iPhone XS Does the iPhone XS still have the antenna issues that were previously reported?

GeorgeGrace

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Hey!

I'm getting a new phone and I'm trying to decide between the XR and XS. I don't mind spending more money on the "better" model, but I've seen reports that the XS can actually function worse, as it has trouble with LTE and Wi-Fi due to problems with the antenna.

Is this still an issue? Any help would be appreciated.
 

Packers1958

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Hey!

I'm getting a new phone and I'm trying to decide between the XR and XS. I don't mind spending more money on the "better" model, but I've seen reports that the XS can actually function worse, as it has trouble with LTE and Wi-Fi due to problems with the antenna.

Is this still an issue? Any help would be appreciated.
There are still issues. My Xs Max is worse than my X at holding on to weak signals. The X is much better.
 

Thai

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Hey!

I'm getting a new phone and I'm trying to decide between the XR and XS. I don't mind spending more money on the "better" model, but I've seen reports that the XS can actually function worse, as it has trouble with LTE and Wi-Fi due to problems with the antenna.

Is this still an issue? Any help would be appreciated.
XS has better speeds than XR or X by multiple official testings even at weak signal areas.

It is up to you to believe these official tests vs anecdotal evidenced by people on internet.
 
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AMTYVLE

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It depends on your Carrier, in my opinion. If you have Verizon, from what I read that is where most people are having LTE connectivity issues. I have AT&T and have the XS Max and this phone holds a 100% better connection to LTE & Wi-Fi then my X did. My XS Max LTE download/upload speeds are double of what they were on just my X also. A lot of my friends on Verizon have the XS and XS Max and have LTE issues. Looks to me that it's anyone with on a CDMA network, such as Verizon.

AT&T users have no problems from what I've witnessed at work and in the real world.
 
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It depends on your Carrier, in my opinion. If you have Verizon, from what I read that is where most people are having LTE connectivity issues. I have AT&T and have the XS Max and this phone holds a 100% better connection to LTE & Wi-Fi then my X did. My XS Max LTE download/upload speeds are double of what they were on just my X also. A lot of my friends on Verizon have the XS and XS Max and have LTE issues. Looks to me that it's anyone with on a CDMA network, such as Verizon.

AT&T users have no problems from what I've witnessed at work and in the real world.
I’m in NH and both my Maxes (had launch date - returned and then tried again 6 weeks later - returned) had terrible reception on ATT as compared to my old 6S Plus. For me WiFi and Bluetooth also didnt work the way they were supposed on both Maxes.

Now my experience was 4 months ago.
 

now i see it

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There's no guarantee. All you can do is buy one and try it out for yourself. Everyone is a Guinea pig. If you're not happy with it, return it.
 

MattMJB0188

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Why not just buy the iPhone 8 and have solid reception? Think of all the pros... you save tons of $$$, get a home button, and don't have to look at no ugly notch. Win win.
 

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My XS Max here is excellent in reception from the day one. On both LTE and WiFi. Call quality is also good.


I do realize there are people having problems, but you shall not judge the phone just because few people out there are having problems. You should see for yourself. If you are unhappy, you can always return your phone.
 
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I7guy

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I would try both out in the Apple store. My personal opinion between the xr and Xs I would get the xr. I have the max and like the additional screen real estate.
 

nviz22

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Why stuck with inferior device in pretty much every way? Nah
$250 is a substantial difference for people. I was in a similar boat recently with the S10 and S10e. I went with the S10e to try since the price difference is about $150.

If you can get past the screen differences, the XR is no slouch. To me, the XR's screen looks a bit more washed out compared to the XS Max's OLED screen. Maybe that's because the colors are more punchier on the XS Max?
 

alpi123

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My Xs Max started having issues 3-4 months after buying it and they replaced it with a new one which, so far, has been holding on well. Hope it stays like that.
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Why not just buy the iPhone 8 and have solid reception? Think of all the pros... you save tons of $$$, get a home button, and don't have to look at no ugly notch. Win win.
You clearly haven't used an X(s) phone :p the notch doesn't even get in your way, you forget that it's there. But even if it did somehow, it wouldn't be that big of an issue because you're getting a taller screen anyway, plus, no chin for us.
 

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$250 is a substantial difference for people. I was in a similar boat recently with the S10 and S10e. I went with the S10e to try since the price difference is about $150.

If you can get past the screen differences, the XR is no slouch. To me, the XR's screen looks a bit more washed out compared to the XS Max's OLED screen. Maybe that's because the colors are more punchier on the XS Max?
Was talking about 8 vs XS
 

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If you can get past the screen differences, the XR is no slouch. To me, the XR's screen looks a bit more washed out compared to the XS Max's OLED screen. Maybe that's because the colors are more punchier on the XS Max?
You will only notice side by side, on their own they look great, i went from Xs max > 8 > Xr.
Don't let anyone tell you different.
 

nviz22

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You will only notice side by side, on their own they look great, i went from Xs max > 8 > Xr.
Don't let anyone tell you different.
I saw the XR display again and it didn't look as good as I thought it would be. It's not a bad LCD though. Just not as good as I expected.

The XR accomplishes one major thing, an upgraded entry level model. With proper price adjustments, it can continue to thrive.