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Here’s the Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max hands-on review roundup

The new iPhones look great on paper, but how is the hands-on experience? Here are some perspectives.

  • Published: September 13, 2018 2:33 PM IST
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Apple’s new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max has been launched amidst spectacle and pomp at Apple’s Spaceship Campus or Apple Park. The new iPhones boast a new 7nm A12 bionic SoC that makes these the fastest and the most intelligent iPhones yet. The camera system has been improved as well and not takes some amazing portrait images that have the capability to change the depth of field afterwards.

The new iPhone XS is the same size as the iPhone X from last year, while the iPhone XS Max features the biggest display on any iPhone from Apple. Both the smartphones have seen a bump in the battery capacity and even the Face ID now uses even more sensors making it the most secure facial recognition feature on any smartphone.

Now all this sounds great on paper, or on-screen for that matter when watching the Apple event. But we’re here to find out what the people who tried out the smartphones have to say about the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.

Samuel Axon from Ars Technica talks about the design and says:

The XS seemed speedy and responsive, but then again, so did the X. And the external design is identical. All that is to say that the iPhone XS is basically just an iPhone X with a faster and more efficient CPU, some camera improvements, and a moderately better screen—and ostensibly, faster Face ID, though we didn’t get to test that today.

The XS Max is enormous. While the OLED display on the iPhone XS looks great, the increased size helped me notice those remarkable details even more.

Dieter Bohn from The Verge, talks about the displays on the new iPhone XS and XS Max:

The real difference comes down to both phones’ displays, though that’s just in terms of size and resolution. The XS has the same 5.8-inch size, OLED tech, and 2436 x 1125 resolution as the iPhone X, though it’s also supposed to have 60 percent greater dynamic range for more vibrant images. The XS Max takes the OLED screen and dynamic range gains and brings them to a 6.5-inch size, with a 2688 x 1242 resolution. Both have the same 458 ppi pixel density, so you don’t lose out on sharpness by going larger.

Dean Takahashi from Venture Beat talks about the cameras on the new iPhones and says:

The phones can take high-dynamic range (HDR) photos, with sharp details on both the dark and well-lit parts of a photo. And one of the biggest wows is the ability to change the depth of field focus in an image — after you’ve taken it. You simply shoot the photo and open edit mode. You can adjust the slider to make the background behind the main subject blurry, or move the slider in the other direction to make it sharp. That is a very cool feature. It worked smoothly in the demo that I saw, and there was no delay in the image processing as the slider moved.

Pete Pachal from Mashable says in his hands on:

The XS Max, for all its screen inches (6.5, the largest iPhone by far) and extreme-lifestyle-inspired branding, feels like an iPhone. It’s impressively light; the iPhone has generally gotten heavier the past couple of years as Apple has labored to make it more durable, so this is a thankful change in the opposite direction.

While Todd Haselton from CNBC says:

Holding it, though, it felt so much like the iPhone X that I already own that I’m not sure I’d upgrade. It will probably appeal to people who missed out on last year’s iPhone X, which Apple will stop selling, and it starts at the same price: $999. It’s a gorgeous phone, and I think people will love it, but it’s just an “S” incremental sort of upgrade from the iPhone X.

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We will be coming up with our own first impressions and review of the iPhone XS and XS Max soon, so keep checking the website.

  • Published Date: September 13, 2018 2:33 PM IST