Review of the iPhone XS

Review of the iPhone XS

First launched in September 2018, iPhone XS is still among the trending Apple brands in Kenya. While you might have heard a friend praising its functionality or any other aspect of the phone, you may not be well-versed with all the components of the phone. This is why today, this article brings you a feel of the Apple iPhone XS by not only reviewing its specs but its merits, demerits, prices and a list of trusted online stores where you can purchase the iPhone without worrying of its durability. Without wasting any moments, let us get started by analyzing its features. 


The iPhone XS is fitted with a super amoled display of 5.8 inches.  The best thing about the amoled display of the iPhone is not its size but its excellent brightness which offers zero shadows. Still on its super amoled display, the iPhone XS has a touchscreen with 16 million colors. Moreover, the display constitutes an impressive resolution of 1125 pixels by 2436 pixels. It is also fitted with an oleophobic coating and a scratch resistant glass which assure maximum protection. If this is not amazing, for you, I don’t know what else will be amazing for you.


The iPhone XS measures 143.6 mm by 70.9mm by 7.7 mm. It has a weight of 177 grams. In relation to its body material, the iPhone has been designed with a stainless steel frame and a glass not only at the front but at the back as well. It is also a Nano SIM and an e-SIM. Additional information about the body is that it is IP68 certified. In a way this means that it is not only resistant to water but dust as well. The water resistance level is up to 2 meters for an estimated half an hour. 


Ideally deals with its operating system. Well, the iPhone XS function using the iOS 12. In relation to chipset, it uses the Apple A12 Bionic. For the record, this is the first 7nm chipset which was ranked the most powerful and smartest chipset upon the release of the iPhone XS in 2018. Further to this, it operates using the Hexa-core processor which means that its processing speed is pretty much higher due to this type of technology which facilitates multitasking because of 6 distinct processing units it contains.  It also has an Apple GPU. Particularly, the 4-Core graphics Apple GPU


Like any other smart phone, the iPhone XS contains both the RAM and ROM. What is different with its memory is its diversity and largeness. Particularly, this iPhone contains a RAM of 4GB which makes it capable of running several applications on the phone without experiencing any slowdowns or unnecessary shutdowns.  In relation to its internal storage, it is fitted with the 64GB, the 256 GB and 512GB. Sadly, the phone does not have a slot for the microSD card but this would be a problem given the large ROM that the phone offers.


If you are a lover of great picture, this iPhone will definitely serve you well. Championing this is the fact that it is housed with a dual back camera of 12 megapixels. The features of the back camera include a x2 magnification zoom, autofocus, panaroma, face and smile detection, phase detection, touch-focus, Quad-LED dual-tone flash, geo tagging, f/1.8 28mm, f/24 52mm, 8MP image recording, simultaneous 4K video recording and a video recording of 1080p@36/60/120/240fps and 2160p@24/30/60fps. Its front camera has a magnification of 7 megapixels. The key features of the front camera include the face detection, HDR, panorama, an f/2.2 aperture and high definition videos of 1080p@30 fps and 720p@240fps.


The network of this iPhone is not limited to the 2G, 3G or the 4G network. While you can use the 2G in case the town you are in does not support the 3G network and the 4G network, in areas that have a stable network, you can always use the 4G or the 3G network. As a result of its 4G network, you can enjoy fast internet at any time and avoid unnecessary delays in whatever you are searching for, downloading or sending.


While the iPhone is not fitted with the 3.5 mm jack, there are other sound features you will love about the phone. To begin with, you don’t need to worry about the phones sound speaker, because you can always use the loudspeaker as this feature is fitted in the phone. Also, there various alerts naturally installed on the phone including vibration and a multitude of ringtones However, you are always free to set a ringtone of your choice from your playlist but just in case you don’t have one the phone definitely has your back due to its various ringtones.


The phone allows connection so WLAN which include WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot and dual-band. It also allows Bluetooth, USB, GPS and NFC. In the case of Bluetooth, the specifications are v5.0, A2DP and LE. In the case of the USB and GPS, the specifications are v2.0. proprietary-reversible connector and A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and QZSS respectively. Yes! The iPhone XS does not offer a radio connectivity.


While the iPhone does not support the fingerprint sensor as well as the infrared port sensor, it has various awesome sensors. These sensors include the barometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity, Face ID, and the accelerometer.


The battery of the iPhone XS is inbuilt. It is the Li-Ion. In matter capacity, it has a capacity of 2658mAh.

Where do I get an iPhone XS in Kenya?

Of course, you can always purchase the iPhone XS from any local store near your neighborhood. However, there is no guarantee that your local phone store will always have the iPhone XS given its high demand in the market as well as the high pricing. Also, you may not be familiar with any trusted local phone store. In such a case it is necessary to following reputable online stores.

  • Jumia
  • MyShopKE
  • Phone Place
  • Phone Stores

In the case of MyShopKE, Phone Place and Phone stores, the delivery is almost immediately if you are within the major towns where their offices are located. However, if you are from a faraway town, city or county, there are paid delivery services and the delivery is normally done within 24 hours. In the case of Jumia, things are a little bit different. Once you place your order, this may take 2-8 days to be shipped depending on your location. It then stays in the pickup station for about a week where you are free to pick it at your own pleasure or have it delivered at your door step. Nonetheless, you can always trust that you will get your desired iPhone XS while purchasing from these named sites.


Well, the pricing of the iPhone XS in Kenya is not consistent. It differs in relation to the place it is being sold as well as it’s RAM. In the case of Phone Place the iPhone XS with a ROM of 64GB goes for ksh. 107,500. The same is respectively sold for ksh. 107, 800, 118,000, and 107,000 at MyShopKE, Jumia and Phone Store online stores. In the case of the iPhone XS with 256GB, this one is sold at ksh. 134, 999 at Jumia, ksh. 120, 000 at MyShopKE, ksh. 118, 500 at Phone Place and ksh. 118,000 at Phone Store online store. With regards to the iPhone XS with the larges ROM of 526GB, whereas Phone  Stores sells it at ksh. 133, 000, Phone’s Place and MyShopKE sell it at ksh. 132,000 and ksh. 132,500 respectively. Necessary to point out is that although these are the fixed prices of the iPhone XS at the listed online stores, the price is bound to increase where delivery services are included but the increment in size will be solely because of the delivery cost. Luckily, this is usually not as expensive as it may sound.


Variety of storage

Fast internet connectivity due to 4G network

Dust and water resistant

Supports Wi-Fi

Fast charging system

e-SIM technology for accessibility of two networks

Premium body design

High resolution cameras

High processing power

Face ID scanner


The iPhone is not economic hence can only be purchased by the elite in Kenya.

It does not have an FM radio

The microSD card is not supported on this phone

It lacks the 3.5mm jack

Inbuilt battery which poses a risk if the user tries to remove it.

Quick review of Key Features of Iphone XS

Key Features  
Display 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1125 pixels x 2436 inches
Operating system iOS v12
CPU Hexa-core and Apple A12 Bionic chipset
ROM-Internal storage 64/256/512 GB (Does not support microSD card)
Battery Inbuilt 2658mAh
Network 2G, 3G, 4G
Camera Back: Dual  12MP + 12 MP Front: 7 MP
Connectivity WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0 and NFC
Sensors Proximity, gyro, accelerometer, barometer, Face ID and compass