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Apple iPhone XS After 3 Months Review

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We have not doing this for a while now. This time, lets take a look back at the Apple iPhone XS, one of the most expansive smartphones today. We have this phone for over 3 months now and we even brought it to Hong Kong. How as it after several software patches and should you really get one for long term use? Lets find out.

Apple iPhone XS specs:

  • Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core processor
  • Apple GPU (4-core graphics)64/128/256GB internal storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.8-inch IPS LCD display, 1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 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
  • 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0,, Face Unlock
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • 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
  • iOS 12.1.2
  • Price 64GB – Php 69,990 / 256GB – Php – 79,990 / 512GB – Php 93,490

HARDWARE

One of the things we like with Apple products is how durable their phones are and could last a long, long time as long as it is properly well taken cared of. We’ve seen iPhone 6, 6s or even iPhone 5s still in their pristine condition. If you intend to buy an iPhone, it will be a good investment for long term use as long as you handle your phone with utmost care.

Goung back to the phone itself, the stainless steel frame reassures long term durabiilty. Stainless steel is normally used for watches. It can survive a fall but you still have to be careful because the phone is still sandwiched with glass front and back. We’ve seen videos that it can withstand scratches but it easy breaks when it falls even table top level. Make sure you buy a good quality case.

What we hate most is we were compelled to spend more on accessories because the phone has no included dongle, jelly case and it even comes with a super slow wall charger. We were forced to buy a 2-in-1 lightning and audio port dongle, an 12-watt fast charger and a thousand five hundred jelly case. Thats the price to pay when buying an Apple product.

SOFTWARE

There is a reason why iPhones are so damn expensive. That is because of Apple’s long-term software support. 4 year old iPhones are still getting iOS updates and new versions every year. That makes you feel that your phone is still brand new, like you just bought it.

iOS 12 is a fast and simple OS to use. Anyone can easily understand how it works and after 3 months we rarely get lags and stutter. Though on iOS12.1.2 we encountered some bugs when shareing some stuff on Facebook and navigating thoguh other social media platforms like Facebook. We are confifent that Apple will fix these minor bigs over time.

CAMERA

Just like we’ve said on our earlier review, Apple remains to be one of the best cameras on a smartphone. It is not THE BEST in terms of quality because we think the Google Pixel 3 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro are the best cameras on a smartphone. But the iPhone XS has the better camera quality than most phones. It is definitely top 4 after the Galaxy Note 9 which is our number 4 and better than the OnePlus 6T which is our number 5.

Here are some of our camera samples:

CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY

Apple’s current legal battle with Qualcomm, the world’s number 1 smartphone chipset and modem maker, is taking a toll on their products and we can feel it. How? Most smartphones, including Apple, uses Qualcomm’s modems for 4G/LTE connectivity. Because of its legal squabble with Qualcomm, Apple decided to partner with Intel for the 4G modems for the iPhone XS and XS Max. Intel is not that good yet with its cellular modems and its very noticeable with the new iPhones.

We noth hsve the OnePlud 6T and the iPhone XS both inserted with Smart LTE SIM. We noticed better internet speeds on the OnePlus 6T with a Qualcomm modem as compared with the iPhone XS with an Intel modem. Well, speeds are not bad really but other phones seems to have faster speeds. If you care about this then just buy an iPhone 8/8 Plus which has Qualcomm modem or better yet an Android phone.

As for the battery, well its an underwhelming experience, as we compare it with the InePlus 6T, we can’t even manage to finish our second Netflix movie on the iPhone as compared with the 6T that we managed to finish 2 movies on full HD on 4G/LTE with 30% juice left to spare.

VERDICT

In the Philippines, shelling out Php 70,000 for the base model iPhone XS is a lot of money for an ordinary Filipino, Thats the reason why the iPhone is not popular among budget conscious Filipinos. With Apple expecting lower sales and lower projected income due to low iPhone sales, We think Apple should reconsider branding themselves “luxury”. The question is, is ti worth it? If you have the money and you don’t intend change phones in the next 3 to 4 years, , then go ahead and buy one. It is a good investment especially Apple’s long term software support.

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