Apple A13 Bionic Chip

Apple A13 Bionic Chip

The Apple A13 Bionic chip only comes with six cores in a 2+4 configuration. Yet when the Geekbench 5 and Antutu 3D benchmark tests were done, it easily beat all the scores recorded by the Snapdragon 855+ which is the record holder of the best score of an Android device.

This flagship Apple device recorded 1334 marks for single-core testing and 3190 marks for multi-core testing in Geekbench testing. In the Antutu 3D test, it recorded 457,695 marks.

The Snapdragon 855+ used on the Asus ROG Phone 2 only managed to record 753 marks in the single -core test, 2770 marks in the Geekbench 5 multi -core test and 395,739 marks in the Antutu 3D test. Apple’s dominance in smartphone chip technology continued for the second year in a row using Apple A13 Bionic Chip.


The application can be launched very quickly without having to wait long. This was especially noticeable when the first was launched. Significant differences can be seen compared to the same app on a flagship Android device.

However, with 4GB of RAM, the weakness of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is starting to show. The app will start undergoing a refresh process after four apps are launched simultaneously. Once upon a time we opened Twitter to do tweets, launched the camera app to take pictures, opened Gmail to send pictures before going to Spotify to change songs. Once we got back to Twitter. the app will perform a refresh and the timeline seen just three to two minutes ago has changed.

This we never experienced during the review period of the Note 10+ which comes with 12GB of RAM. In terms of processing capabilities the iPhone 11 Pro Max is far ahead but the iOS RAM management system makes it unusable for real multi-tasks.

Also Read: iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera and Audio Quality 



The audio experience using wireless headphones is the opposite. The audio quality is several times better. The bass rumble is intense, the treble is crisp and all the audio is well separated. Again we used the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones as they are the best on the market right now; and made sure the tests were consistent. Almost all codecs are supported except LDAC.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera and Audio Quality

iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera and Audio Quality

iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera and Audio Quality – The night mode on the 11 Pro Max is actually quite good although not as bright as the P3o Pro. The advantage of night mode 11 Pro Max is that objects still look sharp with minimal bloom and noise problems. It’s not capable of turning night into day but this is in line with the iOS camera system that wants to take pictures that look natural.

The criticism we want to give is that Apple does not allow night mode to be activate manually by users. It is only activate if the camera detects a low level of illumination. Users are then given the option to use night mode or turn it off. The level of exposure also depends on the software i.e. 3 seconds if it detects the device is hold or up to 9 seconds if placed on a tripod.

As P30 Pro users since April, we prefer the freedom that Huawei gives on its camera apps. We are free to activate night mode or macros manually. Exposure time (up to 32 seconds) and ISO (up to 1600) we can also choose according to the needs of the situation. Night mode can also only be use on wide -angle lenses. Why this is done is a mystery as Huawei and Samsung have no problem providing night mode on all three camera sensors of their flagship devices.

Because we are accustomed to this freedom, the Apple 11 Pro Max camera app restricts our freedom to create. Below are examples of night mode photos using wide -angle and ultra -wide -angle cameras. You can clearly see the quality of night mode and without night mode. Without night mode the picture looks blurry and has noise problems.

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The stereo speaker system is use with Dolby Atmos and spatial support. Although the two speakers are not facing forward, the quality of the audio produce is still balance. The sound is loud and bright. At maximum strength the sound produced is slightly bursting. The sound is a bit chaotic with less steady bass and less crunchy treble. But the Apple audio quality of physical speakers on smartphones is typically indeed less than satisfactory. In our opinion, the Razer Phone 2 speakers are still the best ever produce.

Picture Quality of iPhone 11 Pro Max

Picture Quality of iPhone 11 Pro Max

Picture Quality of iPhone 11 Pro Max – We know among photographers, the production of pictures similar to the real world is quite popular because it allows them to do various edits themselves. They are given control to change the picture according to personal wishes. But we also realize the majority of consumers want pictures that look beautiful. sharp and good looking taken without having to be edited first to be shared to social media for example. MKBHD’s camera test video last year proves this theory.

The question of whether the picture quality of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best or not depends on the type of user. We admit that it consists of groups who want pictures that have been pre-processed without the need to edit to be taken because they are lazy to edit.

So personally feel the pictures taken are not the best. Like works of art, we believe “good quality” is something subjective. So we put some sample pictures for you to rate yourself. All photos were taken using an iPhone 11 Pro Max with iOS 13.1.2 operating system.

Also Read: iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Capabilities 



From the above samples what can be say; is that there is a high probability that the iOS camera software is program; for the light conditions of a country with four annual climates. When used in Malaysia with a brighter light, the results are not as good as the sample pictures you can see on Apple’s site or the ads you can see on the side of the highway.

