Apple's new Phone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are not boring at all

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Apple's new Phone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are not boring at all
You don’t have to browse the web for too long before a barrage of anti-Apple comments might flood your screen like a torrential autumn rain. Many of these would certainly be directed towards the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the two new premium flagships that, you see, are neither innovative nor revolutionary in any way. That’s what the vocal anti-Apple on the Internet will try to shove down your throat.

While there might be some truth to that, I think that the two new iPhones are introducing just the right updates in just the key areas that matter the most - battery and camera. Performance is missing from that list because it is traditionally always in ample supply.

These two are the two pillars of modern smartphone usage: battery life and cameras.



While everyone’s making jokes at the rear camera module of the new iPhones and their “archaic” notches, most of the naysayers conveniently forget to mention the ludicrous increase in battery life that the new devices can achieve. As a long-time Android user and a phone nomad that uses all new phones for a certain amount of time, I’ve more often than not had to put up with mediocre or downright-unacceptable battery life, with just a few exceptions to that rule. Any and all increases in battery life are exciting to me, and you shouldn’t downplay this aspect of this year’s iPhones. I really hope battery life improvements become the next big thing in the industry, and if anyone is able to set and follow a trend on a high profile, that’s Apple.

To reiterate, the iPhone 11 Pro scores an additional 4 hours of battery life over the previous iPhone XS, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max gets a whopping 5 hours of better battery life in comparison with the iPhone XS Max. That's huge. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 might be scoring just one hour of additional battery life over the XR, but given how impressively long-lasting that one was, we are easily looking at an impressive trifecta of battery champs.

Another “boring” aspect of the new iPhone generation--its ultra wide-angle camera--is another pretty important and exciting addition that certainly hypes me up. In my experience, these types of cameras are way, way, way more versatile in real-life scenarios than your regular 2x, 3x, or even more powerful telephoto snapper. The iPhones are now on the same page with all Android phones that have had a ultra wide-camera, erasing one of the few remaining selling points of the high-end ‘Droids. 


What’s more, the new iPhones are essentially normalizing the triple camera setup, and all upcoming high-end phones would be expected to at least match the ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto setup.

Those two, the increased battery life and the versatile new camera, make the iPhone 11 generation pretty exciting to me, more so than most of the previous iPhone launches in the past two or three years at least. 


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72 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

and phonearena is the voice of reason on the internet. sure, it's not boring, it's actual great. buy it. I cannot believe how shamelessly pro apple this site is.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31338; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then head to a site, that’s not so shamelessly pro Apple.

23. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Not boring, It's Super boring.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31338; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Actually iOS 13 is quite nice, and that’s on my Max. The Pro will utilize it even better, due to the camera.

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2454; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Here’s a shocker: there are other websites. Go to GSMArena, Android Authority, The Verge, and there are even websites dedicated to a specific manufacturer. I understand that there can be bias from particular authors on this site, but to just sit there and complain without offering any alternative just makes you come across as an inconsolable child.

50. Icent55

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Oooh pls shut up. Like STFU

70. ZARTAN99

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

All of this!

3. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Of course it's not boring, brand new rehaulled design, endless customisation... Oh wait a minute. And of course PhoneArena aren't biased.

5. Mr8Sin

Posts: 24; Member since: May 17, 2018

Phonearena trying to convince us or themselves?

6. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Boring for those android troll who loves customization rather than experience and quality over all. But whatever they do, apple will always be the phone to beat by any of the android world. Its always apple that sets the standard. Even if they’re late in the game they always succeed in making a feature very useful.

13. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

PA should give you a job :))

72. iushnt

Posts: 3126; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

AppleInsider not PA

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31338; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tell em Peaceboy.

8. Whitedot

Posts: 833; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That title is oxymoronic.

9. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Whats different from last yrs phones, the camera and battery thats it. Its to be expected.

73. iushnt

Posts: 3126; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Powerful processor

14. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 177; Member since: May 29, 2019

Not only are they boring, but totally-not-asshurt tech journalists without a real job are depressingly boring.

16. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The level of immature commenters here just boggles the mind. Some of you need to reflect inward and find the reason you need to get online and fight over which inanimate electronic object is better than another. I swear the lot of you need to grow up.

