rear view of iphone 11 pro max
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Storage/Price

  • 64gb   $1099.99
  • 256gb $1249.99
  • 512gb $1449.99

 

Color

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Space Gray
  • Midnight Green

Benchmark Test

  • AnTuTu 3DBench: 443,735
  • Geekbench 5 CPU: 1,331 single-core; 3,444 multi-core

With the new iPhone out It has finally stepped up this year and isn’t really lacking in features that go toe to toe with other flagship smartphones. It remains one of the few phones made of stainless steel, and it feels just as high-end as any device on the market. It’s more durable than the aluminum you’ll find on most smartphones (including the iPhone 11). The back and front are wrapped in “durable” glass, but what’s new here is the matte texture on the back. It doesn’t attract ugly fingerprints as It does with my s9 plus, so I’m not wasting half my day wiping it clean. After using a glossless phone I actually enjoyed it and kinda hope other phone makers have different textures as options in the future. Google did it last year with the Pixel 3. The front area where Apple could do better. The 6.5-inch screen is wrapped with bezels that appear slim when looking at the iPhone individually but put it next to phones like the Galaxy Note 10 Plus or the OnePlus 7 Pro, and you’ll see a difference that makes the phone look slightly outdated. Apple hasn’t slimmed these bezels down since the iPhone X, which was two years ago, whereas Samsung has minimized the bezels, even more, every year. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s screen still looks modern and beautiful, but thinning out the edges a little more would have been nice.

I personally think Apple should have strived to be one of the first notch-less phones, but I understand because it houses the tech necessary for Face ID, which remains the best biometric authentication technology available on a phone. It’s fast to unlock, works in any lighting conditions and it works well to me even though I would prefer the in-display fingerprint reader.

Screen

The 6.5-inch size fit’s nicely in my hand, but maybe too big for people with smaller hands. I love the big OLED screen and the extra real estate it offers, especially when playing games. Apple said it’s using a Super Retina XDR screen, which delivers impressive brightness, incredibly accurate colors, and a sharp 2,688 x 1,242 resolution. I’ve had no problem watching shows with a lot of dark scenes. The brightness can go all the way up to 1,200 nits in HDR scenes (800 nits is typical brightness). Putting it side-by-side with the Note 10 Plus the picture is brighter and easier to see on the iPhone. The Note often tends to show cooler tones too, whereas the iPhone has warmer ones with better white balance. Both these screens are excellent though.

Battery Life

the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an incredible battery life especially knowing it’s 20 percent faster than the iPhone x. It will actually last the entire day and have about thirty-percent battery life after 24 hours of use. Of course, how much you get out of it will depend on your usage. I played games, watched episodes on Netflix, responded to messages and emails, streamed music, snapped pictures. Battery life is a full day of comfortable, worry-free use, and easily a day-and-a-half, if not two, if you’re a light user.

Speakers

It’s a stereo setup with one at the top of the phone (the earpiece) and a bottom one. The system doesn’t get as loud as phones like the Note 10 Plus, but music sounds a little richer. Bass isn’t strong at all, but it’s a little more clear than Samsung’s phone. The speakers support Dolby Atmos for a surround sound experience, which I’ve noticed more when playing games that rely on stereo sound.

Camera/ video

I think Apple could have done better with the camera design. the camera does collect a bit of dust around the rings so this area does require a bit of cleaning now and then Yes, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is among the best camera phones available. It’s not just the fact that Apple has added an extra lens but that the improvements largely come from image processing. Smart HDR is smarter and there’s a Night Mode for superior low-light photos. There’s a new feature called semantic rendering that snaps several underexposed photos before you tap the shutter button, the photo you want when you tap the button, and an overexposed shot afterward to balance out the lighting and merge them together. The camera can also understand specific parts of the photo, like a face or a flower, and apply separate Smart HDR improvements to those areas rather than a blanket change to the whole photo. All of this is viewed through the triple-camera system, which has 12 megapixels per sensor. The main f/1.8 sensor is the standard wide-angle. Then there’s the telephoto lens, which now has a wider f/2.0 aperture for better low-light photography, and the new ultra-wide-angle lens, which has an f/2.4 aperture and a 120-degree field of view so you can take in more of a scene. The new ultra-wide-angle lens is a great addition Photos snapped during the day deliver largely natural colors, sometimes with a bit of a warm tone. Details are impeccably strong, and switching between each of these lenses feels seamless and smooth.

The telephoto lens now offers up more detail in lower-light conditions, but I wish the same could be said for the new ultra-wide-angle lens. It takes fantastic daytime shots, but it doesn’t perform that well at night

The selfie camera has been upgraded to 12 megapixels from 7 megapixels last year, but selfies in portrait orientation shoot at a 7-megapixel by defalt, but you can tap on the icon above the shutter to change to 12mp. The camera can shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second, and it does a good job with stabilization

Night mode

With phone companies such as Huawei and Google pushing the needle with low-light photography after they introduced respective Night Modes on their smartphones. Apple has been playing catchup by finally adding it to the iPhone, but the picture quality is a step up from there competition. Night Mode enables automatically when the camera feels there’s not enough light. You can either leave it in the default state, which usually takes many seconds to take, but this also is up to the camera based on how much it thinks is necessary It has taken even up past ten seconds to take a picture in a lowlight setting. There’s an option to turn it off, but as long as the photo is a stationary one it’s the best option? Turning Night Mode off is recommended if the object is in motion and will allow you to capture the image faster and in focus, whereas a long exposure would just make the photo extra blurry. Night Mode elevates the iPhone’s low-light photography game to the point where it can compete with, if not surpass, phones like the Google Pixel 3. This is a great upgrade from the iPhone X and I recommend the upgrade just for its phenomenal camera.

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