iPhone 11 Pro Max Review – The Good and The Bad – (4K60P)


hi everyone Aaron here for ZolloTech and
the iPhone 11 pro max has been my main
device over the past couple of weeks
I’ve used it every single day all day
long and I’ve really been enjoying using
it compared to the XS Max but I wanted
to go over the good and the bad
there are some great things about it and
there’s a couple bad things and not as
many as maybe last year but there are a
few so let’s go over those now the first
thing you need to know is that the
iPhone 11 pro and the 11 Pro max are
identical in every single way except for
the screen size of five point eight for
6.5 inches and also the battery capacity
the iPhone 11 pro max has a very large
battery in it and it will last a little
bit longer than the 11pro now the first
good thing is the display the display is
incredibly bright it’s 800 nits average
brightness and then will peak out at
1200 nits if you’re trying to watch an
HDR movie for example the display looks
incredible it’s a nice and vibrant it’s
super color accurate and it’s easy to
see in sunlight you’ll see I have this
wallpaper that’s actually very dark in
some areas and light and others and I
can still see it fine in bright sunlight
so that’s a really great thing on this
new phone is it’s just super bright it’s
brighter than the XS Max not by a ton
but it is brighter now something people
ask me about all the time is PWM or
pulse width modulation and PWM is the
way an OLED display controls brightness
and Apple is using that here but they’ve
increased the rate fast enough where it
doesn’t bother my eyes anymore so it’s
at about 290 Hertz it’s flickering fast
enough that it seemingly doesn’t bother
me at all like previous generations of
Apple’s o LEDs I actually have a hard
time looking at them it causes me to be
nauseated and gives me headaches so this
year it doesn’t do that I’m happy to
report that and that’s definitely a
positive for me the next positive thing
for me is build quality the build
quality on this phone seems better to me
it’s stainless steel around the outside
edge but also there’s no sharp edges
like there was on the tennis Maxx for me
this was a sharp lip right here so it
was really sharp around the edges and
overall it just didn’t feel built as
well as the iPhone X for example so
this year we’re back to very high
quality I know some people didn’t have
that issue but I did on a couple
different phones so it’s much better
this year and they’ve always been
high-quality but this just feels even
better now the phone is constructed of
glass which it’s been that way since the
iPhone 8 and this year it’s got a matte
finish on the back and I actually find
this to be a good thing and the reason I
say that is it’s less slippery if you’re
not using a case I think it’s great for
me I know some people think it’s more
slippery I actually find it to be less
slippery so the front is the same the
back is less slippery for me if you’re
not using a case of course if you’re
using a case it’s going to be even
better the next positive thing for me is
battery life battery life is easily
three to four hours better on the iPhone
11 pro max than it was on my XS Max
with regular software if I’m not using
betas it’s definitely an incredible jump
when it comes to battery and that’s
thanks to a much larger battery so we’re
seeing that not only due to the new
chipset inside but also the battery
itself and that leads me over to the new
a 13 Bionic that’s another major
positive it’s incredibly fast the a 13
Bionic is just super fast all of the
time there’s no issues as far as
scrolling frame rates are super smooth
as you can see here and because this
video is in 4k 60 I think you can
appreciate just the smoothness and the
speed overall now a lot of people ask me
how reception is on the new phones and
I’m happy to report it’s much better for
me than the XS Max now the tennis max
reception wise was okay for me but this
is a big leap especially with speeds and
also Wi-Fi speeds now that it supports
Wi-Fi 6 so I’m happy to report that next
year we’ll probably see Qualcomm modems
or some variants in sample bought Intel
pant patents this time around but we’re
stuck with Intel phones in this
particular generation now other than the
major positive of battery life we also
have incredible cameras this year and
these cameras are so good I’ve been
using them for video in fact I’m using
them for the entire video while shooting
this so right now the forward facing
camera is what I’m recording with and
the rest of the video is recorded with
the rear facing camera of the pros so
they’re just incredible cameras but
let’s take a closer look at some of the
features and see what the photos look
like now the cameras this year is what
really makes this phone stand out Apple
has done a terrific job of making
them incredibly good so you’ll see I’m
zoomed out using the ultra line I can go
to 1x or 2x back out and the 1x and 2x
are stabilized and they’re incredibly
stable when walking and I’ll show you
that in a moment but if we go back out
to the ultra wide it’s actually so wide
that if I slide my finger up from the
bottom it’s in the frame even though
it’s not near the lens so it’s an
incredibly wide shot and looks really
good if you’re trying to capture a ton
of information when you’re in the Photos
app it’s really interesting because it’s
stitching together the ultra wide and
the 1x camera so if i zoom in you’ll see
now it’s stitching together the 2x and
the 1x camera zoom back out to ultra
wide then it stops going over the actual
frame so it’s kind of an interesting way
to see what you can see in other lenses
if you want to zoom in and out it is a
little bit difficult to frame though so
if you want to change that hit this
little arrow here and now we have
options for things like 16:9 so I want
to go one X to 16:9 now I can see the
whole thing and it makes it a little bit
easier to frame when you’re going
between 4:3 16:9 maybe for a thumbnail
