iPhone 11 Review: 2017 was the primary year during which Apple released three new iPhone models at an equivalent event. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus marked a natural progression within the iPhone lineup, the fresh iPhone X with Face ID — and no home button — provided users with a glimpse at the long term of the iPhone.
Last year, Apple tripled down thereon design by releasing three different models that each one seemed like the iPhone X (Review). This meant that there have been no direct successors to the iPhone 8 (Review) and iPhone 8 Plus (Review) — which Apple continues to sell so far — and, thus, no “default” iPhone model to function the start line for many users.
The iPhone XR (Review) was, of course, alleged to be this model, though Apple’s naming scheme didn’t really seem to suggest that. The iPhone XR was instead seen by many because the iPhone to get if you could not afford the iPhone XS (Review) or iPhone XS Max (Review), which was obviously unfair, because the device — though not without its share of compromises, most notably the low-resolution display — was a reasonably darn good phone in its title.
Free from the shackles of its ‘S cycle’ names, Apple had the prospect to rebrand the iPhone lineup this year to clarify these new realities, and it did just that at the iPhone launch event earlier this month. As we noted earlier, company executives spent a good amount of your time establishing the iPhone 11 — which is that the successor to last year’s iPhone XR, just just in case anyone reading this didn’t know that already — because of the iPhone for many people.
Underlining that appeal may be a lower starting price — both within the US and in Nepal — than that of the iPhone XR, addressing another criticism of last year’s iPhone lineup. Can the iPhone 11 repose on the newly-found momentum of the iPhone XR to offer Apple a much-needed hit within the Nepali market? Read on to seek out out.
iPhone 11 Review & Specifications:
iPhone 11 Specifications
|Display:||6.1-inch (1792×828 pixels) LCD 326ppi Liquid Retina display|
|Chipset:||Six-core A13 Bionic 64-bit processor, 8-core Neural Engine|
|SIM:||Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)|
|Front Camera:||12MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 120 fps|
|Security:||TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition|
|Connectivity:||4G VoLTE, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS with GLONASS|
|Other features:||Water and dust resistant (IP68), Stereo speakers|
|Battery:||3110mAh; 1hour more than iPhone XR, Qi wireless charging, 18W fast charging (fast charger inside the box)|
|Price in Nepal:||Rs. 1,10,000 (64GB) | Rs. 1,18,000 (128GB), Rs. 1,34,000 (256GB)|
iPhone 11 design and display
Save for the dual-camera setup at the rear and new colour finishes, the iPhone 11 looks just like the iPhone XR. the 2 have the precise same dimensions (150.9×75.7×8.3mm) and weight (194g), and one could easily be mistaken for the opposite when seen straight on. Like before, the bezels on all sides of the display are noticeable, but not large enough to be a distraction.
The iPhone 11 is formed out of aluminium and glass — once more, the “toughest glass a smartphone, front and back,” consistent with Apple. Not everything is that the same though, as Apple has decided to combine it up when it involves the colours. The iPhone 11 is going to be available in new purple and green colour finishes, additionally to the yellow, black, white, and (Product) red colours also seen on the iPhone XR.
Though the colours that are carried forward have an equivalent name as before, the iPhone 11 finishes are a few shades lighter and fewer shiny than their iPhone XR counterparts. That’s not necessarily a nasty thing, and whether you approve of this alteration — or maybe notice it — will come right down to your taste.
Like last year, the bezels on all colour variants are black, unlike the iPhone 8 (and many earlier models) were choosing the silver and gold colour variants meant living with white bezels. a touch of the colour comes through to the front from all four sides.
Ok, we’ve waited long enough, let’s mention the camera bump — or more accurately, the camera island. At the top-left corner of the rear of this phone may be a squarish area that houses two cameras, truth Tone flash, and a mic. This area features a textured matte finish — compared to the glossy finish of the remainder of the rear — and is slightly raised compared to the remainder of the body, with the 2 lenses jutting out even further.
As is that the case with all phones that have camera bumps, using the iPhone 11 while it’s lying flat on a surface makes it wobble, but the massive bump, in fact, makes it more stable than the iPhone XR. Interestingly, Apple has dropped the ‘iPhone’ branding from the rear of the phones, with the Apple logo now featured at the centre.
