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There’s nearly nothing wrong with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The screen is excellent, games run lag-free, and the triple-camera system is versatile and effective, but what I’ve been most impressed by is its battery life. I’ve had khổng lồ force myself to lớn use the phone even more than normal to lớn hit 30 percent before midnight.

This isn’t just the best iPhone ever — it’s the best điện thoại thông minh you can buy. Period.

Matte magic

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is slightly taller and wider than its predecessor, but what you’ll notice the most is how it is 18 grams heavier. I quickly got used to lớn it, but the added weight does make this already-expensive phone feel even more luxurious. This is still a large phone, given its 6.5-inch screen size, and it does require two hands to lớn reach the đứng đầu of the screen.

It remains one of the few phones made of stainless steel, & it feels just as high-end as that sentence felt to write. It’s more durable than the aluminum you’ll find on most smartphones (including the iPhone 11). The back & front are wrapped in “durable” glass, but what’s new here is the matte texture on the back. It’s fantastic. It doesn’t attract ugly fingerprints, so I’m not wasting half my day wiping it clean, plus I prefer matte aesthetics over the glossy kind. Apple’s not the first company lớn explore this type of texture; Google did it last year with the px 3.


The new midnight green color is a nice change of pace from the usual gold, silver, and space grey, though I’m a sucker for the more colorful options found on the more affordable iPhone 11 (lookin’ at you, purple).

While we’re on the back of the iPhone, let’s talk about the camera design. It’s not great, though it is growing on me. The holes are so huge that they stand out a little too much, as though táo khuyết really wants you lớn show everyone that you have an iPhone 11 Pro Max — not an iPhone 11 or an iPhone XS. The lenses are raised và have a metal bezel around them, but then the square camera module around them itself is also raised. The raised glass is sharp and angular; it’s not a pleasant feeling running your finger on the back and hitting the camera module.

I don’t think the camera design is ugly, but I also think táo could have done better. One thing to note, the camera module does collect a bit of dust around the rings (as you can see in the picture above), so this area does require a bit of cleaning now and then.

The front is another area where táo bị cắn could vày bettr. The 6.5-inch screen is wrapped with bezels that appear slim when looking at the iPhone individually, but put it next lớn phones like the Galaxy chú ý 10 Plus or the OnePlus 7 Pro, and you’ll see a difference. Táo hasn’t slimmed these bezels down since the iPhone X, which was two years ago, whereas Samsung has been introducing a more svelte look every year. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s screen still looks modern and beautiful, but thinning out the edges a little more would have been nice.

I’m not going to lớn complain too much about the notch, because it houses the tech necessary for Face ID, which remains the best biometric authentication giải pháp công nghệ available on a phone. It’s fast khổng lồ unlock, works in any lighting conditions, và I’ll take it over an in-display fingerprint sensor any day.

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Big-screen fun

The 6.5-inch kích cỡ might be a bit unwieldy in the hand, but who cares about that when you have such a vast screen for watching videos and movies? I love the big OLED screen và the extra real estate it offers, especially when playing games.

Apple said it’s using a Super Retina XDR screen, which delivers impressive brightness, incredibly accurate colors, and a sharp 2,688 x 1,242 resolution. I’ve had zero trouble watching shows with a lot of dark scenes, like The Spy on Netflix, in bright sunlight — it helps that the brightness can go all the way up to lớn 1,200 nits in HDR scenes (800 nits is typical brightness).

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Putting it side-by-side with the cảnh báo 10 Plus, scenes from Netflix movies, lượt thích the new film, Between Two Ferns, are brighter & easier to see on the iPhone. The chú ý often tends lớn show cooler tones too, whereas the iPhone has warmer ones with better trắng balance. Both these screens are excellent, but I’m enjoying the display on the iPhone a little more.

What are the speakers like? It’s a stereo thiết lập with one at the đứng top of the phone (the earpiece) and a bottom-firing one. The system doesn’t get as loud as phones lượt thích the cảnh báo 10 Plus, but music sounds a little richer. When listening khổng lồ Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, his voice doesn’t sound as raspy as it does on the lưu ý phone. Bass isn’t strong at all, but it’s a little more clear than Samsung’s phone. If you want the best smartphone speaker, kiểm tra out the Razer Phone 2, but you’re better off buying a công nghệ bluetooth speaker.

The speakers support Dolby Atmos for a surround sound experience, which I’ve noticed more when playing games that rely on stereo sound.

Camera trio

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Yes, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are among the best camera phones available. It’s not just the fact that apple has added an extra lens — yes, it adds versatility — but that the improvements largely come from image processing.

Smart HDR is, well, smarter. There’s a Night Mode for superior low-light photos, & a new feature called semantic rendering that snaps several underexposed photos before you tap the shutter button, the photo you want when you tap the button, và an overexposed shot afterward to balance out the lighting & merge them together. The camera can also understand specific parts of the photo, lượt thích a face or a flower, và apply separate Smart HDR improvements lớn those areas rather than a blanket change khổng lồ the whole photo.

All of this is viewed through the triple-camera system, which packs 12 megapixels per sensor. The main f/1.8 sensor is the standard wide-angle. Then there’s the telephoto lens, which now has a wider f/2.0 aperture for better low-light photography, and the new ultra-wide-angle lens, which has an f/2.4 aperture và a 120-degree field of view so you can take in more of a scene.

The new ultra-wide-angle lens isn’t entirely unique, but it’s still somewhat special among flagship phones. Google’s pixel 4, the popular app android alternative won’t have a wide-angle lens.