iPhone XR iPhone XR, XS or XS Max

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JD1984, Jan 6, 2019.


Which iPhone?

  1. XR

    39 vote(s)
  2. XS

    23 vote(s)
  3. XS Max

    36 vote(s)
  1. Koobs macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2014
    No regrets on purchasing the max. Sure it’s expsenive, but it’s my most used device therefore I didn’t mind paying a premium for it.
  2. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2008
    You won't go wrong with any of them.

    Weigh their differences with respect to what you prefer, and buy the one that makes you happy.
  3. JD1984 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    So you think the max was worth it?
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    So you prefer the XR?
  4. davedvdy macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2011
    Without knowing what you are looking for in a phone, OP, it's very hard to answer this.
    I would go into a store and try them all out (if you haven't already).

    The XR has the most affordable price point out of the 3, the best battery life on any iPhone, and it has the
    same processor and single camera lens as the XS and XS Max. A poll will not answer your question.

    The XR display caps out at an 828p resolution, it's LCD, same screen clarity/sharpness/PPI as the iP4-8 (non Plus models), but has updated color calibration or "Liquid Retina".
    iP67 on the XR vs iP68 water ratings on the more expensive models. The water rating difference might not mean anything to you. This lacks the HDR or Dolby Vision display support of it's higher priced siblings, no telephoto lens, 1 GB less of RAM but it's pushing less pixels, also 2x the bezel thickness of the others wrapping around the screen. Aluminum sides vs the steel on the XS/XS Max.

    The XS is the lightest of the 3 (XS Max is the heaviest), but the XS also has the shortest battery life and the smallest screen size out of the options. Other than that, there aren't any compromises with the XS. Only the XS and XS Max have OLED screens, full HD resolution, a telephoto lens, 4 GB of RAM, and identical screen sharpness.

    If you're coming from a Plus and like the bigger screen width, then I think the XR or the XS Max may be your best options. If you like a compact phone and the lightest form factor, the XS might be your best choice.
  5. JD1984 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Do you notice the speakers being louder on the Max or the XR or about the same?
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Both phones offer the stereo speaker function, and they’re both very comparable as well. In my experience, there is no real advantage over the in this comparison.
  7. JD1984 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    I had the iPhone X before and tried the XR I noticed the zoom feature is different due to it not having the second lens.
    I loved that the X has the zoom circle to adjust easily where as the XR you have to tap then slide it.
    Also does anyone think the material of the XR is cheap? I kept thinking about when they had the 5C was it that was plastic?

    Also anyone that has an XR do you notice any antenna issues?
  8. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    The materials of the XR aren't any cheaper than any iPhone since forever. Aluminum and glass. To think that the material is cheap is to think that all previous iPhone's materials were cheap. I don't think that was ever the case.
  9. Rodneyp macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
    Chart the Pros and Cons of each along with the price of each and make the call if the cost is worth it to you.

    I just bought an Xr, but the Xs Max was on my list also. I could have bought either one so it was not cost thing for me, but more of a return on investment for what you get.

    For me the two things I was stuck on was the Xr's lack of 3d touch and the 2x optical camera lens. I used both of these a lot. I needed at least 128 gb of storage so that put the cost of the two phones about 450.00 apart if I got the 128 GB Xr vs the 256 GB Xs Max. I played with both in the store and could not justify the difference in cost with these being my only two hangups.

    There has been some chatter on the Xs phones having signal issues with Verizon so that was another concern I had the with XS Max that pushed me closer to the Xr.

    With all of that said I absolutely love the Xr. I had a 7+ before and the Xr is getting better reception in 2 problem areas I have near me. It has yet to drop a call in these areas we have had problems at for years. The 3d touch is a non-issue and the camera seems to be as good or better than the 7+ even using the 2x digital zoom for me.