The display is another area during which the iPhone 11 is just like the iPhone XR. this suggests you get a 6.1-inch LCD panel which, while best-in-class in terms of colour accuracy, brightness, and viewing angles, doesn’t have anywhere near the resolution or pixel density of its costlier siblings, or for that matter many Android phones that cost about one-sixth of the iPhone 11’s selling price.
The LCD panel, of course, doesn’t have the richer blacks of the OLED panels on the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro models, nor does it offer the dynamic range to allow you to view HDR content altogether its glory. However, it does support the P3 wide colour gamut and Apple’s True Tone technology, which adapts the display’s colour tone supported ambient light conditions.
The maximum brightness of the panel on the iPhone 11 is rated at 625 nits, less than that of the costlier iPhone 11 Pro duo. In side-by-side comparisons within the same ambient lighting conditions, the iPhone 11 typically looked brighter than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but that’s often the case when viewing an LCD panel alongside an OLED panel. The iPhone 11 Pro Max can, of course, hit much higher brightness levels — 800 nits under typical conditions, and 1200 nits when watching HDR content.
iPhone 11 performance, and battery life
While the iPhone 11 shares its exterior with the iPhone XR, it packs a couple of improvements under the hood. For starters, it’s powered by Apple’s fresh A13 Bionic chip which, Apple says, features two performance cores that are up to twenty per cent faster than their equivalents within the A12 Bionic powering the previous-generation iPhone models, and spend to 30 per cent less power.
The four efficiency cores within the A13 Bionic spend 40 per cent less power than their A12 equivalents while offering performance improvements of up to twenty per cent. Apple is saying similar numbers — 20 per cent faster, 40 per cent more power efficiency relative to the A12 — with the GPU within the A13.
An increasing number of apps use machine learning to enable new functionalities, and with Apple’s specialise in privacy and on-device computing, the machine learning capabilities of the iPhone’s hardware are arguably more important than those of the other device. thereupon in mind, Apple has equipped the A13 Bionic with a neural engine that’s up to twenty per cent faster, while consumption to fifteen per cent less power.
Further boosting the machine learning capabilities of the A13 Bionic are two machine learning accelerators on the CPU designed to hurry up specific tasks. Apple’s newest chip also includes a replacement machine learning controller for scheduling machine learning tasks across these units.
So what does this mean within the real world? needless to say, the iPhone 11 handled everything that we threw at it with none problems. Playing games like Asphalt 9: Legends was a breeze, with many details visible throughout all areas, and an expectedly stutter-free experience in even the busiest of scenes.
Android flagships are only now beginning to compare to the benchmark scores recorded by last year’s iPhone models, and therefore the A13 Bionic-powered 2019 iPhones are set to manoeuvre the goalposts even further. The iPhone 11 scored 5,469 and 13,550 in Geekbench 4’s single- and multi-core tests, which is around 20 per cent above the fastest Android smartphones out there immediately.
In 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Unlimited — which is employed to check raw CPU and GPU power — the iPhone 11 scored 97,510 points, which is quite 50 per cent above what we have seen on any Android smartphone, which underlines Apple’s lead in terms of silicon engineering.
The iPhone 11 comes in 64GB (Rs. 64,900), 128GB (Rs. 69,900), and 256GB (Rs. 79,900) storage options, a bit like the iPhone XR did at its launch. Benchmarks reveal that the iPhone 11 packs 4GB of RAM. The phone is now rated IP68 for water and mud resistance — the XR was IP67 — and will be ready to survive at a depth of two metres for up to half-hour, though Apple’s warranty still won’t cover water damage.
There’s support for Gigabit-class LTE — if you’ll find the networks to travel with it — and therefore the iPhone 11 family supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5, which makes them reasonably future-proof within the wireless department. Apple says the iPhone 11 trio also support “Bluetooth beamforming”, which should enable up to 45 per cent more range than the iPhone XR when streaming audio.
