Apple iPhone Xs iPhone Xs review roundup Max: Consumers have to wait



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Apple has finally unveiled the new iPhone XS Max, along with a new Apple Watch.

The verdict in the first round of the reviews of the new Apple iPhone Xs iPhone Xs Max, and the general consensus is that consumers will have to wait for the iPhone XR.

While the new iPhones are set to hit the shelves on Sept. 21, the Xs and Xs Max are almost visually the same as the iPhone X, except for the larger screen of the Max. The iPhone Xs is a direct replacement for the 2017 iPhone X with a 5.8-inch screen, starting at $999. The iPhone Xs Max, the biggest iPhone yet, is a more expensive phone, starting at $1,099 and has a 6.5-inch screen.

Despite the design upgrade, reviewers say that the extra pixels may not be worth the hefty price tag, especially since the iPhone-XR starts at $749, has a 6.1-inch screen and is available in stores on Oct. 26.


Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal told current iPhone owners to “sit tight for the XR.”

“Unless you have an iPhone upgrade program or absolutely die for that Max screen, do not go from the X Xs,” Stern wrote. “Go back to the last year’s model, I missed the speed increase a bit, but not enough to drop another grand or more.”

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She added that her Xs Max screen cracked after it fell on the wood, completely weakening Apple’s claim that the new phones are “the most durable glass in the world.”

Raymond Wong of Mashable concurred, writing that company off for the iPhone XR makes sense as it has almost the same properties as the Xs and Xs Max.

“If the prices are still a turn-off, consider holding off until the iPhone XR launches at the end of October; it starts at $749 and has almost all of the iPhone XS iPhone XS Max is equipped with, minus the superior OLED screens and secondary camera behind,” Wong wrote. “And it comes in colors such as blue, red, yellow, and coral.”

Wired reporter Lauren Goode was also apparently not impressed, calling the iPhone XS and XS, Max of the upgrades is an “evolution rather than a revolution.”


“Apart from one of the phones with a large display, the iPhone XS and the larger iPhone XS Max don’t feel much different from last year, the iPhone X. This year is the phones do not spark strong feelings – except perhaps the sorrow that they cost so much,” Goode wrote.

“His impressive incrementalism: There is a noticeable faster chip and a camera that captures a higher level of detail that you can actually see it,” Goode continued. “Apple has pushed innovation in smartphones to emerge again, even if some of the results (such as new apps that use the new tech) have yet to be experienced.”

Finally, Gareth Beavis, writing for TechRadar, said that the consumer would have to consider Samsung, Sony or OnePlus phones if they want to give the impression of wearing a thinner device with a large screen.

He commented:

“The iPhone XS Max design is deceptive. Pick it up, and the rounded sides of the handset makes it feel considerably thick. The result is a phone that does not sit as comfortably in the hand as it can, and given the size and cost of the XS Max it is a phone that you want to be able to securely keep. This is only half of the story.


We compared the iPhone XS Max on a number of phones during our in-depth review, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6.4-inch screen), OnePlus 6 (6.2 inch) and the Sony Xperia XZ3 (6-inch), and the iPhone is tangibly thicker and less planted in the hand than all of them.

The funny thing is that the iPhone XS Max is thinner than all of those phones at only 7.7 mm.”

So before shelling out $1,000 for the iPhone XS or XS Max, it can be worth it, just a month before the iPhone XR that comes at a cheaper price and has many of the same features.


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