The Apple iPhone XS and the XS Max is available in and here is the review of iPhone XS. In this review I have covered the handset performance, quality, played PUBG game, shared some camera samples and the battery performance.

Apple iPhone XS is a really premium handset that comes with a really premium price tag, now many compare the iPhone with Android and everything comes down to the price. But if you think logically the iPhone is not that costly. A iPhone XS for example will not get outdated even after 2 years and the performance will be the same, but when it comes to Android smartphones, forget 2 years in every 6 month a new model or a new hardware is announced.

Having said that, iPhone are pricey but if you use it (and most iPhone users do) for over 2 years, in the long run it is not that costly, plus you do not feel like the handset is outdated – as a new iPhone is launched every year compared to a new Android phone being launched almost every month.

Apple makes its own hardware and its own software – the iOS. And they have really optimized the hardware and software, so well, that once you use an iPhone you will fall in love with its smooth performance. You do get smooth performance on Android too, but the difference is clearly noticeable (much, much better on Apple).

The iPhone XS is running iOS 12 out of the box. Screen quality is awesome and specially the 3D touch (can sense touch pressure) is pretty impressive. The typing experience on the iPhone XS was also a lot different much better, much smoother. One thing you will notice is that the iPhone responds instantly be it opening an app or saying Hey SIRI.

Design and Display

The handset feels premium to hold and use, really premium. Glass on the back does make it a bit slippery. I am comfortable with iPhone XS but if you need a bigger screen then there is the iPhone XS Max.

Screen is 5.8 inches, Super Retina HD display, OLED multi touch display with 2436 x 1125 pixels resolution and yes it does come with notch. Screen quality is really premium with 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio – viewable in any lighting condition.

The iPhone XS sides are stainless steel and weight is 177 grams. The new iPhone is IP68 certified that makes is splash, water and dust resistant.

Performance and PUBG Game play

Inside the hood there is Apple’s own A12 Bionic Chipset with next gen neural engine. This is hexa core CPU. On Android you can get octa core, but as mentioned Apple has full control on its hardware and software and when you use the handset you will know the difference.

Talking about Antutu score I got 301974.

I played PUBG game, in HDR / Ultra Graphics quality mode – really impressive. The game play was buttery smooth and best part is the instant response and the smoothness when taking aim. Indeed the best experience I had when playing PUBG.

Handset hardly heats up.

Security

iOS 12 is more secure than the Android and if you have been a Android user it will be a little weird getting simple things done like transferring files, movies, music from PC to iPhone XS.

There is no finger print sensor but there is Face ID (face unlock) and it works great. When registering for Face ID it takes over 1 minutes or so, as it records every angle of your face.

Dual SIM support on iPhone XS

This handset comes with a nano SIM slot and there is a eSIM. This eSIM is integrated SIM but for now it is not enabled in India, the company will roll out an update soon to enable iPhone XS eSIM for Indian users. Also note that for now only Reliance Jio and Airtel offers eSIM support.

Camera

On the rear there 12MP dual cameras a wide angle and a telephoto lens with f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture respectively. You get 2x ZOOM. There is dual optical image stabilization and you can shoot smooth videos in 1080p resolution.

The iPhone XS can shoot 4K videos at 60fps with stereo sound recording. There is also time lapse video with stabilization, plus you can shoot slow motion in 1080p at 240 fps. You can check the samples in the video review.

Still shots are pretty impressive, really good edge detection and natural blurring (bokeh) effects. There are couple of lighting effects that you can select before or after the image is captured. The 7MP front camera can also capture perfect selfies with bokeh mode.

When you shoot in bokeh mode after the image is captured you can control the depth. Animoji and Memoji also supported.

Overall iPhone XS image quality is excellent. Low light shots are great but there are premium smartphones out there that can shoot better in low light.

iPhone XS camera Samples

Battery

The iPhone XS comes with 2658 mAh battery that may look too low if you are thinking from the Android perspective but, but, but, this battery capacity is more than enough. I easily got over a day of mixed usage.

The charger provided is normal charger but the iPhone XS supports fast charging and wireless charging. With normal charger provided in the box it takes about 2 hours 30 minutes to charge but with fast charger, charging is much faster about half the time.

I am getting an easy over a day of battery life better than when compared with my Galaxy S9 Plus.

Verdict

iPhone is different, makes no sense comparing with the Android phones. Also in terms of price the iPhone looks really costly but as mentioned you will be using it for 2 to 3 years easily as the iPhone XS will not get outdated for another 2 to 3 years.

