Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

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Apple iPhone XS, without a doubt it's the best iPhone to come out so far, bringing the best performance on the planet, a flagship level camera, top-notch stereo speakers and an awesome OLED display .
Design
9
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9
Software
9
Performance
10
Battery Life
8
Camera
9
Value for Money
6
PROS:
  • Regular, timely software updates
  • Gorilla Glass 6 panels front and back, IP68-rated
  • Dual SIM support is finally an option
  • Stunning OLED with superb brightness and sunlight contrast
  • Superb display
  • Industry-leading A12 Bionic chipset
  • Excellent camera experience across the board
  • Best-in-class performance
  • Class-leading stereo speakers audio output
CONS:
  • Design is unchanged compared to last year's iPhone X
  • Fast charger not bundled
  • It's iOS and it has a ton of restrictions, especially customization-wise
  • First-party apps not great in India
  • Storage upgrades are exorbitantly expensive on top of already high base price
  • Dual SIM support is limited
  • Apple, please put the camera settings in the camera where they belong already!
  • Expensive

Apple iPhone XS

it’s that time of year again and we have a new iPhone in town, the Apple iPhone XS, I mean Apple iPhone 10S, it’s supposed to be the fastest iPhone ever with an even better camera of course that comes with a price .

so what are you actually get in here and are the difference is worth an upgrade, we are nasphones.com and this is our Apple iPhone XS’s Review .

I’ve got to be honest here, a lot of people won’t think twice about upgrading to the latest and greatest iPhone, if you like Apple products and can afford the price tag it makes sense .

but this review is more for people that are on the fence about it, Apple has remained faithful to last year’s designm it’s a luxurious glass on glass build with a stainless steel edge .

in fact they’re so faithful that if you put this year’s iPhone next to his predecessor they look almost identicalm Apple tends to find a design that works and stick to it . Read More : Apple iPhone 6 Review

the camera bump doesn’t quite match up though which would make last year’s cases a bit of a tight fitm Apple says that the Apple iPhone XS should be more resistant to physical trauma thanks to the new Gorilla Glass 6 .

that said judging by some drop tests we’ve seen on the internet you should probably put some protection on it just in case, repairs can cost as much as a new mid-range phone .

the phone has slightly better water protection this year, earning an ip68 rating over IP67 it’s not a huge jump but it allows for a little extra peace of mind in deeper water .

on top of that the Apple iPhone XS has a truly excellent screen, actually the same as last year’s, the 5.8 inch OLED display is really bright has wonderful sunlight legibility and some of the best color accuracy we’ve seen on the smart phone .

the true tone feature makes things look even better by adjusting the white balance according to the ambient light, there’s only one glaring issue, you still can’t hide the notch or even watch full screen content without the knowledge cutting into it .

considering that most Android phones with a notch can pull this off and it could easily be faced with software the only reason could be stubbornness from Apple .

another example is the headphone solution, this year there isn’t even a 3.5 millimeter adapter in the box Apple hopes people will switch to bluetooth headphones or shell out 9 bucks for a dongle at the Apple Store .

at least the stereo speakers are improved, the USB Speaker is bigger and louder so the setup is more balanced in the iPhone 10’s, the left and right channels will even switch when you turn your screen upside down keeping the sound consistent .

with a battery of around 2600 milliamp hours one area which isn’t stellar is battery life, though it is similar to last year’s iPhone 10 the Apple iPhone XS scored a 72 hour endurance rating in our proprietary tests, lower than most of the phones we’ve revealed so far this year . Read More : Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

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however if you do get low you can charge back up really fast, provided that you spend some money on one of Apple’s fast macbook chargers .

that bulky charger can get you from 0 to 55% in half an hour, but the one provided in the iPhones box only charges to 22% in the same amount of time, about as fast as a wireless charger .

there have been reports of issues with charging where the phone won’t begin to charge unless you wake it up first, luckily our unit didn’t have any of these problems, but since there hasn’t been any official statement from Apple yet, we don’t know how many phones are affected, we hope there’s a software fix coming pretty soon .

moving on the iPhone 10 that runs on Apple’s latest chipset, the 7 nanometer a12 Bionic, on top of being faster it also comes with a more powerful GPU, a new neural engine and a new image signal processor or ISP for the camera .

in benchmarks the iPhone 10’s tops the charts, scoring higher than anything we’ve seen from an apple or an Android phone, compared to last year’s iPhone 10 it looks to be about 15% more powerful .

just remember that since the phone is glass instead of heat dispersing metal it will warm up under heavy use, some of you which expected battery life improvements of the new processor may be disappointed, but you have to remember, we’re getting the same battery life this year with much better performance, so that’s the benefit of the new fabrication process .

the new chipset works together with the newest Apple software iOS 12 to create a lightning-fast experience when using the phone, everything feels much faster than on iOS 11, including animations app launching times and browsing menus . Read More : Apple iPhone 5s Review

iOS 12 introduces a few changes here and there as well, the screen time gives you statistics about the time you spend on your phone or in different apps .

you can set limits for yourself here too if you’re trying to break a bad habit, there’s also a new app called measure which uses augmented reality and motion detection to measure objects, it isn’t totally accurate though .

and finally Apple’s infrared scanning face ID the only biometric way to unlock this phone is faster now thanks to AI, and you can add a second face or an alternative appearance too .

