Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Released September 2023

Ultra-Premium (>$800)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Summary


Pros

  • Excellent camera experience for photography and videography overall thanks to enhanced HDR imaging format
  • Standard-setting experience in video that is consistently ahead of the competition
  • Excellent for capturing portraits, showcasing impressive skin-tone accuracy and face exposure in various lighting conditions
  • Zero shutter lag, allowing to capture the decisive moment in most conditions
  • Significantly improved zoom capabilities for long ranges over previous iPhone models
  • Excellent and refined background blur in portraits that can be added even after a photo has been taken
  • Excellent overall display performance
  • Outstanding screen readability and colors outdoors
  • Excellent for watching HDR videos indoors, due to the high brightness and the fine contrast tuning that renders videos close to the artistic intent
  • Good for listening to music, watching movies or playing videogames, allowing for an immersive experience, thanks to its wideness and sound energy
  • Good at recording concerts and shows, or loud sources of sound
  • Well suited for group selfies thanks to the front camera's performant autofocus
  • Great autonomy overall
  • Good discharge efficiency thanks to low discharge currents

Cons

  • Limited zoom quality before the tele camera takes over
  • In very low-light conditions, takes longer to capture the moment, and images can be grainy
  • Some of the image-quality innovations like photo HDR are currently visible only within Apple’s ecosystem
  • Distortion when listening to music at maximum volume
  • Voices may be masked by ambient noises in an outdoors setting
  • Front-camera images of faces can be grainy or too saturated in difficult low-light or backlit conditions
  • Weak charging experience

Scores


154
camera
2024
Overall Camera Score i
154
45
Samsung Galaxy A05s
BEST 157

Sub-scores

Photo i
153
50
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
BEST 160
Bokeh i
Top score Best
20
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
80
Preview i
86
34
Fairphone 4
BEST 91
Zoom i
142
15
Oppo A77 5G
BEST 158
Top score
Huawei P60 Pro
Video i
Top score Best
31
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
158

Use Cases

BEST 149

Friends & Family

Portrait and group photos and videos

BEST 132

Lowlight

Photos and videos in lowlight conditions

149
display
2024
Overall Display Score i
149
52
Realme C21
BEST 155

Sub-scores

Readability i
160
40
Realme C21
BEST 163
Color i
139
49
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
BEST 164
Video i
147
40
Realme C21
BEST 162
Motion i
151
54
Realme C21
BEST 156
Touch i
142
40
Realme C21
BEST 170
Artifacts i
140
40
Crosscall Action-X5
BEST 163
Top score
OnePlus Open
143
audio
2024
Overall Audio Score i
143
86
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
BEST 161

Sub-scores & Use Cases

Playback i
145
74
Nokia 7.2
BEST 163

Use Cases

BEST 172

Listening to music

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

BEST 161

Watching videos

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

BEST 156

Gaming

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

Recording i
139
88
Fairphone 4
BEST 157

Use Cases

BEST 156

Friends & Family videos

With the smartphone's main camera

BEST 164

Selfie videos

With the smartphone's selfie camera

BEST 157

Concert videos

With the smartphone's main camera

134
battery
2024
Overall Battery Score i
134
75
Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
BEST 152

Sub-scores

Autonomy i
148
55
Xiaomi 12 Pro
BEST 195
Top score
Honor X7b
Charging i
116
72
Wiko Power U20
BEST 218
Efficiency i
134
47
Xiaomi 12 Pro
BEST 154
Top score
Oppo Reno6 5G

Key performances

Battery Life
2 days 21h
Battery Life
0-80% Charge
0h56
0-80% Charge
Full Charge
2h01
Full Charge
after 5-minute charge
4h05 Autonomy
after 5-minute charge
149
selfie
2024
Overall Selfie Score i
Top score Best
25
Intex Aqua Selfie
149

Sub-scores

Photo i
145
18
ZTE Axon 20 5G
BEST 147
Video i
Top score Best
38
Intex Aqua Selfie
156

Specifications


159.9 x 76.7 x 8.25mm

Dimensions

5G
Dual SIM

Network

Water resistant
IP68

Protection

Wireless

Charging

256/512/1024 GB

Storage

Wide, Tele, Ultra-Wide

Main camera
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