Yes, it is true. I did the unthinkable and switched over to the iPhone 11 as my daily driver and have a few thoughts about it.
Now before I get into the specs of the device and how I felt about using it, the unboxing of the iPhone 11 is a very similar process to other iPhones. The visuals of the phone are displayed on the front of the box along with the storage size of your choice. Opening up the box, we are greeted with the phone on top while the user manual and sim ejector pin are below it. Underneath that, you will find the lighting airpods (yes still no headphone jack) and sadly, we still have a 5W charger in the box. In 2019. Oh, and the USB to lightning cable is also below that.
The iPhone 11 has Apple’s latest and greatest A13 Bionic Chipset with Apples 4 core graphic GPU coupled along with it. You can choose from 3 different iPhone 11 variants that is, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage and all variants come with 4GB of RAM. The phone also comes in 6 different colors that include purple, white, black, green, yellow and of course product RED. All colors also look more pastel-like when compared to the iPhone XR.
Taking a look at the built of the phone, the phone has a glass sandwich design with a metal frame which helped the phone to feel solid as a daily driver but unfortunately, it still looks outdated as a phone in 2019 due to the huge notch in front which allows for Face ID. Yes, still no in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone however now comes with a dual camera setup compared to the single sensor on the iPhone XR but there is still a huge camera bump which causes it to wobble when placed on a table.
iPhone 11 also comes equipped with a 6.1 inch “Liquid Retina” display which in layman’s terms is an LCD display. Surprisingly, even with the low resolution of sub 720p, I had no issues with the screen and overall it impressed me. The only thing that bothered me about it was still the huge notch which is distracting when watching YouTube or Netflix.
Moving on to the most exciting part of the iPhone 11, the cameras. The phone has 2 cameras, the main sensor being a 12-megapixel f/1.8 26mm lens and the second sensor being a 12-megapixel f/2.4 13mm ultrawide angle lens. This is coupled with a new and improved camera app in iOS 13 which adds a faster shutter speed as well as adds the ultrawide angle mode and a dedicated night mode. Finally. The pictures overall looked great, provided great dynamic range especially in good lighting but the portrait mode is still a hit or a miss. The ultrawide angle sensor is a good addition but takes lower quality shots under bad lighting due to the f/2.4 aperture. The night mode on the main sensor helps achieve some great shots and my only gripe with it is that I cannot turn it on manually and need to wait for the phone to automatically turn it on.
The front facing camera is a huge 12-megapixel sensor with a f/2.2 aperture. Now when testing the selfie camera, I managed to get some great shots but most of the time it was 50/50 as some shots looked nice but some were just okay. The portrait mode on the other hand is great especially if the lighting is really good.
The rear camera supports up to UHD 2160p at 60fps and 1080p up to 120fps. The videos turned out nice at 4K resolution and the videos on the ultrawide angle sensor look good and stable although it lacks optical image stabilization which is available on the main lens which allows the phone to create gimble like videos and makes this one of the best phones for video. The front facing camera supports UHD 2160p up to 60fps with decent stabilization which led to decent results as well.
The audio on the phone is also a great plus as the phone has one speaker on the bottom and one at the earpiece. The iPhone 11 also supports Dolby Atmos Sound which led to the phone having great clarity and decent bass.
iPhone 11 is shipped with iOS 13 on board which in my opinion has been great but has one main issue. When using the phone for long periods of time, it tends to get really hot, but I hope this can be fixed in a software update. Another thing that annoys me about iOS I the notifications as it is still hard to get to with one hand on this big screen. I prefer the methods used on android phones which allow you to swipe down from the middle of the screen to view your notifications.
When talking about battery life, I would first like to state that the iPhone 11 only comes with a 3110 mAh battery. I tested the phone with true tone turned on and only managed to get 3 hours and 41 minutes of screen on time which goes to show that size does matter even with software optimization. When using a 18W charger to charge the phone, it managed to charge from 0-50 in around 28 minutes but unfortunately the phone only comes with a 5W charger and the 18W charger needs to be purchased separately.
On the gaming side, Asphalt 9 ran very smoothly but if you like games like PUBG, the notch tends to cover part of the information on the screen so that is something to note.
In conclusion, the iPhone 11 is the most value for money iPhone out right now but not necessarily the one you should get. The phone starts at RM 3399 for the 64GB while the iPhone XR is still on sale for only RM 2899 which to me, is better value. However, compared to other android phones out right now, purchasing an iPhone for that much money, does not make much sense. Remember to also check out the full review on my channel below.