It's 2019 and iPhone 11 still comes with a 5-watt, super slow charger

It's 2019 and iPhone 11 still comes with a 5-watt, super slow charger
It's official: the three new iPhone 11 phones are here and they bring a ton of exciting new features: Night Mode (finally!), an ultra-wide camera, incredible 4K extended dynamic range video, the world's fastest Apple A13 Bionic chip, improved battery life and the iPhone 11 still comes with the same 5-watt super slow charger as before...


This is a frustrating reminder of the length that Apple is ready to go to save every penny and protect those profit margins, something that becomes especially obvious in 2019, when absolutely no other flagship phone of the same caliber skips on a fast charger.


Let us be clear: the lack of a fast charger in the box is definitely not a deal-breaker, as most people can afford a few extra dollars to buy one, but it comes in striking contrast to all other rival phones.


Thankfully, the iPhone 11 Pro series (that are much more expensive at $1,000+) do get an 18-watt faster charger included this year, saving the company from complete embarrassment. Thank you, Apple!

Speaking of numbers, there are a couple of other areas where the iPhones seem inferior to the competition too: the base iPhone 11 series still have just 64GB of on-board storage. Compare this with 256GB of on-board storage on the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series, and with 128GB on pretty much all other flagship Android phones.

Speaking of those specs "weaknesses" of the iPhone 11 family this year, let's look at them all:

  • iPhone 11: no fast charger in the box, only 64GB on-board storage, still lower-res screen than competition
  • iPhone 11 Pro series: only 64GB on-board storage

While these two are the most striking "cheap moves" by Apple this year, one can argue that the company is also over-delivering when compared to rivals in other areas: it has the fastest chip, the longest software updates, arguably the smoothest interface, the richest App Store, and now, it can claim incredible camera performance too.

At the end of the day, one thing is certain: picking the best smartphone is a matter of placing priorities, and consumers are free to vote with their own dollar.

Related phones

iPhone 11
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3110 mAh

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34 Comments

1. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 2013

It's Victor who's saying that. How can you say a bad about an iPhone

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Those are huge negatives for a 2019 flagship but Victor will still give it a 13 out of 10 when it's reviewed.

12. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Another huge negative is the base 64GB!! Yet, Android mid-rangers have 128GB of rom and flagships base models have 256GB of storage. It'll be fun watching apple-foolz defend this move, considering he's been trolling Samsung for putting a 25W charger in the box while selling the 45W separately.

14. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'm sure Leo will have some comedy gold for us as well.

15. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That dude doesn't believe that the iPhone has a notch, it's impossible for him to come up with a better joke.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

That is true....ha!

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's almost midnight in Transylvania, Romania so he's probably cosily tucked up in his crypt. First thing tomorrow morning he'll unleash his latest routine that will definitely have no basis in reality and make me snort my coffee laughing. 64GB and a 5W charger for a $1,000 phone? I'm actually beginning to feel sorry for iPhone users. Morons that they generally are.

19. mackan84

Posts: 616; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Now the iPhone 11 only cost $699 without any fast charger. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 and comes with a fast charger. But yeah both are 64gb. Just giving you a heads up so you don’t look stupid in future debates.

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Thanks for the correction. I read it as the max only. However, even $250 phones come with a fast charger and for $700 there are countless other great phones available with superior specs.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Leo is on vacation. Won’t be hearing from him for a while.

29. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

Oh dear. A forced vacation? He did become rather rude when upset...

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yup. Forced vacation. Dude just didn’t know when to back off or calm down. He was not civil to people at all. Guess someone took note of it.

33. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

34. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

He definitely couldn't admit defeat. He must be apoplectic reading these posts and being unable to reply. Lmao!

20. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1167; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Why only 13? With an ugly a$$ design it deserves 15 lol

21. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1167; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

On a side note, the only reason Victor mentioned this here so that he can conveniently leave it out from the actual review and give it a score of 9.5

3. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Not surprised. Apple is out to nickel and dime you.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7531; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

To Nickel and dime someone is one thing, but this is worse. It's bending you over to take one for the Apple shareholder team.

4. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Lol, the last paragraph. Thank you Victor

5. scarface21173

Posts: 701; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I will wait till i see the youtubers get there hands on the phones, before giving judgment

6. Whitedot

Posts: 863; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I laugh hysterically! HAving said that 11 model is by far the best phone by apple. Best value for money so far. Still no fast charge in the box.

7. shiv179

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Trying very hard there Victor!

8. TadTrickle

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

What do the iPhone 11s line up with? The Galaxy E version? The pros are the real iphones

9. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 191; Member since: May 29, 2019

So a Galaxy A70 is still worth more than this phone on charging alone. Gotcha.

11. shield

Posts: 863; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

5W good :D isheep: wooow rly Fast :D other haha wireless 20W..

17. ahmadkun

Posts: 656; Member since: May 02, 2016

that move was ridiculous and stupid even Victor himself can't deny it .

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Iphone still comes with a massive forehead notch... Now thats gotta be a MASSIVE negative in the review.. #appledontinnovate

26. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1343; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

"....saving the company from complete embarrassment. Thank you, Apple!" Thank you for making me laugh!

28. yalokiy

Posts: 1087; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

and that double camera in a square looks out of place too.

31. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 150; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Apple is a joke

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