iPhone 11, analysis: the basic iPhone is again the most attractive
At first they came one by one, then in pairs and, since last year, there are three iPhones that Apple presents at its September event. On the one hand we have the couple: the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, the most advanced bet that comes in two sizes. The third in disagreement is the iPhone 11, the most basic of its offer (if basic is the word to define it) and protagonist of this analysis.
The successor to the iPhone XR comes with a dual camera that bets on the wide angle and leaves aside the zoom, the same processor as the 'pro' models, a more casual design in new tones and, above all, a much higher price. attractive. In our first impressions we saw that it has many ballots to become the best-selling iPhone of this year. Let's see how it responds in an in-depth analysis.
iPhone 11, technical specifications
IPS LCD 6.1 "
1792 x 828 px, 19.5: 9
Apple A13 Bionic, 7nm +
3rd Gen NPU Neural Engine
Dimensions and weight
150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
Main: 12MP, f / 1.8, 26mm, OIS, QuadLED flash
Wide angle secondary: 12MP, f / 2.4, 13mm, 120º
Video: 4K / 60fps, 1080p / 240fps, HDR
12MP, f / 2.2, TOF 3D, slow-motion
18W fast charge (charger not included)
Qi wireless charging
WiFi 6, BT 5.0, NFC, GPS, dualSIM, eSIM, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, face recognition, IP68 water resistance
From 809 euros
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Design: a well-known front and a renovated rear
IPhone design has changed quite a bit over the years, but it has done so gradually, with a few turning points along the way, almost as if it were artistic periods. The iPhone 4 marked the first of these periods with that design of straight edges and glass back. Then came the iPhone 6 with its curved edges and stayed until the iPhone 7. The last major redesign came from the iPhone X, a period in which we are still.
The design of the iPhone 11 has not changed much compared to the iPhone XR. In fact, the dimensions and weight are exactly the same. It is a somewhat heavy and wide mobile, it is not something exaggerated but a little more than we would like. The reason that the width is greater than expected is none other than the frames, more prominent than in its 'pro' brothers, something we already saw last year with the iPhone XR.Although the front retains the DNA of the 'all screen', the frames are wider than those of its 'pro' brothers.
The front is nailed to that of the previous model: a uniform frame surrounding the entire terminal and the notch at the top. As I was saying, the frames are quite wide, which causes the overall width of the device to increase and one-handed operation is complicated. My fingers are relatively long and I find it difficult to reach the opposite end of the panel with my thumb, forcing myself to reposition the phone on the palm to reach that icon that resists. Also, sometimes (not many) these stunts cause you to accidentally tap the screen with the base of your thumb.
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As I said, the iPhone 11 ties in size, weight and use of the front with its predecessor, the iPhone XR. However, when compared to other models with similar panels, it is clear that there is room for improvement in both weight and width. Only the LG G8S surpasses it and the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is close but it is because its screens are larger.
We go to the rear and this is where we find the main change: the camera module. As I already mentioned in the first impressions, I recognize that the solution that Apple has chosen is much more aesthetic than what we saw in those leaked renders months ago. It looks much better, yes, but it is not a display of good taste either.Now that we've gotten used to the notch, square camera modules arrive.
At the aesthetic level, the square module is quite rough and makes us wonder if a vertical module (similar to that of the iPhone X and Xs) would have been better, leaving the flash and the microphone outside, at the same level as the rest of the rear . In any case, the fact that they have used the same glass but with a matte finish looks really good and lightens the visual load of that large square. I just hope they do not copy it to satiety as happened with the notch (how nice it is to dream). Now that we've gotten used to the notch, square camera modules arrive.
On the other hand, the module stands out, not much but it is just enough for the phone to 'dance' when we place it on the table, but the lenses also stand out. Again, the 'bump' is minimal but it makes the lens the first thing it supports by leaving the phone on a surface. Placing a cover avoids the problem, if you want to put it on, of course.
Regarding materials, we have a metallic frame with a matte finish surrounding the terminal and both sides covered in glass. Incidentally, the rear glass is not slippery and that makes us gain confidence in the grip when performing the stunts we said before. The novelty of this generation comes with the colors (the mauve we have analyzed is beautiful) and with the fact that the apple has been placed a little lower, right in the center. By the way, a novelty that is not seen: water resistance rises to IP68, although water damage is still not covered by the warranty.A novelty not seen: water resistance rises to IP68, although water damage is still not covered by the warranty.