The best example is the photo below take using Portrait mode. The subjects were not perfectly separate by the background especially on the part of the hair and fingers. This shortcoming has seen since the iPhone 7 Plus again. Perhaps this is the reason; why it has been hear that the 3D TOF camera will be introduce on the iPhone in the future; to enable 3D object scanning can be done. This is a system already use on the P30 Pro; and Note 10+ that produces a more neat looking bokeh effect.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Capabilities

iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Capabilities

iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Capabilities – Tri-cameras are used with each equipped with a 12-Megapixel sensor. The systems used are wide angle lenses, ultra wide angle and telephoto. Telephoto cameras still only support optical zoom up to 2X and digital up to 10X. This is still far behind the P30 Pro which supports 5X invisible hybrid zoom and 50X digital. Its ultra-wide-angle lens has a 13mm viewing angle. This is wider than the P30 Pro (16mm) but behind the Note 10+ (12mm).

Our Apple iOS 13 camera app is categorized as minimalist with not many additional functions included. The only functions provided are Panorama, Portrait, Video, Slo-mo and Timelapse. If you want to take a picture of a 1: 1 box or a 16: 9 ratio, it is now only accessible via a somewhat hidden additional menu. These changes were provided without any manual and resulted in us searching for where they were hidden. Still no manual control is given. It can only be used on third -party applications that need to be purchased.

For a Pro device, we feel the most basic manual controls on the camera app should be included. At the same time the Deep Fusion mode that was announced during the launch event has not yet been activated. When the article was written it was only enabled on iOS 13.2 Beta users. Therefore, the actual capabilities of the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera cannot be tested at this time.

Lastly we would like to state that the iPhone 11 Pro Max supports video recording at the highest settings of 4K 60FPS and slow motion 240FPS at 1080P resolution. The front camera is also capable of recording video at 4K 60FPS settings if necessary.

Also Read: iOS 13 in iPhone 11 Pro Max 


Picture Quality

The picture quality in bright lighting situations is very good. The picture looks vivid, the objects all look sharp and the production of natural colors. Apple camera doesn’t use a lot of post processing systems that sharpen images and increase color saturation so they look a bit fake. Every picture taken is just like the real world.

iOS 13 in iPhone 11 Pro Max

iOS 13 in iPhone 11 Pro Max

iOS 13 in iPhone 11 Pro Max – The sound control interface is given a new breath. No more big boxes blocking content from being viewed. It now mounts on the left side and shrinks after a few seconds. In large mode the finger can be used to scroll up or down to control the sound without a physical button being pressed.

A more powerful photo and video editing system was also introduced. 11 Pro Max users do not need to download third -party applications to edit pictures and videos taken. Feels a little awkward as the robust editing functions are provided but the camera app still doesn’t include manual controls. PRO is only on editing capabilities but not on the photo taken app.

iOS 13 also finally puts it on par with Android 10. We say this because bluetooth and WiFi settings can now be accessed more easily through the Action Center. Just place your finger on the bluetooth and WiFi icons in the Action Center to get additional menus just like Android. WiFi network and bluetooth device selection can be done directly from this menu. Previously both could only be done from the settings screen.

Also Read: iPhone 11 Pro Max Interface Looks 



However, there are still some shortcomings of this Apple device. Camera settings and background images for example still need to be done through the settings screen. This extra step puts it a few steps behind Android 10.

Is Apple iOS 13 the best smart device operating system ever produced? As users of both Android and iOS operating systems we can only say Android gives more space of freedom. But we’re also aware iOS users don’t care about the ability to change themes, change icons and access files more easily on Windows computers. The answer to the question at the beginning of this paragraph depends entirely on what you want from an operating system.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Interface Looks

iPhone 11 Pro Max Interface Looks

iPhone 11 Pro Max Interface Looks – Just out of the box it uses iOS 13 but last week an update to iOS 13.1.1 was given to take a look at some of the security vulnerabilities and bugs found. Updating to the latest version of iOS is highly recommended because if you do not do you will find some problems that are quite annoying. Among them is that the screen does not detect scrolling in applications and closed applications randomly. iOS 13.1.1 solves the majority of these issues but we are still experiencing issues with the YouTube app not working post -update.

Since starting reviewing the Apple iPhone three years ago, the 11 Pro Max is the most problematic device we’ve ever used on day one. The good news for those who want to buy it is that Apple is very quick to provide updates to patch serious bugs.

With iOS 13, the device supports fully dark themes to save battery usage. A new gesture for text editing was also introduced along with the activation of the U1 chip; which gives the device more precise directions. Through this chip, the name of the person in front of you; (in front of the U1 chip in the device); will be displayed at the front when doing AirDrop for example.

Also Read: iPhone 11 Pro Max Design Quality 


The Lightning’s charging port is located on the bottom of the two -speaker audio lattice. Only the right lattice works with the left lattice just a cosmetic decoration. The use of the Lighthing port is disappointing; because with the Pro name user we hope it uses the same USB-C port as the iPad Pro. On the iPad Pro various accessories; such as a camera and a USB-C drive can be connected without the use of a Lighthing adapter. The dream of using a universal charger for iPhone, iPad and MacBook should be postponed for another year.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Design Quality

iPhone 11 Pro Max Design Quality

iPhone 11 Pro Max Design Quality – The camera bulge on the back is the most striking thing on the 11 Pro Max. All three lenses, flashes and special sensors are housed in a rectangular bulb. Some say this design is bad, but we’ve been tired of using the Mate 20 Pro last year. The three lenses used are also larger than those found on the iPhone XS Max. It is also a bulge placed on top of the square bulge we mentioned earlier. This is a rather strange design choice. The camera lens comes out so that the device cannot be placed flat on the table surface.

