iPhone 11 Pros & Cons Review

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- Analysis by KJ David


Unveiled during the 2019 iteration of Apple's annual September event, the iPhone 11 flexes some high-class muscles when it comes to photography and display, although it flounders versus some of its Android rivals when it comes to certain technical pros and cons.

For starters, it does not come with an external memory card slot for storage expansion, which means that users are pretty much left with its 256GB/128GB/64GB native memory -- outside of any cloud storage plan, that is.

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Also, its otherwise upmarket 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display also shies of those of the best phablets and large-screen phones featured here on Phonerated resolution-wise, settling for a 1792 x 828 sharpness and a mere 326ppi pixel density only . In contrast, most models on the aforementioned list boast 2K-1440p screens that score at least 500ppi.

Still on its screen, the iPhone 11 features Apple's Haptic Touch technology (another way of saying that it has a pressure-sensitive panel) alongside support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 content . It also scores a whopping 625-nit maximum brightness level , whereas some of the highest-specked phones in town peak at only 500 nits.

Also among its pros is a respectable dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup that infused with Portrait Lighting, optical image stabilization (OIS), and a True Tone flash with Slow Sync. It captures high-class 4K-2160p videos at 60fps and Slo-mo videos at 240fps -- check out the leading photography driven phones here here.

Sadly, it does not quite line up with the best selfie phones as of this specs-based review, sporting a 12-megapixel front-facing camera , while some tantamount Android-based models bluster with 20-megapixel (or higher) selfie shooters.

Its under-the-hood pros and cons include an A13 Bionic chip with a third-generation Neural Engine as well as an inbuilt battery that's enabled for both wired fast-charging and Qi-standard wireless charging. It passes IP68-grade waterproofing and it is offered in colors like Red, Yellow, and Green.

So, while it has some cons here and there, the iPhone 11 seems like a feasible choice for those eying a mid-level iPhone.

On-paper Review score:

Cons (or Not-so-great Features):

Apparently no HDMI port:

We're delighted that the iPhone 11 can record high-resolution 3840 x 2160 movies, but we were disappointed not to find any evidence of the iPhone 11 featuring an HDMI port (which is convenient to watch HD videos on your shiny HDTV.)

Any memory expansion slot?:

Our research didn't show that the iPhone 11 had a slot for memory expansion.

Unknown weight:

It's frustrating that we could not find its weight information.

Now, the Pros:

Rugged:

It is promoted as a rugged phone (more sturdy, better water-resistance, etc).

NFC-enabled:

NFC can be used for electronic payments and other applications.

Very large screen:

We're dealing with a hefty display here, making it a phablet: 6.1 inches and a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels means about 14.18 square inches and an image quality of at least 326 dots per inch (DPI)!

High-definition (Dual 12-megapixel (ultra-wide cam + wide cam)) camera:

It features a high-resolution built-in camera (Dual 12-megapixel (ultra-wide cam + wide cam)) with the following options: Auto Adjustments, Burst, Next-generation Smart HDR (photos), Panorama (up to 63MP), Photo geotagging, Portrait Lighting (Natural/Studio/Contour/Stage/Stage Mono/High-Key Mono), Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Wide color capture (photos/live videos).

High-end front cam:

The 12-megapixel (TrueDepth cam) selfie cam offers an above-average resolution.


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