iPhone XS Max Any Xs Max owners want their 8 Plus back?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by redshovel, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. redshovel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    Think I want my 8 Plus back.
    Xs Max is a fantastic phone but it just doesn’t feel right to me personally. It’s seems heavy, too long and awkward to use.
    Face ID works most of the time but fails more often than Touch ID, especially when I am sitting with phone at a table.
    The Xs Max OLED is stunning but.....mmm ....perhaps my eyes are more suited to LCD which just seem more real.

    Seriously wish I hadn’t bothered upgrading. Perhaps I will grow to love the Xs Max but somehow I don’t think so.
  2. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Face ID works great for me. Maybe try redoing the set up in better light?

    I still have my Product Red 8 Plus. I love that phone. Not going to let it go.

    Why I upgraded is because I always wanted stereo audio recording capability on an iPhone and I finally got it. The speakers and mics seem a lot better too so calls to and from sound clearer. That’s what I was looking for and that’s what I got. Otherwise I’d have happily stayed with my Silver 8 Plus that I had traded in to get my Max. I love the 8 Pluses. They have the best LCD displays I’ve seen on a phone. I like Touch ID a lot, too.

    Oh yeah, almost forgot the stereo sound on the Max is amazing. I watched a movie on my Max and loved the sound. Apple outdid themselves on that upgrade.

    We all use our phones differently and are looking for different things. What made this worthwhile to me won’t necessarily apply to you. What were you looking for when you decided to upgrade?
  3. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    You need to use it a few more days. Right now, you are focused on the differences. We all do it. I bet in a week you will feel differently.
  4. UnifiedMelody macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2017
    Can live with one or the other no problem... i have both right now and they feel the same to me exactly

    The notable improvement is camera quality and screen quality and stereo sound.

    In terms of speed they are equally fast so its not worth upgrading just for speed alone. Upgrade only because of the improvements.
  5. macblitz macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2014
    the bigger display does make it harder to use. similar to 4 years ago, iphone 5 jump to iphone 6plus. It took abit getting used to. I'm a sucker for big screens so I know bigger screens will be harder to use 1 handed.

    as for oled, I agree I can't tell the difference between which display is better. I know there is some difference and I even compare them side by side. I'm happy with either display.
  6. redshovel thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    I am gonna stick with the Xs Max for a few days and not make a snap decision.

    I always want to have the best, latest phone but in honesty iPhone in recent years have been so good it’s hard for most people to justify change.
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I left the 8+ when I got my X. No way I would go back to TouchID.
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The 8+ is a solid device, but it’s to the point of what does the use of prefer in terms of biometric security and form factor. That’s really what you’re purchasing between the two devices. The iPhone X form factor is that much more comfortable, I like Face ID and the OLED experience is far greater over LCD.
  9. redshovel thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    Perhaps it just because of what I am used to and will soon not want to be parted from the Xs Max, but I was happy enough last year to sell my X and get an 8+. Now a big part of that was probably screen size but at the minute I still consider Touch ID to be marginally better for my needs/usage and while I appreciate the look of the OLED screen....I don’t know....could easily live with LCD as I have been for years.
  10. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    The Touch ID still works better on average, but Face ID works generally good enough. I just like the screen/size ratio better on the X since my 7+ was too big for me to keep in shirt pocket.
  11. MsRandall, Sep 24, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2018

    MsRandall macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2011
    Bay Area, Ca
    My son is exchanging his iPhone XS Max for a regular X or 8 plus he says the Max is too awkward to operatie with one hand. He came from the 7 plus that I traded in too soon I guess
  12. MacWorld78 macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    It's a big change from Touch ID to Face ID, give it few days to change the habit.
  13. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    FaceID doesn’t require any light. It projects its own infrared dot pattern.
  14. scotsmandc macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2015

    Holy crap you’re right about the stereo sound. I just played an action packed scene of a movie and wow the audio.. it almost felt surround lol.
  15. Fredo C macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Love my 8 Plus and happy with it but I upgraged to the Max mostly for the monster screen, plain and simple. I really want to keep the Max but I am really having a hard time moving from the crisp whites of the LCD display to the soft white/yellow of the OLED. On my second Max and still not 100% pleased although maybe I need to give it some time for my eyes and brain to adapt.
  16. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    Everything you’re saying is legitimate. It very well could be the case that the 8+ is better for you. No two use-cases are exactly the same.

    If I were you I’d give it until the end of your return period before making a decision. Just see if the user experience gets better, without you having to force it (you paid too much to do that). If it doesn’t, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going back to the 8+. It’s an incredible phone.

    As for me, no way am I going back. :D
  17. Lyn2012 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    I prefer the LCD screen but love face ID and no home button.
  18. redshovel thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    Yours seems an easy call - wait for the XR
  19. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nope. I do wish it still had touch ID. Face ID works well when you're looking at it but on a desk it's easier to use my thumb. And the OLED display is superior to LCD.
  20. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
  21. Bandit03 macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2016
    Still find myself reaching for the home button every once in a while but other than that, I'm happy I made the jump to the Max (still hate the "Max" name though :))
  22. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    I wouldn't want the 8 Plus back, but I'll tell you...I'm thinking I might want the iPhone X back!

    In the final analysis, I think that most of us are going to find that the size of the iPhone X (and the non-Plus Samsung 9) are just perfect for all around use.
  23. redshovel thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    I had the X on launch and kept it for several months but just couldn’t live with the screen size over the Plus. I always thought that when a ‘Plus X’ came out it would be the one for me.

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