Apple iPhone XS After The Buzz - Was it worth $1000?

  • Published on Aug 19, 2019
  • Even if most products get forgotten by the media after their review period, there are a few that stand out. Gadgets that people still ask about months later. Some that we even decide to hold on to as daily drivers, and that we get to see age over time. The iPhone XS is one of them. It's hard to deny how common it is for Apple to dominate the rumor mill, and as we get close to a very controversial iPhone XI, it's only fitting to revisit the current flagship and see how well it aged. I mean, this is one of the most expensive phones money can buy, so you'd assume it would be the one that looks best nearly a year later, right? Well, not so much. I'm Jaime Rivera with Pocketnow and this is the iPhone XS After The Buzz.
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  • Joshua King King
    Joshua King King 6 days ago

    After upgrading every year since the iPhone 5! I’m not upgrading my iPhone XS’s literally the phone I’ve always wanted plus since I have the iPad Pro..I’m good. I think we’re just in the age now where people are ok spending $1000 on a’s sad but here we are..

    DAGELAN JAWA 6 days ago

    Secondary phone but always on the poket

  • Mr Ottawa1
    Mr Ottawa1 6 days ago

    The note 9 is king !

  • Miru
    Miru 7 days ago

    Omg, that Devastator T-Shirt! It's amazing!

  • Vik Ferreira Barrios

    So the iPhone XS is an expensive phone with a trash camera? Good to know since I was about to buy one.

  • Garret141076
    Garret141076 8 days ago

    Have had almost every iPhone but always got frustrated and went back to Android and vice versa. iOS is great software but a bit limited and looks dated. Hardware is always a year behind competition.
    Where iPhone shines is software support and everything is good implemented and works smooth.
    And iPhones are way to expensive outside the US. iPhone 11 is cheapest iPhone but more expensive that S10+. It's ridiculous.

  • Coreyanos Hobbs
    Coreyanos Hobbs 9 days ago

    Still enjoying my,(Ma)Xs!!!

  • Uncharted Waters
    Uncharted Waters 10 days ago +1

    Got my iPhone XS this week for half of what apple is asking new. So I am more than happy even though the new camera stuff on the 11 looks pretty great.

  • Lucian Palievici
    Lucian Palievici 12 days ago +1

    Best iPhone yet? Definitely. Worth 1000$? Definitely not.

  • Jay Garcia
    Jay Garcia 13 days ago

    I'm waiting for the notch to be gone but by then my x still does it for me :)

  • tk4227
    tk4227 13 days ago

    overpriced a BIT????

  • Yoink99
    Yoink99 13 days ago

    me: 😯

  • Matthew Eng
    Matthew Eng 14 days ago

    I’ve been using the iPhone XS on IOS 13.1 beta 2 and it’s amazing I’m getting 5+ hours of screen on time and dark mode is awesome although the wifi issues are still somewhat of a dealbreaker if you have them

  • DanTheCuriousOne
    DanTheCuriousOne 14 days ago

    For me, I feel like the $1000 price tag is really dumb. Apple should’ve priced at like, $800 or something. $1000 is not a good price point.

  • Renat De Maverick
    Renat De Maverick 14 days ago +1

    If this video was done by unbox therapy then i would have already gotten a bad headache from lue screaming

  • Samarjit Samanta
    Samarjit Samanta 15 days ago +1

    I picked iPhone XR 128GB. $1200 for a phone is like insanity. I’m happy with my 📱 XR. Great battery 🔋, great camera 📸 great size. 😉

    • Samarjit Samanta
      Samarjit Samanta 14 days ago +1

      Cierra Akers-Peake Cierra Akers-Peake . Great decision. That’s called giving value to money. Appreciated .

    • Cierra Akers-Peake
      Cierra Akers-Peake 14 days ago +1

      Samarjit Samanta same. I originally saved up for a XS Max but with the money I saved getting the XR I got AirPods, a case, and a screen protector

  • Adjan Kesselaar
    Adjan Kesselaar 15 days ago

    For me it definitely was

  • The Mazeシ
    The Mazeシ 16 days ago +5

    I have 13 beta on my 7Plus, i dont know how to go back to IOS 12 😭

    • Mayank Patidar
      Mayank Patidar 14 days ago

      Wait for few days after sep 10 stable ios13 is going to get released

    • The Mazeシ
      The Mazeシ 15 days ago

      Taco Salad
      I did that a while ago. I still have the option to turn dark mode o

    • Taco Salad
      Taco Salad 15 days ago

      Remove the public beta by deleting the beta profile
      Here's what to do: Go to Settings > General, and tap Profiles & Device Managment. Tap the iOS Beta Software Profile. Tap Remove Profile, then restart your device.

