Apple iPhone XS Max Review

Introduction

Apple finally offers an iPhone with a giant screen. For video game enthusiasts, the iPhone XS Max is an exciting new addition to the lineup. It certainly costs a lot, but if you can exceed the price (which many will not be able to get), the XS Max offers a super experience.

The iPhone XS Max (or “XS Max”) is the largest smartphone ever made by Apple. With a 6.5-inch screen, almost no frame and the now iconic notch, it’s a dominant presence in the hand. It also dominates the pocket, both in terms of size and price. In addition to being the biggest, the iPhone XS Max is also the most expensive iPhone to date, with Apple offering a phone with a screen size that rivals the most prestigious Android flagship. Nobody doubted that a bigger iPhone would have cost more. But the iPhone XS Max is not only the most expensive iPhone to date. This is the most expensive smartphone that currently exists. And despite what we expected, it did not reduce the number of fans, quite the contrary: the iPhone XS Max outperforms the XS enormously.

Design

Apple iPhone XS Max Review

The Apple iPhone XS Max is a great advantage. It’s as big as the iPhone 8 Plus – only with much thinner glasses and a bigger screen. And this is the model that many have been waiting for since the launch of the iPhone X. But aside from being bigger, the iPhone XS Max has virtually the same construction as the iPhone XS. It’s a glass-to-glass design with a stainless steel frame in between. Nothing has changed since the iPhone X, at least that’s what the shape suggests. The result is a phone that is not as comfortable as possible in the hand, and given the size and cost of the XS Max, it’s a phone you want to keep safe. This is only half of the story.

The funny thing is though, the iPhone XS Max is thinner than all those phones at just 7.7mm. The reason is simple: tapered edges. Samsung, Sony and OnePlus taper their back edges, giving the impression of a thinner device while allowing them to sit a little better in the curvature of the hand. The iPhone XS Max has a flat back that is a bit more difficult to hold, and we found that a fingertip tactfully placed on the underside of the phone was essential for one-handed use.

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Display

Apple iPhone XS Max Review

The Apple iPhone XS Max contains the largest screen ever available on an iPhone: a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED manufactured by Samsung, with a cut-out on the top and a Gorilla Glass 6 glass screen, which offers the same density of 458ppi pixels the iPhone X and XS, while the screen resolution has increased up to 1242 x 2688 pixels. The screen supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision and offers a touch input of 120 Hz.

This screen size makes all the difference: If you stick side by side the two new iPhones, you’ll feel as if the larger model just offers more play space. As we mentioned in the design section, it’s not even that important, since it’s about the same size as the iPhone Plus models from the last four years. Therefore, even if you get a lot of screens, massive iPhone in comparison.

This is without a doubt the best screen that Apple has integrated into an iPhone. The brightness levels exactly match the desired value and the Super Retina display adds shine. Things look much better on the bigger screen of the iPhone XS. The viewing angles are clear with bright colors and sharp images.

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Camera

Apple iPhone XS Max Review

On the surface, it seems that the iPhone XS Max has the same camera as the iPhone X. The protruding module on the back of the handset still contains two vertically stacked 12MP snappers, separated by a four-light True Tone flash.

As before, one camera is at telephoto and the other at a wide angle, with the same apertures f/1.8 and f/2.4, but there is one essential difference. The iPhone XS Max and XS both incorporate the Smart HDR, an improved mode compared to the standard “HDR” X, which improves shooting with a high contract, ensuring that all areas of the photo are well lit and detailed.

Pixel size has also been increased in Apple’s latest dual-camera configuration, allowing the iPhone XS Max to capture more light, improving low-light performance. The Apple Camera App is easy to use, with minimized settings for an intuitive and simple shooting experience. You can quickly jump from one zoom level to another by pressing the “1x” icon on the screen, which brings you closer to your subject without sacrificing quality.

