The Truth About the iPhone 11 Pro Max: Two Months Later

– What’s up, guys? Saf here on SuperSaf TV
and this is my full review of the iPhone 11 Pro Max after using it for almost two months. I was actually lucky enough to
get this a little bit earlier and I really enjoyed using it. A lot of you guys will
know in these videos, I don’t go over specs. Those have been covered
in my unboxing video, which I’ll link in the comments
and in the description. In this video, I’m gonna be
talking about my experience, what I like about the iPhone 11 Pro Max, what I don’t like about it,
what I think can be improved. This might be a long one but I’ll try to include some timestamps in the pink comment below. Now initially, let’s talk
about the build and design. This, I would say, is an
incremental update for design. It’s nothing drastically new. We do have this matte
finish back, which I do like and I do prefer it to the glossy
back that we had initially. But then we’ve got this sort
of square camera module, which I know a lot of
people are not huge fans of. I don’t mind it hugely
but, let’s be real here, I don’t think this is gonna
be winning any design awards. There’s lots of other
devices out there this year which look like a lot
better, in my opinion. But generally speaking,
it’s a pretty decent design and realistically speaking, I
think most people are gonna be throwing a case on here anyway. If you want a case recommendation, I would definitely recommend a Grip case from our channel sponsor, dbrand. It’s gonna give you some
great protection and grip but what’s unique about the Grip series is that you can customize it and you can pick up a few skins and change them up whenever you get bored. I’ll be leaving a link to
dbrand in the description below. Now we do have an improved IP rating. You are gonna be able to
submerge this in water more than other devices. I’m not somebody who takes
this swimming, to be honest, but I have used it out in the rain and it’s been absolutely fine. Now if you move over onto the front, once again, the design
hasn’t really changed. But if you are to put this side-by-side with the iPhone 10s or the iPhone 10 even, then the front is pretty
much exactly the same. So it does look like Apple is going for a three-year upgrade cycle
when it comes to the design. Maybe next year, we’ll see much more of a drastic design change. Now design aside, this
display is very, very good and it has been improved
compared to last year. I really like this. It’s got great viewing angles, it’s very sharp, the colors are great, and it’s also brighter
compared to last year, so if you’re using this
outdoors in sunlight, it’s gonna perform really, really well. And I actually did do a test. I had the Google Pixel 4 next to this and the Pixel 4 is very,
very dim in comparison, so although this might not
have a 90-hertz refresh rate, this brightness is definitely
a big selling point and it’s something that
I definitely do like. There is, however, no 3D
touch this year around. Now, honestly speaking, I
haven’t missed it too much. The area where I used to use 3D touch most was on the keyboard and this
was to move the case around. This is the area where
I found it most useful. You can still do that by
pressing down on the space bar. It did take me some time to get used to. But 3D touch hasn’t been something that I personally missed too much. It might be something that you do miss. Now within this notch
is, of course, Face ID and it has been noticeably
improved, compared to last year. It’s faster, it’s more accurate, it works with many more angles. One of the things that I’ve
complained about before when it comes to Face ID is I’m somebody who uses my phone in bed, it’s probably not the best habit, but if I have my face
kind of on my pillow, then what I traditionally found is that I’ll have to kind of move out to unlock the phone using Face ID. But now Face ID actually
works in many situations and it seems to be that accurate that it can actually grab
most of your face data, even if it’s slightly covered and it definitely works
from many more angles. It’s actually much better, in my opinion, to the Google Pixel, which is faster but it’s nowhere near as accurate and it doesn’t work from as many angles. This still doesn’t unlock
if it’s flat on the surface. It still needs to be
slightly angled towards you but, nevertheless, it has
definitely been improved and I really do like it. Let’s now talk about the
cameras and I just want to say that when it comes to an
all-around camera package, in my opinion, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best on the market right now. It might not be the absolute
best for everything, but it does everything
really, really well. Let me break this down and explain. So starting off with video, hands down, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best video on any smart phone right now. I’ve said this before, you’ve heard many others
say it before as well, it can support extended dynamic range at all the way up to 4K
60 frames-per-second. That’s on all cameras, including
the front-facing camera. A lot of other smart phones
really start falling apart when you go to those frame rates and they don’t even
offer those frame rates, so for video, I really, really
like the iPhone 11 Pro Max. And for images, once
again, very consistent across all of the cameras. Colors are great. They’re not overly-saturated. Dynamic range is also very, very good. And we’ve got a lot of
versatility design as well with the primary telephoto, as well as the ultra wide camera. This year for the first time,
we also have the Night Mode. This really does improve
low light photography, something that I’ve been talking
about for a long, long time and I’m glad that Apple has taken all of that feedback on board. Now we have a Night Mode. It does work really well
and in lots of situations, I actually preferred it to
something like the Pixel. However, as always, there
is room for improvement and a few of the things
that I would like to see with hopefully some software updates or maybe on the next version. Firstly, Night Mode only
triggers automatically. If the iPhone decides that
you can use Night Mode, that’s only when you’re gonna
be able to use Night Mode. I’d like to trigger this manually, so if there is a situation
that’s maybe not that dark but I really do want to
get out the details there, that I can switch that on. That’s something that
you can’t do right now. It’s gonna do that automatically. The ultra-wide camera has no Night Mode. So if you want to take an ultra wide shot in very low light, then you can
pretty much forget about it. And although I really do
like the ultra wide camera on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, I don’t think it’s as
good as the competition. I think the Note10+ for example has a better ultra wide camera. It’s a little bit wider
and it’s also sharper and you get do get some softness on the ultra wide camera here and it’s definitely not as
good as the primary camera. And I really do like portraits
