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Smartphones: Review of the iPhone XS

Posted on Monday, December 10 2018 @ 17:32:04 CET by

Many are under the impression that the iPhone XS is the most forgettable release of the year when compared to the supersized 6.5” iPhone XS Max and the fresh design of the more affordable iPhone XR, but we maintain that the iPhone XS is still our favourite new release of 2018.

With its perfectly sized screen for ease of use with one hand, improved performance, and impressive camera upgrades, the iPhone XS is by far one of the best iPhones yet. Here’s why we love it so much.

Recognisable Design
While the XS is almost indistinguishable from the X, there are a few key differences which we prefer,and which will put users on course for choosing this option over any other. Firstly, there’s the colour which changes slightly in different lighting and you’ll notice that the number of holes on the left edge of the phone has gone from 6 to 3.

This is because 3 of the holes have been replaced by an antenna band as part of the new 4x4 MIMO framework which allows for stronger and faster internet connectivity.

Bright and Beautiful OLED Display
The 5.8” screen of the XS is the same size as the X, but the body is only slightly bigger than the iPhone 8, 7, and 6 which all have 4.7” screens. The OLED display itself is beautiful and is incredibly colourful without being oversaturated.

With a super sharp screen resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 at 458 pixels per inch, movies will look especially crisp thanks to support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10. Imagine playing online slots Australia at that resolution!

Better Performance
Powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, the XS contains Apple’s first mobile processor built using a 7-nanometre process. Housing 6.9 billion transistors, the XS delivers a stronger performance and contains a Neural Engine for machine learning tasks and has 8 cores allowing for the processing of 5 trillion operations per second.

These numbers may seem outrageous, but all you really need to know is that the XS is currently the most powerful smartphone in the world.

Improved Camera
The XS offers a dual-camera system consisting of a 12-megapixel standard lens with a f/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture.

Both offer optical image stabilisation, the ability to capture 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, and the image sensor is larger which helps with better quality photos in low-light.

The XS also has a new feature known as Smart HDR which takes 3 photos at different exposures and combines them to create the best photo.

Almost a Full Day of Battery Life
With a 2,658mAh battery, the XS offers almost a full day of battery life and with heavy testing consisting of music and video streaming, taking photos and videos, and running benchmark apps we managed nearly 6 hours of screen on time. It’s likely that you’ll be able to work a full day and leave work at 6pm with around 35% battery life, but it’s unlikely that it will take you to a second day of usage unless you don’t use your XS very much at all.


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