Finally, the buttons and ports are maintained with little change. The power button is on the right, a little tall perhaps but accessible both with the thumb if we have it in the right hand and with the index if we have it in the left. The volume keys are located in the left frame, just below the mute switch. The pulsation is good, without cracks or excessive resistance, and they have been given the same finish as the frame. The Lightning port is centered on the bottom edge, flanked by the speaker grilles, and the SIM tray is on the right edge, near the bottom corner.
Screen: repeating a somewhat fair formula, but it works
We have already seen that the iPhone 11 repeats size and weight, but there is not everything. It also repeats with the same screen, a 6.1-inch IPS with a resolution of 1,792 x 828 pixels. This configuration gives us a concentration of 326 pixels per inch, the density that Apple dubbed 'Retina' with the iPhone 4. Currently, the iPhone 11 Pro has a density of 458 dots per inch, but the base model continues in 2010 figures. .Currently, the iPhone 11 Pro has a density of 458 dpi, but the base model continues with 326 dpi, 2010 figures.
Be careful because this does not mean that we have sharpness problems on the iPhone 11. In fact, the definition of the panel is surprising considering the relationship between resolution and diagonal. The edges of the icons and small texts, where this lack of density is most often noticed, are totally sharp and without a 'saw' effect. However, that does not mean that it would have been nice to have more density.
The screen has a somewhat cold tone that is especially noticeable in whites, but it is solved if we activate True Tone since it achieves a more neutral white and faithful tones. There are no complaints regarding saturation and the contrast is quite high. The maximum brightness level is maintained at 625 nits, correct for good outdoor visibility, although not surprising.
The display configuration menu is quite sparse in options, although this year we have a novelty: the dark mode. If the screen were OLED, perhaps we would notice some impact on autonomy (or perhaps not because the background of many menus is not pure black, but gray), but since the LCD is the only way to reduce consumption, it is by lowering the brightness.
Speaking of brightness, from Settings or the Control Center we can adjust the level, but if we want to activate the automatic brightness so that it adjusts it according to the ambient light, we must go to the end of the Accessibility menu and then to the submenu Screens and text size . It doesn't make much sense to put this setting in this hidden menu, but it's been there since iOS 10.
Very well the tactile sensitivity in general and also Haptic Touch response, a function that this year replaces 3D Touch in the entire range, so the iPhone 11 is not at a disadvantage as the XR was compared to the Xs. Also note that we have a touch to turn on the screen and lift to activate.
Sound: Stereo Vitaminized with Dolby Atmos
One of the novelties of this year's iPhone was the Dolby Atmos sound. As Apple says on its website, with this improvement "The sound circulates around you in 3D space. You will feel in the center of the action." Is it really so? Well, it is true that the sound acquires a slight atmospheric effect, but from there to speaking of surround sound there is a stretch.
The main speaker is located on one of the lower edge grilles, the one to the right of the Lightning port. This is the one with the highest volume, while the secondary, located in the earpiece that we find in the notch, has a lower volume. The combination of both gives us that atmospheric effect of which he spoke.The sound is clear and well directed, although I do not recommend taking it to the maximum as it distorts a bit.
The sound is clear and well-directed, although I don't recommend taking it to the maximum as it distorts a bit. It is best to leave it at around 75% since it gives more than enough to use the mobile phone as a speaker and the sound does not suffer. The experience is good both listening to music and in videos or games, but if we want more clarity and a richer sound in nuances, it is always better to pull headphones.
Apple includes some Earpods in the box with Lightning connector, but we no longer have the minijack adapter to use other headphones. As for configuration options, the Sounds and Vibrations section does not allow us to adjust anything related to audio beyond choosing ringtones, the closest thing we have is the equalizer of the Music app, where we have a long list of presets.
Performance: 1 million million operations per second to make everything flow
With each new generation of iPhone, Apple introduces a new evolution of its processor and this year it was the turn of the Apple A13 Bionic. It is a 7 nanometer + chip (yes, with last name), consisting of four high-efficiency cores and two high-power cores, so we are talking about a hexacore. In addition, it has an eight-core NPU and 8.5 billion transistors. All this allows him to carry out a trillion operations per second, or what is the same, a million million. Almost nothing.