An excellent buy if you are looking for a completely different user experience and if you have the money to spend initially. You can either go with the iPhone XS or the XS Max.

You can buy the iPhone XS / XS Max from – http://fkrt.it/R5Xo~KNNNN

Watch the iPhone XS video review

Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. If You have Capicity to buy Lamborghini then You are Not Gonna Buy Maruti Suzuki… That’s It…?

    1. Well Said!, the prob today is that those who cannot afford are finding fault in the handset and don’t want even the one who can afford to buy it. Reminds me of The Fox and the Grapes. By the way I am using Redmi Note 5 Pro every happy but if I can afford will buy the iPhone.

    2. So you people will buy iPhone at any cost
      Even if at that price the hardware doesn’t make any sense
      Like an Iphone xr with 720p display at 77k
      Like buying 3 to 4 year old iPhones

      Now i know how Apple become a trillion dollar company
      And
      Pls don’t compare lamborghini with apple

      1. First Read gogi’s whole Review carefully..
        He said…
        Once you use an iPhone you will fall in love with its smooth performance. You do get smooth performance on Android too, but the difference is clearly noticeable (much, much better on Apple).
        “iOS 12 is more secure than the Android”
        and in Last “iPhone is Different” “Makes no sense comparing with the ANDROID phones”
        So i’ll Repeat my word “If You have Capicity to buy Lamborghini then You are Not Gonna Buy Maruti Suzuki…”

  2. If You have Capicity to buy Lamborghini then You are Not Gonna Buy Maruti Suzuki… That’s It…😎

    1. Well Said!, the prob today is that those who cannot afford are finding fault in the handset and don’t want even the one who can afford to buy it. Reminds me of The Fox and the Grapes. By the way I am using Redmi Note 5 Pro every happy but if I can afford will buy the iPhone.

    2. So you people will buy iPhone at any cost
      Even if at that price the hardware doesn’t make any sense
      Like an Iphone xr with 720p display at 77k
      Like buying 3 to 4 year old iPhones

      Now i know how Apple become a trillion dollar company
      And
      Pls don’t compare lamborghini with apple

      1. First Read gogi’s whole Review carefully..
        He said…
        Once you use an iPhone you will fall in love with its smooth performance. You do get smooth performance on Android too, but the difference is clearly noticeable (much, much better on Apple).
        “iOS 12 is more secure than the Android”
        and in Last “iPhone is Different” “Makes no sense comparing with the ANDROID phones”
        So i’ll Repeat my word “If You have Capicity to buy Lamborghini then You are Not Gonna Buy Maruti Suzuki…”

  3. It’s not sensible to invest 1 lack plus in a phone to use it for 2 plus years …Instead we can change it on 6 monthly basis in android ?

    1. Gogi already mentioned “If You have the Money to Spend” and “makes no sense comparing with the Android phones”

  4. It’s not sensible to invest 1 lack plus in a phone to use it for 2 plus years …Instead we can change it on 6 monthly basis in android 👽

    1. Gogi already mentioned “If You have the Money to Spend” and “makes no sense comparing with the Android phones”

  5. एंड्रॉयड स्मार्टफोन सस्ते होते जा रहे हैं जबकि एप्पल आईफोन लगातार मंहगे होते जा रहे है।जो स्पेसिफिकेशन आज 35000/ हजार वाले एंड्रॉयड स्मार्टफोन में हैं वो दो साल बाद 25000/ वाले फोन में मिल जायेगे पर आईफोन तो स्पेसिफिकेशन के नाम पे कीमत बढ़ाता जा रहा है।

  6. अगर एंड्रॉयड नहीं आता तो आज भारत में इतने लोग इंटरनेट इस्तेाल नहीं कर रहे होते। बहुत से लोगों ने आज तक कंप्यूटर इस्तेमाल नहीं किया पर सस्ते एंड्रॉयड स्मार्टफोन और सस्ते इंटरनेट से आज इतने लोग इंटरनेट इसतेमाल कर रहे है।

  7. Gogi, though your logic is correct on longer usage after we buy an iphone, the point here is the pricing strategy. The cost to build an iphone is just a fraction of what they charge from us. See the kind of revenues (bilions of dollars surplus) Apple is generating. They’re just looting customers on the name of ecosystem and user experience, where they can price it half and still generate huge profits with more volumes. The current pricing is no way justified.
    There is no law enforcement policies anywhere on how much profits a company can extort from customers. That’s a blessing for Apple and curse for customers.

