iPhone X Advice Please - iPhone X vs XR?

wangy26

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I need to make decision today and would really appreciate your quick response.

I have multiple lines on my Verizon family shared data (not unlimited) plan. Three of the them have iPhone 6s and would like to upgrade to a new iPhone soon. Holiday is usually a good time to do so with various deals around. The new iPhone we originally considered is iPhone XR since we don’t want to pay extra for XS. As of now I haven’t found much deal for Verizon upgrade customer for iPhone XR. There is a Black Friday deal (ends tonight) on Verizon for iPhone X ($400 off). This seems very tempting. I am debating if we should just take this iPhone X deal today or wait for deals for XR in the near future. Based on my past experience Black Friday usually has the best deal. So I am not sure if there will be any deal come up in the near future for iPhone XR.

Here is the comparison for X (with $400 off) and XR (regular price)

iPhone X 64 GB ($990-$400= $500), 256 GB ($650)

iPhone XR 64 GB ($750), 128 GB ($800)

Comparing X vs XR, XR has faster processor speed. Otherwise X is a better phone than XR. Is that right? At this price point, it seems to me that X is a much better choice than XR.

I would really appreciate your opinion on this. Thanks!
 

Nipommu

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I'd rather have a year old flagship than current second tier device. I just can't accept XR's clunky feel, bigger bezels, bigger notch, LCD, 720p, and the aluminum frame. Don't get me wrong, I'd probably not be able to notice all these things after a while or even care but as long as there is a year old flagship, I would always choose that one. Why? Phone is fast enough and that A12 chip is not going to be any noticeable difference so I dont' care, I don't take a lot of photos or videos so the dual lens don't matter but its the OPTION to have it that appeals to me. When I need it/want it, its there. I'm the kind of person that doesn't really care about 'bigger is better' trend, I think 5.8 is absolutely the perfect size (maybe 6 inch will ultimately be perfect in the long run if Apple can reduce more bezels) but for now the bezels are too big its ugly. I like inky blacks of OLED and don't like the fact my phone has to brighten up the whole screen for blacks on LCD. On the batteries...I'm a normal user, email, browse, reddit, imgur, light video watching, etc and I still have about 40% at the end of the day which is plenty enough and plus I have chargers at the office and my car.
 

FredGalaxy

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Go with the X. If you enjoy a crisper display, OLED is the way to go. The XR may be faster, but you suffer with the lower screen quality and performance versus an OLED display.
 

agente46

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Went from 7+ to X to Xr and the Xr is the best overall phone I have ever owned. Hands down

There are plenty of YouTube videos to compare. Just search. The LCD lower res display is not that bad... really... it’s overblown. Don’t read the specs and just go try the phone. I really don’t notice a difference after using the X. If I had it side by side and REALLY looked hard, yes there is a difference. But in everyday use, there is no difference imo.

You get super hdr and the ability to change aperture after taking photos is so cool. Also you future proof yourself with the new processor from future IOS updates that requires more computing power.

I’ve always been a “flagship” owner of iPhones but the prices are just getting stupid and ridiculous. This is the first time I really did any extensive research on iPhones instead of blindly buying the most expensive. I’m glad I did my research and I picked the Xr.

The bigger screen, better processor, better camera, longer battery life, more color options. It’s just a better phone overall.
 
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now i see it

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Some people can't tolerate the flickering of Apple's OLED screens, so that makes the XR or 8 series the only option for them. I'd never flatly recommend anyone buy an apple OLED iPhone sight unseen. Gotta try those suckers out first to see if the screen waterboards your eyes.
 
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Relentless Power

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I need to make decision today and would really appreciate your quick response.

I have multiple lines on my Verizon family shared data (not unlimited) plan. Three of the them have iPhone 6s and would like to upgrade to a new iPhone soon. Holiday is usually a good time to do so with various deals around. The new iPhone we originally considered is iPhone XR since we don’t want to pay extra for XS. As of now I haven’t found much deal for Verizon upgrade customer for iPhone XR. There is a Black Friday deal (ends tonight) on Verizon for iPhone X ($400 off). This seems very tempting. I am debating if we should just take this iPhone X deal today or wait for deals for XR in the near future. Based on my past experience Black Friday usually has the best deal. So I am not sure if there will be any deal come up in the near future for iPhone XR.