The iPhone 11 is at the level of its older brothers at this point, but also in RAM. If last year the XR was satisfied with 3 GB of RAM, this year the entire iPhone 11 line has 4 GB. It is still a figure that is not close to what we are seeing in high-end Android, where 8 GB are common and 12 GB are no longer a rarity, but in practice we have not missed more GB. Doubt is how they will grow old.The 4 GB of RAM are far from what we are seeing lately in the high-end Android, but in practice we have not missed more. Doubt is how they will grow old.
There is no lag or closings in the day to day. Simple tasks run smoothly, and so do the most demanding ones. Games with complex graphics such as Oceanhorn 2, editing 4K videos, tightening the nuts on multitasking ... I have detected some jerks when creating animojis, although later the resulting video plays well. There have also been no alarming warm-ups from spending long periods of time playing or on camera. Only in the AnTuTu benchmark test did we notice that the temperature rose more than normal, but without being unpleasant.
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Face ID gains speed with iOS 13
Apple removed TouchID with iPhone X and introduced Face ID, the face unlock system that continues to be the only biometric unlock method on iPhone 11. The registration process remains the same: the wizard asks us to do a circular motion with the head several times and our face is engraved. There is also no news in the Settings menu, where we can choose which apps and services to use Face ID or activate options such as 'Require attention'.Unlocking with Face ID is faster, although it was already, so don't expect an abysmal difference.
Unlocking with Face ID is faster, although it was already, so don't expect an abysmal difference. It is an improvement of iOS 13, but also the neural engine of the new Apple A13 may help to give that extra speed. In any case, the system works very well in almost any environment, even in the dark, the downside is that it does not detect us if we have it on the table.
Face ID technology is also used for Animojis and Memojis, avatars that we can customize to our liking. The creator of Memojis lets us select skin tone, head shape, eyebrows, color and shape of eyes, hair and even accessories. Then we can text one of the reactions that are automatically recorded or make a video ourselves.
As I said in the previous section, recording videos with Animojis or Memojis is one of the few tasks where there has been some lag. When recording and playing before sending there are flips and flips in the image and once sent there are times when the animoji moves, but appears as a kind of additional layer underneath. It is probably a software issue since with other heavy tasks there is no problem, but in this case it has happened to me several times.
Autonomy: one of its strengths, but without fast charge loses points
Autonomy was already one of the strengths of the iPhone XR and with the iPhone 11 they guarantee us one more hour of autonomy. However, as usual, Apple has not offered details on the battery capacity of the iPhone 11 so we have to trust what the company tells us.Autonomy remains one of the strengths of the most basic iPhone in the range. Even in days of more intense use we have come home without going through the plug.
In practice, that extra hour does not represent a noticeable change from the previous year's model, which, as I was saying, already had a very good autonomy. The experience with the terminal these days has been good in this regard. On days of heavy use where I've been pulling a lot on cell phone and camera, when I got home late in the evening I still had enough charge not to visit the outlet until I went to bed. The average of the screen on has been about 5-6 hours, which is not bad. The normal thing is to charge the mobile every day and a half, although using WiFi networks and without giving very intensive use, it is possible to stay close to two days. As always, it depends on usage.
If autonomy is a positive point, the load is a negative aspect. The iPhone 11 supports 18W fast charging, the problem is that the charger that comes in the box is the 5W charger, the most basic and that we have been using for more than a decade. In our tests, with half an hour of charging we reached 18%, with 1 hour at 35% and for the full charge we have to wait no less than 3 hours and 10 minutes.The 5W charger included in the box takes more than 3 hours to charge the iPhone 11. If you want more speed, go through the box.
I also tried charging it with a 12W iPad charger and things change. In half an hour we reach 25%, in 1 hour we reach 65% and for the full charge we have to wait just over two hours. The problem is that not everyone has a faster charger at home and the one that comes in the box is so slow that it practically forces us to get one, which by the way costs 35 euros. We are not going to ruin ourselves, but considering that the iPhone 11 Pro has it and the price of the iPhone 11, it is not understood that it continues to carry an outdated charger.
Then there is the issue of whether 18W can be considered fast charging when mid-range terminals already charge faster and there are charging systems of 40W or more in higher ranges. Let's see if in the next generation we finally see a jump in this section.
