iPhone XS Review: The Best iPhone Ever?

The iPhone XS launched earlier final month to very large fanfare, as is common for an iPhone launch, and to no one’s shock it appears just about the identical because the iPhone X (aside from one bodily distinction). I’ve been utilizing the iPhone XS (starts at Rs. 99,900) over the past couple of weeks as my every day driver, and this right here is an iPhone that has actually impressed me in additional methods than one. Let me take you thru an in-depth evaluate of the iPhone XS, the assorted modifications, the great and the unhealthy about every thing Apple has executed with this ultra-premium Rs. 1 Lakh flagship.

iPhone XS Overview: Specs

Apple may not be a fan of speaking in regards to the specs of the iPhone, however everybody else is, so right here’s a fast rundown of the contained in the model new Apple flagship.

Show 5.Eight-inch OLED
2436×1125 pixels at 458ppi
Processor 7nm Apple A12 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear Cameras 12MP f/1.Eight + 12MP f/2.four with Twin OIS
Entrance Digicam 7MP f/2.2 True Depth Digicam
Battery 2,658 mAh
Working System iOS 12
Sensors Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 5.zero;
Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO
Value begins at Rs. 99,900

Alright, with that every one executed and dusted, let’s transfer on.

What’s Within the Field

The iPhone XS is available in a daily iPhone field, no uncommon shindigs, simply the iPhone and Apple emblem printed on the perimeters (in a pleasant golden colour for our Gold iPhone XS, I’m assuming it’ll be black and silver for the opposite two). Inside, you’ll discover the next issues:

  • iPhone XS (since you paid for it)
  • An entire bunch of manuals and items of paper you don’t want.
  • Apple stickers
  • SIM ejector instrument
  • Lightning earpods
  • USB Kind-A to Lightning cable
  • Charger (not a quick charger, regardless that you actually did pay for it)
  • No headphone dongle (as a result of a $9 free accent with a $999 iPhone, nah, no approach!)

I don’t even use my headphones of their wired mode fairly often and I nonetheless hate that there’s no headphone dongle right here. Anyway, let’s transfer on.

Design and Construct High quality

The iPhone XS is a beautiful cellphone alright? There’s no argument there, and within the gold colour that now we have, it appears merely beautiful. Imagine me, I’m probably not a gold-phone sort of particular person, however the iPhone XS pulls it off in fashion, and appears lovely whereas it does.

I’m probably not a gold-phone sort of particular person, however the iPhone XS pulls it off in fashion, and appears lovely whereas it does

The glass and stainless-steel construct appears nice, provides lots of class, and whereas I don’t have the center to check its sturdiness, it’s nice to know that it’s extra sturdy than the iPhone X was. Plus, judging by the drop exams I’ve seen on YouTube (I don’t know the way folks do these, my god!) it does appear like the iPhone XS can maintain its personal when you do find yourself dropping it.

The glass again right here means this cellphone is most undoubtedly a fingerprint magnet, which isn’t actually an issue on the gold variant, however will very a lot be an eyesore on the black, so that you’ll have to wash it far too typically. Additionally, sure, it helps wi-fi charging, which is nice, however you already know what’s not nice? Quick Qi charging that’s nonetheless gradual. I’ll speak extra about that in a later part.

The iPhone XS feels nice within the hand, and whereas I didn’t discover it a lot, Rupesh at the least felt as if it’s barely extra grippy than the iPhone X — perhaps it’s due to the brand new colour course of Apple makes use of on the Gold and Black variants, I’m not sure, however both approach, it’s an incredible cellphone to carry.

To be completely trustworthy, the iPhone XS is nearly precisely the identical on the surface because the iPhone X. It has the identical vertically oriented twin rear digicam, the identical glass and metal physique, the identical show, the identical notch, the identical lack of a headphone jack.

The one factor this cellphone modifications (and it’s not even a very good-to-look-at change) is the truth that the microphone and speaker grilles on the underside should not symmetrical any longer. There are three holes on one facet of the lightning port, and 6 holes on the opposite — it appears bizarre, and isn’t very “Apple.”

