This amazing iPhone is not the biggest or most expensive. The iPhone XS combines a stunning, good-size 5.8in screen, svelte body and top-notch performance into one of the most appealing package from Apple to date.
- Screen: 5.8in Super Retina HD (OLED) (458ppi)
- Processor: Apple A12 Bionic
- RAM: 4GB of RAM
- Storage: 64, 256 or 512GB
- Operating system: iOS 12
- Camera: Dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS, 7MP front-facing camera
- Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fiac, NFC, Bluetooth 5, Lightning and GPS
- Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 177g
For now, apple’s Face ID is the best face recognition system in the business. The dual-camera system on the back is excellent, as is the performance of the A12 Bionic processor. And the class-leading gesture navigation system of iOS, which has replaced the home button of iPhones of yore.
Also, you are in line for about five years of software updates, which is likely at least two more than any other brand of phone. The iPhone XS is a metal and glass sandwich, and will smash just like the competition when dropped, but the stainless steel sides and glass back exude a luxury feel not matched by other phones. Sadly most will put it in a case.
The biggest downsides are the price, which at N360,000 is likely significantly more than the competition, and battery life, which only manages about a day of medium usage. The iPhone XS has wireless charging and supports fast charging via a USB-C to Lightning cable, but only ships with a slow charger in the box. Its cellular modem performance is also not as good as competitors, struggling more to keep a working 4G data connection in congested areas, particularly compared with the Mate 20 Pro.
Why should you buy it?
If you’re locked in to iOS, or want the longest software update coverage, then the iPhone XS is the best Apple smartphone you can buy (and not very far behind the Mate 20 Pro overall), thanks to its combination of size, camera, capability and luxurious feel.
Buy if: you want the best iPhone
Don’t buy if: you don’t want to spend N360K or want to use Android