the Apple iPhone XS has a similar 12 megapixel dual camera setup as the iPhone 10, the wide-angle camera is f 1.8 while the telephotos is behind an F 2.4 lens both with OIS .

however this time the main shooter has larger pixels which should allow in more light for less noise and better dynamic range, the camera also benefits from the new image signal processor and the chipset .

eliminates shutter lag and enables a new smart HDR through image second, the camera interface hasn’t really been changed at all unfortunately to modify the image or video settings you still have to exit the camera and go into the phone settings menu .

but regardless the daylight samples with snap with the Apple iPhone XS don’t disappoint, they’re plenty sharp, with nice rendition, accurate colors and low noise . Read More : Apple iPhone 5c Review

with smart HDR on the camera stacks multiple frames to improve dynamic range in contrast, on top of that there’s more fine detail captured and sharpening looks more natural we suggest leaving this mode on when shooting .

when zooming in the telephoto cam produces images of almost the same caliber as a wide-angle one, there’s just a bit narrower dynamic range .

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in low-light the new sensor working with smart HDR offers noticeable improvements, thanks to the OIS bigger sensor pixels and image stacking .

the Apple iPhone XS succeeds in producing great noise free low-light images with even exposure and that’s why using a higher ISO and faster shutter speeds in the iPhone 10 .

unfortunately the Apple iPhone XS still won’t use the OIS telephoto camera when zooming in low-light, it digitally zooms and crops the output of the main camera to achieve the zoom effect, which takes its toll on image quality .

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in portrait mode the results are quite good separation has improved and the bokeh effect is a bit more natural than it was on the iPhone 10, the blur strength is adjustable afterwards too .

her selfies the Apple iPhone XS has the same 7 megapixel F 2.2 front-facing camera is on the iPhone 10, smart HDR is also available here, there’s plenty of resolve detail if they’re not the best we’ve seen and the contrast and colors are very good .

one thing that stands out though is that there’s a touch of skin smoothing beautification which you can’t switch off, it only appears when smart HDR is not turned on . Read More : Apple iPhone 5 Review

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here’s a comparison of a selfie taken with the iPhone 10 and the iPhone 10’s with HDR on and off, the sample with HDR on is really sharp, even better than the iPhone ten’s, but even with HDR off image quality is not bad at all .

you can take portraits with the selfie camera and subject separation is excellent, you can now choose different portrait lighting options for the front cam too .

can now record 1080p videos at 60fps but only the 30fps ones benefit from smart is HDR and the new always-on video stabilization works well but the field of view is so narrow that is pretty hard to fit yourself in the frame .

4k videos of 60fps are quite excellent from both the wide angle or the telephoto cam, there’s impressive dynamic range, OIS, plenty of detail, good contrast and nice colors .

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4k video is taken at lower frame rates as well as 1080p videos have the same impressive quality, plus they enjoy additional cinematic video stabilization and expand a dynamic range thanks to the smart HDR .

but on top of the great visuals the Apple iPhone XS can capture some of wide stereo separation, this creates a sense of space giving our Richer sound .

so the Apple iPhone XS, without a doubt it’s the best iPhone to come out so far, bringing the best performance on the planet, a flagship level camera, top-notch stereo speakers and an awesome OLED display .

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the only real shortcomings to speak of or the average battery life and the fact that Apple wants you to give them more money for a decent charger and a headphone adapter .

of course the money is the biggest issue here, the Apple iPhone XS is selling for more than a thousand dollars or Euros depending on where you live .

for this amount of cash good buy a decent mid-range phone and a lot of cool stuff on top of that, sample turning into a luxury brand, I don’t know how I feel about that . Read More : Apple iPhone 4s Review

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but regardless people will of course buy the latest and greatest iPhone and I also wouldn’t blame them, it smooths out the kinks from last year’s iPhone 10 and sets the bar for the rest of the smartphone world to aspire to .

if you’re a fan of the Apple ecosystem and are due for an upgrade the Apple iPhone XS definitely deserves our recommendation .

Update - 2019.04.23

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Apple iPhone XS

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

2G bands

CDMA 800 / 1900, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G bands

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2018, September

Status

Available. Released 2018, September

Dimensions

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)

Weight

177 g (6.24 oz)

Build

Front/back glass, stainless steel frame

SIM

Nano-SIM, Electronic SIM card (eSIM)

Other Features

Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified), IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)

Display Type

OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

5.8 inches, 84.4 cm2 (~82.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)

Protection

Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Other screen features

120 Hz touch-sensing, 3D Touch, Dolby Vision, HDR10, True-tone, Wide color gamut

Operation System

iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 12.2

Chipset

Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)

CPU

Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)

GPU

Apple GPU (4-core graphics)

Memory Card Slot

No

Internal Memory

64/256/512 GB, 4 GB RAM

Main Camera

12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF, 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom, Dual

Camera Features

Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)

Video

2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.

Selfie Camera

Single, 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)

Selfie Camera Features

HDR

Selfie Camera Video

1080p@60fps

Loud Speaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

No

General Features

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

2.0, proprietary reversible connector

Sensors

Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

Fast battery charging 15W: 50% in 30 min, Non-removable Li-Ion 2658 mAh battery (10.13 Wh), Qi wireless charging, USB Power Delivery 2.0

Talk Time

Up to 20 h (3G)

Music Play

Up to 60 h

Colors

Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Price

About 1150 EUR

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