Ever since I switched from Android to iPhone at the end of 2021, I had a feeling that the day would come when I would ditch Apple's repeat phone and switch again to find something more interesting from my list of the best Android phones .
That day was almost here…but it wasn't to be.
Before I explain why, let me give you some background. I've never been dogmatically in the iOS camp or the Android army. The first smartphone I bought was an iPhone 4S, which I loved, but it was superseded by the Samsung Galaxy S6 with its superior specs, and then, as I progressed in my career as a consumer technology journalist, it became the subject of testing. His Android smartphone arrived on his desk.
For about 7 years, my SIM card was plugged into various Android phones. I had an iPad to try out Apple's mobile operating system. And I also found Apple's slow introduction of his 120Hz display a pain.
That changed with the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 13 Pro not only featured his 120Hz LTPO display, but also Apple's second-generation take on the flat phone aspect and some great cameras. So when the opportunity came to try it out, I jumped at it.
I expected it to come back within a few months, but that didn't happen. I liked the size of her 13 Pro. That camera took great pictures. Apple's software may be a little boring compared to Android's complexity and features, but… well… it's “usable”.
So while I still carried around a variety of Android smartphones, especially the best foldable ones, the iPhone was my primary device.
However, after more than two years, I was starting to get completely tired of my iPhone 13 Pro and felt that the battery life wasn't as good as I had hoped. Still, my colleague had been assigned an iPhone 15 model by TechRadar, and I was preparing to move on to things like the Samsung Galaxy 24 Utra and Google Pixel 8 Pro.
Then the iPhone 15 Pro Max came into my hands and gave me pause.
Well, I think size matters
I wasn't satisfied with the previous Max iPhone. I chose the Pro over the iPhone 13 Pro Max because of the notch design, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max looks a little goofy, making the phone look stretched rather than smoothly expanded. It felt like.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max solves the notch problem by adopting a dynamic island. However, its stainless steel chassis felt a bit too heavy and unwieldy. On the contrary, the regular iPhone 14 Pro's weight feels appropriate.
That's why I didn't think I wanted the iPhone 15 Pro Max. But I was wrong.
I thought the titanium edges were more of a marketing and Apple promotion than an actual design change, but they make the Max iPhone feel much smaller despite its larger screen size. . It's still a pain to use with one hand (my hands aren't small either), but it's less likely to fall out of your hand when your thumb reaches the corner of the top display.
Also, the matte back of the iPhone 15 Pro Max is softer to the touch than the back of my iPhone 13 Pro and feels great. And in “Natural Titanium”, the side and camera models blend better with the phone's chassis, which I think looks better.
Of course, design is one thing. I need more to draw my attention away from Android.
This is where the new 5x telephoto camera comes into play. Nothing new in the world of cell phones, but this tetraprism periscope camera offers a more convenient zoom than his 3x for taking photos with my cell phone. Still, it's not as practical as his 10x optical zoom camera with its lower resolution.
This new camera combines the already great camera performance of the main and ultra-wide lenses with Apple's image processing and color balance fun, making the iPhone 15 Pro Max's camera suite nearly unbeatable. says in his opinion. Of course, cell phone photos are very subjective. In addition to making it easy to get great video from iPhone Pro models, this camera suite is great for point-and-shoot enthusiasts.
I hate to say this, but Apple finally ditching its proprietary Lightning port in favor of USB-C was a bit of a game-changer for my iPhone experience. It's silly, but it's a small joy to not have to carry around extra cables or go fishing in your backpack for a Lightning cable. While we don't applaud Apple for adopting USB-C, there's no denying that this is a clear upgrade to the latest in his iPhone series.
Oh, and the action buttons are pretty neat. I use this to turn on the flashlight feature without swiping the screen, and it's actually a nice unobtrusive feature.
All of the above combined means that my iPhone journey will last a bit longer.
I'm not mad about it, but I'm not excited either. Instead, I've begun to accept that iOS's ease of use, its robust ecosystem, and the fact that I rarely get frustrated even when I get a little bored with my iPhone are evidence of Apple's willingness to adopt new technology over time. I am. And iterate over generations to create devices that are hard to dislike. I never thought I'd say that in 2024.