Amaz­ing iPhone XS Max

With this you can even pre­tend you’re a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, says the writer

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I’VE HAD my iPhone 7 for a lit­tle while now and have been won­der­ing what my next phone will be.

I’m not sure if I’m still will­ing to up­grade to an­other Ap­ple phone – mostly be­cause of the price tags.

So, try­ing out the iPhone XS Max has been in­ter­est­ing. I used my cell­phone (mostly) for three things: pod­casts, work and so­cial me­dia. I had the phone for about a week, to judge it.

First, the phone is way big­ger than my iPhone 7, so it took a while for me to get used to the heav­i­ness.

On the plus side, the screen isn’t much big­ger than the iPhone 8Plus, so it’s not much of a leap for peo­ple who have that phone al­ready.

What I love about the big­ger screen is be­ing able to work and write bet­ter on it. That was a big deal for me.

A friend told me that if you have an XS Max, it’s the same as hav­ing a lap­top. I was go­ing to test this on a week-long work trip but the phone had to be re­turned be­fore I left.

For this new gen­er­a­tion phone, Ap­ple got rid of the home but­ton – which on my phone has the fin­ger­print un­lock fea­ture. They have in­stead in­tro­duced face recog­ni­tion to un­lock the phone. This is pretty cool un­til you are busy work­ing and have to lift up the heavy phone to your face to un­lock, rather than just putting your fin­ger on the home but­ton.

What was im­pres­sive about the face recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy was that I set it up while not wear­ing my spec­ta­cles but I still man­aged to open it while wear­ing them. Same with a few pairs of sun­glasses I tried.

The phone takes im­pres­sive pic­tures – both the front and back cam­eras, es­pe­cially on por­trait mode. You can even pre­tend you are a pho­tog­ra­pher by ad­just­ing the cam­eras f-stop for bet­ter pic­tures.

When it comes to sound quality, I was to­tally blown away. The sound from this phone is amaz­ing. I could put the phone on speaker in one room and walk around and do chores while lis­ten­ing to the pod­casts.

There have been some changes on the home screen. You need a dif­fer­ent but­ton se­quence to take a screen grab and to see the re­main­ing bat­tery life, you have to drag down the con­trol cen­tre, which is on the top right.

And now to the price. The cheap­est is the 64GB iPhone XS Max and the most ex­pen­sive is the 512GB at about R31 999. This, as my friend Le­bo­gang said, is the price of two hol­i­days. I love the sound, I love the pic­ture quality but I won’t be buy­ing this one.

The other week, I went to cover a story at the IPCC head­quar­ters in Zu­urbekom. My col­league Sim­phiwe and I were at­tacked by church mem­bers who wanted to go through our phones. The whole time they had the phone I kept think­ing: “This phone is ex­pen­sive. If the glass breaks I will die.”

It’s over­all a lovely phone but for that price tag, I’d rather go on holiday with my ba­sic iPhone 7 and not die of an anx­i­ety at­tack every time it falls.


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