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

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

What is it?

The iPhone 11 Pro is an iPhone 5 smartphone.8 ”OLED display, fresh Apple A13 Bionic processor, triple main camera and great autonomy. We’ll figure it out with the last one (this declared “unprecedented leap in battery life”), but in general, yes, this is the top-end iPhone of 2019, except for the even more expensive version of Max with an enlarged 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, with a triple camera. More precisely - the presence of a super-wide-angle module.
  2. Display. The Pro has 5.8 ”OLED, while the“ regular ”has 6.1” LCD. A rare pleasant case when a more advanced model is more compact, although it still 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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Old owners may not like this.laptops and desktops where there is only classic USB-A. However, old cables for charging and synchronization are also suitable. In general, the rejection of some "outdated" connectors is very Apple-style. 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 reversibly, and of course it is not included.

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 the SIM card tray. The photo clearly shows fingerprints that easily remain on the steel rim of the smartphone. A device without fingerprints can be seen on advertising photos and renders, and in life it will look like it is shown here.


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


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To appreciate the innovations, the hut should be asked to turn around. And here - yes. Here is the very triple camera, the logo shifted to the center and frosted glass.


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The camera block looks unprotected, for itsomehow scary. Glass lenses protrude above 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 does not 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 overflow of multilayer coatings a la Huawei looks, perhaps, more interesting, but you will still carry the device in a case, and in front all the iPhones are the same.

By the way, Apple timely released andClassic cases for a new device. Minimalistic, perfectly sitting, durable and pleasant to the touch. True, the side buttons are not well felt by the fingers, it may take a habit. The issue price is about 300 hryvnias, purchased separately. Although alternative covers and bumpers on the market, as usual, there will be more than to models of any other manufacturer.


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How good is the screen?

Very good. The dimensions and resolution (2436 × 1125) remained the same as in the previous generation, but, according to the specifications, the maximum brightness increased, as did 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 a possible competitor - Samsung Galaxy Note10 +. Looking at these numbers, it's hard to talk about progress compared to previous models, but the screen looks great. The stock of brightness is enough on a fine sunny day. Color reproduction is also at a high level, our laboratory measurements confirm this.


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How we measure screen quality

And here is the 3D Touch function (power sensitivitytouch) is no longer supported. Some managed to get used to it thoroughly, but the developers decided to send a unification of user experience on all devices in their own way. More precisely, through the development of vibromotors and Haptic Touch. Maybe after several generations of iPhones, this technology evolves to the level of an average Android smartphone a decade ago, where vibration feedback works 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 works 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 a full charge, the battery gains half the capacity in less than half an hour (it took me 27 minutes from zero to 50%). But the second half is gaining longer. From zero to hundreds of percent, the smartphone charges in 1 hour 45 minutes. The main merit of increased autonomy is 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 for two days. In most popular usage scenarios, it is able to skip overnight charging and reach the next. Discharging the battery before evening is not an easy task. But realizable. Having removed the device from charging at 11 am, at half past ten in the evening I had to charge it from scratch. Only these ten and a half hours have been continuously busy playing and playing youtube. During the testing, not a single child was injured.

Note a modest 64 GB drive in the youngerversion. The closest competitor in the face of Samsung (Note 10 / S10) does not put less than 128. In general, places are sparse by flagship standards. I took it out of the box, installed google services, Fortnite (more than 7GB) and something else on the little things, and the statistics already look like the screenshot below. For active shooting video in 4K 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 upgrade to this version of the operating system. To quickly get acquainted with the main features of the system, a small guide is offered, you can scroll through it to quickly understand the essence. What do you think is worth the most attention? Dark theme, huh?


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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 algorithmsgive the effect of a tenfold zoom. Below, the entire range of possibilities for such scaling is shown sequentially, from the ultra-wide-angle mode to the maximum program zoom. All pictures are taken 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 received sequentiallyeach of the three cameras. 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 something like 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 corresponding. I took off hands, 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 do not indulge in program zoom in the dark.

All cameras, including the front, shoot video inresolution from 720p to 4K, frame rate up to 60 fps. If during shooting, click on the indicators 0.5, 1 and 2, which are responsible for switching the zoom, then scaling occurs by a sharp jump. For a smooth zoom, you need to zoom in or out with two fingers. You can see this feature on the video below, and at the same time evaluate the possibilities when shooting in low light conditions. Here we used a compromise in terms of quality and space occupied by the 1080p mode, 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 onea minute of video takes up 400 MB in the device’s memory, and only 60 MB in 1080p 30k / s, and it’s just such sparing, the quality of shooting is set by default. In general, stock up on free space and enjoy a smooth cinematic picture, even taking it off in low light. Interestingly, in 4K mode, 60 fps, the zoom switches for some reason disappear from the camera interface. Instead of three switches, only the 1x indicator remains on the viewfinder screen and it seems that the ultra-wide-angle camera is unavailable, because you can zoom in with your fingers only in the approximate direction. But successive clicks on the indicator change it to 2x, and then to the desired 0.5x. So do not be scared, all cameras work in all modes.

Slo-mo mode gives a beautiful smooth picture. Below is an example of 240 fps, in the settings you can reduce the frequency to 120 fps, the resolution in slow mode is only 1080p.

Stabilization works confidently, but not without artifacts. Below is an example of a video shot while running, in the 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 are actively working with photo and video on the 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, on the whole, met expectations. The most powerful, with an excellent screen and excellent photo and video capabilities. Like most iPhone models at the time of their appearance on the market. And just as frustratingly non-innovative. Missing in the process of evolution 3d touch, which until the end did not evolve reverse wireless charging, is indecently large by today's standards, the cutout at the top of the screen. Something else? Maybe the painfully pulling end of the Ligthning connector with a switch to USB-C, or the lack of the always on display already familiar on the android flagships? If you wish, you can find a lot of reasons to grumble, but in general, the iPhone 11 Pro keeps the brand.

And the price tag too. In Ukrainian retail, before the start of official sales for a younger modification with 64 GB of memory, they ask from $ 1,500 (about 36-40 thousand hryvnias) to infinity. Given that the official iPhone XS 64GB now costs “only” 29 thousand hryvnias, this is quite a lot. Moreover, the “regular” iPhone 11, even in the current pre-sale mess, can be found almost 10 thousand hryvnias cheaper than the “professional” one. Compared to the rival’s camp, the competing flagship, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, for comparable 32 thousand hryvnias will be equipped with 256 gigabytes of memory, and in addition to it you can get various nishtyak like headphones or discount certificates. In general, everything is as always. IPhones lose the competition for the 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 × 1125, 458 ppi

Housing
Steel frame, frosted rear window, 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
The 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.

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Thanks

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