This is the first Apple iPhone with the largest screen in history. After years maintaining that the iPhone should have an adequate size to handle with one hand, Apple broke with their ideas and launched the iPhone 6 Plus, a device too large for many but ended up being a best seller. This year, the company repeated the story but with the iPhone XS Max.
Similar to the size of a Plus but with a one-inch screen size bigger: 6.5 “OLED screen without frames. Improvements in the camera, processor, Face ID, and a new golden color. Will Apple repeat the story of the 6 Plus convincing the skeptics? We show you the unboxing and the first impressions of this great iPhone.
Spectacularly large screen
This year release is for the “S” models, and that means that the changes are minimal, at least when it comes to the design. Many of the iPhone users choose precisely the “S” models because they are better, more refined, defects have been polished from the previous models. However, there are some who say that they do not bring anything new and that it is a wrong strategy of the company to be so continuous and take two years to “really renew” the iPhone.
The iPhone XS Max is a real gem for those who want to enjoy a terminal with the finishes of the iPhone X, which has been on the market for a year, and also with a screen that falls in love from the first moment you look at it. It’s big, very big, so big that some applications, still not optimized for this screen size, seem rough. It is the price of being an “early adopter”, of buying a device on the day of its launch, it will be time to wait for the developers to do their work. The resolution is only slightly higher than that of the iPhone X, just enough to maintain the same pixel density. Of course, it is HDR and OLED, which means that using it to consume multimedia content is a real joy.
But not only the screen size is what has changed in this XS Max, but the camera has also improved, and much. There will be a lot of testing and waiting for reviews by experts to draw conclusions but promises. I have barely been able to do some tests before publishing this preliminary review, but the results in night shots and in the portrait mode are objectively better than with the iPhone X. It seems that the processing of the photos, in addition to the hardware improvements, have achieved that in less than optimal light conditions the level of detail is greater and the noise is less.
As you can see in the video, the portrait mode also now allows you to adjust the blur of the background, so that you can achieve more subtle or more spectacular results. You will be able to do it after capturing the photo, without having to worry more than to get a good capture for later and to be able to adjust it and leave it to your liking. The two objectives with optical stabilizer and 12Mpx, along with the long list of specifications of the camera, do their job very well. We will have to do more tests to see if the Smart HDR that Apple showed us in the presentation does its job as well as they said, but it looks good.
Improved Face ID
Apple said it a little bit, but it was clear that the Face ID was going to improve in this generation. It happened with the Touch ID, which worked well on the iPhone 5s but that improved a lot in later generations. Until you try something better you do not realize the defects of what you have been using so far, and it is true that the Face ID of my iPhone X seems slow. As slow as it was the Touch ID of the iPhone 5s when you compare it with the iPhone 8. Surely if we quantify it is just tenths of a second, but the impression is that it is so. Also, in the twelve hours that I have been testing this new iPhone XS Max, I would say that it fails less.
The battery is also different from the iPhone X, as expected. Larger size means more space for the internal components, and it was obvious that Apple would take advantage to include more battery that will feed that 6.5-inch screen. Up to 25 hours of conversation according to Apple’s specifications, 90 minutes more autonomy in normal use than the iPhone X, it will be necessary to check if this meets the normal use of the device. Obviously, it is still too early to be able to draw the slightest conclusion about it.
Bigger is better
Or not, it depends on each one. In my case, after having had three Plus phones I knew that this size would not be any problem, and what I get in return is a huge screen with more battery power. That if I compare it with the iPhone X I had until now. It is true that the other specifications may not be noticed, at the moment, as to compensate for the change from an iPhone X to an XS or XS Max, although that does not mean that there are not. This iPhone XS Max is what we expected, a small evolution compared to the previous generation, as it plays for being “S” but with a screen that, if it is what you are looking for, will not disappoint you. Apple does not want to convince those who have an iPhone X, but those who don’t.