optical zoom. You can bump it up to 10X zoom (with a telephoto) but that is where digital zoom comes into play and will more than likely result in a grainy photo which in most cases will be unusable.
This is by far my favourite feature on the latest iPhones. Night mode allows you to take photos in low light (and almost no light) conditions with surprising results. I know what you’re thinking “other phones like Google’s Pixel smartphones have had that feature for some time now!”. While this is true, they do not perform equally.
Night Mode is enabled automatically when the iPhone senses low light, letting you change the exposure for your picture anywhere from 3 to 30 seconds. The darker it is, the longer the exposure will be offered.
In the world of social media, the front cameras have become just as important as the rear cameras. After all, how else do you capture that perfect selfie? Apple has updated the front camera to not only record 4K video but slo-mo as well.
Apple has coined the new feature as taking a “Slofie”. Your iPhone will record the video as it does any other, but when you play it back you will see it in 120 fps slo-mo. The option to record at 240 fps is reserved for the rear cameras only.
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Battery life is everything in a smartphone. Apple says the iPhone 11 has one hour longer battery life than the iPhone XR while the iPhone Pro Max has 5 hours more battery life than last year’s iPhone XS Max.
If you use the 18-Watt fast-charger, which comes with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can get a 50% charge in 35 minutes. Just plugging it in for 10 – 15 minutes gives enough of a top-up to carry you on through the evening until you can fully recharge overnight.
The iPhone 11 Pro also features rapid recharging, however, it’s important to note the required 18-watt charger does not come in the box, you must purchase it separately. I highly recommend you splurge and purchase one!
The Bottom Line
There’s a lot to love about Apple’s latest iPhones. From the ultra-fast processor to the increased durability, it’s clear Apple focused on practical upgrades rather than features we will rarely use.
But it’s the new camera system that really sets it apart from previous generations. The ability to take low light photos and tweak exposure lengths puts the iPhone 11’s camera in a class by itself. It practically taunts you, daring you to see where your creativity will take you.
If you’re a content creator, influencer or just a shutterbug, then the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max is a no-brainer. But if you’re just looking for a solid phone with great battery life and great camera the iPhone 11 will fill that need just fine.
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