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Apple iPhone Xs Unboxing and First Impressions


Its been a while since we’ve reviewed an iOS device. In the Philippines, there is always a significant number of people, though not many, are loyal Apple fans. Some of these people we knew have jumped over to Android due to staggering prices of Apple’s devices.  But think about it. If you intend to keep a piece of tech for a long time, owning an iPhone is your best bet, right? Apple updates their devices regularly improving the performance of your device. In a way, you save money rather than buying an Android device every year.

So here comes the Apple iPhone Xs. For Php 69.990 for the base model 64GB, it ain’t cheap. But is it worth getting and keeping it for a long time? Lets find out.

Apple iPhone XS Specs:

  • 5.8-inch IPS LCD display, 1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core processor
  • Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • iOS 12.1
  • 64/128/256GB internal storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • 12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.4 2x optical zoom rear cameras with OIS, PDAF, and Quad-LED dual-tone flash
  • 7MP f/2.2 front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • Face ID unlock
  • accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)
  • 2,658 mAh battery with Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min, Qi wireless charging
  • Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
  • Price 64GB – Php 69,990 / 256GB – Php – 79,990 / 512GB – Php 93,490

What’s inside the box?

  • Apple iPhone Xs unit
  • Lighting cable
  • Wall adapter (not fast charging)
  • Apple Ear Pods
  • SIM Card ejector tool (not shown in photo)


Apple is known for making one the best and well crafted devices in the industry. Just the older iPhones before it, the iPhone Xs is one beautiful device. We normally see aluminum as a choice of material for a phone. This time, Apple used stainless steel combined with glass for this device. As a result, it feels so premium to hold. It really does feel so expensive. The stainless steel though adds some heft with the device. Just be careful holding the device. Although Apple guarantees its sturdiness, we’ve seen some You Tubers dropping the phone cracking the glass. Make sure you buy a case.


Once we set up the device, we immediately get a prompt of an iOS 12.1 update fixing the bugs and improves the performance of the phone. iOS 12.1 is buttery smooth overall after 24 hours of use. It took us quite some time to adjust especially we’ve been using Android for a long time. A lot has changed since we had an iPhone 6. The iPhone Xs relies so much on gestures. We will see how it fares as we use the phone in the coming days.


The iPhone has been one of the best smartphone cameras around and closely competes with Samsung’s Galaxy, Google’s Pixels and Huawei’s P series and Mate series. The dual 12 megapixel rear cameras take good photos all in auto mode. We have yet to shoot more photos as we go on vacation. Watch out for our full review!

Here are some of our first sample photos:


If you are in the fence whether switching to iOS or leaving iOS and switching to Android, we suggest to hold off your wallets and compare the current flagships – Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OnePlus 6T, LG V40 and the Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max. If you want a phone for keeps, the iPhone Xs is your best option. If you want the latest tech all the time, maybe Android is your best bet. You can also wait for the Apple iPhone R when it arrives in the Philippines. But we hope you can wait for our full review,.

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