iPhone 11 Pro review Battery life and charging
iPhone 11 Pro Design and Screen
The beautiful curved design of this handset is sleek and stylish, and the slimbezels mean it’s almost an infinity display. Along the top, Apple has used thetraditional notch for the front-facing camera but reduced the size slightly.This is the smallest handset in the iPhone 11 series, which should appeal toanyone who prefers their phone to be under six inches. The textured matteglass back (which is different from the iPhone 11) and stainless steel bandgive this smartphone a premium finish. Sticking with the same size screen as the iPhone XS, this device has a5.8-inch super retina XDR display. It’s a nicely sized screen that is stilllarge enough to stream videos, scroll social media or play mobile games,making it a great handset for a range of users. This is backed up by thescreen-to-body ratio of 80.4%, which certainly cannot be argued with. It comes with scratch-resistant glass and an oleophobic coating, to ensurethat the screen does not get damaged. If you want an added layer ofprotection, you can use a case or screen protector. It also holds an IP68rating, meaning it’s water-resistant to a depth of four metres for up to 30minutes. A new feature on this handset is the triple rear camera arrangement. Thehousing for these three lenses is square-shaped and sits off to one side,differentiating the iPhone from its competition. Within the housing, thelenses and LED flash are also arranged in an offset (rather than regimented)fashion.
iPhone 11 Pro Camera
The rear camera features three lenses (standard, ultra-wide and telephoto) andall of them are 12MP. These bring even more detail and depth to your images.However, we think that one of the most impressive features on the iPhone 11Pro is the brilliant night mode. On the front of this handset is a single 12MP lens, which is a step up from7MP on the iPhone XS. Plus, the video capability on this device has beenmassively upgraded. You can film some of the highest quality video in asmartphone, before taking advantage of the impressive built-in editingsoftware.
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 11 Pros: Battery Life
The iPhone XR and XS releases introduced us to an upside-down world whereApple’s least expensive model, the iPhone XR, also had the longest-lastingbattery. Apple says the XR was the longest lasting iPhone it ever built, andthe company wasn’t kidding — it turned in a time of 11 hours, 26 minutes onour battery test, which was nearly an hour better than the iPhone XS Max’sresult.Order was restored to the universe with the iPhone 11 lineup. The iPhone 11Pro Max takes the long-lasting iPhone crown by lasting an average of 11 hoursand 54 minutes while continuously surfing the web over LTE. The iPhone 11 alsoturned in a good result of 11:16, though that’s a few minutes behind the XR’sresult. Both those iPhones landed on our list of the best phone battery lifewe’ve seen on devices tested in the last 18 months.The iPhone 11 Pro improved upon the below-average result of the iPhone XS,though at 10:24, its result was still roughly an hour behind the regulariPhone 11.The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max charge faster out of the box. Those modelsship with an 18-watt charger. (You won’t find a charger of any type includedwith the latest iPhones.) On the iPhone 11 Max, we got the battery up to 55%after 30 minutes of charging — good, though the Note 10 Plus and OnePlus 7charge faster. The iPhone 11 supports faster charging, too, though you’ll haveto buy your own 18W adapter.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro camera
The camera upgrades are twofold. There’s the additional lens on the iPhone 11Pro which makes a huge difference, and then there’s also the computationalphotography tricks performed by the A13 Bionic chip. It’s a lethalcombination.Both the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max benefit from a third 12MP f/2.4 ultra-widelens, which joins the main 12MP f/1.8 camera with OIS, and the 2x 12MPtelephoto lens.Image quality is magnificent. It’s vibrant and crisp, but also offers naturalcolour rendering with not over-saturation we see from rivals. All this isachieved by Apple’s smart image layering process which uses data from allthree cameras.Portrait mode is masterful and works with any object. Apple has increased theaperture of the iPhone 11 Pro’s telephoto lens to f/2.0, rather than f/2.4seen on the iPhone XS. This means more light can get to the sensor and thistranslates into an improved portrait mode, even in tricky lighting situations.You can even switch between 1x and 2x focal lengths which offers even moreversatility when shooting.Apple seems to finally have an answer to Google’s famed, Night Mode, and it’sreally compelling too. Depending on the available light, it’ll take between1-3 seconds to expose a photo, just stay as still as possible, or better, propthe iPhone 11 Pro on a stable surface.The selfie camera does the trick and Apple has upped the resolution to 12MP,which is the same found on the iPhone 12 Pro.All three cameras are capable of recording 4K video at 60fps and you can evenswitch the camera as you zoom in or out whilst shooting.Subject tracking on video recording works well too, while audio zoom isavailable to narrow into the subject making the sound.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro battery life
The ample 3,046 mAh paired with the efficient internals means the iPhone 11Pro lasts a full day, if not more. We never found ourselves in the red zone,even after some seriously heavy use.The chunkier battery claims to add 4-hours onto the battery life compared toits predecessor, we’re not so sure that’s totally accurate, but it’s not faroff.Go from 0% to 50% in about 30mins with the 18W charger and cable found in thebox. In Apple efforts to be more environmentally conscious, the iPhone 12series doesn’t come with a charger at all.Of course you’ll find better battery life on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but thereare other features which might put people off opting for that, mostly thesize.The recent iPhone 12 Pro slender aesthetics has one drawback, and that’s the2815mAh battery, noticeably smaller than the one in the iPhone 11 Pro andApple even admits to it lasting an hour less when testing.You won’t be left frustrated with the iPhone 11 Pros battery capabilities nomatter what you put it through, and does anyone really need a phone to lastmore than a full day?
