Results: iPhone XS is still the go-to, but the iPhone XR is not far behind!

Results: iPhone XS is still the go-to, but the iPhone XR is not far behind!
Now that all three 2018 iPhones are available for (pre-)purchase, those who held out until the launch of the XR will finally need to make their choice... Do you want a $999+ XS or XS Max, or will you be perfectly happy with a colorful 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. We thought we'd ask you — are the features that are exclusive to the XS and XS max worth the $250+ price increase? Or are you more drawn towards the super-colorful iPhone XR? Well, here are the results:

iPhone XS or iPhone XR?

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

Related phones

iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh(25h talk time)
iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)



1. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The iPhone XR is a nice way to try out the current trend of iPhones (gestures, FaceID, etc.), without dropping $1k.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iPhone xr will be a massive hit in US in the coming months. It's sales will explode due to the holiday season and reasonable price tag.

4. aladab

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Reasonable price?????? With that display and design? Ok...

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I think piyath and libra89 believe the hype and propaganda that Apple pumps out. The iPhone XR is an affordable device. Apple doesn't know the meaning of affordable or reasonable, and neither do those two Apple zealots. Plus articles and zealots say things like it has the same specs. If it did, then it wouldn't be $250 cheaper than an iPhone XS. That display is a low resolution with a low pixel density display, and it has no 3D touch, and it has no HDR support. It's slower LTE. Lower water resistance. Less ram, and less storage options. The glass covering it is even less than the XS.

6. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Plus the repair costs are ridiculous for the iPhone XR. The iPhone XS doesn't even cost Apple $400 to manufacture. Yet if you break the glass back on an iPhone XR it will cost you $400. Apple is a joke these days.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They’re not a joke, they’re a trillion dollar company. You don’t get there by being a joke. Jokes sit on tech sites, and relentlessly dog trillion dollar companies.

11. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Lol, I'm not even an Apple zealot. While your points are valid, my point still stands. This is the first iPhone with FaceID that isn't a grand when bought new. Last I checked, you can get a used iPhone X for no less than $610 but that is used. Can you even get a new iPhone X for the price of the XR? I'll wait...

9. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

What’s wrong with the display and the design? LCD edge to edge is the first of its kind. In other words innovation.

15. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

People tend to overlook this because the resolution is bad.

3. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Still use i7, do everything ixs do minus photo thing and wireless charging.

10. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I use a 7 too! High five! I have been debating if I should go for a 8 but I think I'll just get the battery changed out.

14. monkeyb

Posts: 404; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Iphone 7 user here as well. Got it for $300 unlocked Verizon on a sale last year and loving it. Best phone I had in a long time.

16. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Save that $600 spend on your family, take them out or buy them gifts. Smartphone market getting boring specially high emd brand. Apple used to crippled the older phone on purpose that do people upgrade faster , now they get caught the biggest card is off the table... you fill in the rest for me.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

...and yet they continue to bring in record profits. Just because the naysayers here think "Apple is a joke", the marketplace is saying otherwise.

12. Vogue1985

Posts: 416; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I'd rather have a 7plus or 8 plus.

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2135; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I say go XS Max if you can swing it. No need for the XS. I would take the XR over the XS. Reasons for XS Max = True out of pocket was only $500. Sold my 7 Plus for roughly $500 and I had a $500 Apple gift card. Secondly, resale value next year will still be close to a brand new XR 256GB of $899 or more on eBay. You are lucky to get $600-$650 for a used XR 256GB. I wanted to extra resale value for the iPhone 2019. We all know iPhone 2019 512GB or 1TB will be more than $1500-$1700. You need all the trade in value you can get.

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