on YouTube and then you have some other
options here with filters and time lapse
and flash as well
Apple this year has really improved
stabilization so you’ll see I’m at 1x
just walking down a trail and it seems
to be very very stable it can zoom into
2x and it’s still pretty stable it’s
gonna get a little more wobbly but back
out to 1x and then if I switch to ultra
wide the stabilization shuts off so now
I’m at ultra wide and because it’s such
a wide shot you don’t really need a
stabilized lens it’s pretty stable
overall now when you’re in an
environment that’s dark enough a little
icon will show up on the iPhone and this
indicates the new night mode and Apple
has added this to the new iPhones so
that you can capture more light and
process better photos when it’s dark out
and you could still use the flash here
but night mode you can activate it when
the icon shows up otherwise there’s no
way to activate it manually but it just
shows up as it gets darker up and then
you have some options for exposure times
or your aperture so depending on if
you’re holding it by hand or if it’s on
a tripod this time will vary based on
motion it’s sensing using it using its
sensors now let’s take a look at a very
dark environment and I’ll show you what
this can actually do now we’re in a dark
environment and there’s almost no
ambient light and the iPhone actually
knows that it’s dark and also knows that
it’s on a tripod so it allows us to turn
the capture time up to 30 seconds for
maximum exposure so let’s go ahead and
hit the button to record the photo and
you’ll see it’s very dark and as it
starts to gather light it starts to
expose on the iPhone screen itself and
this is really interesting to watch and
the maximum time is 30 seconds and it’s
pretty amazing the results you can get
because it will get details that I can’t
see for example you’ll see there’s a
small white box there that’s actually an
iPhone box but I can’t see that with my
Lutton with my eyes without any lights
on so I can’t make out any detail on it
I just know there’s a faint shadow that
looks like a box in the background and
so I can’t see it with my own eyes let’s
go ahead and take a closer look at it
so there is the photo that it actually
was able to capture it was able to
capture the word iPhone and I can’t see
that word at all in this particular
environment even with these screens on
there’s not enough light for me to see
it I can only see that LED that’s right
there
and that’s about it there’s not a whole
lot of light in this room it’s pretty
amazing what it can do and this is not
the ideal situation but this gives you
an idea of what it can do now here’s the
exact same background I haven’t moved
anything but this is what it looked like
before I turned off the lights off so
you’ll see it did a pretty good job of
capturing and overall take a look at a
couple other photos that were captured
at night
now Apple has finally included a fast
charger in the box with the phone this
is an 18 watt fast charger similar to
that of the iPad pro it’s USB c2
lightning and will charge the phone
about 50% in 30 minutes now the last
positive is the speakers the speakers
are really good on this phone you’ve got
the forward facing speaker on the top
and then the down firing speaker on the
bottom and combined they have a really
nice sound it’s a wider sound as Apple
calls it and it’s just better overall
it’s really really loud and I’m glad
they’ve just made it better and better I
didn’t think you could get much louder
than the XS Max but these definitely
feel louder to me now let’s move on to
the bad or the negative things about
this phone and the first thing is
they’ve removed 3d touch now I know a
lot of you are not going to be bothered
by that but if you are familiar with
using 3d touch and like to use it
they’ve removed the way it works it’s
now a long press or haptic touch and
while that doesn’t bother me too much
it is a little bit slower and it’s just
not as nice it feels like they’ve
removed a feature although they have
added battery life because they were
able to make the display thinner and
probably it’s for future design since
it’s hard to implement that pressure
layer underneath
now the next bad thing is the price the
price continues to start at $1,000 and
goes all the way to about $1,500 in the
United States that can be much higher
overseas and it’s a problem for a lot of
people now of course there’s the iPhone
11 which is a good option for most
people but if you want that better
display and that ultra wide camera along
with the telephoto lens
you’ll have to opt for at least $1000
plus and or at least wait another year
until they come down in price so that’s
going to be a big negative for a lot of
people and finally while this may or may
not be a negative for some people
they’re probably going to redesign this
phone next year many people are
expecting a full redesign with possibly
a smaller notch maybe even a larger
battery or similar size battery and then
maybe even an iPhone 4 type style so if
you want the latest and greatest you may
want to wait until next year
you have a XS Max or a X because the
full redesign seems to be a three year
cycle and this is the third iteration of
this phone so that may be a problem for
you otherwise I highly recommend it so
that’s it for the good and bad of the
iPhone 11 pro and pro max let me know
what you think about it in the comments
below I still recommend it to anyone
looking for an upgrade if you love the
iPhone ecosystem or iOS ecosystem it’s
only going to get better from here on
out with deep fusion coming to the
cameras later with 13.2 or it may be out
by the time you’re watching this it just
gets better and better and less buggy
over time as far as updates are
concerned but let me know your
experience with it in the comments below
and if you’re picking one up or maybe
you’re going to hold off until next year
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100 Replies to “iPhone 11 Pro Max Review – The Good and The Bad – (4K60P)”