    1. I don’t like apple, but your point of making too much profit is flawed. No one is forcing people to buy expensive smartphones (people can burn their money if they want), second you are logical/rational thinker, you might go for value for money logic which is natural. But i dont think a buyer of apple products in INDIA go for these logic, clearly they don’t care for specs like ram, processor, mega pixel, resolution, battery mah etc (hell iPhone xs back cover cost 4500 rs)
      It’s more of a standard thing
      So the more expensive iphone is, the more you look rich/classy in people eyes
      Same examples for expensive bike, car, watches etc
      But many people clearly think you are stupid if you are buying iPhone BUT we live in a society
      So we say “nice phone you got there”
      Other category are ISHEPP, they worship apple like gods and think apple products are superior, you critcize their apple product and they get all pyscho on you

      Now i think apple is greedy and if you are buying their products you have too much money
      Tbh india is not a market for apple products
      Only 1% people use them in india and you have to pay 4 to 5 months of your salary just to get a iphone

  8. एंड्रॉयड स्मार्टफोन सस्ते होते जा रहे हैं जबकि एप्पल आईफोन लगातार मंहगे होते जा रहे है।जो स्पेसिफिकेशन आज 35000/ हजार वाले एंड्रॉयड स्मार्टफोन में हैं वो दो साल बाद 25000/ वाले फोन में मिल जायेगे पर आईफोन तो स्पेसिफिकेशन के नाम पे कीमत बढ़ाता जा रहा है।

  9. अगर एंड्रॉयड नहीं आता तो आज भारत में इतने लोग इंटरनेट इस्तेाल नहीं कर रहे होते। बहुत से लोगों ने आज तक कंप्यूटर इस्तेमाल नहीं किया पर सस्ते एंड्रॉयड स्मार्टफोन और सस्ते इंटरनेट से आज इतने लोग इंटरनेट इसतेमाल कर रहे है।

  10. Gogi, though your logic is correct on longer usage after we buy an iphone, the point here is the pricing strategy. The cost to build an iphone is just a fraction of what they charge from us. See the kind of revenues (bilions of dollars surplus) Apple is generating. They’re just looting customers on the name of ecosystem and user experience, where they can price it half and still generate huge profits with more volumes. The current pricing is no way justified.
    There is no law enforcement policies anywhere on how much profits a company can extort from customers. That’s a blessing for Apple and curse for customers.

    1. I don’t like apple, but your point of making too much profit is flawed. No one is forcing people to buy expensive smartphones (people can burn their money if they want), second you are logical/rational thinker, you might go for value for money logic which is natural. But i dont think a buyer of apple products in INDIA go for these logic, clearly they don’t care for specs like ram, processor, mega pixel, resolution, battery mah etc (hell iPhone xs back cover cost 4500 rs)
      It’s more of a standard thing
      So the more expensive iphone is, the more you look rich/classy in people eyes
      Same examples for expensive bike, car, watches etc
      But many people clearly think you are stupid if you are buying iPhone BUT we live in a society
      So we say “nice phone you got there”
      Other category are ISHEPP, they worship apple like gods and think apple products are superior, you critcize their apple product and they get all pyscho on you

      Now i think apple is greedy and if you are buying their products you have too much money
      Tbh india is not a market for apple products
      Only 1% people use them in india and you have to pay 4 to 5 months of your salary just to get a iphone

  11. This article would have made a little bit of sense a couple of years ago when iPhones were cheaper (compared to current prices). But for these models, with such absurd pricing (especially in India), when even some loyal iPhone users are annoyed by their policy of not providing fast charger and USB-C to lightning cable in the box after charging such a premium, this is just nonsense. These phones are just used to show off high status and are not at all value for money. But hey, this is just my opinion and everyone has a different view, :-).

  12. Logic thought given is correct. But it is slightly tougher to understand. One has to enter the iOS ecosystem and then, the way Apple holds prices and supports via updates, you are actually getting a phone good enough for 2-3 years. Android is yet to reach the concept of ecosystem (Pixel series wasn’t able to create the same or hold prices. Other OEMs with their custom UI can’t match speedy updates but give features which become mainstream in Android after years.) Though Android gives you freedom and other stuff, Apple has created an ecosystem which is ultimately better value rather than seeing your low end, mid range or even flagship get obsolete within months. For Apple, the same takes years. Think logically, Gogi has a point. If price is all that matters, look nothing beyond Android but don’t expect it to match Apple. Android is yet to match what iOS has achieved sadly. I am an Android user but whenever had a chance to use my sister’s Apple iPhone, I feel she has changed just 2-3 devices compared to me with no noticeable drop in anything. Yes, initial investment was high but no hassle later on. My search for a stable and reliable Android continues as I have switched from LG, Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi, Motorola and back to Samsung now.

