Apple iPhone 11 review: The iPhone you should own

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Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 11

Apple keeps making great products and the iPhone 11 is one of a variety of premium gadgets which the California-based tech giant has released so far. 

To recap, the iPhone XS and XS Max were higher-end versions of Apple's 'X' 2018 range of iPhones. They were really awesome smartphones that got us all wowed at the time, with the iPad Pro raising a lot of eyebrows to everyone's astonishment.

It is obvious that Apple consistently phases in budget-friendly iPhones along with its flagship smartphone models for each generation of the iPhone dating back to the days of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone SE, up to the era of the iPhone X -as well as with a bit of inspection, the iPhone XR which was even known to feature premium specs at a much lower price tag. It was basically Apple making sure it's iPhones found its way into the hands of lower income users -in essence expanding its market share.

And yes! Apple has continued in that trend by revealing its array of iPhone 11 variants. The latest iphone has got a new camera, bits-upon-bits of improvement and has a starting price of $699. There's a lot to take from this, as you'll be able to have in your hands an advanced iPhone at a partly reduced price.  

Top Specs

  • Type: Smartphone
  • Operating system: iOS
  • Screen size: 6.1in
  • Internal memory: 64GB
  • Camera: Yes

StarklyTech Apple iphone 11 Infograph
StarklyTech Score
iPhone 11


  • Good performance     
  • Excellent battery life                                               
  • Broad range ultra-wide       
  • Not as expensive as the iPhone XR  


  • Lower grade display
  • Limited color variants unlike the XR
  • Design specifications might not suite your preference

The iPhone 11 is unarguably your ticket entrance to own one of Apple's latest smartphones. It is $50 cheaper than the least expensive of iPhone X series, but if you own an iPhone XS or XR then you might not need to switch to the iPhone 11 base model. Unless of course, you might prefer sticking with one of the latest iPhones from Apple, which by the way makes the iPhone 11 base model quite affordable at a price tag of $699.

There were instances were people got really confused in trying to understand the branding Apple bestowed on the varying "X" models of the iPhone, the iPhone XR was the base model as the current iPhone 11. This time around Apple named the least iPhone model as the "iPhone 11" which honestly, is a more convenient way to distinguish between base iPhone models and flagship models, unlike the "X" series which wasn't intuitive to know.
iPhone 11 color variants

The iPhone 11 retails in black, white, Meyer yellow, minty green, red and lavender finishes. Blue and coral colors have been phased-out. iPhone 11 has its frame built with aluminum rather than stainless steel, it features a bulkier build than the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max and still uses the basic Liquid Retina display
(LCD) seen in iPhone XR model. The XR had a resolution of (1,792 x 828) which by retrospect is the same of that of the base iPhone 11 model. You shouldn't be too worried about that because the Liquid Retina display of iPhone 11 is impressive and not much different from the better displays of iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.
iPhone 11
The iPhone 11 has a 6.1 inches diagonal screen at 1,792x828 pixels, while the iPhone 11 Pro features a 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina XDR screen at 2,436x1,125 pixels, the pro max on the other hand has a 6.5-inch OLED Super Retina XDR at 2,688x1,242 pixels.

A whole lot of sound improvements are observed from the speakers; its clearer and louder. There's also standard water and dust resistance built into the iPhone 11's build -iPhone 11 is able to remain in 100% good condition even when submerged in water at a depth of two meters, it can keep this up for a maximum of 30 minutes.

The iPhone 11 is clearly distinguishable from the Pro and Pro Max models from the rear camera view point (i.e the iPhone 11 has just two rear cameras, while the Pro and Pro max models both have three rear cameras as shown below). 
iPhone 11 Camera
iPhone 11 Pro Max rear camera -same with that of  iPhone 11 Pro.

iPhone 11 Camera

The iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max models all use a 12MP ultra-wide camera. This is quite different from what reports had of it being a telephoto camera. However, the iPhone 11 camera gives a true scene of coverage and picks out more detail than the XR (with its single camera). A revamped camera design is seen here, it takes excellent shots with increased speed, has more color recognition and is perfect for taking pictures in low-light conditions (you wouldn't tell if it was a pic, shot in the dark or at night, safe for the night sky which could give you away!). Anyway, Apple says that's all possible due to its wide f/1.8 aperture and optical-image stabilization.   
An array of the iPhone 11 base model
A rear view of an array of iPhone 11 base model iPhones, showing its rear-dual cameras.