This exposes the lens to scratches and may even break if repeatedly placed without any type of frame. According to Apple the panel made from this piece of glass is the most durable ever used. We didn’t dare to do a drop test but if you want to see for yourself the truth of this Apple claim there have been some videos about it on YouTube.

Also Read: iPhone 11 Pro Max Design And Usage 



The bulge-sepsi 11 Pro Max is a weird design choice but this back panel finish should be commended. On the camera bulge it has a glossy transparent finish. The other part of the glass has a rough and dull finish. The problem of glass back panels collecting dirt like humans collecting sin no longer occurs. Staining these panels is more difficult than usual. Its secondary function is that it makes the back surface less smooth when in the grip of the hand.

We can see the trend of glass panels with a matte rough finish will be followed by other manufacturers as it solves the problem that has existed since glass replaced iron and plastic as the body building materials of the device.

The power button is retained on the right side and two voice buttons on the left side. All three are made of metal material. The size of the mute switch of the device is however reduced by around 25% and its position is lowered slightly downwards. Its small size is a problem for consumers even on the official framework of Apple product. Fingers had to dig in to move the switch. The nano -sized SIM tray is also still on the right side. It should be noted that models sold in Malaysia only support one physical SIM and one eSIM. The physical dual-SIM model is sold in China only.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Design And Usage

iPhone 11 Pro Max Design And Usage

iPhone 11 Pro Max Design And Usage – We already talked about the screen notch the first few paragraphs but we didn’t have time to touch on anything else on the Super Retina XDR screen. First of all the display is very sharp and bright up to 800 nits, This is the maximum level of illumination when using normal applications but increases to 1200 nits when displaying HDR10 and Dolby Vision content. The entire screen is flat with only the sides rounded to allow it to blend neatly with the sides made of stainless metal.

Also Read: iPhone 11 Pro Max Brief Review 


Complementing the specifications is the support of bluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi 6 and IP68 waterproof capability. The device can be soaked up to four meters for half an hour before going to face Poseidon forever.

In our opinion, the specifications of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max are like Jeckyll and Hyde. There was a significant increase that was positive; but was offset by a decrease in functions that we categorized as negative. Your opinion on the good; or bad of this 11 Pro Max spec rests entirely on what you feel is more important. Unparalleled processor power or screen features are considered essential.

The bezels on all four sides have the same thickness making the device look balanced. By 2018 standards this bezel size is small; but after the launch of the Note 10+ the bezel size of the 11 Pro Max looks a bit thick. The screen only supports a 60Hz refresh rate but has a 120Hz touch detection level. It’s the most responsive screen we’ve ever used after the iPad Pro. Although it has been introduced since the Apple iPhone X, the difference in its implementation can be felt. It detects finger movements accurately when wanting to do text editing for example. The scrolling also looks smooth although not as good as we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 90Hz screen.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Brief Review

iPhone 11 Pro Max Brief Review

iPhone 11 Pro Max Brief Review – As a small number of iPhone owners who use 3D Touch on a daily basis while typing, the loss of 3D Touch is deeply felt by us. To activate mouse mode for text editing is now slower because the user has to press the spacebar for one second. Previously we were free to press the screen on any part of the keyboard and it was activated. The 3D Touch received the same fate as the audio jack on the iPhone 7.

What is retained is a large notch at the top of the screen that houses a Face ID system that requires an infrared camera, a point transmitter that detects facial contours and a flood illuminator. These three components still cannot be reduced in size even though they have entered the third generation. The result is that the 11 Pro Max has a “face” design that does not follow market trends that are now escaping any use of notches.

Also Read: iOS 5 Brief Review 



Again from an XS Max user perspective, notch is not an issue; because the advantages of the Face ID system outweigh any disadvantages of notch existence. Only those who have never used Face ID will feel the screen notch is a big deal. If you upgrade from the iPhone 8 for example; trust me this notch will disappear from view in a few days until it is no longer considered screen tuna.

The six -core Apple 13 Bionic processor is matched with 4GB of RAM and storage of up to 512GB. This is the most powerful smartphone processor ever produced with an increase of up to 20% in CPU and GPU capabilities when compared to the Apple A12 Bionic. This year no Android device processor managed to overtake the A12 Bionic’s capabilities; and now Apple’s processor dominance is getting farther ahead.

There may be readers who say 4GB of RAM is a small size; and only fit for use on Android entry -level devices. Your opinion is not far off as this is a fairly small size; with competitors like Samsung having marketed the device with 12GB as the standard size.

iOS 5 Brief Review

iOS 5 Brief Review

iOS 5 Brief Review – As everyone knows, starting late today, Apple will introduce the iOS 5 update to its users which will bring a variety of new things along with it, including the notification function that many iOS users have been waiting for so far.

Home Screen

Through iOS 5, changes can be seen starting from the main screen of your iPhone, iPad and iPod again, where several new icons are displayed. Among the new icons and apps shown on the home screen, include Videos, Reminders and even Newstand.


