Iphone 11 Pro Max Smartphone Review

Design and ergonomics

The first thing that catches your eye is not even the new camera unit, but the glass on the back. It is matte. At the same time, the apple remained glossy, like on the iPhone of the early, “aluminum” era.

Iphone 11 Pro Max Smartphone Review

The surface of the new iPhones looks pretty and reminds the wearer that it is not last year’s iPhone XS, but the new flagship from Apple. The problem with greasy spots was also solved: the panel is absolutely non-marking.

The glass of the iPhone 11 Pro is not at all the gloss of the latest iPhones or the aluminum of earlier models, but something in between.

Iphone 11 Pro is sold in four colors: space gray, silver, gold, and dark green. Older colors look slightly different due to the matte back.

But the new dark green color, despite the expected popularity, seems inconspicuous and looks a bit like “space gray”.

This is a dark green iPhone 11 Pro. The nuances of color are rendered so subtly that it is harder to capture them than to see. The smartphone looks like just black

Let’s move on to the main external innovation. Three cameras arranged in a triangle. Live it is clearly prettier than the first renders. However, when the screen is horizontally oriented, the telephoto lens, which is located in the center, constantly gets your finger, and greasy spots can affect the quality of photos. Also, dust sticks to the new camera block.

“Ten” and subsequent models staggered noticeably when pressing the corner of the smartphone when it lies on a horizontal surface. The increased area of ​​the camera block slightly compensated for this backlash.

Also in the range of Apple there are transparent cases for new models. They’re not made of silicone, like some other brands, but hard plastic. However, with it, the smartphone still loses some of its charm. And the cover noticeably slows down the side buttons.

In terms of ergonomics, nothing has changed. This is the same iPhone XS, which is ten grams heavier. It is weighty and fits well in the hand, and also narrower than most of today’s flagships. Feels like the vibration response has slightly changed. The arrangement of the buttons remains the same: the power key is on the right, and the volume key is on the left. Above the last one is a mute switch.


The impressions are about the same as from the displays of top-end Samsung: the iPhone 11 Pro also has some of the best screens. When comparing head-to-head with the iPhone XS, qualitative changes are visible: the 11 Pro displays colors more correctly at an angle and has a slightly larger margin of brightness.

The main change concerns brightness: Apple claims it has grown to 800 nits. Text on the iPhone 11 Pro’s screen is easy to read even in bright sunlight and can only be lost in direct light. For comparison, the iPhone XS screen, which already had no complaints about the brightness, produced 625 nits.

True Tone, which adjusts the color temperature to the environment, and Night Shift, which makes the image warmer for sleep, remain in place. Always On Display, which many have been expecting from new iPhones, has not appeared.

This year, the manufacturer decided to abandon 3D Touch. According to Apple, this is not due to savings, but to the desire to make the company’s smartphones the same (the iPhone 11, the successor to the XR, did not receive this feature). It’s hard to get out of the habit of good things, but it’s real: in many scenarios, 3D Touch has replaced a long press. Most of all, users were confused by the need to long press on the icon to uninstall the application: first, the system shows a new context menu, and only then crosses light up above the program icons. It will take some getting used to: it seems that Apple “killed” 3D Touch.

The sound has become noticeably better: louder, clearer, more spacious. When listening to music, it can be compared to the sound of a simple Bluetooth speaker, while watching a movie, it can create a believable sense of space. Well, relatively plausible: after all, we have a gadget in our hands, not an audio system.

Review of iPhone 11 Pro. Apple’s new smartphone with 3 cameras

Successor to iPhone XS with new processor and frosted glass back.


Apple introduced three smartphones this year: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The company is improving the hardware on the iPhone X chassis, which was released two years ago. In 2018, Apple released the iPhone XR, a more affordable model with an IPS screen and larger bezels, as well as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which became the main flagships of the company.

The iPhone 11 is the successor to the compromise iPhone XR. This means the iPhone 11 Pro takes over the baton from the iPhone XS, becoming Apple’s leading flagship in 2019.


