iPhone XS, One Year Later – Review (Was it worth buying?)

by birtanpublished on March 27, 2021

I bought the iPhone 10s for over fifteen hundred dollars Canadian last year with taxes it was 64 gigabytes fully unlocked silver and I still have it one year later but $1500 is a ton of money for something small enough to fit in your pocket and so I have to ask myself was it worth it hey how's it going I'm Josh from ninety one tech and today we're reviewing the iPhone 10s one full year later the iPhone 10's was a disappointment to a lot of people when it came out it brought few improvements over the iPhone 10 with the biggest change being a full

New size option in the iPhone 10's max and that was pretty much it the design was the same albeit with a new gold color and the only decent improvements to speak of were to the camera as well as in some of the technical specs just gonna jump in real quick right here yes there is a straight hair on my arm and no I'm not going to refilm everything so you're just gonna have to deal with it and I can't unsee it neither can you so you're welcome and now let's get back to the video although I'm kind of under selling the camera because it was a big improvement not

Enough to make it worth buying over the iPhone 10 mind you especially if you already owned the iPhone 10 but it massively improved portrait mode and the HDR was amazing the high dynamic range it can do is practically unparalleled but I bought it last year and I sold my iPhone 10 a phone that by all accounts and purposes was almost just as good why did I do this honestly I just kind of wanted to for the channel I had made a huge commitment to the year before by buying the iPhone 10 and I wanted to carry on the tradition this really wasn't a great

Reason considering I've only done like one or two videos actually on my iPhone 10s not that I regret getting it it's a great phone I just don't think it was worth the upgrade from the iPhone 10 and yet despite me saying this I am planning on buying the iPhone 11 Pro max this is for two reasons battery life is way better and I could really use that and also I kind of just wanted a bigger phone anyway it's just to change things up the 10s the size is perfect for me but at the same time I kind of missed the giant screen of the iPhone 8 plus that I used for a little

While last year but let's talk more about the iPhone 10s and its pros and cons the design is one of the best in the smartphone world people have mixed opinions on iPhones in general but since the 10 I've always felt they were the best-looking at least from the back you might not include the iPhone 11 Pro in that and that would be probably a fair sentiment but the 10 and 10's looked really good well I don't have a huge problem with the knotch like some people do it is there and it isn't as small as Samsung this hole punch display or the oneplus is practically non-existent

Bezels however I do find the iPhone 10 Estes display to be very aesthetically pleasing if not the most aesthetically as everything is symmetrical without a chin and well some people would disagree with me at least it looks better than the monstrosity that is the pixel 3 Excel and also I think it is gonna look better than the pixel 4 based on leaks so for what it's worth there's that I bought the smaller iPhone 10s is it fit in my hand better than the 10s max also it was cheaper I don't know why I was worrying about money when I was already paying $1500 Canadian with tax our

Dollar sucks but I was it's also only 64 gigabytes which was a bit of a problem until I started paying like 2 bucks a month for iCloud and specifically like the 50 gig plan it's a killer deal honestly and I haven't had to worry about storage space since because most of my storage on my phone is due to pictures and videos I don't know why I held off so long on getting it it is really worth it and recommend it if you don't have a lot of storage left that being said the fact that a $1500 iPhone only came with 64 gigabytes is pretty insane and this year it's the exact same

Thing you're only getting 64 gigabytes for the base model I find this absolutely ridiculous in all honesty and I'm quite disappointed Apple didn't bump things up to 128 gigs with a regular iPhone 11 you can pay 50 extra bucks to get 128 gigs and that's a good deal but why doesn't the 11pro have this option why not just put the 11pro at 128 or 256 to begin with in the first place like why it's so cheap and greedy on apple's part it's really annoying it's funny how cheap Apple is in the weirdest ways the test didn't come with a fast charger it didn't even come with

A dongle because you know you should be used to not having a headphone jack by now I guess I mean the 11pro has a fast charger but it won't have a dongle but we get it the iPhone 10 S is expensive all iPhones are expensive these days most people aren't insane like me and wouldn't buy the phone straight up to they'd get it on contract from a carrier and that would be a lot more reasonable the iPhone 10s or the iPhone 11 pro for that matter isn't the phone that most people should buy the 10r or now the iPhone 11 is the much better deal and almost just as good for like a lot less

Money but I'm not most people I guess I'm quirky and unique and have a YouTube channel and I'm really bad with money one thing I really wanted was better battery life it's not that the iPhone 10s is batteries it's just really not that great either it'll last you a normal day but for those days that you're just lazing around at home wanting to watch Netflix or YouTube on your phone it just doesn't last very long that set for 90 percent of the time or 95 percent of the time I was able to get away without any issues and I would last the day just fine

