Received my iPhone XS Max on Friday (Sep 21) and right away I noticed a few things. Here's a quick recap of praises and some gripes. I had to buy the phone outright as my carrier options were bunk so I didn't opt for a hardware contract. Full shebang for me. First off, right off the bat, I like the weight of this one. Physically, identical to the iPhone 7 Plus I was leaving behind. But I was bothered without a case. The camera protrudes so far from the back side, that when laying it flat on any surface, there was tap (Like when you lay a table down on an un-even floor) You get that annoying rocking tap sound. So right away, I went out and purchased an Apple Leather case. Form fitted really nicely and now makes the back side completely flush ... but the $79 CDN was heavy and made my wallet cry, but anyway moving on. The screen size is great, edge to edge - sure, kinda, but not really. There's still a bit of a black "lip" all around the screen, and maybe that's what should have been expected, but all the hype about this on being an edge to edge screen, I started thinking it was going to go right off and over the edge, but meh. It doesn't and IF the X R has an even fatter lip all around ... wow, that sucks for those guys. I wouldn't buy that one. About a week in now, the notch doesn't bug me at all. In fact, when I go back to my iPhone 7 Plus occasionally to do the odd thing, the physical button and smaller screen already feel dated. I already can't see myself going back to using a phone with a physical home button. It happened THAT quick. I enjoy the speed of the Face ID and the gestures with no physical home button make navigating the phone so much easier and fluid, so great job there. As far of the rest of the stuff, I need more time to go through it all. I really enjoy taking pictures and the added strength of all cameras is - so far, so good. My gripes are mainly focused around the software and iOS. I understand that real estate on the screen around the notch is limited, but not being able to see battery percentage until you load the notifications, or the non-use of a landscape mode, like my iPhone Plus before it. Then there's the lack of making use of the larger screen... I mean in portrait mode, there's more than enough room for ANOTHER entire row of icons on the spring board screen... I feel like the iOS isn't yet optimized to make the most use out of the larger screen. Almost feel like a rushed software release. I know these are all first world problems, and I'll update as I go, but figured I needed to rant somewhere. Dafuq Apple?