iPhones are pricey, but they’re worth it. Apple produces some of the best handsets around. Although the XS isn’t as popular as its brothers, it’s one of our favourites. Let’s talk about it.
iPhones are known to feel like a million bucks. The XS is no different. The device has a Gorilla Glass and steel frame. Apple says that the glass on it is the strongest around (at the time of its release). We don’t know how true this is, but it can handle a beating. It’s got some heft to it and weighs 177 grams.
It’s not a large device compared to competitors at least. It only stretches 5.8 inches across. You’ll see more recent flagships being over 6 inches. You can pick the XS Max up if size matters to you.
The iPhone is excellently curved. Apple is known to make its devices ergonomic. That being said, the glass on its back is slippery. It’s almost like the phone has a death wish.
Unlike the XR, you don’t get a range of colour choices. We’re fans of the grey. But you don’t have to be boring. You can pick it up in gold or silver.
Its glass sandwich is IP68 rated. This means it can handle dust, water, and a range of other things mother nature will throw at you.
You won’t find a microSD slot. iPhones are notorious for not having them. The handset also doesn’t have a headphone jack – this is something Apple removed years ago.
No surprise, there is no rear fingerprint reader either. It’s super-fast and on its display. Its face-unlock is speedy too.
As its display is only 5.8 inches, you don’t get a very immersive viewing experience. But it’s still very good. To being with, you get a Super Retina OLED panel. Colours pack a serious punch. The XS is one of the most vibrant phones we’ve seen. The brand’s Super Retinas allow for high-contrast and resolution in general.
Speaking of resolution, you’re getting a pin-sharp display. The XS has an 1125 x 2436 pixel front. It’s also got a good screen-to-body ratio at 82.9%. That being said, there’s a large notch.
If you’re a notch hater, you’ll be happy to know that you can disable it through the phone’s settings.
Not only is it vibrant and sharp, but it’s seriously bright. The device goes up to 625 nits. In the harsh Sri Lankan sun, you’ll still be able to use it.
It can produce a myriad of colours. Its screen is HDR10 rated. The cherry on top is the fact that it’s a Dolby Vision. It can produce the deepest blacks if it wants to.
Did we mention that its screen is not only Gorilla Glass but also oleophobic? Oil won’t stick to it, so watching your favourite movies while having a snack has never been easier.
We aren’t going to lie, iPhones have horrible batteries. The handset comes with a meagre 2658 mAh unit. It will last about a day. The XS Max has a battery that’s over 3000 mAh – this is as it has the larger screen.
Costing an arm and a leg, we’re glad that it comes with wireless charging. Its regular charger is a 15 W fast charger. Apple says that it goes from 0-50% in half an hour. It charges around that time, with a few minutes give-and-take. The thing is, you won’t be able to fast charge out of the box. You’ll have to purchase a lightning cable and power brick.
The iPhone hosts the A12 Bionic chip. It’s a force to be reckoned with and is one of the most powerful processors around. It can handle anything you throw at it. It runs IOS 12 out of the box. But you can upgrade it to IOS 13 6.1.
As you know, its storage can not be expanded. You’ll be able to pick the phone up in the following memory variants – 64, 256, and 512 GB of space. Each of them comes with 4 GB of RAM, which lets the XS be so snappy.
There is a dual set-up on its rear. It consists of two 12 MP lenses. The primary one is a 12 MP wide lens while the other is a 12 MP telephoto lens. iPhones take super detailed shots. They are colour accurate, but there’s a “softness” to them. They make images very appealing.
Compared to the iPhone X, the XS has a new Smart HDR mode. The company says that it captures more highlights and shadows in pictures.
We’re huge fans of its depth control. The feature lets you tweak the depth of shots after you snap them.
There is a 7 MP front camera. It’s perfect. There are many features for you to play with. We like the Stage Lighting effect. The phone blackens everything around you, focusing on your face. You can use the Smart HDR mode on its front camera too, so you’ll always be Instagram ready.
Now that you know everything about it, let’s see how well it compares against alternatives.
Compared to the XS, you’re looking at a giant. The Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch screen. It comes with a super durable body too. It’s Gorilla Glass 6, so it can withstand a thorough beating. Its frame is not steel. It is aluminum which is better looking, in our opinion.
Its screen is super vibrant. It is a Dynamic AMOLED which means it contrasts shades excellently. It has a better screen-to-body ratio than its alternative. It is a whopping 90.9%. One of the reasons its ratio is so good is due to its notch – it’s a pin-hole. Yes, you can disable it through its settings.
The phone has a sharp front. Its screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels. It is not as good the XS, though. Although its counterpart is HDR10 rated, the Note 10 comes with HDR10+ rating. This means more colours can be streamed.
We have a small problem with its build. We don’t like how sharp its edges are. Holding the Note 10 for a long period will be uncomfortable.
It comes with Android 9 out of the box. You can upgrade it to Android 10. Being an Android device, you’re automatically getting more customizability.
In terms of its chipset, you’re met with the Exynos 9825 processor. It gives the A12 a run for its money - it ends up beating it. You can pick the phone up with a Snapdragon chip if you want. It’s available with the 855 in the US.
There is unfortunately no microSD slot. And you only get the device in one memory variant. It comes with 256 GB of space and 8 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, an earphone jack isn’t available either.
The phone comes with a larger 3500 mAh battery. It can last over a day. You’ll be using 25 W fast charging to take the handset from 0-100% in a little over an hour. There is reverse charging too. The phone works like a power bank, charging others. Of course, there is wireless charging – it is 12 W.
There is a triple set-up on its rear. Its primary sensor is a 12 MP wide lens. Its secondary sensor is a 12 MP telephoto lens, while its tertiary sensor is a 16 MP ultrawide lens. In terms of its front camera, a 10 MP wide shooter is present.
The 8 Pro is seriously heavy. It comes in at almost 200 grams. Not only is it heavier, but it’s much larger than the XS at 6.78 inches. Its body is made from Gorilla Glass 5. Its frame is aluminum. Similar to its counterpart, it’s very ergonomic.
Its large display is more than immersive. You’re getting a Fluid AMOLED screen. Not only is it vibrant, but it’s buttery. The device rocks a super sharp front – its screen resolution is 1440 x 3168 pixels. It comes with a better screen-to-body ratio too. It’s the same as the Note 10’s. It is also HDR10+, while its counterpart is HDR10.
Out of the box, you’re met with Android 10. In the OnePlus 8 Pro, OxygenOS is present. We saw ONE UI in the Note 10. We believe Samsung’s UI is better. Both of them are still more customizable than IOS, though.
The chipset inside it is the Snapdragon 865. It leaves the A12 in the dust. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to expand its storage. You can pick the phone up in 128 and 256 GB of space. Along with it, 8 and 12 GB of RAM are available. 12 GB is almost 3 times more RAM the XS offers!
A more massive 4510 mAh battery is present. With it, 30 W fast charging is available. The device will go from 0-50% in around half an hour. Wireless charging is present too. It’s 30 W and takes the phone half an hour to reach 50%. The cherry on top is the fact that you get reverse wireless charging.
Camera-wise, 4 sensors are by your side. The primary sensor is a 48 MP wide lens, the secondary sensor is an 8 MP telephoto lens, the tertiary sensor is a 48 MP ultrawide lens and the fourth sensor is a 5 MP color filter camera. Its front shooter is an impressive 16 MP wide lens.
So, what do you think about the phone? It’s a device that rocks great specs. But its counterparts are cheaper and newer, yet they offer much more. The OnePlus 8 Pro especially steamrolls it.
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