The audio system although are fairly nice. The iPhone XS has stereo audio system, identical because the iPhone X, nonetheless Apple has made the audio system louder and widened the soundstage fairly considerably this time round, so even when you’re listening to music on the cellphone’s audio system, you’ll prefer it rather a lot. I used to be skeptical when, through the launch, the corporate claimed you might get pleasure from video games like Alto’s Odyssey with out headphones on the iPhone XS, however they weren’t kidding, the audio system are actually good, though I nonetheless wouldn’t use them for Fortnite or PUBG Cell. There are additionally the lightning earpods for occasions once you want in-ear earphones with the iPhone XS, and as common, they’re nothing nice. They’re not unhealthy, clearly, however there’s nothing outstanding about them both — you get the standard earpod high quality audio which is normally ample for calls and lightweight music, but it surely’s nothing nice.

There’s additionally an IP68 score this time, as in comparison with the IP67 score on the iPhone X, so technically, the iPhone XS can stand immersion underneath 2 meters of water for 30 minutes — that doesn’t imply you begin taking the iPhone XS diving with you, by the best way.

Over all, the iPhone XS doesn’t disappoint when it comes to construct and design. It’s an incredible wanting cellphone that exudes class from each angle.


The iPhone XS comes with a 5.Eight-inch OLED show with a decision of 2436×1125 pixels, and it’s a beautiful show. It’s just about the identical show because the iPhone X, and that’s not a foul factor in any respect.

The show is brilliant (it could possibly get extraordinarily brilliant), and due to the truth that the air-gap right here is mainly non-existent it appears merely good in utilization. Daylight legibility is nice, and I didn’t face any issues utilizing the iPhone XS outside even in direct daylight.

Clearly, since that is an OLED show it brings all the great issues about OLED to the desk — the colours look beautiful, the blacks are absolute black, and regardless that OLED panels are susceptible to burn-ins, the iPhone X by no means had that downside, and I’m pretty sure that the iPhone XS received’t both.

Additionally, on the launch Apple stated that the show is a 120Hz contact show, which has left lots of people confused. Let me clear that up right here — the iPhone XS show isn’t a 120Hz show, it simply samples contact inputs at 120Hz, however the show itself refreshes on the common 60Hz. So when you’re questioning what distinction would sampling contact inputs at 120Hz make if the show continues to be a 60Hz show, nicely, it’s all obtained to do with the cellphone’s touch-responsiveness; or at the least the perceived contact responsiveness, and that may make an enormous distinction in how you are feeling in regards to the iPhone whilst you’re utilizing it. For the sake of readability, the iPhone X additionally had a 120Hz contact sensing show, so there’s actually nothing new right here.

There’s additionally the notch, however let’s be trustworthy, nearly each single cellphone on the market has a notch proper now, and because it seems it actually isn’t that huge a problem in on a regular basis utilization. I do know what you’re pondering, I used to be fairly stubbornly in opposition to the notch on the iPhone X final yr, however my opinions about it have modified since. Actually, the iPhone’s notch might be one of many few that make sense (alongside telephones just like the Mi Eight Explorer Version) — it provides Face ID which is greater than only a easy facial recognition system, and it removes the bezels from in all places else, which is fairly nice, so no complaints there.

The iPhone XS show additionally comes with HDR10 assist, and Dolby Imaginative and prescient certification, and Apple claims a 60% greater dynamic vary on the brand new show. I did check that out with Deadpool 2 from the iTunes Retailer in 4K HDR on each the iPhone X and iPhone XS, however truthfully, it’s not a mind-blowing distinction — that’s to not say that this show isn’t nice, as a result of it’s. Even DisplayMate said that the iPhone XS has the very best show on any smartphone ever.


By way of cameras, the iPhone XS comes with a 12MP f/1.Eight + 12MP f/2.four twin rear digicam arrange with twin OIS for stabilisation, and I do know what you’re pondering — that’s the identical as final yr’s iPhone X. Nonetheless, that’s not precisely true. Apple has made some modifications to the digicam within the iPhone XS — most significantly, the pixels on the sensor at the moment are larger and deeper, which suggests you possibly can guess on higher low gentle efficiency from the iPhone XS as in comparison with the iPhone X.