Often at around 20 to 10 percent left battery health like just as a whole is down to 91% capacity after a full year of heavy use which I don't think is too crazy I think that's pretty much average maybe a little bit more maybe a little less not quite sure they're typically you're good until your phone gets around 80% battery capacity and then it's gonna start slowing down or you might experience some shutdown issues and at that point you're probably gonna want to go to Apple and get your battery replaced so everyday usage of the 10s it was fine

But the fact that the 11pro has four more hours of battery life thanks to the a13 chip is amazing and it's gonna make the 10s feel terrible in comparison so far I've been mostly kind of whining about the 10s but most of these complaints are ones that I would consider a relatively minor it's expensive battery life isn't great and so on the reason that I'm nitpicking here is because the iPhone 10s is actually a really great phone with very few flaws the experience is about as consistent as it gets and I've had so few issues it's actually amazing the

Biggest problem I probably had is for a while it was having trouble connecting to cellular but that was fixed with the software update and since then I've been good this is probably the best time I've had with a smart phone the iPhone 10 was awesome but mostly because of the novelty and that eventually wore off the tenez felt faster and just in general did better for me this is probably in part thanks to using iris 12 instead of the very buggy iOS 11 the 10s is a really really good phone and if you pick one up used around clearance then you're probably not gonna regret it so let's

Talk about some of that good first and foremost you have that camera that camera can produce some beautiful shots and I'll put up some here as I talk I felt like portrait mode was improved over the iPhone 10 it just felt more consistent and better with finding edges HDR is stunning I honestly don't think any smartphone from last year came close to touching how well it captured the sky and parts of the background and that's including the pixel three-fight me probably just earned a few dislikes for daring to question the pixel threes reign over all cameras

But oh well the 10s never took a bad photo for me and the video was even better 4k 60 is something we've had since the iPhone 10 but it's still mind-blowing how good it looks here's a video clip it was taken at 30 frames per second but it's still a good example and it's just gorgeous the phone takes really good video this is being filmed on the iPhone 10s at 4k and 30 frames per second it looks really really good the iPhone 11 pro looks like it's taking big strides in the camera department

I'm definitely hyped to try that ultra wide camera but the iPhone 10s does a great job and it blows any Android phone even the newer ones completely out of the water when it comes to video if video is something important to you the tennis has you covered and it has you covered for photos too this is a great camera and I honestly think Apple is massively under credited when it comes to the camera in general on their iPhones they're really good and they take really good photos and video and it's probably the best balance when it comes to smartphones because again that

Video is so much better than the competition I would dare say that the camera on the iPhone 10s was tragically underrated this year the front-facing camera on the other hand is admittedly not special it's fine and it'll be good for snapchat or whatever but the truth is there are better options out there such as the iPhone 11 which brings 12 megapixels and somehow 4k video at 60 frames per second to the selfie camera beyond the camera we have the a12 chipset there's not a lot to say here this is a very fast phone I pretty much never had any slowdowns and when I did

It was usually because of my internet connection not the phone itself face ID is great and it's only getting better with iOS 13 apparently it will be like 30% faster once the update comes somehow and that's great because it's already really fast people can whine about the notch all they wants and I'll admit it doesn't look the best but I think apples produce the best biometric system with it at least in my opinion I think face ID is the smoothest and best out there right now the oneplus is and display fingerprint sensor is pretty cool and

It's better than Samsung's or at least faster but I do still prefer face ID what can I say I like what I like by the way if you're wondering what case this is this is a rhino shield bumper case you're watching Rhino she you should definitely sponsor me because unfortunately this isn't sponsored I'm just letting you all know because I always get questions I'll have a link in the description if you want to go buy it again not sponsored I wish it was probably my favorite case of all the ones I've ever had let's quickly run through some more

Minor things speakers are amazing one of the best on smartphones although it does get a little distorted when at louder volumes wireless charging is as handy as ever and that was my charging method of choice over the whole year the water resistance was solid I wasn't too scared to bring it kayaking with me but that's mostly because if I dropped it I would never see it again but yeah getting a little bit wet from a splash or whatever there's no worry with this phone and hey when I was kayaking I did see this cool plane fly overhead so

There's that overall the tennis is still a really really great phone and sure the iPhone 11 is a bit more flashy but if you have the tennis right now you're gonna be absolutely fine and if you have the iPhone 10 for that matter you're gonna be absolutely fine at least wait till next year what apparently the iPhone is going to get a bigger upgrade do what I say and not what I do don't buy the iPhone 11 bro it's not worth all that money the iPhone 11 looks good though so I mean if you want that and go for it

