iPhone XR Has anyone gotten rid of their XS Max for a XR? Considering doing so, but don’t want to regret it.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by felixroqu3, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. felixroqu3 macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
    New York, NY
    I recently went to a T-Mobile store and I have to say ....I really liked the XR. A lot more than expected. Really liked how lightweight it felt compared to the Max and am really attracted to the battery life. Held both the Max and XR side by side and didn’t see much of a difference. Yes, the colors are richer and the blacks are deeper, but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

    Since the lower resolution doesn’t affect me, don’t use 3D Touch ever, don’t use optical zoom for photos, and don’t need the extra water resistance since I’m already very careful with my products, I’m just wondering if the XR would be a better fit for me?
  2. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
  3. ryanide macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    I will trade you!! I got a XR 128GB Space Gray and want a XS Max for the larger text size.
  4. felixroqu3 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
    New York, NY
    Right? I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a bad choice to downgrade.
  5. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.

    Yeah for your use case, it sounds like the Max is a waste of money over the XR.

    Kinda wish I was in your situation, all the things you listed are things that I like so there’s no way I’m parting with my Max. :D
  6. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Apple iPhone World
    Currently have XS Max and I consider it a downgrade for me IMO, and will never downgrade to an XR. I'm happy with my XS Max.
  7. AdventurousJosh macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2008
  8. mustu macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2011
  9. burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    One ounce of common sense.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Did you need us to help you decide?
  11. cornerexit macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    Yes. XR is better battery life and I prefer the LED over the OLED (eye strain on the OLED).
  12. Alex.jr macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2018
    I gave my small XS to the wife and got a blue 128gb XR.

    Battery life is number one on my priority list.

    Couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision. XR is an awesome phone.

    Great battery, great screen for my eyes, screen size is perfect, wider portrait mode for me is great and the colors are fun.

    Both XS and XR are awesome phones. There is no wrong choice. Just depends on what your priorities are.
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Most who purchase the Max, likely wouldn’t have a reason to switch to the XR, unless they simply regretted the cost of the Max or were possibly affected by Pulse-width-modulation, but the Max has everything the XR does and more.
  14. Micky 32 Suspended

    Nov 5, 2018
    If all that you lose doesn’t bother you then yes you are better off with the XR.
  15. uwdude macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2014
    I finally had a chance to go to a store and play with all 3 models, and I knew immediately that the XR is going to sell a lot more units to the general public non-apple-freaks than the other models. The XR just picking it up and casually playing with looks practically identical to the XS in person- I can see your average person walking in and saying "why is this one $250 more" and having to be educated on the internal differences, or else they wont know and just ask for the XR. And then looking at the max and saying "whoa look at the price of that one, for a little bit larger screen? I'll get the XR that's ok". That's exactly how it's going to play out for a lot of people who aren't that picky about features.

    Personally for me, I was surprised by how much the phones were still trying to go for that flat wax paper-like look on the display, almost like a color e-reader or something. I prefer the glossy look of the samsungs but that is me.
  16. Micky 32 Suspended

    Nov 5, 2018
    Yes you are correct. The XR is for people on a budget who want a good iphone. The max is for people that money is no object and just want that little more perfection.
  17. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    If you’re not going to be out of pocket then you should get the Xr if you think it’s a better fit for you.
  18. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    I pretty much agree, but there is one thing that the Max doesn't have that the XR does...
    a wide angle portrait mode for people.
    In fact, from several photographer you tubers it's been shown that the XR does a better job in portrait mode on people than the XS and X phones.

    That's not to say that Apple can't intro the wide angle portrait mode to the XS series at any point this year or next, but I doubt they will. They could do it now if they really wanted to, but it will probably be a feature on next year's phone. We all know how Apple works...
  19. areyes163 macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2012
    Lol seriously. You seriously think the XR only for those who are on a budget. That’s pretty ignorant. I had the Max. Sold it and got the XR. Also had the LG V40, Note 9, One Plus 6T , Pixel 3XL, Razer Phone 2 and Blackberry Keytwo.

    Money is not always the decision to buy something. Some people go by features and what they will use or what they desire. Some may get the XR because they simply like the color. Some may get it for battery life. And yes some may get it to save money.

    Personally I got the XR because I don’t see a big difference in the screens (my eyes aren’t the best) battery life is superior on the XR in how I use the phone And the phone is a nice size.

    But you cannot say the XR is for those on a budget. For some yes probably. But for a ton of people it’s just a preference.
  20. Garemlin Suspended


    Oct 13, 2018
    Well said.

    So tired of this elitist attitude towards the XR. Yeah it costs less. So what. Not everyone is motivated to buy something because it costs less. In the grand scheme of things most people with a shred of common sense are not going to let $10 or less a month motivate their decision. I can afford the Max. I just didn't feel the need to get one. The OLED screen doesn't impress me. The single lens shooter works just fine. It worked great on my Pixel 2 XL. I never used 3D touch on my 7+. On top of that the XR felt the best in my hand out of the three. So why just because I can afford an XS or Max should I get one if it doesn't fit my needs?? Has zero to do with money. Yeah I'm sure there are many people that will see all three phones and go for the cheapest. Doesn't mean they can't afford the higher priced phones. They just don't feel the need to spend the extra money.
  21. hr10 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I think the cost of the XS is what most people are concern about.
    What about getting the Max on Swappa? Mint condition 256gb is only around $1100
    To me it’s a no brainer to go for XS once the cost is on par with XR
  22. Caspavio macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2018
    haha chill bro. i also happen to know and see tons of people who buy dslr or mirrorless to shoot auto in kit lens

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