Apple iPhone XS Max: Is bigger better?
September 27, 2018

Let’s check out Apple’s latest (and probably greatest) smartphone.

The iPhone XS Max is currently the largest smartphone in Apple’s iPhone lineup since the first one was introduced in 2007. While the name is confusing (they’re restricting the ‘Plus’ naming to 5.5-inch screens), it does prove how Apple is looking into the future if its smartphones – bigger and better screens.

That’s the first thing you’d notice on the iPhone XS Max. The large 6.5-inch screen dominates the front of the device, which more or less has the same dimensions as last year’s iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone XS Max joins the regular iPhone XS and the upcoming iPhone XR as the 2018 flagships from Apple. The iPhone XS Max clearly is the newest (and greatest) of the lineup – and it’s also the most expensive.

The iPhone XS Max’s pricing starts at 4,649 AED for 64 GB, 5,279 AED for 256 GB and a whopping 6,129 AED for the 512 GB versions. Fans of the iPhone will probably find a way to buy this, but one thing’s for sure, not everyone will be able to afford it.

As an iPhone X user, the only thing I would describe the iPhone XS Max is that it’s just a larger iPhone X. It’s an ‘S’ year for iPhones as well, meaning that Apple hasn’t changed the design but mostly improved the internal hardware which makes the iPhone XS Max one of the best smartphones in the market.

Let’s look at the 6.5-inch OLED screen, you now have a larger 2,688-by-1,242 pixel display that keeps the taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The iPhone XS Max’s OLED screen is gorgeous – colors pop out in vivid detail and looking up close the icons are so sharp you’ll start to think they’re just floating on the screen. It supports HDR and Dolby Vision as well, so supported videos look better than ever.

The bigger screen, of course, will give more screen estate to work with: emails, contacts, web pages, and even apps, as long as the developers update them to match the new screen resolution.

Like last year’s iPhone X, the iPhone XS Max also utilizes Face ID as the primary biometric security on the device. I initially wasn’t a fan of the iPhone scanning my face, but the past year I’ve become used to it and it is noticeably faster.

That may be due to the new A12 Bionic chip inside the iPhone XS Max (also present on the XS and the XR). Apple’s next-gen chip now includes a Neural Engine that helps it deliver a faster performance on every apps or game without impacting battery life. Internal antennas have also been updated on the iPhone XS Max, meaning you’ll be getting better speeds whether you’re on Wi-Fi or LTE.

The iPhone XS Max comes with iOS 12 and if you’re an iPhone user you already know what to expect. While iOS 12 didn’t have any significant design changes, most of the added features work well with the new device, including a new camera setting that you adjust bokeh effect after you’ve taken the shot.

The iPhone XS Max also supports a wider view when you use it in landscape mode, similar to how the Plus iPhones have worked in the past.

The dual 12 MP cameras on the iPhone XS Max may resemble the one from the iPhone X, but a new image signal processor plus various internal upgrades easily make it one of the best cameras in a smartphone. Smart HDR is now supported, which basically takes images in different exposures and combines them to get the best possible image – this is similar to how the Google Pixel 2 takes images.

Images are clearly better, shadow and detail are present, and it’s easily one of the best camera smartphones out there. We will be going more in-depth with the iPhone XS Max’s camera in a separate article but take our word for it when we say it’s awesome.

You also get 4K recording at 60 fps, which is enhanced by optical image stabilization present on both lenses, making all your shots practically shake-free.

For the iPhone XS Max, Apple promised a battery life that should last an hour and a half compared to the iPhone X. I’ve been using the smartphone for the past week, and I can happily say that I manage to last through an entire day of usage without the need to charge, with about 35 percent left by the time my typical workday ends.

So the main question is: should you get the iPhone XS Max? If you own older generations of iPhones then yes, considering you’re ready to spend on its price. If you own last year’s iPhone X there’s really no need for an upgrade, unless you really want that bigger screen.

The iPhone XS Max excels in all aspects: design, performance, camera which of course makes it the greatest iPhone to date. Others may disagree, but the iPhone XS Max is clearly the next step in the company’s vision for handheld devices.

We Love:

+ Excellent screen

+ Top of the line camera

+ iOS 12 is snappy and fluid

+ Decent battery life

We Hate:

– (Very) expensive

Final Rating 4.5/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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