Apple iPhone XS/XS Max – Review (Worth the upgrade!)

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After using my iPhone SE over a year and the half, I think I’m ready to buy myself a new iPhone.  Originally, I was going for the iPhone 8 Plus, but my younger brother is convincing me to go for the latest iPhone.  After a few minutes of thinking, I’ve decided to go for the iPhone XS and boy I’m glad I went with this model.

 

-Features

The biggest feature is that Super Retina Display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 and the Max model has a resolution of 2688 x 1242.  Plus, it has a OLED Panel which has been used by many Android Smartphones many times throughout the years and what I’ve heard that OLED Panels are more energy efficient which gives out better battery performance and it also brings more colors than a standard LCD Displays.  Throughout my experience, the OLED really does make the colors pop and and it even turns off some of the pixels if the image displays some black in the image, this is a example of why OLED is more energy efficient than LCD.

Since 2017, we’ve got a new security feature called Face ID which was introduced with the iPhone X and replaces Touch ID.  This is all thanks to the TureDepth Camera and other technologies to make it more secure to unlock your iPhone, use Apple Pay, and make purchases at the App Store.  You can even have fun with the TureDepth camera, by using the Animojis and Memojis. Instead of a flat picture of your face to unlock your phone which was used in Samsung Galaxy phones, your iPhone X, XS, and XS Max scans your face into a 3D mesh and it’s stored into your iPhone. (Note: If you think that Apple stores your scanned face into iCloud, it doesn’t and Apple doesn’t know.)  Sometimes my iPhone didn’t recognize my face, but that doesn’t happen to me alot. But most importantly, it’s really fast in scanning your face and in my opinion, it’s better then Touch ID.

Other features to mention like IP68, which is water, splash, and dust resistance.  Your iPhone can survive 2 meters of water in 30 minutes. There’s also Bluetooth 5.0 built-in and it also supports dual sims, which means you can add a secondary sim for business.

 

-Performance

The iPhone XS and XS Max is powered by the Apple A12 Bionic Chip which has 2 Performance Cores which is used for high end apps like AR for example, and 4 Efficiency Cores which is used for everyday apps like Messages, Camera, Music, etc.  There’s also a Performance Controller inside it, which divides work across cores and uses all 6 cores for high performance if your iPhone needs it. The A12 Bionic Chip also contains a 4-Core GPU which gives you 50% of performance the the A11 Bionic Chip from the iPhone X, and a Apple designed Neural Engine which is used for machine learning which brings up to 5 trillion operations per-second.  The best example that I found on Apple’s Website, that the Neural Engine can be used for AR and look up images for People, Pets, Locations, etc. The last part that the A12 Bionic Chip has inside is a Enhanced ISP which is used for capturing detail in your photos when your in Portrait Mode.

 

-Camera

Speaking of Portrait Mode, I would like to talk about the cameras next.  One the back we have two 12MP cameras, both of them work to together to create not only breathtaking photos but also applies a blur in the background if select Portrait Mode.  With the Neural Engine and ISP, there’s more to the camera then meets the eye such as, Smart HDR which is used to bring more highlights and shadows in your photos, Adjust the Depth of Field which means you can change how blurry background for your photo, and Enhanced Bokeh Effect which helps the background to make it more beautiful.  Other features to mention are, Improved Portrait mode selfies, Better low light photos with more pixels, Sharper Action Shots which freezes a moment just to add more highlights and shadows, and record 4K video with stereo playback.

One last thing I would like to mention is that, when you take a photo in Portrait Mode, the iPhone uses Face Detection for distinguishing faces in the frame, next it uses Facial landmarking to create lighting effects to the subject, and last the Neural Engine and IPS work together to separate the background from the person you shot at and now your photo has blurry background and it looks stunning.

Needless to say, the cameras that Apple provides is flat out incredible.

 

-The Verdict

I’m very glad that I upgraded my iPhone.  Even though it’s expensive for a smartphone, but that doesn’t make it bad.

-Score

9.8/10 (Amazing)

My name is Ethan L. from Seeds for Autism and I’m a Tech Reviewer, a Apple Product Expert, and a Digital Drawer.  If you have any questions from any Apple Products on how do you do this or how do you do that? I’m your man. Please stay tuned for more Tech Reviews in the future.  Until then, have fun, do your your best, and there’s no such thing as perfect objects and humans including you.

-Ethan L.    

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