Apple iPhone XS : The Best Comes At A Price

  • Apple iPhone XS Review


The Apple iPhone XS, launched in September this year, boasts a 5.80-inch touchscreen display, resolved into 1125 pixels by 2436 pixels at a PPI of 458 pixels per inch. Powered by hexa-core processor, the phone highlights 64GB of internal storage that is not expandable. The cameras of this luxury phone packs a 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) primary back camera and a 7-megapixel front camera for unparalleled selfies.The phone is sized at 143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70 and weighs 177.00 grams.

Apple iPhone XS is a dual SIM (dual GSM) smartphone that takes in Nano-SIM and eSIM. You have a myriad of connectivity options like GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi NFC, Lightning, Active 4G on both SIM cards, 3G and 4G (also provides support for Band 40). Sensors include Face unlock, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, 3D Face Recognition, Compass/ Magnetometer and Proximity Sensor.


The iDevice trio had few surprises in store for us courtesy of the curious media leaks leading to Apple’s launch event; the iPhone XS and XS Max ensure 5.9inches and 6.6inches OLED screens respectively, while the so-called low-end XR offers a 6.1inches LCD Liquid Retina screen. 

These three models are the maiden phones to boast Apple’s homegrown A12 Bionic CPU, which is the first commercially available 7nm processor, and all come festooned with the widely debated notch that first debuted on last year’s iPhone X.

What’s cool What’s not so cool
Massive Screen

Decent Battery Life

Great Camera

Face ID

Water Resistant

 No Fast Charger

 Very Expensive

 No Fingerprint Scanner

No Headphones Socket




Brilliantly Upgraded Camera

XS photos look like actual, real photos. Even sans the fancy Portrait Mode and the bokeh slider features, the photos are just better (read realer). They are sharper; more detailed, and contain more natural colour. There is an added 3D feel to the photos as well.

To an extent, this is due to the bigger pixels abounding the new iPhone XS. Its sensor is 30 percent larger than the one in iPhone X. Instead of stuffing more pixels, Apple enlarged the pixel size, implying that it can take in more light, capturing far more detail. The wide lens have been redesigned too, contributing to the total image quality.

The improved HDR mode, which is turned on by default, deals with high-contrast scenes, signifying shots in the sunlight are as easy as ever.

Read Also: Apple iPhone 8 Review


Battery Not So Promising

The battery life of the iPhone XS is somewhat unsatisfactory. It shall get past the daylight hours sans any glitches, but falls short in front of Huawei. In an experiment conducted, the battery lasted just over 26 hours between charges (while using it as a primary device conveying hundreds of emails, and push notifications, along with five hours of music on Bluetooth headphones, an hour of Netflix and clicking around 12 photos a day.), a disappointment for Apple’s standards.

The quickest way to charge the phone is the Lightning connector with a full charge lasting two hours using an optional fast charger and USB-C cable. The iPhone X lasted for 30 hours under the same conditions, whereas Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro lasted 50 hours.

The iPhone XS has inbuilt Apple’s newest processor, the six-core A12 Bionic, which is claimed to be 15% faster than last year’s A11 Bionic and up to 50% more efficient. Nevertheless, it is the integrated AI chip that is up 9x times faster than the former one that actually makes all the difference. In day-to-day operation, it is not strikingly faster than the iPhone X, which by now feels snappy and receptive with iOS 12. However, as with other recent iPhone upgrades, the raw power will show up with new software, increasing up AR experiences.

Read Also: Apple iPhone X Review


Sensibly Improved Software

One of Apple’s fortes is that it shoves software updates to phones for a long period. The iPhone 5S, that was out in 2013, runs an identical version of iOS as the iPhone XS. The differences however show up in the gesture-based navigation, which accompanied the iPhone X last year. Not a lot has reformed because iOS 12 focused on optimization rather than novel features.

The major add on is a set of well being tools, together with much improved group notifications, that can be dismissed in one go. Siri Shortcuts, an extra app, also lets power-user computerization, setting up custom procedures and activate words you can direct to Siri.

One of the shortcomings with the iPhone XS is the negligible utilisation of the large screen in software. With the absence of split-screen multitasking, a lot is missing in the software.

Tech Specs


Release date September 2018
Dimensions (mm) 143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70
Weight (g) 177.00
IP rating IP68
Removable battery No
Wireless charging Yes
Colours Space Grey, Silver, Gold


Screen size (inches) 5.80
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1125×2436 pixels
Protection type Other
Pixels per inch (PPI) 458


Processor hexa-core
Processor make Apple A12 Bionic
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No


Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 7-megapixel (f/2.2)


Operating system iOS 12


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
Lightning Yes
Headphones Lightning
Number of SIMs 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes


Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes



The iPhone XS is big, gorgeous and lavish. Its key feature is the enormous, elegant widescreen, which is practically only useful for watching videos or pictures.

In the run for maximising the screen, Apple has lost part of the charm that made the iPhone X look so good. It is much more problematic to handle bulkier and bigger phones in your pocket.

The camera is great, battery life is decent (not extraordinary), wireless charging is available along with countless other features. Like most Apple phones, XS exudes affluence like no other smartphone. However, before spending so much of money, you should really wait to see what the lower-priced XR launching in October is like. If you want the largest iPhone, and can pay for the eye-watering price, then do not think any more, just bring it home and try not dropping it.


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"Gadgets For You" Belongs to Srishti Agarwal, a commerce graduate by degree but a technophile and a writer by heart. Her love for gadgets and writing made her choose a profession which is altogether a new journey. Being a novice in the blogging community, she strives to provide her audience with reviews on the latest gadgets and guidance tips on OS and Applications.

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