Is the iPhone XS In 2020 Worth It?


The iPhone XS, launched in 2018 has been in the market for nearly a year and a half. It was one of the first models from Apple to feature a modern design with an all-screen display and thin bezels.

Despite being a year and a half old phone, the iPhone XS is still considered as a modern iPhone and hence a lot of people are eyeing it in 2020. Read on to find out the reasons that make the iPhone XS worth buying in 2020.

iPhone XS has a premium and modernistic design

When it comes to design, the iPhone XS does not feel like a phone that has been around for 1.5 years. It’s front and back gorilla glass panels, and glossy stainless steel frame feels and looks premium on any day. In fact, it looks better than a lot of 2020 smartphones.

The iPhone XS has an all-screen display with a notch at the top. This is the same display configuration that you see in Apple’s current flagships, the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro.

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iPhone XS

Apple could continue with the notched design for another year or so. Even though there were talks that the iPhone 12 may come with a notch-free display, various leaks and sources still confirm a notched display (a smaller notch is expected) for the iPhone 12. Hence, the display design of the iPhone XS is not going to get updated for at least another year

The front panel of the iPhone XS is so similar to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro that if you keep all the three phones side by side, you will not be able to spot any major difference.

Apart from the premium design elements, the iPhone XS is an ergonomic phone. Though slightly heavy at 177g, its compact dimensions make it easy to use with a single hand.

Overall, the design is premium, has modern elements, and is easy to use.

iPhone XS hosts one of Apple’s Best Displays

2020 is the year of OLED displays. A lot of the mid-range and all of the premium range smartphones that you see in 2020 have OLED screens. Only a very few budget flagships retain LCD panels. Hence, when you buy a premium phone in 2020, it has to have an OLED screen.

iPhone XS hosts one of Apple’s best displays to date. With its Super Retina OLED display and HDR10, iPhone XS does a great job of broadening and deepening the colors in your photos and videos making them look more natural and vivid. With the OLED screen, you now see blacks as true blacks and not the shades of grey that you see in phones with LCD screens.

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iPhone XS has very high brightness levels ( max brightness of 625 nits) thereby providing a good viewing experience in broad daylight.

No matter which 2020 smartphone you may compare to, the display of the iPhone XS provides an awesome viewing experience.

iPhone XS features one of Apple’s Best Cameras

The camera was perhaps the most praised feature of the iPhone XS. The camera of the iPhone XS camera is still really good and holds up to most of the user’s camera requirements in 2020.

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As you know, the iPhone XS was one of the earliest iPhones to come with a dual-camera setup. The iPhone XS comes with a dual-camera setup that offers a 12 MP wide-angle lens and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 2x optical zoom.

The camera quality is excellent and offers some really great shots. The presence of the telephoto lens has multiple advantages. Apart from capturing the photos of distant subjects in good detail, the telephoto lens coupled with advanced bokeh features enhances the portrait mode clicks taken.

The iPhone XS also scores well when it comes to low light photography as the photos end up with clearer images, better highlights and shadow details as compared to a lot of the smartphones that you may find in 2020.

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Night shot from the iPhone XS

Coming to videos, iPhone XS can record 2160p videos up to 60fps, and 1080p up to 240fps. The 7 MP front camera also records decent enough 1080p videos up to 60fps. These video recording features cover pretty much all cases that you may come across in 2020.

Overall, the iPhone XS has a really good camera by 2020 standards.

iPhone XS Offers a Stronger Performance than Most 2020 Smartphones

Performance is one parameter where iPhones really hold up to the expectations. The iPhone XS features Apple A12 bionic chipset and 4GB of RAM.

A12 is Apple’s second latest smartphone chip and is a very solid performer when it comes to handling multi-tasking and executing memory-intensive tasks.

iPhone XS offers a smooth and hassle-free daily user experience in day to day use cases such as multi-tasking, using camera, loading and running games, and browsing the internet.

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The A12 processor and the next-generation Neural engine make the iPhone XS as fast or in some cases much faster than a lot of its 2020 competitors. When you run a Geekbench score for the iPhone XS, you will find that the score is not too far from the iPhone 11. This means that the iPhone XS’s performance is pretty close to Apple’s current line of flagships.


The battery life of the iPhone XS is also decent. If you are a frequent user, the 2858 mAh battery may not last you an entire day and you will find yourself hitting the charging point for a quick refill. However, this may not be such a big problem as the device support 15W fast charging and Qi wireless charging.

The iPhone XS though released on iOS 12, is now updatable to the latest iOS 13. Like other iPhones, the iPhone XS will have a long line of software updates before Apple cuts it off. Since it was released in 2018, we can expect the iPhone XS to receive software updates for the next few years at least.

Is the iPhone XS in 2020 worth it ?

Yes. The iPhone XS in 2020 is completely worth your money as it has a premium design language, hosts a really great camera, and is a beast when it comes to performance.

Now that the iPhone 11 series is available in the market, the iPhone XS is available for a significantly lower price. So in case you are on the lookout for a premium phone and do not want to end up paying $1000, the iPhone XS is for you.