iPhone 15 Pro Max review: almost perfect

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is an exceptional phone with three powerful cameras – we just wish there were four of them

A photo of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The iPhone 15 Pro Max enjoys a more refined design than any past iPhone, a fantastic screen, and a seamless ecosystem that makes using it with a Mac, iPad, and AirPods very intuitive. The phone also has a powerful camera with the broadest optical range of any Apple phone. While the camera is one of the best around, it has some weak points and isn't quite as versatile as some quad-camera Android competition. Nevertheless, based on our time with the phone, if you want the best iPhone around, this is it.


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    Refined design

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    Fantastic screen

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    Excellent ecosystem

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    Powerful camera system


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    Weak between 2.5-4.9x zoom

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    Occasional noise-handling issues

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    Some users report overheating

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    Very expensive

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It's been two weeks since we switched to the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Despite reports of heating affecting specific devices – including a friend's phone, which we verified ran hot when doing basic tasks – ours stayed cool to warm even after an hour of gaming. 

We think you'll love this phone unless you're unlucky enough to pick up one of the dodgy units. After all, apple's cohesive ecosystem, matched with 2023-grade performance, ensured the 15 Pro Max was a powerhouse in our time with it, but the camera has a few limitations.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.