Apple rates among the very best smartphone companies in the world and it is easy to see why. Apart from the fact that their products are gradually becoming the most sought after in the mobile market, their innovative, efficient, strong and scintillating phones has cemented a place in the hearts of smartphone lovers and tech geeks.
Just when we thought we’d had so much to savour with lots of scintillating iPhones already, Apple wowed the world with the release of the smartphone trio in 2018, of which XS Max is the biggest, and as expected, most expensive. Almost everything about this smartphone is amazing. From its unusually large and remarkable screen to its user-friendly features, iPhone XS Max showed Apple remains the king of the smartphone world.
Quite frankly, apart from how much it goes for in the current market, everything you can say or think about iPhone XS Max is positive. Talk about lovely features; talk about amazing design and build up; talk about a sharp camera and a smooth processor; the phone has it all. You can boldly rate this smartphone among the very best of all times.
In this post, we will take a deep look at this smartphone, considering the good, the bad and the best of this mobile revelation. We will also consider some of the phone’s remarkable features and how much it goes for in the current market in South Africa.
Prices of iPhone XS Max in South Africa
Depending on the memory size, the iPhone XS Max can be purchased between the price brackets of ZAR$9,810 to ZAR$16,658 in most of the reputable smartphone stores in South Africa. Prices of iPhone XS in popular online stores in South Africa are summarized below.
|iPhone XS Max 64GB||ZAR$9,810 – ZAR$12,956|
|iPhone XS Max 256GB||ZAR$10,587 – ZAR$14,067|
|iPhone XS Max 512GB||ZAR$11,105 – ZAR$16,658|
PRICES LAST UPDATED: MARCH 20, 2022.
Note that the variation of the prices is as a result of certain factors which include the internal memory size, the period and location of purchase, the currency exchange rate at the time of purchase and other similar factors. Mobile phones are usually expensive during festive periods and you can expect the iPhone XS Max to be more expensive towards the tail end of the year.
Apple is one of the biggest names in the smartphone industry as it stands; a fact that doesn’t look to change soon. While the brand is well known for their high tech and innovative products, their prices are even sometimes more popular than the product. iPhone XS, more than any other Apple smartphones ever, is rated one of the most expensive mobile phones ever. Although some will argue the features, design and overall feel of the phone deserves some accolades and make it worth the price, some others are of the opinion the smartphone remains strangely expensive.
iPhone XS Max Specs
- Release date: September 2018
- Operating system: iOS 12
- Display: 6.5 inches
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal memory: 64GB/256GB/512GB
- Processor: Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
- Networks: 2G , 3G & 4G (GSM, HSPA, CDMA, EVDO, & LTE)
- Camera: 12MP Dual LED Camera (Main), 7MP (Selfie)
- Battery: 3174 mAh, non-removable
- Other interesting features: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama).
iPhone XS Max Review
When Apple launched iPhone X in 2017, the world was wowed by the efficiency, innovation and class. It was the peak of the market and in all fairness, everyone thought it would be difficult to better that. Not true, the iPhone X-family trio released towards the end of 2018 smashed that in the smoothest of fashion. Can we ever get enough of Apple?
The iPhone XS Max also marks the biggest iPhone ever. It is one smartphone your pocket will feel, both in size and price. It was among the fantastic flagship trio released in 2018 and serves as the bigger version of the already popular iPhone XS. Despite its price, iPhone XS Max rates among the very best phones launched in 2018 and have already drawn so much praise from all over the world.
Design & Body
If you are used to Apple products, you most likely wouldn’t be surprised to see another scintillating design from the brand. This time though, there is an extra in almost everything you can think about the phone, including the size. The iPhone X introduced a new dimension to the designs of iPhones, a lovely glass and stainless steel design mixed with a sleek OLED. This time, the iPhone XS Max boasts something different. Although it still has a touch of the generic Apple smartphone design, it is bigger, sleeker and, dare to say, classier.