Like before, there’s dual-SIM support because of the eSIM, which only Airtel and Reliance Jio support in India at the instant. Both numbers can now be linked together with your FaceTime and iMessage accounts — aside from that, the software experience of using the iPhone with two active SIMs hasn’t changed since we documented it in our iPhone XR review.
All three new iPhone models support Dolby Atmos, which elevates the media consumption experience, especially once you are viewing content that’s encoded for this standard. Even while taking note of music, podcasts, or watching typical YouTube videos, the stereo speakers get sufficiently loud.
The iPhone 11 trio accompany identical Face ID capabilities for unlocking themselves during a fast and secure manner. Like before, Face ID works flawlessly altogether sorts of lighting conditions, even when it’s pitch dark. Apple claims that with iOS 13, Face ID is up to 30 per cent faster, offers greater range, and “support for more angles”.
We found it hard to verify these claims, especially since we had no Face ID-related complaints to start with. One thing that’s missing is that the ability to unlock the phone in any orientation, such as you can with the newest iPad Pro models, but that’s understandable as we do not expect to select up and begin employing a phone in landscape mode.
The iPhone 11 models ship with a fresh Apple U1 chip that’s capable of taking advantage of spatial and directional awareness to, say, allow you to point your iPhone at another user and have them show up because the given name within the list of AirDrop recipients once you try to share a photograph during a room filled with Apple devices. Your intended recipient also will get to have a tool with the U1 chip. That’s one use case that we all know of thus far, but there are potentially other scenarios like integration with Apple’s rumoured Tile-like tagging device and other smart home devices that would emerge within the future.
Apart from Face ID-related improvements, iOS 13 also brings several changes like system-wide Dark Mode; revamped Photos and Reminders apps; enhancements to the Messages app; the power to offer Siri an Indian voice; and more. For a more in-depth check out iOS 13, read our iPhone 11 Pro Max review.
Though Apple doesn’t officially reveal the battery sizes (or amounts of RAM) of iOS devices, the battery on the iPhone 11 is claimed to be marginally bigger than that of the iPhone XR. However, the facility efficiency of the A13 Bionic shines through, because the iPhone 11 managed to last 15 hours and 20 minutes in our HD battery loop test, which is strictly two hours quite what the iPhone XR managed.
In terms of day-to-day usage, that ought to translate to the iPhone 11 easily lasting through each day of medium to heavy use, and still having an honest amount of juice left within the tank at the top of the day. If you’re a light-weight user, you’ll potentially get through two full days before reaching for the charger.
Though Apple has finally fixed one among our long-standing complaints by bundling faster chargers with the iPhone 11 Pro models, the iPhone 11 disappointingly still comes with only a 5W charger within the box. This makes the phone extremely slow to charge.
In a half-hour, the bundled charger took the phone from empty to only 18 per cent — and to only 33 per cent in an hour — which is painfully slow. A full charge from empty took over three-and-a-half hours. Initially, we thought that a minimum of a number of this might right down to iOS 13’s new ‘Optimised Battery Charging’ setting — turned on out of the box — which will hamper charging past 80 per cent to enhance the long-term health of your phone’s battery. However, even with the setting turned off, the charging speeds were no better. there is no excuse for shipping a 5W charger with a phone in 2019, and that we wish Apple had stopped doing this two years ago. The iPhone 11 does support faster charging, so you’ll pair it with another charger for a far better experience.
The iPhone 11 trio also support wireless charging with speeds that are like last year’s models.
iPhone 11 cameras
Arguably the most important improvements that the iPhone 11 brings are within the camera department. This has been achieved with a mixture of hardware and software enhancements. a replacement Ultra-Wide camera with an f/2.4 lens and 12-megapixel sensor is paired with an improved 12-megapixel f/1.8 standard Wide camera. It’s this new, improved Wide camera sensor that also enables Night Mode, one among the headline features of the iPhone 11 trio.
Until around five years ago, the iPhone was by all accounts the simplest camera smartphone around, and while the most recent iPhone models still hold their own in most scenarios, one area where Apple has fallen behind the competition has been low-light photography.