Moving forward, the 7MP camera has also been upgraded compared to the snapper selfie on the iPhone X. It also benefits from the new Smart HDR mode and enjoys portrait mode. While the rear cameras capture the depth of a shot for a natural blur effect, the front camera calculates the bokeh effect numerically.

The results are very good, but he is not so good at cutting the subject. Dirty and fluffy hair can trick him, and sometimes the blur can spread slightly to the edges of the foreground.

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Specification

Display – 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels

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 3,174 mAh battery

Colors – Space Gray, Silver, Gold

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

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iOS 12

Apple iPhone XS Max Review

The iPhone XS Max comes with Apple’s new iOS 12 operating system, with small, convenient additions such as bulk notifications and a multitask window that’s easier to access (and easier to manage), with more use your phone and what you use it for. In the Time menu of the screen in the settings, you can set your own usage limits, which allows you to use less your phone.

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A12 Bionic

Apple iPhone XS Max Review

The iPhone XS Max is powered by Apple’s new A12 Bionic chip, which is expected to be 40% more energy efficient than last year’s model, while the GPU would be 50% more powerful than the Bionic’s A11 chip. iPhone X.

By using the XS Max with the X, it is clear that the new handset has the beat of the device powered by the A11. From general navigation around the handset to the editing of lighting in portraits, through the loading of games such as Clash Royale and PUBG, the iPhone XS Max is remarkably faster.

We performed the Geekbench 4 processor test on the iPhone XS Max and got a multicore average score of 11,465. That’s higher than the iPhone X (and all the leading Android products), which averaged from 10,247, strikingly illustrating the improvements made by Apple with the A12 Bionic chip. This means that navigating in iOS 12 on the iPhone XS Max is a simple and crisp experience without any sign of slowing down.

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Battery 

Apple iPhone XS Max Review

The iPhone XS Max is powered by the largest battery that Apple has installed in a smartphone to date – a Li-Ion cell with a capacity of 3,174 mAh. The iPhone XS Max comes with an obsolete 5V / 1A wall charger that will replenish only 18% of a battery discharged in 30 minutes of charge.

Apple claims that the battery of the iPhone XS Max offers 90 minutes of additional battery life compared to the iPhone X. Even if we do not know exactly how Apple has arrived at this figure, we can be certain of one thing: The iPhone XS Max can last a day with a single charge. with moderate to high use.

We also tested the iPhone XS Max on a Qi-compatible Samsung wireless fast charger – it recharged 15% in 30 minutes. The phone supports fast charging via USB-C power. Just buy the appropriate cable (USB-C to Lightning, $ 25) and use a compatible charger from a MacBook, Pixel 2 or even a USB-C port on a Mac or PC. This way, you will be able to charge 52% north of an empty battery in half an hour.

If you are going to push the handset with an intensive application such as PUBG, the battery will take more hits, but still will not be a major drain. A few hours of use of the hotspot on the iPhone XS Max, however, resulted in death around 19 hours. If you rely on your phone to establish an Internet connection with your other devices, you will need a charger. with you.

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Conclusion

The iPhone XS Max is something special. This is the first time that Apple really pushes the limits of the size of its screen. By offering a large 6.5-inch screen, the range of its smartphones attracts a new segment of potential customers.

Apple’s App Store and iTunes are packed with great apps, games, movies and TV shows. Finally, the company finally has a phone that can really make the most of it thanks to the massive screen of the iPhone XS Max. The biggest screen on an iPhone, the biggest battery of an iPhone, the fastest mobile chip on the planet, the best stereo speakers, exceptional camera skills. It’s the iPhone XS Max and it’s quite different from the iPhone X, all right.

No matter what we write on the iPhone, people will buy it no matter what. In fact, they have already bought it and they use it with happiness. It may be the most expensive phone, but it was not a problem.

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Should I buy it?

Yes. If you want the best smartphone from Apple and the biggest screen available, then go for the iPhone XS Max.

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