As everyone is aware, one of the new functions that comes along with iOS 5 is notification support, where you can follow updates for email, SMS, social networks, etc. easily directly through just one location. At the same time, you can also set what you want to see on notifications, and control them more easily, making it easier for you to keep up with various developments easily and quickly.

Twitter integration

Interestingly through iOS 5 is also where Twitter is deeply integrated into it; making it easy for users to share various things directly via Twitter; whether when you are using other applications, such as Photos, browsing the Safari web and so on. It also makes it easier for you to share various things directly on Twitter; without having to go through various processes as before.

Also Read: Apple iPad Pro Gen 3 Review Summary 


Phone Search Support

The latest iOS 5 platform also comes along with support for users to find their iPhone smartphone online; and control it, including locking, or even deleting data on it easily.


The new messaging support introduced by Apple company is fully built into the Message application on iOS, allowing you to send text, photos, locations, videos and so on to other iOS users easily and simply, just like the BBM application on BlackBerry. We will explain in more depth about this iMessage function in the next article.

Apple iPad Pro Gen 3 Review Summary

Apple iPad Pro Gen 3 Review Summary

Apple iPad Pro Gen 3 Review Summary – So is it worth you to buy this iPad Pro? First of all, with the high selling price of the iPad Pro, you need to know your usage first before getting this device. It is sold at a starting price of RM4349 and can reach up to RM8199 if you get the highest variation.

This iPad Pro is really powerful in it, so it’s more recommended for professional users or those who love doing creative tasks based on iOS apps. It has far-reaching performance, has a 120 Hz screen, and a USB-C connection. It also includes the same Face ID and camera as the latest iPhone, in addition to supporting the new Apple Pencil which is more practical and responsive.


The front camera is still with a 7MP sensor; however it has been enhanced with the inclusion of a TrueDepth sensor. It now allows users to use the Portrait Mode function on the front; to produce a blur effect on the back of the face. Interestingly, you can also adjust the strength of this blur effect, as has been provided on the 2018 iPhone release.

Also Read: iPad Pro Gen 3 Achievements 


One of the things people love about the iPad is in terms of its battery life. It is known for its long lifespan; while not consuming strong battery power on efficient power management by Apple’s processing chip; and the iOS operating system itself. Referring to the official page of the iPad Pro, Apple still says that the iPad Pro is capable of up to 10 hours of usage for the WiFi version and 9 hours for the cellular version.

When used in the real world, the battery life of this Apple iPad Pro turns out to almost match what is advertised, giving a usage of around 9 to 10 hours for all-day use. Despite having a 120Hz screen with a Smart Keyboard connected; it doesn’t have a huge energy impact on the use of a 7nm chip and a 9720 mAh battery capacity. But for the first time, Apple has now included an 18W charger; which allows the battery capacity of this iPad Pro to be charged around 3 hours 21 minutes.

iPad Pro Gen 3 Achievements

iPad Pro Gen 3 Achievements

iPad Pro Gen 3 Achievements – The thing that excites me is the performance of the Apple A12X Bionic chip for which it can reach as high as 545,000 points on the AnTuTu Benchmark app. When compared to the latest generation iPhones like the iPhone XS, this iPhone only recorded around 355,000 points – with a point difference of around 190,000 when compared to the iPad Pro. Through Geekbench readings as well, it has beaten the 2017 MacBook Pro 15 ”, with a fairly significant point difference gap for multi-core scores.

For those of you wondering, what can you do with this powerful chip? It can further launch 4K video editing, facilitate high -resolution RAW image editing, as well as be able to play the latest games at maximum graphics settings. It can also provide good use for the long term and has the potential to receive more iOS updates in the coming years. If this usage isn’t enough for you, Adobe will also come up with a new Photoshop application for the iPad, providing a desktop -like user experience.

Also Read: The Operation of iPad Pro Gen 3 



This Apple iPad Pro camera has resembled the latest generation iPhone camera with the inclusion of a 12MP f/1.8 sensor. It also now has four LED flash built -in with True Tone technology to give better coloring. Like the iPhone 2018, it also has Smart HDR functionality, [email protected] 60fps video recording, and [email protected] 60fps front camera recording.

In terms of its quality, it gives an excellent color, giving a more natural -looking result. It is also seen to produce less noise during low light shooting, in addition to giving sharper image detail. With the inclusion of Smart HDR, it offers a fairly balanced dynamic range; which helps to give clearer subject results when you take light background photos.

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The Operation of iPad Pro Gen 3

The Operation of iPad Pro Gen 3

The Operation of iPad Pro Gen 3 – The iPad Pro’s screen looks bright, gives good color, and interestingly, it still supports a 120 Hz ProMotion display. This ProMotion technology can provide a refresh rate twice as high as a regular phone, while being able to display content with frames as high as 120 fps. As a result, every movement in the screen will be much smoother, making you not feel like turning back to the 60Hz display on a regular device. If you want to try out this 120Hz screen, you can compare this iPad Pro screen with your phone at any nearby Apple store.