iPhone 11 Pro review: Battery life and charging
Because it’s a smaller phone, I didn’t expect the iPhone 11 Pro to outlast theiPhone 11 or the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but it performed well given its size. Thephone lasted an average of 10 hours and 24 minutes on the Tom’s Guide batterytest, which involves continuous web surfing over 4G LTE on 150 nits of screenbrightness.(Image credit: Tom’s Guide)By comparison, the iPhone 11 lasted an average of 11:16 on our test, with theiPhone 11 Pro Max enduring for a whopping 11:54.In the iPhone 11 Pro vs. Samsung’s S10 face-off, the Galaxy S10’s runtime of10:19 is similar to the iPhone 11, but the Galaxy S10 Plus lasted a muchlonger 12:35. Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 10 endured for just 9:25, whilethe Note 10 Plus hit 11:09 on average. The OnePlus 7 Pro eked out only 9:31.I’m glad that Apple has finally bundled a fast charger with an iPhone. TheiPhone 11 Pro ships with an 18-watt charger that got to 55% juice in only 30minutes. That’s great, and outpaces the Note 10’s 25-watt charger (47% in 30minutes). However, the OnePlus 7 Pro hit 60% with its 40-watt charger in thesame time frame.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: Battery life
(Image credit: Tom’s Guide)Apple isn’t known for stuffing the biggest batteries possible inside itsphones. The iPhone 11 packed a 3,100 mAh battery, while the iPhone 11 Profeatured a 3,046 mAh battery. The iPhone 11 Pro Max stepped that up to a 3,969mAh battery.On our battery testing, the iPhone 11 (11 hours and 16 minutes) and iPhone 11Pro Max (11:54) both provided enough endurance to land on our best phonebattery life list.The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, on the other hand, both come with a 2,815 mAhbattery.According to Apple the iPhone 12 has a similar battery life to the iPhone 11,despite the smaller battery. But our testing showed this wasn’t the case. Over5G the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lasted 8:25 and 9:06, respectively.Things were better over 4G. The iPhone 12 only lasted 10 hours and 23 minutes,while the iPhone 12 Pro lasted 11 hours and 24 minutes.The iPhone 12 mini lasted only 7:28 on 5G while the iPhone 12 Pro Max reached10:53, making it the longest lasting new iPhone.
iPhone 11 review: Battery life
The iPhone 11 offers very good endurance. On the Tom’s Guide Battery Test,which involves continuous web surfing over 4G at 150 nits of screenbrightness, the iPhone 11’s battery lasted an average of 11 hours and 16minutes. You can see how the iPhone lineup fared overall in our iPhone 11battery life guide.(Image credit: Tom’s Guide)By comparison, the Galaxy S10 hit 10:35 and the Galaxy S10 Plus lasted 12:35.The OnePlus 7 Pro was much further behind with just 9:31. The iPhone 11 ProMax lasted a bit longer than the iPhone 11 with an average time of 11:54, butthe smaller iPhone 11 Pro lasted an average of 10:24.Unfortunately, while you can fast charge the iPhone 11, you don’t get a fastcharger in the box like you now do with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 ProMax. Those higher-end phones come with an 18-watt charger. So if you want tojuice up to 50% in about 30 minutes, you’ll have to pay $25 for a 18-wattcharger plus another $19 for a USB-C to Lightning cable. Boo.
iPhone 12 Pro review: Battery life
* The iPhone 12 Pro battery life is 2.5 hours shorter over 5G than 4G * Smart Data mode can help save powerThe iPhone 12 Pro includes a 2,815 mAh battery, which is smaller than the3,046 mAh battery in the iPhone 11 Pro. Overall, we saw pretty good batterylife in day-to-day use, but 5G can take a serious toll.On the Tom’s Guide battery test, which involves surfing the web at 150 nits ofscreen brightness over cellular, the iPhone 12 Pro lasted 9 hours and 6minutes on T-Mobile’s 5G network. The similarly priced Galaxy Note 20 lasted 9hours and 38 minutes over AT&T’s 5G network.(Image credit: Future)When we switched over to 4G, the iPhone 12 Pro lasted a much longer 11 hoursand 24 minutes. The handsets on our best phone battery life list all last morethan 11 hours, but you shouldn’t have to toggle between 5G and 4G to getthere. By comparison, the iPhone 11 Pro lasted 10:24 over 4G, but that had asmaller 5.8-inch display and (presumably) a smaller battery.We have a more in-depth iPhone 12 Pro battery life comparison with the iPhone12 and other Android phones if you want to check it out.The iPhone 12 Pro can help you save battery life when you’re not surfing theweb. A Smart Data mode can toggle switch between 5G and 4G automatically undercertain conditions, such as when you’re streaming music with the screen turnedoff.
iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro – Specs and Camera
While these new iPhones don’t look too much different from their predecessorsin terms of design, there’s a lot of differences inside. All three are poweredby Apple’s brand-new A13 chip, come with iOS 13 installed and boast loads ofimprovements to the cameras. There’s also 4GB RAM (that’s according to theGeekbench benchmarking app, anyway) across all models.The A13 chipset is the next-generation of Apple’s silicone and it providesabsolutely fantastic performance across all Apple’s 2019 iPhones. There’s noobvious difference in terms of speed and graphical power between the iPhone 11and 11 Pro though, so don’t pick up the pricier model expecting it to rungames faster.Storage is a bit of an issue though, especially when you consider the iPhone11 Pro costs more than £1000 ($999 in the USA) and for that hefty outlay youonly get 64GB. Of course you can pay more for 256GB or 512GB. We’d suggestignoring the 64GB immediately and instead go for the 256GB option.iPhone 11 Pro (left) 5.8-inches vs iPhone 11 Pro Max (right) 6.5-inchesThe iPhone 11 also starts at 64GB and again we’d suggest paying a bit more toget either the 128GB or 256GB option. There’s no 512GB iPhone 11.Related: iPhone 11 featuresThe iPhone 11 has a dual 12-megapixel setup with a dedicated ultra wide lenssitting next to the more traditional 12-megapixel wide. That ultra wide camerais there for wider shots like landscapes and it adds an extra degree ofversatility to the pictures you can capture.On the iPhone 11 Pro model, you have the same two cameras as the 11 Pro,however there’s also a 2x telephoto lens here – if you’ve used an older iPhone‘Plus’ model or the iPhone X or XS then this will feel instantly familiar. Thethree cameras on the back of the iPhone 11 Pro consists of three 12-megapixelsensors: wide (26mm, f/1.8 OIS), ultra wide (13mm focal length, 120-degreeFOV, f/2.4 aperture) and telephoto (52mm, f/2.0, OIS).Both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro take excellent photos and are a seriousupgrade on the iPhone XS. You can read our iPhone 11 Camera review and ouriPhone 11 Pro Camera review for in-depth looks including photo and videosamples along with comparisons.iPhone 11Like the Google Pixel 4 and the Huawei P30 Pro, both the iPhone 11 and iPhone11 Pro boast new Night Modes that impressively improve low-light photography.This mode works by stitching together a number of different snaps at variousexposures to give you a brighter overall image.Night Mode is triggered automatically when the phone detects that there’slittle natural light available and you can’t force yourself into the settingif it doesn’t appear by itself. This can be slightly irritating, but we’vefound it normally enters the mode in the right situation. What you can do ismanually alter the time it takes to capture the photo.Related: Best iPhone DealsEven though we are seeing lots of phones with 5G in the UK begin to hit themarket from the likes of Huawei, Samsung and OnePlus, Apple has decidedagainst ensuring its next-gen phones support the faster connectivity options.This has long been rumoured and comes as no real surprise, even if it issomething of a disappointment for those spending upwards of £1000/$1000 on aphone. Maybe we’ll see this hit the iPhone series next year when the 5Gnetworks across North America and Europe are switched on.Another huge difference between these new phones is their displays. The iPhone11 Pro and Pro Max both have ‘XDR displays’ (5.8-inches and 6.5-inchesrespectively) which means they can hit 1200nits of brightness and includesupport for Dolby Vision and HDR10. The iPhone 11 display seems almost meagrein comparison, with its LCD tech and 1792×828 resolution.When the two phones are side-by-side you can notice a gulf in quality betweenthe two – that is pretty obvious. The Pro models are sharper, pack inkierblacks thanks to the OLED tech, and are a lot brighter when watching HDRcontent. However, the iPhone 11 by itself and I can’t see many people beingdisappointed by the panel, but the Pro is the one to go for if you want theabsolute best display experience.
iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro – Battery life and charging
Apple has improved the battery life across all models this year, however thebiggest benefits sits with the Pro models.If you pick up the iPhone 11 you’ll likely get around an hour of extra batterylife, whereas the Pro versions pack much more than that. Gauging the actualimprovement is tough, but the 11 Pro Max is a phone that’ll comfortably lastmost people well into a second day of use.Both phones also support faster charging, however you’ll have to pay extra totake advantage of this with the iPhone 11. Both the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Procome with an 18w USB-C charger along with a USB-C to Lightning cable. TheiPhone 11 is boxed with the same 5w charger as every previous iPhone.Wireless charging is available across all models.There are two cameras on the back of the iPhone 11
iPhone 12 Battery life
Apple has configured 5G so it is used when you need it. So, if you’redownloading a big file, it’ll look for 5G so it’s a fast process, but ifyou’re doing something like watching that downloaded file, and have no needfor a fast data connection, it’ll save battery by settling for 4G. The batterylife is around the same as the iPhone 11 which, by the way, was a massiveupgrade from just about any iPhone that had come before it.Apple iPhone 12 with MagSafe Duo charger, coming soon. It also charges theApple Watch.Apple