Here is the comparison for X (with $400 off) and XR (regular price)

iPhone X 64 GB ($990-$400= $500), 256 GB ($650)

iPhone XR 64 GB ($750), 128 GB ($800)

Comparing X vs XR, XR has faster processor speed. Otherwise X is a better phone than XR. Is that right? At this price point, it seems to me that X is a much better choice than XR.

I would really appreciate your opinion on this. Thanks!
With options of the iPhones that you have listed, you have significant differences in terms of the amount of storage that is offered, why don’t you ask yourself how much storage you actually require for when using the phone. For example, you have the XR listed at 64 GB and 128GB and the iPhone XS 64 and 256, how much storage do you actually need? Then make your decision which iPhone you’re interested in. Also, I would also get hands-on with both iPhones to find out what you like best in terms of size as well, as they are significantly different.
 

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I'd rather have a year old flagship than current second tier device. I just can't accept XR's clunky feel, bigger bezels, bigger notch, LCD, 720p, and the aluminum frame. Don't get me wrong, I'd probably not be able to notice all these things after a while or even care but as long as there is a year old flagship, I would always choose that one. Why? Phone is fast enough and that A12 chip is not going to be any noticeable difference so I dont' care, I don't take a lot of photos or videos so the dual lens don't matter but its the OPTION to have it that appeals to me. When I need it/want it, its there. I'm the kind of person that doesn't really care about 'bigger is better' trend, I think 5.8 is absolutely the perfect size (maybe 6 inch will ultimately be perfect in the long run if Apple can reduce more bezels) but for now the bezels are too big its ugly. I like inky blacks of OLED and don't like the fact my phone has to brighten up the whole screen for blacks on LCD. On the batteries...I'm a normal user, email, browse, reddit, imgur, light video watching, etc and I still have about 40% at the end of the day which is plenty enough and plus I have chargers at the office and my car.
Source on 720p?

Its 828p.

Another ill informed customer bites the dust.

The XR screen is fantastic.
 

Nipommu

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Source on 720p?

Its 828p.

Another ill informed customer bites the dust.

The XR screen is fantastic.
woooo nice one yea 828p you kinda sound insecure about your new purchase? lol enjoy your iphone 4 i'll get another X if i had to without being salty. never gonna see that 750$ lol just sayin
 

kre62

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woooo nice one yea 828p you kinda sound insecure about your new purchase? lol enjoy your iphone 4. i'll get another X if i had to without being salty. never gonna see that 750$ lol just sayin
Huh?

Enjoy your screen flickering, pentile layout, color shifting, burn-in image retention OLED trash.
 
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agente46

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I don’t understand the hatred. Both phones are great, I’ve owned them both. I just wish the X users will just stop calling out the Xr screen based on specs and not real world usage. To me, the Xr is hands down a better overall phone. But you can’t go wrong with either.
 

davedvdy

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Huh?

Enjoy your screen flickering, pentile layout, color shifting, burn-in image retention OLED trash.
Which even your source you use here... Nilay says burn in image isn't even a real issue.
He owns an X.
Color shift is the most ridiculous comment I've read. Yes, if you really try to tilt the OLED screen
around you will see a difference in the temp of the display a little bit. Big deal.

Even with pentile layout, the fonts are darker and crisper on the OLED flagship phones.
ZERO credible display professionals prefer LCD over OLED. Quite the opposite by a clear mile,
including the person you tried using against OLED, who says he would spend the extra money for the
XS/XS Max personally (Nilay).
 

nia820

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I would go with the X. The OLED screen is so much crisp. I always found apple's lcd panels to be washed out.
 

Alex.jr

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I went from XS to XR.

Both great phones, no wrong choice even between X and XR.

I just couldn’t see that real screen difference and I wasn’t happy with small XS battery life.

After putting them side by side, I went to the XR and gave XS to the wife.

Great 6.1 size, great screen, amazing battery, wider portrait shots ( looks better to me ), and fun colors.

It just depends on your priorities on a phone. Both are amazing!
 

Relentless Power

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I would go with the X. The OLED screen is so much crisp. I always found apple's lcd panels to be washed out.
I don’t believe Apples LCD displays are ‘washed out’, but in terms of vibrancy, OLED is superior in some ways. Long before OLED was even considered for the iPhone, Apples LCD displays were labeled some of the most accurate in color calibration and brightness in the smart phone industry.
 
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