Software: iOS 13 dresses in (almost) black
There is no new iPhone without a new version of iOS, and vice versa. After several months of betas, iOS 13 is finally presented in society by the hand of the iPhone 11. The last major update of the system brings many new features, many of them aesthetic, making it one of those updates that is noticeable. Let's start with what is surely the most important novelty: the dark mode.
The dark mode thing is in fashion. We have been seeing it arrive at many applications for a long time and the operating systems were the logical step. Android 10 has it and Apple's bet too. We can activate it from Settings - Display and brightness or, if we want to have it more at hand, adding the toggle corresponding in the Control Center.
As in Android, the dark mode allows manual or automatic activation. In other words, the interface will keep its appearance clear during the day and will darken at sunset. If we wish we can also define a schedule.
With clear mode, iOS has the same old look. In the Settings menu we have a light gray background with a white background for the different available function blocks. Apps like Calendar or Notes also have a white background and the keyboard also supports a gray / white combination.
When we activate the dark mode, we go to a combination of black and gray. In Settings, what was once light gray is now pure black, and what was white is gray. The same happens with the rest of the system applications, including keyboard. A striking detail is that the wallpaper also darkens a bit to get a look more uniform.The iPhone 11 has an LCD screen so we only save battery if we lower the brightness. Also, iOS 13's dark mode doesn't have completely black backgrounds.
Personally, the dark mode is more pleasing to the eye and I've kept it on for almost the entire test. This is one of its advantages, the other is to save battery life, but here are two details to consider. The first is that the iPhone 11 has an LCD screen so in this case we only save the battery if we lower the brightness. The second is that the dark mode of iOS 13 is not completely black and does not turn off the diodes on OLED panels either. In the end, as I say, it is a more aesthetic and comfort issue.
Another of the novelties of iOS 13 is the sliding keyboard, an option that is usually common in other keyboards such as Swiftkey or GBoard. It works well, but used to using it constantly with GBoard, the experience is not so fluid for me, not because of a slow or lack of sensitivity, but because the predictive system is not always right. With GBoard, if I'm wrong and I don't make the perfect gesture, I usually "guess" what I want to say, but in iOS 13 I have to delete and repeat many times
The Share menu is another area that has received a facelift. Now we have a new structure divided into two blocks: top app icons placed on a horizontal carousel and bottom, in a vertical list, actions such as copy photo, duplicate, hide or assign to contact.
The two blocks can be customized to put first those options that we use the most, although it does not allow us to eliminate many of them. We also cannot remove the Airdrop icon or move it to another site. Despite these details, it is possible to leave this panel to our liking. In fact, I recommend spending a few minutes doing it as it will save us a lot of time later.
Another section that has been redesigned and vitaminized is the image editor. Now we can choose a good variety of settings that are shown as a carousel of small icons. Among the options we have basic ones like exposure or contrast and other more specific ones like black point, noise reduction or gradient. During these days I have used the native editor and I have not missed using other apps except for a case where I wanted a specific VSCO filter.The video editor is the one that undergoes the most changes, and for good. Before, it only let us cut the clip, but now it has a lot of editing tools.
The video editor is the one that undergoes the most changes, and for good. Before, it only let us cut the clip, but now a lot of image editing tools arrive, almost as if it were the photo editor. We have the option to change exposure, contrast, brightness, black point, saturation, liveliness and much more. iOS 13 does not want us to use third-party apps, it already gives us all the necessary tools. Very good here.
iOS 13 also changes the location permission system and makes it more stringent. Now, when we give permission to an app, a dialog box opens that asks us if we want to give access to the location every time the app is used, only once or not allow. From Settings we can check what permissions we have given to each app and, if we want, modify our choice. By the way, the Location option is still buried in the menus and it is not the only one, it also happens with Automatic Brightness. Had he already said it? 🤔
And we must not forget one of the great changes that come with the iPhone 11 range: 3D Touch disappears and now we are left with Haptic Touch (although on the iPhone 11 it is not a radical change since the previous generation did not have it either). The system works very well, but it conflicts with the classic long press to delete or reorganize apps since now what happens is that a context menu opens.
If we continue to maintain, the icons begin to shake and we can delete or move apps, we can also access this interface by clicking on 'Reorganize apps', an option that is now present in all context menus and proves that it is a somewhat confusing solution . You get used to it but at first it crashes.
