9/10
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The Apple iPhone 11 currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 60 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Unless you need the best screen available, the iPhone 11 is the phone in Apple’s 2019 lineup to suit the average buyer. It has enough battery for work and play, can handle any app or game you throw at it, and looks good while doing so. But unless you’re a light phone user, plan to pick up a faster charger.

What's good

  • Blazing performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • Great cameras
  • Good audio
  • Face ID
  • Decent screen
  • All-day battery life

What's bad

  • No 3.5mm headphone jack or Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Slow charger included

The iPhone lineup often includes multiple tiers. There are typically two versions of the ‘high-end’ option with some designation in the name and then the ‘budget’ model. With their 2019 lineup, Apple has changed this up a bit.

The iPhone 11 is now the new iPhone XR -- perhaps signaling that while it’s the budget-conscious model, it’s still a full-featured iPhone. Does Apple’s latest bring anything new to the table and -- more importantly -- is it worth buying? Reviewers are weighing in! Let’s see what they think...

Design

The iPhone 11 features a mostly glass design with a lightweight aluminum frame. It’s IP68 rated for water and dust resistance and available in a range of colors -- including black, green, yellow, white, purple, and red. If you’re looking for an iPhone with personality, the options are there. Otherwise, the phone is largely a re-release of the popular iPhone XR design-wise.

Around back, you’ll find one of the most notable differences from last year’s model -- Apple’s new square camera module tucked in the upper corner. Reviewers found it interesting with many worrying it would stick out too much and cause issues when the phone was resting on a table. Thankfully, they found it to be one of the least intrusive camera bumps yet for Apple.

Display

Uses the same screen tech as the popular iPhone XR -- a 6.1-inch 1792-by-828 pixel LCD panel with a notch at the top. Instead of the 3D Touch of previous generations, the iPhone 11 includes Haptic Touch, allowing you to perform various tasks with long taps while receiving feedback from the screen itself on your fingertip.

The panel gets excellent marks for brightness, color accuracy, and detail. The True Tone feature also adjusts the screen’s white balance based on your surroundings for truer whites and greys.

That said, if you’re looking for the best displays Apple offers, you’ll want the OLED panels of the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max.

T3 agrees, saying, “Ultimately, the screen is great, but movie lovers would probably prefer an OLED model.”

Performance

The iPhone 11 features the same processor as its pricier siblings -- a 2.65Ghz hexa-core Apple A13 bionic processor with 4GB of RAM and Neural Engine co-processor. In typical Apple fashion, the only remote competition to the phone’s performance is last year’s iPhone. Their latest processor offers a 20% to 30% improvement in processing and graphics power over the iPhone XR and iPhone XS.

From heavy multitasking to playing graphics-intensive 3D games, the phone handled anything reviewers could throw it without breaking a sweat.

GSM Arena notes “There was no doubt the Apple A13 chip is... the fastest smartphone SoC on the planet right now.”

Software

The phone ships with Apple’s latest software release: iOS 13.

Storage

As with previous models, you cannot expand the storage on the iPhone 11. However, with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB models to choose from, you have options for finding a price and storage capacity which suits your needs.

Cameras

Dual rear 12MP cameras -- one wide-angle with optical image stabilization, one with an ultrawide angle. The front-facing 12MP camera includes a 3D Time of Flight sensor for Face ID, portrait shots, and Apple’s Animoji feature.

All cameras include increased ISO sensitivity and a wider range of minimum and maximum exposure times for added flexibility capturing the perfect shot.

Other than minor complaints about over-sharpening, reviewers loved the pictures captured by the iPhone 11. Colors were natural and images popped with excellent contrast and range.

Apple’s Night Mode feature is back for low light shots with Apple’s HDR+ feature Deep Fusion coming in a future update. Reviewers loved Night Mode, with GSM Arena calling it “exemplary.” The portrait mode also had no issues separating subjects from the background and the Lighting effects were just as accurate.

