Apple iPhone XS review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS
  • Display

    5.8 inches

    1125 x 2436


  • Storage

    64GB, 256GB, 512GB

  • Battery size

    2,659 mAh

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It may be expensive, but the combination of a top-notch camera and the power of the Apple A12 Fusion make the iPhone XS a compelling handset.

The good

  • Apple's A12 Bionic processor is super fast
  • Dual cameras shoot well
  • Gigabit LTE enabled (with a supported network)

The bad

  • Super slippery design
  • No expandable memory (still)
  • Battery life still behind Android flagships


Where the iPhone XS Max is Apple's "phablet" phone for the larger phone crowd, the iPhone XS looks back to where Apple used to be for those who want the complete iPhone experience on a smaller device.

Which isn't to say that the iPhone XS is a backwards-looking device in every aspect. There are clear design cues taken from 2017's iPhone X as well as price points that shift the goalposts for what you'll pay for a new Apple phone ever upwards.

Design

  • iPhone X style with more screen space
  • Antenna points boosted around the frame
  • Slippery to hold, so a case is a must

Camera

  • Dual cameras shoot well
  • Smaller camera body makes it easier to snap shots
  • Video stabilisation is great

Performance

  • Apple's A12 Bionic is easily the fastest processor you can get in a mobile
  • IP68 water resistance, but not a good idea to get wet thanks to warranty woes
  • Gigabit LTE, but not the fastest
  • Technically dual SIM, but not in Australia
  • No expandable memory (again).
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Battery life

  • Battery capacity is increasing
  • But actual battery life still lags behind Android's best.
  • Still lags behind premium Android phones for battery life

Verdict

  • A good option for iPhone upgraders.
  • Expensive, even for a premium phone.
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Apple iPhone XS

Apple's most advanced smartphone

The iPhone XS is Apple's vision of what the future of smartphones looks like. Get yours today.

  • Apple's A12 Bionic processor is super fast
  • Dual cameras shoot well
  • Gigabit LTE enabled (with a supported network)
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