Here’s What You Can Get For The Price of an Apple iPhone XS

Apple recently launched its flagship iPhone trio – the iPhone XS and XS Max – as well as another low-spec iPhone XR at a relatively lower price compared to the first two.

And just like every year, the new iPhones are pretty expensive. Even more pricey than some Mac computers, the new flagships from Apple are among the most expensive phones you can buy this year.

The iPhone XS and XS Max, coming at around $1,000 and $1,449 come at fairly higher prices as compared to their predecessors. The thing is, there are no significant changes either, as the new duo looks exactly the same as last year’s iPhone X, with some internal improvements such as the addition of the new A12 bionic chip.

$1450 To Replace Cameras & Music Players

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook justified the prices, saying that the new iPhones replace every other gadget you would need, followed by that old cliché “it’s the most advanced iPhone we’ve ever done.”

He defended,

The phone has replaced your digital camera. You don’t have a separate one anymore. It’s replaced your video camera. It’s replaced your music player. It’s replaced all of these different devices,

Well, you’d agree that that’s not something a cheaper smartphone can’t do. In fact, some of the best flagships of this year can do more than just replace your camcorder, or music player. Even Xiaomi made fun of Apple, by offering full bundles of their high-end laptops, smartphones, headsets, and some other goods within the price of a new iPhone.

What You Can Get Instead

To put things to perspective, we’ve compiled a list of other flagships you can buy cheaper than the iPhone XS Max or the iPhone XS. Do note that the devices included in the list are recent flagships, these devices have the latest hardware, with the best cameras of this year, and top-end features.

All prices in the table are in US dollars to keep the comparison fair.

Model Price Difference XS Max Difference XS
iPhone XS Max 64GB $1100
 iPhone XS 64GB $1000 ($100)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB $1000 ($100) 0
Google Pixel 2 XL $950 ($150) ($50)
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 128GB $890 ($210) ($110)
Samsung Galaxy S9 128GB $770 ($330) ($230)
Huawei P20 Pro 128GB $734 ($366) ($266)
OnePlus 6 128GB $580 ($520) ($420)
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition 128GB $540 ($560) ($460)
Pocophone F1 $370 ($730) ($630)

 

So if you’ve been thinking about getting the new iPhone XS Max, you could also go for a cheaper Galaxy Note 9 instead, making a $100 saving.

Samsung’s phablet offers a larger display and more  storage for cheaper. Do note that iPhone uses Super AMOLED displays made by Samsung, so you won’t really see a difference between the screen quality and colors of iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9. The display technology is the same.

Think about it, you could get another phone, or a laptop, or perhaps a plane ticket for a trip to another country with the savings you make by not getting an iPhone XS Max. Oh and, you’d still be able to listen to music, capture photos, and record videos on that trip with a Galaxy S9+. Heck you could even get two good phones for that price.

For comparison’s sake, you can buy good phones for your entire family for the price of one iPhone XS Max. For the same price, you can get two Pocophone F1’s and another Xiaomi Mi A2 within $1100.

Pocophone F1
Pocophone F1

As for the price of a base iPhone XS, which has a smaller display and the same features as XS Max, you can choose to buy two OnePlus 6 phones with more storage and with the same notched displays. The new OnePlus 6 also uses a Samsung-made AMOLED display, so it won’t really make any difference.

The list goes on, you can buy a number of electronics to serve the same purpose just as well for the same price of an iPhone XS Max.

This does not mean you shouldn’t buy an iPhone XS Max or an iPhone XS. They are not inherently bad phones, they have good features of their own, and if your wallet allows, you could definitely buy one. But they offer the worst value for money compared to every other smartphone currently available.

The comparison above is just to put the price difference to perspective. If you have better suggestions, you can sound off in the comments below.


  • Eli Ehsan

    isn’t XS Max 512gb $1449 phone?! or Im going digit blind lately…

  • PocoPhone F1 Is Best

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      Mera Lauda

  • Armaghan

    please update!!!
    iphone xs costs $1000
    iphone xs max costs $1100 not 1450…
    both 64GB

    • Sarmad Sameer

      Prices have been updated.

      Thanks for letting us know!

  • Imam Bux

    What’s the point? People know why Apple is leading brand. Despite the aggressive Android and Samsung’s marketings, iPhone is on the rise and for genuine reason too. This reason can not be explained but experienced by oneself. I was a religious Windows and Android user but was forced to use Apple products because of my IT company and I have to admit it was frustrating in the first month to use Mac and iPhone but after investing sometime, I understood what was the fuzz about. Yes, Apple still can not justify this massive price tags but I believe Apple has monopoly on that and hence taking advantage of it.

    We can do everything on Android that can be done on expensive iPhone, that’s a valid point, but if that’s the reason then why even buy expensive Android. Got the argument?

    @AbdulWAHABAlam:disqus You know what’s best? Linux OS! Well in Android? only stock Android phones, the rest of Android based phones, to me, are like using Need For Speed version of Windows XP 2021 on Fujitsu Laptops. Taste the real flavor! Also, you are awesome, I enjoy your comments, keep coming.

    I know that no one has argued on the price tags or Android vs iPhone battle. It’s just I had time to write something :D

    • Thanks @mrimambux:disqus
      But I’d love with andriod because budget price with awesome phone.
      That’s a reason apple sirf eat karta ho becuas i can’t afford it

    • Thanks @mrimambux:disqus
      But I’d love with andriod because budget price with awesome phone.
      That’s a reason apple sirf eat karta ho becuas i can’t afford it

  • tahir aziz

    oneplus 6 best experince of my life ab shayed hi main yeh brand change kroon superb speed awesom stock ui kamal ka phone hy worth of buy