Just like iPhone XS, this smartphone features a stainless steel band with a lovely designed glass back and OLED display. One of the most impressing things about the design of this phone is how it manages to squeeze a 6.5-inch screen into a body that is shorter and a bit narrower than the iPhone 8 Plus that features a 5.5-inch screen. The phone also manages a slim body, slimmer than most other phones in its category.
Although it is one of Apple’s heaviest phones, you wouldn’t really feel the weight that much, thanks to its lovely design and overall feel. If you are used to carrying Apple smartphones in your hands, this would most likely feel different and might require some time to get used to it. Apart from that, iPhone XS Max deserves to be rated among the very best smartphones ever when it comes to design and body.
This is the first main difference you’d notice about the phone. This smartphone was specially designed for Apple fans that have always complained about the portable screens iPhones. This marks a difference. The 6.5-inch screen places iPhone XS Max as the biggest and largest iPhone ever. Not only does the OLED display rate it among the finest of smartphones, but it also boasts a unique split-view mode in various Apple mobile apps including emails and calendar.
iPhone XS Max also features super retina displays just like the other iPhones released in 2018, with the popular iPhone XS boasting 611 nits on the brightness meter and iPhone XS recording a commendable 606 nits. When it comes to colour, contrast, brightness and overall display, this phone is one to beat. Apple fans can now play games, watch movies, browse and use other apps on a larger, sleeker screen in iPhone XS Max.
Another feature iPhone XS and XS max both share. While there is a difference in the sizes and prices of both phones, they maintain almost the same performance rating. Both phones are powered by a unique A12 Bionic chip, a 64 bit Soc that has 6 cores and 2 performance cores that ensures about 15 percent fast operation than previous iPhone models. The iOS12 makes the smartphones faster. You can easily navigate around the OS. Suspended applications don’t necessarily need to reload their content often when the Random Access Memory fills u, which in turn means that apps will launch quicker.
iPhone XS Max is available in three different colours: Black, Silver and Gold. Apple never disappoints in terms of colours and overall beauty and this is another from the top drawer.
Apple needed to make a statement as regards their smartphones’ camera quality; and this time, you bet they did. iPhone XS and XS Max both feature mind-blowing camera quality and can proudly compete with the very best smartphone cameras in the world as it stands. The dual 12 MP camera they both share offers a smoother, clearer and more detailed image and video quality compared to previous Apple smartphones.
Both smartphones also feature a unique HDR mode which ensures faster sensors and an advanced ISP. It also offers better Depth Control which enables you to adjust the depth of field after shooting. You also benefit from a wider field range and sharper focus. Do not forget its lovely 7 MP front shooter for a selfie. This is a big plus to Apple and one they can proudly boast of.
iPhone XS and XS Max boast a lot of similar features and this is another. New generation Apple smartphones boast of this feature and this phone follows suit. Just like iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max boasts a waterproof rating of IP68. This means that even if your phone falls in water up to 2 meters deep, it can be in there for 30 minutes without any real damage.
Over the years, Apple has release smartphones that were not so impressive in terms of battery capacity. They needed to improve on that and iPhone XS max offered that perfect platform. Get in here, Apple loves!
While the iPhone XS registers a rumoured 2,658 mAh battery capacity, which is a little smaller than the 2,716 mAh capacity in iPhone Xs, iPhone XS Max boasts a much larger capacity of about 3,174 mAh, one of the biggest ever in the smartphone’s company history. If you want an iPhone with strong battery capacity and lasts for a long time, this is one you should gun for.
All in all, iPhone XS Max deserves all the credit. It is a perfect smartphone for the perfect generation. Call iPhone XR the cheaper version; iPhone XS is the smaller version; iPhone XS Max is the big version. The phone boasts a remarkably large screen and amazing display. Its battery capacity is friendly and rates among the very best smartphones today. Thumbs up Apple, well deserved.