The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have arrived, the iPhone XR will arrive in October. In this iPhone XS review, I will tell you about all the features and functionalities of this phone as well as the pros and cons.
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iPhone XS Review
- Smart HDR is amazing
- Attractive OLED display screen
- Easy to manage with one hand
- Overall performance is great
- Face ID has been improved
- Very expensive
- Headphone dongle is sold separately
iPhone XS Design:
The XS looks very similar to its predecessor the iPhone X. However, the XS also comes in gold, this new color has a nice look and feel to it.
The color of the back panel changes slightly depending on the lighting. At the left edge of the phone on the bottom, there are now three holes instead of six.
Located at the bottom you will also find an antenna band which is part of the 4×4 MIMO ( multiple in multiple out) framework. This was implemented for a faster and stronger internet connection.
Located at the back of the phone, you will find the dual-camera setup which is slightly taller on this phone. The glass on the XS is more durable than that of its predecessor.
However, it still collects lots of fingerprints, the stainless steel chassis on this phone is great and it’s stronger the aluminum which was used on some of the older iPhone models.
If you’re an avid iPhone user who has been using iPhones for years but you currently don’t have the iPhone X and you upgrade to the XS.
It may take a little while for you to feel comfortable using the XS due to the fact that it does not have a home button. As a result of this, you will have to learn to use the gesture navigation system.
The dimensions of the XS are 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and it weighs 177g (6.24 oz). The XS is smaller than the iPhone X, if you prefer big phones then you may prefer the iPhone XS Max.
The display screen on the XS is a 5.8-inch OLED display screen, this is the same size as the display screen on the iPhone X.
However, the XS has a smaller frame, if you would prefer a phone with a bigger display screen then you may be interested in the iPhone XR which has a 6.1-inch display screen. Or the iPhone XS Mas which has a 6.5-inch display screen.
The body of the XS is slightly bigger than that of the iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and iPhone 8, however, they all have 4.7-inch display screens. With the XS you’re getting a much bigger display screen in a slightly bigger body.
The OLED display screen looks amazing, it has a wide variety of colors but it’s not oversaturated.
The resolution of the display screen is 2,436 x 1,125 (458 pixels per inch) the picture quality is amazing that’s partially due to Dolby Vision and HDR10.
The display screen manages to keep its integrity when viewing it at different angles. Due to Apple’s True Tone technology the display screen looks great when viewing it in different conditions.
Speakers Have Been Improved:
On the XS the sound quality has been improved, the speakers on this phone are louder and clearer. Whether you enjoy watching videos, movies, or playing video games, the sound quality and clarity are amazing.
The user experience that these speakers provide is comparable to that of an iPad Pro.
Some Of My Favorite New Features:
The group FactTime feature gives you the ability to chat simultaneously with up to 32 people. It’s now integrated into iMessage for easier access.
You have the ability to set up a group FaceTime call via the iMessage group chat window. You can also add effects such as Memoji and stickers while you’re on the FaceTime call.
Animoji And Memoji
There are more Animojis to choose from in iOS 12, there’s also a new feature which gives you the ability to add a wink or a tongue to any Animoji.
Apple now has Memoji as well, this looks like a direct response to Samsung’s AR Emoji. With Memoji you can create your own AR character which looks like you and you have the option of choosing between different eye colors, hairstyles, skin tones…
In iOS 12, in the app switcher, you no longer have to long-press a card and tap the minus button. Instead, all you have to do is swipe upward once and then swipe upward again on the app you would like to close.
Face ID Has Been Improved
The Face ID authentication system has been significantly improved in iOS 12. You now have the ability to add up to two different Face ID profiles to unlock your phone.
Face ID is much more user-friendly in iOS 12 if you scan your face but Face ID did not recognize you. It’s much easier to rescan your face, all you have to do is swipe up from the unlock screen if Face ID failed to recognize you.
On the XS this feature unlocks the phone faster than it does on the iPhone X. However, you still have to swipe to complete the unlock process, rather than just looking at the phone.
You must keep the phone at a certain distance for this feature to work if the phone’s too close or if you hold it at a different angle, it may not work.
The more you use the phone the easier it becomes it’s the learning curve for gestures and navigation.
Do Not Disturb
The do not disturb feature has been improved, with the new improved do not disturb feature you will no longer see all your notifications on the locked screen.
Instead, they will be hidden until you turn the do not disturb feature off. If you use the do not disturb feature often you can set an end time to automatically turn the feature off when you no longer need it.
There are quite a few new password features in iOS 12, you can now share your passwords between your iOS and Mac devices if they’re close to each other.
Password security when creating new passwords have also been improved. If you’re creating a new account but you’re trying to use a password that you’ve already used on another account you will be reminded that you should not reuse your passwords.
Whenever this happens, a strong password will automatically be created for you and it will be stored in your Keychain.
With iOS 12 you have autofill support for third-party apps that manage passwords. If a login needs two-factor authentication, the OS will automatically fill in the code that you received through SMS on your iPhone.
This is an extremely convenient feature that many iPhone XS users will appreciate using.