Good Lighting

In precise utilization, pictures from the iPhone XS are undoubtedly lots higher than these from the iPhone X. Objects are sharper, and Apple’s new Good HDR undoubtedly makes a distinction in bringing out particulars within the shadows. It’s a reasonably nice digicam arrange. In good lighting, the photographs are fairly nice with ample lighting, and lots of element. Nonetheless, compared to the Pixel three, I discovered that whereas the iPhone XS performs rather well in good lighting situations, the Pixel three is undoubtedly higher. That stated, iPhones have at all times leaned in direction of hotter colour tones, and with the iPhone XS it appears like Apple has doubled down on that choice. I’m unsure why that’s, it could possibly be to make the photographs look extra pleasing on the iPhone’s display, or it might simply be what Apple engineers suppose are higher wanting photos, however the heat leaning tendency is certainly there.

Portrait Mode

In portrait mode too, the iPhone XS is superior, however as soon as once more, it’s outdone by the Pixel three which is simply much more per portrait mode pictures. Portrait mode images from the iPhone XS normally have higher gentle, however the Pixel three has higher edge detection, and extra particulars than the iPhone XS and is simply extra constant in clicking higher portrait pictures than the iPhone XS, which simply goes to indicate Google’s software program prowess.

Whereas Portrait Mode on the iPhone XS is certainly fairly nice, I did discover that typically in synthetic lighting, the iPhone XS began placing a bizarre colour tint on the images that it doesn’t do in any other case. I’m unsure why that occurs, but it surely solely appears to occur in synthetic yellow lighting.

There’s Depth Management right here as nicely, and when you suppose it’s mainly Dwell Focus from Samsung telephones, or every other comparable implementation, it’s truly fairly completely different. The iPhone XS doesn’t merely modify the background blur once you’re utilizing Depth Management. As a substitute, the cellphone creates a segmented map of the picture to determine the gap of varied objects from the topic, and once you modify the blur, it modifications the blur in a approach that’s much like how a DSLR bokeh would change on adjusting the aperture.

That’s one thing not lots of people will discover, I suppose, but it surely’s an enormous distinction, and it reveals simply how superior Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, and its new ISP is.

Low Gentle

In low gentle, regardless that the iPhone XS has larger and deeper pixels, and twin OIS, it struggles to compete in opposition to the Pixel three and even the Pixel 2. Photos from the Pixel three nearly at all times have higher element as in comparison with ones from the iPhone XS, which is absolutely shocking for the reason that iPhone XS digicam was so a lot better in good lighting. Giving credit score the place credit score is due, the Pixel three is certainly a reasonably rattling wonderful digicam and is clearly higher than the iPhone XS which tries too exhausting to get extra gentle typically. Whereas there are undoubtedly occasions when the iPhone XS clicks a greater low gentle picture, I simply discover that the Pixel three is a extra constant performer.

Entrance Digicam

Comparable issues occur in selfies as nicely. Whether or not it’s a daily selfie, or a portrait selfie, the iPhone XS does come out with photos that look softened and beautified. There may be many causes behind this, and everybody appears to be leaning in direction of one or the opposite, nonetheless, the straightforward reality is that particulars in images from the iPhone XS’ entrance digicam are missing when in comparison with the Pixel three, and even the Pixel 2 and iPhone X. Actually, now we have a detailed test of the iPhone XS ‘Beauty Gate’ that you would be able to try. That stated, when you’re solely ever going to have a look at your selfies in your iPhone display (or one other smartphone display), this lack of particulars received’t be very obvious to you and also you may find yourself truly liking the iPhone XS selfies extra, as a result of they do look nice on a smartphone show.


The iPhone XS can be able to capturing 4K video at as much as 60FPS, and due to Twin OIS the movies are fairly secure. Plus, they’ve glorious colours, sharpness, and general simply look beautiful. Add to that the stereo sound recording and you’ll have some fairly nice recollections recorded in 4K60 movies. There’s actually nothing to complain about right here.Pixel

Transferring away from pictures, however nonetheless remaining throughout the realm of cameras, the iPhone XS comes with Animojis as nicely, and I nonetheless stand by my ideas final yr with the iPhone X, that Animojis are nothing however a novelty that you just’ll use, perhaps for a few days, after which by no means contact once more.


