Apple iPhone XS Review

If you are holding iPhone x & iPhone XS in hands you will not able to clearly distinguish the differences between them. The only difference you can feel more premium look in iPhone XS and it is only a luxury update of iPhone X with some bit of performance upgrade. It also comes in Gold color which is not available in iPhone X variant, yes now if you are holding a gold color variant then it is iPhone XS. This new color adds an elegant shine to the edges of the phone and also seems to change color in different light conditions and at different angles.

iPhone XS has a band for the stronger antenna at the bottom that’s why you can see that the number of holes at the left bottom end is reduced from 6 to 3. It is a part of the new 4×4 MIMO (multiple in multiple out) frameworks which allows faster internet connectivity to your phone.

The difference in the back duel camera between iPhone X and iPhone XS is very minimal that even your iPhone X back cover may fit iPhone XS back.

Talking about the durability of glass, fingerprint magnet problems and stainless steel frame it is more or less similar to iPhone X.

Thanks to Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, this iPhone may be the first iPhone you will not be using home button at all as its Face ID unlock with gesture control mechanism is too smooth and takes minimum time to unlock your phone and allows you to do many other things with your gesture only. also, it is secure than touch ID and it’s far better than the new gesture controls introduced in Google’s Android 9 Pie.

It may take you some time to getting used to Face ID, as you may unlock the phone by just by glancing on screen. It is secure than touch ID as now it uses its TruDepth camera and it is faster than iPhone X.

The size of iPhone XS is perfect and just fits in your palm very perfectly. It is made of mostly premium quality materials and looks very elegant in hands.

Beautiful Display

It has got a beautiful 5.8-inch display which is perfect for watching movies and videos. Though it is the smallest screen Apple phone launched in the year 2018 in comparison to iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max which have got 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch display respectively. It is marginally bigger than iPhone 8, 7 or 6 but not that bigger like iPhone XS max which is a little bit difficult to handle by one hand.

Its OLED screen is absolutely stunningly watchful and plenty colorful, The OLED screen makes black looks so deeper which blends with the black color of top & bottom notches when a darker wallpaper is applied. The screen is 2,436 x 1,125 with 458 PPI which are sharp and make playing videos very crisp and colorful with the support of Dolby Vision and HDR 10. You will have no problem in watching videos in outdoor space as its brightness suits in all lighting conditions also it has larger viewing angle and you will not find any difficulty to watch clear image or video at any angle.

Better performance

You can imagine the power of its processor which is made by using 7-nanometer process and its named as A12 Bionic processor by Apple. It is stronger than its predecessor A11 Bionic and houses 6.9 billion transistors which deliver a great performance always. 

This is the most powerful smartphone in the world right now.

Here are a few benchmark results:

AnTuTu 3DBench:                   334,325
Geekbench 4 CPU:                   4,831 single-core; 11,443 multi-core

” These numbers are the highest we’ve seen to date from any smartphone, with the closest coming from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 with its 273,992 AnTuTu scores. Benchmarks aren’t the best measure of real-world performance, but these numbers give you a strong idea of the power inside Apple’s new iPhones.” 


While seeing only no one can tell whether the camera is improved from iPhone X to iPhone XS or not since there is no change in look and feel of the camera. Though there are some significant improvements under the hood. You get same dual-camera system: A 12-megapixel standard lens with an f/1.8 aperture, paired with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture. Both have optical image stabilization, and you can capture 4K video up to 60 frames per second. Change is there as a longer sensor which makes low light photography better.

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There is no lag while capturing the videos and photos. Camera launch is quick and it snaps photos very fast. Images are captured with details and have more natural colors. But in Low light photography, phots seems more natural and light are not overexposed. Take a look at the pictures below.

Left: iPhone XS; Right: iPhone X | Credit: Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Due to new feature Smart HDR, lights on iPhone XS doesn't look overexposed. It takes three photos at different exposures and combines them for the final result. It is better for a high contrast environment also you can compare the photos below.