Also Read: Disappointing Aspect of iPad Pro Gen 3 

iOS 12

The operating system that generates the Apple iPad Pro is still an iOS that you already know. The interface is still easy to use; and looks a bit similar to the macOS interface since the Dock functionality was updated on iOS 11. Only with the large screen design, the iOS main screen display on the iPad is quite a bit of wasting space; by just placing a number of app icons. Yet with the inclusion of the split-screen function introduced since iOS 9; it has to some extent maximized the use of the large screen on the iPad. The application exchange display is also seen to be very easy to use; in addition to providing a clear display for running applications.

Only iOS is still an iOS. There are some constraints and limitations that have not been overcome for a long time. It lacks comprehensive file management, does not allow you to connect mass storage; and does not support mouse -based input to control this iPad. With a powerful chip and Apple‘s mission to make this iPad Pro a “computer”, these three basic supports are very welcome to make this iPad the closest alternative to a real computer.

Disappointing Aspect of iPad Pro Gen 3

Disappointing Aspect of iPad Pro Gen 3

Disappointing aspect of iPad Pro Gen 3 – This iPad Pro is also the first iPad without any 3.5mm audio jack connection. Meaning, the USB-C available on this iPad will pack a whole lot of your audio accessories; unless you have a Bluetooth-based audio accessory.

With the “Pro” branding, the 3.5mm audio jack connection is a basic function that needs to be maintained, as it makes it difficult to hear audio from this iPad when it is connected to an external accessory. You can still connect this iPad Pro to monitors, music equipment, and chargers while listening to audio – however you’ll need to get accessories like a dongle or additional adapter to use.

Like the previous iPad Pro, it also retains quad stereo -based speakers to provide louder and more immersive sound. The volume of sound produced turns out to be very loud, especially when used indoors. The sound also has a noticeable bass output, while providing immersive audio quality; while listening to music and watching movies from this device.

Also Read: iPad Pro Gen 3 Brief Review 



One of the interesting things that has come to the attention of many is the support of the second generation Apple Pencil. It looks more practical and can be charge automatically when it is attach to the right side of the device. It is also now more comfortable to hold and allows you to change a function; when you make a double tap on the front of this Apple Pencil. Only one, this Apple Pencil you can’t activate gesture; so you have to use your finger to head to the home screen or open the multitasking display.

In addition to the Apple Pencil, Apple has also updated the Smart Keyboard by allowing the iPad Pro to be placed in two different positions. This accessory can be attach magnetically, for which the adhesion rate is very strong and not too easy to remove. As before, it does not require a battery and any connection; as it is connected and works automatically when it is connected via Smart Connector. Yet its typing experience still looks the same as before; with the key size slightly smaller than a regular MacBook keyboard.

iPad Pro Gen 3 Brief Review

iPad Pro Gen 3 Brief Review

iPad Pro Gen 3 Brief Review – In the absence of the home button, Apple has also replaced Touch ID by putting a TrueDepth camera for Face ID capabilities. You can use it in any direction, with a fast device unlocking response rate. You can also use the Animoji function through this Face ID, which can be accessed through the iMessage application. With the participation of iOS 12, you can use the Memoji function to play and produce animoji based on your own look.

So when you want to head to the main screen display, you just have to swipe up like you can do on the Apple iPhone X. Want to see which apps are running? You just have to swipe from the bottom and to the right. To take a screenshot, you just need to press the power button and the top voice adjustment button simultaneously.

Also Read: Apple iPhone XS Max Pros and Cons 


The iPad Pro is also the first iOS device to come with a USB-C connection. Meaning, this tablet can be charged with an existing USB-C cable, in addition to being able to connect to various accessories that support this connection. Only for now, its use is quite limited as most of the functions can also be carried through the existing Lightning connection.

You can connect the device to the screen, transfer photos and videos from the camera; but you still can’t connect mass storage -based storage to view your files. Meaning, you can’t connect storage like a hard drive or external USB drive into this iPad Pro. When connected, the iPad Pro will display the warning “Contents not Available – Cannot read the connected storage media”.

This may be due to the limitations of Apple iOS which is not yet ready to support this mass storage -based storage connection. Storage alternatives that support iOS already exist; but most work wirelessly and need to install specific apps before you can use them. The Available Files app also looks too basic by only allowing you to view selected files from this iPad; or cloud storage that you’ve logged into.

Apple iPhone XS Max Pros and Cons

Apple iPhone XS Max Pros and Cons

Apple iPhone XS Max Pros and Cons – The Apple iPhone XS Max is a premium device for premium people as well where the price is not considered something negative. The only reason to have it is its unmatched processing power, extremely smooth operating system and the largest screen on an iPhone. We recommend the iPhone XS Max to those who want only the best and latest from Apple.

For those less affluent, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a more rational device to own because it is more affordable, the battery is more durable and has more additional functions that make it worth the price paid.

In addition, the iOS battery life that has been a compliment can no longer be used on the XS Max. Its battery life is the worst we’ve seen since the iPhone 7 Plus. The lack of a fast charger with every purchase worsens the situation because even with an iPad charger (10W), the charging period exceeds 2 hours.


The most powerful and seamless device we’ve ever reviewed in the Amanz device lab. Apps launch much faster than Android flagship devices.
Very beautiful screen to look at. Apple is now on par with Samsung in the use of device screens.
Excellent camera capabilities without aggressively processed images.
The best stereo speakers on a smartphone we’ve ever heard of.
The FaceID system is not a gimmick. It is used extensively on iOS and not just for unlocking devices like on the Android platform.

