iPhone 11 Pro Max Review – The Good and The Bad

The iPhone 11 pro max has been my main device over the past couple of weeks I’ve used it every single day all day long and I’ve really been enjoying using it compared to the XS Max but I wanted to go over the good and the bad there are some great things about it and there’s a couple bad things and not as many as maybe last year but there are a few so let’s go over those now the first thing you need to know is that the iPhone 11 pro and the 11 Pro max are identical in every single way except for the screen size of five point eight for 6.5 inches and also the battery capacity the iPhone 11 pro max has a very large battery in it and it will last a little bit longer than the 11pro now the first good thing is the display the display is incredibly bright it’s 800 nits average brightness and then will peak out at 1200 nits if you’re trying to watch an HDR movie for example the display looks incredible it’s a nice and vibrant it’s super color accurate and it’s easy to see in sunlight you’ll see I have this wallpaper that’s actually very dark in some areas and light and others and I can still see it fine in bright sunlight so that’s a really great thing on this new phone is it’s just super bright it’s brighter than the XS Max not by a ton but it is brighter now something people ask me about all the time is PWM or pulse width modulation and PWM is the way an OLED display controls brightness and Apple is using that here but they’ve increased the rate fast enough where it doesn’t bother my eyes anymore so it’s at about 290 Hertz it’s flickering fast enough that it seemingly doesn’t bother me at all like previous generations of Apple’s o LEDs I actually have a hard time looking at them it causes me to be nauseated and gives me headaches so this year it doesn’t do that I’m happy to report that and that’s definitely a positive for me the next positive thing for me is build quality the build quality on this phone seems better to me it’s stainless steel around the outside edge but also there’s no sharp edges like there was on the tennis Maxx for me this was a sharp lip right here so it was really sharp around the edges and overall it just didn’t feel built as well as the iPhone X for example so this year we’re back to very high quality I know some people didn’t have that issue but I did on a couple different phones so it’s much better this year and they’ve always been high-quality but this just feels even better now the phone is constructed of glass which it’s been that way since the iPhone 8 and this year it’s got a matte finish on the back and I actually find this to be a good thing and the reason I say that is it’s less slippery if you’re not using a case I think it’s great for me I know some people think it’s more slippery I actually find it to be less slippery so the front is the same the back is less slippery for me if you’re not using a case of course if you’re using a case it’s going to be even better the next positive thing for me is battery life battery life is easily three to four hours better on the iPhone 11 pro max than it was on my XS Max with regular software if I’m not using betas it’s definitely an incredible jump when it comes to battery and that’s thanks to a much larger battery so we’re seeing that not only due to the new chipset inside but also the battery itself and that leads me over to the new a 13 Bionic that’s another major positive it’s incredibly fast the a 13 Bionic is just super fast all of the time there’s no issues as far as scrolling frame rates are super smooth as you can see here and because this video is in 4k 60 I think you can appreciate just the smoothness and the speed overall now a lot of people ask me how reception is on the new phones and I’m happy to report it’s much better for me than the XS Max now the tennis max reception wise was okay for me but this is a big leap especially with speeds and also Wi-Fi speeds now that it supports Wi-Fi 6 so I’m happy to report that next year we’ll probably see Qualcomm modems or some variants in sample bought Intel pant patents this time around but we’re stuck with Intel phones in this particular generation now other than the major positive of battery life we also have incredible cameras this year and these cameras are so good I’ve been using them for video in fact I’m using them for the entire video while shooting this so right now the forward facing camera is what I’m recording with and the rest of the video is recorded with the rear facing camera of the pros so they’re just incredible cameras but let’s take a closer look at some of the features and see what the photos look like now the cameras this year is what really makes this phone stand out Apple has done a terrific job of making them incredibly good so you’ll see I’m zoomed out using the ultra line I can go to 1x or 2x back out and the 1x and 2x are stabilized and they’re incredibly stable when walking and I’ll show you that in a moment but if we go back out to the ultra wide it’s actually so wide that if I slide my finger up from the bottom it’s in the frame even though it’s not near the lens so it’s an incredibly wide shot and looks really good if you’re trying to capture a ton of information when you’re in the Photos app it’s really interesting because it’s stitching together the ultra wide and the 1x camera so if i zoom in you’ll see now it’s stitching together the 2x and the 1x camera zoom back out to ultra wide then it stops going over the actual frame so it’s kind of an interesting way to see what you can see in other lenses if you want to zoom in and out it is a little bit difficult to frame though so if you want to change that hit this little arrow here and now we have options for things like 16:9 so I want to go one X to 16:9 now I can see the whole thing and it makes it a little bit easier to frame when you’re going between 4:3 16:9 maybe for a thumbnail on YouTube and then you have some other options here with filters and time lapse and flash as