The package includes a smartphone, stickers, documentation, paper clip, EarPods and adapter cable. The adapter is now 18-watt, and the cable is with a USB Type-C connector. Apple fans have been waiting for a long time to replace the usual 5 V and 1 A charger, and it happened.


As noted, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has three rear cameras: wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto. In addition, like the iPhone 11, it has a night mode. We took comparison shots on the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Xs Max. The results were commented by Anton Soloviev.

Iphone 11 Pro Max Gallery (26mm)

Iphone XS Max Gallery (26mm):

We have already discussed the main camera in detail in the article about the iPhone 11. As you can see from the laboratory test results shown in the graph below, the main cameras in smartphones are the same. Perhaps the Pro Max was a little more fortunate when testing night mode.

The higher result of Pro Max “at night” is really an accident, since the cameras of the younger and older models work in this mode in the same way. In the last article we have already discussed the so-called “night mode” and the simplicity of taking pictures of this mode from the pictures of last year’s flagship using the simplest graphic editor. It’s likely that the newer cameras’ night mode is trying to use stabilization to shoot at slower shutter speeds at lower sensitivity. In theory, this should increase detail, in practice, the difference with the iPhone XS Max camera is barely noticeable even though the XS Max JPEG was processed.

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We again talked about the new addition to the focal length range. 14 mm. In the article about the iPhone 11. Apart from the results of the laboratory test given above, there is nothing more to add. At first glance, 70% resolution at 130 lux is not a bad result. However, it’s all about the contrasting world, which the sharpening algorithm handles well. At the same time, the program cannot cope with real small details, such as grass and foliage, and we get a mess of low-contrast details even in good lighting. However, for Instagram and this quality will be enough.

Gallery iPhone 11 Pro Max (14mm):

But the telemodule remained only in the top versions. It got a lot of work done over the past year, and is now nearly 10% better in a lab test than the iPhone XS a year ago. The difference is also visible in field shots: the lens is now noticeably less soapy, and the sensor is less noisy. over, judging by the characteristics, the module has practically not changed: the sensor diagonal is still the same 1 / 3.4 ″, and the aperture has become a little larger. F / 2.0 instead of f / 2.4. Lack of lighting is still critical for the camera, but not so much.

Gallery iPhone 11 Pro Max (52mm):

Iphone XS Max Gallery (52mm):

Since bokeh in portrait mode is created programmatically, the result is practically independent of the focal length. However, over the years, the program has become smarter, and now the result looks really good. This is still synthetic, obvious to any seasoned photographer, but it looks believable on a small screen.

Normal modePortrait mode

Also note that the front camera now shoots 4K and 12 MP photos.

  • Specifications Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Packaging and equipment
  • Design
  • Screen
  • Performance
  • Cameras
  • Autonomous work and heating
  • Conclusions

The protagonist of Apple’s September presentation was undoubtedly the new iPhone 11 Pro Max. Here, for the first time, three rear cameras are used, for the first time it is allowed to submerge in water to a depth of four meters, and the name itself differs from previous generations: the Pro prefix was not added to the iPhone before. So how did the flagship go??

We presented and analyzed the general information and all the details voiced by Apple in the report on the results of the September presentation, so we will not repeat ourselves and proceed to testing. Let’s just recall the characteristics of the novelty for a start.

Autonomous work and heating

We used the iPhone 11 Pro Max for about a week in normal mode, using it exactly as the main smartphone. The result was the following: he lives for two days, hardly more. We did not notice a fundamental increase in comparison with its predecessor.

The results of tests of autonomous operation in different modes with a screen brightness of 100 cd / m2 are presented in the table.

Iphone 11 Pro MaxiPhone Xs Max
Reading books22 hours 40 minutes21 hours 10 minutes
Watching YouTube. 1080p11 hours 30 minutes10 hours 35 minutes
Game (battery test GFXBenchmark Manhattan 3.1.1)4 hours 28 minutes4 hours 15 minutes

Well, the new product demonstrates a good result. But there is no radical payoff that would seriously impact the user experience. In addition, in everyday life we ​​use a smartphone differently: no one plays on the iPhone for several hours and does not watch for ten hours. That is, not the fact that you will feel the difference.