And also I'd recommend the iPhone 10s to anyone if you pick it up used or on clearance as carriers get rid of them although the iPhone 10 I think is the better deal because you can find it for not too expensive on ebay.com it's around 500 bucks right now that's an option I do have to say though time flies I can't believe I've had the tennis for a year already it's been an interesting year for me personally I graduated high school last June so pretty much everything now is kind of new to me and I'm glad I had such a solid phone to experience it with it

Might not mean a whole lot but I think it's important to have a consistent reliable experience on a device that you use so regularly in your day to day life sure lots of androids have nice flashy features but at the end of the day the software is what really counts and on the Android side it's just never worked that well for me I'm always finding bugs always having to try to find workarounds for stuff with iPhones I don't have those kind of issues iOS is a carefully curated experience and for good reason it makes it easier for you the consumer to just use your phone I

Like iPhone and I don't plan on switching back to Android anytime soon that's right I used to use Android it was a fair while ago but I did at least I wasn't planning on switching to Android anytime soon but that's changed a bit at the moment I'm currently living on Android using the pixel 3 Excel I did a video on this about two days ago so if you want to go see that so I'll have a link in the description but yeah it's just temporary until the next iPhone comes out it's been fun so far let's move on the price of the 11pro Max is like 1500

$19 canadian before tax so i'm gonna sell my iphone 10's before the prices drop and yeah this is my last video on that iphone 10's i might pick one up down the road for cheap this is it so say goodbye you've barely probably seen it because I haven't done a lot of videos on it but I have had it I loved the iPhone 10s it's been a good year I think the 10s has done me solid and after this retrospective particularly I really don't regret buying this even if it wasn't much of an upgrade over the iPhone 10 but that's about enough for me do you have the iPhone 10s are you

Picking up one of the new iPhones can you guess what Android phone I used to use before the iPhone 4 I'm gonna say probably not I think I have mentioned it before but I doubt anyone remembers it that far back if you found this video interesting maybe hit that like button and consider subscribing for more content just like this you can follow me over on twitter and instagram at 91 underscore tech if you'd like to for some reason actually no wait I have a reason I'm gonna be switching to Android so yeah you should go follow me over there and it's at 91 underscore tech

Because some doofus took at 91 tech and I can't do anything about it so yeah anyways I'm Josh from 91 tech and I will see you well next time you

Related Videos

- Welcome to Apple. Your call may be recorded for quality assurance. So tell me, how can I help you today? - My iPhone 7 is making weird noises. - And does it g...
- Hey, what's up guys, Keaton here. So, right in front of me I have two iPhone 7 Pluses. Now, look closely, and let me know in the comments: Do you think ph...
Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the LG G pad 8.3 8.3 is these size eight point three inch LCD IPS display so this is LG's return to the t...
Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a quick look at the official wireless charger for the Nexus 4 5 and 7 this is sold in the Google Play Store for $49.99 ...
Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the Microsoft Xbox one so one week following the ps4 Xbox one is finally available this is the day one editio...
Hey guys Mike here the Detroit port with a quick video that you guys requested this is the iPod Touch 5th generation in space gray so for 2013 the iPod Touch th...
Hey everyone welcome back to the channel what we have right here is a brand new g-shock watch with google's wear os which means that for the first time ever...
I mean we can take them it's just got to be fast okay sure that's what she said Oh God this next to Center spring all right this we could start to the b...
That's good timing I know there's a live thing oh I guess I'm supposed to do the thing this week aren't I yes haha i typed android balance calm ...
Hey guys what's going on is Carl here back with another episode we are back to another Tech Travel Pack it is July my last episode was in June when I was ou...
Hey guys what is going on is Carl here back with another episode this one is very special we are here we've get out season three and before we kick things o...
Hey guys what's going on it's Karl here back with another episode this one just like most of them on the channel has been requested a lot of you are ask...
What's up everybody this is Danny and last week I was at the Charlotte Motor Speedway checking out NASCAR for the very first time and it was a pretty cool e...
What's up everybody this is Danny and if you're in the market for an Android phone right now this video is probably what you've been waiting for the...
What's up everybody this is Danny and iOS 9 beta is out so I'm gonna show you what the best new features are and let's just go ahead and get right i...
Hi guys is Marcus from Tokyo silence Tech and that finally I've got to experience triple screen gaming and I absolutely love it now if you know anything abo...
Already in 2019 I've been blown away a few times at the shear value for money on some of these phones we've had devices from oneplus on a Asus quite a f...
so this is the asus rog g85 o2d you that was a mouthful but I'm gonna refer to this as the favo 2d for the rest of the video now it's really interestin...
So in these third-generation Rison cpus were launched a little while ago to be more precise it was launched on the exact same day as the rx 3700 series GPUs and...
well hello with people I'm Dimitri and today we're talking about the SteelSeries apex Pro keyboard with new omni point switches now we have done severa...