The iPhone XS Max was Apple’s biggest and most expensive iPhone ever. Launched alongside the XS in September 2018, the XS Max was lauded above all else just for having a massive screen. While the XS Max is a very impressive and imposing phone, it offers precious little improvement over the XS – or even 2017’s iPhone X – beyond its bigger screen.
So, is the XS Max worth buying in 2020? And was it ever worth buying in the first place?
In this review:
- Design – The iPhone XS Max doesn’t use its extra bulk well
- Cameras – The same excellent cameras from the iPhone XS
- Battery Life – Solid, if unspectacular
- Performance – Top-notch A12 processor makes it speedy
- Cost and Value for Money – At $1,100, can the XS Max ever be worth it?
- iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XR – Which is the right iPhone for you?
- iPhone XS Max Verdict – Should you go large on the new iPhone?
OLEDs are generally better but LCDs are cheaper.
The higher the numbers, the better — generally.
Measured in milliampere hours. The larger the number, the better.
Measured in gigabytes, more RAM allows phones to handle more tasks at once.
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iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Pro Max
|iPhone XR||iPhone XS||iPhone XS Max|
|Cost||From $749||From $999||From $1,099|
|Screen size (in)||6.1||5.8||6.5|
|Dimensions (HxWxD mm)||150.9×75.7×8.3||143.6×70.9×7.7||157.5×77.4×7.7|
|Storage sizes (GB)||64, 128, 256||64, 256, 512||64, 256, 512|
|Processor||A12 Bionic||A12 Bionic||A12 Bionic|
|Rear camera||Single 12Mp||Dual 12Mp||Dual 12Mp|
|Front camera||7Mp TrueDepth||7Mp TrueDepth||7Mp TrueDepth|
Of course, if price is a concern, you could always try to find a refurbished iPhone X for less than the price of an iPhone XR.
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