Another thing is that the fast charging mode really works and allows you to recharge the device by 50% in about half an hour. But to charge the entire iPhone, it will take at least one and a half hours.

Now let’s talk about heating. Below is a thermal image of the rear surface taken after 15 minutes of running the Manhattan 3.1 battery test in the GFX Benchmark Metal:

Heating is localized on the right side of the device, which, apparently, corresponds to the location of the SoC chip. According to the heat chamber, the maximum heating was 45 degrees (at an ambient temperature of 24 degrees). Apple iPhone XS Max has the same heating.


The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5 ″ OLED screen with a 2436 × 1125 resolution, which gives a decent 458 ppi pixel density. Same options as iPhone Xs Max. However, we decided to test the display of the novelty to the fullest extent of our methodology. The editor of the “Monitors” and “Projectors and TV” sections Alexey Kudryavtsev got down to business.

The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface, resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are slightly better than that of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, here is a photo in which a white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left. Nexus 7, on the right. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, then they can be distinguished by their size):

The screen of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is slightly darker (brightness in photographs is 107 versus 111 for the Nexus 7). The doubling of reflected objects in the screen of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is very weak, which indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen (more specifically, between the outer glass and the surface of the matrix). Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass / air) with greatly differing refractive indices, such screens look better in conditions of intense ambient light, but their repair in the case of cracked outer glass is much more expensive, since the entire screen has to be changed. On the outer surface of the screen there is a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating (effective, better than Nexus 7), so fingerprints are much easier to remove, and appear at a slower speed than in the case of ordinary glass.

With manual brightness control and when displaying a white field in full screen, the maximum long-term brightness value was about 750 cd / m2 (up to 800 cd / m2 in normal mode and up to 1200 cd / m2 in HDR mode), the minimum. 1.9 cd / m2 m². The maximum brightness is very high and, given the excellent anti-glare properties, readability even on a sunny day outdoors will be good. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable value. In the presence of automatic brightness control by the light sensor (it is located above the slot of the front speaker), which is enabled by default. In automatic mode, when the ambient light conditions change, the screen brightness both increases and decreases. The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider: with it, the user sets the desired brightness level for the current conditions. If nothing is changed, then in complete darkness, the brightness drops to 1.9 cd / m2 (very dark), in an office lit with artificial light (about 550 lux), the screen brightness is set to 100-115 cd / m2 (acceptable), in very in bright surroundings (corresponds to illumination on a clear day outdoors, but without direct sunlight. 20,000 lux or slightly more) rises to 750 cd / m² (up to the maximum, this is necessary). The result did not quite suit us, so first in the dark, and then in the office, we slightly moved the brightness slider up (in the quick access menu), and for the three conditions indicated above, we got 13, 130 and 750 cd / m² (ideal). It turns out that the automatic brightness control function works adequately, and it is possible to adjust the nature of the brightness change to the user’s requirements. At any brightness level, modulation is present with a frequency of about 240 Hz. The figure below shows the dependence of brightness (vertical axis) on time (horizontal axis) for several brightness settings (approximate values):

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It can be seen that at maximum and average brightness, the modulation amplitude is not very large, as a result, there is no visible flicker. However, with a strong decrease in brightness, modulation appears with a large relative amplitude, its presence can already be seen in the test for the presence of a stroboscopic effect or simply with rapid eye movement. Depending on individual sensitivity, such flickering can cause increased fatigue. However, the modulation phase differs across the screen area, so the negative effect of flickering is reduced.

This screen uses a Super AMOLED matrix. An active matrix on organic light-emitting diodes. A full color image is created using subpixels of three colors. Red (R), green (G), and blue (B), but there are half the red and blue subpixels, which can be referred to as RGBG. This is confirmed by a fragment of a micrograph:

For comparison, you can see the gallery of photomicrographs of screens used in mobile technology.

