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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS compared

iPhone XS Max (left) has a 6.5-inch screen in an iPhone Plus-sized body, with all of the same features of the iPhone XS.

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iPhone XS Max Plus-sized

If the iPhone Plus models were too big for your hands, this one will be, too.

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iPhone XS Max biggest display ever

The 6.5-inch OLED display is the largest one on any iPhone ever made.

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS compared

The iPhone XS and XS Max have identical cameras, processors and RAM.

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS compared

The iPhone XS Max is really just a bigger phone for bigger hands and a slightly longer battery life.

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iPhone XS Max biggest display ever

Imagine an iPhone Plus model that's all screen, and that's pretty much the iPhone XS Max. Its display packs in tons of pixels (2,688x1,242).

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iPhone XS Max notch

The notch at the top of the XS Max is the same as the X and XS.

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iPhone XS Max notch

The notch vanishes more on the larger-bodied phone, making the all-screen effect more immersive.

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iPhone XS Max no 5G

Apple didn't include 5G on the newest iPhones, but there is faster gigabit LTE than their predecessors.

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iPhone XS Max no 5G

On the test Verizon account I used, iPhone XS delivered with download speeds of 250 Mbps in New Jersey vs. 170 Mbps using the same SIM on the iPhone X.

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iPhone XS Max left side

The left edge with the ring/silent switch and the volume buttons.

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iPhone XS Max right side

On the right side is the SIM card tray and sleep/wake button.

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iPhone XS Max top

The top view reveals an antenna line on the left.

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iPhone XS Max bottom

Across the bottom from left-to-right is an antenna line, microphone, lighting port and speaker.

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iPhone XS Max gold

The gold glass back takes on different hues depending on the background and lighting. But it mostly looks beige.

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS water resistance

The iPhone XS Max is rated IP68 which means it can withstand being submerged to 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS water resistance

Last year's iPhone X was only water resistant up to 1 meter.

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iPhone XS Max wireless charging

The glass back of the iPhone XS Max allows for wireless charging. Here it is on the Logitech Powered wireless charging stand.

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iPhone XS Max price

The other big feature for the iPhone XS Max is the price. It starts out at $1,099, £1,099 or AU$1,799 for a 64GB model.

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iPhone XS Max camera

Despite not getting entirely new camera hardware, the cameras on the XS Max are an improvement over those on last year's iPhone X.

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iPhone XS Max Smart HDR

There is Smart HDR which improves on last year's Auto HDR and it is indeed better.

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iPhone XS Max Smart HDR

The new sensor and ISP definitely made my photos look better.

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iPhone XS Max portrait lighting mode

Portrait Mode now comes with an adjustable bokeh effect, for adjusting blur after the photo's taken.

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iPhone XS iPhone XS Max camera

Whether you get an iPhone XS or XS Max, there is absolutely no difference in image quality.

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iPhone XS Max zoom

Like the iPhone XS, X, 8 Plus and 7 Plus, the XS Max has two times optical zoom.

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iPhone XS Max zoom

Optical zoom lets you get closer to your subject without needing to be too close.

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iPhone XS Max infinity

There are a lot of new iPhones in this photo.

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iPhone XS Max selfies

Portrait Lighting effects for selfies that digitally remove the background are improved but still hit-or-miss.

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iPhone XS Max video

Sometimes you just need to take a seat and look at the videos you record. The added HDR and extra stabilization made my more casual videos look better than I expected.

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iPhone XS Max iOS 12

The iPhone XS Max runs iOS 12 which includes the addition of Screen Time that shows which apps you use the most.

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS compared Memoji

Last year, there was Animoji (left) and this year iOS 12 on the iPhone XS Max brings Memoji (right).

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iPhone XS Max Fortnite

Fortnite on the iPhone XS Max is an experience to behold (I don't really like Fortnite).

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS gaming compared

Just how much more screen do you get for games? A lot.

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iPhone XS Max AR

Thanks to the A12 Bionic processor, AR apps and games run well.

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iPhone XS Max AR

More AR on the iPhone XS Max.

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iPhone XS Max

Is that a T-Rex on your screen? Why yes, it is.

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iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS Max is the luxury yacht of phones. I probably won't buy one because of the price, but it's a nice ride.

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iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS Max

Size comparison between the iPhone 8 Plus and XS Max.

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS compared

From left to right: The iPhone 8, XS, 8 Plus and XS Max.

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iPad and iPhone XS Max

Size comparison between an iPad (9.7 inch) and iPhone XS Max.

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Kindle and iPhone XS Max

Size comparison between a Kindle and iPhone XS Max.

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Switch and iPhone XS Max

Size comparison between the Nintendo Switch and iPhone XS Max.

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iPhone XS, XS Max and Gameboy

Left to right: iPhone XS, Gameboy, iPhone XS Max.

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iPhone XS, XS Max and sparkling water

Left to right: iPhone XS, can of sparkling water, pepper shaker, iPhone XS Max and an old Nokia phone.

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iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9

Size comparison between the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy S9 Plus.

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iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS Max

The camera humps on the iPhone 8 Plus (left) and iPhone XS Max (right).

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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max compared

The same photo displayed on the iPhone XS (left) and XS Max (right).

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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max compared

Maps on both new iPhones.

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iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS compared

The already-great iPhone X gets modestly better in this year's update, but picking which version to get is hard to judge without seeing the not-yet-here XR.

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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max compared

A CNET article, displayed on both new iPhones to compare.

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iPhone XS Max

Check out my full in-depth review of the iPhone XS Max for more of my thoughts on this behemoth.

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