Apple iPhone XS Review

Overview

The iPhone XS is the most annoying iPhone of the year. It’s eclipsed by the massive 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max and the new, more affordable iPhone XR design coming in October. But in many ways, the iPhone XS is our favorite. It has a perfectly sized, one-handed screen with significant performance and camera upgrades that make it the best iPhone to date.

To say that the iPhone XS has exactly the same appearance as the iPhone X is a euphemism. Aside from a pair of new antenna lines and asymmetrical holes in the lower part, the phone is an identical sandwich made of metal and glass. Unless you buy the new gold color.

Fortunately, this is not a bad thing for this generation, because it keeps everything that made the success of iPhone X last year. This includes the big screen housed in a small body, the luxurious feel and the new premium design that has dropped the home button.

Design

Apple iPhone XS Review

The design of the iPhone XS is familiar because it is identical to that of the iPhone X last year. The same shape, the same frame, and the same footprint are used, and the temptation to copy and paste the words of last year is strong. However, we will persevere because it is only fair to discuss what works on this new iPhone and why it remains, in itself, one of the best-designed phones on the market at the moment. The iPhone XS Max is a much larger phone. Its stretch on the palm gives it a slightly thicker feel, but the smaller XS model fits more comfortably in the hand and the curved exterior holds up well.

There is still no headphone jack at the bottom of the phone, but we are sure it will surprise fewer and fewer people. However, what is appalling is the fact that there is no adapter in the box: if you have a headset with a 3.5 mm jack, you will have to go to an Apple Store and pay for a connector. The speaker is still sitting next to the Lightning port, playing the sound down, while the earpiece is pulling forward. Apple has improved the sound of the speakers to make it bigger and really works. The Apple has also designed the iPhone XS IP68, which means you can plunge it into the water longer if you’re tilted in this way. It will not make much difference if you like to play music in the shower, but Apple has also made the screen easier to stab with wet fingers.

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Display

Apple iPhone XS Review

The screen size of 5.8 inches at the front is the same as that of the iPhone X, but unlike last year, the iPhone XS is the smallest of the current generation of iPhones 2018 The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch screen and the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch screen. That said, the body of the iPhone XS is only slightly larger than that of the iPhone 8, iPhone 7 or iPhone 6, all with a 4.7-inch screen. You get a much bigger screen, for a slightly larger body. We think its size is perfect: it’s big enough to watch immersive movies and videos, but it’s not so big that it’s hard to use with one hand (unlike the XS Max).

The OLED screen is absolutely beautiful. It’s full of color, without seeming oversaturated, and OLED really helps give blacks such a deep look that it’s hard to see the notch at the top if you’re using dark wallpaper. The screen has a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 (458 pixels per inch) and has a sharp resolution. Movies and shows like Ready Player One and Iron Fist are incredibly clean, detailed and colorful, with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. All this sounds better too, as Apple has upgraded the speakers for wider stereo sound, although they are not as powerful as they are used outdoors in busy environments. This is really enough screen for most people, but if you frequently watch shows on your phone, you may want to take advantage of the extra screen offered by the iPhone XS Max.

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Camera

Apple iPhone XS Review

The iPhone XS has the same camera system as fitted to the XS Max – two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, one with a wide-angle lens and the other a 2x telephoto lens.

New for this year is better detail capture, particularly when images are viewed at full resolution and better low light performance. But it is Apple’s improved “Smart HDR” function that is most noticeable, making images with extremes of contrast such as those shot into the sun much more usable.

The portrait mode has also been improved, now with the ability to adjust the level of background blur after capture, which is fun. The selfie camera is good, but not quite the best on the market for preserving skin detail. Some have complained that it smooths skin and makes them look orange, but that’s not something I could see in photos.

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Key features

Apple iPhone XS Review

Usually, in this section, we will talk about all the new features that the phone brings, but in this case, there are not many, with Apple firmly attached to the strategy of launching an “S” phone with another little changed than the improvements of speed and some other performance bumps.

This does not mean that it is not impressive and useful, new hardware in the iPhone XS, but most of the benefits will not be discernible instantly by the average user.

