Review: iPhone XS

by - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

You know how everyone changes their iPhone every so often? Well it was about time to change mine. I had the iPhone 6S before, and unfortunately, it has been discontinued by Apple and I wasn't sure if it was worth it getting the battery replaced (the battery only charged to 78% capacity) because I was afraid that whoever fixed it wouldn't have the parts, so I decided to get a new iPhone. I am one of those people who takes every photo on their iPhone, so I wanted something that had a great camera and plenty of space for my music. Enter the iPhone XS, the replacement for the now discontinued iPhone X (luckily I didn't get the iPhone X because my iPhone 6S was still working fine at that point).

I got the 64 GB iPhone XS in Gold, and while it is gold, it leans towards a dark, brassy gold. The camera is better compared to the iPhone 6S as the iPhone XS has dual cameras. However, the price point was eye watering: $999 for the 64 GB, but luckily I was able to finance mine and will pay it off over 6 months.

On the back is a dual camera, which gives a normal view and you can even go close up if you wish. Unlike the iPhone 6S, which only had a 8 MP singular camera, the iPhone XS's cameras are 12 MP, which supposedly garners better images. 

The screen itself takes up almost the entirety of the front end of the phone.

I'm still getting used to the phone (I'm getting used to a few things on the iPhone XS, including swiping up to unlock, no more headphone jack, and I'm still unsure on Face ID so I've left it off for now), but so far, I like it. It's a lot faster than my old iPhone 6s (which took approximately 67843 years to even open a web page and also refused to load Amazon, RIP) and I heard that this was supposed to not depreciate as fast as previous iPhone models, which is great because in older iPhone models, the battery would depreciate after roughly 2 years.

The reason why I got the iPhone XS is because I am at least three iPhone gens behind (I had the iPhone 6S so that means I completely skipped over the iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, and iPhone X), and at the time when I got my iPhone 6S, it was relatively new (roughly 6 months old), so I decided to stick to what I know best and get the newest iPhone model. I was considering getting the iPhone 8 Plus but decided against it after having a very long think, as I figured the iPhone 8/8 Plus would depreciate faster and it would probably be discontinued in the next year or so.

All in all, this is a great phone, even if the price is slightly eye-watering, so I would probably wait if you already have a newer iPhone model like the 8 or 8 Plus, but if you have an older phone (7 or below) this would probably be a great time to upgrade to the iPhone XS. If you have an iPhone X, I wouldn't bother unless you really wanted to because it's basically the same specs.

Do you have the iPhone XS?

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