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glambutnerdy

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iPhone XS is officially out of the running..

Which would you choose and why? Specifically if you‘re looking for a future proof, reliable phone that’ll get you through the day.

The iPhone SE has a newer chip, mostly same features as the XR and I could get double the storage for even less than an entry level XR storage. My only reservation is battery life, it’s the same as an iPhone 8 and I have no experience with it’s battery life. To be honest, I’m not looking for an amazing two day battery, just one that could get me through the day. My only concern is how the SE battery would age.. XR is the more reliable option in terms of getting me through a day considering it’s amazing battery, otherwise IMO it’s too overpriced for what I use my phone for.

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velocityg4

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Depends on what you do with the phone. I can get two or three days out of something like an SE. Besides the battery the XR has a much nicer display and Face ID. The SE has the faster CPU going for it and Touch ID if you prefer fingerprint access. If you are g

Personally, I couldn't see buying a new Xr. It's a nice phone but with the 11 being only $100 extra for a considerably better phone. My choices would be between the SE and the 11. $549 would be make me consider the Xr. Which is likely why Apple has priced them that way. They want to upsell you on the 11.

Going by TomsGuide tests. You'll get the following battery in an SE vs 11.
- Video 13 hrs vs 17 hrs
- Web Surfing 9 hrs 18 min vs 11 hrs 16 min

The reviewer had about 20% battery left on the SE at the end of the day when using for a mixed gaming, photos and web surfing over 13 hrs. But that's just their usage not a benchmark. It really comes down to how heavy of a user you are. I'd probably be at around 70% remaining in that time period.

If battery life is your only sticking point. You can always use a battery case for your case. Then not worry about it.
 
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glambutnerdy

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Depends on what you do with the phone. I can get two or three days out of something like an SE. Besides the battery the XR has a much nicer display and Face ID. The SE has the faster CPU going for it and Touch ID if you prefer fingerprint access. If you are g

Personally, I couldn't see buying a new Xr. It's a nice phone but with the 11 being only $100 extra for a considerably better phone. My choices would be between the SE and the 11. $549 would be make me consider the Xr. Which is likely why Apple has priced them that way. They want to upsell you on the 11.

Going by TomsGuide tests. You'll get the following battery in an SE vs 11.
- Video 13 hrs vs 17 hrs
- Web Surfing 9 hrs 18 min vs 11 hrs 16 min

The reviewer had about 20% battery left on the SE at the end of the day when using for a mixed gaming, photos and web surfing over 13 hrs. But that's just their usage not a benchmark. It really comes down to how heavy of a user you are. I'd probably be at around 70% remaining in that time period.

If battery life is your only sticking point. You can always use a battery case for your case. Then not worry about it.

The XR is on sale unlike the 11.
 
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Various battery tests...

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Thoradin

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It all depends on the features you need.
If you want Face ID, stellar battery life and the bigger screen then grab the XR.
If you would prefer Touch ID and a more pocketable phone at the expense of battery life and screen size then grab the SE.
I have the XR myself and happily get over 8 hours of screen time with over 40% battery remaining at the end of the day.
 
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thadoggfather

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SE2 gets my vote

the price is more appropriate for the features and being latest silicon, and producing better pictures than XR

I'm always shocked when I pick up a friend's non-pro 11 how I used XR for a year and a half. I've used phablets like Plus iPhones plenty, but I was shocked to return to it even briefly

I guess you get used to anything you use.

I still think SE2 is kind of a big phone too, in hand, but not comically large
 
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The XR's battery is 60% larger than the SE. If you're a light user, it may not make a difference today, but a year from now when the battery has aged, you'll appreciate the larger battery.
 
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GeeMillz22

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As others have mentioned, it depends on your size preference and usage habits. Either one can get you through the day depending how much you use them.

To answer your question I would choose XR. Bigger screen. Bigger battery. “All”-screen design. To follow up, I would make sure you’ve looked at all options for the 11. They’re almost always on sale with a carrier or Amazon Renewed. Second camera, +1GB of RAM, A13 and brighter screen all make for a fantastic experience even at $100 premium.

