iPhone 11 and 11 Pro: 2 months later, here's what we think
I've been using the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro for the past 60 days and well here's my thoughts.
So first thing that I'm going to talk about is the differences because trying to scribe was diff between these two is more than just a specialist.
Yeah, the iPhone 11 Pro costs $200 more It has an extra camera on it.
It has different size options and it has the LEDs of panel display versus the LCD on the 11.
This to me is basically 85% of an iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro costs 30% more I mean that's pretty amazing and that's also why we named the iPhone 11 and Editor's Choice.
It's just I don't have another phone right now that you get this much value for the dollar.
Maybe if you go toward Android and look at something like a Motorola G7 or maybe even a pixel three a, it's not to say the iPhone 11 Pro is bad, or expensive.
I mean, it is expensive, but.
Is just that the iPhone 11 is that good.
Yeah, these are the best cameras on any iPhone period.
The biggest things are gonna be the ultra wide lens that we will talk about in a second.
But when these phones first came out, we didn't have the deep fusion technology for processing it.
And to be honest, had Apple not even mentioned it, Your photos are just look good, you wouldn't even know to be looking for it.
And I think diffusion is actually kind of a silent killer on these phones.
Because in most situations I'm taking lots of photos indoors with friends and family.
And that's where I get the most improvement and photos over if I look at them compared to like an iPhone XS All right, when these came out one of the big features on this was night mode.
Obviously when I first got the [UNKNOWN] testing that out a lot, and it's pretty impressive in daily use of the past few months, there are times where it just popped on and I use it and I liked the results or I could tweak them a little bit with an edit here and there.
But I'm not actively looking for night mode shots all the time.
Just work pleasantly surprised.
I'm like, I forgot I had this feature.
It's nice that it pops on and I kind of like that it pops on when it needs it versus when I need it if that makes sense.
The biggest difference between these two phones is going to be that telephoto camera.
I don't know.
I mean, you're not just getting the telephoto camera for $300 more but in a lot of situations like a two times crop on the wide angle here, it gives me the same photo.
So the new thing this year is the ultra wide camera.
And at first I thought this might be a gimmick when I got the phone and it kind of was I really like ultra wide photos.
Like for example, I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago and there's this dinosaur at the airport and I could not get the had a bear's jersey on and I couldn't get the whole dinosaur into the photo.
And until I went to the ultra, I was like, hey ultrawide I respect you.
I also kind of like the different angles against me, I was at the Marquee Art Museum, it's got these kind of crazy curves.
I just love the way the ultra wide angle is able to distort those curves and just make it more interesting photo than had a shot it with the regular camera.
Love the ultra wide overall and everyday use.
I'm just impressed with the sharpness of the photos I get out of this camera.
They're not over sharpened.
It just seems that Apple's found the right balance to get that, and the focus.
The focus I know, I sound like a nerd, but it's such a good focus system for photos.
Very happy with that.
[SOUND] You're gonna wanna know about video, and you guys know that I love video.
And for years iPhone I think has just been Always kinda one step ahead when it comes to image quality on video.
Yeah, they are, once they're stepped up they have 4K24, 4K60, 4K30, but video is constantly surprising me.
It's still not great in low light, it's still pretty weak in low light, as any phone camera would be, but as far as in good light and capture an image that is clean and has good detail And does it have like, aliasing and stuff like that going on or horrible noise.
The iPhones are step ahead of pretty much any Android phone.
I'll give you a lot of comments on that.
Hey, I could go on for hours about the cameras on the iPhone, but I don't have to because we have a bunch of videos we've done already doing camera shoots with other phones with other iPhones.
Even doing a video one with some skateboards.
That's pretty darn cool.
Check them out.
Okay, after 60 days, let's take an assessment here.
Let's start with the iPhone 11 Pro.
This things has been dropped a few times.
It doesn't have any cracks or scratches from the drops.
However, I do have these two large Gouge, gouges on the front of my phone.
I have no idea where they came from.
I think it may have been from the camera of the iPhone 11 the bump maybe just peeling against it.
So this is not a problem.
Most people are going to have I don't think that said I know I'm a monster because I don't like cases on my phones.
I like to see the design of the phone, whether it's Android or iPhone, and I think these are very beautiful.
