Apple iPhone XS review
The new iPhone is here
Our UK Apple iPhone XS review finds improvements and refinements across the board. The iPhone XS has been launched along with the iPhone XS Max, which has a bigger screen and battery, but otherwise is essentially the same phone.
Super Retina display
The Apple iPhone XS gets an ample 5.8” Super Retina OLED HDR display. This projects true blacks with accurate colour production. The display has a fine resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels.
Comparison: The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5” display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels.
Glass and stainless steel
The iPhone XS is made from premium materials and these include the most durable glass used on a smartphone. The glass front and back and fixed onto a surgical grade stainless steel alloy band/chassis.
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The phone looks great in all colours, which include Space Grey, Silver and Gold. This Apple iPhone is pretty slim at 7.7mm and it isn’t too heavy at 177g.
Comparison: The iPhone XS Max weights 208g.
The iPhone XS is IP68 certified dust and water resistant. The level of waterproofing is so good that you can submerge the phone to a two metre depth for 30 minutes.
A12 Bionic chip
The A12 Bionic octa-core chip supports AR gaming, AR experiences and 3D graphical gameplay. Of course, the chip is better than the last one, with the key stats listed below:
- 15% faster performance cores
- 50% faster graphics performance
- 50% lower power usage on the efficiency cores
Phone Set Up
Faster Face ID
Face ID is faster and works by creating a map of your facial features, measuring 30,000 points. You can use Face ID to make payments using your iPhone or to log into apps. Advanced machine learning is always working in the background to ensure that the phone recognises you, even if you put on a hat or glasses.
Three memory options
You can buy the iPhone XS based upon the amount of content you may want to bring over from your old phone. The choices are 64GB, 256GB or 512GB.
HDR10 and wider stereo sound
The Apple iPhone XS now has wider stereo sound and HDR10 with support for Dolby Vision. This allows you to enjoy the best quality content on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. If you wish to listen to your content in private, then a pair of EarPods are in the box.
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iOS 12 once again brings with it a fantastic and comprehensive list of features and apps. It is probably the best phone around for pre-loaded apps and just a few of these include:
- Four new Animoji
Camera & Video
Dual camera with enhanced bokeh
The Apple iPhone XS has an advanced dual 12MP camera with a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens. Features include enhanced bokeh in Portrait Mode, where Depth Control lets you change the background blur after the shot. You can further enhance portrait photos with five Portrait Lighting effects:
- Stage Mono
Smart HDR is twice as fast and this uses a second frame (image) to capture shadow and highlight details in greater accuracy. A new sensor reduces low-light noise and captures colours more accurately. You can also record 4K quality video at 60fps with stereo sound.
TrueDepth 7MP camera
The 7MP camera also gets a single-lens Portrait Mode for selfies. You can use Portrait Lighting to good effect or use the new Memoji avatars that track 50 facial muscles, so that Memoji react and move just like you do.
An extra 30 minutes
The battery in the Apple iPhone XS now gives you 30 minutes more time, compared to the iPhone X.
Comparison: The iPhone XS Max gives you 1.5 hours more time, compared to the iPhone X.
With the iPhone XS you should get:
- Talk time - Up to 20 hours
- Internet browsing - Up to 12 hours
- Music playback - Up to 60 hours
- Video playback - Up to 14 hours
Further power features include fast charging where in 30 minutes you can gain 50% charge. The iPhone XS also supports wireless charging.
Written by: Michael Brown