Or, you could become a noted technology writer, cozy up to Apple, and get on some secret list which gets you a review iPhone a week or two in advance of the rest of the great unwashed masses of iPhone humanity. So, how are the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR reviews coming along?
The thing to remember about product reviews is that most technology gadget writers will have a perspective that differs from others, and those perspectives differ significantly from actual customers. Remember, the original iPhone came with scathing reviews from pundits, but customers loved it.
Ina Fried says the reviews are in and tepid.
moderately warm; lukewarm:
characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm:
tepid prose; the critics’ tepid reception for the new play.
So, is it like? Don’t like? Meh?
iPhone Xs reviews are in — and tepid
The first iPhone Xs and Xs Max reviews are in —and while there’s a consensus that the Max’s big is truly beautiful, there’s also a raft of critics saying you might want to wait for the more humanly priced iPhone Xr next month.
No matter what, you still have to wait. iPhone XR and iPhone Xs have big screens. All iPhones have big screens. Also, what is a raft of critics? Did anyone get a photo of the raft? How many critics can it hold? I’m thinking about five. Yeah, five critics should do it.
What they’re saying:
- The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern: “The Max just feels like a blown-up iPhone, when it could be a new sort of computer” and “One-handed use is a struggle at times with smaller hands, especially typing.”
- The Verge’s Nilay Patel: “[The Max has] a gigantic, beautiful screen, and I have enjoyed looking at it a lot,” but “the Pixel 2 still has a better camera than the iPhone Xs.”
- Wired’s Lauren Goode: “This year’s phones don’t spark strong feelings — except maybe chagrin that they cost so much.”
- The New York Times’ Brian X. Chen: “By eliminating the bezels, which are the screen’s borders, Apple did a terrific job of increasing screen size without adding bulk or compromising the usability of the Xs Max. I still think the smaller XS is a better fit for most people.”
- BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski: “Apple has certainly improved the iPhone with the Xs and the Xs Max… But, crucially, it hasn’t improved my experience of the iPhone.”
See? I told you so. Five critics. Maybe the headline was written first and then Fried simply found five tepid reviews to match.
Reviews come and go but the best reviews come from customers who tell companies what they like by voting with their money.
Reviews? Meh. They’re everywhere and like political leanings, all over the map. I did a Google for ‘iphone xs reviews‘ and these are a few of those that arrived in my results. They seem different than Fried’s list. I wonder why.
- Solid updates to a winning formula – The Verge
- iPhone Xs and Max are the best phones you can buy – CNBC
- Bigger Is Now Definitely Better – NYT
- The Best iPhones Ever. Period. – Mashable
- Apple takes the iPhone X and turbo charges it – T3
It seems that everybody has an opinion on Apple, iPhones, iPad, Mac, Apple Music, Apple Pay, AirPods, Beats headphones, App Stores, Apple Stores, politics, and religion. Apple sure sells a lot of products each year to a growing base of happy customers (probably 280-million in the next year).
Politics and religion cannot say the same thing.