Apple iPhone XS Max: unboxing and first look

Psst! Looking for the smaller iPhone XS? Check out our iPhone XS unboxing right here!

Apple’s latest iPhones launched yesterday, offering a mixture of sizes and price points to consumers. The biggest one out of the bunch, the Apple iPhone XS Max, just recently arrived at our front door and we’re giving it the proper unboxing and first look treatment! Sure, the $1099 starting price of the new phone is a wallet buster like no other, but it’ll be interesting to find out if it has some substantial justification behind it.

Inside the box:

  • iPhone XS Max
  • EarPods with Lighting Connector
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • User Manuals
  • Apple Decals

Due to the phone’s bigger size, which also holds the record for the largest screen in an iPhone to date, it’s no surprise that the packaging has been lengthened in order to accommodate it. Slapped right on the front is an image of the phone in question, which is also scaled to size to give us a sneak peek at what to expect. And in typical Apple fashion, the rest of the box is fairly minimalistic. Of course, the iPhone XS Max is the standout item inside of the box, which comes with the usual set of goodies. They include the EarPods, Lightning cable, wall adapter, user manuals, and yes, those Apple decals.

Bigger size, new color

Even though Apple has in the past offered a gold colored variant of its iPhones, the company introduced a slightly new hue with the new line. Since it’s sporting glass surfaces, the gold color here with the iPhone XS Max shimmers when it’s held at various angles in the hand. Straight on, the distinctive gold color is apparent, but looking at it in other angles makes it appear almost white in tone. Regardless, the stainless-steel frame matches the new paint job with its equally compelling gold colored accent.

Not surprisingly, the build quality of the iPhone XS Max feels substantial. Yes, it’s more of a handful to operate than last year’s iPhone X, but it’s relatively in the same scope as other phablets in the space – like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In fact, the two seem to match each other almost entirely, so for those used to handling gargantuan sized smartphones, they’ll feel right at home here with the iPhone XS Max. There’s obviously a lot to check out on this phone, so we’ll be putting it through the testing routine to see how it stacks up against the competition.

Expect our in-depth review soon!

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iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Should have a dongle, fast charger, and fast charging cable in the box. Way too expensive, with too large a battery not to come with those necessities. Picked up my 44mm sport loop this morning, GPS model. Great phone BTW.

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

They would be nice to have all that and it’s a lot of money for the the phone. But ate the same time I would end up getting my own phone charger anyhow because like any phone I have ever bought. They have all sucked and broke fast

6. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

That's you. You aren't everyone. Your entire comment was a reach and nothing more. There is virtually no reason that a $1000+ phone can't include a fast charger in the packaging.

33. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

No s**t dips**t that’s my opinion. That’s my I used I and my throughout the thing. If you read my opinion I agreed with the guy but then gave my opinion which if you want to be stuck on it like.......never mind. Never mind you are why I never go back and read my comments and the responses. Unlike you I don’t think my opinion should be everybody else’s. Kind of like your dumb opinion. There is a very good reason why it don’t have one. Because it’s not a factor to most peopl that buy one. They sell the phone fine. Like the difference betweeen a Toyota Tacoma and any other mid size truck. They did not include options on like on other trucks because they sold so well

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can understand that, but millions of others won’t, and a trillion dollar company should include them, like the billion dollar companies do.

28. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Wait. Every adapter you have ever bought has broken? I still have my charger from an S3 a d S4. Still look new. I still have a znite 5 charger, still looks new I have an old charger from the iruvinsl Gesr and Gear S, and they still look new. If they are breaking, you must be using them for something other than charging.

34. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yes and it’s mostly every apple charger and every apple earphones have broke. Every Samsung charger. From using it whil I charge or ride a bike or work

35. RoyalMike unregistered

I doubt you ever had a samsung flagship otherwise you'll know the feeling of having a premium sturdy fast charger, proper charging cable and a $100 headphones in the box which are probably more expensive than any headphones you ever bought. If we are paying premium, companies should treat us the same. It sounds very cheap from a company if they ask you to buy a separate charger, cable and a good pair of headphones to be used with your premium high end smartphone. Apple does enough cost cutting in the iPhones itself, atleast make the presentation better when someone is paying them a premium price for a mediocre device

53. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yes I have so has a lot of people I work with. I know a guy who has had the Same charger since he had his iphone and it’s fine. The only charging cables that I get anymore are the Ankar powerlin 2 pluss or what ever. This was just my experience and my opinion. I have never used any charger out of the box very long. Maybe 6 months at the very most without the tip starting to short out from bending. As far as the head phones maybe I am just thinking about the crappy ones that I low out that come with apples phones. My Samsung ones did to but I have not had a good Samsungsung phone since the muse note line. So maybe they send better units out. I have a samsung fast charger from Samsung with an ankar cable and that’s the best option for me.

4. gamehead unregistered

At these prices apple charges you shouldnt ask what should they have, but what don't they have.

56. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I honestly don’t think a fat charger included or not is going to make a difference to the people that buy iPhones. People usually stick to what they use. Heck it’s to expensive to change once you invest all the money into a operating system

9. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Yeah, at minimum......No excuse for that. Nice looking device in all honesty.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Post 7

32. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Sup darkk seems that you bought the iPhone X’s max, but 64GB! Know you bro hahah. Don’t know don’t like fast charging at all, used it once with my pervious note 5 and it does overheating the phone plus fast charging decrease battrey lifespans.

44. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"used it once with my pervious note 5 and it does overheating the phone plus fast charging decrease battrey lifespans." That all depends on the fast charging method. OnePlus and Huawei's dash charge and supercharge systems contain all the heat in the power brick so the batteries are unaffected. And they are the fastest charging phones on the market. Fast charging does work very well if implemented properly.

50. Walkermoon

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

After reading your comment, I can affirm you know nothing about fast charging. Afterall it's the total number of electrons (amps) entering into the battery per unit time which effect its health. OnePlus and Huawei don't have advanced battery technology, at least as of now.

63. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I know from the fact that i use Huawei's fast chargers, when charging the brick gets hot, the phone stays cold. It works as many users can attest to.

3. gamehead unregistered

For this phone, a case, Apple Care with thief protection and tax you're nearing 2K. Think I'll settle for the essential phone and call it a day.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

So far my assessment is the speed and performance gains for day to day are small over a 7 Plus. My Antutu is only 280k and not 360k. GB4 has been 4800/11400. I will keep monitoring the situation. Battery life has been above average at best. Wireless charging takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge. IMO I would wait for 2019 iPhone if you have an 8 Plus or X. It’s debateable if you went from 7 to XS. I can see why the XR makes sense to save on cost. Performance gains from XS to XR will be negligible at best. So far the XR is looking like the way better buy... Camera quality is the best attribute of the XS Max. Picture quality is pretty amazing. One thing to note is the AMOLED screen has pretty bad viewing angle colors that will go from bluish white to brownish white. You will notice this when you lean the screen up and down. Hopefully Apple addresses this issue. WiFi signal is not as strong as the iPad Pro. It feels like I keep dropping my home internet connection. LTE 4G is fairly good. 2018 iPad with an A12X would be a welcome upgrade over the A12. My iPad Pro 10.5 A10X feels slightly snappier and responsive than the A12 in this Max. It might be due to the 120hz Pro Motion. Overall 8.5 out 10 for me...

7. kennva1

Posts: 18; Member since: May 17, 2014

Darkjedi, which do you prefer note 9 and galaxy watch, iPhone XS max with apple watch 4? I had iPhone 8 plus with apple watch 3. Loved the apple watch, iPhone was so so. Now have note 9 and galaxy watch 46mm with LTE. Not really feeling my galaxy watch. But trying to give it a chance. Your thoughts since you have both combos? I really want to switch back to get the apple watch 4, but what I get from my note.... well you know.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m gonna be so 100% honest bro. After 3 weeks with the Galaxy Watch, I can honestly say that it’s a beautiful, feature packed piece of s**t performing watch. The pedometer on mine sticks sometimes and I’ve done experiments to prove it. The calorie counter sometimes fails to start over for the next day, and my heart rate widget constantly fails to measure, but in s health it measure every time. I do not lie, and sugar coat bro, if I could, I’d return the Galaxy Watch in a heartbeat. Also, Bixby is not on here, it’s nothing more than the same crappy SVoice with a Bixby logo. I like the Note 9 more than the iPhone, and the Apple Watch more than the Galaxy Watch. If I had to choose, I’m really not sure which pair I’d go with, if I could only have one. The Note 9 makes it hard to budge.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Galaxy Watch also has too much lag, and the latest update caused mine to drain faster. It did get back the battery life after a couple reboots though.

22. kennva1

Posts: 18; Member since: May 17, 2014

Yeah, my pedometer stopped working the next day. s**t I'm going to see if I can return it for that reason. If I can.... might be switching. The apple watch I just enjoyed going to the with that only and having all of my music. I'll know by Monday. Thanks for the feedback.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You’re welcome. I’m gonna contact Best Buy, and see what I can do with mine. I’m loving the series 4.

31. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Why not try one of the many different versions of Wear OS smart watches. Plus Wear OS works on both platforms. The Apple watch only works on one platform.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh, I’m good. I rock Samsung and Apple.

30. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

What about Android Wear or I should say Wear OS watch? There is a lot to choose from nowadays. Especially since you have both platform types (iOS and Android).

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’d have to seriously investigate Wear OS first. I generally only rock Samsung and Apple.

8. Cat97

Posts: 2021; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I thought only the Chinese cheat by putting on a wallpaper to hide the notch or taking awkward angled pictures to hide the chin, but as I see it, Apple does it too. It's a shame for a trillion dollar company to do this. You can't do this on a $1100 phone !

10. izim1

Posts: 1614; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Wait, an apple post that isnt written by alan f.? Is that allowed here? Did you get prior permission?

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