BYU-Hawaii students compare the features of the new iPhones

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Bruno Maynez
Apple released three new iPhones on Sept. 21 with updated features and specs with a price tag of $1,000 - $1,100.

Apple released three new iPhones on Sept. 21 with updated features and specs with a price tag of $1,000 - $1,100.

According to, the company released the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. Features include a 6.5” Super Retina HD display, water resistance, and 4K video. The XR does not have as many features as the XS and XS Max and comes at a lower cost.

Long time fan of Apple products, Devon Beatson, a junior from New Zealand studying psychology said, “I love them. I’m a huge Apple fan. I’ve had an iPhone since my first phone. I think the new features are cool, the photography in particular.” Both the Iphone XS and XS Max sport two front facing cameras.

In contrast to her love for Apple products, Beatson said, “Looking at Samsung phones or Windows computers literally gives me anxiety it’s so like visually not appealing, mostly because I think it’s harder to use than Apple products.”

If she had to choose one of the three phones, Carina Perrins, a freshman from Washington State studying social work, said, “I would get the XR because it’s just as good as the other ones. The screen isn’t as nice but it’s cheaper.”

Apple claims the glass for the camera is the strongest in the industry and Perrins loved the durability. She has dropped and cracked her phone but believes the new glass on the XS and XS Max will help with slippery hands.

One reason Perrins chooses Apple over other companies because of easier navigation. She said, “They are just better overall compared to everything else that’s on the market. I just like the form of the best.”

Upon viewing the new iphones, Todd Olsen, a freshman from Arizona studying business management said, “I think what stood out to me was the face ID and how you can actually do much more with using facial recognition.

If he had to pick one model, Olsen said, “Out of the three I would choose the iPhone XR. Personally for me I like the smaller phone the best. The most accurate color screen is something that I would really like to have. I like when the pictures I take match most to what I see with my eyes.”

Beatson said, “I think they are really pricey, so it’s not realistic for a lot of people. But you’re paying for a brand, and also there are a lot of features of the iPhone that make it worth the money.”

Not feeling the need to buy the new iphone, Audrey Marie Palaski, a freshman from California majoring in English said, “I have an iPhone X and I am perfectly happy with the quality of this phone.”

Perrins added, “I don’t think it’s worth it because there are other iPhones that are cheaper and still pretty new. I wouldn’t ever spend that much on a phone.”


Date Published: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Last Edited: 
Monday, October 1, 2018