Left: iPhone XS; Right: iPhone X | Credit:

As you can see that there are some spots in iPhone X photos that are too brighter due to higher exposure. Like the bight right upper corner to the tree. So, Smart HDR resolves the problem capturing different photos at different exposures and produces an optimum result by combining them together. This is a good improvement over the iPhone X.

There is a little upgrade in selfie camera as iPhone XS selfies in portrait mode are better than the iPhone X. But, Google pixel still beats iPhone XS with the marginal difference. As there is not that much accuracy in iPhone selfies in distinguishing the background at edges like hair and near objects to the background. As you can see there is less clarity near the ear in iPhone XS photo shown below.

Left: iPhone XS; Right: Pixel 2 | Credit:

Apple said it also improved the dynamic range for videos captured on the iPhone XS, as well as low light performance (up to 4K 30 FPS), and the results are indeed excellent. The stabilization continues to be strong, but it’s the colors that impress, as it looks incredibly natural and true to life. There’s also stereo recording available, which is a nice addition.

All told, the iPhone XS has an excellent camera with genuinely noticeable improvements over last year’s iPhone X. Does it take the crown as the best camera phone available on the market? We’ll be doing more extensive testing with a range of phones to find out.


The iPhone XS will offer up about a full day of battery life, and not much more with the 2,658mAh battery inside. After a day of heavy testing, including music streaming, watching videos, taking lots of photos, and running benchmarking apps, we totaled nearly six hours of screen on time (the amount of time the screen has been on), which is great. That meant the iPhone XS started at 100 percent at 7:30 a.m. and hit 24 percent by 5:30 p.m., so we toggled on low power mode, and it hit 20 percent by 6 p.m.

While that’s with heavy usage, on average you can expect to end a work day (around 6 p.m.) with 35 percent remaining or more if you haven’t used your phone too much. We don’t think this battery will take you to the second day of usage (except for very light usage scenarios), which is disappointing.

The iPhone XS does support faster wireless charging due to a tighter coil design, and we’ve certainly seen it charge up a little faster on a pad than the iPhone X, but we wish Apple included a fast-charging cable in the box. You need to buy the USB-C to Lighting cable separately for $19, and a 30W charger for $49. That’s an extra $68 in accessories, while almost every Android manufacturer gives you both in the box. Perhaps even more unforgivable, you’ll need to spend $9 just to use standard headphones with the XS because Apple has omitted the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter this year. This is an outstanding phone, but Apple’s greedy nickel-and-dime cash grabs are getting out of control.


Is there a better alternative?

Yes, the iPhone XS Max. But that’s only if you want the 6.5-inch screen, which may prove too cumbersome for some. The cheaper alternative is the iPhone XR, though we’ll need to wait for it to arrive in October to see what it’s worth. It has the same A12 Bionic processor, a single-lens camera, Smart HDR, Portrait Mode, as well as Depth Control — all at a cheaper $750 price tag.

If you don’t mind swapping to Android, we recommend waiting to see what’s in store next month as there are several handsets gearing up to launch such as the LG V40, the Google Pixel 3, the Sony Xperia XZ3, the OnePlus 6T, and more.

How long will it last?

The iPhone XS is wrapped in glass, and no matter how durable Apple says it is, it’s still prone to shattering when dropped. We recommend buying a case to protect your pricy investment. The phone is IP68 water resistant, which is an improvement, and it means it can stay submerged up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. Apple delivers software updates to its smartphones for several years, so it’s safe to say this phone will last you four to five years, maybe more, but you may need to replace the battery at some point when it starts to degrade.

Should you buy it?

Yes. If you want the best phone from Apple that you can use with one hand, get the iPhone XS. If you’re wary on the $999 price tag, then we recommend waiting for the iPhone XR.

  • 8.9/10
    Design - 8.9/10
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    Features - 9/10
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    Performance - 10/10
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    Camera - 9/10
  • 8.1/10
    Battery - 8.1/10

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