Reviews for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have finally started coming out from reputable publications. The common theme amongst all these reviews is that the new iPhones have the best smartphone camera in the market as well as amazing battery life. Other features like the new glass design and A13 chipset performance have been widely appreciated. If you are looking to upgrade to either of the new iPhone 11 variants, check out our round-up of the best reviews online.
The Verge has given glowing reviews to both iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Nilay Patel claims that the camera is the best on any smartphone right now and beats the likes of Pixel 3 and Note 10. The battery life is terrific on the new smartphones and the display has also been praised.
Of course, most people will buy the iPhone 11, thanks to its price and stellar feature set. The Verge’s review says that its a worthy upgrade.
So, is it worth upgrading to the iPhone 11? If you’ve got an iPhone older than the XR and you’re looking to upgrade, I think the answer is yes. The camera is substantially improved, and you will get vastly better battery life than anything aside from a XR. That’s what most people care about, and Apple has really delivered here.
For iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Nilay sums it up:
In fact, the cameras on the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are so improved that I think they’re worth the year-over-year upgrade from last year’s models for the first time in a long time. Add in the improved battery life, and the iPhone 11 Pro stands out as a major step forward from the XS, and one of the best flagship phones of the year.
The Verge has also done a wonderful video review so make sure to check it out too.
Engadget’s review shows that they are not so impressed by the new devices. They say that the new Pro models are better but not groundbreaking. They noticed that the ultra-wide camera lacks detail and are on the fence on some designs decisions by Apple. However, they also praised the battery life and overall camera improvements.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer the best that Apple is capable of right now, but we’re still left with an important question: Do you actually need everything on offer here? Certain changes, like improved battery life and the more flexible triple cameras, are updates everyone can enjoy. For almost everything else, though, the differences in actual day-to-day use can be so subtle that you’d be hard-pressed to really notice them.
For the vanilla iPhone 11, Engadget’s review says that it’s good enough to not make you want to buy the iPhone Pro. This is obviously something that Apple knew, considering the sales of iPhone XR. Which is also why they reduced the price by $50.
Joanna Stern’s reviews at WSJ are some of my favorite ones. Her review says that iPhone 11 has the better price-to-feature ratio at $700, compared to iPhone Pro. If you are absolutely crazy about photography, iPhone Pro Max might be the phone for you. It will also last more than a day on a single charge. Despite Apple’s claims that the new glass is the strongest on any smartphone, Joanna still managed to scratch them since she carried two of them together.
New York Times also reviewed the new iPhones but to be honest, I have not read a poorly research and written review for any product in a very long time. The author mentions that the iPhone 11 is a nice upgrade if you are currently on an iPhone 6S or iPhone 7. For the author, a bigger ‘innovative’ jump would be inclusion of 5G or the capability to charge an Apple Watch wirelessly with an iPhone.
I’m not sure if most people are basing their decisions on either of these two features. 5G roll-out will take time. Availability is extremely limited, and current chipsets are not efficient enough. Secondly, how is using a smartphone as a wireless charger a killer innovative feature?
In a nutshell, if you are not an enthusiast and are using at least an iPhone X or iPhone XS, you might not find the upgrade good enough. Unless: you want exceptional battery life, a great camera, the best display on a smartphone, improved audio and a phone that will likely last longer than your current device.