The iPhone XS comes with the model new 7nm A12 chipset from Apple with a customized constructed GPU and neural engine, 4GB of RAM, and 64/256/512GB of on-board storage. I do know what you’re pondering, 4GB RAM on a cellphone that prices Rs. 99,900 is kinda silly, and it does sound silly for certain, however that factor folks say about iOS optimisations, and the truth that Apple’s management over and software program is nice for the iPhone, they’re all true. 4GB of RAM on an iPhone XS isn’t going to go away you wanting.

In my intensive utilization of the iPhone XS (and consider me, it was intensive) not as soon as did the cellphone lag out on me, hold, drop frames, and even stutter barely. I performed video games on it, I watched films and movies on it, I clicked a truckload of images with it, and it breezes by way of every thing. Oh, and I ran benchmarks, the place it simply blew me away.

iPhone XS Benchmarks

For benchmarking the iPhone XS, I used Geekbench four, and AnTuTu, and I additionally in contrast the outcomes in opposition to the iPhone X, the Galaxy Notice 9, and the OnePlus 6, simply to get a basic concept in regards to the efficiency of the iPhone XS as in comparison with different flagships, and its fast predecessor.

It’s fairly apparent that the iPhone XS is a particularly highly effective smartphone. It demolishes each different cellphone in each Geekbench four, and AnTuTu, scoring 4820 within the single-core check and 11060 within the multi-core check in Geekbench four, and a whopping 342949 in AnTuTu. It’s a really spectacular set of outcomes.

Actual World Efficiency

Whereas benchmarks are nice to get a basic concept in regards to the efficiency of a cellphone, the actual world efficiency is absolutely what issues. In my on a regular basis utilization of the iPhone XS, I didn’t come throughout any points in any way. The cellphone is snappy, apps load up rapidly, and every thing works completely effective. There’s no lag anyplace, and I by no means discovered myself wanting for extra efficiency. It’s nice.

I additionally performed lots of video games on the iPhone XS. In informal (however wonderful) titles like Alto’s Odyssey essentially the most spectacular side of the cellphone was the audio high quality, and the show that made the sport look downright beautiful. Clearly there weren’t any efficiency points enjoying Alto’s Odyssey.

Fortnite performs like a allure. The graphics look nice (and a lot better than on any Android cellphone, together with the Notice 9), and the sport works rather well. Whether or not I used to be gliding round in “Hovering 50’s” or working from gunfight to gunfight in solos, the iPhone XS dealt with every thing completely.

PUBG Cell ran easily with none hiccups on the iPhone XS. The sport ran on Extremely with HDR, and the iPhone XS didn’t even break a sweat by way of lengthy hours of gaming. Nonetheless, it undoubtedly appears like PUBG Cell isn’t optimised for the show on the iPhone XS as a result of lots of the UI components are get hidden underneath the notch, the map is obscured partly by the curve of the display, and the left facet fireplace button is sort of half hidden, so it’s tough to play, however that’s not a lot the iPhone XS’ fault as it’s the builders’.

An identical downside seems in Mortal Kombat. That recreation doesn’t have any icons hidden underneath the notch, however it does add large bezels on the perimeters to suit inside what I can solely assume is a four:three show. It undoubtedly doesn’t really feel 16:9, so I’m unsure what the sport goes for right here.

I additionally performed Asphalt 9 on the iPhone XS and it was good. Asphalt 9 isn’t actually as intensive as PUBG, but it surely has lots of animations, they usually seemed nice on the iPhone XS.

Should you’re utilizing an iPhone X, the efficiency distinction received’t be that noticeable to you; in any case, the iPhone X is a really snappy cellphone in itself, and the A11 Bionic is likely one of the strongest chips on the market, even now. Nonetheless, the iPhone XS undoubtedly does have efficiency enhancements over the iPhone X, and big efficiency features over older iPhones just like the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

Consumer Expertise

Consumer expertise and interface might be one of many issues that nearly each iPhone shares throughout the board, because of proven fact that they’re all working the identical OS, with only a few options right here and there relying on variations. The iPhone XS runs iOS 12, and as common, I’ve my emotions about iOS — each good, and unhealthy.

