IPhone 11 Pro Review: 11 Professional Friends


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Three-eyed, three-burner - what else did jokers on the Internet call the new iPhone after the presentation? Yes, in

iPhone 11 Pro Apple has entered the racenumber of cameras, which she herself started (in fact, no, but more on that later). Now we will look at what this gives in practice, and answer the traditional autumn questions: for whom and why is it time to update.

What is it?

iPhone 11 Pro is an iPhone 5 smartphone.8" OLED display, fresh Apple A13 Bionic processor, triple main camera and long battery life. We’ll deal with the latter (this declared “unprecedented leap in battery life”), but in general, yes, this is the top-end iPhone of 2019, if you don’t count the even more expensive Max version with a larger 6.5-inch display.

What makes him interesting?

First of all, a triple camera. This is the first time Apple is using this solution. And also the Pro status in the name, which has long and successfully been labeled top apple laptops, and, more recently, also tablets. Well, the traditional cumulative update and improvement of everything a little bit.

Stop, so how does it differ from non-pro?

  1. And again, first of all - a triple camera. More precisely, the presence of a super wide-angle module.
  2. Display. The Pro has a 5.8” OLED, while the “regular” one has a 6.1” LCD. It’s a rare pleasant case when a more advanced model is more compact, although it also has a Pro Max modification with a 6.5” screen.
  3. All sorts of little things. Their list is below, and this item is needed to get 11 in total, and thus we managed to beat the pun made in the title in the text.
  4. Pro gains a little in autonomy. About an hour of watching the video. Most likely due to the display, since the batteries are the same.
  5. Moisture protection is available in all smartphones of the series, but with Pro it allows immersion a meter deeper than to be checked.
  6. Included - quick charge at 18W. But not wireless.
  7. The rear window is frosted rather than glossy.
  8. The frame of the case is steel, not aluminum.
  9. There is a modification for 512 GB of memory (the "normal" maximum 256).
  10. Models are available in different, non-overlapping colors.
  11. For the price of course: Pro is more expensive. But we'll talk about money later.

What is in the box?

Same as usual. A wired headset with a Lightning connector, a charger, a cable, a clip for removing the SIM card tray, all sorts of pieces of paper.


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But there is good news. Charging has become more powerful, 18-watt, in addition, with a USB-C connector. Cable - appropriate (USB-C to Lightning).


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Owners of old ones may not like thislaptops and desktop computers that only have classic USB-A. However, old cables for charging and synchronization are also suitable. In general, abandoning some “outdated” connectors is very Apple-like. We are waiting for the final abandonment of Lightning in favor of USB-C, and not these half measures. Wireless charging is supported, but so far only in normal mode, and not in reverse, and it is, of course, not included in the package.

What does it look like?

In front - the same as the devices of the two previous generations. There is nothing on the top face. On the ledge of the display, as usual, is a front camera, a speaker and an additional microphone.


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Below - a speaker, microphones and a Lightning connector.


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On the right is the power button and SIM card tray.The photo clearly shows fingerprints, which easily remain on the steel rim of the smartphone. A device without fingerprints can be seen in advertising photos and renderings, but in real life it will look like what is shown here.


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On the left are the volume buttons andsilent mode switch. It’s nice that, with all their passion for minimalism, Apple engineers do not remove this element and carefully transfer it from version to version, starting with the first iPhone.


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To appreciate the innovations, the hut must be asked to turn its back. And here - yes. There is the same triple camera, a logo shifted to the center and frosted glass.


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The block with cameras looks unprotected, butsomehow scary. Glass lenses protrude from the surface of the glass body. We buy a case and thank the engineering genius of Apple, who hooked the whole world on this impractical material.

But at least the glass here is frosted. Collects fingerprints differently than gloss. Although in the case it doesn't matter.


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There is no pink in the color scheme, but it appeared darkMidnight Green, it complements the invariable triple of black (Space Gray), silver and gold. I just came across a green instance. It is really dark, and in reality it is not much different from shades of dark gray.


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The now fashionable mother-of-pearl shimmer of multilayer coatings a la Huawei looks, perhaps, more interesting, but you will still carry the device in a case, and all iPhones are the same on the front.

