Living with the iPhone XS Max- Day Two Morning

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My iPhone XS Max finished fully restoring overnight, and I think pretty much everything is set up at this point. Here are a few stream-of-consciousness ramblings on Apple’s giagantor phone as I spend more time with it.

Typing in landscape is a challenge

One thing I noticed this morning is how you can really get the full perspective of a website, even something as busy as a WordPress Admin page, using the Max in landscape. After looking around the page I figured, why not try posting from the phone and see how that works. While I have done this before, it certainly isn’t preferred to using a keyboard.

While landscape may look good, it certainly isn’t easy to type in, and I don’t have small hands, either. It just feels like you are constantly stretching to reach the center keys. For something quick it isn’t a problem, but most people will switch back to portrait for anything substantial. I definitely did after a couple in minutes

Typing in portrait is close to the Goldilocks zone for me

I have always struggled a bit with iPhone keyboards. They have just never been quite wide enough for me. Even the Plus sizes phones, while better, we’re just small enough that I missed letters and had to watch myself. The iPhone X was actually a little narrower than the Pluses, so it certainly wasn’t any better.

The Max is different, though. This is the first time I have felt truly comfortable typing in portrait orientation. In fact, I am typing this article using it, and things are flowing just fine. I am making far fewer mistakes than I typically would with the X, and I am able to keep up a solid speed with accuracy. It will be interesting to see how this holds up over time. If I continue to get better and more comfortable with it, the Max may start encroaching on my iPad Pro and change my workflow for this site. That would be interesting.

Cases matter

They always do, but on a phone this big, they have an even bigger impact on the experience. For example, I usually buy an inexpensive case for my new iPhone, and then start buying better ones and getting some for review not long after. I’ve never had an issue with this, and the inexpensive TPU cases have usually been good enough for me to go back to when I wanted to use something really thin and light.

This year is different. I am not a fan of the case that Amazon delivered yesterday. The thing is, I don’t think it’s really any different from cheap, clear TPU cases I’ve gotten before. The difference is the size of the phone and the way you hold it in response. This particular case isn’t as comfortable to hold with one hand because of the extra weight of the phone pressing down.

This may fade as I spend time with the Max and get used to the extra size and weight. However, I would still caution you to try cases before you buy, if possible. Look for ones that are less likely to have rough or jagged edges. Even this TPU case is leaving marks in my pinkie finger because of how the bottom is cut out. Just be aware that a case that may have worked just fine in the last will feel different on this phone.

I’ll be back with more on the both the Max and the new Watch later today. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the Comments section below, on Flipboard, our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on our new Instagram account.

James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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