Living With the iPhone 11 Pro Max: Early First Impressions

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Thanks to the issues I had setting up my new iPhone, I haven’t been able to use it enough to form too many impressions. However, just holding it, looking at it and using it as little as I have are good for a few.

It’s not easy being green

But the 11 Pro Max pulls it off beautifully. I’ll be honest in saying that I still prefer the bronzy gold look of my gold iPhone XS Max. However, the Midnight Green does look really nice and everyone that I’ve shown it to has agreed so far. I don’t have any buyers remorse going with the new color on the block.

Slip and slide

The frosted back of the new iPhone is easier to grip in the hand than the X and XS were. However, I noticed that it still slides all over the place when sat down on a slippery surface.

As you can see in the picture above, I put the phone in my picture box for a few photos earlier. The white mat for my box is quite slick and I had it set up on a surface that wasn’t perfectly level. I walked away for a few minutes and when I came back, my phone had slid all the way across the box.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just something to be aware of if you don’t use a case. After these pics, I immediately put my 11 Pro Max back in the one I just bought for it.

Making the case for the case

There are case people and naked (iPhone) people. Naked people aren’t going to care about the camera bump. They’re going to do what they’re going to do. However. I think that bump is part of the reason my iPhone went sledding in the photo box earlier. If you are a case person and just haven’t picked one up yet, I would recommend going ahead and getting something, even if it’s just a stop-gap.

I chose Spiegen’s Liquid Crystal case from Amazon and I am happy with it so far. I was able to order it on Amazon and get it Wednesday, so I had it right there when I unboxed the new phone. I like that it’s clear and shows off the color of the new phone. That will fade in time as I move to and review other cases, but I like to see the new color of the new phone I just got starting out.

The grip on the case is good. It doesn’t slip or slide around too much in the hand, which is always a plus. Even better, the case is thick enough to flatten out the camera bump and feels substantial enough to take a small drop. However, it isn’t so thick that it feels too bulky and heavy. For a first case on launch day, it checks all of the boxes. It also costs only $12.99, which is less than half of what Apple is charging for theirs. It’s definitely a solid option if you’re still looking.

Night Mode is real

You’ve probably seen this in many reviews already, but the Night Mode hype is real. I didn’t get to do much with the phone last night, but we took a short trip to get some ice cream after I loaded iOS 13.1 on my phone, but before I erased it and restored my backup. I took it with me because my phone account was switched over to it.

When we stopped to pick up a friend of my daughter’s, I thought to take a quick picture of my son sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car. The phone did warn me to hold steady for 3 seconds, which he and I both did. He’s a longtime iPhone users, as well, and he couldn’t believe how good the picture looked when I showed it to him. It would have been completely dark with any previous model, but this was a clear and usable photo.

Unfortunately, I do not have this photo. The phone didn’t have time to backup to iCloud and I erased my phone as soon as I got home for the restore, so I don’t have it here to share. I will take more tonight to test it further, but for a first try, Night Mode proved to be very capable.

That’s it for this afternoon. Time to take a look at the new Apple Watch Series 5!

James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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