The iPhone 11 Pro Max is great for watching video, but its 226g weight can be quite wearing when trying to hold it one-handed through even just a TV show. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is water resistant to IP68 standards of up to 4m for 30 minutes which is 2m deeper last years iPhone XS Max
Bluetooth performance is much improved, with stronger connections to even the weakest of headphones
Face ID is still best-in-class, now slightly faster and working at slightly wider angles
The new U1 chip enables enhanced location abilities, but so far its only used for directional AirDrop file sharing
The highly polished stainless steel is easy to mark and dull in even careful general use
The pressure sensitive screen of previous iPhones is gone and with it 3D Touch, so you cant press harder on things any more
The iPhone 11 Pro Max costs
1,149 for 64GB of storage, 1,299 for 256GB or 1,499 for 512GB in black, green, silver or gold.
For comparison, the iPhone 11 Pro costs
1,049, the iPhone 11 costs 729 and the iPhone XR costs 629.
OnePlus 7 costs 499, the Samsung Galaxy S10 costs 799 and the Huawei P30 Pro costs 799. Verdict
Theres an excellent super-sized smartphone within Apples grasp, but unfortunately the iPhone 11 Pro Max isnt it.
A design that works at the much smaller size of the 5.8in iPhone 11 Pro simply doesnt at the gargantuan 6.5in iPhone 11 Pro Max, meaning Apples biggest phone suffers from terrible ergonomics.
I get that uniformity is Apples schtick, but in this case it actively makes the product worse. Of all the massive phones Ive used across the years, the heavy, slippery iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone XS Max before it are the only ones to give me serious hand pain. Its literally a crying shame, because everything else about it from the camera, the screen and the performance is great.
When it comes down to it, only the genuinely epic Huawei-level battery life salvages the iPhone 11 Pro Max from being a three-star product, and even then this is a four-star phone that is extremely expensive.
There are certainly better, easier-to-use big-screen smartphones available that cost significantly less than the jaw-dropping 1,149 and up Apple wants for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
But if you must have an iPhone and the wonderful
5.8in iPhone 11 Pro doesnt quite cut it, do yourself a favour and save 420 and buy the 6.1in iPhone 11. Only those that genuinely need two-day battery life should buy the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and even then I wouldnt.
Pros: brilliant camera, night mode, water resistant, wireless charging, Face ID, good battery life, good performance, brilliant screen, long software support
Cons: hard to hold, heavy, super expensive, no headphone socket, no fingerprint scanner, no headphones adapter in the box, low starting storage
The group of three cameras work together to given you more options, but the main 1x shooter is still the best. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian Other reviews
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