I Didn’t Care About The iPhone 11 – Until I Used It


– [Michael Fisher] This
video is sponsored by tech21. I didn’t expect to have to try this hard. I came to New York city specifically to go hands-on with the new iPhone. I’ve now gotten to try all three of them. I’ve shot endless sample
photos with their new wide-angle cameras,
which I’ve been badgering Apple to include for three years. The phones have slipped
back into my pockets with a resounding thud, testament to another answered prayer. Stop making your phones thinner, we said. We don’t need thinner phones, we need better battery life. Well, wish granted. These are thicker,
heavier and they promise to last longer. And most surprising of
all to me, the price point is $50 lower than last year. In short, Apple has
given us everything we’ve asked for. So why, as I walk the
streets with my friends Renee and Hayato with
a brand new smartphone on it’s very release day, why is it so hard for me to care? (exciting electronic music) I have a theory about that but I’ll save the navel
gazing for the end, because right now I want to tell you about the phone you came here to see. You’ve probably heard that the iPhone 11 is split into two categories, one of which has a pro at the end of it and comes in two sizes. How do you tell them apart? Well, the colors are different, the display bezels are thinner on the pro, and the pro also packs
many more pixels per inch on a more saturated,
higher contrast display. But the main difference
is this electric razor, fidget spinner, journeyman
project Turbo logo, however you want to make fun of it, it’s the camera module. And look, while it does
look goofy in pictures, the triple lens on the iPhone 11 Pro is actually okay in person. And really, what matters
is the camera’s output, right? The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro
each pack the same two base cameras. A 12 megapixel primary and a matching 12 megapixel sensor behind an ultrawide 120 degree lens. Many Android phones have
similar arrangements, but almost always the differences in
either sensors or lenses. or both, have meant that the
colors vary significantly between wide and ultrawide. The iPhone 11 hasn’t
totally solved for this. The smaller aperture
on the ultrawide means it can’t let as much
light in and so it does suffer in the dark. But the color matching
across cameras has never been better than it is on this phone. That applies to the third camera, on the 11 Pro as well. Another 12 megapixel sensor made into a telephoto lens for long shots. I’m disappointed Apple stuck to just 2X magnification here
while the competition is out doing 3x and even 5x optical zoom. But you forget all about that when you try Apple’s new night mode. First it was Huawei then Google then… …well, technically Samsung
but (derisive vocalization) point is, Apple has
finally put some work into photos taken after dark. And the results early
on are hugely promising. Dimmer but more authentic than Huawei. Better in all respects than Samsung. And going below for blow with Google. That’s truly astounding. After a year of falling
over myself saying how great the Pixel 3’s night
sight because it is, but Apple it seems has caught up. I’m going to talk a lot
more about these cameras in the review so let
me wrap up with a word on selfies and a word on portraits. We finally have a wider
front facing camera on the iPhone. Not as wide as the Pixel 3 can go it maxes out at 85 degrees. But it does compare favorably against the Galaxy Note 10+ in terms of quality. Look how much more
there is to the picture. Watch out. Also I’m a big pumpkin man over there. And I’m my real self over there. Video, the iPhone does it better. No new lessons were learned. And over in portrait land
the iPhone continues to just kill it when it
comes to color science. The Pixel has the edge in… …edge detection. And Samsung does do good work too, but in terms of colors and the quality of the bouquet Apple usually wins. It’s just a shame that in 2019, nearly six years after
HTC first made portrait photos a thing, screwing up these photos is as easy as having glasses, or, you know, hair. What else is new? Well Apple is finally
shipping a fast charger in the box, at least relatively fast at 18 watts and only if you buy the Pro. Face ID is said to be 30 percent faster and capable of working at
a wider range of angles but in my brief testing against an older version of iOS that improvement wasn’t consistent, either on the table or in the hand. And 3D touch is gone
now which makes me sad because it was one of the first truly new ways to use a touchscreen. The other stuff- the
longer lasting batteries, the spacial audio, I need time to test it. And yes, I’m getting ready to wrap up but don’t go anywhere
because we still have to talk about my pesky disillusionment. Right now though, in the
midst of a hectic Day 1, it’s all I can do to
remember that the 11 has glossy glass while the
11 Pro’s is frosty glass. And that glass may be the strongest ever but I wasn’t willing to
test that claim on some of the first iPhones
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excited for this iPhone this time around has been tougher for me. I look back to how jazzed I was about the iPhone 10 a couple years
back and it’s because so much was new, from the gestures to the hardware, even the notch. It’s natural for Apple to
have a so-called S year but that was last year and I think I just expected more. On top of that, and
this is more important, the new software iOs 13.1 still won’t be here for another week. And that will enable a lot of features no one has been able to try yet, like the U1 chip inside this thing and Deep Fusion for even better photos. So it’s kind of hard to
evaluate this phone on the merits while it’s
still waiting for half its brain to get delivered, you know? Maybe most of all… …I still believe we’re on the brink of a sea change in mobile. With foldable phones just
on the cusp of release. And while I know it’s so early for those, and really no one should
buy them yet, probably, they’re always on my
mind when I’m testing out the latest plain old rectangle. I’m just eager for the next step, I guess. That’s said, if there is a rectangle you buy this year, there probably will be, these should be near the top of your list for consideration. And if you want a lot more photo samples and insights than I was
able to get into here, hit up Renee Ritchie’s videos at Vector. And also Hayato Huseman’s face-off between the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy Note 10+ at Android Central. I’ll link them both below. Thanks to both of those
gentlemen for all their help putting this video together. And for the record,
Mobile Nations purchased both of my review iPhones from Apple. They are retail units
and no copy approval or compensation provided either, of course. If that’s the kind of
tech video you’d like to see more of please
subscribe to theMrMobile on YouTube and stay tuned for that review coming soon. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile, my friends.

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