On the one hand, iOS is a really easy working system for essentially the most half; the animations are very nicely thought out (no, actually. Should you rigorously observe the best way app icons behave once you’re swiping house from current apps, you’ll see how the animation varies relying upon quite a few elements, it’s actually cool), and since I’m utilizing a MacBook Professional, iOS affords me a bunch of cool options that you just’ll by no means know you wanted or wished till you’ve used them — together with AirDrop and Handoff.

Nonetheless, iOS has its limitations, and particularly as an Android person myself, I discover lots of these. For starters, notifications on iOS are improved with iOS 12, however they’re nowhere close to what Android presents. Customisation choices are so few they may as nicely not be there. Lock display motion buttons should be pressed as an alternative of tapped to go to the digicam, or allow the flashlight. There’s no choice to vary default apps. You get my level proper?

Total although, the person expertise on the iPhone XS is absolutely good, and I’ve no main complaints with it.


After I was planning this evaluate out, I didn’t have a piece about audio there. Nonetheless, the stereo audio system on the iPhone XS actually do deserve a piece devoted to them. I do know what you’re pondering, the iPhone X had stereo audio system too, so why all of the humdrum over the iPhone XS’ audio system? Nicely, that might be as a result of this time the stereo audio system have been improved past recognition.

Apple continues to be utilizing the earpiece because the second channel for the stereo audio system. Nonetheless, the corporate made it lots louder this time, and matched it higher with the speaker on the underside to make a stereo pair that does justice to no matter it’s you’re listening to on the iPhone XS. Video games like Alto’s Odyssey sound nice on the stereo audio system, and watching movies, films, and even listening to music is a reasonably nice expertise.


Speaking in regards to the iPhone’s battery is sort of as tough as its specs as a result of on paper the iPhone XS has a tiny battery that’s underneath 2,700 mAh. That’s nicely under any Android flagship on the market, and but, the iPhone XS will simply final you thru the day.

In my utilization, which is someplace round intensive, the iPhone XS has efficiently lasted me by way of the day, day by day. That’s all all the way down to iOS’ optimisations, and it leaves little or no to be desired. On a daily day I spend lots of time on Twitter, Instagram, and a while on WhatsApp. I additionally play a few video games of Fortnite, and typically PUBG Cell. I take photos, take heed to podcasts or music on my solution to and from work, and reply the naked minimal variety of calls that I can. I’ve at all times merely charged my iPhone XS to a 100% within the morning at round 7:30-ish and used it all through the day with out touching the charger, and after a protracted day of round 14+ hours at work, the iPhone is someplace round 10-20% once I attain house, normally round 10 pm. To me, that’s greater than what I would like from the cellphone.

One grievance that I do have with the iPhone XS’ battery is the period of time it takes to cost this factor. From round 10% cost to a full 100%, the in-box charger takes a full three hours to cost the iPhone XS. That sucks.

What’s worse is that the iPhone XS helps quick charging with USB Energy Supply at 30W, and it reportedly costs as much as 50% in 30 minutes with that. Now, if solely Apple would’ve bundled a quick charger with the iPhone XS, this wouldn’t have been a sore level for anybody, nonetheless, the Cupertino large appears to suppose that nobody cares about quick charging, and in the event that they do, they will shell out an extra $70 to get the quick charger, and the USB-C to Lightning cable. I didn’t, and I’m not prepared to, however happily there are third party chargers and cables that you would be able to purchase for quick charging the iPhone XS.

Talking of gradual charging telephones, the iPhone XS additionally helps quicker wi-fi charging on the Qi normal, but it surely appears prefer it doesn’t use all of what Qi charging mats can assist. In my exams, I discovered that wirelessly charging the iPhone takes the identical three hours to go from round 10% to 100%, and once more, that’s ridiculous. I’m not a fan of wi-fi charging anyway, so this isn’t one thing I’m banging my head on the desk for, however when you had been anticipating quick wi-fi charging to truly be quick, you’re in for a shock.


