iPhone XR I have an iPhone XS Max but bought an XR today.

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  1. Ffosse macrumors 68000

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    I find that I prefer having 2 phones and my Honor 10 wasn't cutting it as a secondary device - too many bugs and woeful battery life.

    So I found myself getting a taxi to the Apple Store today and bought a white XR with 128GB of space. It's a lot of money (twice what the Honor 10 cost) but I'm sure I'll find it much more useful as a secondary device.

    Set-up was easy and so far I can't see it being any slower than my Max. The display is good too. Holding it at a reasonable distance, everything is pin sharp. That's probably because it has the same ppi as my old 8 had. The screen actually feels small coming from a Max but is bigger than the 5.8" of the Honor.

    Now all I have to do is sell or hand down the Honor to one of my nieces. It's the phantom green one but I never really took to it. I'll use the XR much like I did the Honor 10 - podcasts, ebooks and music. I found the £50 increase to 128GB from 64 quite reasonable but it's still a lot of money for a secondary device. Still, I'm expecting good battery life. No matter how I configured the android device I couldn't stop it draining the battery quickly.
     
  2. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    Is rather have two iPhones than an iPhone and an android phone. There are a lot of good android phones out but my entire workflow revolves around the Apple ecosystem so carrying an android phone always feels like I’m duplicating tasks as a lot of things don’t transfer across from android to iOS.
     
  3. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's right, and I'm pretty much all-in for Apple with my other devices too. The Honor stuck out like a sore thumb. It was £400 at launch in June and can be had for nearer £300 now but I would say, based on my time with the device, that it's not worth that. Of course there are no iPhones to compare with at that price.

    I was a little miffed at Apple's not making a leather case for the XR but I bought a silicone case with adequate protection, Otterbox, I think.
     
  4. The Oak macrumors regular

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    Ah ... the XS Max does support two lines now via eSIM ... was the XR really needed?
     
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    Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Of course the XR isn't needed; it's a luxury item.

    Making phone calls isn't even in the top ten of things I do with my iPhone, to the extent that I haven't gotten round to putting a sim in the XR yet. I probably will tomorrow.

    One thing is certain: I'll keep the XR for at least a year which I couldn't say about any of the android phones I've had (Galaxy S8, Oneplus 3t etc.) over the years. iPhones look and feel premium and I really don't like android; it will get the job done but there is the question of ongoing support and general flaws I've found in each android I've owned. Lesson learned.

    I could have kept my iPhone 8, but sold it after a years ownership to part fund the XS Max. I also had the X for 10 months. So I've gone from having the X, the 8, to having the XS Max and the XR. I'll stop there and see what Apple reveals next September. I sure do appreciate the increase in screen sizes as I'm over 50 now.
     
  6. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    I’ve tried having too many Samsung phones over the last few years, trying to use them as secondary/back up phones but like you said they all just stuck out because I have a lot of other Apple devices. In the end it’s like I have to make such an effort to use the android phone and when I can’t be bothered anymore it ends up in a drawer for a few months until I get round to selling it.
     
  7. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Plus you have to sell them pretty quickly as they depreciate so fast.
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    I'm actually thinking of going naked with the XR to appreciate that brilliant white. I was undecided at the store but got to see all the colours. Yellow and blue were nice as was the red, but I didn't like the coral as much. In the end, I'm happy with the white.
     
  8. doboy macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I was torn between yellow and white, but since I've had a white phone with 3GS I went with yellow for something totally different.
     

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