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Apple iPhone XS Review
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  • The iPhone X set a new bar for what an iPhone could be. It was a massive step forward for Apple and put it ahead of many competitors in smartphone design and function.

The iPhone XS hasn’t broken mould like the iPhone X, and it has weaker battery life, but its camera, design and performance are class-leading

Поверед би гуардиан.цо.укОвај чланак под насловом “Apple iPhone XS review: two steps forward, one step back” је написао Самуел Гиббс, for theguardian.com on Thursday 4th October 2018 05.00 УТЦ

The iPhone XS isn’t the only all-screen iPhone on the block this year, but with its balance of large screen and small body, is it still the iPhone to buy?

To say that the iPhone XS looks exactly the same as the иПад к is somewhat of an understatement. Apart from a pair of new antenna lines and asymmetric holes in the bottom, the phone is an identical metal and glass sandwich. Unless you buy the new gold colour.

Fortunately that’s not a bad thing this generation, as it maintains everything that made last year’s iPhone X so good. That includes the large screen squeezed into a small body, the luxurious feel and top-notch new design that ditched the home button.

The 5.8in OLED screen is one of the best ever fitted to a smartphone and makes watching movies and TV shows on the commute a joy. The speakers are now louder, but there’s still no headphone jack nor a lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box this time round.

Weighing 177g, the iPhone XS is 3g heavier than the phone it replaces, 3g lighter than the Huawei P20 Pro but 14g heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S9. It’s also thinner than most at 7.7mm thick. All of which is to say it’s easy to pocket and handle, with either one or two hands.


  • Екран: 5.8in Super Retina HD (ОЛЕД) (458ппи)
  • Процесор: Apple A12 Bionic
  • РАМ: 4МБ РАМ-а
  • Складиштење: 64, 256 или 512ГБ
  • Оперативни систем: иПхоне 12
  • Камера: Dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS, 7МП предња камера
  • Повезивање: ЛТЕ, Ви-Фиац, НФЦ, Блуетоотх 5, Lightning and GPS
  • Димензије: 143.6 к 70.9 к 7.7 mm
  • Тежина: 177г

A12 Bionic

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The iPhone XS on the left, the iPhone XS Max on the right, both with black glass backs. Фотографија: Самуел Гиббс за Гуардиан

The iPhone XS has the same internals as its bigger sibling, the XS Max, and unsurprisingly performs exactly the same. With the six-core A12 Bionic the phone is responsive, smooth and likely has more raw power than most will need, until some magical new app comes along to take advantage of it.

Game performance is also excellent, while the improved AI processor speeds up AR experiences and other machine-learning systems.

нажалост, kao иПад КСС Макс, the iPhone XS marks a step backwards in terms of battery life for Apple. Where the iPhone X lasted 30 сати између два пуњења, the iPhone XS only just scrapes 24 сати.

That means if I take it off the charger at 7am on day one, it’ll only just make it to my alarm at 7am the next day without being plugged in, meaning you will definitely need to fully charge it at least once a day. On heavy days it would be on its knees as I made it to bed.

That was while using it as my primary device sending and receiving hundreds of emails, messages and push notifications, listening to five hours of music on Bluetooth headphones, watching an hour of Netflix, and shooting about 10 photos a day.

A full-day’s battery is the bare minimum that’s acceptable in 2018, and competitors can last closer to double that.

While there are many factors that affect battery life, it’s worth noting that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were affected to a greater extent by cellular network congestion, such as that experienced on commuter trains and in packed stations, than competitors.

Both phones bounced around between Edge, 3G and 4G more often than the iPhone X, Google’s Pixel 2 КСЛ а ОнеПлус 6, and even with full 4G signal the iPhones struggled to pull down data and got hotter where the competitors still managed to load sites and emails, albeit slowly.

иПхоне 12

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There’s a permanent notification on the lock screen when do not disturb is active, which I found essential as a reminder to switch of DND mode in the mornings. Фотографија: Самуел Гиббс за Гуардиан

The iPhone XS runs iOS 12 out of the box, which is a refinement of last year’s iOS 11 rather than a massive shakeup. It still has the same problems of status icons being lost because of the notch in the screen, but it has made big improvements with grouped notification handling and now has integrated wellbeing tools so you can keep an eye on your smartphone usage.

Apple has also added a prominent banner on the lock screen when you have Do Not Disturb active, which makes it much harder to forget to deactivate it when you wake up.

Face ID

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Hidden in the screen notch is the Face ID system, that scans your face to unlock your phone and authenticate payments. Фотографија: Самуел Гиббс за Гуардиан

Face ID returns as Apple’s only biometric option on the iPhone XS. It works just as well as it did last year, identifying me without fault, unveiling my notifications and unlocking the phone.

It can have problems with certain sunglasses, and it would also be nice to have the option of using my fingerprint to unlock or pay for things.


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The camera app is simple to use, but lacks a few features such as a phi grid. Фотографија: Самуел Гиббс за Гуардиан

The iPhone XS has the same camera system as fitted to the XS Max – two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, one with a wide-angle lens and the other a 2x telephoto lens.

New for this year is better detail capture, particularly when images are viewed at full resolution, and better low light performance. But it is Apple’s improved “Smart HDR” function that is most noticeable, making images with extremes of contrast such as those shot into the sun much more usable.

The portrait mode has also been improved, now with the ability to adjust the level of background blur after capture, which is fun.

The selfie camera is good, but not quite the best on the market for preserving skin detail. Some have complained that it smooths skin and makes them look orange, but that’s not something I could see in photos.


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The dual camera lump on the back is the same as the iPhone XS Max and last year’s iPhone X. Фотографија: Самуел Гиббс за Гуардиан
  • Паушални камера вири леђа, making it wobble around when being used on a desk
  • You can swipe across the gesture bar to jump to the previously used app
  • You need a USB-C to Lightning cable to fast charge the phone, but neither it nor a compatible charger are included in the box
  • The iPhone XS is water resistant to IP68 standards, which is a higher rating than last year’s iPhones
  • Wireless charging is great, but the iPhone heats up quite a lot while charging, more so than competitor phones
  • This iPhone XS, bought from Apple’s online store, charges just fine with the screen on or off


The iPhone XS comes in your choice of black, silver or gold, costing £ 999 for 64GB of storage, £1,149 for 256GB or £1,349 for 512GB.

За поређење, the иПад КСС Макс почиње у £ 1,099, the Huawei P20 Pro трошкови £669, the Samsung Galaxy S9 costs £639 и ОнеПлус 6 трошкови £469.

The 6.1in iPhone XR will be released in October costing £749 for £64GB of storage.


The иПад к set a new bar for what an iPhone could be. It was a massive step forward for Apple and put it ahead of many competitors in smartphone design and function.

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.

Прос: сјајан екран, small body, premium feel, top-notch camera, water resistant, бежично пуњење, Face ID

Цонс: no headphone socket, no fingerprint scanner, glass will break if dropped, very expensive, no fast charger or USB-C cable in the box, no headphones adapter in the box

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Look, new antenna lines and asymmetric speaker grilles. Фотографија: Самуел Гиббс за Гуардиан

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