We need another shootout, I can tell that Smart HDR definitely helps detail but not much else.
Why would you pay £1000 for the iphone xs when you can get the same features, spec and speed in the Honor 10 for only £300???
Android piss on apple.....
Pcworldjames, 26 Sep 2018disappointment, it costs twice what it's worththat's crApple for you. :P
Realistic1, 26 Sep 2018Yes, I had that happen to me on every Android I owned, even flagships. Now I have a cheapes... moreThat sounds unrealistic! My one year old Note8 or even the other Android i have in my home, 3 year old Moto Z Style doesn't show any signs of what has been written here. It obviously looks like is written by an Apple fanboy.
Duel, 26 Sep 2018So you just forgot that someone have to make Face ID better, Make camera better, make chip bet... moreDesigning part gets finished long before it goes into manufacturing process. Do you think a manufactured display is easy to cut a notch and still work fine? Do you think it's easy to add features to a camera module after it got manufactured(I don't know if it's possible or not)? I thought Apple fanboys are knowledgeable based on their talks! Every hardware comes to Apple from manufacturers after meeting all the requirements of Apple. The costs shown in the article are for the final products Apple used to assemble their phone. Apple gives its design requirements to Samsung and Sony, respective display, chip and camera module manufacturers, and they in return manufacture based on those designs and supply final products to Apple to assemble. Apple doesn't just simply buy display panels and camera modules from Samsung and Sony, they make them build according to Apple's designs and requirements. It's not like they went for display and camera shopping in a mall and bought whatever the model they liked. I think you don't know how a business deal works? Right? X company gives its requirements to Y company, and Y company builds products based on those requirements and give a final bills and materials to X company. And later X assembles all the finished materials and puts its OS on it and does QC and sells it a double or triple the manufacturing costs, considering X is Apple. Even if you add additional 200USD per device for all the R&D work, it will cost Apple not more than 600USD per XS/XS Max. That's the amount you pay Apple service guys if you happen to break a display of your XS.
Google Pixel 2 XL's camera appears to still be the best, although it's from last year. Logically, the Pixel 3 will be even better
Realistic1, 26 Sep 2018It is the same as it's name says it is - the improved version of iPhone X.
It's not hard to u... more'Like if you turn on your Android device in the morning and it freezes because notifications start coming. Or you are in some app, and someone texts you and everything lags because of that notification, and lags while opening apps or apps crashing...'
This is completely not true, dont believe! I dont experience it myself, as an android user myself!
Something about this review feels off. The tone or the writing, I guess. Maybe it's a different author.
Also, why are there no pictures of the iPhone from all sides (the ones with a clear white background). It is there in your pictures section, but is missing from the review. I wonder why you didn't mention about the less number of drilled holes in the bottom of the iPhone.
Also, the audio section is written weirdly, with information being repeated and regurgitated.
The screen is awesome. Samsung's AMOLED displays are definitely the best out there. Battery is life is pretty meh. The performance in the other hand is superb, as expected. It blows everything else away! What a true beast! The 2019 Android flagship chipsets better up their game.
The camera is good, but I don't see it on par with the best of Android cameras. And finally, stereo audio recording, after years of neglect. Well, better late than never.
Apple has never been generous in terms of features, but removing the 3.5 mm jack is still a deal-breaker, even two after it was dropped from the iPhone 7. See, even the reviewers can't conduct their audio quality test because of it. And the less said about the price, the better.
imRGZ, 26 Sep 2018Well, for every 64gb variant, Apple needs just 370.25USD to make a single X or even XS, ok max... moreSo you just forgot that someone have to make Face ID better, Make camera better, make chip better etc. You think those things are free? you know all the stuff before they actually manufacture the product?
Duel, 26 Sep 2018"5 Actually any flagship smartphones I'm saying any damn flagship smartphone should not be pri... moreWell, for every 64gb variant, Apple needs just 370.25USD to make a single X or even XS, ok max 400 USD for XS Max. So there you go with the manufacturing costs of latest iPhones.
Even if we take all other expenses concerned it wont cost Apple more than 500-550USD per device. And their selling price? Almost double or even triple the manufacturing price. And not to forget their service costs, their service charges are equivalent to a new iPhone’s price. It’s no wonder that Apple became a trillion dollar company.
Duel, 26 Sep 2018"Or you are in some app, and someone texts you and everything lags because of that notificatio... moreYes, I had that happen to me on every Android I owned, even flagships.
Now I have a cheapest iPhone (SE) and so far I never experienced any lag...
kerul, 26 Sep 2018Hey I think you have not better understand the difference between Propitiatory Software and Op... more"5 Actually any flagship smartphones I'm saying any damn flagship smartphone should not be priced more than $700 and believe me even in $700 they will make profit."
