So... iPhone XR or iPhone XS / XS Max: which would you buy?

So... iPhone XR or iPhone XS / XS Max: which would you buy?
Now that all three 2018 iPhones are available (OK, the XR is still in the pre-order stage), those who held out on a new iPhone purchase will finally need to make their choice... A choice between the $999+ iPhone XS or XS Max and the “cheaper” iPhone XR.

Turns out, the XR doesn't cut that many corners. You lose 3D Touch, but that's a feature that many have called useless for years. You lose a telephoto lens, but is it really that important? And you get an LCD panel with a 326 pixels per inch density, which is not as fancy as the new OLED panels on the XS models.

But hey, the processor is the same, the main cameras are the same, you still get Face ID, and the new iPhone design, though with a slightly thicker bezel. And you get your own pick from 6 pretty cool colors. Are the benefits of an XS model worth an extra $250 to you, or would you rather get the $750 iPhone XR (or even better – the 128 GB iPhone XR for $800) and call it a day?

iPhone XS or iPhone XR?

I am all in for a XS / XS Max model...
49.39%
Still undecided. So... hard... to... choose!
13.4%
I am definitely grabbing an iPhone XR
37.21%

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46 Comments

1. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Where is the 4th choice: I'm not buying one because that s**t has gotten way to expensive.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You say the same on the Galaxy and Pixel articles?

7. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

I don't know about Valinor, but I do. $900 for the 128GB Pixel 3 can choke on my vinegary nuts.

30. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I do. Let me start with Samsung since they are my 1st choice when I buy a new phone. I see zero reason for the $300 price increase I have seen for both the Galaxy S and Nite over the past 3 years. The phones yes have improved hardware, but for the Nite I dont see a reason for a price above $850 and for the S i dont see why it should be more than $750. Here is why. Since the S and Note now share the same hardware since the S7, this means Samsung saves money not using different hardware for the Note. Yes tech goes up, but today's tech is not really new. It's just faster. But what i said of Samsung goes double for Apple. When i think about the fact i paid $599 for my 4S, i dont see enough significant change in today's iPhone for it to jump in cost as much as $500. I can't use the latest iPhones thanks to Apple being lazy and not supporting older apps I need. While on Andeoid, I still have apps that haven't been updated since 2005 and yet still work on my Note 9. Both have gotten way to expensive and if VZW didn't do a BOGO on the Note 9, I wouldn't have bought it. Even though the Note 8 and 9 are great, I dont like them as much as some older models like the 7 and 3. The last S I had was the 8+, which I didn't like, but the base 8 was awesome, but just too small. The S3, 6 edge and 8 were the best. The 9 to me is lame and too costly for its minor improvements. For what both are charging they should be better, but Apple is doing far less than Samsung and that is fact. The Note 9 with 512GB is surely worth $1000+, but it could have been sold for $850, considering what it costs to make.

55. perry1234

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Why was S8+ inferior than S8 ? They had the exact same hardware and software but S8 had a smaller display and less RAM.

56. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yeah i do. But android phones get alot cheaper after like a month and if you are a bargain hunter you will find a great deal on them. I can survive a price increase like that but with apple it has gotten impossible to find bargains. Prices stay the same the entire year, maybe some small discounts. Which means that I have to stick to android (currently on the lg v30 which i got for 500 dollars on release day) But i hate google.....

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The 4th choice is the x button in your browser. Problem solved.

15. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

The 4th choice is you are an idiot. Ignore apple article dude. No need to bitch, where’s the love in android.

3. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Who buy iCrap, iCrap XR is big crap.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Probably better than whatever you're shoveling.

8. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Sounds like a chinese knockoff. You should buy the real deal

16. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Who buy Note 9? Its the most beautiful phone in the planet and yet its sales compared to iphone is 1:1,000,000. Samsung is prepping them as BOGO deals when Note 10 arrives. Android is the garbage.

31. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Samsung has never done s BOGO deal on phones that ibam aware of. Show proof or it didn't happen

53. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

What have you been drinking?

