iPhone XS Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the iPhone XS, by Apple

- Analysis by KJ David

A direct successor to the the iPhone X, Apple's iPhone XS hopes to sit alongside some phablet heavyweights, although it might run into a bit of trouble, given that its 458ppi pixel density shies of our 500ppi VR-worthy threshold (Explore the best VR phones here). Also, it does not quite have that 2K-1440p punch that some of its closest competitors have, settling for a 2436 x 1125 definition . Notwithstanding those cons, its 5.8-inch OLED HDR display winds up as a solid pro, boasting a 625 cd/m2 maximum brightness level alongside Apple's self-branded 3D Touch technology .

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Like a lot of its Android contemporaries unveiled around the time of this Phonerated review, the iPhone XS banks on a dual-lens rear camera , combining a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto cam with a 12-megapixel wide-angle cam, which, together, deliver flagship-class imaging pros and cons like 4K-2160p video-recording at 60fps and Portrait Mode, the latter decked out with bokeh and depth control. Moreover, its quad-LED true-tone flash was one of the most-ambitious phone flashes available when hit the market -- get to know how it stands versus the best phones for photography here.

Regrettably, the XS has a paltry (by 2018 standards) 7-megapixel raw selfie cam resolution , however, its TrueDepth cam (That's what Apple calls the front cam) still has the makings of a high-end facet, carrying perks like Smart HDR and Apple's signature FaceID facial recognition technology.

This iPhone's hardware specs are headlined by an A12 bionic chip clubbed with a dedicated neural engine , which is a hexa-core processor pitched by Apple to be 15 percent faster than the A11 chip that powers the iPhone X as well as both iPhone 8 variants. As for storage, despite lacking a microSD card slot , the XS boasts a whopping 512GB maximum on-board memory , with 256GB and 64GB versions being offered as well.

Its aforementioned pros and cons are housed inside an IP68-certified shell , which makes it impervious to liquids and dust grains -- a feature that was quite popular in the Android world when it came out, but is nevertheless a noteworthy perk for something that measures a only 7.7mm thin . Its thinness comes at a cost, though, seeing that the XS lacks a standard (as of its release) 3.5mm headset jack -- Apple seems determined to stick to its lightning connector.

To rehash, the iPhone XS caters to upscale shoppers who lean heavily towards photography and multimedia or simply those looking to upgrade from older iPhone models.

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