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  • For the past few years, I have been a naysayer on one feature of smartphones: their growing size.


    My position was unusual given the increasing prevalence of larger screen devices. The world’s top phone makers1 have all added more substantial glass screens to stretch from one edge of their smartphones to another, on the theory that people can better enjoy their apps and content on an ample display.


    Apple helped seal the deal last week when it announced that its new phones this year — the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max — would have screens that measured between 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches diagonally, compared with 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches two years ago. In fact, the 6.5-inch screen on the iPhone XS Max is Apple’s biggest ever. (The original iPhone in 2007 started with a 3.5-inch screen.)

    苹果上周推出的本年度新款手机iPhone XR、XS和XS Max,也为这个趋势站台,它们的对角线尺寸介于5.8英寸(约合15厘米)至6.5英寸(约合17厘米)之间,而两年前的版本是4.7英寸(约合12厘米)至5.5英寸(约合14厘米)。事实上,显示屏达到6.5英寸的iPhone XS Max,是苹果有史以来最大的手机。(第一款iPhone于2007年推出,屏幕为3.5英寸[约合9厘米])。

    I have been troubled by this trend. These devices spend a lot of time in your pocket and your hand, and there are often compromises in portability and comfort when the screens balloon in size. For those reasons, I never liked the Plus phones, the line of iPhones that Apple introduced in 2014 with 5.5-inch screens. They felt impossible to use with one hand and far too bulky in a pocket.


    So it’s humbling3 to come to you now with another confession4: The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max may be making me a convert to bigger smartphones.

    所以,现在我要心怀谦卑地向你们坦白另一件事:iPhone XS和iPhone XS Max可能会让我转向更大的智能手机。

    Last week, I began testing both new iPhone models. I had predicted that the larger display on the XS Max would be unwieldy in my pocket and make the phone cumbersome5 to hold with one hand while typing and reaching for buttons inside apps.

    上周,我开始测试这两款新iPhone。我曾经预测,XS Max更大的显示屏不方便放在口袋里,而且在一只手拿着手机的时候打字或者伸手去够应用里的按钮,会很狼狈。

    There were other things I figured I would dislike. The prices of Apple’s phones, for one, have shot up. The XS will start at $999 and the XS Max at $1,099 when both become available on Friday, compared with $699, $799 and $999 for new iPhones last year. The iPhone XR, which will be released on Oct. 19, is starting at $749.

    还有其他的方面,我想我也不会太喜欢。比如,苹果手机的价格越来越贵。XS的售价从999美元起,XS Max从1099美元起,而去年的新款iPhone的起价分别为699美元、799美元和999美元。10月19日发布的iPhone XR起价749美元。

    None of the new phones were making huge technological6 leaps from last year, either. The iPhone XS and XS Max have a dual-lens camera, while the XR has a single-lens camera. All three iPhones include Face ID, the feature for unlocking the phone using face recognition.

    与去年的型号相比,今年的新款手机在技术上并没有出现巨大的飞跃。iPhone XS和XS Max搭载一个双镜头摄像头,而XR配备的是单镜头摄像头。所有三款iPhone都带有面部识别功能,也就是用脸给手机解锁。

    Yet after running the 6.5-inch XS Max alongside the 5.8-inch XS through different situations and conditions for a week, I was surprised by my reaction. Far from being disappointed by the supersized devices, I was delighted.

    然而,在不同的情境和条件下试用了6.5英寸的XS Max和5.8英寸的XS一周后,我对自己的反应感到吃惊。超大尺寸的设备完全没有让我失望,反而用得很高兴。

    The trade-offs of the new jumbo model felt minor7. By eliminating the bezels, which are the screen’s borders, Apple did a terrific job of increasing screen size without adding bulk2 or compromising the usability of the XS Max. I still think the smaller XS is a better fit for most people, but many would enjoy the XS Max.

