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IPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones

Over more than a decade of writing about technology, reviewing a new iPhone has long been one of my simplest assignments.


Year after year, the formula was this: I tested the most important new features of Apple’s latest smartphone and assessed whether they were useful. Assuming the newest iPhone worked well, my advice was generally the same — I recommended upgrading if you had owned your existing smartphone for two years.


蘋果iPhone 11手機。

But with this review of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max — the newest models that Apple unveiled last week and which will become available this Friday — I’m encouraging a different approach. The bottom line? It’s time to reset our upgrade criteria.

但對蘋果上周發布、將于本周五上市的最新機型iPhone 11、11 Pro和11 Pro Max進行評測之后,我鼓勵一個不同的方式。此話怎講?是時候重新確定升級標準了。

That’s because we are now living in the golden age of smartphones, where the gadgets’ improvements each year are far from seismic. Devices that debuted three years ago remain zippy and more than capable. Those with the iPhone 7 from 2016, for example, still have a very good phone with a stellar camera and fast speeds.

這是因為我們現在正生活在智能手機的黃金時代,它們每年的改進遠非翻天覆地。三年前首次亮相的設備依然速度極快,功能強大。例如,2016年推出的iPhone 7仍然是一款非常出色的手機,配備一流的攝像頭,擁有極高的速度。

So now is the moment to ask: Do we really need to upgrade our iPhones every two years?


Based on my tests of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, the answer is no. Don’t get me wrong: The newest models are nice. Apple has made them speedier, improved the cameras and lengthened their battery life. The new lineup also starts at a lower price of $700, down from $750 a year ago, which is a relief in an era of skyrocketing smartphone costs.

根據我對iPhone 11、11 Pro和11 Pro Max的測試,答案是否定的。別誤會我的意思:最新的款式很好。蘋果提高了的速度,改進了攝像頭,延長了電池壽命。新款手機的起售價也從一年前的750美元降至700美元,在智能手機成本飆升的時代,這讓人松一口氣。

But none of this is enough to warrant an immediate upgrade if you have had your smartphone for only two years. The latest iPhones just aren’t a big leap forward from last year’s iPhones or even the iPhone X from 2017.

但是,如果你的智能手機只買了兩年,這些都不足以讓你立即換手機。與去年推出的iPhone機型,甚至是2017年的iPhone X相比,最新款的iPhone并沒有什么大的飛躍。

So here’s what I ultimately suggest: You should definitely upgrade if your current device is at least five years old. The iPhone 11 models are all a significant step up from those introduced in 2014. But for everyone else with smartphones from 2015 or later, there is no rush to buy. Instead, there is more mileage and value to be had out of the excellent smartphone you already own.

因此,我的最終建議是:如果你目前的手機用了至少五年,那你絕對應該升級。與2014年推出的機型相比,iPhone 11的所有機型都是重大進步。但對于2015年或以后擁有智能手機的其他人來說,目前無需急于購買。相反,你手頭現有的優秀智能手機還是很大潛力和價值的。

Comparing the iPhones 11s to the iPhone X

IPhone 11系列和iPhone X的比較

I tested the new iPhones for a week, starting with the $700 entry-level iPhone 11 with a 6.1-inch display, which I used as my primary phone for three days. Then I switched to the iPhone 11 Pro, the $1,000 model with a 5.8-inch screen, for two days. And then finally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the $1,100 model with a jumbo 6.5-inch screen, for another two days.

我對新款iPhone進行了為期一周的測試,從售價700美元、配有6.1英寸顯示屏的入門級iPhone 11開始,用它做了三天的主要手機。然后我用了兩天的iPhone 11 Pro,這款機型售價1000美元、屏幕5.8英寸。最后我用了兩天iPhone 11 Pro Max,這款機型售價1100美元、擁有6.5英寸超大屏幕。

Then I compared the results with my notes and photos from testing the iPhone X in 2017. What I found was that the iPhone 11 was better, but not profoundly so.

然后,我將結果與2017年測試iPhone X時的筆記和照片進行了對比。我發現iPhone 11更好,但沒有好特別多。

There are lots of little things that are somewhat better on the new iPhones compared to the two-year-old iPhone X. For early adopters who are keen to have the latest and greatest tech, those differences may add up to a substantial upgrade.

