(electronic music) – I’ll make this simple for you, if you’re an iOS person andit’s time to get a new phone and you don’t want to spend $1000, you should get an iPhone 11. It’s a really good phonewith one of the best cameras I’ve ever seen on a smartphoneand excellent battery life. Apple’s also droppedthe price by 50 bucks. The iPhone 10 R started at 749 and the iPhone 11 starts at 699. That doesn’t mean theiPhone 11 is a perfect phone or that it even has all of the best specs and features that you can get. It doesn’t, but it shines where it counts and it’s totally fine everywhere else. And, if you do wanna liveon the bleeding edge of tech you can spend $300 moreand get an iPhone 11 Pro which I reviewed it in another video. But I think most peoplelooking for an iPhone upgrade, don’t need to overthink this. Just get an iPhone 11, you’ll be happy. Lemme tell you why. (upbeat music) The iPhone 11 isfundamentally the S update to last years very popular iPhone 10 R. It has the same design,the same 6.1 inch 720p LCD with fancy rounded corners,the same biggish bezels and the same aluminum body. From the front it looks almostexactly like an iPhone 10 R.
But, Apple says it’s made the glass on the front and the backa little bit stronger, the water resistance is a little better and the camera bump on theback is now milled right into the glass, which is kinda neat. And, it comes in a bunchof new pastelly colors. This lavender one we have looks very nice. The whole design isstill a little surfboardy and it’s definitely not small. If you’re looking toupgrade from an iPhone SE this thing is gonna feel huge. But really, the only major difference is between the iPhone10 R and the iPhone 11 are the cameras, theslightly better battery life and the new processor. There’s a bunch of otherlittle things that we’ll get to but that’s really what you need to know. And, it’s $50 cheaper, this is not exactly the hardest review I’ve ever had to do. But Verge executive editor, Dieter Bohn has been using an iPhone10 R for the past year. And he’s also been testingthe iPhone 11 this week. So, I called him up to see what he thinks. (ringing) (beeping) All right, let’s start with battery life. You’ve been using the10 R for the past year. Apple says the 11 gets anhour longer than the 10 R, what do you think? –
I mean, I bought the10 R in the first place because I didn’t wanna haveto worry about battery life. So, I didn’t it just lasted all day and the iPhone 11 also lasts all day, I don’t have to worry about battery life. I think it’s a little bit betterbut I don’t know for sure. And look, like you couldmaybe kill this thing in less than a day but you’dreally, really have to try. I think the battery life is great. What is not great, is thefact that there’re still in the box, including thatdinky five watt charger. – I feel strongly thatI could make you go on a USB-C rant here, but I won’tdo that to everyone else. Instead, I’m gonna askyou about the camera. Now, I think Apple’sactually pulled it off and they’ve done an amazingjob with the camera. They’ve pulled ahead of thePixel, what do you think? – So, I actually wanna start with the hardest possible situation that I could figure out, or close to it. So, this is the iPhone11 versus the Pixel 3. It’s zoomed in a little bit more than 2x and it’s night mode and you can see that the iPhone 11 really holds it’s own.
It still really wantsto bring up the shadows but it’s right there with the Pixel. Now, here’s another one,this is the iPhone 11 versus the Pixel 3 again and herethe iPhone 11 just nails the tones and the colors where the Pixel 3 just looksunnaturally bright and weird. So, I much prefer the iPhone 11. – You know I’ve been sayingfor months on The Vergecast now that I think the iPhone 10 S looks bad and then Apple’s HDRwas kinda bad last year. But I think they reallyimproved it this year. It’s so much more willingto let shadows be shadows and highlights be highlights. They’re doing thissemantic rendering thing, where they’re processing the hair and the sky and faces differently. I think it really works. Here’s a photo of Moya, that honestly I thinkcould be the entire review. The 10 S Max is kinda blurry,it’s lost a lot of detail. The 11 is super sharp,there’s a ton of detail and it’s just renderedthe shadows and highlights so much more effectively. It’s kind of a wash with the Pixel but I actually prefer the 11. – You know, in additionto the detail thing, I’m just happier with theiPhone 11’s color choices. So, here’s a portrait modeof 11 versus the 10 R. And the 10 R just thinksthat yellow counts as natural and that’s not right.