  1. holy hell, what? that face cam was with the iphone? i honestly thought it was with your normal Gh5 hahah oh boy im embarassed… but it shows how capable an 8mm thin phone is… wow.

  2. Too expensive. Way too expensive. It’s crazy that phones cost this much. I bought a used Ford Estate back in the UK a few years back for £700. That’s £300 cheaper than this phone! That’s nuts. It should cost no more than 499 and the 11 should be no more than 399.

    Apart from that, great video.. thanks

  3. Great review as always, thank you.

    Also, the iPhone 6 was on a 4 year cycle, so that wouldn’t surprise me here.

    Over half a million subscribers and well deserved. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  4. Love the scenery. Do more like this. Great review as always. I will be buying the iPhone 11pro. Thanks for much more information on the camera and how they work.

  5. Thanks for your review on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, as always I find your reviews to be the best and there are a lot of reviews on the net. I would always give you a 5 Star rating because of your honesty and your detailed explanation. So thanks for taking the time. Personally, I have not been impressed with any Apple phone since Iphone 7 plus and I used to always upgrade with every newer model, but I think I will wait for next year to see if there is any phenomenal change. I don't game or not into photography, so my iphone at 128 gb works just fine for all my needs. And what's up with the pricing…is Apple trying to once again be niche? Really have you seen the other phones? they are good too and they don't cost that much. The only thing is Apple (according to me ) has the greatest architecture, so I am hooked onto it and it is so beautiful, I can't help but think that since they went more "Samsung phone look-a- like" they are more visually beautiful…..but really, pricing? Apple don't be greedy…don't be a rotten apple.

  6. I was going to keep my X one more year, but I think I'll use Apple's trade in to get a 256gb 11 Pro Max. If I pay it month to month it'll be almost the same as paying for my iPhone X.

  7. I've had migraines for the last 20 years. I have NOT had a single problem with my new iPhone 11 Pro. My last phone was the 8 Plus, so I'm not sure if the iPhone 10 would have been a problem? But, the 11 Pro is great! I hope this helps anyone who might be worried about headaches or migraines from the display….other than being on it too much. Thanks Aaron! 👍🏼👍🏼

  8. This is the first video about the 11 that I have seen that you mentioned things that I didn’t know about. Good job!

  9. Great vid Aaron I usually upgrade to every iPhone but didn't dis yr (even tho it's tempting) lol.. but I'll wait to see wat they do design wise next year

  10. It’s very tempting but as I have the iPhone X I’m going to wait until next year and hopefully 5G will be included 😀

  11. I had the XS before my iPhone 11 Pro Max. What’s going on with battery life?? Like seriously. It’s absolutely mind blowing! My XS was having to be charged around 21:00 after a moderate use.

  12. Loved this video for the useful information! I wouldn’t even have known this video was shot on the pro. I am definitely in love with how crisp the video quality is! 👌

  13. NO, AARON, NOOOOOO! Just when I finally decided not to upgrade from XS Max to 11 Pro, you post this excellently done video that convinces me to rethink my decision.  

    No, seriously, I really, really do appreciate the care you put into this video and how informative it is! This is the kind of information that helps your viewers make more informed purchase decisions, which as you said at the end of your video, is a BIG decision for many of us, these phones aren't cheap.

    Thank you again for another GREAT video!

    Oh, what about the weight of the 11 Pro Max?? The Plus or Max sized iPhones have been getting heavier and heavier, and the Pro Max is now quite a bit heavier than the 6S Plus or even the XS Max.

    Does the weight of the phone negatively impact the experience of using it, even a tiny bit?

  14. The sharp edges on previous iPhones were just imperfections which are different on every device. Had a Xs with such a sharp edge you could cut yourself but my Xs max is almost perfect. But then my wife’s 8 has the glass on one edge sticking out more than the other side… I guess there are going to be the same imperfections on this years models as well.

  15. Good: I definitely noticed the sharp edges were gone
    Bad: Every time I use haptic touch I have to think about how I’m not using 3D Touch anymore so I definitely miss it.

