Last year Apple had it rough with the XS. But this iPhone 11 review in Kenya will show you that it's a better device. Apple did an exceptional job with the additional features of the iPhone 11. The phone has a new chipset, increased performance, superb camera improvements, and excellent battery life.
They released it on September 20, 2019. It is very similar to the iPhone XR. They simply took their popular product, made slight improvements, and lowered the price. If you are on a budget, it's a better option.
This review highlights the trade offs that you will make when selecting it. Read till the end to know our verdict.
Things to Consider Before Buying iPhone 11
Here are 3 things to consider before choosing this device.
Apple iPhone 11 Price in Kenya
Price of the phone is a major factor for selecting your device. iPhone 11 goes for Ksh69,900 in Kenya. The iPhone 11 Pro goes for Ksh 99,900 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max goes for Ksh. 109,999. The Pro model is expensive. Ksh. 30,000 is a big jump that should seriously be considered when comparing the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro.
This is one of the biggest difference between the iPhone 11 and the pro version.
It uses a LCD display, apple calls it Liquid Retina HD. Though the 6.1 inch screen is not a full HD with 1792 x 828 resolution. It does look great.
The iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch OLED screen it has brighter dipper of black and richer color compared to iPhone 11. It also has a screen resolution of 2436 × 1125 pixels. Apple calls it the super Retina HD display, that simply means that it is awesome.
Craig tech compared the display of the two phones and he said that the iPhone 11 might be the Goldie lock size for you. its not too big.
The iPhone 11 uses A13 Bionic 7-nanometer processor along with a third-generation neural engine. Apple claims the A13 Bionic is the quickest chipset ever used in a smartphone with 20% faster CPU AND GPU than the A12 chipset. This advancement is “years ahead of the pack.”
According to Cnet, Apple promise is that the U1 chip will enable Airdrop to work more precisely by pointing one device to another. The U1 chip will also improve AR by discovering signals in a space.
The iPhone 11 has an LCD display screen of 6.1 inches, Apple calls it Liquid Retina HD display. This means that the content on the phone won't be rich in color, nor deep blacks and bright whites that you would find in other phone models.
You will get a decent display with a screen resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels. What you might not like is the fact that the display in the middle occupies most of the front space. This is because Apple believes in hosting the front-facing camera and Face ID sensor to let you easily access your phone.
The body is made of steel, while they protect the back with a glass that has a matte finish.
The display is sensitive and bright, it will respond well to your finger sensors. The phone performance is excellent when under bright sunlight, and you enjoy streaming videos and playing games.
It has an excellent performance and a strong speed using latest chipset A13 Bionic paired with 4GB of RAM.
It runs on the latest operating system, iOS 13, which has intelligent mini notifications. This means that when you change the phone volume or switch it off, the minor element will pop us to inform you of what's happening to the gadget. Giving you a satisfying experience when flipping the applications.
Apple has upgraded the FaceID. They have made better use of the sensors, allowing you to unlock your phone from your seat when you lift up your phone a bit.
If your hands are always full of shopping and the kids, you will enjoy typing with one hand. You can easily access the emoji stickers from the side of the keyboard when you are composing a text message.
Overall performance, iPhone 11 is an accomplishment. It has outstanding performance compared to the price.
You could also get the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max you will definitely get higher specs. Though Apple guarantees that the iPhone 11 will serve you for several years.
With a battery capacity of 3,110 mAh, Apple claims that this phone battery will last an hour longer than the impressive iPhone XR. One of the outstanding features of iPhone XR is that it was the longest-lasting iPhone's ever created by Apple.
You are guaranteed that you are getting a good phone if the battery capacity of iPhone 11 is higher than that of XR.
When fully charged the battery life can last up to 27 hours, when you are not using the phone as much, otherwise, if you are having a busy day of downloading applications and streaming music using Bluetooth, the phone battery will last up to 10 hours.
The phone does not have a fast charge, if you deplete you battery, you will have to wait up to 3 hours to fully juice it up.
Cnet.com conducted a formal battery test, after living with iPhone 11 for 30 days and found that the battery life of iPhone 11 is the same at iPhone XR.
Over the last few years, there have been remarkable strides made by Apple on improving the camera quality. We've seen same efforts made by Huawei, Google Pixel and Samsung.
The iPhone 11 camera allows you to capture some of the finest photos and videos that you would buy form a professional.
You can take amazing videos with QuickTake, and the Ultra wide angle camera produces a great photos on portrait mode. The iPhone 11 automatically switches to night mode feature when there is low light.
The main camera in the iPhone 11 is categorized by accurate target exposure, color, detail, and auto focus.
It's impossible to avoid the camera bump when laid flat on a table. Some say it's stylish but I don't like it. For each their own. I blame it on the two lenses, a wide-angle and ultrawide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view. Both use 12-megapixel sensors.
You will love the 6 colors black, green , yellow, purple, red, and white that you can select from. You will notice they fade the iPhone branding on the back, allowing you to enjoy a minimalist look.
Additional features that come with this phone include:
- Swipe typing when using the keyboard
- Control of the Wi-Fi
- New Memoji stickers
- Bluetooth options from Control Center.
iPhone 11 Accessories
Inside the package you will find:
- A regular Lightning cable,
- A pair of ear pods
- Ending on a Lightning plug
- The ancient 5W charger in the box
Consumer Ratings and Reviews
Pretty sure the reviews of it smells like poop are kids that can't afford this don't listen to them iPhone 11 is a great phone .
I finally got the refund! Thank Jesus! Do not purchase this phone! It is utter trash! Do not waste your time purchasing this garbage ass phone! You will be wasting time and money. Save yourself the trouble! Garbage ??! Gorgeous on the outside, detective on the inside! Save yourself the trouble of waiting weeks for a refund!”
The best iPhone 11 Alternatives
Samsung Galaxy S10
If you are looking for a simple phone then the Samsung Galaxy S10 is your everyday phone. It is the middle child of the Galaxy S series. it will give you remarkable experience thanks to the high-end specs on the device.
It has a 6.1 inch, Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, in-screen fingerprint sensor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, with 128 GB storage that can be expanded all the way to 512 GB.
The battery of Samsung Galaxy S10 is 3,400 mAh, it is greater than the iPhone 11. it has two 12 MP cameras and 16 MP ultra wide camera on the back while the selfie camera is 10 MP.
Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei did a fantastic job with the P30 Pro specs. The phone has a gorgeous 6.47 screen display of 6.47 1080 x 2340 resolution. It has a 128 GB and 8 GB of RAM.
The camera section is something to boast about, with three cameras, one 40 megapixel, the other 20 megapixel, and the last 8 megapixel cameras. The front selfie camera has a 32 MP. All features are juiced up with a sizable battery capacity of 4200 mAh.
IPhone 11 Pro
If you want the extra features that are provided in the Pro version, you could always get it at an extra cost.
Pay more for the pleasure of an impressive OLED display. The screen looks brighter and better than the iPhone 11. You will definitely find it a joy of watching videos and playing games.
You will love taking photos with the additional rear camera. Plus, the battery life will longer.
You can also take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or the Oneplus 7 pro which is just as good.
Should you Buy It?
Most people would consider the iPhone 11's as Apple's best products. This is especially true for those who are interested in a smart home or smart apps. By lowering the XR price, they created one of the best mid-range phones in Kenya.
It's as good as the pro models and still about ksh. 30,000 cheaper.
Apple iPhone 11
This is probably the best mid range phone that Apple has ever made. A pricier version of the XE with better features.
- Day Long Battery Life
- Another Great Camera
- Better Priced than the X Series
- No 2x telephoto
- No USB-C port
- No fast charging mechanism