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glambutnerdy

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Which would you choose and why? I’m considering both, the XS is €10 less.
 

bodonnell202

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Depends on your use case:
Advantages of the XR:
Better battery life
Larger screen
More colorful options

Advantages of the XS:
Telephoto (zoom) lens
Better portrait mode photos (in theory) thanks to 2 camera system
Higher resolution OLED screen
More compact

Depends on your use case - I personally would jump to an 11 as the camera tech took a big jump with the 11 series and is worth the extra $. If you don't care as much about the camera then it mostly comes down to size, screen quality and battery life as deciding factors.
 
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glambutnerdy

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Depends on your use case:
Advantages of the XR:
Better battery life
Larger screen
More colorful options

Advantages of the XS:
Telephoto (zoom) lens
Better portrait mode photos (in theory) thanks to 2 camera system
Higher resolution OLED screen
More compact

Depends on your use case - I personally would jump to an 11 as the camera tech took a big jump with the 11 series and is worth the extra $. If you don't care as much about the camera then it mostly comes down to size, screen quality and battery life as deciding factors.

XS may be the better deal considering it was previously a flagship while the XR came out as the more ‘budget’ option, however the only thing I’m worried about is the OLED screen. Apparently many people have trouble with headaches/eye strain due to it, and I’m already very prone to both with my normal iPhone screen.
 
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bodonnell202

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XS may be the better deal considering it was previously a flagship while the XR came out as the more ‘budget’ option, however the only thing I’m worried about is the OLED screen. Apparently many people have trouble with headaches/eye strain due to it, and I’m already very prone to both with my normal iPhone screen.
Considering how much more the XS was than the XR back when they were the newest iPhones the XS is definitely the better deal. However, if you are sensitive to PWM you might want to avoid the XS (although depending on the return policy you could always try it and switch if it gives you trouble).
 
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Relentless Power

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XS may be the better deal considering it was previously a flagship while the XR came out as the more ‘budget’ option, however the only thing I’m worried about is the OLED screen. Apparently many people have trouble with headaches/eye strain due to it, and I’m already very prone to both with my normal iPhone screen.

What other members do in your situation with tendencies of headaches/migraines with OLED/PWM, try it for 14 days and see how you react. That’s the only way of really knowing, but if you have experience any symptoms, then I wouldn’t even chance it, I would return the phone.
 
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velocityg4

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Everyone has their preferences. Personally, I'd take the XS just for being more compact. It can reasonably be used one handed. The XR is just to big for that.
 
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Seanm87

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If they’re roughly the same price get the XS as that’s the flagship model.
 
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freeagent

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Everyone has their preferences. Personally, I'd take the XS just for being more compact. It can reasonably be used one handed. The XR is just to big for that.

Im not sure about that. Yes the Xr is large, but I have the XS Max and can mostly one hand it. Texting still takes two hands but it’ was thousand dollar phone so I’ll use both hands lol.
 
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Mr. Awesome

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The XR for me doesn't feel too big most of the time. If I were to have gotten the XS instead I would have gone for the smaller model, but the XR feels fine for me.
 
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tt061282

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The fact that you said you can get the XS for $10 less makes me go towards the XS even more.

I have both phones. To me the iPhone XS us the better device overall, but the XR does beat it in a couple of ways... being screen size and battery life. Until the new 11 series phones came out the XR was a beast in the battery department. It still is, but compared to the newer phones it doesn’t seem as impressive.

However, I’ve never had battery life issues out of my XS. I’ve always made it thru the day everyday I’ve had it for the last year a half. I feel like the screen on the XS is better than the XR, but I also feel like i don’t care if it’s OLED or LCD.. It doesn’t really matter to me, but the XS’s oLED is better looking than the XR when out side by side. I have my XS in Gold and the XR is black... but I think the gold one is more appealing. That’s just me.

In this case I just feel like the XS is the best bet. It has the better camera system, build quality, screen, the fact it’s a former flagship and if I’m reading correctly it’s cheaper than the XR ()... so I say go for the iPhone XS.

Either way you go though you won’t be disappointed.
 
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aKansasKid

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Are these both used phones that you’re looking at? Better check battery health in that case.

Hard to believe the XS would be cheaper than the XR unless either 1) the XR is new and the XS is used or refurbished, or 2) the XR is in much better condition with a much fresher battery, or 3) some combination of 1) and 2) along with more storage on the XR.
 
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glambutnerdy

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Are these both used phones that you’re looking at? Better check battery health in that case.

Hard to believe the XS would be cheaper than the XR unless either 1) the XR is new and the XS is used or refurbished, or 2) the XR is in much better condition with a much fresher battery, or 3) some combination of 1) and 2) along with more storage on the XR.

Both are new, a mobile carrier offers it if you switch to them. I’d probably guess it’s cheaper because it’s discontinued, and considering it’s still around around €900 on every other mobile carrier site it’s definitely a steal.
 
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The-Real-Deal82

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If the difference is only €10, then I would pick the XS, no doubt. It has telephoto lens, higher res OLED, better IP rating, and more RAM.

It all depends what particular features you feel are going to benefit. Two of those that you mention would be irrelevant to me personally but both are decent phones if around the same price.
 
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ian87w

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It all depends what particular features you feel are going to benefit. Two of those that you mention would be irrelevant to me personally but both are decent phones if around the same price.
Sure, everybody would have different priorities.
For me personally, for such a small difference in price, I would always opt for the higher tier model. :)
 
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GeeMillz22

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Like some have said, it really depends on the size you want. Bigger screen—XR. Easier to hold—XS. I went through a similar situation this past weekend. I had the 11. Liked it a lot. LCD even at 828p was perfectly fine.

I returned it for an XS because:
1. I wanted 512GB
2. Prefer the dimensions of the XS

The screen size on the XR/11 is just about perfect for my tastes, but the body is just a smidge too wide. Plus, the cost of a new 512GB XS was the same price as new 256GB 11. Win-win for me.
 
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tt061282

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Both are fine iPhones and worthy choices , but the XS is the class act of the two. IMHO of course, and being completely unbiased.

This. I have to agree on. When comparing the XS to XR I believe the XS is the (subjectively) better phone.

I think it’s more difficult when you compared the iPhone XS vs iPhone 11. I feel like the 11 is the better device, but the XS has a lot going for it.

I think it comes down to screen size, OLED and battery life.
 
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