If you're comfortable with your current smartphone (which isn't an iPhone 11), you might want a rethink as the iPhone 11 has an improved Smart HDR which isn't just that, this feature makes facial looks and an accompanying environment more naturally toned. Photos can be tweaked with a wider range of tuning capabilities,
like the High-Key Light Mono effect among many other effects. A couple of other smartphone makers Samsung for example, are popular for having more dynamic range picture controls.

Its new ultra-wide camera shoots with a 120-degree field of view, suitable for landscapes and even photos likely to be taken in confined areas. You will observe that shots taken do not show as much detail as what's obtainable from the regular wide camera, which is even worsened by darkened environments -the sensor seems to trigger a less than perfect snapping experience here due to its smaller aperture, not bad though. The ultra-wide camera and the regular wide camera both display peak picture quality, so this won't be a noticeable issue at all, i.e if you are not trying to make any analysis between both cameras. Generally speaking you'll be thrilled with the camera performance of the iPhone 11 as reflected on its screen display.

The iPhone 11 has background-blurring Portrait setting achievable due to its second camera. In the previous generation, the XR had just one sensor that heavily depended on software to pick out human facial looks from the background and than fill the surrounding background with bokeh. Well, the current technology which the iPhone 11 camera packs, will make it possible for the portrait effect to also process images with non-human (animal) faces as it wasn't so with the XR.
iPhone 11 iOS improved features

The second camera provides an extra depth data, it displays shots with better life-like portraits. This feature also works with the new High Key Light Mono Portrait Lighting mode, and it kind of leaves faulty corners of pictures a little conspicuous to the eye of a careful observer as a result of its white background. Despite that being pointed out, the cameras keep your central image well positioned in a sort of a quarantined manner, away from whatever else may be in the background, and what you get left with is a deeply resonating portrait as it should be. 


General iPhone 11 Specs


  • Technology- GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
  • Launch- Announced 2019, September
  • Status- Available. Released 2019, September


  • Dimensions (inches)- 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
  • Weight- 194 g (6.84 oz)
  • Build- Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame (7000 series) 
  • SIM- Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - for China
  • IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)


  • Type- Liquid Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size- 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution- 828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)
  • Protection- Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • 625 nits max brightness
  • True-tone
  • Wide color gamut
  • 120Hz touch-sensing

Pixel density: 326ppi, 458ppi, 458ppi

Weight (ounces, grams): 6.84 oz, 194g; 6.63 oz, 188g; 7.97 oz; 226g

Mobile software: iOS 13

Main camera:

  • Dual- 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS 12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
  • Features- Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
  • Video- 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.

Selfie camera (Front-facing camera):

  • Dual- 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide) SL 3D camera
  • Features- HDR
  • Video- 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
  • Features- Sensors; Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation

Video capture: 4K

Processor: Apple A13 Bionic


  • Internal- 64GB  4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM
  • Card slot- No


  • Loudspeaker- Yes, with stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm jack- No
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Dolby Digital Plus

RAM: Not disclosed


  • WLAN- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth- 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • NFC- Yes
  • Radio- No
  • USB- 2.0, proprietary reversible connector


  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3110 mAh battery (11.91 Wh)
  • Charging- Fast battery charging 18W: 50% in 30 min 
  • USB Power Delivery 2.0
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Talk time: Up to 17 h (multimedia)
  • Music play: Up to 65 h,  Apple says it  lasts 1 hour longer than iPhone XR

Fingerprint sensor: None (Face ID)

Connector: Lightning
Headphone jack: No


  • OS- iOS 13, upgradable to iOS 13.3
  • Chipset- Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+)
  • CPU- Hexa-core (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder)
  • GPU- Apple GPU (4-core graphics)


  • Colors- Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, White
  • Models- A2221, A2111, A2223
  • SAR- 1.09 W/kg (head); 1.18 W/kg (body)    
  • SAR- EU 0.95 W/kg (head); 0.99 W/kg (body)    

Special features:

Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging.


  • Performance- Basemark OS II 2.0: 5480
  • Display- Contrast ratio: 1505:1 (nominal)
  • Camera- Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker- Voice 70dB / Noise 72dB / Ring 76dB
  • Audio quality- Noise -94.2dB / Crosstalk -80.8dB
  • Battery life- Endurance rating 94h

Price (USD):

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