與推出兩年的iPhone X相比,新款iPhone有很多小的改進之處。對于那些渴望擁有最新、最好技術的早期嘗新者來說,這些不同之處或許是很大的升級。

But for most of us, the upgrades won’t meaningfully change our phone experience.


Contrasting the phone cameras


The most noteworthy new feature on the iPhones 11s is the ultra-wide-angle lens. Using the ultrawide mode is simple and seamless: You pinch outward to zoom all the way out. On a beach, the wider view captured my dogs playing on the sand, the ocean waves and the adjacent highway.

IPhone 11最引人矚目的新特性是超廣角鏡頭。使用超廣角模式簡單、流暢:雙指張開可以擴到極限。在海灘上,更寬闊的視野捕捉到了我的狗在沙灘上玩耍、海浪和附近的公路。

The telephoto lens on the iPhone 11 Pro did an exceptional job zooming in on my dog Mochi’s snout as she shook some water off her head.

當我的狗莫基晃動腦袋甩水,我拿鏡頭對準她的鼻子時,iPhone 11 Pro的長焦鏡頭表現出色。

The new iPhones also have a new mode for shooting photos in low light. Once the camera detects that a setting is very dark, it automatically captures multiple pictures and then fuses them together while making adjustments to colors and contrast. The result was that photos taken in low light without flash look brighter, in a natural way.


Photos taken with the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro looked crisp and clear, and their colors were accurate. But after I finished these tests, I looked back at my archived photos taken with an iPhone X.

用iPhone 11和11 Pro拍攝的照片看起來清晰鮮亮,而且顏色的還原度更高。但當我完成這些測試后,我回頭看了看之前用iPhone X拍攝的照片。

Those pictures, especially the ones shot with portrait mode, still looked impressive. Some of the low-light ones looked crummy in comparison to the ones taken by the iPhone 11s, but I wouldn’t recommend that you buy a new phone just to get better night photos. You could always just use flash.

那些照片,特別是用肖像模式拍攝的照片,看起來仍然很出色。與iPhone 11系列拍攝的照片相比,一些弱光下拍攝的照片看起來效果就很差了,但我不會建議你為了獲得更好的夜間照片而購買新手機。你隨時還是可以用閃光燈。

When should I upgrade then?


Each year, the most common question I get from friends and colleagues is whether they should buy a new iPhone. So here’s a list of considerations in any decision about upgrading.


The simplest place to start is software. Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 13, will work only on iPhones from 2015 (the iPhone 6S) and later. So if you have an iPhone that is older than that, it is worth upgrading because once you can no longer update the operating system, some of your apps may stop working properly.

最簡單的理由是軟件。蘋果最新的移動操作系統iOS 13將只在2015年(iPhone 6S)及以后推出的iPhone上運行。因此,如果你的手機型號比這個老,那么升級是值得的,因為若不能更新操作系統,一些應用程序恐怕就無法使用了。

For those with younger iPhones, there are ways to get more mileage out of your current device. While the newest iPhones have superb battery life — several hours longer than the last generation — a fresh battery in your existing gadget costs only $50 to $70 and will greatly extend its life.


If you have the iPhone 6S from 2015 and the iPhone 7 from 2016, the iPhone 11s are speedier, with camera improvements and bigger displays. That makes an upgrade nice to have but not a must-have.

如果你用的是2015年的iPhone 6S和2016年的iPhone 7,那么iPhone 11的速度會更快,攝像頭有改進,屏幕也更大。這是手機升級換代充分理由,但并非必須。

But if you spent $1,000 on an iPhone X two years ago, then hold off. The iPhone 11s just aren’t enough of an innovation leap to warrant $700-plus on a new smartphone.

但如果兩年前你剛在iPhone X上花了1000美元,那就等等再說。IPhone 11的創新尚不足以讓你花700多美元的價格去買一部新的智能手機。

If you wait another year or two, you will most likely be rewarded with that jump forward. That might be an iPhone that works with fast 5G cellular networks, or a smartphone that can wirelessly charge an Apple Watch.


Patience has its benefits — and so will breaking free of the iPhone’s automatic two-year upgrade cycle.