By the way, Apple promptly released andclassic cases for a new device. Minimalistic, perfect fit, durable and pleasant to the touch. However, the side buttons are not easy to feel with your fingers; it may take some getting used to. The price is about 300 hryvnia, purchased separately. Although, as usual, there will be more alternative covers and bumpers on the market than for models from any other manufacturer.


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How good is the screen?

Very good.The dimensions and resolution (2436x1125) remain the same as in the previous generation, but, according to the specifications, the maximum brightness has increased, as has the contrast. According to the manufacturer, the threshold values ​​are 800 and 1200 nits for normal mode and HDR, respectively. We will not discuss the methodology by which such values ​​could be obtained. Our colorimeter tests showed a white field brightness of 463 nits. This is even slightly less than 478 nits in last year’s iPhone XS Max, but, for example, more than 387 from its possible competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+. Looking at these numbers, it's hard to talk about progress compared to previous models, but the screen looks great. There is enough brightness reserve even on a fine sunny day. Color rendering is also at a high level, our laboratory measurements confirm this.


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How we measure screen quality

But the 3D Touch function (force sensitivitytouch) is no longer supported. Some managed to thoroughly get used to it, but the developers decided to unify the user experience on all devices in their own way. More precisely, through the development of vibration motors and Haptic Touch. Maybe in a few generations of iPhones this technology will evolve to the level of the average Android smartphone from ten years ago, which has vibration feedback out of the box when you press the keyboard buttons.

What about performance, autonomy?

According to the developers, in the new iPhonesinstalled a “roof-carrying chip, doubled by machine learning and expanding the possibilities of what a smartphone can do.” Oh well. In reality, the iPhone 11 Pro runs as fast as any of its other predecessors worked at the time of its release. But the new A13 Bionic processor (6 cores, 7 nm manufacturing process) is really cool. Perhaps his main feature is not just in some abstract performance (there is nowhere to put it), but in energy efficiency.

Apple traditionally compares the characteristics of newdevices with the previous generation, and, according to the developers, the iPhone 11 Pro lasts 4 hours longer than the iPhone XS. Up to 18 hours of video playback (11 hours if streaming) or 60 hours of audio playback. In practice, using the included charger, the battery gains half its capacity in less than half an hour (it took me 27 minutes from zero to 50%). But the second half takes longer to complete. The smartphone charges from zero to one hundred percent in 1 hour and 45 minutes. The main merit of the increased autonomy lies in the processor; the battery itself is traditionally small; according to unofficial data, its capacity is about 3200 mAh. So, the iPhone 11 Pro can safely be called a smartphone of two days. In most popular usage scenarios, it can skip an overnight charge and last until the next one. Leave the battery until evening &#8211; the task is not easy. But realizable. Having removed the device from charging at 11 in the morning, by half past nine in the evening I was forced to charge it from scratch. Only these ten and a half hours were continuously occupied with games and YouTube playback. No children were harmed during the testing process.

Note the modest 64 GB of storage in the youngerversions. The closest competitor, Samsung (Note 10 / S10), no longer puts it below 128. In general, the space is sparse by flagship standards. I took it out of the box, installed google services, Fortnite (more than 7GB) and some other little things, and the statistics already looked like the screenshot below. For active shooting, 4K video is clearly not enough, and memory cards in iPhones, of course, are not supported.


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Stereo sound from speakers, as already established atApple is wonderful. Perhaps in the new product it has become even better than in XS, although this is a subjective assessment. Loud, clear, with a pronounced surround effect and even with low frequencies. Adjusted for the fact that this is still a smartphone, of course. But for some reason, the idea of ​​stereo speakers is being promoted in the market with a big creak, and so far it is found mainly in high-end devices. It would be better to implement it everywhere, rather than bangs, glass cases and other useless


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Another correct indicator of a device class- IP68 certification, which implies immersion in water to a depth of 4 meters for no more than 30 minutes. The iPhone XS spec was about two meters, and the classic ten can be immersed just one meter. It is clear that such accuracy is conditional, but it is interesting to observe the dynamics of this parameter from version to version.

What's up with the firmware and interface?

Nothing exclusive:iPhone 11 Pro runs on iOS 13. All Apple smartphones, starting with SE and 6s, can be updated to this version of the operating system. To quickly get acquainted with the main features of the system, a small manual is offered; you can scroll through it to quickly understand the essence. What do you think deserves the most attention here? Dark theme, right?