The iPhone 11 actually is way better but if you look closely, aweird thing you’ll see is the iPhone 11 seemed to doa worse job on the cutouts on portraits, it reallyscrewed my glasses up. – So, that’s really interesting because the 11 has two lenses on the back. So, it’s actually usingtwo cameras to figure out the depth map while the 10 Ris just doing it in software. I actually asked Apple about this and they were pretty surprised. They think obviously the11 should do a better job and they told me theyspecifically spent time working on glasses this year. So, this is one of those thingswhere we’re just gonna have to see if software improves it over time. But it is very strange that the 10 R is doing a better job with your glasses. But, tell me about theultra-wide in general, I’ve been having funwith it, how about you? – [Dieter] So, I know there’sthis huge argument now that they added a second lens to the 11, so should they have added atelephoto or an ultra-wide and I am fully on team ultra-wide. I think it is way more usefulthan just a 2x telephoto. So, for example here isa photo of a vineyard the standard wide and the ultra-wide and I just like the ultra-wide way better. – So, I agree with you that the ultra-wide is the right call over the telephoto. But, where I disagree is inhow much I’ll actually use it. The ultra-wide has a slowerlens, it’s got a smaller sensor.
I’m just way less impressedwith these photos. So, while it’s really fun,I think it’s actually better to use the main camera and just back up. And I think it’s way easierto back up than zoom in, that’s just a fact. – That’s just not true at all. It’s way easier to walkthree steps forward and get a better you know telephoto, get a better zoom in thanit is to walk backwards. I dunno where you take photosbut it’s in weird places. – I mean, backwards isbetter than forwards, it’s just obviously true. (laughing) When we were out shootingBec and Alix took a ton of slofies. Here’s one, I don’t wannatalk about it at all really. But, video on iPhones has been better than on Android phones for a long time. This seems like it’s increasing the gap. You’ve been testing alot of Android phones, what do you think? – So man, the only Androidphones that are anywhere near in the same league as theiPhone are Samsung phones, like the Note 10 or the Galaxy S10. And even though they’re in the same league they still lose basically every time. And, I know that thePixel 4 is coming soon and I don’t wanna pre-judge it here, but let’s just say right now, the iPhone is definitely the best camera for video. – Yeah,
I think thatPixel 4 kinda looms over this whole thing, but it’s not out yet. It’s leaked all over theplace, but it’s not out yet. We’ll just have to test it when it comes. So, you’ve been using a 10 R for the year. You’ve had the 11, what doyou think, worth the upgrade? – I mean, it reallydepends on how you feel about the camera on your current phone and maybe the battery life andif you have something older than a 10 R it’s totally worth it. And actually, hang on aminute, I’ve got stuff to do this is your review,you should go finish it. (beeps) – That was really quite rude. There’s really not that much to say about the iPhone 11’s display. It’s the same LiquidRetina LCD as last year with the same specs andthe same kinda thick bezel. Liquid Retina is just Apple’s fancy name for how it curves LCD cornerswith microscopic apertures. This is a 326 dpi, 720pLCD and it looks like one. It simply doesn’t have thedeep blacks of an OLED display which means the new Dark Mode in iOS 13 doesn’t look as good as it could.
