Test Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: minimum effort to stay on top

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Les iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. However, the fierce competition in the smartphone market is pushing Apple to try to hang up its cars on a train pulled by Samsung and Huawei, but also by manufacturers such as Xiaomi or Oppo. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is designed to erase the gaps, especially in photos, without abandoning Apple's strong points.

An an even more challenging goal since - even if it hasn't increased this year - the price of the iPhone 11 Pro Max acts as a massive deterrent. The 11 Pro Max starts at €1,259 for 64 GB, €1,429 for 256 GB and even €1,659 for 512 GB.

Ergonomics and design

In this year 2019, no great upheaval in the design of the new iPhone. The iPhone 11 Pro Max takes up the lines of the iPhone Xs Max in large widths. The largest of Apple's iPhone deserves its name "Max" with its huge 6.5-inch diagonal screen. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is far from being easy to handle with one hand, despite a screen occupancy rate of over 85% on the front panel.

No design change means keeping the notch at the top of the screen. When most smartphone manufacturers have reduced it to a "drop of water" or made it disappear in favor of retractable mechanisms, Apple is stuck. Indeed, the iPhone 11 Pro Max uses Face ID facial recognition technology like its predecessors. A device that requires space to accommodate the sensors that intervene in unlocking the iPhone thanks to our face. Although cumbersome, Face ID is currently the most powerful system of its kind on the market. Its operation is very fast and relatively transparent in use. It obviously has some limitations when the face is masked by a scarf or a particular position. In this case, the good old 6-digit code prevails.

Les finishes of the iPhone 11 Pro Max are in the image of what we usually find at Apple, namely excellent. The glossy back of the previous iPhone generation has been replaced by a matte finish. The overall look is elegant and has the merit of less emphasis on fingerprints. On the other hand, the arrangement of the photo modules on the back of the device is open to debate. The 3 modules are placed in a slightly protruding square that is clearly not to everyone's taste.

Définitivement buried by Apple, the 3.5mm mini-jack plug is missing and the iPhone 11 Pro Max keeps its own Lightning connector. For the USB-C, it will be necessary to iron. In the tradition of the apple brand, the microSD port is not on the program. In addition to the usual nano-SIM port, the iPhone 11 Pro Max includes an eSIM port, which is still very little used in France. Good news for the clumsy and water-loving, the 11 Pro Max has a higher than usual IP68 certification. Apple's smartphone can withstand dust and swimming at depths of up to 4 meters for 30 minutes.

Audio

Pas of 3.5 mm mini-jack plug so no test of the audio output for this iPhone 11 Pro Max. The sound quality will depend directly on the hardware, wired or not, used for listening. The Lightning to 3.5 mm mini-jack adapter is not back, you have to pay about ten euros for its services.

Les iPhone 11 Pro Max speakers are evolving to offer better spatialization. The smartphone has Dolby Atmos certification, which obviously does not match the same name given to home-cinema speakers worthy of the name. However, it must be acknowledged that the effort is paying off and that the spatialization of the sound is excellent. It will be easy to use these speakers to watch an episode of a series from time to time.

Screen

Max's screen may be larger and better defined than that of the iPhone 11 Pro, but we see similar results for both devices. You can read the iPhone 11 Pro test for more details. In summary, Apple offers one of the best Oled screens on the smartphone market, a significant constant.

Performances

In In terms of performance, the A13 Bionic chip in the iPhone 11 Pro Max is exemplary. Again, the Max's results are similar to those of the 11 Pro. We refer you to the test of the latter for more information.

Photo

In photo, Apple has taken a step forward by adding a 3rd module to its iPhone 11 Pro Max. From now on, Apple's smartphone can count on the following team :

Ici also, the performance of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is similar to that of the iPhone 11 Pro. You can consult the test of the latter for more details. Overall, the apple smartphone ranks among the top students in the discipline.

Autonomy

iPhone Xs Max positioned itself as a very enduring smartphone. Apple was able to refine its recipe to take the iPhone 11 Pro Max one step further. The Cupertino-based firm claims a 5-hour longer battery life compared to the previous generation. The iOS lock prevents us from performing the same test as on Android smartphones, so we're using our good old Netflix video playback protocol here. In this exercise, we actually see an improvement in the iPhone 11 Pro Max score compared to the Xs Max. The latest Apple giant will have lasted no less than 15 h 41 min in video playback. In practice, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is an excellent ally for those who want to reach the two full days without recharging their smartphone. A very solid performance.

iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with an 18 W power supply unit enabling it - at last! - to take advantage of the fast charging. In 30 minutes, the Pro Max goes from 0% to 57% and takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to fully charge.