The Apple Newbie iPhone XS Max Review

The Apple Ecosystem just keeps getting better the further down the rabbit hole I get

Jason Weiland


Photo by Vinoth Ragunathan on Unsplash

The word I use most to describe this phone is “AMAZING!”

The iPhone XS Max launched in September of 2018, but I didn’t get my hands on one until June 2021. I wanted a phone with a great camera that I could use to take pictures for Instagram, and 4K video for YouTube. I wanted a phone that was fast and problem-free.

I wanted an Apple iPhone.

I didn’t go for the iPhone 12 because it is still too expensive for my taste — the same with the 11. For a cheapskate like me, this was the perfect combination of Apple goodness and price. My phone was on sale at PHP 37,000 which is about $735. I could have gotten it for much cheaper because the 64 GB storage version was on sale for PHP 29,000, but I really wanted more space and I ended up with 256 GB.

I was able to finance the camera for 12 months with no interest, which is great because I didn’t have that kind of cash to part with.

I wanted an iPhone because I want it to work with my MacBook Air, and be able to take video or pictures and airdrop them for Photoshopping and editing without any trouble and that is just what I got.

Also, my mail and calendar sync perfectly, and Google Maps, which I use a lot of the time, works just fine as well. I am by no means a power user, but the things I do I want to work flawlessly and they did.

Apple Music is another thing that works great on both devices and I can’t wait to get some AirPods Pro to take it for a spin.

The Screen

According to, these are the specs for the display on the iPhone XS Max:

  • Super Retina OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 625 nits (typ)
  • Size — 6.5 inches, 102.9 cm2 (84.4% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution — 1242 x 2688 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (458 PPI density)
  • Protection — Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • Wide color gamut, 3D Touch, True-tone

Here is what I know for sure. Even though the screen has some protection, I bought a…



Jason Weiland

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