Apple has always kept people on the tenterhook with its tempting launches each year. The Cupertino based technology giant launched three new iPhone this September; iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, discontinuing iPhone X. Interestingly, Apple has retained the notch in its new launches and has also moved to beyond 6 inches of display as well with iPhone XS Max but, we will be reviewing iPhone XS for our esteemed readers. Without a doubt it steals the limelight wherever you go with its compact size which I personally like very much; rather than using my both hand onto a more than six inches smartphone. The iPhone XS has most of the high end specs you would have imagined this year. So let’s tear it down for your convenience and understanding before making a choice.
The iPhone XS has Corning Gorilla Glass design with stainless steel frame and the rounded edges. The compact size of XS makes it a very convenient option for the users. The iconic iPhone home button is missing as was the case with iPhone X and has been replaced by the gesture control that makes a good option. The notch has been reduced by few millimeters as compared to iPhone X to fit in more notifications. The front of iPhone XS holds selfie lens on top with the earpiece along with it. The back of it has the dual rear lens setup and the LED flash to be used as torch as well when needed, one of the most loved logos of the world, the Apple logo, placed on the upper half of the back panel nearer to the camera module and the branding of iPhone in the lower half of the back. The back panel holds the beauty in it with Glass design which is astonishingly not slippery at all and it does support wireless charging too. There are five antenna lines along the side frame which makes it look unique. The power button and the SIM tray are on the right panel whereas the volume keys and the notification slider are on the left half. There’s nothing on the top frame while the bottom has the asymmetrical speaker grille and the USB charging port. The iPhone XS does not have the 3.5mm jack and the fingerprint scanner. The Face ID is lightning fast even in dark too and the failure rate is absolutely minimal. I truly love the way it responds thus do not have to worry about the fingerprint scanner at all. The TrueTone display makes it look vivid and realistic to say the least. The iPhone XS weighs around 177 grams and also comes with IP68 rating which means that its dust and splash resistant. We would normally expect the flagships to be like this. And finally, the new iPhones have dual SIM standby.
The iPhone XS flaunts a 5.8 inch Super Retina HD OLED notched display with 2436×1125 pixel resolution at 458 ppi. The screen looks gorgeous and true to life due to its TrueTone technology. The colours are well reproduced on it and the images look brilliant. It also comes with Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating so do not bother about scratches in the pocket or purse. Till date, I haven’t found any scratch on the back and or on the display. Content comes to life on it as if you are watching it live. The video playback and binge watching is an experience in itself on iPhone XS. The display gives an immersive viewing experience without straining too much on the eyes. I have been watching YouTube videos and playing PUBG and few other games on it; the feels that it gives is simply amazing.
The younger variant of iPhone XS Max uses the same specifications. The iPhone XS houses A12 Bionic 7nm chip having 4GB of RAM but, comes in three different ROM variants; 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. It runs on iOS 12 which is one stage further from what iPhone X had, iOS 11. The company claims it to be much faster than its predecessor and till date we believe in it. I haven’t had encountered any lag in the device whatsoever. The iPhone XS perform as ever in daily tasks as well as the graphic intensive games such as PUBG. The AR supported cores and the upgraded GPU burns it to give the kind of speed we needed for such games. It’s much faster when compared to iOS 11. I have been using it for months and trust me I haven’t had to think about the performance of the iPhone XS. The Neural Engine makes it a beast in computing and analyzing. The video playback has always been enjoyable thanks to its high intensive NPU. The day to day tasks are not a problem for it either. The Face ID works as a crème. You do not need to worry about the available light. I have noticed that the TrueDepth camera detects the face even faster when the lighting conditions are not that favorable. The Neural Engine works in sync to unlock the device. We could do much more with the Face ID being made simple such as opening any app or allowing downloads or making payments.
The iPhone XS uses dual rear cameras of 12MP out of which one is a wide-angle lens while the second is a telephoto lens having 2x zoom. The wide-angle lens’s aperture stands at f/1.8 and the telephoto lens is having f/2.4 with 10x of digital zooming capabilities. I have been a fan of Pixel 2 due to its breathtaking Portrait shots and believe me iPhone XS is no less. The images clearly speak the volume and the finesse they possess. The Portrait shots produced by iPhone XS matches my expectations of having a second thought to Google Pixel 3. The Portrait comes with advanced bokeh and Depth Control so that you can decide the background you wanted even after clicking the pictures. The Portrait mode also equips us with different lighting environment such as Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage and Stage Mono. The OIS comes handy too while clicking moving images. And what else, it also being supported by the Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync to assist you during unfavorable lighting conditions. The rear cameras are able to record 4K videos too at different settings. I personally love the slow-motion recording at 1080p and 120fps and like many it does have other modes too such as Burst mode.
The Selfie or the Front camera is of 7MP with aperture f/2.2. The front too supports Portrait Mode as well and the performance is not less than the rear. The specifications remain the same for the front camera. Occasionally, it tends to forget or differentiate the background with the image in focus and if two persons are there in the same frame of the Portrait mode. The LED flash is being replaced by the Retina flash to help you take selfies during low light or at night. The selfies are very true in its essence without losing much of details. The images clicked with the screen flash during night were not that enjoyable. The pictures are worth sharing and remembering and no wonder it makes you a sensation among your peers and on Social media. Overall, both the front and the back camera did their job splendidly well. I love the moments produced on the screen. The daylight shots are amazingly brilliant and nights give a much more realistic feel rather than faking it. The exposure is nicely controlled and the Emojis (Animoji and Memoji) are wonderful experience.
The battery of iPhone XS looks bleak on paper with mere 2,658mAh but, it has a catch. It can easily take you for a day of normal usage. Even if you get yourself immersed in video content or playing games to a limited period you will end up having at least 20 percent in the cell at the end of the day. The screen and computing do not consume much of the power. The charging speed is fast with wired charger but, hasn’t tried the wireless charging yet. I can assure you that it will not disappoint you with its battery life for a day to day usage.
There’s hardly any doubt that iPhone XS isn’t a priced possession one can own. The performance; camera and chipset are outstanding. There’s no better smartphone than this in the market right now if you can afford it. The Glass and Steel design looks gorgeous and feels solid, the display is a treat to watch, the photos are worth sharing and the gaming performance is absolutely extreme. If you’re willing to spend around Rs 99,900 for the 64GB version then iPhone XS is a must have for you. There are options available too such as Google Pixel 3 XL. I would still prefer to go with iPhone XS rather than Max because of its compact size.