A change that is easy to detect is the new color: the golden variant is more mocha than anything else, with a touch of copper in the shade, and offers another option in addition to Space gray and silver options.

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Specification

Display – 5.8 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

OS – iOS 12

Chipset – A12 Bionic

SIM – Nano-SIM and e-SIM

RAM – 4 GB

Storage – 64/256/512 GB

Rear Camera – Dual 12-megapixel

Front-Facing Camera – 7-megapixel with Face ID

Video Capture – 4K

Special features – Water-resistant (IP68), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Animoji

Battery – Non-removable Li-Ion 2658 mAh battery

Colors – Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Sensors – Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

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A12 Bionic chipset

Apple iPhone XS Review

Apple speaks proudly of its new chipset, and for good reason: it is one of the most powerful on a smartphone because it used a 7 nm process. This may not mean much to most people, but it basically means that more transistors can be installed on this hexa-core processor, which has two “power” cores and four more optimized for more than one. efficiency.

However, if you want to explore the world of augmented reality, these additional transistors are at your disposal to help you. There is also a new “neural engine”, which allows your phone to become smarter and learn how to use it. It adds a “smart layer” to the procedures, allowing the handset to recognize items on the screen, whether it’s adding an Animoji to your head in real time during a FaceTime call or determining what is needed to improve the quality of a photo as you wish. take it.

It’s hard to really quantify the benefits of this improved chipset other than numbers. Running the iPhone XS through the Geekbench processor testing process showed that it was the most powerful phone we’ve ever used: a score of 11,481, more than 1,000 times better than the iPhone X’s last year and all the phones we tested.

This improvement in speed is easy to feel in the phone because the iPhone XS is one of the fastest handsets on the market. It’s hard to say how much it depends on iOS 12 hardware and enhanced software – but in both cases, the experience is really fast.

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iOS 12

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The iPhone XS runs on iOS 12, which is a refinement of iOS 11 last year rather than a huge reshuffle. There are still the same issues with the loss of status icons due to the notch on the screen, but bulk notification management has made great improvements and built-in wellness tools now allow you to monitor near the use of your smartphone.

Apple has also added a prominent banner on the lock screen when Do Not Disturb is turned on, making it much more difficult to forget to turn it off when you wake up.

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Battery

Apple iPhone XS Review

The iPhone XS will offer about a full day of battery life, and not much more with the 2658 mAh battery inside. After a day of intensive testing (streaming music, watching videos, taking many photos, running benchmarking apps, for example), we totaled almost six hours of screen time ), what is excellent. Even if your use is important, you can expect an average of 35% or more of the work day if you have not used your phone too much. We do not think this battery will take you to the second day of use (except in very light scenarios), which is disappointing.

The iPhone XS supports faster wireless charging due to the narrower design of the coil. We’ve probably seen it load a little faster on a pad than on the iPhone X, but we want Apple to include a quick charge cable in the box. You need to buy the USB-C cable to Lighting separately for $19 and a 30W charger for $49. This is an additional $ 68 in accessories, while almost all Android manufacturers offer you both. Perhaps even more unforgivable, you will need to spend only $ 9 to use standard headphones with the XS, as Apple has omitted the 3.5mm Lightning adapter this year. It’s an awesome phone, but the hang of Apple’s gluttonous money is getting out of control.

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Conclusion

The iPhone X sets a new bar for what could be an iPhone. This was a big step forward for Apple and allowed it to outpace many competitors in the design and functionality of smartphones.

The iPhone XS retains the avant-garde design and function, feels good in the hand, has a significantly better camera and is arguably the best phone on the market today, in terms of the balance between screen size and usability. But it is certainly not perfect, with a battery life lower than last year and a ridiculous price.

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Should I buy it?

Now here is the difficult question. If the iPhone XR did not exist, we suggest you get the iPhone XS, because its cost has not really dropped during the year. If you can afford it, do it now. he.

However, the iPhone XR offers many similar features: big screen, Aion Bionic chipset, iOS 12, TrueDepth camera in the front – and a lot cheaper. If you just want a good and powerful iPhone, the most stylish that you can buy this year, opt for the new iPhone.

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