Apple iPhone XS Max review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max
  • Display

    6.5 inches

    2688 x 1242


  • Storage

    64GB, 256GB, 512GB

  • Battery size

    3,179 mAh

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Apple's iPhone XS Max has the biggest screen, biggest battery and fastest processor that Apple has put into an iPhone.

The good

  • Apple A12 Bionic beats all comers
  • Dual cameras work well
  • iOS 12 is a joy to use

The bad

  • Still no expandable storage
  • The removal of a headphone adaptor in the box feels cheap.
  • Apple charges too much for higher storage variants
  • Battery life is better, but it's still well below the industry's best.

Apple's biggest, boldest and by far most expensive phone builds on the model pioneered by the Apple iPhone X, alongside the smaller and slightly less expensive iPhone XS.

Apple's "S" year phones typically emphasise performance over new style points or markedly new features, and it's very clear with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that this is exactly what Apple has done this year.

They new phones are the iPhone X on a dose of steroids, with improved performance, upgraded camera features and new size formats, but the way Apple has not-so-subtly crept up the prices for handsets is a serious issue that any smartphone buyer will have to resolve before buying.


Design

  • It's the iPhone X, but bigger
  • More antenna points around the body
  • Slippery, which is scary on a phone this pricey

Camera

  • Smart HDR gives pleasing image results
  • A very guided camera experience
  • Video stabilisation is excellent

Performance

  • Apple's A12 Bionic is the processor that other processors fear
  • Lacks split screen or a key reason for such a large display.
  • IP68 water resistance, but no change to official Apple warranty
  • Gigabit LTE, but not the fastest
  • Technically Dual SIM, but not in Australia
  • No expandable memory (again), and higher storage choices are expensive.

Battery life

  • Best battery life on an iPhone to date
  • Wired or wireless charging
  • Still lags behind premium Android phones for battery life

Verdict

I'm genuinely torn on the iPhone XS Max. It's Apple's best iPhone to date, it has the best processor in the industry, the camera is good and iOS is easy to use.

It's also very slippery, the battery life doesn't come close to the benchmark of the best Android handsets and, of course, it's super expensive.

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Apple iPhone XS Max

The cream of the crop

If you want the very best smartphone money can buy, Apple's iPhone XS Max won't leave you wanting.

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Apple iPhone XS Max specs

OS iOS 12
Display size (inches) 6.5
Display resolution (pixels) 2688 x 1242
Pixels per inch (PPI) 458
Processor Apple A12
Height (mm) 157.5
Width (mm) 77.4
Depth (mm) 7.7
Weight (g) 208
Battery size (mAh) 3,179
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
256GB
512GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4GB
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture 1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 12
Rear camera (2) aperture 2.4
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 7
Front camera (1) aperture 2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
NFC support Yes

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