    这款巨无霸型号在设计上并没有做出太大的妥协。通过消除屏幕边框,苹果在增加屏幕尺寸而不增加体积或降低XS Max的可用性方面,做得很不错。我仍然认为较小的XS更适合大多数人,但很多人会喜欢XS Max。

    Here’s how all the testing went down.


    I began by testing the iPhone XS Max because why not start with the biggest device? I moved my SIM card and all my data from an older iPhone to the new gadget8 and took it with me to dinner parties, bars, meetings and the gym.

    我从iPhone XS Max开始测试,为什么不从最大的设备开始呢?我把SIM卡和所有数据从旧的iPhone转到新设备上,带着它去参加晚宴、泡吧、开会和健身。

    After three days, I was surprised by how good it felt to use the XS Max with one hand. A key factor was how Apple had managed to cram9 a bigger screen into a slightly smaller body. (The body of the Plus phones was 6.24 inches by 3.07 inches, while the XS Max’s body is 6.2 inches by 3.05 inches.)

    三天后,单手使用XS Max的感觉之好令我惊讶。一个关键因素是苹果设法将更大的屏幕塞入略小的机身中。(Plus手机的机身为6.24英寸[约合15厘米]x 3.07英寸[约合8厘米],而XS Max的机身为6.2英寸[约合15厘米] x 3.05英寸[约合8厘米]。)

    These changes amounted to meaningful improvements in ergonomics and overall convenience. I was able to hold the XS Max in one hand and type messages easily. In contrast, my thumb could not reach keys on the sides of the older iPhone 8 Plus, like the shift key or the backspace key, because of the space taken up by the bezel.

    这些变化在人体工程学和整体便利性方面是有意义的改进。我可以一手握住XS Max并轻松输入消息。相比之下,由于边框占据空间,我在单手使用旧款iPhone 8 Plus时,拇指无法触及侧边的按键,比如切换键或退格键。

    And I found the jumbo-screen XS Max particularly beneficial in several instances. While driving, it was easier to read maps. The bigger screen made writing longer emails — a task that I usually do on a laptop — more pleasant. The display was also nice for reading recipes in the kitchen.

    我发现XS Max的巨型屏幕在几个场景中特别有用。开车时查看地图更方便了。更大的屏幕适合撰写更长的电子邮件——这是我经常在笔记本电脑上要做的事。这个显示器也很适合在厨房里阅读食谱。

    While browsing10 Instagram next to my partner, I said to her: “If you can use this thing with one hand, who would want the smaller phone if you only have to pay $100 more for this huge screen?”


    “But does it fit inside your pocket?” she asked.


    That brings me to the iPhone XS. After taking the larger XS Max everywhere with me for three days and feeling good about it, I switched to the iPhone XS — and immediately experienced a sense of relief.

    这让我想到了iPhone XS。在随身带着大块头的XS Max过了三天并且感觉很不错之后,我转而使用iPhone XS——立刻就有了一种解脱感。

    I found I simply preferred the XS’s smaller body for the very basic task of moving around. Having the smaller phone in my pocket felt less obtrusive11 during dog walks, long hikes and gym sessions.


    I also found the XS easier to use as a camera. While the XS and XS Max share identical camera systems, which produce excellent, clear photos with natural-looking colors in normal and lowlight conditions, the smaller phone worked better in a pinch because it was easier to pull out of a pocket and quickly stabilize12 to take a clear shot.

    我还发现用XS做相机更容易。虽然XS和XS Max拥有相同的相机系统,可以在正常和光线不好的条件下拍出出色、清晰的照片和自然的色彩,但小巧的手机在紧急情况下使用起来更方便,因为它更容易从口袋中拿出来,并且可以快速稳定下来,拍出一张清晰的照片。

    As a self-diagnosed phone addict13 who is trying to cut down on screen time, I decided14 the XS also felt healthier for me. The XS Max screen was so good-looking that I wanted to keep reading articles and looking at photos on Instagram. When I used Apple’s new Screen Time feature to monitor my use of each device, I discovered that I spent an average of roughly five and a half hours a day on the XS Max, two hours more than on the XS.