Also Read: Apple iPhone XS Max Review Conclusion 


Fast charger is not included with purchase. With a 10W charger for example, it takes over 2 hours to fully charge.
The battery life of the Apple iPhone is most frustrating.
Less comfortable to use with one hand. It’s hard to make a gesture without worrying about it falling out of your hands.
The selling price is too high compared to competitors without offering additional functionality that really makes it worthwhile.

Apple iPhone XS Max Review Conclusion

Apple iPhone XS Max Review Conclusion

Apple iPhone XS Max Review Conclusion – The iPhone XS Max is the most powerful and premium device ever produced by Apple complete with a sale price on par with its status. Is it still worth owning? The answer to this question depends on the thickness of the wallet and what is most important to you as a consumer.

If the processing power with the smoothness of the device is important to you, the iPhone XS Max is the best device on the market at the moment. The camera’s capabilities are also very satisfying with the quality of the pictures taken looking natural without being aggressively processed by the device software.

Is the comfort of using the Apple device important? If your answer is yes, this is not the most ergonomic device for one -handed use. Fingers need to perform acrobatic stunts to access certain areas on the screen surface. Previous iPhone users had to relearn how to hold the device with the XS Max; because its size is now too large to use comfortably.


In terms of Apple durability it is lower than the Galaxy Note 9 which is capable of lasting for 20 hours with the screen installed for 8 hours. The use of a battery of only 3174 mAh is not suitable for devices with giant screens. The Galaxy Note 9, which has a slightly smaller screen, comes with a 4000 mAh battery. I can only hope that in 2019, the iPhone will finally be equipped with a battery of a larger size.

Charging takes too long without a fast charger. Since no fast charger is included, I was only able to charge using an iPad charger with 10W power. The charging period takes 2 hours 5 minutes from zero.

Also Read: Apple iPhone XS Max Specifications Details 


Let’s take a look at the specifications and price comparison of two comparable flagship devices; namely the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. All three are equipped with large OLED screens; as well as a variety of additional functions not found on mid-range devices.

Apple iPhone XS Max Specifications Details

Apple iPhone XS Max Specifications Details

Apple iPhone XS Max Specifications Details – As on the iPad Pro, the audio on the XS Max doesn’t feel empty or come out of an empty can. The main problem on smartphones over the years is that the audio is not dynamic enough due to the small size of the speakers. What magic Apple used on the XS Max I don’t know but for sure it managed to beat the HTC U12+ which was previously the stereo audio measuring stick on smartphones.

Audio from wired and wireless earphones is also excellent. It’s steady, doesn’t sound flat, rumbles loudly and treble is crispy. I put the iPhone XS Max slightly behind the Galaxy Note 9 in terms of audio due to the lack of LDAC support which is capable of providing higher streaming bit rates.

Bench mark

Want the most powerful smartphone for 2018? You have a choice of iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. With the Apple A12 Bionic chip, the processing power of Apple devices is unmatched by Android devices. These include the Mate 20 Pro with the newly launched Kirin 980. In the Geekbench 4 benchmark test, the A12 scored 4834 marks for the single-core test and 11,430 marks for the multi-core test. In the Antutu test, he recorded 319,929 marks. These three recorded scores are the highest in the history of the Amanz device lab.

This benchmark score is directly proportional to the real world performance of the faucet of this device really feels very fast and smooth I have ever used. First launch times like the Fortnite and Asphalt 9 Legends are faster than on the Galaxy Note 9. If performance is an important criterion, the iPhone XS Max is the device for you.

Also Read: Apple iPhone XS Max Picture and Audio Quality 



The battery is the only notable drawback of the Apple iPhone XS Max. On moderate use it lasts around 15 hours with the screen attached for 6 hours 29 minutes. At heavy use, the device lasts for almost 13 hours with the screen installed for 7 hours and 33 minutes. This is a lower usage life than last year’s iPhone X.

Apple iPhone XS Max Picture and Audio Quality

Apple iPhone XS Max Picture and Audio Quality

Apple iPhone XS Max Picture and Audio Quality – Here are some examples of photos I can take using the device’s camera. Pictures taken using the iPhone XS Max are the same as real objects. No over -processing like their competitors do. Some feel this is a positive thing as users can then edit the photos themselves according to personal taste. For users like me who are lazy to do editing, I am more comfortable if the pictures are processed themselves by the camera software. Good or bad the Apple iPhone XS Max camera system is dependent on personal preference.

Even so I felt the pictures taken were sharp and clear. The color production is accurate with good quality even at night. The camera intelligently balances exposures even when taken at noon. Portrait mode is now smarter to distinguish background objects from main objects. The quality of the selfie is probably among the best we have ever seen even using only a 7-Megapixel sensor. But we have to admit that the pictures taken seem to come with a beauty filter that makes the face look softer than the real world. Apple will provide a patch that solves the “beauty mode” problem that received this criticism in the future.

The downside is that at night the picture quality is still behind the Huawei P20 Pro. Portrait Lighthing mode also still feels like a Beta app a year after its introduction as it still fails to separate the main object from the background perfectly.

