Note: This article was first published on 29th September 2018 and updated with offers effective as of 6th November 2018.
When we thought the iPhone X last year was the maximum that Apple could charge for a phone, we are wrong! The new iPhone XS Max, being the top tier model in the lineup, has a jaw-dropping price of S$2,349 for the 512GB edition.
To put that into perspective, the iPhone XS Max (512GB) costs almost S$500 more than the S$1,888 iPhone X (256GB). That figure will rise when you factor in the S$368 AppleCare+ if you want to avoid the hefty repair fees and other individual preferential accessories to enhance your experience.
Of course, not everyone necessarily needs to upgrade now, and for those who are still on the fence, we decided to compile a list of other household electronics and appliances you can consider to get instead of the iPhone XS Max (512GB). For this purpose, we've divvied up the article to cover what you can get for different parts of your home - starting off with the living room, kitchen, bedroom and study room.
The 6.5-inch OLED display of the iPhone XS Max may be big and beautiful, but it cannot rival the Samsung 49-inch QLED 4K Smart TV.
Available in stores since June 2018, it has a retail price of S$2,699 although Courts is currently having a promotion where you can get it for S$2,375! This is just an additional top-up of S$26 over the top capacity iPhone XS Max model. (Note: if the online offer is out of stock, Courts has mentioned that you can get in their stores with even more promotions and gifts.)
The key specs of the Samsung 49-inch QLED 4K Smart TV include 100% color volume (colors will remain consistent and accurate across different levels of brightness), HDR10+ support, very thin bezels across the top and two sides, four HDMI ports and two USB ports. Refer here for more information.
Another alternative would be a setup of Sony's home theater system and 43-inch Ultra-HD 4K Smart LED TV.
The Sony KD43X7000F 43-inch 4K Smart LED TV has an official retail price of S$1,349, but it's on sale now at S$999! The Sony BDVN9200W 5.1-channel 3D Blu-ray home theater system has an official price tag of S$1,599, but it's on sale too at S$1,249! If you buy these two items, you still have a spare change of S$101 as the total cost is S$2,248!
The key features of the Sony 4K Smart LED TV are the 4K X-Reality Pro processing engine which up-scales every image close to 4K image quality, support for 4K HDR in movies and games, instant access to YouTube, and ClearAudio+ for clear and detailed audio experience. For the Sony home theatre system, it supports high-resolution audio playback, up to 9.1-channel surround sound and a digital music arena mode to bring voices, instruments and effects to life.
The combination of the TV and home theater system is a compelling entertainment machine for your home and it handily beats the 6.5-inch screen and stereo speakers of the iPhone XS Max with spare change left. This puts quite a perspective for the asking price of Apple's latest iPhone.
If TVs and home entertainment systems are not to your liking, why not get one of these smart speakers?
The Google Home and Home Mini smart speakers have been available for purchase locally since April. Though they launch with official retail prices of S$189 and S$79 respectively
, you can get them at discounted prices of S$151.20 and S$63.20 respectively.
At the cost of an iPhone XS Max (512GB), you could get up to 12 Google Home or 29 Google Home Mini smart speakers! You can place them anywhere in the house and use voice commands to get answers, turn up the music, manage your everyday tasks, or control smart devices around your home. Better yet, give one out to all your close friends!