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 52 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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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...


Photography Blog

For those who place a lot of weight on the quality of their smartphone camera, Apple has produced something very appealing with its lower cost iPhone 11 model. By equipping it with an almost identical camera as its more expensive sibling, Apple has made the choice between the two quite a tricky one....

- Amy Davies, Photography Blog
Apple Insider

Apple says that the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the best iPhones yet. A month in, we don't disagree at all. Super Retina XDR display (on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max) is superb for watching video. The ultra-wide lens is not a gimmick or an occasionally useful extra, it'...

- Andrew O'Hara, Apple Insider
Pocketnow

See, this is no iPhone 11 Pro. The display is not as great, and you’re not getting a telephoto camera.. But if you think about it, that’s it. You get better battery life than on the small 11 Pro, and I feel those two features missing are not worth $300. This is the iPhone I recommend to everyone rig...

- Anton D. Nagy, Pocketnow
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
AndroidPIT

It has an excellent camera, very good battery life and the software will delight most users looking for an efficient and durable smartphone over time. Certainly, Apple's smartphone can be criticized for only an LCD screen, HD definition, a Lightning port and a fairly high price. But the fact is that...

- Pierre Vitré, AndroidPIT


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Common Questions


Apple released the iPhone 11 on September 20, 2019.


The iPhone 11 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Apple iPhone 11 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone 11 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone 11 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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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.

iPhone 11 Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
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 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
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
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
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) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 828 x 1792 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 Yes
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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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Photography Blog

A more-affordable option with an almost identical camera as its more expensive sibling

from Photography Blog

For those who place a lot of weight on the quality of their smartphone camera, Apple has produced something very appealing with its lower cost iPhone 11 model. By equipping it with an almost identical camera as its more expensive sibling, Apple has made the choice between the two quite a tricky o...More

For those who place a lot of weight on the quality of their smartphone camera, Apple has produced something very appealing with its lower cost iPhone 11 model. By equipping it with an almost identical camera as its more expensive sibling, Apple has made the choice between the two quite a tricky one. If you are predominantly drawn in by the idea of having an ultra-wide-angle lens, and think you’ll be less bothered by not having a telephoto optic, then considering the iPhone 11 makes a lot of sense if you’re keen to save money.

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Apple Insider

The best iPhones yet

from Apple Insider

Apple says that the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the best iPhones yet. A month in, we don't disagree at all. Super Retina XDR display (on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max) is superb for watching video. The ultra-wide lens is not a gimmick or an occasionally useful extra,...More

Apple says that the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the best iPhones yet. A month in, we don't disagree at all. Super Retina XDR display (on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max) is superb for watching video. The ultra-wide lens is not a gimmick or an occasionally useful extra, it's a boon to photography. Night Mode works tremendously and changes when we can take photos.

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Pocketnow

The right amount of everything

from Pocketnow

See, this is no iPhone 11 Pro. The display is not as great, and you’re not getting a telephoto camera.. But if you think about it, that’s it. You get better battery life than on the small 11 Pro, and I feel those two features missing are not worth $300. This is the iPhone I recommend to ever...More

See, this is no iPhone 11 Pro. The display is not as great, and you’re not getting a telephoto camera.. But if you think about it, that’s it. You get better battery life than on the small 11 Pro, and I feel those two features missing are not worth $300. This is the iPhone I recommend to everyone right now. I do feel it’s got the right amount of everything. I’d say that it’s worth giving this a try.

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T3

A near-perfect balance of price and features

from 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…

Read full review

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…

Read full review

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AndroidPIT

An excellent smartphone that delivers a great user experience every day

from AndroidPIT

It has an excellent camera, very good battery life and the software will delight most users looking for an efficient and durable smartphone over time. Certainly, Apple's smartphone can be criticized for only an LCD screen, HD definition, a Lightning port and a fairly high price. But the fact is t...More

It has an excellent camera, very good battery life and the software will delight most users looking for an efficient and durable smartphone over time. Certainly, Apple's smartphone can be criticized for only an LCD screen, HD definition, a Lightning port and a fairly high price. But the fact is that the complete package offered by the iPhone 11 remains very good and Apple has certainly done a lot of things right with this model.

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Gizbot

Computational powerhouse

from Gizbot

If you are in pursuit of getting yourself a great flagship smartphone and do not want to spend in six figures, then the iPhone 11 is the phone for you. Yes, there are a lot of smartphones from Android that costs almost half as much as the iPhone 11 and offers double the hardware specifications (a...More

If you are in pursuit of getting yourself a great flagship smartphone and do not want to spend in six figures, then the iPhone 11 is the phone for you. Yes, there are a lot of smartphones from Android that costs almost half as much as the iPhone 11 and offers double the hardware specifications (at least on paper). This phone is not for the specs-heads, instead, it is a phone for those who are looking for a reliable smartphone that can easily last up to three3 or four years without any major issue.

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tech2

The iPhone for everyone, but not the picky ones

from tech2

The iPhone 11 is a fantastic phone. It's powerful and capable, but it's design and display feel compromised.

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The iPhone 11 is a fantastic phone. It's powerful and capable, but it's design and display feel compromised.

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BGR

The one to get

from BGR

The iPhone 11 may not be a ‘Pro’, but it is by no means a compromise either. You miss out on very few things by not opting for an iPhone 11 Pro – and save close to Rs 30,000. It may not be perfect, but the pros far outweigh the cons. You do have to live with a low-res LCD display with large...More

The iPhone 11 may not be a ‘Pro’, but it is by no means a compromise either. You miss out on very few things by not opting for an iPhone 11 Pro – and save close to Rs 30,000. It may not be perfect, but the pros far outweigh the cons. You do have to live with a low-res LCD display with large bezels, and 64GB storage if opting for the base model. But the truly impressive cameras, buttery-smooth performance, and long battery life are among the big pluses.

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Stuff

The new normal

from Stuff

You’re getting a neat package with the iPhone 11 and it’s not silly expensive. The new Bionic A13 chip packs serious power, the cameras are near faultless (for a smartphone) and it’ll last a full day. The OLED is more of an issue than lack of telephoto lens, so if you can bring yourself to...More

You’re getting a neat package with the iPhone 11 and it’s not silly expensive. The new Bionic A13 chip packs serious power, the cameras are near faultless (for a smartphone) and it’ll last a full day. The OLED is more of an issue than lack of telephoto lens, so if you can bring yourself to get over that, then start thinking about what colour you might opt for.

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India Today

The only iPhone worth buying

from India Today

iPhone 11 comes with some obvious spoilers. Yes, it is the iPhone to buy for most consumers. Yes, it isn't the perfect iPhone and it does come with some glaring flaws. But if you can ignore them, then the iPhone 11 is as good as it gets. The biggest improvement comes to the cameras, and that alon...More

iPhone 11 comes with some obvious spoilers. Yes, it is the iPhone to buy for most consumers. Yes, it isn't the perfect iPhone and it does come with some glaring flaws. But if you can ignore them, then the iPhone 11 is as good as it gets. The biggest improvement comes to the cameras, and that alone is worth the upgrade if you're coming from an older iPhone.

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