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Consumer Reports: Latest iPhone aced tests for camera, durability

Posted October 8, 2019 4:45 p.m. EDT
Updated October 8, 2019 6:16 p.m. EDT

— Plenty of people lined up to buy one of Apple's new iPhones, and early testing by Consumer Reports showed the wait is worth it. Consumer Reports tested all three new iPhone models -- the 11, the 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max.

The Pro Max is now Apple's highest-rated smartphone, while the 11 Pro comes in second. According to Consumer Reports, minor improvements to some key features helped Apple knock down Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus.

The most notable improvement the new iPhones have, according to technology editor Bree Fowler, is battery life.

"The iPhone 11 Pro Max has the best battery life out of all of the phones in our ratings," Fowler said. “It lasted 40.5 hours on a single charge. The pro models also have three rear cameras that did great in our testing when it came to both still and video image quality.”

According to Apple, the triple camera system lets users take professional quality photos and videos. Apple claims the camera is even more advanced than some digital single-lens reflex cameras.

The Pro Max is also the most durable Apple phone Consumer Reports has ever tested, experts say.

The 11 Pro Max starts at $1,100, while the the 11 Pro starts at $1,000. If that price is too high, Consumer Reports said the roughly $700 basic 11 also did exceptionally well in testing. It's just missing a few features.

Should you buy now? To save money, Consumer Reports recommends waiting, especially if you already own an iPhone XS, XS Max or even an XR.

If you're ready for an upgrade, though, testers say it's worth it.

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