Apple iPhone 11 Pro Review: Everything You Need to Know
The latest smartphone iPhone 11 Pro was declared on September 12 of last year. The official date for its release was later on the 20th of the same month. Plus, it sells for the Pro-level of price, although in several regions, patrons will be able to purchase at the same cost as they did previously for iPhone XS or iPhone X.
The cost of the iPhone 11 Pro is $999 for the 64GB version. But this is not good enough storage for many people, as they will have an enormous amount of iPhone pictures and video, even after iCloud’s help to offload most of the files. Sadly no version renders 128 GB storage.
Instead, users can pay $1,149 for the version that renders 256 GB of storage. This is an ideal size for almost all the shoppers of the iPhone 11 Pro. Or they can also go for the all-in 512GB size of storage at $1,349. As there is no option for expandable storage, just like all the iPhones that came before this iPhone 11 Pro. This means users will get efficient storage-for-price value, possibly from the top phone of Android.
Major Specs of the iPhone 11 Pro
Before we begin, let us take a look at the major specs of the phone.
- Weight: 188g
- OS: iOS 13
- Resolution: 2436 x 1125
- Storage: 64/256/512GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP+ 12MP+ 12 MP
- Waterproof: IP68
- Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm
- Screen Size: 5.8 inch
- CPU: A13 Bionic
- Battery: 10.5 hours
- Front Camera: 12 MP
- Headphone Jack: No
The Versatility of the Triple-lens camera
The best feature of the iPhone 11 Pro is its camera. Here we will discuss a lot about these three lenses. The trisect of the rear camera offers a wide, 2x optical zoom along with the ultra-wide and all-encompassing perspectives.
The former being the first among all the iPhones so far. The cameras of iPhone 11 Pro tout unbelievable versatility. The quality of the cameras of the iPhone 11 Pro is outstanding. For example, if you are a reporter, then you will not need to take out your bulky cameras and then change their lenses again and again to capture the best shots in different settings, lighting, and angles.
The iPhone 11 Pro is much smaller in comparison to those bulky cameras. It can work efficiently that too, without any need to swap the lens manually. All you will need to take the best shot is right there in your hand contained in the iPhone 11 Pro.
Users will find more beneficial HDR along with a definition to capture all that is usually lost in the shadow or either blown out due to bright light. Plus, this applies to the portrait mode as well. The subjects are more vivid and sharper. The photos remain realistic, accompanied by warmer tones instead of the cooler. And a saturated look that most of the Android phones have for Instagram along with some punchy colors.
Night mode Outshines
Night mode is one single-greatest motivation to upgrade your phone to the iPhone 11 Pro if photography after the dark interests you. This night mode is baked into the central photo mode of Apple. It is not one separate mode as one sees on the Android rivals, so it makes the night mode feature all-more useful.
The long-exposure settings apply automatically and usually last for 2-5 seconds according to the density of darkness. Moreover, it can boost the length of exposure to 30 seconds with the condition that the iPhone is either on a tripod or against a wall. A blank sky in the night can also become visible along with the stars with this night mode. Using this mode seems like switching on the lights somewhere amid the dark night, along with a pair of caveats.
One thing to note is that this night mode operates on the central camera of 12MP, and not on the ultra-wide, telephoto, or the front camera. Also, the subjects should not be moving in speed. It is suitable to capture a shot while posing at some dimly-lit bar, though not to be used to capture the dance moves at one’s wedding.
Video and the Front Camera
One can witness the progressions of the HDR of iPhone 11 Pro at the time of snapping a picture with the front-facing camera. And it is fascinating! The quality is of 12MP (increased from 7MP) and contains plenty of details. Though it could have been brighter, and some might feel the requirement to decrease the warmth of colors. Even then, it is one impressive upgrade.
Both the front and the back can record 4K of video that too at 60fps. Plus, the slow-motion videos have also finally been made available on the selfie camera now. Currently, one can register a slo-mo video at 120fps in 1080p with the front camera. And at 240fps in quality of 1080p with the primary camera.
What is more significant than the frames per second (fps) is the pair of unsung heroes, which makes the sound and look of the video great. These are the cinematic video stabilization of Apple that keeps everything uniform. Audio Zoom that sharpens the sounds or voices of the distant subjects at the time of zooming in.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro has redesigned its camera App. It captures pictures in the aspect ratio of 16:9 along with the 4:3 ratio, the normal one, and the square (a former dedicated mode). This enables taking numerous photos in the format of 16:9, an infinitely easy task to do that too without any requirement to crop the post.
A video can be recorded quickly and easily by simply holding the shutter button on the photo mode. Just like the interfaces of Snapchat and Instagram render. This makes transitioning from capturing pictures to making videos the easiest by using only one hand.
Also, the user can still capture burst shots through sliding it (shutter button) towards the left side. Or instead, continue to record the video but by sliding the shutter button towards the right.
All the devices of iOS 13 have efficient editing tools for the photos as well as for the videos. Like the rendering control slides to increase the sharpness, reduce noise, increased definition plus tint. Most importantly, the Live Photos will stay intact even after the edits, which gives one less cause to open the Adobe Lightroom.
The Not So Good
What most of the people might not like about this is that the button for night mode is placed at the app’s top that too with one fluctuating visible number, which denotes the time for long exposure for the current conditions of lighting.
On tapping it, one intensity slider comes up at the bottom that lets the user change the time for exposure. It requires a number of thumb exercises, so it is beneficial that the iPhone 11 Pro is small. There is one button for the night mode at the bottom, but sometimes, not always. It can be found there only when the menu for more options is displayed.
This minimalist type of design for the camera app by Apple means the users will need to toggle among the modes plus options at the app’s bottom along with the swipe up, swipe down on the screen. This might be unintuitive as the users can go only one way either swipe down to display the modes or swipe up to view the options.
Also, there is one tiny arrow on the screen’s top that hints the direction to swipe, though it will be wrong to say that it is quite obvious.
The design of the iPhone 11 Pro is not amazingly new. Users will find the design of it quite similar to the previous iPhone XS or the earlier iPhone X. Although there is one new finish of the frosted matte on the back of the phone.
This renders a subtle but likable change in place of a reflective glass, which was ultra-smooth plus habitual for the iPhone to see. Moreover, it has made the grip of the iPhone a bit handy in addition to hiding smudges. No doubt, it will be the best iPhone to use to date.
Apple’s plastic clear case may be the best case ever used. The new Midnight green color is an amazing one. Other colors include Space Gray, Gold, and Silver plus all appear different from the earlier iPhones for which the credit goes to a matte finish.
Though the size of the screen remains to be 5.8, still, the display of the iPhone 11 Pro has been worked on and made it brighter. Plus, it is noticeable when one views the iPhone outdoors under sunny conditions. The maximum brightness can go up to 800 nits.
And it rises up to another level when video content of HDR quality is viewed. Also, Apple claims a maximum brightness of up to 1200 nits. The returning support by iPhone for the Dolby Vision, as well as the HDR10 video, will be best viewed at full brightness of 100%.
So, here’s our comprehensive review of the latest Apple smartphone-the iPhone 11 Pro. Overall, it is a great package that boasts improved battery life, a mindblowing camera, and robust build quality. Worth the increased price tag? Yes if you think about the upgrades and overall quality!