iPhone XR How will the quality of the XR screen compare to the 7 Plus?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by yOyOYoo, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. yOyOYoo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2005
    Want to buy my mom the XR to upgrade her from the 7Plus. Will the screen resolution and quality be an upgrade on the XR or am I better off getting her the XS Max? She doesn't use the phone camera often, just messaging, reading and some social media.
  2. Caesars macrumors regular

    May 16, 2013
    Personally I’d take her to the store and let her chose, tell her price doesn’t matter because of a “promo”, get her something.m nice :)
  3. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    The XR is liquid retina. So you’re going to get wet when you touch it. Who wants that?
  4. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
  5. NorthSeaBeach macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2014
    The Hague
    The Xr screen will probably be more fuzzy than that of the 7+. My 6s 326 ppi (same ppi as Xr) screen is most definitely not as sharp as that of my wife’s 7+. Whether that matters enough to you, you have to decide for yourself.

    If it’s just messaging, reading and some social media, I wouldn’t upgrade at all. The 7+ does all those things brilliantly. Reading is probably better on the 7+ because of the higher 401 ppi.
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    Send your mum on a nice trip for the money not spend on the upgrade:cool:.
  6. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    Apple says the Xr has the most advanced LCD in any phone. Sure the PPI isn't the best, but it has "best in class color management", and tap to wake. I also think people are forgetting about the faster touch tracking. Maybe that's not something people actually notice when they use it, but apple made a point to mention it in the keynote.
  7. tops2 macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2014
    I went from the 6+ to the 8 and honestly, during normal use, I don't notice the lower PPI. Sure, if I put my 2 phones next to each other and go in my analytical mode, I can see the text on the 8 is slightly fuzzier. But normal use, the text on the 8 is still sharp.

    One option is just keep your mom on her 7+ if she's still happy with it. Otherwise have her try both the XR and XS Max and see which one she likes better. Depending on how techy/nitpicky your mom is about phones, she may or may not even notice the ppi difference. And see if she can get used to losing a home button to go back to home screen. (My mom is super not techy so I shudder at having to teach her how to use the newer phones..)
  8. AXone1814 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2018
    Its a larger screen with lower resolution and a lower pixel density. I haven't seen one yet but i'd be willing to bet it will look noticeably worse. Whether your mum will notice or care is another matter though.
  9. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    If that were the case, people would have noted that during the Apple event when they were allowed to go hands-on with the device. Instead what we heard about was how great the screen looks despite being an LCD with 326ppi.
  10. AXone1814 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2018
    I'm not saying it won't look great, im sure it will, all iPhone displays do. But I would be very surprised if it isn't noticeably lower res than the 7/8 Plus. Happy to be proved wrong when the phone comes out as would make the decision to get one over a XS Max a lot more tempting.
  11. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    It will be exactly as noticeable as the difference between the 8 plus and the 8. Which is to say, some people see it and others don’t.
  12. AXone1814 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2018
    I agree, to me its very noticeable but to others it may not be. I went from a 6 Plus to a regular 6S (cost saving exercise I later regretted) and found the screen difference very noticeable and i missed the sharper display of the Plus model so went back to the Plus when I got my 7. The XR could potentially be more noticeable as the display is larger than that of the regular size 6/7/8.
  13. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    so why u wanna upgrade? speed doesnt matter, screen is smaller. photos shes not using. screen resolution less?

    do u have too much money? donate
  14. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Another day another XR PPI thread based on nothing more then hysteria at present..

    And the XS Max would be a complete waste of money for that usage anyway.
  15. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    Oh god please no no no
  16. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    Screen is bigger, genius. If you're going to troll it helps to not also show yourself to be stupid.
  17. 77sunsetstrip macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2009
  18. NJHitmen macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2010
    Curious about your reasoning here. If the 6/7/8/XR are all 326 ppi, why would the difference (as compared to Plus phones) be more noticeable on the XR’s larger display? If anything, I figure the XR would generally be viewed at a slightly greater distance than the smaller 6/7/8, which would lead to an apparent increase in sharpness (because individual pixels are harder to resolve/perceive the further they are from one’s eyes).
  19. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    Next week, you can put them side by side and see for yourself
  20. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68020

    Aug 16, 2007
    They are the same pixel density. I have the 6S right now and I'm looking to get the XR. Screen quality will be the same if not better due to the "liquid retina" on the XR. My 6S is perfectly clear and readable to me so I know the XR will be just as good. I don't understand the people who make a fuss about Apple not making the XR at least 1080p. But then again I don't watch movies on my phone. That's what I have a 4K TV for. ;)
  21. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    I don't get it either. Apple makes the best LCDs in the business. The screen will be gorgeous. Not as good as OLED, but most people won't notice.
  22. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    This is just marketing crap. It will be a decent LCD screen, but miles behind the quality of decent OLED display.
  23. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    Easy tiger...
    The screen is not as wide so shows videos 11% smaller than on the 7plus.

    Yes its overall area is a bigger but it will show less text in portrait mode due to the narrower display and smaller ppi.
  24. 77sunsetstrip macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2009
    Looks like the XR screen is narrower and therefore effectively smaller than the 8 Plus. And fuzzier because of the lower ppi.


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