iPhone X Anyone go from X to XS MAX

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ceviche Lover, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Ceviche Lover macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    I picked up an XS and love the screen(coming from an 8). I picked up an X last year but returned it for an 8 due to losing one-handed use on the X. Now that I have had the XS for a week I am getting adjusted to it but am thinking about exchanging it for an XS MAX. Anyone go from an X to an XS Max? Was there any adjustment you had to make in terms of handling the phone?

  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Yes. It was worth it. Love my XS Max. It’s just been a joy since day one.

    That said, coming from an 8 the XS Max will feel massive. Bear in mind.
  3. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Definitely try it out in store for as long as you can. Some people are saying the leap from Plus phones to the XS Max was too much, so you may find going from the XS to the Max awkward too.

    Just depends on how much you want to sacrifice one-handed use for a bigger screen.
  4. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    There’s definitely going to be a difference in how you hold the phone, but having experience with Plus models before going with the X last year, it was an easy switch.

    Screen size and battery life alone are more than worth the upgrade for me.
  5. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    Well, the device is bigger physically, so you do have to change how you hold your phone right now. Other than that you’ll probably like it.

    Last year I switched from a 6 to a 8 plus. At the beginning it did take some time to get used to it but eventually I did get used to it. This yeah I picked up a Xs Max and it’s no different than using the 8 plus.
  6. Geert76 macrumors 68000

    Feb 28, 2014
    the Netherlands
    well, that's not completely true.
    Reaching control centre on the 8 Plus was much, much easier than now with the XS Max.
    Also, your top row apps on the 8 Plus were much easier to reach than now with the XS Max.
    While in Safari, on the 8 Plus is much easier to reach the refresh button than now with the XS Max.

    So no, it's completly NOT the same as last years iPhone 8 Plus (or an iPhone 7 Plus)
  7. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    Ah yes some of those are different indeed. I meant in terms of physical size. Those are specific software differences between the 2 models.
  8. Renho macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2014
    SR, CA
    I did and nope. Just go to an Apple store and handle one. It actually doesn’t feel much different but it makes me wonder how I ever delt with a small X in the first place.
  9. ray737 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    I switched from the X to the XS Max and absolutely love it! This is the phone I wish Apple came out with last year having had the 7 plus previously. In my opinion the Max is easy to handle and surprisingly does not feel as heavy as you would think. Go to the Apple store and compare it.
  10. FFR macrumors 601


    Nov 4, 2007
    If your coming from an 8 maybe you should stick with xs.

    I upgraded from an x to xs max, but I came from a 6plus, 6s plus,7plus, and 8 plus, problem for me was that the phone was to narrow, kept dropping my iPhone X.
  11. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    What made you keep dropping it? Just reading that, if it's narrower, doesn't your hand have a better reach/grip around the X than a wider form factor of the Max?
  12. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    Sometimes smaller things even though they fit into your hand better are more slippery because of the size. I think the xs max is easier to hold onto. The x felt slippery as hell
  13. FFR macrumors 601


    Nov 4, 2007
    No, don’t think it works that way.
    I can easily use the iPhone plus/max one handed, and got very used the size after 4 years of plus models.

    I did say narrower but the phone was just too small in the hand for me. It was incredibly irritating, to say the least.

    But I will give the x credit, I finally cracked the glass on the back sometime last month, but the amount of times I dropped it caseless onto wooden or marble floors... let’s just say I’m seriously impressed by it.
  14. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Don’t expect to be able to use the Max with one hand if you were already complaining about the X.
  15. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Yes I went from the X to the max and I love it. Knew I wouldn’t have an issue with the size because I had the 6 plus, 6S plus and 7 plus before and even before that a few galaxy notes. I like big phones.
  16. Pinkdaisy macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2014
    I went from an X to an XS Max and I love it! It is bigger in my hand and i have smaller hands as I am a woman but i have a phone loop on my case and I am easily able to hold the phone. Best decision to get the Max!
  17. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    It's an adjustment for sure, but I have already found myself pretty comfortable with it. I went from the 7+ to the X to the Max and it's been great for me. I haven't had any of the problems people mention on here as well. It's actually been more of an upgrade than I thought it would be.
  18. madgalaxy macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2015
    I love my Max, even though I was originally not gonna upgrade. I have no reception or display issues others have been complaining about. I was a Plus user since the 6 and went to the X last year. I still feel the X is a two handed device in most aspects, as is the Max. The Max is much easier on my middle-aged eyes and the width of the device seems to add more gripe. The Max display is absolutely gorgeous! No regrets!
  19. seezar macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2018

    I went from the X to the Max. I was looking forward to a bigger screen for some of the same reasons as yourself, my aging eyesight. Sure when I first got it I could notice a size difference as far as handling it, but within a couple days I stopped noticing completely. If I was to go back and hold my X after using the Max for a while it would feel so small.
  20. Philthy84 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    I upgraded from an X to XS Max and love it. While I liked the X, I was kind of disappointed in the overall screen size when I first got it last year since I was a previous Plus owner (6+ & 6S+). I did contemplate switching out to an 8+ but I started to enjoy the iOS 11 interface without the home button and decided to keep it.

    For most current X users I’d say stick with the X for another year. The jump from X to XS is really not that significant for the price unless your on an upgrade program. But if you plan on going to the XS Max and have previous experience with the Plus iPhones it might be worth trying out at an Apple, network provider, electronics store.
  21. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Same. I went from the X the the Max and I’m pretty happy with it. I wanted a larger screen (why, I don’t really know, as I don’t play games or rarely watch videos on it) and being the same size as my previous 7 Plus, it’s not too terribly cumbersome. I like the larger keyboard, but wish the actual home screen icons were smaller. It’s a trade off really.
  22. Atiumite macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2013
    I went from an X to the Max, also for aging eyesight reasons, as well as wanting to consolidate to one device (I’m finally letting go of my iPad mini 2, RIP)... it’s been a fairly easy transition as far as physical usage, probably helped by the fact that the X was basically a two handed device for me. And as others have noted, it really doesn’t feel much heavier than my X. At first the displayed seemed so big - but it didn’t take long to get used to, and now the X seems rather diminutive in comparison. No signal issues, but I’m quite disappointed in the battery performance so far - after a week of use, it’s been barely as good - and often worse - than my X. And the overall performance seems less smooth than the X after iOS 12... in fact the Max feels like my X did on iOS 11. All that is to say, I’m torn whether to ultimately keep it or go back to my X - but for reasons I didn’t expect. Besides the enormous price tag, I thought the size would be the kicker - certainly wasn’t anticipating battery or performance disappointments.
  23. cc00lltt00nn macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2012
    Buford, GA
  24. jettie1767 macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    I went from the X to the Max. Had the plus phones before the X and I prefer the bigger screen so got the Max when it went on sale.
  25. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816


    Jun 26, 2011
    I did and i think I am going to go back to the XS. I have massive hands yet it still feels out of balance and I’d rather have smaller real estate with better control.

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