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Apple iPhone XS Max

Category : Mobile

Release Year: 2018


Publish Date:
September 21, 2018


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- Hey guys, this is Austin.Welcome to the launch of the iPhone XSand the XS Max.This is gonna be a fun one.Of course, not only do we have the S model updateto the standard iPhone X, but we also havethe much larger Max edition.I think a lot of people were kind of expecting thiswhen the iPhone X first came out,but what you're getting here is something that ismuch closer to the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus in size.Open this guy up, and what we're going to find isprobably the exact same thing that you'd findwith every iPhone since the dawn of time;some paperwork with our obligatoryApple stickers and the Max.This is actually the first time I've held the Max.It's big; it's pretty big.On top of having a Max edition available,there's also a new gold color for the XSas well as the XS Max.I'm usually not a fan of gold.I have to say though, this doesn't look so bad.It's a little bit more of a, what would you call it?It's like a taupe.I guess call it a Band-Aid color.- [Male Voice] What is a taupe?- Taupe, it's brownish,but a lot of beige.- [Male Voice] Beige.- Even though it's a much larger phone,you know what else we're gonna find in the box?The same five-watt charger that they'vebeen shipping since 2007.Yes, my friends, even though you've gota massive battery and a huge display,it's still going to take you like, what,two, three hours to charge the phone.For real, it's totally ridiculous that they shipsuch a tiny, cheap adapter in the boxwhen they actually sell other alternativeswhich will charge the iPhone much faster.If you wanna shell out $50 for the USB-C adapterand another 20 for the USB-C to Lightning cable,you can get your phone charged much, much quicker.But instead, they put this in the box, so yeah.What I like to see on my $1,000-plus phone.The XS also does come with Apple earpods.As a surprise to no one,there's no headphone jack here.Instead, it does take advantage of Lightning.I don't know why that flopped open like that.What you're not going to find here isa headphone jack adapter.Yes, my friends, the thing that's been includedon iPhones for the last couple years,that 35-cent part to manufacture little adapterthat will make your headphones work on your iPhone,not included in the box.That's gonna run you another 20 bucks.Or is it 15?- [Male Voice] I thought it was 10.- Is it 10?It's still $10; no, they should include it.I don't mind the idea that they are stillshipping a Lightning cable with USB-A,but this is an expensive phone.Why are they cutting out things?Why are they removing things whenthey should be making it better?If we open up the standard XS,what we're going to find is a phone that isvery, very similar to the X.What I'm mostly curious about, though,is the actual size difference.Put the XS side by side with the Maxand you do get a much, much larger display.Whereas this has a 5.8-inch panel,you're getting a full 6 1/2 inches.Do you remember the days where a seven-inch phonewas called a tablet?Look at the difference, man.This is the original iPhone versus the Max.That's ridiculous.But you know what, it kind of works.I feel like everyone's gotten onboard withthe large phone train, and a big reason we're hereis because of the good old Galaxy Note.Even though we have such a larger display,the actual footprint of the iPhone XS Maxisn't really all that much larger than, say,an iPhone 6 Plus, 7 Plus, what have you.It is going to be a little bitshorter than the Note,but it's not as crazy as I was anticipating it to be.When it comes to telling the iPhone Xapart from the XS, they're very similarexcept for one major difference.If you look on the bottom of the phone,where the X is nice and symmetrical withthe speaker and the microphone,the XS has a little bit of an antenna linewhich cuts that short.The main reason for this is that it shouldgive you better reception.We're actually going to test that a little bit later.Supposedly we're going to be getting more antennasfor better Wi-Fi, as well as LTE reception.But it looks a little ugly.Not sure how this passed Jony Ive and the boys.There's also a slight difference inthe size of the camera bump.To illustrate this, I have a XS Max in a XS Max case.You can see that it goes pretty much fully aroundthe camera, but if you put an iPhone Xin a XS case, you can see it's going to bea little bit misshapen, specifically on the bottom.It doesn't quite line up.Most iPhone X cases should workwith a XS and vice versa, but you might wannakeep an eye on that.The camera bump is going to be just a little bit bigger.One of the big upgrades this year isthe A12 Bionic chip.They've claimed some pretty decentperformance improvements, but the first thing I'venoticed as soon as I open up Geekbenchis we have more memory.Before, we had three gigs of RAM on the iPhone X,but this year we have four gigs on boththe XS as well as the Max.Interesting.Whereas the X is a little bit slower thanthe XS Max as well as the XS,it's by a pretty small difference.The single core is a little bit higher,but the multi-core is actually very similar.The days of saving 50% CPU performance every yearmight just be over.Although to be fair, these are still the fastestphones I've ever tested, so yeah.One of the bigger upgrades this yearis with the camera.The main shooter has been upgraded on boththe XS as well as the Max with a larger sensor,and it also has Smart HDR functionality.Wow, look at the difference in range.So with the XS, we're actually getting all ofthe detail on your face, whereas the Max isblowing out not only Matt's face in the background,but also stuff like your cheek.The portrait mode also does look a fair bit better.Not only do we have that better dynamic range,but we're also seeing that it's a little bitmore accurate as far as cutting peopleout of the photo, and the ability to adjustthe depth of field after the fact is really nice.It's not perfect; definitely has some more work to do,but it does look a lot more natural than the Xas well as the 8 Plus.So is the iPhone XS Max worth it?You're gonna have to stay tuned, my friends,because we're going to be doingan entire video all about that.Make sure to subscribe and stay tuned,otherwise you're gonna have to spend $1,100on a phone you might not like.

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