The iPhone XS & XS Max : Review

iPhone XS

There is no doubt that the iPhone series of mobile phones is one of the most iconic brands on the market and all eyes have been anticipating the release of the much-anticipated iPhone XS. What is in store? What features serve to define this phone and most importantly, is it worth the associated price tag? Let’s take a look at each of these questions in more detail.

An Overview of the iPhone XS

It can be argued that the most important upgrade associated with this model involves its camera upgrade. Using Smart HDR technology, users can expect crisper pictures when compared to past models and issues such as low-light scenarios will no longer present problems. However, this is only the beginning.

The other major upgrade involves the use of the A12 Bionic chipset. There are several features which define this operating system. Not only does it provide more processing power to the end user, but this chipset employs what is known as a Neural Engine. All technicalities aside, applications will load faster and any lag times will be minimised (if not eliminated altogether).

The design of the phone itself and the screen should also be mentioned. While silver and copper are still colour options, the iPhone XS now allows users to enjoy a mocha-gold background; a modest improvement but still impressive. However, the main takeaway point in regards to visual design elements involves the screen. The iPhone XS employs the same OLED technology seen in last year’s model although colour differentiation is slightly improved thanks to a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels. The dynamic colour range is also said to be 60 per cent wider than the iPhone X; allowing for enhancements such as Dolby Vision to be even more visually impressive. The display is also slightly brighter and this should be a welcome addition to users. 5.2 inches is also a relatively comfortable size. Anything larger may be difficult to manipulate.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

There is no doubt that the developers at Apple have placed a great deal of thought into this new model. Still, there are a handful of potential drawbacks. The battery life is not vastly different when compared to previous versions (this is likely attributable to the A12 Bionic chipset mentioned earlier). Another sticking point is the design of the phone itself; it has not been altered in over a year. Finally, the price of the iPhone XS is very high and not likely to drop in the near future. This is undoubtedly frustrating for those who are on a limited budget.

All in all, the iPhone XS is a great phone that has been able to capitalise upon the latest technology while still retaining the classic Apple appeal. Those who are looking for an upgrade from the iPhone X should be pleased with what this new model has in store.

iPhone XS Max

With the release of the iIPhone XS, users have been eagerly anticipating other variants that might suit their unique needs.  One of the most impressive models is the iPhone XS Max.  What are some of the primary qualities of this phone?  What separates it from the iPhone XS and are there any possible drawbacks to note?  In order to make an informed decision, it is important to address all three of these questions.

The Bare Bones: What is Different?

As you might have already guessed from the name of the model, the most notable improvement is the size of its screen.  Boasting a nearly unbelievable 6.5 inches, this is one of the largest screens to ever hit the market.  This also enables the phone to handle 2,688 x 1,242 pixels; a feature not taken lightly by gaming enthusiasts or those who want to to stream videos.

Another impressive attribute is that the battery power is actually slightly boosted when compared to the XS.  This would be an obvious concern when we take into account the size of its display screen.  Other slight improvements such as superior durability and enhancements to its water-resistant nature have enabled the iPhone XS Max to be a durable as it is visually impressive.

The size of the phone itself should also be mentioned before moving on.  While it has nearly the same weight as the iPhone 8 Plus, it is noticeably larger.  This could be slightly problematic for those who planned on storing the unit in their pocket while out and about.  However, this can almost be glossed over when we consider that the audio output associated with the XS Max is truly booming while still retaining a crisp quality.

Other Interesting Attributes

Much like the iPhone XS, the XS Max is equipped with an improved dual camera thanks to the inclusion of Smart HDR technology.  Not only will this provide crisper pictures, but low-light scenarios and issues with contrast have been all but eliminated entirely.  Some would even go as far to argue that the cameras themselves warrant an entirely separate review.

As mentioned previously, the battery life of the XS Max is said to be improved when compared to the iPhone X. The developers claim that up to 1.5 hours of additional power can be enjoyed although at the time that this article was written, the verdict is still out.    

Possible Drawbacks

The main sticking point associated with the iPhone XS Max is its price.  Keep in mind that it is valued at well over 1,000 pounds and this only includes the basic version with 64 gigabytes of RAM. If you wish to upgrade to 512 gigabytes of storage space, get ready to lighten your wallet by as much as 1,300 pounds or more. This places the iPhone XS Max out of the reach of all but the most liberal spenders.  Is it worth the price?  If you have been looking for a solid upgrade as well as one of the most technically impressive screens on the market (and you don’t mind the increased size), this model could certainly warrant a closer examination.