It's bigger, it's more expensive, it's the iPhone XS Max.
You've heard this proposition before.
Four years ago when Apple debuted the iPhone 6 plus it was a larger phone with a few more features and a higher price.
It also happened with the 6s Plus.
And the 7 Plus and the 8 Plus.
Then the iPhone X came out last year.
Now there's 6.5 inch iPhone XS Max.
Now the difference between the XS and the XS Max in nothing in terms of features, but there's a difference in terms of display.
You're getting 6.5 inches and it's basically the same size, physically, as the iPhone 8+.
Now, does that make a difference?
Am I living a tablet life?
What does it feel like to have a phone that's larger again and also more expensive.
This thing is 1099 going up to 1449.
Well I've been living with it Here's what it's like to be back in the big phone life.
The iPhone 10s max is bigger, but it doesn't have anything new in terms of features.
In fact, it has the same processor and the same camera as the iPhone 10s.
So, what you're looking at, is really just about screen size.
It's kind of like the iPad Pro models, between the 10.5 and the 12.9 inch You're going from a 5.8 inch iPhone to a 6.5 inch iPhone and It's all about the screen and the extra pixels and battery life.
This one's supposed to get an hour more battery life.
That's not a huge amount, but it's something.
The XS Max is expensive.
Starting at $1,099 going up to $1,449.
After tax, you'll be well into nice laptop range.
it's also harder to on hand hold and I have come to love the smaller 10's perfect size of screen balance.
So why would you need a bigger screen on the max?
I mean there was always the plus before, now the iPhone 10 basically has the screen size that's around the size of what a plus used to be so it already feels pretty large.
The max is better I think for watching movies Which always feel a little too letterboxed on the X.
Also for playing games, maybe if you want something like a Kindle, something you can web browse and use like a tablet.
You're paying $100 for the upgrade to the larger screen, which isn't terrible, but it also changes the size of the phone, obviously.
It's not bad.
It's manageable, but I think the ten really covers a lot more bases in a smaller form.
The biggest reason to go max might be the fact that it supports split view apps.
Now, apps that do that vary.
all of them take advantage of this.
But when it happens, it's really nice and it feels a little more like an iPad.
And there are some websites that already are taking advantage of it, like the New York Times.
Where when you turn into landscape mode the Maxwell Lite will see something that looks a lot more like a computer web browser experience versus a mobile.
I always like a lot of battery life in a phone and I haven't found a point where it's Exceeded my expectations.
The 10 S Max is supposed to last an hour longer than the 10 S, about an hour and a half longer than last year's 10.
An hour and a half is something, but it's not something that's going to be leaps and bounds beyond anything else, and the 10 R which is coming out in October might even have better battery life according to Apple's claims.
So far, using the iPhone XS Max heavily over the course of a day, it's lasted, but I've definitely found a need to recharge by mid-day, which is something that I always find using iPhones.
But I'm a pretty heavy user.
Or do you wanna wait for the XR?
In October, Apple is coming out with the iPhone XR, which is going to be a pretty large, 6.1 inch phone that's gonna cost less than the iPhone X and the XS Max.
Now it's gonna have a display that's a little lower resolution.
But still, if you want something that feels bigger, and you wanna be able to watch movies and read books on it, maybe that's your best bet.
We haven't reviewed that one yet, so stay tuned.
But if you really wanna buy the biggest, best iPhone no matter what the price, go ahead and get the XS Max, but don't say I didn't tell you to wait.