iPhone XS Max The XS Max is the best iPhone of all time.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Razeus, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. Razeus, Oct 3, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2018

    Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    There's something about the iPhone XS Max. It's the same as my other iPhones, but yet different.

    I've owed all of the iPhones since the 3GS, with the exception of the iPhone 7. My favorite iPhones of all time have been the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 6S. Now the top place for best iPhone of all time is the iPhone XS Max. This phone is perfect.

    My previous phone was the iPhone X. It was the phone I had been waiting for, or so I had thought. Unfortunately, my experience with the iPhone X wasn't a great one. I've wiped and reset the phone more times than I care to count. Apple couldn't, or wouldn't help me. When the iPhone XS Max launched, I couldn't leave the X behind fast enough.

    The Screen
    My jaw dropped. The screen is huge and not in a distracting way. It's absolutely beautiful. I didn’t see the big deal about OLED on the iPhone X. I thought it looked the same as my LCD based 6S Plus. With the XS Max, I see what the hype was about.

    Colors are properly saturated, vibrant, whites are whites, and blacks are blacks on the 6.5” inch canvas. There’s so much more room to process photos, view videos, and create movies. I don’t know anything about the science behind all this, but this has to be the best screen in a smartphone ever. I love looking at this thing.

    I loved the size of the "Plus" phones. I got the X because I could have the same screen size, yet in a smaller package. That was a mistake. It felt too small to me. It was also too narrow. The XS Max fits perfectly in my hand.

    The Cameras
    When I first got my iPhone X, I went out and explored Galveston Island and Moody Gardens to get "sample" photos. I was amazed at the quality. I had just came from the iPhone 6S, so the camera improvements were noticed. The top feature I was eager to see was the "portrait mode". It worked. Sometimes. It needed more work, especially when compared to The Pixel 2.

    Portrait Mode would simply over compensate its bokeh effect. It couldn't tell the subject from the background and thus, you would get unnatural looking blur. Understandably, one can't expect bokeh quality you would get from a DSLR, but for a smartphone, when the effect worked, it worked pretty well.

    The iPhone XS Max now allows me to control the bokeh effect by changing the aperture variable after taking the shot. So when they iPhone gets it wrong I can change a few settings and get it right.

    Exposure is greatly improved as well. Blown highlights were a problem for me on the X, despite its supposed improvements. With the new processing algorithms Apple uses in the XS, photos are more well controlled and have greater dynamic range. Having a clean shot is crucial since I usually put my photos through some type of post processing.

    Photos are clear. Low light performance is excellent. Perhaps the photos look "too digital" with the Smart HDR feature (sometimes I want the shadows to be shadows), but what I do know I'll be shooting with my iPhone more and more instead of taking along by Sony RX100 V.

    I will tell anyone who will listen, that my iPhone X has connectivity issues. It was slow on AT&T's LTE network. I didn't get any reception in my office building. My phone basically didn't work or worked slowly unless I was using it during off peak hours or on wi-fi.

    All of that is gone now. I can get reception in my office, although not as fast as I would like, but I don't have to step outside anytime I need to use my phone.
    AT&T LTE is what it is. I get variable speeds depending on what time of day it is and where I am in the city, but now it's more consistent. My previous phone simply didn't function with a weak signal. It was so bad that I vowed that I'd make sure my next iPhone had a Qualcomm chip in it (my X was an AT&T model that had an Intel modem). When I heard that Apple was going Intel only for modems in these iPhones, my heart sank. I was looking to switch carriers in order to have a Qualcomm modem in my iPhone X. All of those fears have been put to rest. The connection is reliable.

    Consistent and reliable connectivity shouldn't even be a feature to be discussed, but there was clearly something wrong with my X. Now I see the reason the XS added more antennas. Apple will never admit it, but the XS fixed those short comings with adding more antennas.

    Battery Life
    I'm back to all day battery life folks. I take my phone off the charger at 4:30am to hit the gym. At 10pm, it's back on the wireless charger with 15% battery life. Days of heavy usage, I can top off a charge on my 30 minute drive on the way home from work.

    My X would need to hit the charger about 2pm consistently. Didn't matter if it was iOS 11 or iOS 12. It was such a problem, I bought a cheaper wireless cradle for my office desk. I still don't know what the deal was, according to Apple, the phone was one. 11 months in, the batter life was 90%.

    iOS 12
    You can have the best looking phone with all the latest and greatest hardware in the world, but none of that matters if the operating system is not up to par. Much of my experience of the iPhone X was due to iOS 11. That had to be the most unpolished iOS ever.

    All of the issues I had with iOS 11 are gone with iOS12. Everything is smoother, silky, and buttery. Animations are great. The calculator app works. I don't get random reboots or home screen re-springs. Apps don't seem to crash.

    The only quip I have with iOS 12 is some apps don't render properly for the new screen size. This is really on the developers to fix and I'm sure they will in due time.

    Again, I have to be cliche: This is the best iPhone ever. It literally just works.
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    So, what issues does the XS resolve that impacted your enjoyment of the X?
  3. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    If the iPhone is So great.

    Why can’t I enable Haptic keyboard vibration?

    Or why can’t I silent those Amber Alerts ?

    I like to Hear typing sound on the Keyboard why can’t the iPhone set anything but 20% Volume for Keyboard Sounds ?