Hey on the inside.
These guys are exactly the same hardware wise and I don't know the difference in performance when I'm using them.
I don't know why it would.
That said the only difference is going to be battery.
And I find that to the 11 probably get a little bit longer battery life and daily use than I do on the iPhone 11.
This was lasting me.
Like a day day and a half on a single charge, no problem.
Sometimes it can stretch that to two days.
If I go into like low battery mode, and on the 11 I'm getting about a day, day and a half max on that.
I think that Ozzy has to do a little bit with the LCD display.
The fact that it's bigger than the OLED or OLED display on the iPhone 11 pro.
Hey, if you want more in depth look at how these stones are doing.
We've actually done insane drug tests where we just Drop the phone from 11 feet and they don't crack.
We put these on like an underwater drone and take them down to six meters and they still work.
So kick out those videos.
Is the screen dramatically different on the 11 Pro versus the 11?
And let me just add something real quick.
I think some is overlooked often is this size so obviously the eleven pro is a little bit smaller physically than the eleven, and that means has a smaller screen, though promax it's bigger, and as a bigger screen that seems really obvious, but an oled panel should look a lot better than an lcd panel, no questions asked but.
We're not looking at specs when I use them in everyday use.
I'm really happy with the iPhone elevens LCD screen.
The only times I know there are people like hey, go there's different space you see that you should like talk about that cnet's like, not talking about that What's up with that?
It's Apple Pay them not to talk about it.
Now they're not the differences that.
There's not that huge of a difference.
If I have the phone side by side, yeah yeah.
The screen on the iPhone 11 Pro looks better.
It just does.
But that being said, most people aren't gonna have another phone next with them or carrying two phones.
And the iPhone 11 screen, is really good.
If I had to give you a grade rating, just like a B plus and this is like a soliday.
Okay, let's talk about iOS 13.
My criticism here is less about the features or we'll talk about couple.
But when I first got these phones, they were pretty buggy.
One of the biggest things is on the iPhone 11 Pro.
The camera crashed all the time.
That's not good.
Or it actually would freeze to be more specific about it.
All right here we are four five six updates later I'm running iOS 13.2.3.
And things seemed relatively stable.
Obviously this brings things like diffusion, the camera stable, yes kinda nice.
Now I do have a couple like little nip pics with using the fonts and they're, these are ridiculously small butter annoying.
So when I'm on messages and I sent one on a text and if put my phone on the table, I'm right-handed I inadvertently hit the dictation button all the time and it drives me nuts and I've asked some friends and well a couple of them have the same thing.
So that's something I don't like, I wish that might could be positioned differently or you need a longer press.
And speaking about long presses, these don't have 3D touch which I think it's fine but I think this next issue I have might be related to that I have the darndest time getting select and select all up.
If I'm trying to get a word, I find myself tapping, tapping holding and trying to get it and it just doesn't pop up.
Or if it does, it goes away too fast.
I'm not sure what's going on there.
That's kind of annoying, I haven't figured out the tap routine to get that accurately every time.
And this is annoying, it's just by default in notes.
When you open a new note, and you type that sentence, it goes and becomes the header.
Why is the first sentence a header?
All right, so I'm two months into this.
Which one would I buy?
[LAUGH] Wouldn't it be great if I just said buy this one and I will.
So if I'm not a phone reviewer and I'm just Patrick Hollan, Everyday guy who has an iPhone, I'm gonna buy the iPhone 11 if I'm Patrick on the video guy, I'm gonna buy the iPhone 11 and not the Pro.
Basically unless you have lots of money to spend, I don't see a reason why you would get this phone over this, unless Its size.
That is the thing that I enjoy most about the iPhone 11 Pro is it's a little bit smaller than the iPhone 11.
But is that worth $300 to you?
To me it's not.
It might go the other way too, right.
If you need a bigger phone, then obviously you're going to get the iPhone 11 promax, which costs even more.
But, if there was me, I would be buying this phone and I would upgrade the storage from 64 to 128.
Maybe I'll buy a nice case for it and take myself out to a nice steak dinner and call it a day, but that's where I'm at.
iPhone 11 is so good.
This is still really good.
Is it worth 30% more though, after two months?
I don't think so.
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