This is how the iPhone 11 comes from the factory.
And what apps does iOS 13 have installed? When we turn on the phone we find two pages of icons (although they are not full) of the usual apps on the platform. There are no outstanding news and we still have the option to remove many of them, although they are not deleted but hidden.
The Apple system maintains many of the functions already known from previous releases, such as the Time of Use wizard, which reminds us of how much time we have spent using our mobile, broken down by app category. We have a widget on the 'Today' screen to check it quickly without having to access Settings. Of course, the Siri assistant could not miss, which has also improved with iOS 13. In the test it has responded very well to our orders and the 'Hey Siri' wakes up the terminal very quickly.iOS has been opening little by little and lets us customize some things here and there, but it is still a closed environment.
Regarding customization, iOS has been opening little by little and allows us to edit things here and there, an example is the widgets or the options to adjust the order of the share menu. But it is still a closed environment and there are many things that we will not be able to do. There are also some details that are difficult to understand at this point, such as that we have to leave apps open for files to be uploaded or that there are hidden settings in menus where, a priori, it does not make much sense to place them.
An aspect that has improved over the years but still needs work is in the notifications. The notification curtain finally shows the ads grouped by apps, but it only does it with the "old" notifications, the new ones keep coming loose at the top. But what bothers me the most is how to quickly dismiss notifications. If we slide to the left we open the notification, but if we slide to the right, instead of deleting them, it shows us three options: Manage, View or Delete. To erase directly you have to make a longer gesture, so much so that it is difficult to do if we use the mobile with both hands, one hand is directly impossible for me.
To close, comment that I have not detected bugs with iOS 13 beyond some sporadic closure with Twitter and Telegram. The system runs smoothly and without lag or cuts in animations.
Cameras: two eyes that see more than ever
The dual camera was already common in the iPhone but it is the first time that the basic iPhone benefits from it. Not only that, it is also the first time that the dual camera neglects the already classic 2x zoom and instead brings us just the opposite: a 0.5x ultra wide angle.
The choice of the angle over the zoom seems totally right, although I admit that this is a subjective matter. I love the zoom, but a 2x does not give as much game as the angular lens, at least in the type of photography that I usually do (landscapes and urban scenes).If we were talking about a 5x zoom like that of the Huawei P30 Pro or the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom it would be a very notable absence, with two magnifications, I think you can live without it perfectly.If we were talking about a 5x zoom, it would be a very notable absence, but you can live perfectly without that 2x and the wide angle gives a lot of play.
Before going to analyze the new camera app, it is worth reviewing the hardware offered by this iPhone 11. The main lens is wide-angle with an f / 1.8 aperture, while the secondary is ultra-wide-angle and its aperture is closes up to f / 2.4. The two sensors are 12 megapixels, but only the main one has optical stabilization (OIS), the ultra-angular uses an electronic stabilization system (EIS), which by the way works that is nice (we'll see later).
In the front camera we have a 12 megapixel sensor with f / 2.2 aperture lens and electronic stabilization. Like the rear cameras, it is capable of recording 4K videos up to 60 fps and slow motion at 120 fps to achieve the famous "slofies". The rear also records in slow motion at 240 fps.
The hardware is renewed, including the Apple A13 processor with the neural motor, but at the same time it comes accompanied by software-level innovations in charge of improving the results. This is the case of Deep Fusion technology that captures eight images with various exposures and combines them to improve the dynamic range of the shot. The funny thing about this technology is that it starts capturing photos before we even press the shutter, that is, it's working all the time.
The new camera also comes with a redesigned camera app. The interface maintains the essence that we already knew, but it introduces many changes that are worth commenting on. Within the photo mode, if we look at the top we will see that many of the controls that we had before have disappeared, leaving only the flash on the left, next to it the night mode (if the scene requires it) and the button of Live Photos on the right.
In addition to these icons, there is a kind of arrow that, when pressed, displays an options bar on the trigger button, in the same place where the shooting modes are. Here we have the flash, Live Photos, the format (can be square, 4: 3 or 16: 9), the timer and the filters. It is also possible to open this bar by swipeing up from the shooting modes (more comfortable than pressing the arrow). A detail that could be improved is that when removing this bar, the buttons above disappear since this way the flash and Live Photos are duplicated.