  16. I’ll wait until next year after the 5+ different bug fixes has run its course! Same damn phone in my opinion! Who needs a telephoto lens on their telephoto lens…just take 2 or 3 steps back! Apple are a bunch of scam artists or are the public just gullible/stupid! It’s the same damn phone people! My XsMax is the same damn phone!

  17. I have been happy with my 8 Plus, although the 11 pro’s are awfully tempting, except for the cost. The OLED displays I am sure are amazing, and oh the battery life is much improved. With that being said, do you still think the 8 Plus is worth holding on to for another year or so? Thanks!!

  18. I have to agree with you Aaron. I still have my X and as much as I wanted to upgrade this year, I just can't justify spending that type of money for minimal upgrades in my opinion. I would like Apple to catch up with a bigger screen to body ratio, reverse wireless charging, Touch ID under the glass, and the square design. Nothing felt better than the iPhone 4 in the hand, compared to the bars of soap we are forced to hold now! Great video as always

  19. Awesome video Aaron. I’m very pleased with my iPhone 11 pro Max. Great camera and very sturdy. Shout out from big island Hawaii

  20. These iPhones have a hollow plastic feel from the front glass when tapping on it and it doesn't seem as solid as the galaxy s9 screen

  21. hello Aaron, I have a question about ITUNES, first of all I love your video's and look forward to all of them. It seems that APPLE has taken ITUNES off the website or I might be just missing something. If something happens to our computer and we cant get ITUNES again, how can we sync our photos, music, tones and other things? Do we need a 3rd party app? and if we do which one do you recommend? Just wondering, thanks Aaron, Regards, John

  22. Once again, well done, Aaron!
    Great coverage of the 11 Pro Max camera features and other bits!
    Love your channel! 🙂

  23. The only that I can say is : I HAVE ALREADY ORDERED THE IPHONE 11 pro Max AND IM WAITING!
    greetings from Athens! Thank you for the video once again 🙂

  24. I think many people
    Would Like you to do a test review of Siri on Apple car play…using Apple maps…and also how to use Google maps on apple car play…👍

  25. Another great video. Thanks. I’m still using my 6s Plus & the 11’s are really tempting. The videos from my phone have disappointed me in that I video ‘contra dancing’ from a tripod. It’s either picking up on the beat of the music or an errant fiddler tapping his foot heavily on the stage (I’m also one of the musicians) I had hoped that the promised image stabiliazation for my phone would fix this but it hasn’t. Do you think that the 11’s would help? I doubt I could go the whole max route but am looking at either the other two. I’m assuming that all three have the image stabilization? Thanks for any input…

  26. I just picked up the 11 Pro today. It's a big jump up from my 7. I spec'd it out with 512GB and of course got it in Midnight Green. Do you know if the camera's night mode works for video as well, or only still photography?

  27. The speaker holes only have 3 on the Pro and 4 on the Mac.. I wonder if it’s better sound on the Max. 🤔 Even if the speaker’s are the same size in both. One phone might sound better then the other

  28. I'd really like one for the cameras but I'll hold off till next year. I want to get 4 years out of my iPhone 7 plus.

  29. I have the iPhone pro max …an amazing. Phone the battery life is just incredible …I have taken some amazing photos with various options … it’s super fast I love it

  30. Not impressed by the front cam or mics. Same as the last. Terrible dynamic range, skin tones and sensitivity.

  31. I’m really considering to get the iPhone 11 Pro Max after using my XS Max for over a year. The only real reason being the bigger battery capacity. Everything else in the 11 Pro Max is a plus to me, or identical to my XS Max.

    But I also think I should wait for the 2020 iPhones. 🤔

  32. I’d want the pro max but when I went in to feel it it felt so heavy! :/ this is coming from someone who has the XS Max

  33. I wish that someone with some pull with Apple, would talk them into making the SE (or something similar) again… I hate these new, heavy and big phones. The SE was great! Lightweight and small… It fit perfectly in my pants or shirt pockets and I didn’t feel it being there. I had to upgrade because my SE got wet and is no longer working. I don’t want any used garbage either and I cannot find a new SE. I went to the XR. It’s nice… If you like big and heavy! It isn’t even that much smaller than the Max versions… What’s the point of that? In my opinion, the phones should remain smaller… If you want size, get an iPad!! Anyway… I thought maybe this was a good place to vent. I like Apple products and always have… It just seems that they do some odd things.

  34. Apple does not make the display samsung makes the display panels that's why they look so much better that's the only reason why I was considering the iphone.

  35. The best review I've seen. I love how you mention the niche stuff like cellular reception, PWM, and small discrepancies in the build quality, like the sharp edges where the stainless steel and glass meet on the XS/Max. Keep up the amazing work!

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