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What about the camera?

At the beginning of the text, I mentioned the camera race, whichsupposedly started just at Apple. Indeed, the dual camera module in the iPhone 7 Plus quickly became the subject of copying, but the fact of using a dual camera in a smartphone was noticed much earlier. Even before the very first iPhone appeared on the shelves (in the summer of 2007), Apple's current sworn rivals launched the Samsung SCH-B710, a Korean-style crazy button player with a rotary screen and two 1.3-megapixel cameras. The idea was of very limited success and was further supported in other devices only by the thunderous hype around 3D at that time. And in the modern form, perhaps, yes, it was Apple that pushed the two-chamber into mass use (sorry, HTC, but it is). And now, already in the role of catching up, he is mastering three-chamber. Although the story repeats itself. I’m sure that the square design of the camera module that caused so much ridicule will be quickly cloned by a legion of Chinese artisans. Why are there handicraftsmen, you look at Google Pixel 4.

But back to the camera in the iPhone 11 Pro. As we already understood, it is triple here: the standard wide-angle (f / 1.8) and the telemodule (f / 2.0) are complemented by an ultra-wide-angle (f / 2.4, viewing angle of 120 °). The first two have optical stabilization. The difference in focal lengths allows you to provide a double zoom and the same distance from the middle position, and the software part turns this entire design into a smooth tenfold zoom. You can notice the moment of switching from one camera to another if you zoom in and out very quickly. The resolution of each camera is 12 MP, while the megapixel race Apple is proudly ignoring.

In short - the camera is excellent, but the largestIt’s the wide-angle that creates a useful effect, so far it hasn’t been in iPhones. It really expands creative possibilities. Now, right on your smartphone, you can get a spectacular picture a la gopro, well, or just take pictures of sights from close range. Characteristic wide-angle distortions are present in full, but this is not a fisheye.


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Three cameras coupled with interpolation algorithmsThe effect of tenfold zoom will be delayed. The full range of such zoom capabilities is shown sequentially below, from ultra-wide-angle mode to maximum software zoom. All photographs were taken handheld from the same point.

 


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Macro capabilities have also expandedThere are more options for choosing an angle. The device confidently focuses on a distance of several centimeters about the subject. Objects outside the field of sharpness are blurring as expected, although I see some paranoid artifice of such blurring.


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An important direction in the development of smartphone cameras isshooting in low light conditions. This is the second big race after multi-camera zoom, and the leader in it at the moment can be called Huawei c its flagship P30 (more in the review). What will Apple answer? Let's just say: it hardly makes sense to change the Huawei P30 to the iPhone 11 Pro purely for the sake of the camera. Both devices (and some of their neighbors in the price category) have reached such a level when the difference in the picture can hardly be called striking. I did not have the opportunity to conduct a direct comparative test with other devices, so just look at the results as they are.

Below are three frames taken sequentiallyeach of the three chambers. When shooting with a wide-angle module, the automation considered that there was enough lighting and did not increase the shutter speed. As a result, the picture looks approximately as the naked eye sees it: a dark, unlit building. But in two other cases, the shutter speed increased to 2-3 seconds and the result came out appropriate. I shot handheld, stabilization is very helpful.


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This is not to say that there is no noise at all, but its amount is quite acceptable. Especially if you don’t indulge in software zoom in the dark.

All cameras, including the front one, shoot video inresolution from 720p to 4K, frame rate up to 60 fps. If during shooting you click on the indicators 0.5, 1 and 2, which are responsible for switching the zoom, then the scaling occurs with a sharp jump. To zoom smoothly, you need to zoom in or out on the image with two fingers. In the video below you can see this feature, and at the same time evaluate the capabilities when shooting in low light conditions. Here, a compromise mode in terms of quality and space occupied is 1080p, 30 fps.

But what happens if you do not save storage space: 4K, 60 fps:

The difference, of course, is obvious, but in this mode there is only onea minute of video takes up 400 MB in the device memory, and in 1080p 30 fps &#8211; only 60 MB, and this is the gentle shooting quality that is set by default. In general, reserve some free space and enjoy smooth cinematic images even when shooting handheld in poor lighting. Interestingly, in 4K, 60 fps mode, the zoom switches for some reason disappear from the camera interface. Instead of three switches on the viewfinder screen, there is only a 1x indicator and it seems that the ultra-wide-angle camera is inaccessible because you can only zoom in the zoom direction with your fingers. But successive clicks on the indicator change it to 2x, and then to the desired 0.5x. So don’t be afraid, all cameras work in all modes.

