The iPhone XS or the larger XS Max, which one are you ordering?

The XS Max is the iPhone with the largest screen Apple has ever created. Granted, its 6.5" diagonal is a bit misleading compared to the 5.5" iPhone 8 Plus, as that last one is with 16:9 aspect ratio and doesn't have a notch, but still...

The XS Max has the obvious advantage of the larger screen before its smaller, XS sibling, and perhaps better stereo speaker spacing that will result in more immersive sound, but it also has some significant drawbacks. Women, in particular, have been complaining about the Max-ed out handset, as their jeans and other pockets are sewn much smaller than in men's clothing. We've no idea why is that an issue with the new 6.5" iPhone all of a sudden, as Apple's previous Plus models are exactly as big, and have found their way into many a purse or clutch, but the fact remains that the iPhone Max is quite large indeed. 

Not only that but the Max costs a Benjamin more for the basic version, and rockets all the way to $1449 for the 512-gigger which will be a favorite of golddiggers, and it rhymes. This is why we wanted to ask you if you are ordering the real status-bearer of 2018, Apple's iPhone XS Max or you are satisfied with its top-notch but way more compact contender the XS. Pre-orders start today, in case you have forgotten.

The iPhone XS or the larger XS Max, which one are you ordering?

The iPhone XS
The iPhone XS Max

Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
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 64 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)



1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The Real Deal!

43. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

As expected the real deal is the Max if the users came from 8 plus, 7 plus or 6 plus and X. I find it no reason to upgrade fro XS if you own the X as it offers almost the same specs.

2. Wazupmrg

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Where's the NONE option?

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Skip it, genius! This poll isn't for those who aren't ordering.

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This isn't a real poll to begin with. Or else they would have added more iPhone options as well. Like the XR, or iPhone 7's or 8's.

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's a stupid response. Do you even know the definition of 'real'??

25. Loveneesh

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I want None option also.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Give me an option for neither one. This years iPhones are a ripoff, offering less for more, and even took the iDongle away. At least put fast charging in the box Apple...geez(zzzz)

33. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple is getting greedier every year. They know they are in a totally different league in terms of average selling price and are thus taking advantage of it by ripping off its customers.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right. There is no way these phones should be this high, and mainly due to them not being all that great.

41. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I think they deliberately excluded that option because a lot of android fans will vote for that unless phonearena has a way of filtering those members who aren't iPhone users nor have used one. It would have been interesting if the option was included.

5. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I'm paying 10 months rent instead (not exaggerating, rent is like $150-200 here, and iPhone $1500 for the base XS).

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38. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Close enough. I live in India, but almost all of the south asian countries have that kind of rent.

34. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

So where do you live?, because I'm definitely interested in that kind of rent, as long as there's no roaches and insects.

39. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

India, and this is near the high-end of what you will have to pay, so no nasty insects. The flip-side is that you will earn that low as well. The average wages are 20 times less of the developed world, hence everything is cheaper (you can literally live on $400 a month with a very comfortable life)

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

While I'm not planning on getting one of the new iPhones, I kind of feel that there should be an option for people waiting for the XR. I honestly don't see hugely compelling reasons to spend several hundred dollars more for the XS/Max.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1516; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Went ahead an ordered a 256GB Max. My current work phone is a 6S, so it's time to upgrade.

8. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

That's just a ridiculous price , I bet there is atleast a 35% markup on end price.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Surely it's more than that. We usually get an article that breaks down the actual costs and markup's.

18. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The manufacturing costs for iPhones usually runs in the $300-$400 range depending on storage.

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

60% markup.

9. Sakeem

Posts: 859; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

For the price of the XS Max, it should have included in the box the dongle and the fast charger. Then again, Apple didn't become a trillion dollar company by giving away things for free.

10. D34ever

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Neither. If I were in the market for an iPhone, I'd get the 7+/8+. NO need paying an arm and a leg for Apple devices.

11. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

XS Max in Gold and a Apple Watch 44mm. Really looking forward to this phone. Watches are selling really fast. Can't believe they are a few weeks out on the watch already. Been really happy with my IPhoneX.

12. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

No both option? There are households getting these too. The price of admission is high, but it's also something that is a one-time until the phone becomes software upgrade obsolete, which I'll be is 4-5 years. When used as a main communications and business device then, that price isn't the real shocker it first appears. In addition if it's actually used as a business device, the dual sim makes it even better for tax-deduction purposes.

15. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 891; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

None option is missing. I vote for none. Or if at all I need to get one, I'll go for iPhone xr

16. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Where is the "None of the above" option? I'm sticking with my Note 8 until it is paid off. Then I might consider getting one of next year's Galaxy devices or maybe iPhone.

17. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Ordering iphone Xs Max 512gb and series 4 stainless steel. Butthurt people for iphone prices. If you can’t afford then don’t buy, stop complaining about prices. Its a luxury phone and should be expensive. Its not just an android where you can choose thousands of cheap phones. Get Note 9 instead if u think you can have a vakue of ur thousand bucks.

19. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Also look at the amount that Iphone is worth next year vs that Note 9 :) Guess is you are going to get way more for that phone if you trade it in. Nothing wrong with the note 9 but need to take resale value into consideration as well.

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