Deciding which iPhone to get? This 3D visualizer can help.

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Deciding which iPhone to get? This 3D visualizer can help.

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So many new phone options.
So many new phone options.

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2016%2f10%2f18%2f6f%2f2016101865slbw.6b8ca.6b5d9By Sasha Lekach

If you’ve been toying with the idea of ordering the new iPhone XS or XS Max (or XR!) it can feel like making a decision in the dark. 

Sure, there are plenty of online reviews and photo galleries to browse through before the phones ship Friday (and the XR in a month), but unless you’re a tech reporter who got a hands-on with the new devices, you have no real idea what these phones are like. And if you need a new phone, or if you think you might want one ASAP, walking into a store isn’t an option prior to release.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max are now available for pre-order

That’s where this online tool that 9to5Mac spotted can come in handy. The Hotspot3D is a visualizer that gives you a 360-degree view of a number of different phones, allowing you to compare Apple’s new ones to, say, your current Samsung Galaxy S7 or an older iPhone 7.

You can even get as granular as changing up the color scheme, for an as-close-to-real view of what that new gold finish looks like or what shade of blue the XR comes in.

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There are 23 phones to compare to each other and a credit card for size comparisons. The site launched earlier this year from a Netherlands-based team. and it even works on mobile (I spent an inordinate amount of time playing with the visualizer this weekend). 

For those who want to touch and hold the real thing before making a decision, the XS and XS Max will be on display at Apple stores starting Friday.

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