I used iPhone 15 Pro Max for 2 months: 5 game-changing features to work with – LSB

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The iPhone 15 Pro Max was plagued by explosive reports of overheating issues and other weaknesses, but with a few software fixes, Apple’s phone emerged from the wreckage unscathed. After using Apple’s most expensive smartphone for two months, I personally did not feel any of the above-mentioned shortcomings.

In fact, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is so well, I’d say it can attract the most dedicated Android fans to the Apple ecosystem. And this is coming from someone who also owns a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra — and loves it.


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Check out the five features that changed the game for me, especially for work.

5 New iPhone 15 Pro Max Features That Change the Work Game

1. NameDrop

No, you don’t need to have an iPhone 15 Pro Max to enjoy NameDrop. It’s a feature supported by the iPhone with iOS 17, but using it with my Pro Max eased my first-time performance anxiety.

For the uninitiated, NameDrop lets you hold your iPhone over another iPhone to exchange contact information. You already have to do that awkward dance of how best to exchange phone numbers. You can simply use NameDrop and in seconds you will have the other person’s contact details.


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I’m constantly meeting new people in my field, so NameDrop has been the most useful iOS 17 feature yet. I’ve also noticed that many iPhone users still don’t know about NameDrop, so placing my phone in close contact with theirs—and watching their eyes widen in wonder when a glowing animation appears—is always satisfying.


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2. Decent battery life

Setting the Apple handset to maximum brightness, I ran a TikTok test on the iPhone 15 Pro Max (it played live TikTok until it ran out). Lasts about 11 hours on a charge. In the same test, my Galaxy S22 Ultra lasted just over 9 hours.

iPhone 15 Pro on a table

Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable

No, the iPhone 15 Pro Max doesn’t deliver a mind-blowing two-day battery life or anything (at least not in my experience), but it definitely beats my own Android phone in terms of power efficiency.

3. Charge other devices via USB-C cable

I heard a chorus of “Hallelujahs” when Apple officially announced the end of Lightning in favor of USB-C.

iPhone 15 Pro USB-C port

Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable

To top it all off, I can use the iPhone 15 Pro Max to prep other devices, including my AirPods Pro and Ray-Ban Stories (the predecessor to the new Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses).

4. Action button

The action button is much more useful than you think. At first glance, when you scroll through the preset action buttons, you might think, “Okay, I can customize the action button to launch apps like Flashlight, Camera, Magnifier, and Translate. And what?”

Action button

Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable

The truth is, the possibilities with the action button are endless. I personally use it as a quick launch tool for Google Authenticator, which has been a godsend for the many logins that require two-factor authentication. I switch the action button to the Notes app for busy work days with meetings.

Of course, my Galaxy S22 Ultra also has a “side key” that can be customized to launch any app, but the capabilities of the action button are huge and there are many more options to play with, especially with access to shortcuts roads.

5. Clean video

I’ve used both the iPhone 15 Pro Max and my Galaxy S22 Ultra to photograph tech gadgets for work. Which one is better? iPhone 15 Pro Max down.

Its 48-megapixel wide camera lens is better for realistic shots – when you want to take photos that accurately depict the scene ‘as it is’. This is especially important in my line of work because I want readers to get the most accurate, real-world perspective of the products I test, review and experience.

On the other hand, I prefer my Galaxy S22 Ultra for selfies. The 12MP front camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is almost too well, it captures my “I only slept three hours last night” dark circles and “Life is stressing me out” crow’s feet.

Final thoughts

The action button might be my favorite iPhone feature in years. If Apple wants to match it Betterwill allow users to customize actions through different gestures (eg triple tap, tap and hold).

In second place is NameDrop and as an iOS extension. Seamlessly changing contact details has been a game changer for me in my line of work. Second, who can resist the fact that iOS actually lets you edit and delete texts within a 15-minute window? This is incredibly useful for those awkward spelling mistakes you make with your coworkers.

Did the iPhone 15 Pro Max win me over? So far. However, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is on the way, so let’s see if it can lure me back into Samsung’s grasp.

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