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The XS Max speakers are the best ever used on a smartphone. I say this because of the high volume level, the crystal clear audio and high dynamics. The only smart device that can overtake the XS Max is the iPad Pro which comes with four speakers.

Apple iPhone XS Max Interesting New Function

Apple iPhone XS Max Interesting New Function

Apple iPhone XS Max interesting new function is Screen Time which allows users to analyze their daily usage habits. As a human being with Internet addiction problems, Screen Time helped me reduce the use of some apps that were found to be just a waste of time. Consumer digital health is now on the agenda not only on iOS but also on Android. As a user, the existence of such a system is very much appreciated by me.

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Only two main cameras with 12+12 Megapixel f/1.8+f/2.4 sensors are use on the iPhone XS Max. Apple is still not ready to follow the tri-camera trend of Huawei and Samsung devices. Both lenses are equip with an OIS system with a second lens specifically for telephoto of 2X. The front camera is only 7-Megapixel in size.

The camera app only allows photos to be take at a 4: 3 or 1: 1 ratio (for Instagram). If you want a picture with a different ratio like 16: 9, you have to edit it using a different application.

The main camera can record video at 4K 60 FPS, 4K 30FPS, 4K 24FPS, 1080P 240FPs, 1080P 120 FPS, 1080P 60FPS, 1080P 30FPS, 720P 240FPS and 720P 30FPS settings. The offering of various recording modes on the iPhone XS Max is sure to delight users who love to record videos using Apple smart devices.


To improve the ability to take pictures at night, Smart HDR system is use. Several images take at different exposures are combine to produce a brighter composite image. Before forgetting pictures can be take using HEIF or JPEG format. Video is take in HEVC or H.264 format.

The included camera modes are Panorama, Time-Lapse, Slo-Mo and Portrait. The iOS camera app doesn’t come with a lot of gimmicks or extra functionality. The most include gimmick is just the Portrait Lightning mode which gives a special effect after the photo is take.

Apple iPhone XS Max Design and Finishing

Apple iPhone XS Max Design and Finishing

Apple iPhone XS Max Design and Finishing – A large camera pole protruded from the body. This is another reason why we recommend the use of a frame to prevent the lens from being scratched and also to allow the device to be placed flat on the table surface.

From the design and finish, the iPhone XS Max is the most beautiful device on the market right now. This is the reason why the design is “followed” by Android device manufacturers. Our negative comment as usual is that the glass panels trap dirt and require a frame.

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The iOS 12.0.1 operating system is used and this fixes some bugs reported by early iPhone XS and XS Max users previously. In terms of interface, it doesn’t bring drastic changes compared to iOS 11. One thing we noticed while using the device was the smoothness of the animations and interface. There is no time lag and the app launches overnight.

The device may only come with a small 4GB of RAM when compared to Android which now comes with 10GB of RAM. Application refresh only occurs after more than 12 applications are launched simultaneously. In normal use, we’re sure not many readers multi-task up to 12 applications simultaneously. The combination of a fast interface, smooth animations and a lack of fresh requirements allowed me to crown the Apple iPhone XS Max as the smoothest device ever reviewed to date.

Through iOS 12, I also realized that FaceID works faster and at a longer distance. I often put the iPhone XS Max on the handle in the vehicle. It was able to detect my face while driving without even having it located on the air conditioning lattice. When using the iPhone X last year; I had to go closer to the device before FaceID was able to detect faces. Additionally on iOS 12, two faces can be used to unlock compared to the previous one.

The integration of FaceID on the entire Apple iOS system also makes it unique compared to similar implementations on the Android platform. It is used for purchase confirmation and password replacement. It is true that Android devices have face scans but their integration on the system is not comparable to what can be found on iOS for now. In short the iOS face scanning system is still far ahead.

Apple iPhone XS Max Features

Apple iPhone XS Max Features

Apple iPhone XS Max Features – On the Galaxy Note 9 the back button can be changed to the lower right corner which is more easily accessible with a finger when using one hand. In other words the iOS gesture navigation system is perfect on the iPhone XS and X but becomes unfriendly when used on the giant screen of the iPhone XS Max. I am not the only person who thinks this way because it is agreed by my colleagues.

On the sides there is a frame made of stainless steel. The frame has rounded sides to provide comfort when held. There is a power button and nano SIM tray on the right side while the voice and mute buttons are located on the opposite side.

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Charging Port

The charging port of the Lightning type is placed on the bottom squeezed by two holes of the audio lattice. But this is purely aesthetic because only the audio lattice on the right side emits sound. Strangely enough the number of holes on this audio lattice is unbalanced. The lattice on the left has four holes while the right lattice has seven holes. None of this symmetry is a bit strange on Apple products that have always been very aesthetically minded.

The frustration with this aesthetic is a bit remedied as the device comes with stereo audio support. The speakers at the bottom are matched to the speakers located on the earbuds in the screen notch.

The back panel is made entirely of glass to enable NFC support and wireless charging. Glass panels cause slippery problems to hold and trap dirt very easily. Apple says the glass panels used on the XS and XS Max are the most durable ever used on the iPhone. We do not do drop tests but many times we say when using a glass panel device the use of a durable frame is highly recommended. In the case of the XS Max, the cost of replacing a cracked panel can reach RM2500. This does not include labor costs and spare parts store prices vary in our country.

