Last week Apple announced the iPhone 11 lineup, and although the design hasn’t changed much since last year’s iPhone XR, they sport some impressive new camera tech.
Now the reviews of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are pouring in, and the verdict is overwhelmingly positive. Here’s what reviewers are saying, broken down by device.
iPhone 11: The one you should get
The entry iPhone lineup’s biggest change this year is its price, which is the lowest of any new iPhone in more than three years. It will be available to purchase on September 20.
The phone lacks in storage space and out-of-the-box fast charging but makes up for it with fantastic low-light camera performance and exceptional battery life.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max: Premium cameras, premium price
While the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the most powerful devices in the lineup, reviewers were hesitant to recommend it over the iPhone 11.
The triple camera setup and excellent battery life are real selling points, but they simply don’t justify the increase in price for most users.
📸The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a seriously powerful device, but at this price the camera should be better (Android Authority). With low-light performance improved across the board by competitors, Samsung’s latest just doesn’t deliver.
🎵Move over Tidal, because Amazon Music is jumping into the hi-res audio game. The tech giant is hoping that even non-audiophiles will appreciate the bump in quality, plus it’s significantly cheaper than alternatives.
💔Tinder is making an apocalyptic choose-your-own adventure series to be released next month (Variety). Isn’t that just Tinder though?
🌞A Michigan State research team has developed a truly transparent solar panel (Physics and Astronomy Zone). This means that your windows could be generating power (and be significantly more expensive to replace).
📱Here’s what the OnePlus 7T will actually look like (Android Authority). OnePlus’ latest is set for release later this month, but the image confirms a triple camera setup that might trigger any trypophobics out there.
💰Thanks but no thanks. Apple says it would rather not pay back $14.3 billion in back taxes to the EU (Gizmodo). To be fair, I wouldn’t either.
📡Google Fi finally has an unlimited plan (Android Authority). The plan includes data, calls, and texts at $70 for one line or $45 per line for 4-6 lines. Data is throttled after 22GB, but at that point you should probably go outside (or inside, with Wi-Fi).
🎮Cloud gaming is still controversial, but the Google Stadia Founders Edition is selling out worldwide (GamesRadar). For those who still want in, there’s a new Premier Edition with a non-limited edition white controller.
✏This is a pen. Starbucks is selling pens with NFC wallets in Japan (The Verge). It uses the same ubiquitous tech as the transport card PASMO and countless other RFID cards in the country. Remember when you had to sign with pens to buy things? Me neither.
🚀All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. Because literally, that’s what they’re doing, they’re rebooting Battlestar Galactica again (Gizmodo).
🔊Pocket Casts, one of the most popular podcasts apps around, is now free. The company keeps the lights on with a subscription service, plus some cash from their non-profit owners at NPR. Go download it if you don’t already have it, because it’s the best podcast app out there.
Did you know that cashews grow on a tree? They sprout out of the bottom of a “cashew apple” in one of the goofiest culinary images since the rambutan.
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Nick Rowan Fernandez, Senior Writer
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