Capturing images using digital devices like smartphones has always been about making a series of selections using mathematical equations, and your choices impact the resulting images. Image processing algorithms are wont to determine simple things, like “How green should this green be?” and even more basic stuff just like the overall brightness levels of a whole image.
Looking at photos captured using successive iPhones, it seems from the surface that Apple’s philosophy has been about reproducing colours and lighting conditions that accurately represent a scene, albeit the resulting images don’t look as pleasing to the attention as those captured by the competition. While Google, Samsung, and Huawei — among others — are using their implementations of Night Mode to show nearly pitch-black frames into scenes as well-lit as a movie set, Apple has been reluctant to travel down that road. Until now.
The iPhone 11 trio bring Apple’s implementation of Night Mode, though the corporate insists it still wants to capture photographs that represent what it had been wishing to be at that place at the time by capturing the “emotion” of a scene, retaining original colours, and without destroying any sense of your time and place.
Based on the shots that we took, Apple has certainly achieved that objective, as Night Mode leads to excellent photos with excellent colour accuracy but without artificially brightening the image. Night mode on the iPhone 11 gives you images that are at par with, if not before the competition in low-light conditions, which may be a huge improvement over the previous generation iPhones, which frequently delivered dark blotches within the same conditions.
The camera app automatically activates Night Mode when it detects low-light conditions. this is often indicated with a half-moon icon in yellow with variety alongside, which is that the number of seconds you’ll get to hold the phone steady because the open shutter lets more light in. you’ll either tap the shutter button then watch the seconds count because the image is captured, or tap the yellow moon icon to extend or decrease this point before you hit the shutter. We feel that this UI offers a far better experience than other phones that cause you to stand still for an indeterminate amount of your time while they capture, process, and save a picture.
Most of the night shots we took required anywhere between two and 4 seconds, and therefore the just one occasion we manually bumped up the amount to nine seconds, we didn’t see any appreciable improvement, which indicates that the algorithm has found an honest mix between optimising for results and user convenience.
Live Photos and therefore the flash aren’t available in Night Mode, which is understandable. Night Mode is additionally restricted to the Wide camera and isn’t available with the Ultra Wide. If the sunshine isn’t ideal, but not extremely low either, the half-moon icon will appear in white and you’ll tap it to manually enable night mode. this is often the app’s way of letting you’re taking shots with or without the night mode in conditions where there could be decent-enough light. in fact, even in extremely low light, you’ll disable night mode
All this might sound complex, but we had no problems learning these controls and that we believe most users are going to be ready to do an equivalent. By not relegating Night Mode to a separate section of the camera app, Apple has made sure the feature remains discoverable while giving users enough control over the experience.
This thoughtful design is extended to how the new Ultra-Wide camera is integrated within the app. rather than having yet one more button to modify from one camera to the opposite like most manufacturers have done, Apple treats the Ultra-Wide camera as a “0.5x zoom”, essentially letting you’re taking a step back from the present view.
The transition within the viewfinder is smooth and instant, so you are doing not realise that you simply are jumping from one physical camera to the opposite, and it actually feels as if you’ve just zoomed out. If you press and hold the 0.5x button, you’ll be presented with a circular slider which will be wont to further zoom in/ out of the present view. If you go from one side of the 1x mark to the opposite very slowly, you’ll notice the app shifting from one camera to the opposite, but to most users, it’ll appear to be one smooth transition. The iPhone 11 offers no optical zoom but can rise to 5x digital zoom with photos, and 3x with videos.
When you are in 1x (default) mode, the bars at the highest and bottom of the camera app turn translucent, with an overlay of the view from the Ultra Wide camera behind them, supplying you with a real-time preview of what the frame would appear as if with the opposite camera.
There’s another change within the Camera app. albeit you’re in Photo mode, long-pressing the capture button will now start recording a video, a feature Apple is looking QuickTake. The video stops as soon as you release the button, otherwise, you can slide to the proper (if the phone in portrait orientation) to continue recording. If you’re wondering whether the Burst mode is gone, the solution is not any, but you now need to press the capture button and immediately slide to the left to quickly capture a series of shots.
