Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max First review: The Best iPhone Ever. Period

Apple

has upgraded the iPhone XS Max to become the

iPhone 11 Pro Max,

also has dropped the roman numerals in the process. But how has the device changed and are the changes exciting enough to warrant an upgrade?

iPhone Pro 11 Max design

  • Three cameras on the rear of the phone
  • IP68 rating for water resistance up to 4 meters for up to 30 minutes
  • New midnight green colour

The new iPhone 11 Pro Max is similar to the iPhone XS Max it replaces, with the main difference being the addition of an extra camera on the back and a

new frosted glass finish, which Apple likes to call matte.

The front of the iPhone 11 Pro Max includes a new Super Retina XDR 6.5-inch OLED display, with the exact design notch as we’ve seen with the iPhone X and

XS models.

The huge change on the back is the new camera enclosure. It spots three camera lenses in a triangle formation within a square that protrudes the design.

The glass rear is now hard , up to IP68, which means you can place the iPhone 11 Pro Max in water up to 4 meters for half an hour.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max comes in four different colours: space grey, silver, gold, plus a fresh midnight green.

The matte finish makes the Pro Max not seem as huge or as shiny and cumbersome. It’s an optical illusion, but of course, as it is virtually the exact

same dimention as the XS Max that came before it, but it’s something we did not expect to belief.

iPhone 11 Pro Max screen

  • 5-inch OLED display

The iPhone 11 Pro Max features the company’s biggest iPhone screen that comes in at a whopping 6.5 inches. Besides keeping screen technologies such as

Apple True Tone, the display also offers 1,200 nits brightness, more than sufficient for HDR video playback, along with two-million-to-one contrast ratio, that

Can double those of the iPhone XS Max.

The transfer to the new display delivers two further additional outcomes: a much better battery life because it is a far more efficient display (combined with a new Chip),

and we say bye to 3D Touch.

Just like the iPhone XR, the 11 Pro Max will include Haptic Touch instead, and to tell the truth, we think that’s for the better.

iPhone 11 Pro Max gets a new processor

  • A13 Bionic processor
  • Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos support
  • 18W Fast charger included in the box
  • Better battery life of 5 hours over the XS Max 
  • No 5G
  • This year, Apple has moved to the A13 Bionic, an upgrade from the iPhone XS Max A12 Bionic.

    Our time with the new smartphone from Apple was brief and definitely not enough time to give our verdict on how the new A13 Bionic processor works.

    The new Chip, together with the new GPU, should indicate that the device will be able to easily deal with processing images, video editing, playing games,

    and whatever else you can throw at it.

    Different from previous years, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 all include the same Chip at the heart of the experience. In reality, the

    specs of the Pro vs Pro Max are equal besides the size of the battery and the dimentions of the display.

    Go for the larger version, and it is about enjoying that larger display and a guarantee of a longer battery life instead of gaining any other bonuses or benefits.

    We  Anticipate placing the iPhone 11 Pro Max through its paces once we get one for review.

    From what we have seen up to this point, the device will be able to deal with heavy tasks.

    There’s also quick charging, as seen in the iPhone XS, yet this time Apple has included an 18W charger in the box, which means it’s possible to enjoy it without needing

    to go an purchase an extra charger.

    But, one unsatisfactory but expected exclusion in the in depth spec record is the absence of 5G connectivity. It’s something the networks were probably

    hoping for, but given the infancy of the 5G networks both in the UK and the US, the need we suspect isn’t there yet, giving us something to look

    forward to with the iPhone 12 Pro.

    Camera

    • Triple camera set up
    • New ultra-wide lens included
    • Night time Mode
    • Front facing camera has also been updated

    Much like the iPhone 11 Pro,

    the Pro Max is all about photography and provides three lenses to be certain you are able to take advantage of most situations.

    You now get a 12 mega-pixel wide, 12 mega-pixel tele-photo, and 12 mega-pixel wide lens on the rear to give you .5x, 1x, and 2x optical zoom from the three

    cameras. In camera terms, that’s a 26mm standard / 52mm tele / 13mm wide experience.

    New to iPhone users is going to be an ultra-wide camera that will allow you to get in much more of what you see in front of you.

    It’s a trend we’ve seen from other smartphone makers, and Apple has now included it on the Pro Max, too.

    The new camera app in iOS 13 now shows you exactly what you might be taking a photo of, using an abysmal preview of this ultra-wide lens ,and it’s simple to

    Change between the three lenses using a swipe of a finger through the zoom toggle.

    We appreciate the fact that, as a by-product, Portrait mode doesn’t have to be so close – just like the iPhone XR from 2018.

    Apple has also introduced Night Mode, presumably in reaction to the victory Google has had with the feature, and the system works using software smarts

    to understand you are taking a picture at night and attempts to compensate, accordingly.

    We’ve yet to try Night Mode for ourselves, and the results Apple showed us looked promising but very “noisy”. We are holding out verdict until further closer

    inspection.

    On the video front, you can take up to 4K 60 fps with HDR support; iOS 13 intros new video editing features; and Apple has even gone as far as introing

    a new font, known as SF Camera, especially for your camera to give it a more “pro” feel.

    First Impressions

    The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best dog, the big daddy, the Pro of the Pros as far it is to do with the iPhone product line. When compared to the 2018 iPhone 8 and the

    iPhone XR, the features on this phone are enormous.

    It’s powerful, huge , and fully equipped, and will allow serious iPhone users to finally have a toy that is very different from their partners, mothers,

    or kids.

    And while there is still a lot to check and, review, everything looks very impressive from what we’ve seen thus far.

    Apple certainly appears to have “maxed” out the specs, and we guess there is a lot much to discover once we begin diving deeper into the company’s latest

    fragship offering.

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