The slo-mo mode gives a beautiful smooth picture. Below &#8211; example 240 fps, in the settings you can reduce the frequency to 120 fps, resolution in slow motion is only 1080p.

Stabilization works reliably, but not without artifacts. Below &#8211; example of a video shot while running, in default mode, 1080p, 30 fps.

Front camera (it's called TruDepthCamera) - 12-megapixel with aperture f / 2.2. It supports cinematic stabilization and is used for FaceID. There is an opinion that FaceID began to work much better, but, in my opinion, there were no special problems with it in XS. I did not notice any noticeable jump in face recognition, in poor lighting, I still have to use a pin code to unlock the device. With really bad. As well okay.

The traditional question is: is it worth updating? I would say this:

  • yes, if you're active in photography and video on iPhone and camera improvements are important to you;
  • yes, if you just want the newest compact flagship on iOS;
  • not in all other cases because ordinaryiPhone 11, previous models, and even more so competitors from the Android world, benefit from rationality (that is, they offer more conditional just for less money).

In the dry residue

The iPhone 11 Pro, overall, lived up to expectations.Maximum power, with an excellent screen and excellent photo and video capabilities. Like most iPhone models when they hit the market. And just as disappointingly uninnovative. 3D touch that disappeared in the process of evolution, reverse wireless charging that never fully evolved, and an indecently large cutout at the top of the screen by today’s standards. Something else? Maybe the painfully pulled end of the Lightning connector with the transition to USB-C, or the lack of always on display, which is already common on Android flagships? If you want, you can find a lot of reasons to grumble, but overall the iPhone 11 Pro holds its own.

And the price tag too.In Ukrainian retail, before the start of official sales, for a junior modification with 64 GB of memory they are asking from $1,500 (about 36-40 thousand hryvnia) to infinity. Considering that the official iPhone XS 64GB now costs “only” 29 thousand hryvnia, this is quite a lot. Moreover, the “regular” iPhone 11, even in the current pre-sale confusion, can be found almost 10 thousand hryvnia cheaper than the “professional” one. If we compare it with the rival’s camp, then the competing flagship, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, for a comparable 32 thousand hryvnia will be equipped with 256 gigabytes of memory, and in addition to it, you can get various goodies like headphones or discount certificates at a promotion. In general, everything is as always. iPhones lose competition on price, but for a significant part of the target audience this is rather a plus.

4 reasons to buy an iPhone 11 Pro:

  • excellent display;
  • one of the best cameras on the market;
  • high performance;
  • excellent autonomy considering the relatively compact body.

3 reasons not to buy the iPhone 11 Pro:

  • the availability of a more affordable iPhone 11 with slight differences ...
  • ... as well as the previous generation, which is also not much worse ...
  • ... and a number of Android flagships at more interesting prices.

Specifications iPhone 11 Pro

Display
AMOLED, 5.8 inches, 2436&#215;1125, 458 ppi

Housing
Steel frame, frosted back glass, dimensions 144.0×71.4×8.1 mm, weight: 188 g

CPU
SoC Apple A13 Boinic, 6 cores, up to 2.49 GHz, 4 GPU cores

RAM
4 GB

Flash memory
64, 256 or 512 GB

Camera
Main triple, 12 MP, f/2.4 (ultra-wide-angle) + 12 MP, f/1.8 (wide-angle) + 12 MP, f/2.0 (telephoto), LED flash; front: 12 MP, f/2.2

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC

GPS
GPS, Glonass, QZSS, Galileo

Battery
~3200 mAh, non-removable

operating system
iOS 13

Sim card
1 nanoSIM + eSIM

iPhone 11 Pro

Compact apple professional

The leader among 2019 Apple compact smartphones. With excellent cameras, high autonomy, a powerful processor and improved moisture protection. As usual, quite expensive.

Three-Eyed Pro

Thank you

The editors thank the iLounge store for providing the Apple iPhone 11 Pro smartphone and branded cases for it for review.