In the fragment above, you can count 4 green subpixels, 2 red (4 halves) and 2 blue (1 whole and 4 quarters), while repeating these fragments, you can lay out the entire screen without gaps and overlaps. For such matrices, Samsung has introduced the name PenTile RGBG. The manufacturer considers the screen resolution for green subpixels, for the other two it will be two times lower.

The screen has excellent viewing angles. True, when deviated even at small angles, the white color acquires a slight bluish tint, but the black color remains simply black at any angle. It is so black that the contrast setting is not applicable in this case. For comparison, we present photographs in which the screens of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max and the second participant of the comparison show the same images, while the brightness of the screens was initially set to about 200 cd / m2, and the color balance on the camera was forced to 6500 K.

Note the good uniformity of brightness and color tone of the white field.

And the test picture:

The color balance is slightly different, the color saturation is normal. Recall that a photograph cannot serve as a reliable source of information about the quality of color rendition and is provided only for a conditional visual illustration. In particular, the pronounced reddish tint of white and gray fields present in the photographs of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max screen is visually absent when viewed from a perpendicular view, which is confirmed by hardware tests using a spectrophotometer. The reason is that the spectral sensitivity of the camera matrix does not exactly match this characteristic of human vision.

Now at an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the plane and to the side of the screen. White box:

The brightness at an angle on both screens has noticeably decreased (to avoid strong darkening, the shutter speed is increased compared to previous photos), but in the case of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, the drop in brightness is much less pronounced. As a result, with formally the same brightness, the screen of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max visually looks much brighter (in comparison with LCD screens), since you often have to look at the screen of a mobile device at least from a slight angle.

And the test picture:

It can be seen that the colors have not changed much on both screens and the brightness of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max smartphone is noticeably higher at an angle. The switching of the state of the matrix elements is carried out almost instantly, but at the turn-on front there may be a step with a width of about 17 ms (which corresponds to a screen refresh rate of 60 Hz). For example, this is how the dependence of brightness on time looks like when switching from black to white and vice versa:

In some conditions, the presence of such a step can lead to plumes trailing behind moving objects. However, dynamic scenes in films on OLED screens are distinguished by high definition and even some “jerky” movements.

The gamma curve, plotted using 32 points at equal intervals in terms of the numerical value of the shade of gray, did not reveal any blockage in either the highlights or the shadows. The exponent of the approximating power function is 2.20, which is equal to the standard value of 2.2. In this case, the real gamma curve deviates very little from the power dependence:

The color gamut is sRGB:

We look at the spectra:

Such spectra are typical for OLEDs. The components are well separated, which allows achieving a wide color gamut. However, in this case, the gamut is neatly adjusted to the sRGB borders. As a result, visually the colors have a natural saturation.

This applies to those images in which the sRGB profile is registered or no profile at all. However, the Display P3 color space with slightly richer greens and reds is native to today’s top-end Apple devices. Display P3 is based on SMPTE DCI-P3 but has a D65 white point and a gamma curve of approximately 2.2. In addition, the manufacturer claims that since iOS 9.3, color management is supported at the system level, which makes it easier for iOS applications to correctly display images with a specified color profile. Indeed, adding the Display P3 profile to the test images (JPG and PNG files), we got a wider color gamut than sRGB (output in Safari):

Note that the coordinates of the primary colors almost exactly coincided with those prescribed for the DCI-P3 standard. Let’s look at the spectra in the case of test images with the Display P3 profile:

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It can be seen that in this case there is a slight cross-mixing of components in the red area, that is, the color space native to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max screen is slightly wider than Display P3.

The grayscale balance is very good, as the color temperature is close to the standard 6500 K, and the deviation from the black body spectrum (ΔE) is less than 10, which is considered an acceptable indicator for a consumer device. At the same time, the color temperature and ΔE vary little from shade to shade. This has a positive effect on the visual assessment of the color balance. (The darkest areas of the gray scale can be ignored, since there the color balance does not matter much, and the error in measuring color characteristics at low brightness is large.)