    我自认是手机瘾君子,并且试图减少使用手机的时间,我认为XS对我来说也更健康。XS Max的屏幕非常好看,以至于我想一直用它阅读文章,在Instagram上看图片。当我用Apple新的“屏幕时间”功能来监控自己对每台设备的使用状况时,发现我在XS Max上平均每天花费大约五个半小时,比XS多两个小时。

    So where does that leave us? I concluded I no longer had any real objection to the bigger size of the iPhone XS Max, but felt that the smaller XS was still a better mobile phone because it was just as capable but more portable and pocketable.

    那么我们该怎么选呢?我的结论是,我不再对iPhone XS Max的大尺寸有任何实际的反对意见,但我依然认为,较小的XS是一款更好的手机,因为它的能力同样强大,但更方便携带,可以放在口袋里。

    That means if you are a more casual technology user who wants a superb smartphone that is comfortable to carry, I recommend you go for the XS. If you plan to treat your phone as a primary computer, go for the XS Max.

    这意味着,如果你是一个更为休闲的科技用户,想要一款携带方便、性能卓越的智能手机,我建议你选择XS。如果你打算将手机当做主电脑使用,那就选XS Max吧。

    One flaw frustrated15 me in both iPhones: the poor design of Reachability, the software feature that was designed to make larger phone screens easier to use with one hand. On past iPhones, Reachability let people tap the home button twice to lower the top of the screen and reach for the buttons up there. Now there is no home button, so the new way to trigger Reachability is to swipe down from the bottom of the screen.


    That’s problematic because when you swipe from the bottom, it’s easy to unintentionally hit a button on the bottom of an app, like the search tab inside Instagram or the video tab inside Facebook. There is a clear opportunity here for Apple to use the iPhone’s pressure sensitivity, called 3D Touch, to let you press hard on the bottom of the screen to trigger Reachability. But for now, we are stuck with swiping down.

    这是有问题的,因为当从底部滑动时,很容易无意中点击到应用程序底部的按钮,例如Instagram的搜索标签或Facebook的视频标签。很明显,苹果可以用上iPhone被称为3D Touch的压力敏感度功能,让用户用力按压屏幕底部以触发单手操作系统。但目前我们还是得使用向下滑动。

    Apple said the Reachability swipe gesture was designed as a quick action to let people easily reach for the top of the screen.


    What about the iPhone XR?

    iPhone XR怎么样?

    So who should get the entry-level iPhone XR? Apple did not provide a review unit for the XR because it will be released next month, so I can’t say with authority.

    那么谁应该购买入门级的iPhone XR呢?苹果没有为XR提供测评样机,因为它将在下个月发售,所以我的话不具备权威性。

    But I suspect it will largely come down to whether you can live with a single-lens camera, which doesn’t do as good a job taking those D.S.L.R.-like photos with a blurred-out background and a sharpened foreground. The XS is about $250 more than the XR, but after shooting photos like the one below, I’m sold on dual-lens cameras.


    For years, Apple customers have gotten in the habit of buying a new iPhone sight unseen. But now that there are several sizes for different prices, I encourage you to try before you buy. It may not hurt to wait for the XR’s release next month so you can test all three in a store. Play with the cameras and pay close attention to how each phone feels in one hand and inside your pocket.


    It’s important that you find the right fit: Since you have to pay so much for your next iPhone, you will probably live with it for a long time. And who knows? You might assume you will dislike a bigger screen and then change your mind — just as I did.