The iPhone XS is the first iPhone on the planet to assist twin SIM, however when you come out the SIM tray on an iPhone unit for any nation aside from China, there’s solely house for one SIM there. That’s as a result of the iPhone XS makes use of one eSIM and one SIM card to allow Twin SIM assist.

Now this can be a little bit of an issue, however happily Airtel — India’s largest telecom operator, and Jio each assist the iPhone XS eSIM, so when you’re trying to get on the eSIM bandwagon, and also you’re an Airtel or Jio subscriber, that is nice information for you. In China, nonetheless, the SIM tray helps two bodily SIMs, which, let’s face it, is simply simpler than going for the eSIM.

Anyway, so far as calling and connectivity is anxious, I’ve confronted completely no points with the iPhone XS. Voice high quality is crystal clear, noise cancellation on the iPhone XS mic is wonderful, and every thing is nice. Sure, there are reviews that sure iPhone XS and XS Max models are having points with connectivity, however I didn’t come throughout any such downside with LTE or with WiFi, so I’m not fully certain what that’s about.

Talking of WiFi, the iPhone XS helps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and naturally it comes with assist for each 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, so no points there when you’re utilizing 5GHz bands.

The cellphone additionally comes with Bluetooth 5.zero, so when you do lose your mood in regards to the headphone dongle and find yourself shopping for a pair of Bluetooth headphones as an alternative, this can guarantee higher connectivity and extra vary in order that’s undoubtedly nice.

Professionals and Cons:

So, the iPhone XS is a reasonably nice smartphone. Nonetheless, it does have its professionals and cons as nicely. Right here’s a fast take a look at all the great issues, and the unhealthy in regards to the iPhone XS.


  • Nice cameras
  • Stereo audio system are loud and wonderful
  • Lovely show with HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient
  • Highly effective efficiency
  • Twin SIM
  • Glorious construct high quality


  • Extraordinarily expensive at a beginning value of Rs. 99,900
  • No quick charger within the field, and the bundled charger is an atrocity past phrases.
  • Some apps are nonetheless not optimised for the notched bezel-less show.
  • Magnificence Gate
  • Notch (however that’s subjective, I assume)

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iPhone XS Overview: A Highly effective and Beautiful Machine That’s Merely Too Heavy on the Pocket

The iPhone XS is a compelling smartphone that brings the very best of Apple collectively. It has superior cameras, mind-blowing efficiency, a fantastic show, wonderful sounding audio system, and a battery life that may simply get you thru the day. Nonetheless, the largest subject right here is the value of the brand new iPhone XS, and whether or not it’s price that price ticket for the stuff it brings.

Clearly, if you would like an iPhone, and solely an iPhone, then the iPhone XS is the cellphone to get. You can too anticipate the iPhone XR that’s scheduled to reach later this month, and which appears prefer it’ll be a reasonably nice cellphone as nicely. Anyway, when you’re confused about upgrading from an older iPhone to the iPhone XS, or when you’re pondering of switching from Android to iOS, right here’s what it’s essential to take into consideration earlier than taking the plunge.

Should you’re utilizing an iPhone X, the iPhone XS isn’t well worth the improve except you completely need the higher cameras and are prepared to spend one other $999 on it. Nonetheless, when you’re utilizing an iPhone Eight or iPhone Eight Plus, or one thing older, you possibly can think about getting the iPhone XS. You’ll recognize the brand new design, the gestures — every thing.

For folks occupied with switching from Android to iOS, right here’s what it’s essential to perceive. The iPhone XS (or every other iPhone) isn’t actually meant to be a one-year system. If iOS 12 is an instance, my previous iPhone 5s is totally usable even now — that’s a 5 yr previous system. So when you’re in search of a cellphone that may final you so long as you need it to, the iPhone XS is not going to allow you to down. Nonetheless, when you’re in search of a cellphone that you just’ll change in a yr, the iPhone XS isn’t the cellphone for you.

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