Ironically, I just returned my 11 for a XS. Prefer the size and didn’t feel like plunking down $300 more for the Pro. Battery suffices for me due to most things being done on my iPad Pro.
 
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Seanm87

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Its really simple. Its not like comparing a XR and a XS. The size of them is significantly different. If you want a larger phone get the XR. If you want something more compact get the SE.
 
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glambutnerdy

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Its really simple. Its not like comparing a XR and a XS. The size of them is significantly different. If you want a larger phone get the XR. If you want something more compact get the SE.

It’s not ‘really simple’ lol I don’t care about size whatsoever considering anything larger than an OG SE is a two handed use phone for me. I’m just torn on whether I should get a phone with bigger battery or a phone with a newer chip and more storage for less.
 
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GeeMillz22

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What’s most important between battery, storage and price? What’s the second most important? There’s your device based on the above answers.

The A13 paired with 3GB of RAM isn’t going to do too much more within the SE in terms of real world performance or longevity compared to the A12 with 3GB of RAM within the XR.
 
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If you use your phone most of the day for watching videos, social media, YouTube and reading the spectacular posts on MacRumors, you might need to recharge during the day, get a Apple Battery case for the SE, or consider the XR.

My vote is for the SE with a case if need be. I use my iPad Pro for most things during the day. The SE gets treated like a phone. And the battery can go almost 2 days that way.

Just depends on what apps you use and your personal usage needs.
 
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If battery life is your main worry, you may not be happy with the SE2. I have a lot of experience with the iPhone 11 Max, the 8+ and the SE2; I do like them all but the SE2 is notable for poor battery performance.
 
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It’s not ‘really simple’ lol I don’t care about size whatsoever considering anything larger than an OG SE is a two handed use phone for me. I’m just torn on whether I should get a phone with bigger battery or a phone with a newer chip and more storage for less.
Touch ID (and home button) vs. Face ID (and no home button with a notched screen) -- are these factors in any way?
 
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OP, Another member already said it accurately, it’s based on size. You can argue battery life, specs’, updated internals all day long, if you’re not comfortable with the phone itself in terms of -i.e.-one hand manipulation, carrying it in your pocket or whatever else, then what does it matter that you would care about anything else internally If the size isn’t comfortable? [<—Yes, that’s a rhetorical question, it doesn’t require a direct answer.]
 
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glambutnerdy

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Touch ID (and home button) vs. Face ID (and no home button with a notched screen) -- are these factors in any way?

No I don’t have a preference for either,
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OP, Another member already said it accurately, it’s based on size. You can argue battery life, specs’, updated internals all day long, if you’re not comfortable with the phone itself in terms of -i.e.-one hand manipulation, carrying it in your pocket or whatever else, then what does it matter that you would care about anything else internally If the size isn’t comfortable? [<—Yes, that’s a rhetorical question, it doesn’t require a direct answer.]

And I said before size isn’t a concern, I have small hands so one handed use is off for me regardless of whether it’s an SE2 or XR. Also, I carry around a bag so not fitting into pockets isn’t much of a concern.
 
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Thoradin

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No I don’t have a preference for either,
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And I said before size isn’t a concern, I have small hands so one handed use is off for me regardless of whether it’s an SE2 or XR. Also, I carry around a bag so not fitting into pockets isn’t much of a concern.
If size and biometrics don’t bother you either way, the only other factors to look at are battery life, specs and price.
The XR battery is a huge amount better than the SE2 and spec wise I don’t think there is much in it to be honest, the cameras are equally capable, both the same 3gb ram, though the SE2 May get an extra year of iOS updates.
As for price, you could get an SE2 with more storage for less money than the XR. Here in the UK an SE2 with 256gb is £60 cheaper than an XR with 64gb, that’s quite a saving if local storage is a factor.
 
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