49. srgonu

Posts: 558; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Problem is with the immature editors on PA who keep creating articles with titles like this. There is no need for this title if it not boring in first place. No commenters exist if no article with this title is written. Its just how humans react.

17. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

So funny thinking all that negative talk about this camera design and how this is ugliest phone etc. In real life this looks beautiful and super expensive. The new matte design looks very cool But well none of the leaks quite had the real design.

33. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

It a phone is "beautiful" to you, you seriously need to get out more.

18. ahmadkun

Posts: 616; Member since: May 02, 2016

some times you feel sorry when you see people lying on themselves

21. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1138; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

How can they be boring when 11 Pro base model just launched in India for $1400 with a whopping 64GB ROM? Man, Steve Jobs must be rolling in his grave. He'd never allow an ugly design like this and then call it Pro because it has an extra camera, larger battery and a slightly better display than the previous model.

24. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1138; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You see these anti-iPhone comments because you guys shamelessly keep on defending Apple no matter what. Do you know that you can't even manually turn on the night mode in the new iPhones? While ultrawide lense is a nice addition, it's been around for ages now. Apple are the last one to do it and yet you guys shamelessly make it sound like no one else has ever launched a phone with an ultra wide lense. A phone that costs $1100 (US), $1400 (India) has 64GB as base storage. It's honestly pathetic. By no means iPhone is a bad phone. It's still one of the best all around phones out there but it doesn't justify the Pro name and it's not gonna be the best phone in any category. You wouldn't see a lot of negativity if you just stopped defending Apple shamelessly and did unbiased reporting like you're supposed to.

29. jellmoo

Posts: 2629; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I mean... Sure? But it kind of boils down to two things: 1) All Apple really did was increase battery size. Why on earth did they wait until now to do so when other manufacturers have been using larger batteries for years? 2) If you aren't interested in detailed photography, who cares? I'm using an XR and the single camera is fine for my needs. Extra cameras are cute, but won't alter my day to day use of the device. The updated devices are boring because they are incredibly iterative. There are no hugely exciting new features, no radical new design, and no new use cases for the device. Apple just did a "S" year for their handsets, a year after they did an "S" year. Woo.

31. Deadeye

Posts: 110; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

If you have to explain why something is not boring, it´s usually boring.

34. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

It's sad that we are concerned with these things being "boring" or not.

35. geordie8t1

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Have they finally allowed you to shoot RAW out of the box instead of having to pay yet more to get an app? Yes the phone is boring, it may have a few new tricks but it's still the same boring looking device, basic theme and icon changes, layouts, an extra row of Icons heck just anything to make it stand out a little from the crowd, the only thing that is different is that hideous camera design layout, but if the camera can perform as well as the androids then I can live with that, I suspect not tho, it will no doubt be good but those droids and cameras are pretty innovative and creative

36. oldskool50 unregistered

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Galaxy Note 10+ camera comparison. https://youtu.be/kgbz5KbIatI The Note still edge out. The iPhone certainly has gotten better. Note is still more stable in videos, but the iPhone did have better stability in one instance. Note has better edge detection for Bokeh. IPhone is back to having more natural color tones, whole Samsung appears to be back doing a bit of saturation. There is definitely a huge improvement to the iPhone and I'm glad to see that. Maybe I will invest in the next model as I was considering purchase the original X again. I have my X to my mom to upgrade her 6S. But I will wait for the next model if they don't increase the price. Apple still has work to do on the camera, but it is a significant improvement over the 7 and 8 models and even the X/XS. See this is why it is always great that someone makes improvements first. Because it drives others to follow. If losers would stop hating and just see it that way, they will see we all benefit from whoever improves their tech. With Android devices, especially Galaxy and Pixel device making huge camera improvements, this pushed Apple to do the same. Even if they are only catching up, it's better than nothing.

40. Vokilam

Posts: 1286; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Man, what the heck are you talking about? Samsung camera has poor stabilization in all modes - you can clearly see shaking when he walks or runs. And in zoom mode (2x) it can’t even stay stable and shifts direction during the shot. Audio capture is also so much more clear on the iPhone (look at the top icons as he shows which audio is playing). Samsung’s audio sounds a little muffled.

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