Apple iPhone 11 review: The best $700 iPhone Apple has ever made

When you very first listen to the names of Apple’s new iPhones — the Iphone eleven, Iphone eleven Pro and Iphone eleven Pro Max — you could have some thoughts. Where’s the Iphone X ($900 at Enhance Cellular)? And what tends to make the Iphone Pro… Pro? What took place to past year’s XS and XS Max ($one,000 at Finest Buy)? This year’s new phones are polished sequels (virtually and figuratively) to the a few we got past yr. For some people today the Iphone eleven just requires to be far better than the XS. And it without a doubt is. But for other individuals, it truly is good to know where by Apple stands in the larger sized landscape of phones. There are wild 5G speeds on the horizon, as well as weird and expensive foldable phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. And then you can find the extra high priced $799 (£669, AU$one,049) Google Pixel four, which basically tends to make the $699 (£729, AU$one,199) Iphone eleven glance like an even far better benefit.

Apple did a terrific task with new options, which include some major digicam enhancements like Night Mode for using photographs in dimly lit situations and Deep Fusion, a new way for the Iphone eleven and eleven Pro to procedure photographs taken in situations where by the lights is vivid ample for you to see, but very little like getting outside on a sunny day. 

Read: Iphone eleven vs. Iphone eleven Pro: Crucial discrepancies to aid you come to a decision which 1 to invest in

But you can find a great cause why the company named its extra high priced and fancier phones “Pro” this yr: Rate. Apple is neatly focusing on the $699 Iphone eleven as the phone for most people today, in the identical mold as the iPhone XR ($599 at Apple) last yr. 


When the Iphone eleven Pro and Pro Max (left and major) have a few twelve-megapixel cameras, the Iphone eleven (correct) has only two.

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Basically, the Iphone eleven and eleven Pro are 85{d11068cee6a5c14bc1230e191cd2ec553067ecb641ed9b4e647acef6cc316fdd} the actual identical phone. If you want a focused telephoto digicam with 2x optical zoom, distinctive size choices, a far better screen and complete, you happen to be heading to pay out 30{d11068cee6a5c14bc1230e191cd2ec553067ecb641ed9b4e647acef6cc316fdd} extra. That is not to say the $999 Iphone eleven Pro and $one,099 eleven Pro Max are not terrific phones. It truly is just that the Iphone eleven is basically that great. And that is why Apple’s “benefit” phone with its amazing cameras, stable construct (which survived CNET’s drop and drinking water exams) and iOS 13.2 earns the Iphone eleven a CNET Editors’ Decision Award.

Editors’ be aware, March 30: Even 5 months right after Apple released the Iphone eleven and eleven Pro, the phones even now depict two of the very best that you can invest in now. In February, the Galaxy S20 released at a starting off price of $999. Technically it truly is the most reasonably priced phone in Samsung’s existing era. In contrast to the Galaxy S20, the Iphone eleven is an absolute steal. The primary assessment, published on Sept. 17, follows beneath.

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However starts at 64GB

The $699 Iphone eleven model gets 64GB of storage, which is likely great for several people today — and it truly is a $50 price drop from past year’s Iphone XR base model. 128GB for $749 likely tends to make extra sense if you happen to be shooting any movie and 256GB for $849 ought to only be a thing to consider if you happen to be shooting a ton of movie. The Pro phones incorporate a 512GB tier that you will not likely will need unless you happen to be shooting in 4K for a residing. See the chart at the bottom of this assessment for total pricing details, which include British isles and Australian costs.

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Shades: Iphone eleven is the enjoyment phone

For what ever factors, Apple is even now generating the lessen-priced Iphone eleven, the 1 that arrives in enjoyment hues. There are two new hues, identified as environmentally friendly and purple, that are extra like mint environmentally friendly and lavender. These new pastel hues replace the blue and coral choices from past yr.

I have the environmentally friendly Iphone eleven. Its shade is pleasurable, and the aluminum scenario shade is a lot nearer to seamless with the glass shade. The shiny glass back feels the identical as past year’s XR. So does the relaxation of the phone — except for the twin cameras, which are elevated up from the back and put in a frosted glass digicam square.

In contrast, the Iphone eleven Pro styles all have metallic shades: silver, house grey, gold and a army-esque midnight environmentally friendly. The a few cameras seem to be extra industrial (maybe imposing). The back glass is matte, rather of shiny. They’re made of metal rather of aluminum. And the Pro phones come to feel drastically denser. They pack larger sized batteries, and the metal adds fat.

I like that the Iphone eleven follows in the footsteps of the Iphone XR and is the middle-size phone all over again with a screen — as opposed with the two Iphone Pro styles at 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches. I’ve appear to favor the smaller sized Iphone eleven Pro, like the Iphone XS past yr.