  • The Mazeシ
    The Mazeシ 16 days ago +4

    What i like with Samsung, their expensive phones (note 10) gives you 128GB (somewhere like that) as the base storage. Something that Apple needs to do 😵

    • The Mazeシ
      The Mazeシ 12 days ago

      Thought it was 128GB.
      Either way thats still amazing lmao

    • tyler8492
      tyler8492 13 days ago

      The Mazeシ note 10 plus gives 256gb base!

  • The Mazeシ
    The Mazeシ 16 days ago +1

    Yeah, it was worth it

  • Raidy Cv
    Raidy Cv 16 days ago

    My battery healthy is 89 only 6 month of use, I was expecting longer life to the battery

  • GeorgeV
    GeorgeV 16 days ago

    I started to be disappointed with Android...and I am a long time user. Can't believe I am thinking about buying an iPhone...but here I am.

    • GeorgeV
      GeorgeV 15 days ago

      @Ruslan Novikov I have an LG V30 and a Samsung S9. Both brilliant phones but I have to say that LG disappointed me by not giving me an update and Samsung had some battery life issues which are not normal for a flagship. I do consider buying a pixel, a Oneplus or an Iphone right now.

    • Ruslan Novikov
      Ruslan Novikov 15 days ago

      Which phone do you use right now

  • raja mangubat
    raja mangubat 16 days ago +1

    long live iphone

  • Vedansh Chauhan
    Vedansh Chauhan 17 days ago

    iOS 13 has ruined 3D touch even in those phones which supports that functionality ! 😤

    • PSilence 01
      PSilence 01 15 days ago

      Vedansh Chauhan -sucks. I love 3D Touch. Just too many incompetent people don’t know how to use it

    • JohnyTechReview
      JohnyTechReview 16 days ago

      Pretty sure they gonna fade it out and they are doing it in transition phase. I wouldn’t surprise to see it gone this year

  • []
    [] 17 days ago

    Being honest, I think I got used to the 1000$+ price tags. both used the Note 9 (64gb+256mSD) and the iPhone X (256gb) and they roughly cost the same. It’s kind of a norm now if you want to stay on the flagship level devices...

  • Thatz Razin
    Thatz Razin 17 days ago

    that battery size is dissapointing.

  • Alias Alias
    Alias Alias 17 days ago

    Can’t wait for the iPod touch 8 to come out

  • Georgios Chamouroudis
    Georgios Chamouroudis 17 days ago +2

    The screen brightness is amazing, up until the phone gets a little hot and it drops to under 50% brightness. Then it's impossible to see anything under sunlight.

  • Lindo Nkwanyana
    Lindo Nkwanyana 17 days ago +2

    I don’t think any phone is worth $1000 USD.

  • beaney56
    beaney56 18 days ago

    My friend got an xs max. The screen of that phone scratches soooooo easily!!!!

    • jovan tan
      jovan tan 17 days ago

      What is Ur friend keeping in his pocket, freaking diamonds?

    • jovan tan
      jovan tan 17 days ago

      It's the same as any other phone dude

  • Chaka Oof Ka
    Chaka Oof Ka 18 days ago


  • Cole Harper
    Cole Harper 18 days ago +2

    I have a xr with 128gb. and i only use 35gb. ive never have used more than 40gb. soo. the 64gb honestly is 100% first world problems.

  • Jm Smith
    Jm Smith 18 days ago +1

    i phones are worth the money, my nearly 2 year old iphone x cost me £999 and just sold it for £500 , thats crazy 2 years old 2nd hand no warranty.

  • Chris R
    Chris R 18 days ago

    Thanks Jaime, need more influencers to get the word out that phone prices are too high.

  • Austin Benson
    Austin Benson 19 days ago

    idk i like mine? it's just a phone, i've always preferred iPhones and the Xs just seems like i runs a little smoother than my iPhone X did. and the camera is definitely better and the speaker sounds better. like the gold color as well

  • Kevin Rivera
    Kevin Rivera 19 days ago

    His iPhone XS doesn’t stutter at all? Mine does at times and have 0 clue why. And yes I still have plenty of storage left. And RAM management in iPhone is incredibly efficient I hardly believe that’s causing the issue

  • iluvsilva
    iluvsilva 19 days ago

    $1000 for a phone is a rip off. Everyone in my family is using iPhone 6s. We bought 5 of them for a total of $500. I still have $500 left over.

  • TheLingo56
    TheLingo56 19 days ago

    After the iPhone 11 comes out and it gets closer to Black Friday I see the XS and XR being more reasonable prices. Plus they age much better than Android phones do with updates and retain their value for much longer, so the higher price doesn't sting as much.