And, it’s definitely lower resolution than the iPhone 11 Pro’s. The good news is that AppleLCD’s are typically great and this display is typically great. Unless you really deeplycare about displays, it’s more than fine. Last year I said the onlyreason to spend $250 more on the iPhone 10 S over theiPhone 10 R was the display. And, I feel the same way this year. Only now it’s a $300 jump. It’s definitely worth it to me, but I recommend going and looking at them for yourself to decide. (relaxed music) Like the iPhone 10 R there’sno 3D touch on the iPhone 11. Apple’s replaced it withit calls Haptic Touch. Which is really just a fancy name for long-pressing on things. I really miss 3D Touch to preview links and scoot the cursoraround using the keyboard but I adjusted quickly and long-presses are a little simpler to understand and they’re gonna be a littlebit more consistent across other iOS devices like the iPad now. Apple’s also updated the speakers on the iPhone 11 to have call spatial audio. Which is essentially avirtual surround decoder that supports Adobe 5.1, 7.1 and Atmos. I don’t know if I’mever gonna be convinced that stereo speakers on a phone are actually delivering surround sound,
but these speakers sound greatand they are extremely loud. And, of course there’s no headphone jack and no headphone dongle in the box. So, just be ready for that. (relaxed music) The iPhone 11 also has Apple’snew A13 Bionic processor which is both morepowerful and more efficient that the A12 Bionic in the iPhone 10 R. It’s also the same shapeas in the iPhone 11 Pros and it’s plenty fast. Although, the A12 Bionicwas pretty fast too and I couldn’t tell you that Inoticed some huge performance difference between the 11 and the 10 R. But, iPhones tend to stickaround for a long time and all that extra processorperformance is why. That headroom matters more towards the end of the phones life, notnow at the beginning. Face ID has slightlyimproved from the iPhone 10 R but it’s another thingyou might not even notice. It’s just a little faster than before and it works from a slightlylarger range of angles. I’ve come to really like Face ID, so any improvement is welcome. Especially if it encourages people to actually lock their phones. The iPhone 11 also has Apple’snew U1 positioning chip in it,
which uses an ultra-wideband radio to precisely locate the phone in relation to other U1 devices. This will initially makeAirDrop a little easier but it doesn’t do anything yet. That feature will come with iOS 13.1 which is scheduled to shipat the end of the month. (upbeat music) And that really brings me to iOS 13 in general which is pretty buggy in all of my iPhone review units so far. I’ve seen some weird glitches and app crashes during testing. And I’ve had to restart a couple times just to get things back on track. Apple told me some of thesethings will get cleaned up in iOS 13.1, but if you’recurrently happy with your phone I would not rush out to upgrade until we know iOS 13 had settled down, which should be soon enough. Assuming Apple cleans upthe rough edges of iOS 13, it’s basically a bunch ofsmall updates to iOS 12 that make things a littlecleaner and simpler. There’s a Dark Mode now, theShare Sheet’s a little nicer. The Photos app is a little more engaging and Reminders has been redesigned.
You can swipe to type on the keyboard now. It’s a bunch of stuff like that. But if you have any other recent iPhone you’ll be getting allof it as well shortly because you’ll be upgraded to iOS 13. We’ll have a full iOS 13review when it arrives so, keep an eye out for that. (relaxed music) So, is it worth upgradingto the iPhone 11? If you’ve got an iPhoneolder than the 10 R and it’s upgrade time for you,I think the answer is yes. The camera is substantially improved and you’ll get vastly better battery life than anything aside from the iPhone 10 R. Those are the thingsmost people care about and Apple’s really delivered here. I’d only spend the extramoney on the iPhone 11 Pro if you really care about the display. I don’t think you’re missing out on much by not having a telephotocamera lens to be honest. Now I do, really care aboutdisplays, so I’m getting a Pro. But I think most people will be very happy with the iPhone 11. That is, after Apple cleans up iOS 13. If you’re looking for an even deeper dive in the the iPhone 11 camera, go check out our iPhone 11 Pro Review. It has the same basic camerasystem as the iPhone 11 and we tested the hell out of it. Then, let me know, if you’re upgrading which iPhone are you gonna get? Or, are you gonna wait for something else?