well Apple this year has really improved stabilization so you’ll see I’m at 1x just walking down a trail and it seems to be very very stable it can zoom into 2x and it’s still pretty stable it’s gonna get a little more wobbly but back out to 1x and then if I switch to ultra wide the stabilization shuts off so now I’m at ultra wide and because it’s such a wide shot you don’t really need a stabilized lens it’s pretty stable overall now when you’re in an environment that’s dark enough a little icon will show up on the iPhone and this indicates the new night mode and Apple has added this to the new iPhones so that you can capture more light and process better photos when it’s dark out and you could still use the flash here but night mode you can activate it when the icon shows up otherwise there’s no way to activate it manually but it just shows up as it gets darker up and then you have some options for exposure times or your aperture so depending on if you’re holding it by hand or if it’s on a tripod this time will vary based on motion it’s sensing using it using its sensors now let’s take a look at a very dark environment and I’ll show you what this can actually do now we’re in a dark environment and there’s almost no ambient light and the iPhone actually knows that it’s dark and also knows that it’s on a tripod so it allows us to turn the capture time up to 30 seconds for maximum exposure so let’s go ahead and hit the button to record the photo and you’ll see it’s very dark and as it starts to gather light it starts to expose on the iPhone screen itself and this is really interesting to watch and the maximum time is 30 seconds and it’s pretty amazing the results you can get because it will get details that I can’t see for example you’ll see there’s a small white box there that’s actually an iPhone box but I can’t see that with my Lutton with my eyes without any lights on so I can’t make out any detail on it I just know there’s a faint shadow that looks like a box in the background and so I can’t see it with my own eyes let’s go ahead and take a closer look at it so there is the photo that it actually was able to capture it was able to capture the word iPhone and I can’t see that word at all in this particular environment even with these screens on there’s not enough light for me to see it I can only see that LED that’s right there and that’s about it there’s not a whole lot of light in this room it’s pretty amazing what it can do and this is not the ideal situation but this gives you an idea of what it can do now here’s the exact same background I haven’t moved anything but this is what it looked like before I turned off the lights off so you’ll see it did a pretty good job of capturing and overall take a look at a couple other photos that were captured at night now Apple has finally included a fast charger in the box with the phone this is an 18 watt fast charger similar to that of the iPad pro it’s USB c2 lightning and will charge the phone about 50% in 30 minutes now the last positive is the speakers the speakers are really good on this phone you’ve got the forward facing speaker on the top and then the down firing speaker on the bottom and combined they have a really nice sound it’s a wider sound as Apple calls it and it’s just better overall it’s really really loud and I’m glad they’ve just made it better and better I didn’t think you could get much louder than the XS Max but these definitely feel louder to me now let’s move on to the bad or the negative things about this phone and the first thing is they’ve removed 3d touch now I know a lot of you are not going to be bothered by that but if you are familiar with using 3d touch and like to use it they’ve removed the way it works it’s now a long press or haptic touch and while that doesn’t bother me too much it is a little bit slower and it’s just not as nice it feels like they’ve removed a feature although they have added battery life because they were able to make the display thinner and probably it’s for future design since it’s hard to implement that pressure layer underneath now the next bad thing is the price the price continues to start at $1,000 and goes all the way to about $1,500 in the United States that can be much higher overseas and it’s a problem for a lot of people now of course there’s the iPhone 11 which is a good option for most people but if you want that better display and that ultra wide camera along with the telephoto lens you’ll have to opt for at least $1000 plus and or at least wait another year until they come down in price so that’s going to be a big negative for a lot of people and finally while this may or may not be a negative for some people they’re probably going to redesign this phone next year many people are expecting a full redesign with possibly a smaller notch maybe even a larger battery or similar size battery and then maybe even an iPhone 4 type style so if you want the latest and greatest you may want to wait until next year you have a XS Max or a X because the full redesign seems to be a three year cycle and this is the third iteration of this phone so that may be a problem for you otherwise I highly recommend it so that’s it for the good and bad of the iPhone 11 pro and pro max let me know what you think about it in the comments below I still recommend it to anyone looking for an upgrade if you love the iPhone ecosystem or iOS ecosystem it’s only going to get better from here on out with deep fusion coming to the cameras later with 13.2 or it may be out by the time you’re watching this it just gets better and better and less buggy over time as far as updates are concerned but let me know your experience with it in the comments below and if you’re picking one up or maybe you’re going to hold off until next year thanks so much for watching and if you haven’t subscribed already please subscribe and hit that notification bell if you’d like to see more of these videos as soon as they’re 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