from the iPhone 11 Pro Max, especially from that telephoto lens, which is the equivalent of around 50 mil. However, edge detection is not perfect. There’s lots of areas where it sometimes will
have missed the blur. So for instance, if it’s between your arms
or anything like that. This is something that I
think a lot of other cameras that have a dedicated time
of flight depth sensor do a better job of. So I’m hoping these
things can be improved. Having said that, once again, I want to emphasize that as
an overall camera package, so I’m talking video, I’m talking the versatility
of the triple cameras, the consistency between the cameras, which a lot of other
manufacturers don’t do well, front-facing camera, the dynamic range, the colors, all of these things, when you look at them altogether, then I believe that the iPhone 11 Pro Max is currently the best package out there. Right, now let’s talk a
little bit about performance. Apple is not big on specs. They don’t even tell you how much RAM the iPhone 11 Pro Max has, so clearly that’s not important to them. What is important is that this has the Apple A13 bionic chip,
which is super, super fast. I’ve had no problems in terms
of speed and performance. It’s been very, very snappy and I’m confident that this is gonna last a good few years if you are
gonna be picking this up. One of the reasons why it works so well is because Apple makes both the hardware as well as the software. So we do have iOS 13 and I’ve had a really good
experience with iOS 13 overall. I’ve not really had many bugs or crashes, like some others have reported. It’s been a very smooth experience for me. And there’s lots of welcome improvements. My biggest welcome improvement, which is about 10 years too late, is the ability to change the resolution of your video within the camera app and not have to go through deep settings to be able to do that. (sighing exasperatingly) Like, come on, how long has
it been since we’ve got this? But nevertheless, we finally got it, there’s a little icon here on the side, and you can just tap on it to change the resolution
and the frame rates. But it is still iOS,
it’s still very simple, I know a lot of people do like that, but one thing that I would
like to see from Apple is a take on better one-handed usage when it comes to the operating system, especially considering
how big the screen size is on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. This is something that
lots of other manufacturers have done really well. So take Samsung’s One UI, for example, or OxygenOS from OnePlus, they do take into consideration that if you are using
the device with one hand, kind of moves everything with the icons towards the bottom of the screen, so you’re not always having to reach up. This is very much still
that grid icon setup, which I would like to
customize a little bit. I’d like to kind of leave
the top space empty, maybe for the time or some widgets, and then have the bottom area
where I have all my icons which I can reach very easily. So hopefully this is something
that we may or may not see, but, then again, if
you’re familiar with iOS, you’re gonna be right at home here. I also really like Dark Mode. You guys have heard me
talk about Dark Mode a lot. This just makes a lot of
things easier on the eyes, especially if you’re viewing
the phone in darker situations. And it also helps with battery life. And let’s talk about the battery life. The iPhone 11 Pro Max
has amazing battery life. There’s been a big improvement,
I’ve definitely noticed it, and there’s not been a single day when I’ve run out of battery life towards the end of the day. Actually, I lied. There was one day when I was playing Call
of Duty continuously, for like six hours, and then the battery did die
and I had to charge it up. But apart from that one situation, this has been really, really
good for battery life. I mean, I think it’s gonna
get pretty much everyone through the full day. And, finally, finally, Apple are now including a
fast charger out of the box, something else that
I’ve been ranting about for a long, long time. Now this is an 18-watt fast charger, which is fast, but nowhere near as fast as 65-watt chargers that we’re seeing from some of the competition. Nevertheless, it is still nice to have that fast charging speed and, honestly speaking, I have very rarely used the
wired charger to charge this up and that’s because we do
have Qi wireless charging, so my usage through the
day lasts me all day and I don’t necessarily
need to plug it in. And before I go to bed, I just drop this on my wireless charger, I wake up, and it’s at 100%
and that’s kind of my routine. And if you currently own
one of the new iPhones, or own any phone for that matter that supports wireless charging, and you don’t have a wireless charger, I don’t know why you don’t have one. Once you kind of know that convenience and once you have one
on your bedside table, you’ll really notice how much
of a difference it makes. I’ll try to leave some links to some of my favorite wireless chargers in the description below. They’re very inexpensive and they make such a big difference. Now touching on the audio, we still have stereo speakers. One is in the earpiece,
one is bottom-firing, and the sound has been very, very good. We’ve got improved spacial audio. If you’re consuming a
lot of media on here, then I think you’re gonna
enjoy that experience. Now finally, let’s talk
about pricing and storage. So this definitely very
pricey, especially in the UK. You’re looking at £1,150 and that’s for a 64-gigabyte base model. So that’s something that
I’m not too happy about. I think Apple should’ve gone
in with at least 128 gigs. Now, I kind of get it. It’s a business decision. Most people will opt for going for maybe the 256-gigabyte option instead of the 64-gigabyte option and that option is more tempting, considering that we’re
only starting at 64 gigs. But if you are gonna be shooting
lots of 4K video on here, then you are gonna eat
through that 64 gigs very, very quickly, so you are going to have to
go for the 256-gigabyte option or the 512-gigabyte option, which is going close to £1,500 pounds. So, of course, this is very, very pricey, however if you are looking
for the best iPhone, then this is it, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you are on a bit of a budget and you want a lot of the features that you have here minus a few, then the iPhone 11 is actually
a really, really good option, especially for the much lower price point. I am going to be covering that
in an upcoming review video. If you want to see that first,
then be sure to subscribe and hit that bell icon
so you don’t miss it. But if you are after the
best iPhone money can buy and you do have the money to buy this, then this is definitely the one to go for. It might not be perfect, but it does lots of
things very, very well. That’s what I think, anyway. What do you guys think? Definitely drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed this
video and found it useful. If you did, then do it
that thumbs up for me. Thanks for watching. This is Saf on SuperSaf TV. I’ll see you next time. (electronic hiphop music)