It is what it is, you have no idea how much they put money to make those phones with all those features. Us consumers is very stupid to talk about prices.
I would also like everything around me to be cheaper, who wouldn't? it's not how world runs, i'm sure if you would run a company you would also try to make very successful business.
If people are willing to pay the price it's clearly right price, others ways consumers would stop buying them, but they think the product is worth of the price so i don't see the problem.
It is the first iPhone with a decent audio capture, please make a sample with a voice or something else than cars passing by.
I am really curious.
Kunal Raj, 26 Sep 2018I stopped reading after the Camera section.. Can't even do better or at par with the Pixel 2XL... moreApple has been consistently lagging in this cam department for the last few years. This is a reason I end up with a OnePlus phone as a secondary driver as its cam isn't stellar either but maintains a balance of price-performance-updates.
Duel83, 26 Sep 2018"Apple is not selling a phone, but an experience, and that's not a lie or shallow PR talk. Mos... moreHey I think you have not better understand the difference between Propitiatory Software and Open Source Software. Secondly it is your blind belief that iOS doesn't have bugs or issues. How many updates you received in year for iOS? have you ever counted? And have you ever read ever release notes which describes how many bug fixed in particular iOS update released? NO and you guys will never do just praise iPhone blindly and throw your money.
1. iOS is Apple's Propitiatory OS so they maintain on their own. Also they are not give freedom (yes freedom) to their user's like Android is giving. Have you ever tried to use Google Pixel with pure Android? You will change your sentence.
2. Bloatware in Android is not what OS is offered, it is dumped by few manufacturers for their benefits and Google can not control as it is open source. Android is open source and that is why it has pros and cons and which you have to accept. Since last few years many Android Phones offering split screen or dual screen functionality, where it is in iOS and when they will introduce? And don't tell me it is not use full.
3. Many iPhone lovers blindly believe that Apple is taking care of user privacy very strictly :) what a lie. Leme recall one few months old news from titling "Apple is re-building its Maps using data gathered from iPhone users". They really admit them selves that they are liking your data like what Android Phone manufacturer are doing and its not new thing. So f**k off your privacy and when you wants to connect with the world with internet and phone you should not worry about your privacy cause when you use sign up with Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc etc you yourself blowing away your privacy. Accept it or not.
4. Hardware!!! It's human mentality that when you spent more you believe what they sell you. But in reality it is not true, and that is why we are saying it their Selling Points. Just check the latest article about "iPhone XS and XS Max drop test doesn't end well".
And you blind Apple lovers started argue with out of mind. Yes it is true that It's Glass and it is always breakable, but the point is not that. Point is what Apple is advertising to making their phone lovers fool.
Ohh, I know what you are going to say, every dick and harry is doing that right? Yes it is right but for the f**king $1500+ ? And what more is "The repair cost of the back panel is a whopping $599 on the iPhone XS Max while the front will set you back $329" which is $928 of highest modal cost $1349. Now tell me what is the real cost of iPhone XS 512GB?
No sorry I want to hear lie from any manufacturer about their product but I'm not out of my mind.
5 Actually any flagship smartphones I'm saying any damn flagship smartphone should not be priced more than $700 and believe me even in $700 they will make profit.
Many fanboys arguing for long run value for money. So they are found it worth upgrading every year. What is the point in this argument? It's out of mind.
iPhone X - $1000 (1 year)
iPhone XS - $1300 (1 year)
deduct by $800 for your iPhone X from $1300 of iPhone XS and you will end up with another $500 in just a year to upgrade to new iPhone and like wise you want to spend $500 every year? So where is your value for money. Instead I'll buy any flagship from other company in a range of $600 to $700, use it for two to three years until there is any real significant upgrade in technology. May be I'm throwing away old phone and buy new one.
So my initial expense is half of the iPhone and yearly loosing max $300. Now calculate your self.
If you list down like these there are many points which proves that what you fanboys arguing is not true. I'm not fan of any company, cause they are company and they are in market to make profit. But I'm so frustrated that how people are loosing their mind and welcomes companies like Apple and Samsung to looting themselves.
Realistic1, 26 Sep 2018It is the same as it's name says it is - the improved version of iPhone X.
It's not hard to u... more"Or you are in some app, and someone texts you and everything lags because of that notification, and lags while opening apps or apps crashing... that won't happen on iOS for example."
Things like this happening with android? no wonder why they are so bitter and pissed of all the time.
I’ve had the XS since Friday (yup tragic) and am loving it.
The screen is excellent (thank you Samsung) and the camera wonderful (Sony?).
Apple may not manafacture itself but it can put together one hell of a smartphone.
This review was very fair. The phone isn’t for every market but so what, it provides the experience that many of us want.