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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review

9.1/10 AVG.
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9.1/10
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The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max currently has an Informr score of 9.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is the top-tier model in Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup. But it shares many similarities with its smaller sibling, the iPhone 11.

Notable differences include:

  • A larger 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with HDR10+ support running at 2688-by-1242 pixels
  • An additional 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom on the rear camera
  • Improved IP68 water resistance good for submersion in up to 4 meters (13ft) of water
  • Increased storage capacity options up to 512GB
  • A larger 3500mAh battery

If you want the most immersive viewing experience, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a good choice out of this year’s iPhone lineup. It has improved contrast and color over the standard iPhone 11, increased resolution, and a slightly larger screen. While reviewers found it excellent for reading text it really shines for gaming and watching HD video with its larger display and minimal bezels.

The camera also includes an additional 12MP sensor and telephoto lens, providing up to 2x optical zoom -- something the iPhone 11 cannot do. Reviewers also noticed improved accuracy with the portrait shot modes of the camera thanks to the extra data available from the lens.

The phone’s larger battery allows for all-day battery life with ease and a noticeable boost over the previous iPhone XS Max. In fact, it’s the 2019 iPhone with the longest battery life. However, the iPhone 11 Pro Max also includes an 18-watt charger with the phone -- unlike the iPhone 11-- so charging speeds will be snappier as well.

Finally, there are some subtle design differences. While looks are largely the same as the standard iPhone 11, the rear glass features a matte coating which reviewers liked for its added grip and improved fingerprint- and smudge-resistance. The frame is also stainless steel instead of aluminum adding a slight bit of heft and a more premium feel.

In terms of performance, software, connectivity options, and more, the iPhone 11 lineup is identical. Many reviewers actually recommend the standard iPhone 11 over the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max for most users. For more on what to expect from Apple’s latest release, be sure to check out our summary of the iPhone 11.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.65 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

Under the latest version 4 of our Camera test protocol the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max remains a very attractive option but has lost some ground compared to the best competitors since it was launched more than a year ago. It’s still more than capable of capturing nice still images. Color is particularly...

- Peter Ferenczi, DxOMark
DxOMark

Although it scored fairly well for readability, thanks to its handling of gamma and its smooth light transitions, the somewhat dark display overall took a bit of a toll on the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s overall score, particularly with respect to impact of its blue light filter. This said, more serious iss...

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
TechRadar

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best that Apple can cram into a smartphone - the high-end screen, powerful speakers, upgraded processor all support the huge upgrades to the camera. However, this phone is really for the Apple fan or someone that really needs that extra lens or a touch more battery life...

- Gareth Beavis, TechRadar
What Hi-Fi

In most regards, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is exactly what you’d expect: a bigger version of the iPhone 11 Pro, which is a superb phone. If you’re already used to the size of Apple’s plus-sized handsets, this will be right up your street. What’s more, much of what you’re paying for with either of the Pr...

- What Hi-Fi
Gear Hungry

Made with cutting-edge technology, it allows you to capture a wider scene with the quality of a DSLR camera. Do more with your photos with an immersive interface that lets you capture the right effect and frame anytime. Although some people claim that the newer versions of the iPhone lack innovation...

- Jordan Carter, Gear Hungry


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Screen Size
6.5"

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1242 x 2688 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
64/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 64/256/ 512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3500 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 1263 minutes, 905 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada
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 64/256/ 512 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Body: 1.17 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 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 905 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1263 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Stainless steel
Colors Gold, Space Gray, Silver, Midnight Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.78 x 0.81 cm (6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 226 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1242 x 2688 pixels
Pixel density 458 pixels
Size 6.5 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
10x 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 (12 MP, Aperture F2.0, telephoto, 2x optical zoom), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, Aperture F2.4, ultra-wide), HDR
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
Aperture F2.0
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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