iPhone 11 First Impressions

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max made their expected debuts at Apple’s special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on Tuesday. The most affordable of the trio is, of course, the iPhone 11, the spiritual successor to last year’s iPhone XR. The iPhone XR was seen by some as the iPhone to get if you couldn’t afford the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max — instead of the great entry-level flagship iPhone that it was — so the rebranding should help Apple establish the iPhone 11’s rightful place in the 2019 iPhone lineup as the “default new iPhone for most people”.

The iPhone 11 looks and feels just like the iPhone XR, and much like its predecessor, it puts colours front and centre of the experience. It will be available in six colours — the Coral and Blue colours from last year have given way to Purple and Green, while the other four iPhone 11 colours — Black, White, Yellow, and (Product) Red — sport slightly different finishes than the iPhone XR. The Yellow iPhone 11, for example, looks less shiny than the iPhone XR and will appeal to those who like understated finishes (as understated as a yellow can be, that is).

The 6.1-inch display still packs a resolution of 828×1792 pixels, which is alright, but as we noted in our iPhone XR review, not something you expect from a phone at this price level. The display’s LCD — while the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max pack OLED panels — but in terms of colour reproduction and overall quality, it is among the best LCD panels money can buy.

iPhone 11 camera

But the area where Apple is promising the biggest improvements in the 2019 iPhone lineup is camera. For its part, the iPhone 11 packs dual rear cameras, with the wide f/1.8 aperture 12-megapixel camera backed by the ultra-wide f/2.4 aperture 12-megapixel sensor. The presence of Night Mode is a first for the iPhone lineup, promising a boost to low-light photography similar to ones seen on flagship GoogleHuawei, and Samsung smartphones.

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