In other shooting modes we have the same bar, but the options it offers are different. For example, in portrait (on the left) we have the option to adjust the background blur and in video we can only choose whether to activate or deactivate the flash. In all other modes this bar does not appear.For when an access to the camera settings from the camera app? Neither is nor expected.
One of the buttons that we did not find is the HDR button since it does not appear if we have Smart HDR activated (if we deactivate it, HDR appears among these options). And where is the Smart HDR? In Settings - Camera, at the end of everything. It is not an option that we will touch at all hours in daily use, but in the analysis I have had to do it quite often and I assure you that it is very uncomfortable. The same thing happens when changing the video resolution. For when an access to the camera settings from the camera app? Neither is nor expected.
The transition from wide-angle to wide-angle lens works as we have already seen in the zoom. Just above the shutter button we have a circular icon that indicates which lens we are in. If we tap on it, we will go from one camera to the other, but if we want to choose a midpoint we can find it by sliding so that this kind of wheel appears. Digital zoom up to five times is also possible.
Finally, let's talk about night mode, one of the great novelties of the iPhone 11 camera, but which cannot be forced manually, appears when it detects a scene in low light. Night mode is shown with an icon highlighted in yellow at the top where it tells us the necessary seconds for the scene we are photographing. If we click on this icon, a bar opens where we can choose whether to deactivate it completely or increase the exposure, but never above a specific value that varies depending on the shot.
As I said at the beginning, despite the novelties, the camera interface retains a structure in line with what we already knew. Navigation is comfortable and there are no notable fluidity problems. To make a complaint, going into portrait mode costs him a little more than the rest, but it is no drama.
Main lens. Smart HDR activated.
Photography is already the key section in the high-end and Apple knows it, that's why the most important improvements of its last generation are in the cameras. The iPhone 11 takes note in practically all conditions, but when it shines the most is when we use its main lens. Later we will compare the results with the angular lens, but this is where we get the highest level of detail and also the most faithful colors.The work that Smart HDR does is usually successful, keeping it activated is a very good option.
In the upper image we see how the detail is preserved throughout the shot, from the grass in the foreground to the trees and clouds in the background. The work that Smart HDR does is usually successful, keeping it activated is a very good option.
Main lens. Smart HDR activated.
In this scene there is more complexity due to the mixing of light sources. The detail is still well defined and the white balance maintains faithful shades without the bulbs managing to create an overly pronounced yellow dominant.
Returning to HDR, to understand the effect it has on images, it is best to see several images facing each other. On the left we have the shot without HDR, followed by manually forced HDR and finally, on the right, with Smart HDR.
What is observed in these scenes is that the difference between forced HDR or Smart HDR is practically nil. You only notice a little in the detail of the trees in the first photo, but you have to pay close attention. The difference with the photos without HDR is more evident in the burned areas of the sky in the first and the third photo, but in the second it is hardly appreciated either. This shows that it only comes into play when the scene needs it and that normal mode (without HDR) does a good job of dynamic range.
If we remove the magnifying glass, the sharpness remains at its maximum level when the light conditions are optimal. The wood texture retains all its detail and the texts have very defined edges.
This photo was taken inside a car in the morning. The movement of the dog and the slight backlight complicated the shot a little, but despite this it is very well resolved and the detail has hardly suffered, even in the hair areas where the texture becomes more complex.
When the light begins to fail, the detail suffers and when enlarging we see that there is no longer that sharp sharpness. It also manages to contain the noise quite well and does not show exaggerated chromatic aberrations. Later we will delve more into night photography.
Macro photos are a good setting to see how far the detail goes. Personally I miss a somewhat shorter minimum focus distance, but when we take it to that limit we get very striking photos, with a very natural blur. Always with the main lens, of course.
He said that we get the best quality with the main lens. Does that mean that the angle gives us a bad result? No, but it lags slightly behind both in sharpness and in color rendering. We better see it with some examples.
In the first photo, when we take out the magnifying glass, we see that the detail is much better. The text is legible and the color reproduction is correct. For his part, in the second photo the detail is lost to the point that the text is illegible and the red color of the canoes is more saturated. I want to emphasize that these problems are only appreciated when enlarging to 100% and the angle does a very good job, not over-saturating as much as some competitors (ahem, P30 Pro, ahem), but being fair, it is not at the camera level principal.
Main lens vs angular lens.