  • Zeke Santamaria
    Zeke Santamaria 19 days ago

    I bought an iPhone XS 256GB Gold for $600 last week. I think the phone is great! I switched from an iPhone X 256GB that I paid full price for! I know I'm not getting the iPhone 11 as I don't like the design and I'll wait for the redesign.

  • justforthetv
    justforthetv 19 days ago


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    Wunderwaffe 19 days ago


  • Carlos R
    Carlos R 19 days ago

    Yeah I was wondering why you haven’t changed the aspect ratio on your vids .

  • Anirudh Kumar
    Anirudh Kumar 19 days ago

    Just got it for 750$ unlocked on eBay. Been an Android user for over 8 yrs now but the fact that the social apps so much better with iOS and the iMessage factor made me switch

  • Doomy_Doomy
    Doomy_Doomy 19 days ago

    I have 64 gb of storage on my phone and I yet to pass 17gb of storage used. Granted I have a Xr and I’m not addicted to selfies and photos.

  • DonutsRYummy
    DonutsRYummy 19 days ago

    No phone is worth 1000$ plus...

  • FatDayChallenge
    FatDayChallenge 20 days ago

    Would this phone be worth a purchase at the discount price once the new iPhone comes out?

  • karthik tuli
    karthik tuli 20 days ago +2

    I think justified pricing should be around $800 for Xs Max.

  • Lee Riley
    Lee Riley 20 days ago

    nan it worth like 700$ish

  • Castiel Liu
    Castiel Liu 20 days ago

    XS is not bad, but $1000 ? Definitely not worth it. I’ve been using XS for a while it feels like a $500 phone.

  • Russell G
    Russell G 20 days ago +1

    0:48 - his name is sped up at 1000x hahah I can't imagine trying to repeat that back to him.

  • George Allen
    George Allen 20 days ago

    You sound weird

  • Leu Leumas4040
    Leu Leumas4040 20 days ago

    Its still way too expensive

  • Jimmy Moody
    Jimmy Moody 20 days ago

    I don't think any phone is worth $1000, but that's become a price we've had to face up to for a few years now. That said, it does also have its positives. Firstly, you can buy phones at much reasonable prices that do a majority of the flagships. This, secondly, then puts pressure of Samsung, Huawei, and Apple to put out top-notch devices.

    Being the $1000 price tag is something you can't avoid if you want 'the best', then he iPhone XS is worth it if you never had the iPhone X and your current phone is showing its age. However, if your phone is less than 2 years old, then no.

  • Vichev Jr
    Vichev Jr 20 days ago

    The iphone camera is really good especially video and portrait mode

  • Derek Jones
    Derek Jones 20 days ago +1

    I am still rocking IPhone X, but lately been eyeing the Note 10+ but I am in the Apple eco system and afraid to make the jump, toO much to loose. Apple Watch, IPad, and MacBook. I must stay put. Apple knows how to keep u with them

    • Sitizen Kane
      Sitizen Kane 20 days ago +1

      I switched my fiancee to Samsung from Apple. 1 week later and she's absolutely in love. The learning curve takes about that long but once you get it, oh man. I was an apple guy myself. Never again.
      I got a note 10+ and hers was free, so she decided to switch. The screen and camera are amazing to boot, along with the S Pen. Do it. You won't regret it.

  • wow yman
    wow yman 20 days ago +1

    Apple serve always low storage, ram. They could be better. Why they do that. I think Apple wants me to change Iphone every year.. LOL.

    • doesnt matter
      doesnt matter 20 days ago

      The iPhone doesn't need more than 2 - 4 GBs of RAM. iOS is very optimized. Android is not. Modern Android phones have 6 - 12 GBs. All because the OS isn't optimized.

    OL CHUM 20 days ago

    that blonde thot def looks far better kekekke

    OL CHUM 20 days ago

    also ios 13 beta 8 is amazingly faster smoother less crashes dark mode volume hud revamp pure sex

    OL CHUM 20 days ago +3

    iphone x 2017 256gb user here, still smooth as butter, wont be updating until they remove the notch and give us touch id back beneath the screen.

    • maxumilius
      maxumilius 17 days ago +1

      @ahmad mahmoud if you want better battery life. Then go with the XR. If you want a better resolution to see vids go with iPhone X. But if you want better internals, go with XR

    • Hijoeputa
      Hijoeputa 18 days ago

      @ahmad mahmoud iPhone X because it has a better camera, has OLED (which is a lot better then XR display) and the iPhone X has the same internal as XR.

    • ahmad mahmoud
      ahmad mahmoud 20 days ago

      How the battery with you is it good cause i think to buy the x over the xr can you recommend me what should i get ??
      (coming from android)

  • MrXelium
    MrXelium 20 days ago +1

    I'll spoil the whole video for you with the answer : No.
    It never was.