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38 thoughts on “The Truth About the iPhone 11 Pro Max: Two Months Later

  1. Hope you enjoyed the video along with the #SuperSafStyle Thumbnail 😎 Time stamps below:

    1:42 Display
    3:00 Face ID
    3:56 Cameras
    7:05 Performance
    7:34 iOS 13
    9:20 Battery Life
    10:55 Speakers and Audio
    11:08 Price and storage
    11:55 Conclusion and final thoughts

  2. I’m so glad to be back witch an Apple phone. I’ve recently purchased the 11 Pro Max after having a Huawei P20 pro for 7 months.
    Had iPhones since the iPhone 4 and the change to Android was frustrating. Personally I find apps work and look better on iOS, the eco system works fantastically (mainly as my bank doesn’t support Android or google pay) and the most frustrating thing I found was downloading music wasn’t actually added to my phones library. I had to use googles play app which sucked.

    Dark mode is great, shame not all apps support it but I really much prefer it and also uses less battery power.

    My P20 pro will be going on eBay soon!

  3. The truth is that i own the samsung galaxy s10 and iphone 11 pro and i just cant leave the iphone alone…. its my daily driver and i cant go without it, its the best iphone since steve jobs and from here on it will get better!!!!

  4. FIY if your looking for a wireless charger for your Iphone 11 Pro Max the Pixel 3 XL wirelss charging stand works great ! it fits perfectly the phone sits upright and it supports fast charging. This is my first iphone coming from a Pixel3 XL and so far i am liking my new iphone. I do miss Google assistant and being able to put what ever i want on the homescreen though.

