iPhone 11 Pro Max Tops Consumer Reports' Smartphone Rankings

Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro Max has taken the top spot in Consumer Reports' smartphone rankings, with the smaller iPhone 11 Pro claiming second place, after years of Apple being consistently edged out by Samsung smartphones.

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Consumer Reports said the ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro models earned the top spots for having significantly improved battery life, excellent cameras, and other improvements, like a greater degree of water resistance, more durable glass casing, brighter displays, and faster performance powered by the new A13 Bionic chip.

On battery life:

For one thing, the battery life is much better. The ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌ lasted a more than impressive 40.5 hours in our testing. That’s the longest stretch of any phone currently listed in our ratings. And it marks a big turnaround for Apple. Just a few years ago, iPhones tended to lag behind the competition in this area.

On the cameras:

In the case of the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, our testers say they notched some of the highest scores in our ratings for still-image quality. The ‌iPhone 11‌ also rated Very Good in this category. And all three phones received Excellent ratings for rear-video quality.

While the ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro models top the list, Consumer Reports emphasized how tight the scoring is at the top of its smartphone rankings. In some categories, it said just fractions of a point separate the top models.

Consumer Reports believes those with own an iPhone XS, ‌iPhone XS‌ Max, or even an iPhone XR can probably save their money and wait. Despite marked camera and battery life advancements, the non-profit firm said there just may not be enough in the way of new features to justify spending $999-plus on a new model.

A subscription to Consumer Reports is required to view the full smartphone rankings.

Top Rated Comments

bbrks Avatar
15 months ago
Highly expected. I am glad, best iPhone ever, just that crazy price :)
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
M.PaulCezanne Avatar
15 months ago
Really? You’d think it would be the Samsung Galaxy Fold (v1).

*obvious sarcasm alert*
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iGeneo Avatar
15 months ago
Well done Apple....
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thermal Avatar
15 months ago
I'm pleasantly surprised by the success of the iPhone 11 family.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jd3774life Avatar
15 months ago
Glad Apple finally listened and upgraded the battery life ? Has been one of my most requested "features" and my Pro Max has been incredible ?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djcerla Avatar
15 months ago
The Pro Max is the best Apple product, and probably the best product period, that I’ve ever bought. And I started with Apple in 1997 with a 7100.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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