Test Apple iPhone 11: a good smartphone, less interesting than the iPhone Xr

Presentation

Cette year, for the first time in a very long time, a new iPhone is launched at a lower price than its predecessor. This UFO in Apple's universe is the iPhone 11. It makes its debut with a starting price of €809 for 64 GB, compared to €859 for the iPhone Xr a year earlier. Given the few great new features introduced by the iPhone 11, it is not absurd to think that its biggest competitor will finally be the Xr, kept in the catalog by Apple.

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iPhone 11, clone of the iPhone Xr.

Ergonomics and design

Cette year, Apple has recycled the design of its 2018 iPhone generation. Thus the iPhone 11 recovers the main features of the iPhone Xr. If the idea remains globally the same as on the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 still has the same thick screen edges on all 4 sides. A limit imposed on the one hand by the use of an LCD panel whose backlighting requires space, and on the other hand by Apple's desire to maintain a border as wide all around its display. This has an impact on the handling of the smartphone. Already that its 6.1-inch screen makes it less easy to handle than the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8"), the wide borders add an additional inconvenience. The iPhone 11 is only 2 mm shorter than the Pro Max, which has a 6.5" screen.

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Mais who's who ?

iPhone 11 retains the Face ID facial recognition system. It still works as well as ever and is the most powerful of its kind on the market. It may be criticized for some limitations, especially when the face is hidden by a scarf or half embedded in a pillow. As effective as it is, Face ID forces the iPhone 11 to keep its very large notch at the top of the screen, thus losing useful surface area on the display.

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Annotches always present.

S 'it is the most affordable of the 11 range, the iPhone 11 "tout court" is not for all that neglected in terms of finishes. In order to preserve a certain demarcation between its iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro, Apple does not offer the matte finish on the back of the former. Too bad, because this finish is elegant and avoids the appearance of fingerprints. The iPhone 11 is not immune to fingerprints. Still on the back, the iPhone 11 has 2 photo modules housed in a square, which has been much criticized.

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Pas the sexiest in the family.

iPhone 11 still offers a Lightning port, we'll have to wait a little longer to see Apple adopt USB-C on its smartphones. The microSD port and the 3.5 mm mini-jack plug - just like any adapter - are missing. The iPhone 11, on the other hand, is certified IP68 and is waterproof up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes. This is slightly worse than the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which can hold the same amount of time at a depth of 4 m.

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An glossy back and not matte, unlike the iPhone 11 Pro.

Audio

In Due to the absence of a 3.5 mm mini-jack plug and Lightning adapter, we do not perform our usual audio test battery. The quality of the sound produced here will depend on the headphones or listening device used.

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An port Lightning and then that's it !

Comme the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 offers Dolby Atmos compatibility with its speakers. Without delivering such a high level of sound spacialization, with pitch effects and all the features of an audio system worthy of the name, the iPhone 11's speakers give a very appreciable stereo width.

Screen

For The iPhone 11 remains the worst-off member of the 2019 family on the screen. Indeed, the most affordable of this year's Apple smartphones did not get a switch to the Oled. It makes do with an LCD panel, with a much lower contrast. Here, we measure it at 1,564:1, honest for this slab technology. The iPhone 11 offers a maximum brightness of 646 cd/m², which allows perfect readability in full sunlight. Especially since the light reflection rate is quite good at 47.7%. On the other hand, in the dark, the screen brightness of the iPhone 11 can drop to less than 1 cd/m². Perfect for not being dazzled.

Apple confines its iPhone 11 to the LCD, of course, but that doesn't mean that it neglects colorimetric rendering. We measured a delta E at 1.7, reflecting excellent color fidelity. The color temperature is 6,661 K, very close to the expected standard (6,500 K). Nothing to say on this side, the iPhone 11 has one of the best LCD screens on the market.

Au chapter of the lack of evolution, let's mention the definition of the screen which remains at 1 792 x 828 px. This remains sufficient to offer a resolution of 326 dpi, suitable for the vast majority of uses of a smartphone. The reactivity of the iPhone 11 display is very good. The touch delay peaks at 59 ms, while persistence reaches 16 ms.

Performances

Il is a domain in which the iPhone 11 does not have much to envy its big brothers, and it is the domain of performance. It benefits from the same A13 Bionic chip as the Pro models and takes advantage of its very comfortable power. Smoothness is the watchword for the iPhone 11, and it is capable of juggling demanding applications without sagging. Nothing frightens the iPhone 11. The iOS lock, however, prevents us from performing the same battery of tests as on Android.

For the video game, the iGPU of the iPhone 11 proves to be one of the best on the market. The iPhone 11 proves to be able to run all the games on the App Store in the best conditions. This is good news at a time when Apple has opened the doors of its Arcade service, giving access to a hundred mobile games for €5 per month.

Photo

Apple was able to catch up with its competitors thanks to the iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 11, on the other hand, is missing the "zoom" module and is satisfied with the addition of the ultra-wide-angle module. It therefore benefits from the two following modules:

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iPhone 11 tastes like a double photo module.

Les results obtained by these two modules are similar to those of the iPhone 11 Pro. We invite you to consult the test of the latter for more details. On the whole, the rendering is rather good, without reaching the image quality of the best photo students.

Autonomy

iPhone 11 is equipped with a 3,110 mAh battery, and Apple announces a battery life of 30 minutes longer than that of the iPhone Xr. iOS prevents us from performing our usual battery life tests, so we use a video playback test on Netflix. In this exercise, the iPhone 11 will have lasted 13 h 27 min, barely more than the iPhone Xr. In practice, we can't say that we feel a big difference. The autonomy of the iPhone 11 remains particularly solid with about 2 days of standard use and a good day and a half of intensive use.

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Dommage that Apple is playing stingy by delivering its iPhone 11 with a charger of only 5 W. A heresy at the moment on the top of the range, especially since the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max come with an 18 W charger. Charging time for the iPhone 11 is almost 3 hours.