    I know the Xr is their compromise (Value) model, but it does not feel like it in real world use. I would certainly buy it again.
  10. JD1984 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    That was my concern resell value I get a new iPhone every year I was wondering if the max and have a better resale value or the XR?
  11. Rodneyp macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
    It is hard to say for sure. You can go to Swappa and look at current hits each are taking. I think the Xs models are taking a larger hit on resell from MSRP than the XR currently. The Xs will sell for more money but I am going to dare say you will loose more money on the Xs line vs what you paid than you will on the Xr. That is just a guess and my opinion.

    I like to upgrade every year too, but I am going to keep it for at least 2 years most likely longer I like it that much. When my wife's renewal comes up I am going to get her an Xr also.
  12. JD1984 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Thank you! In your opinion does the coral look more pink or orange?
  13. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Yes, I like the max.

    For those who don't care about oled, 3dt or dual lenses the XR is a killer phone. I wanted 3dt and dual lenses, and actually worried the oled screen might give me a headache (with all of the chatter about PWM), but I'm fine with it.
  14. Rodneyp macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
    I am not going to be much help here. I did not pay much attention to the colors in person other than the Silver/white and black.
  15. RodDavies macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2014
    Yes, the Max is "just an extra waste of money".

    The XR is simply a waste of money.
  16. sird28 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2012
    My Opinion for me I went XR here are my reasons.

    • XR right size not too small not too big
    • XR Screen is good not great, but its fine its not blurry or anything. Black levels are not as good as OLED
    • 64 GB is too small needed 128 XR has this for only $50 more XS has only 256GB for 150 more
    • Price Point. XS is too small for me XS Max with 256 GB was 1149.00 vs 799.00 for the XR 128 big price difference
  17. JD1984 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    If they are both a waste of money what phone do you have then?
  18. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I wouldn't go that far and say the XR is a better phone.... it's better value because you are getting a great phone close in specs for a much lower price... But saying it's a better phone than the Max is reaching a little there.
  19. Soulflower macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2011
    I have the 7+ and am looking at the XR. What do you think about the camera?
  20. bambooshots macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2013
    Then it’s obvious what you need to get: the XS.
  21. Rodneyp macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2019
    The camera was my biggest hold out. I am still testing it out, but so far I think the Xr camera is better than 7+ overall in the scenarios I have tested it in. I mainly use my phone for snapshots, but tested out the portrait mode with my son and it did a good job.

    Here are a couple pictures. The one of the fish was in near darkness, the arctic fox was using the digital zoom, and the flower was not zoomed

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  22. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    I took this with the max. Was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.


  23. RodDavies macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2014
    If it wasn't for a Telstra mistake in Australia where I was offered in writing an iPhone XS Max 256Gb model for, on a new 2 year contract, AUD $45 a month x 24 = AUD $1086, a 'saving' of AUD$960 over the RETAIL PRICE OF THAT PHONE IN AUSTRALIA of AUD 2046 ( A >TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR PHONE!) , I would STILL be on my iPhone 7+. It took Telstra 2 1/2 months to get my Account right after I signed as they could not figure out how/why I had received the offer, nor how to get it input into their systems!

    So in the end I end up paying around USD 750 for a XS Max 256 GB. THAT is a good deal. But nobody incl me and telco know why I got the offer. It could not be extended to my wife who put blank said she isn't paying AUD 2046 (about USD 1476) for a PHONE.

    Apple have started to go beyond "premium", and they ARE a premium brand; they are pricing themselves as a LUXURY brand.
  24. scubatopy macrumors newbie


    Nov 15, 2018
    I got a Red XR and never had a better smartphone before. Spending extra money was not an issue but XS Max size was too much for me. This size, instead, is all in all manageable and I can use it with one hand quite comfortably (by using reachability). Battery life is amazing, screen is fair enough for my old eyes, gaming is excellent, and Red looks stunning. I only miss 2x optical Zoom on photos (awaiting availability of Olloclip Filmer's kit in my country).
  25. JD1984 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Is white or coral a better color for resell?
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    So you don’t regret not getting the Max?
    I like the 2X optical zoom makes it fast to zoom in on pictures.

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