If you’re a fan of recording videos with your phone, the iPhone 11 can shoot 4K video with all three cameras and the digital stabilization feature received high marks for shooting video while moving.

Ars Technica sums up opinions well, saying, “... these features allow non-photographers to use a device that is not a professional-quality camera to take photos that most of the time look better than amateurs have been able to achieve before.”

Battery Life

3110mAh battery with 18-watt charging. Unfortunately, Apple only includes a 5-watt charger with the phone. With the included charger, 30 minutes of charging will net you roughly 18% more charge. However, if you use Apple’s 18-watt charger (sold separately) that same time will boost your battery by roughly 55%.

T3 notes, “For light users, you can get through two days. Heavy users will definitely have battery left at the end of the day, assuming you don’t literally play Fortnite non-stop.”

Audio

Stereo speakers using the earpiece as a loudspeaker. Now includes spatial audio support as well for a more immersive listening experience without headphones. But they don’t include a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter, so you might need to pick one up to enjoy your favorite headphones.

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The Takeaway

Overall, reviewers loved the iPhone 11. Some questioned the resolution of the screen on paper but noted that it’s still plenty usable -- it simply pales in comparison to the displays on the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max. Still, it delivers everywhere else it matters. Just be sure to consider an 18-watt charger because the one in the box is slow.

GSM Arena says, “The iPhone 11 is a very thoughtful upgrade over the XR. It has everything new from Apple, but it costs less, and the tradeoffs seem to be just right. We aren't saying you should jump from XR on this one without thinking twice, but once again Apple has made just enough upgrades to make you want to do so.”

T3 says, “This year's cheaper iPhone feels anything but budget. A class-leading camera, premium build and top-tier speed make it a Ferrari in sheep's clothing.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.65 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


T3

The iPhone 11 strikes a brilliant balance between features and price. You wouldn't know it's the cheaper of Apple's 2019 phones from its build, camera and speed. If only it had an OLED screen…

- Matthew Bolton, T3
DxOMark

The regular version of the iPhone 11 offers a similar audio experience as the higher-end iPhone 11 Pro Max, and is a solid performer across all our technical categories and use cases. It is a good choice for recording any type of concert. Artifacts are very well controlled, and the overall audio is...

- Barbara Staszewski, DxOMark
DxOMark

Its front camera delivers nice colors and good exposure in most situations. On the downside, image output can be quite noisy and the fixed-focus lens, which is geared towards closer focusing distances, means the camera is not ideal for users who work with longer selfie sticks or who shoot a lot of g...

- Lars Rehm, DxOMark
Gear Hungry

This device features dual 12 MP cameras. One camera has a 120-degree ultra-wide viewing capacity that takes four times more space. The second camera has a 26-mm wide capacity that delivers three times better autofocus even in low light. Another interesting feature added to this smartphone is its Nig...

- Jordan Carter, Gear Hungry
Top Ten Reviews

The iPhone 11 is a great iPhone. In fact, it’s likely the iPhone that most people will pick up this year and is absolutely the right choice for the pro-Apple crowd. The camera is worth the upgrade alone for many, while the great new colors make it a fashionable choice, too. There are some compromise...

- Lloyd Coombes, Top Ten Reviews


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Screen Size
6.1"

The Apple iPhone 11's screen size is 6.1 inches with 828 x 1792 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.65 GHz

There is a Apple A13 Bionic Hexa-core 2.65 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 13 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 12+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3110mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3110 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 1065 minutes, 929 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 11 Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System iOS 13

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Processor Apple A13 Bionic Hexa-core 2.65 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128/ 256 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3110 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 929 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1065 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.09 x 7.57 x 0.83 cm (5.9 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 194 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 828 x 1792 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, True Tone display, Wide color display (P3)
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Proprietary
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 5x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (16 MP, Aperture F2.4, ultra-wide), HDR, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AAX, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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