The presale of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro (Max) started on September 13, 2019. According to various analysts, the iPhone 11 is more popular than the Xs and that requires a critical look. The first international reviews were published last night, we will list them for you.

When the iPhone presentation was over, a number of journalists and YouTubers received a copy home. They have been able to test the new iPhones for a week and their first impression is very positive. Apple has made great leaps, especially in terms of the camera.

International iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews

We have read reviews from, among others, Engadget, The Verge, CNET and The Wall Street Journal, as well as the videos from, among others, iJustine and Marques Brownlee to get a good impression of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews. Below you can view a general impression based on these reviews. This way you immediately know what the international media think about the new iPhones.

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General impression iPhone 11

According to various media, the iPhone 11 looks a lot like its predecessor, the iPhone XR, but the camera ensures that you get a fantastic device. The ultra-wide-angle lens is a great addition for anyone who loves photography. The lack of a dual-lens is now a thing of the past and that ensures that the iPhone again contains all functions that belong to a contemporary model.

Apple has done well to add an ultra-wide-angle lens to the iPhone 11 instead of a telephoto lens, as zooming out is more impressive than zooming in. The reviews are positive about the three lenses on the iPhone 11 Pro, but find the combination of the iPhone 11 sufficient, especially for the home-garden-and-kitchen users. In terms of photos, 11 and 11 Pro are very similar because they use the same software, which is explained further below.


The iPhone 11 is super fast thanks to the A13 processor, but that was the Xr last year too. Face ID has become faster according to Apple, but that is not really noticed by the reviewers. Some do indicate that it is easier to scan your face when the iPhone is on the table.

The iPhone XR already had good battery life, according to Apple, the 11 lasts an hour longer. This is confirmed by the test subjects, the iPhone 11 lasts a whole day and some even had more than 25% left at the end of the day. The Pro has an 18W USB-C fast charger, they unanimously agree that they think it is a shame that Apple is providing the iPhone 11 with a normal (slow) 5W USB-A charger.

Summary of the international iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews

The iPhone 11 has the best value for money since the iPhone SE. For a great amount, you get a lot and the iPhone 11 is highly recommended if you have an iPhone 8 or older. The move from iPhone X to iPhone 11 is also a good choice, but then you have to settle for the ‘less good’ screen. If you own an iPhone XR, an upgrade is not really necessary, but if you like photography.

General impression iPhone 11 Pro (Max)

According to the international media, Apple is taking a number of steps forward with the iPhone 11 Pro. In contrast to the iPhone Xs, the Pro offers much more innovation and major steps have been taken in the field of camera technology. The addition of an ultra-wide-angle lens ensures that you can take special photos and this is lifted to a higher level.

The three cameras can be consulted separately so that you can take the best picture in every situation. Compared to the iPhone 11, the Pro contains an extra telephoto lens, so you can zoom in. This certainly offers advantages, but especially the software (which is further explained below) ensures that. iPhone 11 Pro has the best smartphone camera of the moment.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

The reviewers are particularly pleased with the drastically improved battery life, in particular, the iPhone 11 Pro Max stands out. This lasts up to 20% longer and that is a relief. For example, the media writes that Max now has the best battery life. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 are matched.

The Super Retina OLED XDR display is impressive on paper, but the difference is less noticeable in practice. The colors and contrast are sublime, but that was also the case with the Xs. If you place the 11 and 11 Pro next to each other, the LCD OLED difference is immediately noticeable, but the improvements are not immediately visible. Of course, HDR10 / 4K movies look fantastic, but with daily use, it is just a very good screen.

For the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple has opted for a matte back of one piece. You would think that this provides extra grip, but on the contrary, the Pro is smoother than the Xs. However, this will make little difference to many users because most use a case.

Summary of the international iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews

General impression camera iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

The improved software, in particular, ensures that the camera performs better. Smart HDR is making significant progress, the iPhone still takes several photos and combines them into one, but fewer details are flattened. Unevenness and shadows are no longer blurred and details are highlighted. The camera will blur the air, sharpen the hair and make the face slightly brighter and all with more natural colors.

Everyone is also pleased with the new Night mode. The Pixel 3 was seen as the smartphone for taking photos in low light, but according to various tech websites, Apple has surpassed this. As soon as the iPhone is used in low light, the mode will be activated and the camera will take a photo with longer exposure time. The iPhone automatically detects if it is on a tripod, which means that the exposure time can even run up to more than 5 seconds.

The night photos are especially praised for the natural colors and subtle details. Where the Pixel 3 often uses harsh and bright lighting, the night photos of the iPhone 11 (Pro) are more natural and quieter.



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