  5. 😤😤 I posted a comment below and I’m back one more time. This review and all other like this one are TOTAL BS. Whose sponsoring these people. I am an Apple fan and a professional photographer. I’ve owned the 10 before this and the “overall” functionality of this 11 Pro phone is the worst one yet. Try forcing the flash to stay on regardless of lighting conditions. DOES NOT WORK. Try shooting in lower light conditions with people moving around ever so slightly the way the X easily did where this phone may choose a 2-3 second exposure. Might be cool for light trails of cars driving by but not of people. DOES NOT HAPPEN. The HDR function also has a mind of its own and you can’t force it to stay on if you wish to do so. The HDR function…?? Try getting a blended shot of the light and dark areas in one image like all previous phones did. DOES NOT HAPPEN. As an avid local band photographer in the Asbury Park NJ area I’ve literally shot thousands of picture on my phone aside from my Nikon D750 and this phone does NOT do “many things very very well” as this man is implying here. 😤📸😤📸😤

  6. Copied from the legendary Huawei Mate 20 pro, Apple still failed to surpass the original. IPhone will not be able to beat the Mate 20 pro until 2050.

  7. I’m watching this on my green iPhone 11 Pro Max , with my Apple air pods pro , and my Apple Watch series 5 gold ss, while watching a movie on my 16 in. Mac book pro , and playing games on my iPad Pro, and downloading music on my iPod pro 2019 !
    Sound ridiculous? Yeah that’s how a lot of you sound !! 😑 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️ get over yourself !!!

  8. Lack of customization no widgets wide angle had no night mode no always on display Please Apple do something about this…. Also the phone is too heavy….

  9. On IPHONE XMAX with the Face ID my sister was able to unlock my phone usually on dark and that happens many time not only once , this time I have 11 pro max I am expecting this doesn’t happen again ✅

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  11. People who say iphone is gonna take years to remove notch, they were the first to get it done, Face ID is the whole reason.

    The fact that you comprise the notch means you are comprising Face ID which is Accepted as a payment mode in iphone by companies because of high security.

  12. Yo SuperSaf, have you experienced your display scrathing easly on your 11pro max like Flossy Carters iPhone 11pro/pro max?

  13. I switched to the Pixel 4 this year from an iPhone, and so far I am loving it. But ideally, I wish I could just design my own phone that combines the two. I love the app drawer on Android. Having my home screen completely empty outside of the time/date/weather widget is great, and apps are auto-arranged in alphabetical order in the drawer so they're easy to find. I also love how Android handles notifications and the notification bar.

  14. This guy keeps saying this phone isn't really a drastic design change. What in Gods name is he talking about? Everything on the back has changed, no longer is it glossy, it's frost glass, the camera design has completely changed, theirs a new color, the display is the same but how much better can you get? Speaking of the display the brightness is increased, the glass is said to be stronger, the water resistance has improved. Practically everything has changed so I am absolutely confused as to what he means when it's not a complete overhaul? Apple will always keep their signature fingerprint as far as design but to me this is their overhaul. ok so maybe they could make the screen extend over the edge like the Galaxy line but then he'll complain that he accidentally touched the screen bc of the design. You can never please these millennials.

  15. How stupid is Apple? They make a 4K camera phone and start the phone storage at 64g!!! Ridiculously expensive and after staying with apple for 10years I have decided to look elsewhere I find Apple to be very greedy and unfair to its consumers 1 year ago brought the XS on 64g and I am constantly reminded of the phone not having enough storage

  16. Why doesn't apple have the numbers on the keyboard like Samsung kind of ridiculous that u have to hit the 123 button to get ur numbers then again 2 get u no if they ever will

  17. Really tempted to upgrade from my XS but i've just stumbled on the lens flare [lack of anti-glare coating] issues affecting many, many consumers….and now i don't know whether to wait till this year's model. Do/did you suffer any serious lens flare/ghost reflections?

  18. Stuck between getting this phone or just keeping my 8 plus I know the Apple life is about always upgrading to the best but I some how love my 8 plus I’m a simple man. Any advice?would be great

  19. Bought the 11 pro max 512gb, first iphone i alway's had samsung but whas tired of it! All that gimmicks and bells and jiggles and never used any of them! I just wanted a good stable and descend wel build phone and iphone has it! Its smooth and i like it, im still looking around and find new things!

  20. I find that even the wireless charger (Belkin 5w) gets the iPhone 11 Pro hotter than the 5w plug. I always try to use the 5w in order to preserve my battery capacity.

  21. Great video bro. Have been a Samsung/Android fan boy for 9 years. Had the s10+ which is a wonderful phone. However I’ve gone to the dark side as wanted a different experience and for the first time in many years this phone enticed me. It’s a great phone and has many great features but the lack of flexibility in some areas is taking a little getting used to. However after a few days use think overall I will be very happy.

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