This Apple device has a Night Shift function that makes the picture warmer at night (how much warmer. The user indicates). For a description of why this might be useful, see the iPad Pro 9.7 ″ article. In any case, when having fun with a tablet or smartphone at night, looking at it, it is better to lower the screen brightness to a minimum, but still comfortable level, and there is no point in turning the screen yellow with the Night Shift setting.

There is a True Tone function that, if enabled, adjusts the color balance to the environmental conditions.

For example, we activated it and placed the tablet under LED lights with cool white light, resulting in values ​​of 2.1 for ΔE and 6800 K for color temperature. Under a halogen incandescent lamp (warm light). 3.2 and 4900 K, respectively, that is, the color temperature has become lower. The function works as expected. Note that now the established standard is to calibrate display devices to a white point of 6500 K, but in principle, correction for the color temperature of external light can be useful if you want to achieve a better match of the image on the screen with what is seen on paper (or on any medium where colors are formed by the reflection of incident light) under current conditions.

According to the criterion for outputting frames, the quality of playback of files on the screen of the device itself is very good, since frames (or groups of frames) can be output with a more or less uniform alternation of intervals and without frame drops up to files of 4K and 60 fps. When playing files with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 (1080p) on the smartphone screen, the image of the file itself is displayed exactly in the height of the screen (in landscape orientation). The clarity of the picture is high, but not perfect, since there is no escape from interpolation to the screen resolution. The brightness range displayed on the screen corresponds to the actual for this file, except that in the shadows a couple of shades merge with black. Note that this smartphone has support for hardware decoding of H.265 files with a color depth of 10 bits per color, while displaying gradients on the screen is carried out with much better quality than in the case of 8-bit files. Display of HDR files is also supported: colors are saturated, the number of gradations is not reduced.

Let’s summarize. The screen has a very high maximum brightness and has excellent anti-glare properties, so the device can be used outdoors without any problems, even on a sunny summer day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable value. It is permissible to use the mode with automatic brightness adjustment, which works adequately. The advantages of the screen also include an effective oleophobic coating, support for sRGB color gamut (with the participation of the OS) and a very good color balance. At the same time, let’s recall the general advantages of OLED screens: true black color (if nothing is reflected in the screen), noticeably less than that of an LCD, the drop in image brightness when viewed from an angle. The disadvantages include the modulation of the screen brightness, which appears at low brightness. Users who are particularly sensitive to flicker may experience fatigue as a result. However, overall screen quality is very high.

Review of the flagship smartphone Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max


We tested the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Hereinafter, we will talk about this particular model. However, the iPhone 11 Pro should differ from it only in the battery life and, of course, in the screen size / resolution. Everything else is identical.

So, the appearance of the novelty largely inherits the iPhone Xs Max, it is almost impossible to distinguish them from the front. All visual differences are concentrated on the back. First of all, of course, this is a block with cameras. It is located on a transparent glass platform that rises slightly above the level of the main glass. But the cameras themselves protrude a little.

Immediately after the presentation, the Internet was filled with memes that played up their location. The iPhone 11 Pro has not been compared to anything: with a stove where the cameras are burners, with an electric razor, with the Terminator’s weapon. I must admit that this decision really looks rather extravagant. But on the other hand, it provides one hundred percent recognition of the model.

The second feature of the Pro is the body materials. The device is made of stainless steel and polished frosted glass. Those who dislike the slippery surface of the iPhone Xs Max should love the new design. Firstly, it is assumed that it is more reliable in terms of holding the smartphone in hand, and secondly, it is simply beautiful. We had a silver version on testing, and in it the back has an almost pearlescent shade.

Apple claims the new chassis is also more durable. We, of course, did not dare to arrange a crash test for the device for 132 thousand rubles.

The location of the buttons, slots and connectors has not changed at all compared to the Xs Max, so we won’t even dwell on that. But what you immediately feel when you take the Pro Max in your hands is that it has become heavier. Maybe not very much, but you can feel it right away.

Is this good or bad? Everyone decides for himself. Many, as you know, love heavier devices. “so that the hand can feel.” Some, on the contrary, prefer light weight and compactness. In general, this is a matter of taste. But we liked it.