In scenes with less light we continue to have good results, but clearer differences are beginning to be seen. The texts lose definition and the noise is greater. All in all, I insist that there is no noticeable difference in terms of colors or exposure, something that is not so common in multiple cameras where the leap in quality is more evident.
The angle achieves a result practically on par with the main camera if the conditions are favorable. As I said, when the light falls, it is when the weaknesses are noticed. The deformation is there and must be taken into account especially when photographing people (if the face is towards the end of the frame, it will not be highly favored), but it is not exaggerated.
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As we have seen in the camera app, portrait mode continues to occupy a prominent place in the camera options of the iPhone 11. Despite not having the 2x zoom, the experience with this option is good, although it still has room for improvement in some points.
If we don't touch it, the blur is set to f / 2.8 and is usually a bit of a stretch, but it's fine if you like that effect. The good thing is that it can be edited later so it is not a problem. The trimming of the figure is good, although we see that it is still eating some strands of hair.
If the hair is curly, the edge detection often fails and the errors are much more noticeable. Here again we have excessive blurring that further highlights the failure of the cut. On the right, a very large part of the hair has been eaten and, in general, the cut is very thick. I insist that it can be edited and the result improves, but the cropping errors cannot be fixed.
In night scenes, portrait mode responds quite well and is fluid even though conditions may make it difficult to detect the figure. Clipping errors are still common but it's not an exaggeration. Of course, the quality falls a lot and the noise appears easily.
Apple continues to maintain six lighting modes for portraits. If we are looking for a more natural result, the first three are the most appropriate (natural, studio or contour light). Others such as stage light or high-key light, which replace the entire background of the image, can work but you have to choose the stage very well or the glob effect is exaggerated.
But where the iPhone 11 needs to improve the most is in the portrait of animals or objects. It is possible to do it and sometimes you get photos as interesting as the one we see on these lines, but cropping failures are much more common. And since an image is worth a thousand words, here are a few portraits that did not turn out well:
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Like the angular one, the night mode is a function that we already found in some of the competitive mobiles and to which Apple has ended up joining. Cupertino's proposal is in line with what we saw with Google's Night Sight or Huawei's night mode, that is, he shoots a long-exposure photo to get light where there isn't. Oh and very important: the night mode only works on the main lens, with the wide angle it is not possible to apply it.
As we have already seen in the camera app section, the night mode is automatically activated in scenes that need it. In the icon that appears at the top right it will tell us the seconds that the shot will last, but we can extend the exposure if we wish. There is no need to use a tripod during the exposure, but you must try to keep the mobile still as much as possible to avoid the photo being moved.
This photo was taken at 7:22 in the morning when the sun had barely risen over the horizon. The night mode manages to "light up" the entire foreground of the photo and the area of the house and the trees in the background. The downside is that the sky, which was actually just turning orange, and appears completely burned.
Here is another example that shows that the night mode manages to rescue dark areas very well, but when there are intense light sources it goes a bit crazy. You can not have everything.
For night mode to appear, it is best to avoid areas with high lights or they will appear burned. In this scene he has done a very good job raising the lighting, but he does not burn anything and you can even see a lot of detail in the cat's hair.
Main lens with night mode vs angular lens.
As for the level of detail, it is surprising what we can achieve in complex scenes like this one. The processing contains the noise but is not aggressive until the point of "erasing" the detail. If we use the angular camera that, as I said, does not allow night mode, the difference is abysmal.
Here you can see in more detail what night mode achieves in low light scenes compared to automatic mode. Having tested others from the competition, Apple's is quite balanced in both noise reduction software and color rendering. It reduces noise but without overshooting and does not present exaggerated chromatic aberrations.
See complete gallery »iPhone 11, night mode (23 photos)
We turn to the selfie camera and here we find quite consistent results under favorable conditions. Color reproduction is good, it gives us images with great sharpness and dynamic range.
Although we have a single lens, the camera allows us to enlarge the frame to cover a larger area. This works especially well in group selfies, although I've used it in individual selfies too. There is no deformation since it is a cutout on the image itself, so the closest frame photo is smaller than that obtained with this angular mode.
Getting good portraits with the front camera will depend largely on the lighting and the chosen background. In many cases it gives us a very artificial cut and mistakes, especially in hair areas, are quite common, although if we lower the amount of blur it is well hidden.