     8级    双语 


    1 makers [] 22a4efff03ac42c1785d09a48313d352   第8级
    • The makers of the product assured us that there had been no sacrifice of quality. 这一产品的制造商向我们保证说他们没有牺牲质量。
    • The makers are about to launch out a new product. 制造商们马上要生产一种新产品。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    2 bulk [bʌlk] 5Scy0   第7级
    n.容积,体积;大块,大批;大部分,大多数;vt. 使扩大,使形成大量;使显得重要
    • The bulk of the population concentrates in the cities. 大部分人口集中在城市里。
    • Your money could bulk up to a fortune if you save everything you can. 如果你尽可能节约的话,你会积蓄一笔财富。
    3 humbling ['həmb(ə)lɪŋ] 643ebf3f558f4dfa49252dce8143a9c8   第7级
    adj.令人羞辱的v.使谦恭( humble的现在分词 );轻松打败(尤指强大的对手);低声下气
    • A certain humbling from time to time is good. 不时受点儿屈辱是有好处的。 来自辞典例句
    • It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-buildingexperience. 据说天文学是一种令人产生自卑、塑造人格的科学。 来自互联网
    4 confession [kənˈfeʃn] 8Ygye   第10级
    • Her confession was simply tantamount to a casual explanation. 她的自白简直等于一篇即席说明。
    • The police used torture to extort a confession from him. 警察对他用刑逼供。
    5 cumbersome [ˈkʌmbəsəm] Mnizj   第9级
    • Although the machine looks cumbersome, it is actually easy to use. 尽管这台机器看上去很笨重,操作起来却很容易。
    • The furniture is too cumbersome to move. 家具太笨重,搬起来很不方便。
    6 technological [ˌteknə'lɒdʒɪkl] gqiwY   第7级
    • A successful company must keep up with the pace of technological change. 一家成功的公司必须得跟上技术变革的步伐。
    • Today, the pace of life is increasing with technological advancements. 当今,随着科技进步,生活节奏不断增快。
    7 minor [ˈmaɪnə(r)] e7fzR   第7级
    • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play. 年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
    • I gave him a minor share of my wealth. 我把小部分财产给了他。
    8 gadget [ˈgædʒɪt] Hffz0   第8级
    • This gadget isn't much good. 这小机械没什么用处。
    • She has invented a nifty little gadget for undoing stubborn nuts and bolts. 她发明了一种灵巧的小工具用来松开紧固的螺母和螺栓。
    9 cram [kræm] 6oizE   第8级
    vi. 狼吞虎咽地吃东西;死记硬背功课 vt. 填满,塞满;死记硬背;猛吃 n. 死记硬背;极度拥挤
    • There was such a cram in the church. 教堂里拥挤得要命。
    • The room's full, we can't cram any more people in. 屋里满满的,再也挤不进去人了。
    10 browsing [b'raʊzɪŋ] 509387f2f01ecf46843ec18c927f7822   第7级
    v.吃草( browse的现在分词 );随意翻阅;(在商店里)随便看看;(在计算机上)浏览信息
    • He sits browsing over[through] a book. 他坐着翻阅书籍。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • Cattle is browsing in the field. 牛正在田里吃草。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    11 obtrusive [əbˈtru:sɪv] b0uy5   第11级
    • These heaters are less obtrusive and are easy to store away in the summer. 这些加热器没那么碍眼,夏天收起来也很方便。
    • The factory is an obtrusive eyesore. 这工厂很刺眼。
    12 stabilize [ˈsteɪbəlaɪz] PvuwZ   第8级
    • They are eager to stabilize currencies. 他们急于稳定货币。
    • His blood pressure tended to stabilize. 他的血压趋向稳定。
    13 addict [ˈædɪkt] my4zS   第7级
    • He became gambling addict, and lost all his possessions. 他习染上了赌博,最终输掉了全部家产。
    • He assisted a drug addict to escape from drug but failed firstly. 一开始他帮助一个吸毒者戒毒但失败了。
    14 decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] lvqzZd   第7级
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents. 这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting. 英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
    15 frustrated [frʌˈstreɪtɪd] ksWz5t   第7级
    adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
    • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
    • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》

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