iPhone 11 Pro Max review – Well worth the cost
What do you do when all smartphones are pretty damn good, and all that’s really left is personal preference? While it’s increasingly been the case in the war of words between Apple and Android fanboys, the new iPhone options are a significant sign of the times in that they effectively offer a Tall, Grande, Venti version to the same experience: iOS 13.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the top-tier entry, with the biggest screen (6.5 inches), biggest storage capacity (up to 512GB) and not one, not two, but three 12MP cameras on the rear, throwing in a Telephoto lens to the mix.
It feels hefty and premium and like you’re packing a serious piece of kit. The price tag, starting at £1,149, will reassure you if the weight won’t.
The camera is the main selling point of the upper model as it’s so easy to show off.
So, how will my pictures look?
With dual image stabilisation, the new Night Mode – a long-running issue with Apple phones compared to their rivals – is a real step forward with much more clarity and detail. But as ever, it’s the outside shots that really shine – skies and vistas in particular are stunning.
There are other advantages of the 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max – water resistance to 4m rather than 2m, Super Retina XDR display rather than Liquid Retina HD, etc – but this is the most consistent set of phones that Apple has released.
And the lighter, more colourful and carefree iPhone 11 will fulfil most people in terms of wants, running as it does off the same A13 Bionic chip set.
Effortless style from Apple
The design is broadly the same as last year’s handsets, too, with the Notch breaking into the almost edge-to-edge screen for a second time across all of them. This year’s iterations would clearly be an S upgrade in the old language.
That said, the 11 Pro Max has a lot to allow us to recommend it. The battery, for one, is incredible.
Apple boasts it’s the longest battery life ever (lasting 5 hours longer than the XS Max) and it certainly flies through a day without needing a charge.
But even more impressive is how quickly it charges, now with a USB-C to Lightning cable in the bag, filling up in minutes to get you fully charged in a pinch.
Apple iPhone Pro Max specs
Display: 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display (2688 x 1242 resolution)
Processor: A13 Bionic Chip
Operating system: iOS 13
Camera: Triple lens set-up. 12MP Ultra-Wide (f/2.4 and 120 degree FoV), 12MP Wide (f/1.8), 12MP Telephoto (f/2.0)
Video: 4K recording at 24, 30, and 60FPS
Battery: Up to 20 hours video playback and 80 hours audio playback.
Any down points bar the price?
Well, coming from the XR – which is still a great phone but more in line with this year’s iPhone 11 in terms of positioning – the 11 Pro Max is noticeably bulkier and heavier.
Not uncomfortably so, but you’ll notice it’s slightly heavier than last year’s bigger brother and it’s worth a play around in the shops to see if it’s for you.
And while the screen is really excellent, we still maintain that you won’t really notice the difference between the 11 and the 11 Pros unless they’re side by side, much like the XR and the XS. That said, when you DO put them side by side, there’s no contest – the 11 Pro Max’s display is big, bold and dazzling with crisp detail.
The iPhone 11 phones are a great package, and arguably the most consistent Apple smartphones so far.
You’ll be well happy with whichever one you pick up – but for those who like to have the biggest, best or just show off, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is primed for you.
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