    Why does pressing the Display off button on the right side of the XsMAX which I’ve used now for 2 weeks end the call when pressed. ?

    Here the thing plain and simple these devices MUST be a Phone First. And in every way my S8 Plus is a better PHONE. Than the XsMAX.
    In terms of Making and Receiving calls and Data.
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Return the phone.

    The thread is about why the OP is thrilled with his phone etc. just because he loves it, that doesn’t mean others agree.
  5. Squirreljam macrumors member


    Sep 19, 2014
    The max has some great traits for sure; gorgeous screen, great audio, great camera - but for me, the whole was less than the sum of the parts, so I returned mine (256gb) yesterday and am back on my four-year-old regular-size 6. I just couldn’t stomach the size, weight and cost. I do really need a new phone, this one has no
    Siri mic, no speakerphone mic and no NFC reception so point-of-sale Apple Pay doesn’t work. Current plan is a xr when released with 128 but we’ll see...
  6. Cryates macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Don’t know, never had any problems with my iPhones (including this one) acting as a phone.
  7. ANTAWNM26 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    But I’m curious as to if said op makes a thread that only warrants someone who agrees with op to reply? I’m just trying to understand your reply and the rules your implying
  8. Macalway, Oct 3, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2018

    Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    First of all, this is simply subjective. I own the Max and its like carrying an iPad. For some reason these things keep getting heavier. I'll bet it wears out clothing (i'm serious)

    So there's that. Nice phone though, no doubt. :)
  9. Caspavio macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2018
    lol op's post sound like an apple keynote.
  10. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Alex responded to the thread questioning the OP's subjective posting, as if the OP needed to justify his being thrilled with the phone, when Alex isn't.

    The OP did not ask for approval from others, nor did he seek to debate his OP. He merely posited his personal and subjective opinion.

    Others are free to post. I was merely pointing out to Alex, the error of his posting. Alex is also the same person who has returned numerous iPhones in a short amount of time. He has always had something wrong with his phones. He also seems to dislike iOS and apparently, its many shortcomings. Hence, my appeal to him to return his phone and use something that will make him happy.
  11. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Sounds like it’s a good thing you have an S8 Plus.

    PS, for such a terrible phone, the amber alert was silenced on my Max, I can hear the keyboard clicks even in a loud room, and pressing the display off button doesn’t end my calls. User error? ‍♂️
    --- Post Merged, Oct 3, 2018 ---
    This. So much this. It’s not that this Alex kid/guy/girl doesn’t have the right to post. It’s just that the negativity gets old when you see the same regurgitated stuff over, and over again. It’s the same thing every year to where you’d think he/she would find what does make them happy and move on.
  12. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    Off topic, but how do you like your RX100 V? I’ve been thinking about getting the VI.
  13. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2012
    I would agree. Only thing I would change is the weight. I wish it weight the same as the 7 Plus or less. Everything else I agree with. Im still in awe of this damn thing everyday. I can't put it down for more than like 5 mins lol
    --- Post Merged, Oct 3, 2018 ---
    No offense but i'm assuming you're a bit "older"? Younger generation doesn't really use the phone aspect of the iPhone anymore. It sounds like you'd be surprised how many people don't really make phone calls like that if it's not business related. Texting and chatting through apps is a lot easier for most people.
  14. kdoug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    I’ve carried a 6 plus for over 3 years now but I’m usually in dress pants. All my pockets are in tact.
  15. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    6+ is 177g I believe. Max at around 204g. It's heavy, comparatively. I don't mind, but some will. Trade off.

    iPhone 7 is like 140g? .

    Nice :)
  16. Ebok Suspended

    Aug 22, 2018
    see bold
  17. NJHitmen macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2010
    Refreshing thread, thanks for posting. So many threads/posts around here are bursting with palpable rage, frustration, dissatisfaction, and/or serve only as platforms for MR users to antagonize one another. Reading OP’s glowing review shines a positive light into an otherwise (largely) dark forum.

    And it makes me want a Max.
  18. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    This is the inter-webs... the same crew that "raged" over a free album being loaded onto their iPods and iPhones. Free. F R E E.... FREE!!!!
  19. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    What do you mean?! iPhone 6 does have all of those features.

    Ah, it’s that Alex! How did you know?
    Edit - ignore me, just saw his username properly. too early in the morning.
  20. razmonster macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2017
    because it was U2 and not everyone likes U2 and didn't it takes up storage?
  21. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    It was in the cloud, you didn't have to save the files to local storage.

    I get a weekly paper deliver to my home. I don't pay for it. I don't read it. It typically goes from my door step into the trash. But I don't "rage" about it like the internet would.
  22. razmonster macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2017
    and those papers are annoying too
  23. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    I had a good 5 minute play with one today for the first time at my local Apple Store.

    It was surprisingly manageable! I've developed a swivel-grip that allows me to reach the top edge with one hand, even on the Max.

    I really didn't want this to be the case, as the Max now emerges as a potential future option for me. :eek:

    Having a sensible think about things, the price is just too much....but then, i'm saving half the cost of the X on a staff plan, so the Max cost isn't a deterrent for me.........conundrums!
  24. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    I found the distribution center where those newspapers went out for delivery. Since it was near my office, I'd drop the unwanted paper on the doorstep of the distribution center on my way to work. I'm sure that it wasn't because of me, but they did stop delivering those free "newspaper lite" copies. :)

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