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Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

from  $999+
Apple iPhone XS and XS MAX Review

Apple iPhone XS and XS MAX Review

Posted   09.21.18
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90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Last year's iPhone X defined a new kind of normal for Apple's smartphone fans. This year's iPhone XS, meanwhile, is all about balancing polish and progress. The XS uses the same thoughtfully updated iOS 12 as the iPhone X and their physical designs are basically identical, but a more powerful chipset and much-needed camera improvements make the XS a solid step forward. If you're itching for a new iPhone and can justify the hefty cost, the XS is the safe choice -- but you should probably wait to see what the forthcoming iPhone XR has to offer.

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Pros
  • First-rate build quality
  • Excellent performance
  • Helpful camera improvements
  • iOS 12 is fantastic
  • Slightly more durable than the iPhone X
Cons
  • Still very expensive
  • Minute design changes mean old cases might not fit well
  • Incremental battery gains
90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

10
William
To unaffordable to be considered for purchase by most people.
70
ABDALMAYAN
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
Daniel
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
88
Average Critic Score
 
90
The Verge
I would not rush out to spend another $999 on the XS if you have a X, but if you’re already deep into a preorder, don’t worry: you will love the iPhone XS. It is, indeed, more iPhone, and it will probably hold up for years to come. I definitely prefer the Pixel 2’s camera, but the iPhone XS isn’t that far behind, and it’s still a significant improvement over previous iPhones.
 
90
CNET
The iPhone XS adds some impressive camera improvements to the already-great iPhone X. But you should seriously wait and see what the lower-priced XR coming in October is like.
 
90
Digital Trends
The most boring iPhone of 2018 is still the best.
 
90
TechRadar
Yes, the iPhone XS is the best phone Apple's ever created, but that's not really a surprise - it's the new one. The bigger question is: what's actually changed, given the design is so similar to last year? Well, the speakers are more powerful and 'wider' in sound, the camera has been enhanced with Smart HDR, the battery management is better and the chipset is far more powerful inside. These are all just tweaks though, and it's smart from Apple to remove the iPhone X from sale, as that would be a far more attractive option this year.
 
90
Mashable
Don't be fooled by the "S" label — the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the best and most powerful iPhones Apple's ever made.
 
80
Wired
I still think you shouldn’t feel like you have to upgrade if you invested in last year’s phones—or even if you have a slightly older phone, like an iPhone 7. Is there a palpable difference between these models and your one- or two-year old phone? Yes, absolutely. But that doesn’t mean your older phone is bad. That’s the thing about high-end smartphones, these mini-computers in our pockets: even last year’s models are still pretty darn amazing.
 
80
TrustedReviews
With the same steep starting price as last year’s iPhone X, the new iPhone XS still feels overpriced based the market’s general price/performance balance but that’s nothing new where Apple is concerned. This is still a superb handset that, provided you look after it, has the stones to last you a long time, with looks and camera credentials to boot.
 
100
The Guardian
The iPhone XS maintains the forward-looking design and function, feeling wonderful in the hand, has a noticeably better camera and is still arguably the best phone on the market right now at balancing screen size with usability. But it’s certainly not perfect, with weaker battery life than last year and a still eye-watering price. With the cheaper 6.1in iPhone XR around the corner, it might be worth waiting to see what it’s like before shelling out £999, but the iPhone XS is still great.
 
80
Expert Reviews
The iPhone Xs is a great smartphone, but if you’re going to spend this much money you might as well get the Xs Max instead.
 
90
AppleInsider
Viewed as a modest update continuing along a trailblazing path, the iPhone XS is another big win for Apple.