About two months ago, Apple released a trio of their latest invention which are the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The hype for these phones was mad and it still is. So, to find out which on these is really worth splurging your cash inRead the review below.
1. Price Value
If you’re thinking of getting an XS, then be prepared as it is gonna cough up a ton of money. The XS starting price is at RM 4,999 for the 64GB model.The XS Max is even pricier, with a starting price of RM5,999.The iPhone XR is slightly cheaper in comparison to the other two, with a starting price of RM3,500 for the 64GB model, and you’ll spend a lot more to bump it up to 128GB.
The iPhone XS and XS Max feature the same dual 12-megapixel cameras, with a wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) lens and telephoto (ƒ/2.4) aperture. The iPhone XR has a single 12-megapixel wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) sensor. Those dual sensors give the iPhone XS and XS Max 2x optical zoom, and up to 10x digital zoom. The iPhone XR offers up to 5x digital zoom.In terms of tricks, though, these phones are pretty similar. Both provide Smart HDR, which means greater detail and colour in your photos. The bigger difference is with the portrait mode. As the iPhone XR only has one sensor, it lacks the telephoto camera of the XS and as such, it can’t create the same depth map needed to accurately differentiate between the foreground and the background.Instead, it purely uses software and the results, while still good, are a little more rough around the edges. You can however always adjust this setting as you shoot.
Storage size is one of the biggest difference between the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.The XS and XS Max are available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants, with the iPhone XR available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB options.
4. Design and Size
iPhone XS is the smallest phone in Apple’s lineup with being just 5.8 inches whereas the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max is the biggest iPhone ever, and yet it doesn’t feel too big in the hand because this handset is the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus.But if you’re looking for a design that sits in between just right, consider the 6.1-inch iPhone XR. This handset also features a different material, dropping stainless steel for aluminium. While XS models come in gold, silver and space grey, the iPhone XR is available in black, blue, coral, red, white and yellow.In terms of what these phones have in common, every new iPhone has that familiar notch that Apple debuted with last year’s iPhone X. Also, none of these phones has a home button!
5. Battery Life
The XS Max lasted 10 hours and 38 minutes on a web surfing test. The smaller XS lasted only 9:41, which is a bit below the category average of 9:48.For the best battery life, you’ll want the iPhone XR, which lasted 11 hours and 26 minutes on the same battery test. The “low-end” model provides enough battery life to compete with the model you may need a loan to afford.Plus, each of these new iPhone is fast-charge capable, and all refuel half of their battery in 30 minutes. Note that these accessories cost extra.
Perhaps, the biggest difference between the XR and XS is the display.The iPhone XR comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD panel, while the XS uses Super Retina OLED tech. It’s also available in two sizes: 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch.It’s clear if you’ve got the two phones side-by-side the OLED panel looks noticeably better. Colours on OLEDs are brighter and contrast is better. iOS 12 runs on all the new iPhones, bringing features such as Screen Time, improved notifications and a focus on speed and performance.
If speedy performance is your highest priority, each of the new iPhones will be just as compelling. The XR, XS and XS Max all feature the same A12 Bionic processor, the industry’s first 7-nanometer chip beating Huawei’s Kirin 980 with 6.9 billion transistors.The phones feature a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU, and the CPU feature dual high-performance cores, and four efficiency cores. Apps will launch up to 30% faster, and feature enhanced real-time machine learning. Based on testing, the iPhone XS and XS Max demonstrated world-beating speeds. For example, the XS and XS Max transcoded a 2-minute 4K clip to 1080p in 39 seconds, while the Galaxy S9 took 2:32 and the OnePlus 6 finished in 3:45. Apple didn’t note how much memory is in each phone, but an iFixit teardown says the iPhone XS and XS Max each feature 4GB.While a research note from Apple prognosticator Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the iPhone XS and XS Max will pack 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone XR will include 3GB of RAM. If true, the iPhone XS handsets could have snappier multitasking.
7. Water Resistant
Both the XS and XR can hold out for up to a half-hour underwater, enough for a few quick submarine selfies. But the XS can do this at a depth of 2 meters, versus just 1 meter (3 feet, 3 inches) for the XR.
Based on testing, the iPhone XS and XS Max demonstrated world-beating speeds.
8. Look and feel
All of Apple’s new phones mimic iPhone X’s iconic design. That means all three have near edge-to-edge displays.None have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, instead relying on Face ID for unlocking and accessing private apps. This means the notch is now commonplace across Apple’s 2018 phone line.Other similarities include the glass rears, support for Qi wireless charging and water-resistance ratings. It’s great to see Apple keep these features similar across all phones, even if the iPhone XS does have the slightly higher IP68, as opposed IP67, rating. This just means it can be submerged for a little longer. The phones are made up of different materials, too. The iPhone XR has aluminium sides, while the iPhone XS and XS Max both use stainless steel. Stainless steel is a bit shinier and has a more ‘premium’ finish.None of the three phones has a headphone jack – something you probably should expect from Apple – and it seems that Apple has removed the 3.5mm adapter from the box, too.Final Verdict: For me the iPhone XR is the winner. It is more accessible, offering the notched look and Face ID at a more palatable price. It isn’t as flashy as the XS and ditches the likes of the OLED screen and stainless steel rims. It’s more affordable and comes in colours!