The Ultra-Wide camera exposes the chances of taking some really interesting shots, and in contrast to our experience with several other smartphones, we couldn’t spot any distortion or artefacts at the sides of the pictures. Both the Wide and Ultra Wide sensors have an equivalent resolution, but the previous performs significantly better in low light.
Thanks to the twin cameras, Portrait Mode on iPhone 11 now works with pets also as objects, an improvement over the iPhone XR, where the portrait mode worked only with humans. However, our experience using Portrait Mode with objects ended up with decidedly mixed leads to terms of edge detection. As before, iOS offers you much control in terms of editing the consequences after a picture has been clicked, with iOS 13 bringing additional controls also as lighting effects.
The selfie camera is improved also, with a replacement 12-megapixel sensor and a lens that features a wider field of view. Selfies look good — and there is support for Portrait Mode with depth control and 6 lighting effects. By default, the selfie camera is about to capture a decent shot but you’ll tap a button to require a taller shot. Flip the phone to landscape mode, and therefore the phone automatically switches to the present wider angle for a gaggle selfie.
The front camera now supports 4K at 60fps also as 120fps slow-motion — the unfortunately named ‘selfies’. Though we celebrated capturing them, here’s hoping this name never catches on.
Capturing videos with the iPhone 11 is great, as always. you’ll record in 4K at 60fps with both the Wide and Ultra Wide cameras, but optical image stabilisation is out there only with the previous. Apple says the new iPhone models feature improve stabilisation by utilising data from a number of the pixels that are outside of the frame, aside from additional computational enhancements. Extended dynamic range is now supported at 4K 60 fps, an improvement over 4K 30fps within the previous generation.
A new feature called audio zoom — which is nothing like Samsung’s zoom-in mic — is supposed to “match the audio to the framing of the video”, which sounds a touch like recording spatial audio, especially since we noticed in our videos that the left and right audio channels roughly corresponded to sounds coming from the left and right sides of the frame.
iPhone 11 Price in Nepal & Availability:
The price of the iPhone 11 starts from Rs. 110,000 for the base 64GB variant. Likewise, the 128GB version price of the iPhone 11 in Nepal is Rs. 118,000. The most expensive 256GB version will cost Rs. 1,34,000.
|Model Name||Price in Nepal (2020)|
|iPhone 11 (64GB)||Rs.110,000|
|iPhone 11 (128GB)||Rs.118,000|
|iPhone 11 (256GB)||Rs.134,000|
There’s a lot to love about the iPhone 11. In fact, aside from the relatively low-resolution display — which most of the people won’t notice — and therefore the ridiculously slow bundled charger — which everyone will certainly notice — there’s little or no that we will blame with that’s specific to the present phone. Night Mode is a particularly useful addition, and therefore the Camera app has useful touches that are typical of Apple. The Ultra-Wide camera will are available handy also.
We, of course, will still complain about Apple’s software and services offering sub-par experiences, especially in Nepal. Apple Pay remains just a dream, and aside from adding a Nepal accent, there haven’t been any meaningful improvements to Siri — in Nepal or elsewhere — for a short time now.
We would also wish to see iOS adopt more features that reflect the truth of massive screen phones like picture-in-picture video and/ or navigation overlays, but that seems to be another drum that we keep it up beating without it finding the proper audience.
In recent years Apple has beaten us all down with high prices to the extent that a tag of Rs. 64,900 seems rather accessible, despite the very fact you’ll struggle to seek out many Android phones that cost the maximum amount. contribute some inevitable pre-booking discounts/ cashback, and therefore the iPhone 11 should be available for under Rs. Rs.110,000.
At that price, it is a no-brainer to select the iPhone 11 over the iPhone XR (Review), which continues to be available at a replacement price Rs. Rs.100,000. the additional Rs. 10,000 approximately gets you better set of cameras and a faster processor, though the iPhone XR remains faster than even the foremost expensive Android smartphone you’ll buy.
If you’ve got this much money to spend and do not mind crossing the aisle, you can’t fail with any of the Samsung Galaxy S10 or Galaxy Note 10 models. a replacement Google Pixel phone is additionally just round the corner also, so you would possibly wait and see what Mountain View has got to offer.
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