  13. Moreover android phones come with superb battery which is equally important to run phones for 2,3 years.

  14. This article would have made a little bit of sense a couple of years ago when iPhones were cheaper (compared to current prices). But for these models, with such absurd pricing (especially in India), when even some loyal iPhone users are annoyed by their policy of not providing fast charger and USB-C to lightning cable in the box after charging such a premium, this is just nonsense. These phones are just used to show off high status and are not at all value for money. But hey, this is just my opinion and everyone has a different view, :-).

  15. Logic thought given is correct. But it is slightly tougher to understand. One has to enter the iOS ecosystem and then, the way Apple holds prices and supports via updates, you are actually getting a phone good enough for 2-3 years. Android is yet to reach the concept of ecosystem (Pixel series wasn’t able to create the same or hold prices. Other OEMs with their custom UI can’t match speedy updates but give features which become mainstream in Android after years.) Though Android gives you freedom and other stuff, Apple has created an ecosystem which is ultimately better value rather than seeing your low end, mid range or even flagship get obsolete within months. For Apple, the same takes years. Think logically, Gogi has a point. If price is all that matters, look nothing beyond Android but don’t expect it to match Apple. Android is yet to match what iOS has achieved sadly. I am an Android user but whenever had a chance to use my sister’s Apple iPhone, I feel she has changed just 2-3 devices compared to me with no noticeable drop in anything. Yes, initial investment was high but no hassle later on. My search for a stable and reliable Android continues as I have switched from LG, Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi, Motorola and back to Samsung now.

  16. Moreover android phones come with superb battery which is equally important to run phones for 2,3 years.

  17. What about Android one mobile. They also give 2 years of software update. And price starts from 10k (Nokia 5.1 plus) to 35k (Oneplus 6 almost stock Android plus 2 software update).

    1. My point is after two years how many android phones will be launched and how many iPhone.

      1. This is completely wrong logic. After two years android will has larger percentage than now. Ios may be good but freedom is more in android and of you want security windows phone were best.

        1. This is correct logic. its not how much market Android has. It is what % of these Android phones get the latest Updates (OS, Security update, Bug fixes) for 2 years and beyond.

      2. This is an incorrect logic. Apple has only one manufacturer for iOS phones, hence no use to launch too many phones. Android is just a phone OS and has a lot of manufactures which produce phones as per customers’ requirements (budget).
        For example, Motorala has phones for various customer from 5k to 50k. But, Apple doesn’t have such phones.

    2. Not everyone is buying Android One devices. Not even 10% of android devices being sold are One devices. Leaving apart few major players none of the other makers give more than 1 or 2 updates.
      Also update is not only OS update there are system updates and fixes too that also only few companies give on regular basis.
      You are talking about 2 year of update in Android, my dad is using 5 year old 5S is having latest iOS12 update and is running buttery smooth.

  18. What about Android one mobile. They also give 2 years of software update. And price starts from 10k (Nokia 5.1 plus) to 35k (Oneplus 6 almost stock Android plus 2 software update).

    1. My point is after two years how many android phones will be launched and how many iPhone.

      1. This is an incorrect logic. Apple has only one manufacturer for iOS phones, hence no use to launch too many phones. Android is just a phone OS and has a lot of manufactures which produce phones as per customers’ requirements (budget).
        For example, Motorala has phones for various customer from 5k to 50k. But, Apple doesn’t have such phones.

      2. This is completely wrong logic. After two years android will has larger percentage than now. Ios may be good but freedom is more in android and of you want security windows phone were best.

        1. This is correct logic. its not how much market Android has. It is what % of these Android phones get the latest Updates (OS, Security update, Bug fixes) for 2 years and beyond.

    2. Not everyone is buying Android One devices. Not even 10% of android devices being sold are One devices. Leaving apart few major players none of the other makers give more than 1 or 2 updates.
      Also update is not only OS update there are system updates and fixes too that also only few companies give on regular basis.
      You are talking about 2 year of update in Android, my dad is using 5 year old 5S is having latest iOS12 update and is running buttery smooth.