iPhone X Anyone going from X to XR

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wba1990, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. wba1990 macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2015
    Birmingham, England
    Did a search and couldn’t find a dedicated thread regarding this

    Is anyone going from an iPhone X to an iPhone XR when available?

    I currently have iPhone X 64GB but the storage space is too low for me, been debating either getting a cheaper X at 256GB or XS at 256GB on the apple upgrade programme

    However now debating getting 128GB in the XR format - I won’t make my decision until I can go in store and have a look at it, or there are some hands on videos knocking about
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I see no reason to upgrade. I'm more partial to a LCD screen, but I'd rather not lose that second camera. What does the XR do that the X cannot and do those differences make it worthwhile?
  3. HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
    Most Youtube commentators do not think it worth the $749 price because of the 326ppi. But I think it still okay myself. I had an X and went with a pre-order Silver Xs Max 256GB. I think it will be hard to go back to a LCD screen after using an OLED however but I could be wrong.
  4. wba1990 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2015
    Birmingham, England
    The only reason I’ve been debating it as I say is because I need more storage space, but I won’t decide for definite until I’ve got to use the XR in person myself, could be when I do I realise its too much fo a “downgrade”
  5. cmhsam macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Yes I am because I had the 8+ and went to the X. I missed the larger screen real estate (i know the x had a 5.8" screen vs 5.5") but also missed the battery life.
  6. unibility macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2012
    Yes. From iPhone X 256GB to iPhone XS 512GB. Wanted larger capacity.
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Isn’t the XR a slight step down in the screen quality and camera? Although I guess it’s a slightly bigger screen...?

    Man Apple’s product line is confusing me. I’ll stick with the X for now until there’s a real compelling change.
  8. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    The fact I you can get the XR with 128GB is one of the reasons I’ll look at it when it’s out. I don’t need anything bigger but not sure 64GB will be enough?
  9. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    To be honest i rarely ever use the 2nd camera.. i think that would not be a problem for me.

    Not sure about the screen. Would have to check them side by side if it would bother me.
    But i use the iPad Mini from time to time without thinking it looks bad.

    But i just don't see a good reason to change to the XR. Maybe next year.
  10. balaplus macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2017
  11. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000


    Nov 6, 2014
    The XR is supposed to have longer battery life than the X, but I could be wrong. Depends on the usage. You’d be giving up OLED and the dual lens camera. The XR is supposed to have portrait mode with the single lens but none of us know the quality of that. XR has no 3D Touch. XR has something similar but it’s not the same. The X is cheaper than the XR for the time being. Just saw one on Swappa for $600 in good condition. It’s not even a year old yet and the value has plummeted... jeez.

    Also depends if you want a bigger phone and what size works for you. I can text with one hand using the X but anything bigger won’t work out. Going from the X to the Xs isn’t worth it either, at least to me.
  12. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    If you like the X size and screen, then get the XS 256.

    However, if you're fine with the iPhone 8 screen, you'll be fine with the XR screen, since they are effectively the same aside from the size.

    The XR is a shrunken version of the XS Max with cheaper parts and a missing telephoto lens. It is NOT in the same size class as the X and XS. Both the XR and Max are 414 point wide 19.5:9 phones, and thus have 22% more screen space than the X and XS which are 375 point wide 19.5:9 phones.

    The XR is 414x2 = 828 pixels wide.
    The Max is 414x3 = 1242 pixels wide.
    The X/XS is 375x3 = 1125 pixels wide.

    Both the XR and Max support the extended landscape view mode, but the X/XS does not. Both the XR and Max support Zoomed Display mode, but the X/XS does not.

    BTW, the iPhone 8 is a 375 point wide phone as well, and the iPhone 8 Plus is a 414 point wide phone. However, both those phones are considerably shorter vertically for screen size compared to the 2018 models obviously.

    Yes, many YouTube commentators are pushing the XS and Max because of OLED, but many tech sites are favouring the XR due to overall value and because they think 326 ppi is good enough for most people. Both are valid perspectives.

    The OLED screen is superior to the 326 ppi XR screen, but as the tech sites point out, if you're fine with an iPhone 8's screen, then you'll be fine with the XR's screen, because they are the same technology with the same pixel density. Someone with decent eyesight and who knows what to look for can see benefits to OLED though, including for text clarity. OTOH, bright environment usage, I think I prefer the 401 ppi Plus screen over OLED. The OLED would win in dark environment usage though. Note that the OLED isn't really 458 ppi, since the Pentile Matrix is missing a whole bunch of blue and red subpixels.

    According to Apple, the XR has the best battery life, and the Max has the second best. The XS is the worst of the three.
  13. ooloo macrumors member


    Aug 9, 2018
  14. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I don't know how anyone who has an iPhone 8 or 7 right now would complain at the Xr display when it is essentially the same display. 326 ppi is good enough for me.
  15. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    No for me, I'm sticking to my X. For me its a downgrade, but I can't speak for others and their smartphone wants/needs

    Will likely get a XR for my mother, who is currently on a regular 7 but lamenting the battery life and screen size
  16. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I’ve been making my rounds on these threads, but yup, count me in as an X going to XR.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 28, 2018 ---
    Boom. Agreed. Although the topic was about going from an X to the XR, you still nail that point good.
  17. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    Have you taken advantage of the battery replacement program?

    Not that the battery life on the 7 was ever that good, but still, you can have a brand new refreshed battery for US$29 / CAD$35. Doesn't help for the screen size though of course.
  18. DDustiNN macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
  19. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    Size. Price. Battery life. Plenty of reasons.
  20. praterkeith macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2005
    Montgomery, AL
    I got the XS Max this past week but ultimately decided to send it back due to the weight of the phone. Before I jump to the XS, I want to see the XR. So there’s a possibility I’ll get an XR. I will admit, my favorite part of the XS Max was the OLED screen, but I’m not unhappy with the screen on my iPhone 7.
  21. barondebxl macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2013
    I have an iphone X and im thinking about it, but really just thinking right now. The only reasons being that the XR is newer and I like to have new stuff lol. It's silly but yea, that and of course cause it's gonna have the A12 and the solid camera. The 326 ppi LCD is a bummer though and is the reason why I'm hesitant getting it. OLED is great and going back to an LCD with a lower resolution is definitely a noticeable downgrade So yea I don't know. But apple has said that the XR will have better battery life than the 8plus which is a big deal too. If only they had put a 1080p screen man...
  22. WRXiceman macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2012
    England, UK
    I know the XR doesn't even have a 1080p screen on paper, but it's going to be really hard (and unfair) to judge the phone when it's not even released.

    I genuinely think it's going to be a superb phone for the money.

    I reckon it'll have the great Apple build quality, using some of the best materials available.
    We know it's going to be an absolute powerhouse with the A12 Bionic chip, and the camera so far sounds as though it's going to take some incredible photos. Let's not forget the fact that it'll be able to take portrait photos with the single lens too.

    And then there's the gorgeous colours to choose from too.

    For the price, I think it'll be great.

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