Apple iPhone 11 Review

The iPhone 11 is indeed a good phone, but it is not quite great. It could use a better display and a faster charger. But at $700, it is a great entry into the Apple ecosystem.
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56 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1029; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

No HDR recording, 5W charger in the box, much weaker distortion correction of UWA compared to other brands, no usb c need to be added to the cons. LOL, the LCD screen have better values than the other two with oled. What a failure. Not even counting XS Max have delta 0.9 , while new ones way above 1.

2. Tizo101

Posts: 580; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Uhm... You made a mistake - it's 9.4 this year

6. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Even though I think the 8.5 is justified, it would be nice if the author could let us know in which categories the iPhone 11 lost how many points. For me, the deal breaker is the mid range screen that Apple puts into its entry flagship phone.

18. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

It still has the A13 bionic, which provides the best smartphone performance on the planet. Huge perk given the price.

26. limporgyuk

Posts: 374; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Mid range screen?? It was mid range in 2014, by 2019 standards the screen is bargain basement spec

49. whatev

Posts: 2351; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It happens that this screen is the best LCD screen on a smartphone, name one mid ranger from the competition which screen is among the best out there :)

61. Silva5 unregistered

This is not the best lcd screen on the market. Even the iPhone 8 Plus’ screen is better than this (iPhone 8’s LCD is 1080p- the one on this phone is only 828p)

3. Xavier1415

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

U gotta score it better over Samsung phones or any other phones for that matter bump it to a 9.5. You know you want to lol

4. Nokfan1603

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Last year, the iPhone XR received a rating of 9.0 with basically the same cons. Of course, that rating was too high. But what I mean to say is that your rating is very inconsistent and therefore not very meaningful.

9. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Seriously. Create a thought out formula, show the data, and be consistent.

10. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Well, you need to put things into perspective of the release year. Last year, a high end LCD screen was still acceptable for an entry level flagship. This is not acceptable anymore in 2019. That is why iPhone 11 deserves a .5 drop in overall score, while last year, 9.0 was ok for iPhone XR.

16. Nokfan1603

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Last year, we were told the screen looks cool, the screen is great, there is enough resolution and the colors are on point, the screen is a great thing to look at... This year, apparently, it leaves a lot to be desired and according to you it is the reason for the rating difference? Sorry, same screen, does not make sense. It should have received a lower rating last year, then it would make sense.

23. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

You don’t get the point. Each year technology advances. If you want to keep a score of 9 for your product you need to improve the product each year to justify the score. A very extreme example: An iPhone 8 would have received a score of 10 in 2007 because it would have been by far ahead of everything at that time. If Apple launched the iPhone 8 this year as their flagship, it would have received a score 6.5 because its technology is nothing special anymore.

50. whatev

Posts: 2351; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It’s just that they are tired of android trolls so they gave this rating to the 11 so trolls were happy, case dismissed

62. Silva5 unregistered

No, it’s because it’s 2019 (almost 2020) and the iPhone 11 has an LCD screen, which is outdated tech. Not only that, but the LCD they used isn’t even full HD!!! I am an Apple customer, and I fully agree with the score they gave the iPhone 11.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2633; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What kind of weird subjective anecdotes are these about battery? It "feels" better? Can we get an actual measurement, especially when other sites measure the 11 as having a longer lasting battery than the 11 Pro?

21. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

We are working on a new and much more detailed battery test, but it's not quite ready yet. Preliminary results: iPhone 11 gets 11 hours 40 minutes for browsing and 7:13 hours for video compared to iPhone XR which has 8 hours 30 minutes for browsing and 5:45 hours for video. And compared to iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 gets slightly better results, but the 11 Pro Max has much higher scores than both those.

28. jellmoo

Posts: 2633; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Might I suggest an edit then? Readers may look at this review and opt to spend $300 more on an iPhone 11 Pro expecting it to have superior battery life.

42. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

We need a bit more time to finalize the battery test so we can be 100% certain in the results. Thanks for the suggestion!

53. jellmoo

Posts: 2633; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I totally get that, but I do think this sentence needs to be changed: "I have the odd feeling that the iPhone 11 has been subconsciously pushing me towards the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, both of which have better displays, better battery life, and more versatile cameras." It could mislead casual readers into thinking that buying the iPhone 11 Pro would get them better battery life.

52. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

You need to create a more comprehensive test that includes talk time because I'm sure you realise that it's a phone after all. At least I think that's what iPhone means.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Hell hath frozen over!

8. inFla

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Just as important are customer reviews when they become available. I don't buy until I've seen both.

38. pimpin83z

Posts: 594; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

So you base your purchases on the opinions of others rather than testing it out for yourself?

11. OneLove123

Posts: 1201; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Sounds about right

12. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

A better phone than the XR it replaces, yet a lower score. This site has become the joke of the phone review world.

20. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 735; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I agree with you about the inconsistency of review scores on the site, but you also can't necessarily expect a phone to get a higher or even the same score just because it's better than the previous version. More times than not, a phone improves upon its predecessor, but standards change as well and scores need to be adjusted to reflect that. All that being said, I do think the iPhone 11 brings enough improvements to the table to where it shouldn't have received this much of a drop in score, so either last year's was rated too high or this year's is rated too low in comparison. I guess that's up to the individual.

24. User123456789

Posts: 1029; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Because right score for Xr would be 7,3

41. whatev

Posts: 2351; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

They are giving in to android trolls which ultimately are the ones driving clicks in this site, just like youtubers praising android phones but their main devices are apple

13. Alcyone

Posts: 499; Member since: May 10, 2018

Uh oh. Cupertino is not gonna be happy. This is the score the majority of iphones should be getting. Specially considering the overall feature set. Still has a ways to go, imo.

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