iPhone XS Review – A Decent Upgrade


iPhone XS Camera:


iPhone XS camera


The XS comes with a dual-camera system which has a 12-megapixel standard lens and a f/1.8 aperture. The other lens is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with a f/2.4 aperture.


Both cameras have optical image stabilization which gives you the ability to capture 4K video up to 60 frames per second.


On the surface, it may seem as though the XS has the came cameras as its predecessor. However, there are quite a few improvements, the image sensor on the XS is larger, this improves the overall quality of the photos taken in a darker setting.


The camera app is fast, responsive, and very user-friendly, the photos are sharp with lots of details and they have a more natural look and feel to them than the photos taken with the iPhone X.


Smart HDR


The camera software on the XS has a new feature called Smart HDR. With this feature, when you press the shutter button to take a photo, the camera takes three different photos at three different exposure levels.


All three photos are then combined to create a great high-quality photo.


Portrait Mode And Portrait Lighting


Apple claims that they have made some improvements to Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting but the improvements are miniscule.


The color accuracy in the photos is good, however, I think the Portrait Mode on the Google Pixel 2 is better than that of the XS.


Depth Control


Depth Control is a new feature which has been added, this feature gives you the ability to change the intensity of the blur on any photo taken in Portrait Mode on the XS or XS Max.


You have the ability to add a strong blur, or completely remove it. This is a nice feature because it gives you more control of the photos that you take.


Dynamic Range


Apple has improved the dynamic range feature on the XS for capturing videos as well as low light performance. The XS has extended dynamic range capabilities which gives you the ability to capture 4K videos up to 30 FPS.


The colors are rich and vibrant and the image stabilization is great there is also stereo recording available.


The cameras on the XS are excellent the quality of photos taken with the XS are noticeably better than that of its predecessor.




Apple’s A12 Bionic processor powers the XS, this is the first mobile processor which was built using a 7 nonometer process.


This processor houses 6.9 billion transistors, as a result of this Apple claims that it will perform stronger and run more efficiently than the A11 Bionic from last year.


The Neural Engine which is used for machine learning tasks now has 8 cores, this gives it the ability to process 5 trillion operations per second.


That’s amazing, that means that this is an extremely powerful phone.


If you’re watching a movie, playing an augmented reality (AR) video game, using a social media app, writing an email and you’re toggling between them. The phone will not slow down at all, it’s extremely fast and responsive.


The XS comes equipped with Apple’s latest operating system iOS 12 which brings some new features to the phone.


Battery Life:


The XS comes with a 2,658mAh battery which will last for roughly one day of moderate use. The XS has fast charging capabilities, however, it does not come with a fast charging cable.


You must buy it separately, you will need the USB-C to Lightning Cable and a 30W charger.


That’s bad because most Android phones come with these accessories in the box when you buy them.


Other Improvements Worth Mentioning:


Dual Sim


Currently, the XS does not have Dual SIM support which will allow the phone to simultaneously use two SIM cards and give you the ability to use two different phone numbers.


However, the XS models can use a physical nano-SIM and an eSIM, which will give the phone the ability to use two different phone lines at once.


Apple claims that you if you have a carrier locked phone you will not be able to add service from another carrier.


However, if you have an unlocked phone you will have the ability to change carriers whenever you would like to.


You will also have the ability to use two different carriers for the two lines on your phone.


Wireless Charging


The wireless charging capabilities of the XS have been improved due to some improvements in the charging coil. These changes resulted in faster charging in certain conditions, nevertheless, 7.5 watts is still the limit.


Last year Apple promised us that they will be releasing their own fast wireless charging technology called AirPower. However, it still has not been released.




With the new NFC chip in this year’s iPhones, you can launch an app or a web page by placing the XS close to an NFC tag.


You will have the ability to scan NFC without launching an app. This is a convenient new feature that many iPhone users will appreciate using.


My Final Thought:


The XS is a powerful phone that has many things to offer. However, it’s overshadowed by its bigger sibling the iPhone XS Max because bigger phones are trending.


The XS is easy to manage with one hand, the camera and software upgrades, as well as the overall performance, makes this iPhone the best iPhone to date.


The XS is available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. If you currently have an iPhone X, I would not recommend upgrading to the iPhone XS.


However, if you have an older iPhone or if you’ve never had an iPhone before then you should consider getting this phone. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to share them in the comment section below.