Apple iPhone XS Max Design Choice

Apple iPhone XS Max Design Choice

Apple iPhone XS Max Design Choice – It’s fair to say the iPhone XS Max is an enlarged iPhone X. All the same design elements are recycled but on a larger scale. In terms of size the iPhone XS Max is only slightly smaller than an iPhone 8 Plus.

This large screen has a small bezel when compared to other devices on the market. So far we haven’t seen an Android device with a chin section as thin as what can be found on an iPhone.

This small bezel can’t hide the reality that the screen of this device is too large to be used with one hand. It is impossible to touch the icon located in the upper left corner with one hand when the device is in the palm of the right hand. Apple includes the Reachability system but with this system even the use of the screen is still very awkward.

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The Notch

The notch is still large but it will not be noticed after a few hours of use of the device. This is because the majority of Apple iOS apps now integrate notches within the app. However, when watching YouTube and Netflix videos using full-screen mode, this notch still prevents some videos from being watched. This you can see in the picture below.

Like I said at the beginning of this review I am a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 user. But despite years of using the phablet, the iOS interface makes the usage process more difficult than Android. On Android the bottom of the screen navigation button is easier to press than the iOS12 gesture system which requires the screen to be scrolled from the bottom. To perform the Back action, the screen needs to be scrolled from the side. My thumb is unable to touch the side to perform this action.

Apple iPhone XS Max Specifications

Apple iPhone XS Max Specifications

Apple iPhone XS Max Specifications – The oversized notch is still retained due to the need for the Face ID face scanning system. For the second year Apple left the Touch ID system with all models this year using it.

Generating the device is an Apple A12 Bionic processor manufactured using a 7nm process. It is the first 7nm processor used on the device. This gives it high processing power even though it only has six cores with a 2+4 core configuration. Two cores are used for high processing and four more for running normal applications.

This is matched with 4GB of RAM and 64/256/512GB storage options. No microSD card support is included but this is nothing new on Apple -released devices.

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The main camera combines a 12+12 Megapixel f/1.8+f/2.4 sensor both with OIS support as well as a fast Focus Pixels (PDAF) focusing system. The second lens is used for optical zoom systems up to 2X and portrait mode with bokeh effect. The selfie camera is a 7-Megapixel f/2.2 with flash support through the screen. The difference of the XS Max camera compared to the X is that the larger pixel size (1.4µm vs 1.22µm) is used. This will increase the sharpness of the picture taken.

The included battery is 3174 mAh. This is about 17% larger than that used on the iPhone XS. Each year the batteries used on Apple devices are much smaller than competing devices with comparable screen sizes. This shows their confidence with the battery management system used.

The Apple device can be charged using an 18W fast charging system or wireless at 7.5W. Unfortunately to enjoy fast charging users have to purchase a separate charger that supports USB-PD.

No audio jack included. Instead users need to use headphones with a Lightning connection or a bluetooth 5.0 tether. This year Apple no longer includes a Lighthning adapter to the 3.5mm jack with every purchase. Again consumers need to spend more for accessories that in our opinion should be included with every purchase.

Apple iPhone XS Max Brief Review

Apple iPhone XS Max Brief Review

Apple iPhone XS Max Brief Review – Every time the latest iPhone device is launched, many complain about its sales price skyrocketing in direct proportion to the value of the Apple company. This year Apple launched three models namely iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. So which device is the most worth owning? These are subjective questions with different answers according to to whom the question is addressed.

As a fan of devices with large screens, I’m more inclined with the Apple iPhone XS Max. It’s more comfortable with my hands that have been using devices from the Galaxy Note family for years. This review was written from the point of view of a Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X user. To find out our opinion on whether or not the iPhone XS Max is worth it, please read this review to the end.

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The screen of the iPhone XS Max is 6.5 ″ making it the largest screen smartphone ever produced by Apple. As a comparison, the iPhone X and XS are both “only” equipped with a screen of 5.8. Apple is in line with the needs of consumers and the market which is now more inclined with large screen devices. Hence the legacy of Steve Job who believed that all parts of the screen should be accessible with the fingers without problems had to be trashed. With a screen of 6.5 ″, the iPhone XS Max has a larger screen than the Galaxy Note 9 which is only 6.4 ″. Steve Jobs’ body has continued to spin in the grave since the iPhone 6 Plus was launched four years ago.

OLED screens are maintained with Retina resolution, HDR10 support, DCI-P3 and even True Tone. This year we understand OLED panels are produced by Samsung and LG. As usual the screen display is sharp with a bright color display. Even under the scorching Malaysian sun, the screen can still be read clearly. The screen display is very beautiful with vivid colors. So far the most beautiful screen we’ve ever seen belongs to a Samsung device. But since Apple switched to OLED screens, the distance difference between the screens of Samsung and Apple devices is now no longer far. In some situations, I prefer color on the XS Max over the Galaxy Note 9. The screen also supports a 3D Touch haptic response system that isn’t included on the iPhone XR.