iPhone XS Using X or Xs for watching movies on the go

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  1. lyutin macrumors regular

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    Coming from 7 plus I immediately noticed that the Xs screen is smaller and narrower. I’m within my 14 days and wondering what to do, I played with friend’s max and thought it was a bit too big, and a bit too awkward to maneuver and/or hold, especially for long periods of time. The other issue I found with the max was that it was a bit too heavy and because the screen is so big it’s harder to reach top of it in case I need to slide down the notifications or control panel, it wasn’t much of a hassle for me with the 7 plus. I commute to work via metro for about 30-40 mins each way and typically watch Netflix or showtime movies I download with other hand holding a cup of coffee.

    So my question is to people that have the X or Xs and consume media and watch movies, how doeble is it? At the moment I’m still not used to the smaller screen maybe it’s the aspect ratio of these new devices, even though it fits in the hand like magic. One hand typing is back again xs also feel quicker then the xs max, even though the specs on them is identical, maybe more of psychological thing. Xr is not an option as I see that device as a downgrade. 6.1-6.2 inch screen would be actually awesome...
     
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 68000

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    Depends on the ratio of the film you are watching. 16:9 will look better on the 8 obviously. but a lot of movies are filmed in wider aspect ratios that will fit better on the X/Ms/Max
     
  3. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a

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    If you do a search you will find this has been discussed at great length given the size of the screen and aspect ratio have been known and used for over a year now. There are plenty of threads.

    Short answer: If you are used to the size of 16:9 videos on the Plus, you will likely find the X/XS to feel small. The 19.5:9 is not as tall in landscape mode and often letterboxed. If you zoom to fill the screen you will crop all four sides of the video and lose content behind the notch.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/do-you-watch-films-on-your-xs-max.2145226/
     
  5. jasoncordelle macrumors regular

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    I came from a 7Plus to a X.
    I regularly watch video content on my X...as I did on my 7Plus

    I haven't ever felt like I have lost screen real estate on my iPhone. I enjoy the better screen technology and the notch has all but disappeared for me, so that's not an issue.
    Most movies I watch have been shot in wider format than 16:9, so when double-tapped to fill the screen, I feel like I am actually getting MORE than I was on the 7Plus.

    Maybe it's just me, but that's my experience...and it has been for around a year.
     
  6. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Most content and shows are 16x9, so the max will be better. I had the X and missed the bigger screen on the 7 Plus for video. The max brings 16x9 video back to the Plus size video. Wide screen movies look even bigger on the max.
     
  7. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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    When I had the X I watched movies and videos just fine. You use what you got.
     
  8. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    Possibly the most rational statement I’ve seen on these forums for weeks!
     
  9. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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    Yup. If it wasn’t for the Max coming out I would still have my X and been happy with it. But the Max is here and the X is my wife’s now.
     
  10. JUCJ85 macrumors 6502

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    I went from the 7+ to a XS Max, this is a reason I didn't upgrade in 2017 to the X, the lost real-estate, but with the 6.5 Inch Max it feels much better, much in line with a Plus model.
     

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