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Pros and Cons of iPhone XS

Pros and Cons of iPhone XS (iPhone XS Honest Review)

With the advancement of technology, the devices get thinner, they get taller and wider, yet maintain and packing some most advanced features in them. Lately, the processor chip fabrication process has been focused on packing more and more components in much limited and dense spaces. The fabrication process from 14nm came down to 12nm, 10nm and now it has hit the mark of 7nm yet with features and capability higher than the 14nm one. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of latest iPhone XS.

Apple, on the other hand, has been a company working for the innovation and creativity as a whole. When the iPhone X was released, the trend to have a cut out for the sensors with al screen display, aka notched design started. Many of the manufactures brought forward their own version of the notch but didn’t do quiet well compared to Apple as Apple is supposed to be a superior brand and the design pattern are followed after the Apple.

With the similar trend, Apple announced its 3 new iPhones this year with the budget, midrange and the premium tags, all being anything but budget. The device follows the similar form factor and the design as it had in the iPhone X last year around. It would be great thing to either see them win commendably, or lose miserably.

iPhone XS Quick Specs

  • 8-inch Super Retina HD AMOLED display with 458ppi
  • Dual 12MP wide-angle f/1.8 and telephoto f/2.4 camera
  • Dual OIS, PDAF 2x optical zoom
  • Notched 19.5:9 aspect ratio display
  • Fast charging and wireless display
  • Face ID
  • 4 GB RAM, 64/256/512GB internal
  • 2658mAh battery
  • Apple produced A12 bionic chip
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Price: $999 and above

Pros and Cons of iPhone XS are given below:

Being the device from one of the most popular and respected brands, Apple, the expectations are obvious to be high, promising and one of its kind. But Apple too has engineers that are human and little bit of tolerance is accepted, though the pros and cons of iPhone XS are there to be discussed.

Pros of iPhone XS

  • First 7nm chip fabrication with performance better than previous version
  • Largest storage option up to 512gb
  • Longer battery standby time as stated by Apple in its keynote
  • IP68 rated
  • Faster charging with type-c to lightning adapter
  • Dual sim with 1 physical and one E-sim support
  • Faster performance than iPhone X
    iPhone XS Pros
  • Better camera performance specially in portrait mode
  • Latest iOS version out of the box
  • Faster Face ID
  • Relatively louder speakers

Cons of iPhone XS

  • Expensive enough for the base model alone
  • Fragile and prone to breakage all glass style
  • Most expensive maintenance as back glass repair costs $499 while Note 9’s glass can be replaced at $30
  • Only Face ID for security is big risky step that Apple has been taking form iPhone X
  • Battery being smaller than iPhone X
  • Wireless quick charging being not so quick.
  • Extra costs for the accessories despite of paying such huge amount, not even fast charger is bundled
  • Newer software needs time to get stable from the errors that the customers are currently facing
  • Dual sim isn’t quite the one we have been expecting to be
  • Not so much of increment to the iPhone X despite of some cosmetic changes

Also Read: Pros and Cons of iPhone XR

Conclusion for The Pros and Cons of iPhone XS

Hence, these are few of the pros and cons of iPhone XS. iPhone is the biggest name in the smartphone world as Apple being the $1 trillion company now. Bigger name means bigger price and better user experience but it might not be the thing we have seen with the Apple devices recently. The Apple enthusiasts might be overwhelmed with the “BIGGGGER” display, but having only that as an improvement isn’t really the improvement. The form-factor is similar to the last version, we would be amazed to see if the bulky cut-out, known as notch would have been slimmer and smaller. The larger battery would have been a great thing as we all know, Apple battery never takes you through the whole day of usage.

Apart from some cosmetic and some software changes, it is just the same iPhone X as previous version. It isn’t an exciting thing for company like Apple to make improvement in cosmetic side and price only. It seems like they had split iPhone X in three parts with little bit of screen size and display distinction. Bundling some of the adapters for the quick charging and other feature wouldn’t make Apple poor as we are already paying a kidney worth of money. Even the lightning to 3.5mm jack adapter has been removed from the box.

If you really want a newer iPhone to update your status, then it’s a device you would definitely go for, but if you already own an iPhone X, I see no point in updating to the newer one.

Pros and Cons of iPhone XR

Pros and Cons of iPhone XR

This time around, Apple just came with bunch of similar devices looking devices. All 3 iPhones released this year are built around similar design, all notched up. Making alteration to iPhone X, little bit here and there, Apple has successfully created 3 devices from it. It is the first device to get the Liquid Retina HD display, just another way to say that it adopted HD display to cut in cost of production. But at well affordable price at $749 as stated by Apple, it is not so exciting to get as you can get lot more at lower price. Let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of iPhone XR in this post.

This all gets us to think about where has the technology brought us in terms of pricing. Somewhere we get something comparable enough at lot less price whereas somewhere you are compelled to buy similar thing at higher price. The specification the iPhone XR provides is superior to some devices whereas it has some specs lacking even to its previous versions. This brings us to the discussion about the pros and cons of iPhone XR.

iPhone XR Quick Specs

  • 1-inch HD LCD display with 326ppi
  • 12MP f/1.8 aperture with OIS with PDAF and 2x zoom
  • Notched 19.5:9 aspect ratio display
  • Fast charging
  • Face ID
  • 3 GB RAM, 64/128/256GB internal
  • 2942mAh battery
  • Apple produced A12 bionic chip

Pros and Cons of iPhone XR are as follows:

You can add a lot more to the device, to cut down the price, you limit something but you still be left with some pros and cons. Some of the pros and cons are as below.

