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Large, crisp, and expensive! This is our review of the new iPhone Xs Max, Apple

The camera of the iPhone Xs Max surpasses its predecessor in two aspects: control of depth and HDR smart.

One of the criticisms most frequently heard about the iPhone X is that its display screen of 5.8 inches is simply not big enough. Last year, the lovers of the big screens they had to opt for the iPhone 8 Plus, which although has less features, it presents a greater amount of space. But this will no longer be a problem.

The recently presented iPhone Xs Max Apple has a much larger screen than the iPhone X, and the same characteristics of the first level. It is the perfect choice for people who want to upgrade their phone from the models Plus older.

However, we believe that the name could result in a setback. Apple should have been attached to the nickname traditional “Plus”, since the Xs Max (pronounced phonetically ‘ten is max’, or ‘ten that max’ in Spanish), it sounds like the name of an Android phone of five years ago. Leaving aside the problems of the name, we were able to have him in our hands, so we tell you how it feels to hold this phone and what it is that you can expect.

Design and display

The iPhone Xs Max is big, beautiful and bold, especially with the new color option, gold, but silver and gray space are also available if you want something less flashy. It has a screen that massive 6.5 inches, but the body is approximately the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus. If you are coming from a device Plus, you should feel right at home. If not, this phone may feel a little uncomfortable. Requires two hands to operate, as we struggled to quickly reach parts of the screen with a single.

It looks exactly like the iPhone X of the last year, which is not bad at all. The back is minimalist, with the dual camera vertical elegantly placed. The glass is not Gorilla Glass, but Apple called it as “the most durable”; it feels nice to the touch and the metal frame seems to be high in range. It feels a little heavy with 208 grams.

The locations of buttons and chargers remain the same. You do not have a port for headphones, and the notch in front the camera TrueDepth to Face ID. It is said that this unlock method is faster and more secure than ever thanks to the new processor inside the Xs Max, but we were not able to prove it.

The screen of the Xs Max is the star of the show. It is a beautiful OLED screen, Super Retina HD 6.5 inches, with colors that highlight and levels hypnotically deep black. It is compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision, so it gives accurate color rendering which makes the content compatible look absolutely stunning.

The screen of the Xs Max is the star of the show.

The resolution of 2,688 × 1,242 means that you’re getting the iPhone with the highest resolution available (458 pixels per inch), and everything on the screen looks incredibly crisp and bright. There is also support for True Tone, which adjusts the screen colors to match the color temperature of the light in your environment.

Screen is a fantastic, and the size Xs Max makes it the perfect choice for movies, games or videos. Apple also improved the water resistance in the device, leading to IP68, which means that you can leave it submerged up to two meters for 30 minutes. Probably still you should protect it with a sheath, of course.

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Performance, operating system and battery

The latest processor of Apple is the A12 Bionic, and is feeding all the new iPhones. Includes a “motor neuron of the next generation”, which now has eight cores, and, in general, the chip can process 5 billion operations per second. That means, essentially, that the iPhone Xs Max can handle computing tasks to seriously intense and complete them faster than ever. It could be the smartphone most powerful available to date.

Account with one of the best systems of gestures that we have used on a smart phone.

With the removal of the start button, now you need to use gestures (a feature that was first introduced with the iPhone X) to navigate through the operating system. It is one of the best systems of gestures that we have used on a smart phone, and had no performance problems to move around the operating system, or to open and change app. The iPhone XS Max running the iOS operating system 12, which was deployed on the 17th of September, and you can read our guide on everything new with the latest version.

Regarding the battery, Apple claims that the iPhone Xs Max can last up to 1.5 hours more than the iPhone X, which means that you can expect a full day of use. We will have to use the phone for a few days to see more accurate measurements and to know if the claims of Apple are certain.

The wireless charging is available again, but does not include a charging cable fast in the box, it is necessary to buy it separately.


The iPhone Xs Max has two cameras 12 megapixel at the back, with a standard lens f / 1.8, and a telephoto lens with an aperture f / 2.4. The second lens is capable of achieving an optical zoom of up to 2 ×, and is used for pictures in portrait mode. It is said that the camera sensor is larger than the iPhone X last year, so we should see improvements in general.

However, there are two key differences that enhance the experience of the camera with respect to the iPhone X: Control of depth and HDR smart. The first allows you to adjust the level of effect bokeh, or background blur in the photos in the portrait mode. Works very well, and is a great option if you want to adjust the picture exactly to your liking, although it is a feature that we had already seen before in other Android phones. It also has the same features of Portrait Lighting last year, but they should work better than ever thanks to the A12 Bionic. In the few tests we did, the camera was able to identify the edges around a subject with precision.

We are eager to try Smart HDR. Basically, capture many photos at the same time, and then with the help of the processor Bionic A12, the camera chooses the best of each to join them together and create a photo with a great dynamic range. That means that you will not have to worry about that the photos are overexposed or underexposed in terms of lighting dynamic: always look fine.

The sample pictures we saw were absolutely stunning, and that is why we are anxious to get the iPhone Xs Max to test it with a lighting contrast. Apple also said that you can record stereo sound with the camera, and there is an extended dynamic range, but we have not had the opportunity to see this in action.

The front camera of 7 megapixel (with aperture f / 2.2) took some cute selfies in our tests, including selfies in Portrait Mode, thanks to the camera TrueDepth in the front. In addition, you can create Animojis and Memojis with iOS 12 on this device.

When we tried it, the phone’s camera did not show any shutter lag (shutter lag), and the photos we took at the event space looked pretty good. We will need more time to fully test the maximum range of functions of the iPhone and see its full capabilities, and we will share our experience when we can do it.

Availability and Price

The iPhone Xs Max costs $1,100 dollars for the basic model, which is a much higher amount than the majority of people can pay for a phone. If that is your case, you’ll probably be satisfied with the iPhone Xr, the third iPhone announced at the Apple event, which has similar characteristics, with the exception of the OLED display and the second camera in the rear.

The orders for the iPhone Xs Max began on the 14th of September, and the phone went on sale on September 21.

This is the smartphone more expensive for Apple to date, but keep in mind that this is a “S” model, much larger and with additional features. The updates are not radical with respect to the iPhone X last year, but it is certainly a big leap if you’re coming from something older than an iPhone 8. We will be testing the new series of iPhones in the next two weeks, so we invite you that you’re on the lookout for our next reviews, and so you can decide if the iPhone Xs Max really worth.

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