Its cheap. This isnt a huawei that loses its value faster than fresh pastries, just look at how much the iphone X is still worth,
I bought both XS and Xs Max, both 256GB, i prefer Xs because of the nicer size, max is a tad big for most tasks.
Still i recommend the X, its awesome and has no noticeable drawbacks, i strongly urge buyers to get a used X over the Xr, last years flagship is still the worlds third best phone. Im typing this on my 256GB iphone X, iits too good to stop using it.
I don't know about the others, but I see clear evidence of 'smart blurring' (sophisticated noise reduction, with tone mapping and edge enhancement [sharpening]) in ALL of the iPhone XS Max selfies (HDR or non-HDR) much like what happens when you postprocess a JPEG with 'Irfanview's blur effect + MEDIAN FILTER + unsharp mask or if you use 'Neat Image' noise reduction program. (Well, at least from my calibrated 28" 4K UHD monitor.)
Given that there is more noise at higher ISO's (the usual social/indoor selfie shots are taken usually above ISO 200), then this sophisticated jpeg postprocessing can likely result in more obvious 'face smoothened' selfie photos at higher ISO's (usual selfie situations indoors).
Whether or not Apple accepts it as a permanent 'beautification mode' that can't be turned off, a permanent 'AI mode' or just plain 'raw jpeg processing output' employed only by the selfie camera and not the main rear camera, it's clear there is something going on with the selfie jpegs that were not there in the previous iPhone releases.
Users were right in claiming there is something fishy going around with the new iPhone XS Max's selfie shots.
Hey. We've updated the battery and selfie camera sections of our review. We hope the new information sheds some light on the issues.
Don't upgrade unless really necessary. It's still not announced yet, however 5G phone will be coming soon. Next year's iPhone possibly have 5G and current phones would be left behind.
Deviant, 03 Oct 2018Dear GSM arena I think you should do your audio test even if the DAC is still outside of the... morehttps://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/10/major-complaints-about-the-iphone-xs-are-stacking-up/
DXOmark just scored it 105...
Gsmarena might want to make an article about it... Just saying.
Nick Tagataka, 02 Oct 2018I'm honestly impressed with iPhone's new camera and its Smart HDR processing. In most daylight... moreI remember you showed me some samples of Note9's oversharpening, but in this set of comparisons it seems totally fine.
I don't know if P20P's processing "helped" here, take the sample with the backlit wall panels and the shrubs (second row first sample) for example, there's boosted contrast of the backlit panels which is the cheapest win because they're just a uniform white, there's no detail to retain on them, so it rewards smearing. In pulling highlights P20P generated more artifacts around the light sources. There's notably more detail retained in all the ground, wall, and ceiling tiles in the XS sample. In the foliage the XS render is vastly superior in most cases (like the trees afar and in the window reflection, and especially the mid distance shrubs), in the nearest, darkest shrubs the P20P does have higher contrast, but still the XS retains much more detail, many more individual branches could be seen.
All that and the fact that the P20P is a 1/1.7"+1/2.3"BW while the XS is only a 1/2.3"(1/2.5"?) bayer.
Anonymous, 01 Oct 2018I would love to know how even P9 does the same of Xz2 Premium without the dedicated hardware. ... moreBecause it's not "the same", there's different precisions and different algorithms that run with different efficiency on different hardware yielding different results and its very hard to comment on any of the underlying mechanisms because nobody discloses them.
Just for single camera multiframe HDR you have Apple's and Google's and they behave very differently, and then you have Adobe's which merges only 2(or 3) exposures, certainly the least in number but the slowest to process(10s+) and yields the highest in DR, and retains maximum detail (as long as your hands are steady).
One thing is missing for such an expensive phone: under display fingerprint scanner. Overall, it's a great phone.
Nice review but please make a competition video about the Xperia xz3 Note9 and iPhone xs Max please #Gsmarena.
Well, it's a great smartphone, I shouldn't be expecting anything lesser than that. Can't really say much though, it's basically a improved iPHONE X that's bigger. I really like the gold color, something I don't see that often for smartphones. Of course, some parts of the iPHONE needs improvement, I'm fine with the design, as long as it doesn't stay for too long in the game. Oh yeah the USB version, I hope Apple can update it to USB 3.1 in their next iPHONEs. And also the display resolution, while most people wouldn't notice it, it's a little unusual
DD, 03 Oct 2018Wtf are you talking about? Update is already out for charging issueIt's only in BETA, the public release is not confirmed yet
What about the security issue which will let someone bypass the lock and get your photos? Is it fixed yet?
DD, 03 Oct 2018Wtf are you talking about? Update is already out for charging issueUpdate is not out yet, it's still in BETA form.
Dear GSM arena
I think you should do your audio test even if the DAC is still outside of the phone,the frequencies characteristics will depend on DAC but the loudness level will still depend on the amp power which is still inside the phone. Believe me the loudness level is as important as the flat frequency curve. Also there must be an internal DAC inside iphone x for the internal speakers right? :)
Apple's Arrogant Silence Surrounds Major iPhone XS Problem
Apple’s response to the rising volume around the inability to charge their new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max is a timely reminder of Apple’s ability to communicate with its customers outside of a tightly controlled invite-only launch event.
Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reported on the issue this weekend, working with Unbox Therapy’s Lewis Hilsenteger to present the results to the world
[Hilsenteger] told me of “hundreds” of posts detailing a phenomenon whereby the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max won’t charge if they are plugged into a wall charger when in standby. Moreover, some of the phones become frozen and have to be reset.
Curious about how widespread this is, Hilsenteger attained eight iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models and connected them to the standard charger Apple bundles in the box. Of the eight only two (one iPhone XS, one iPhone XS Max) worked correctly and charged from standby.
The news has been public for over 48 hours as of the publication of this article, and Apple has refused to comment to its customers or to the world’s press, including the BBC:
Apple has remained silent amid complaints that its new iPhone XS and XS Max smartphones fail to charge consistently when plugged in…
Apple has not yet responded to the BBC’s request for comment.
Anonymous, 02 Oct 2018some of the negative comments are valid if we must be honest. Sure apple made decent phone wit... moreAbout that beauty thing... it appears that there are less details on iPhone XS' selfie camera than on iPhone X or Android devices, because Smart HDR aggressively recovers highlight and shadow details and as a result the image loses local contrast. The amount of details captured by iPhone XS' selfie camera is actually higher than by most other phones', but since it has less contrast between bright and dark parts of your face, you're tricking yourself into thinking that the details have been "smoothened out". iPhone X had tons of clarity(=local contrast) going on to make your skin look sharper and more detailed, it's just Apple decided not to do that anymore.
In low light it has to smoothen out the details by actual noise reduction because, you know, its sensor is a lot smaller compared to the main sensor on the back, so much higher amount of noise is generated as ISO increases. But you can say the same thing for selfie cameras on every single smartphone in the market right now.
And as for the charging gate, it has been fixed in iOS 12.1 update so no longer an issue here. Of course, this is something Apple should've dealt with before even releasing the actual phone to the market, but at least it's gone now.