Over the earlier number of years, Apple has made outstanding strides in digicam excellent, but so have several other phone makers like Samsung, Huawei and Google. The digicam arms race is something that difficult-main photographers review intently, but I might argue it truly is gone way earlier what most people today will need. The Iphone eleven cameras are some of the very best for photographs and movie seize that you can invest in now.


The Iphone eleven can change in between a wide angle and ultrawide-angle lens. The Iphone eleven Pro can do the identical, but also provides a telephoto digicam to get nearer to your issue.

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The eleven arrives with a new ultrawide-angle digicam, Night Mode for lower-gentle images, Deep Fusion processing for far better indoor pictures, more quickly autofocus and general sharper pictures with extra accurate shade reproduction. For a extra in-depth glance at the digicam discrepancies in between this year’s Iphone and past year’s, examine our Iphone digicam comparison in between the Iphone eleven with Deep Fusion and the Iphone XR. The ultrawide provides a radical transform in point of view that can be dizzyingly exceptional visually. This will not likely grow to be your go-to digicam, but it truly is just a blast to use.


This plate of scallops really requires center phase when photographed with the Iphone eleven ultrawide-angle digicam.

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Night Mode is a vital attribute that helps Apple catch up to similar capabilities from Google, Huawei and Samsung.  And so far, Apple’s variation is outstanding.

A shot of Brooklyn Bridge Park at night, generating hues pop. A lot more saturated hues are element of Night Mode’s vibe.

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Night Mode, how it is effective and when it would not

Like the Google Pixel four, the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10, using startling lower-gentle photographs appears to be in just about every phone-maker’s computational wheelhouse now. Apple’s variation brightens photographs, captures less graphic sound and does all of this routinely. The way it is effective is when you open up the default digicam app, the phone determines when it truly is dark ample to go into Night Mode. At this time, there just isn’t a handbook way to result in the manner.

Night Mode uses adaptive bracketing and requires a sequence of photographs, some with a longer shutter speed, other individuals with a shorter 1. The Iphone then fuses all the photographs jointly to decrease movement blur and brighten shadows. When I took handheld Night Mode pictures the sequence would acquire about 3 to 5 seconds. When I set the Iphone on a tripod I got a 10-2nd time and was even equipped to manually override that for a 28-2nd Night Mode shot.

I took a picture of a tree in my yard that was in total darkness. Under is a shot with the Iphone eleven making use of Night Mode and a further with past year’s Iphone XS.

The HDR-like come to feel of the photographs retains some of the night consequences, but at other situations the photographs can end up looking like day. Night Mode can be turned off by tapping the icon and sliding the timer off, but so far it truly is been an advancement in virtually just about every occasion.

It truly is not a fantastic tool: Faces can get blurred, detail can be missing. But even now, I’ve been wowed. The Night Mode consequences function the identical on the Iphone eleven and Iphone eleven Pro, but the Pro also gets a telephoto digicam that can use it.

You are not able to use Night Mode in the ultrawide-angle manner, although. That digicam finishes up looking a ton darker, and it would not have optical graphic stabilization, both. That is real on all this year’s styles.

Body the pictures correct, and the ultrawide-angle digicam can do enjoyment issues.

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Ultrawide angle = drama digicam

The most recent digicam has an ultrawide 13mm equivalent lens that is just a basic enjoyment to use. If the major wide digicam is like a business match and the “tele” lens is a sporty blazer, then the ultrawide is the equivalent of a Hawaiian shirt. It truly is naturally distinctive and actually adjustments the way you shoot. It will not likely be terrific in just about every circumstance, but it can be equal elements helpful, like when shooting in smaller sized areas, and creative, incorporating drama to a mundane scene.

Apple well balanced the distortion so you can find a little (which you want for that ultrawide glance) but it truly is not horrible. I immediately observed angles on my subjects that made them glance larger sized than existence. Finest of all, you can use the ultrawide lens when shooting movie. In reality, during a recording you can change in between cameras. Apple even set a interesting zoom impact to transition in between lenses. 

With no a question, it can make for gorgeous pictures. Ultrawide cameras are a further new pattern throughout phone cameras. Apple guarantees a number of more positive aspects listed here. The Iphone eleven gets an improved ultrawide-angle Portrait manner that can function with close-ups of your pets and other issues. All the phones get an expanded-view viewfinder that now previews what’s outside the shot, which can aid you know when to use the ultrawide lens.


The ultrawide digicam is effective for photographs and videos.

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A funky more also captures some ultrawide digicam info in a Speedy Consider movie, when you press and hold the digicam button in the Digital camera app. It seems to pull in people today who might be out of frame. So far, I haven’t experienced this manner function for me nevertheless.