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As much as I'd like, I can't get past the lack of fingerprint scanning. It's why I chose the 8+ over the X earlier this year when Product Red came out. It's harder now that the new line supports Band 71 and is said to have much better reception.

10. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Have you tried Face ID? I bought an iPhone X and I'm very impressed of how the Face recognition system detects my face even in no-light environments. No I can't go without the Face ID thing, when I used my iPhone 6's FP scanner it was a 50% chance that'll recognize my fingerprint which was very cumbersome and annoying. My GF's 6s+ FP was a breeze to use but I decided to give the X a shot and it's marvelous. Give Face ID a chance, you better get the XS Max if you like the bigger screen and money is not a problem.

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't need to look at a screen to unlock any other phone I have. I used iris scanners when they first came out on the Lumia 950 and didn't like it then. I'm not knocking Face ID for its simplicity or ease of use, it's just that I prefer the no-look ease of a tactile scanner. It's no different than using a virtual keyboard as opposed to a physical one. That's why BlackBerry exists.

36. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

Yet you look at the screen anyway, sooooo why not look at it to unlock it? I don't see the difference haha.

50. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You can unlock at arm's length to do many things such as Apple Pay, turn on the flashlight, turn on/off hotspot, turn on/off wi-fi, turn on/off Bluetooth. Do I need to go on? Soooooo why do I have to bring it to my face to unlock haha.

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Apple was all about giving the customers the best user experience. Steve Jobs said that. Fast forward to today, and Apple now decides what is best for you and their customer experiences. You have no say with the Apple of today. It's our way or the highway. Take it or leave it. Apple has lost their way. Most Android smartphones these days give you multiple login options. It's up to the users to decide what they want to use. Not one single company can dictate or decide for a user.

18. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Crisp in Gatiez, Apple created something great with Face ID. It’s not the same as the face scanning on my note or iris scanning that requires much more precise angle. Face ID works so well. Before ios12 I had awareness detection turned off to make it really fast, not it’s just as fast on my x even with awareness detection turned on. It is impressive that it works with sunglasses or whitout, when I’m shaved or (no shave November), hats, total darkness, dirty face, wet face. You name it. My fingerprint sensor gave me trouble when fingers get wet or dirty. This is absolutely great.

22. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

No matter how you look at it a finger print scanner is faster, plus you can set up multiple finger prints, including your partner's. FaceID only allows one face, and that's it.

23. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"FaceID only allows one face, and that's it." Check your "facts" next time before writing And about which. Is faster depends what you do. It takes time to get your finger to button or screen when needed. Face ID works right away when app etc uses authentication. Daily use face ID is actually faster and just more effortless.

28. apple-rulz

Posts: 2186; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Android/Samsung fanboys don’t let facts get in their way.

38. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Finger print is faster. Lots of tech users have said that. Check your facts. iOS 12 just introduced two face Id options. Which is also used if you want to wear glasses or not.

42. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

What time does it take? I pick up my phone and the FOS is right their. It doesn't take any more time than Face ID You're so full of it. If you like Face ID better than just say you like it better. But liking it better doesn't make it better. FoS works 100% of the time u less your hands are dirty. Which any one knows and will make sure is clean.

32. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I have my face and my GF's face stored in the Face ID thing

45. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Touch ID may only be faster when pulling out of the pocket. Face ID is faster for everything else, because it does not require any other movement to either log into your app, a website, or whatever else you use biometric authentication.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

although i prefer android, the max in the only iphone that would be worth it... but that price i hard to agree with... the note 9 is this years best all arounder, but still lacks the ability to waffle stomp everyone and i say that because of Qualcomm, I still think they are behind although they have a lot of chips they are designing so they are stretching every price point.

39. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The Qualcomm SD 845 is definitely not behind. I would love to see an iPhone XS Max run a VR headset (sustainablely) for a period of time. But since Apple doesn't support that, then we will never know. However the SD 845 can run sustainable VR for extended periods of time. (Oculus) Gear VR or Daydream VR, including Steam VR programs. Something that no iPhone can do.

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