Pros and Cons of iPhone XR

Pros of iPhone XR

  • Taller 6.1-inch with Liquid Retina HD display as stated by Apple
  • Face ID more advanced and quicker than previous iPhone X
  • Powered by Apple A12 bionic chip
  • Minimal bezels
  • iOS 12 out of the box
  • IP67 rated resistance against dust and water up to 30 minutes at 1.5 meters
  • 15% faster than previous iPhones
  • Longer battery life
  • Improved portrait mode

Also Read: Pros and Cons of iPhone X

Cons of iPhone XR

  • No headphone jack, seems like Apple has permanently ditched headphone jack
  • No too much improvement as expected.
  • There is no wireless charging
  • Way higher price than devices with similar specification
  • Ditched fingerprint sensor for Face ID, might be secure but not so used to.
  • At the price rated at $749, no dual camera available
  • Same pixel density as iPhone 4 i.e. 326ppi
  • Front camera stuck at 7MP for quite few generations now
  • Non-expandable storage
  • Accessories has to be brought separately even at such high pricing

The conclusion of Pros and Cons of iPhone XR

It is like a step forward and 2 steps backward by the Apple. Newer iPhones makes us think over the innovative part of Apple. All 3 iPhones being derivatives of iPhone X from last year, some are a step forward while some are step backwards. As per the 2018 standard, calling $749 cheap might be acceptable, but providing such specs as iPhone XR while other competitive phones are being offered at even 1/3rd the price of XR, is not acceptable. The pros are very faint as compared to the cons. Apple calls it a budget device but we wonder who else has such a huge budget for the “affordable budget” phone form Apple.

The device might have been a very hot piece of innovation in the market if only it had been priced some $200-250 cheaper. Another popular device from Xiaomi, the PocoPhone F1 is priced at $300 with some similar specs as iPhone XR. As the Chinese manufacturers are getting popular, it will be a tougher task for the premium brands to compete with them.

Pros and Cons of Samsung Galaxy S9

Pros and Cons of Samsung Galaxy S9

When it comes to smartphones, you are sure to get newer and some better while some disappointing updates every now and then. The catch here isn’t that who’s going to produce the costliest ones, but the thing is that to become no. 1 smartphone manufacturer like Samsung, you need to cover markets over various price range and in style. We will discuss the pros and cons of Samsung Galaxy S9 in this post.

Samsung has been delivering the world with devices in bunch targeting all the budget group. But the specification gets upgraded to just a little step forward. It seems like the smartphone manufacturers have booked the spot for the ultimate upgrade thing in the smartphone for the higher budgeted smartphone consumers only.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 joins the galaxies of the Samsung with the high-end consumers in mind, released on March 2018. S9 is the immediate rival of iPhone X, there’s no doubt on that. These two giants have been sharing the upper market with their costlier phones. Going for the initial looks, the S9 seems to be promising, offering the latest chipset from Snapdragon, and few boasts of the slew of advance features. Its price starts at $619.99 for base model.

Also Read: Pros and Cons of Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy S9 Quick Specs

Pros and Cons of Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display
  • Variable Aperture with OIS and 8x Digital Zoom
  • Infinity display
  • Wireless charging
  • Iris Scanner, Facial recognition and Fingerprint sensor
  • Wireless charging
  • Fast charging
  • 4 GB RAM, 64/128/256GB internal, SD card support up to 512GB
  • Stereo speakers

Pros and Cons of Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 is definitely to lure the higher budgeted consumers towards itself. The market shares of the Apple devices are dropping as the Chinese brand like Xiaomi, Huawei, One Plus and others are taking over the market with their best value for money devices. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of the S9.

Pros of Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Super AMOLED QHD+ display with the trend of notched display going on, some consumers might find it familiar as notched display isn’t everyone’s favorite and the display seems so refreshing with thinner bezels then before.
  • Dual aperture mode that is capable of switching between f/1.7 and f/2.4 automatically.
    Pros and Cons of Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Dual stereo speakers with DOLBY Atmos support.
  • Uplifted security with the unlock method including Iris and face unlock methods.
  • Supports expandable storage by addition of SD card up to 512GB
  • Headphone jack in the world where everyone seems to ditch them is a treat to watch
  • IP68 certified water and dust resistant
  • Among the fastest android phones available in benchmark scores
  • Provides some essential equipment in the box

Also Read: Pros and Cons of iPhone X

Cons of Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Comes with some not so required hardware and software like Bixby Assistant and Bixby dedicated button. It has lot to do in improvement section
  • With the incident happened with Note 7, Samsung has been questioned about their batteries and they have been sticking with the older ones. 3000mAh today is mediocre battery.
  • AR Emojis are cool implementation but no where near Apple’s. The improvements are there required down the road.
  • Dual camera hasn’t been implemented when the world is enjoying even 3 camera combinations.
  • Though has fast charging capability, its not the fastest one.
  • The design seems to have been recycled with little improvements in bezels and few tweaks.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review By Marques Brownlee YouTube Channel:


Hence, these are few of the pros and cons of Samsung Galaxy S9. The scene here is similar to the Apple users, whoever has been the fan of Samsung devices will have very opinions bound to their love for Samsung and not exactly talking about the drawbacks. People need to change their taste to actually feel what the other smartphone manufacturers are offering at some even cheaper and affordable price.

The Samsung devices have been great in terms of display, their features provided has been quite impressive but their rebranding of older devices into newer ones just by making little changes in specs and “name” of the smartphone wont work forever. As the consumers grow their taste for smartphones at cheaper cost, the market for Samsung too might go down with their hefty price tags.

As a conclusion, Samsung S9 is great device is you see from the “Camera” perspective with the variable aperture, otherwise there are devices which provide some compromised specs but advanced ones at cheaper prices. Its up to  you to make the decision by looking at the pros and cons of the Samsung Galaxy S9 whether or not it deserves an update.