It would be a total understatement to state that everybody has been waiting for Apple’s new device. And why shouldn’t people be excited? After all, Apple has a reputation of surprising the smartphone market in terms of innovation. Every single iPhone released till date has been unique from its predecessors in the most positive sense. There are some theories or opinions (if you will) about the popularity of the brand, but everything has their own merits and demerits, so it’s all about personal experience at the end of the day. Regardless of whether you are a regular iPhone user or otherwise if you love technology, you will be certainly keeping a close eye on the latest iPhone device.
After a lot of buzzes and an infinite amount of rumors about how the new iPhone device will look like or how powerful it will be; we have been finally graced with the latest Apple device. The iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max are the two variants of the latest iPhone device. With all the hype around the device, both of them had to impress and convince a lot of people to shell out a hefty amount of money. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max was first made available for pre-order from 14th September and were officially available for purchase on 21st September 2018.
In all sense, both the Xs as well as Xs Max delivered in terms of expectations (well at least for the most part). Now, if you are wondering which device to buy between the two, we will list out a series of comparisons between the two. After that, you can decide which device suits you the best or gives you the most value out of its price point and other crucial factors.
THE SCREEN SIZE
When it comes to screen size, the choice is very clear. If you prefer a large screen, Xs Max is a clear winner by miles, but if you want a phone that fits perfectly on your hands, the iPhone Xs is the more logical choice.
The iPhone Xs Max comes with a massive 6.5-inch screen with an impressive 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Xs Max certainly delivers in terms of its name tag (Max). With that massive screen size, you literally feel like you’re carrying a, well a very large version of your typical iPhone device. The Xs Max supports True Tone OLED display, and the images are just a class apart. The screen has 2436 X 1125 pixel resolution, which ensures the highest quality and delivers the most detailed and flawless appearance. The Xs Max, however, falls short to its “small sibling” Xs in terms of Screen-to-body ratio, which is only 82.9% compared to Xs which offers 84.4%.
The iPhone Xs comes with the usual and the most familiar screen size that most typical iPhones support. The Xs comes with a 5.8-inch screen size that fits perfectly in your hands (since most devices come with the screen size closely to 6.0 inch). Apart from the screen size, all the features remain the same for the Xs and the Xs Max as well. Also, the Screen-to-body ratio is higher for Xs as mentioned above.
P.S. Both the iPhone Xs and the Xs Max comes with the usual and Apple’s infamous “notch.” It’s no secret that the users are torn between loving or hating Apple’s Notch. But that’s a totally different topic, you are either going to have to accept the fact that both the devices come with it or you are going to jump the ship for that. But at the end of the day, Apple have always prioritized performance and innovative features as opposed to how good their device looks.
Both the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max comes with A12 Bionic Chipset. And, yes it is miles ahead of its predecessor A11. Both the device features Four core GPU, Six-Core CPU, and 4GB RAM. The new processor’s graphics performance is 30% more than its predecessor and the battery saving when your device remains in idle state is increased by a massive 50%. Apart from all that, there is also a 15% improvement in the systems overall performance efficiency.
The RAM is a crucial factor in the smartphone market, and it has never been more relevant than it is as of present scenario. While most of the Android smartphones are already moving on to higher RAM (6GB or more), the 4GB RAM on both the devices should be more than sufficient to handle a good amount of multitasking throughout the day.
The iPhone XS and the XS Max both come with the same camera both for Rear as well as the front. The rear camera features a Dual 12-megapixel camera which supports a “f/2.4” telephoto aperture as well as a “f/1.8” wide-angle lens. These features again are a giant leap from the iPhone X. The Dual camera sensor allows both the XS and XS Max to capture images at full details even at 2X optical Zoom and also supports up to 10X digital zoom.
One of the most unique and most welcomed features on both the device is the camera is the “Smart HDR.” This feature allows you to combine all the pictures taken at different lightings or exposures and gives you the best picture by combining all that pictures in one image. The new dual camera of course also allows you to blur out background images in portrait mode.
All right, the battery life comparison. We all know how important this factor plays while purchasing a new device. We all want a device that can give the most back up duration instead of carrying a bulky power bank or charging your phone for the most duration of the day. In terms of battery, the more, the better. There is no way around (except for the fact that more battery capacity also means heavier device).
The iPhone XS comes loaded with a 2,658 mAH, which is kind of disappointing since the battery capacity is even lesser as compared to the iPhone X 2,716 mAH. Like seriously Apple? Why would they make the battery capacity smaller on a new device? Especially since the battery capacity is so crucial. But, who are we to question Apple, right? Luckily, it is a complete story with the iPhone XS Max. The XS Max comes with an impressive 3,174 Mah which is capable of delivering up to 10 hours, 38 minutes with continuous internet surfing. The XS also has a usage time duration of up to 9 hours, 41 minutes with continuous internet surfing as well.
Also talking about battery capacity and usage time, both the XS as well as XS Max supports fast wireless charging. This is capable of charging 50% battery in under 30 minutes, which is impressive. Now apart from all the fairy tale feature about the “fast wireless charging,” it is worth noting that Apple DOES NOT provide you with the “fast charger” in the Box. I mean, why would they do that? It’s literally like making a statement that your car can go up to 200 kmph when you car speed limit is only up to 100 kmph. Not to forget, the jaw-dropping prices of Apple devices. You have to purchase an additional fast charger separately, which is an expensive unit in itself. This is a completely absurd and preposterous move by Apple.
VALUE FOR MONEY AND STORAGE SPACE
It is no secret that purchasing any latest Apple device will leave a noticeable dent on your wallet. If you are looking for an “affordable” smartphone, you shouldn’t even be reading this. The cheaper device between the two obviously is the iPhone XS which starts at $999 (64 GB). The other two variants are available for $1,149 (256 GB) and $1,349 (512 GB). Now if you thought that was expensive, the XS Max base pricing starts at $1, 099 (64 GB).The other two variants are the 256 GB ($1,249) and the 512 GB ($1,449).
So either way, you will have to shell out a hefty sum if you want to own the latest iPhone XS or the XS Max (unless you’re some rich freak in which case, excuse me)
All in all, the iPhone XS and the XS Max are identical in terms of their cameras and performance or any relevant feature of the device. The only noticeable difference lies in their Screen Size, Battery capacity and most importantly their price points.
In the end, it’s about the price range. The iPhone XS still delivers the same performance as the XS Max, so in this regard, the costlier does not necessarily mean better performance. The only exception you have to compromise is with the screen size and its lower battery capacity. If you can live with the fact that you don’t have to use a massive device, the iPhone XS is the better option with a bit more pocket-friendly price than the MAX.
On the other hand, if you are going to go all in, you may as well spend some more bucks and get the bigger and better (as minimal as it may be) XS Max. Holding a Bolder and Bigger device is somewhat our way of understanding and convincing ourselves that we are using a better/upgraded device. The extra battery capacity may also be more crucial than you actually think; so if you are completely jumping up the Apple bandwagon, you may as well get their best product and hence The iPhone XS Max.