Where there is a lot of room for improvement is in the night selfie. The drop in quality is exaggerated and it is not necessary to enlarge to see that the noise has invaded the image. Fill-in flash can help, but it doesn't work miracles.
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The recording of videos also comes vitaminized in this iPhone 11. Now we can record in 4K up to 60 fps and we have the double lens, so we have more options when it comes to framing. The camera achieves videos with a large dynamic range and adapts quickly when there are sudden variations in lighting.
The stabilization is spectacular, especially in the case of the ultra-angular lens. All the videos were shot by hand and there are times when it almost seems like we are using a gimbal. The quality of the shots is very good, but this is where the true strength of the iPhone 11 videos lies.
The transition from one lens to another is smooth, although a slight jump in color temperature is noted in some shots. One detail to keep in mind: if we start recording with the main lens we will not be able to go to the ultra-wide angle if we are recording at 60 fps, but it is possible to do it in reverse. Recording at 30 fps lets us go from one lens to another without problem.
The audio also deserves a special mention. The iPhones are reputed to be among those that best record sound and with the iPhone 11 it stays very well sharp and without distorting even when the volume is very high.
At night the quality drops dramatically and we lose that definition so marked in the daytime videos. The noise makes an appearance, especially if we use the ultra-angular lens, and in general the result is much poorer.
Slow motion videos also work well. Apple offers us the option of recording at 120 or 240 frames per second, but it does not add to higher frequencies as we have seen on other Android phones. The 240 fps is enough to achieve that dramatic effect, although it falls far short of the 960 fps. If we use the ultra-angular lens, the quality suffers, a little in line with what we have seen in other modes.
The videos with the front camera are at the same level of quality that we have seen with the photos. If the light accompanies the result it is quite good in terms of detail, color and dynamic range. When the light falls, the quality goes with it and the noise is excessive. The image stabilization is quite good, which is electronic, by the way, but it does not reach the level of the angular camera.
Finally, let's talk about slofies, the most useful novelty of the iPhone 11 camera. Just kidding, it's not useful, but you won't say that the videos are not funny 😝
iPhone 11, the opinion and note of Xataka
Apple has been flirting with the idea of releasing a more basic iPhone for a while.We saw it with the iPhone SE and iPhone 5c, two models that arrived as secondary actors but with a clear idea: to offer the iPhone experience with some cuts and at a slightly lower price. However, there was no continuity and the two models were almost like an anecdote in the history of Apple.The iPhone 5c and SE were almost an anecdote, but the iPhone 11 consolidates the concept of the "basic iPhone".
It seems that the idea of the basic iPhone has finally caught on with the iPhone 11. Apple renews the bet after an iPhone XR that worked very well in sales, and also does so by giving it a greater role with that cleaner name, without surnames.
The entire iPhone family has evolved a lot this year. While the older brothers go pro and go for that triple camera, the little brother also climbs a step and releases the first double camera from Apple that does not have a zoom. The choice of the ultra wide angle is a success because it gives a lot of play, although we have seen that it still has room for improvement, especially in low light conditions, while it dazzles us in the video section with spectacular stabilization.
The arrival of the night mode is another of the key points at the photographic level and proof that Apple is fixed (and very much) on the competition. But being late does not necessarily mean being behind. We will have to face other equally powerful options, but a priori it seems that it has a lot to say in that night battle.The iPhone 11 is the most attractive iPhone as long as the zoom or the LCD screen are not an insurmountable obstacle.
The iPhone 11 has nothing to envy to the 'pro' in terms of power or autonomy (yes, of that fast charger included in the box), but it suffers significant cuts in key sections such as the screen. All in all, the multimedia experience is more than correct, also in audio. The design does have some room for improvement in terms of compaction and that rear module is not for everyone, although it must be admitted that it has been resolved very well.
The price, 809 euros for the 64 GB model, is key. It cannot be described as cheap, but the difference with the iPhone 11 Pro is 350 euros, enough to keep many potential buyers on their toes. In short, the most attractive iPhone as long as the zoom or the LCD screen are not an insurmountable obstacle.
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- Video stabilization is spectacular.
- The combination of wide and ultra wide gives a lot of play.
- Overall fluidity, the A13 Bionic flies.
- The included charger is 5W.
- The night selfie is very improvable.
- iOS matures but still has room for improvement.