iPhone XR My own personal Xr story

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  1. Hicksmat1976 macrumors regular

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    My own personal iPhone Xr story

    I've had an iPhone since the 3GS, moving onto the 4, skipped the 4S, got the 5, skipped the 5S, got the 6 and then jumped onto the 6S Plus.

    Now I have the Xr. I have a pretty good job and I actually am responsible for the design and delivery of the Apple technology at my place of work which accounts for over a thousand Mac's and many hundreds of iPhones and iPads.

    I could easily afford the XS or XS Max. But I didn't buy one of those. I wasn't actually in the market for a new phone at all and fully anticipated I'd keep my glorious 6S Plus I bought new only 20 months earlier.

    But then I happened to walk by an Apple store and I thought I'd check the new phones out. I wanted something with a screen of a similar size to my plus phone. I'd looked at the XS and there's no denying that's a great well proportioned device but I couldn't live with losing screen estate compared to the plus (technically true) so I took a look at the Max. That is a great device, probably the best on the market. I seriously considered it. Then I thought I'd look at the Xr which had just been released a day earlier. I took a look at the red. I fell in love with it. I'd read about this poor quality screen and huge bezels. Seriously though I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. I bought one there and then.

    The Xr is a great phone. It's fast, it's got a great camera, a more than good screen, and it looks amazing in red.

    I've attached some sample shots from a day out today near my house.

    Just one other thing. I mentioned I could afford the XS Max but didn't actually go ahead with it. My reason? I didn't feel it was £350 better than the Xr and I always choose value for money over anything.

    I could think of better ways to spend that money. So I did. I set up a regular monthly contribution to the save the children charity for £10 a month.

    Why don't you do something amazing today too? Go on, it's almost Christmas.

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  2. chanerz macrumors 65816

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  3. mjschabow macrumors 68000

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    I think with this phone, it’s about perspective. Coming from an iPhone 6s Plus, it’s a fantastic upgrade at a good price.

    Personally, I come from the iPhone X, didn’t feel the need to upgrade to the Xs and feel like I still have a superior device compared to the Xr, and it would feel like a downgrade for me. It would be awesome to have my current X in that red color though!
     
  4. areyes163 macrumors 6502

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    I agree it would be cool if apple offered all phones in more colors. They would sell a ton of them. The XR is a great device. I had one until my wife wanted it. I needed up getting a gold XS since I have never had gold and wanted to try something different. The XR has excellent battery life for sure. It’s actually amazing. Enjoy your new tech.
     
  5. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Although this would seem like the obvious thing but not necessarily how the market generally reacts. Too many choices in the same product category ruins the “exclusive” feeling and this is why Apple never provided too many colours for their flagship models.

    These days Samsung is doing exactly the same.
     
  6. doboy macrumors 68020

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    Same reason for me too. BTW, nice pic of your cute kid.
     
  7. doboy macrumors 68020

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    Personally feel XR is an upgrade of X, but to each his own.
     
  8. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

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    Went with the XR for three main reasons:
    A) was in doubt between screen sizes (XS vs MAX)
    B) better battery life
    C) savings of $350 between XS 256GB & XR 128GB

    If I could ride this phone for 3 years maybe. If MAX had better camera than XS maybe.

    But 5G is coming and cameras keep getting better. In two years time I will upgraded and hand my XR down to my son.

    It’s a fantastic screen IMO
     
  9. Geekbabe macrumors 6502a

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    I also upgraded from a 6S Plus! My new Product Red XR is simply wonderful too! You have great taste in phones & charities :)
     
  10. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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    I’m considering tossing my x when a Xr jailbreak comes out all together. Even tho Xr has been my daily since the day it came out

    Probably would be good gift card funds to have stashed away for another iPhone upgrade at a later date and time
     
  11. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    This is the type of post this forum needs. Great read!
     
  12. Sparkymoto macrumors regular

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    Use the Max for a while, then try the XR. You'll want to go back to the Max.
     
  13. doboy macrumors 68020

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    Nope. Had the Max for about a month total, but don’t really miss it. Felt like a chump paying all that money for something that wasn’t that much better than XR.
     
  14. Ralfi macrumors 68020

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    I had my first hands on with the XR yesterday & was impressed with it. The three main gripes on here (thickness, screen detail, borders) didn’t bother me. Screen size is fantastic (as I predicted after using a P20 Pro). I couldn’t go bigger myself. If they’d included 3D Touch, it would’ve been a great alternative to the XS & potential option for X owners (though the non-OLED screen would’ve put me off personally).
     
  15. Sparkymoto macrumors regular

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    I bought the max on launch day. Used it till the XR came out and thought I'd try it to see if I could save some money by keeping it and selling the Max. I just couldn't stand the poor screen quality. I have had the Note 8 and other high quality screens before the max so I guess I just couldn't go backwards.
     
  16. Broadus macrumors 6502a

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    I have a good friend with a Note 8. Comparing our screens, he preferred the XR.

    OP—that’s a great story. It is similar to my reason for getting the XR—it’s a great value and the higher-priced phones aren’t worth the cost difference, IMO. Thanks for sharing it and the photos.
     
  17. OLDGUYWITHAHIFI macrumors regular

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    I feel the only people who were claiming the XR screen is a lesser screen were passing judgment based solely on specs alone.

    I looked at the XR and Xs side by side the other day. The both looked great. Choosing one over the other would be a tough choice for me. They both look exceptional but not that much different in my opinion. Especially on such a small screen. Now on a 75 inch big screen TV? I think the differences between OLED and LCD/LED would be more obvious.

    Your sample photos look very nice.
     
  18. Sparkymoto macrumors regular

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    You can't really form an opinion from just looking at the phones. Of course the XR will appear like a nice display (which it is for a lower end LCD) but use a high quality OLED for an extended time and you will see a difference. The LG G7 has an amazing LCD screen Imo
     
  19. OTACORB, Nov 17, 2018
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    I did use the max 2-14 day periods before returning in fav of Xr and the difference is very minimal as a daily driver. Unless you continuously do comparisons. A bit more clarity, vivid or over saturated colors and deeper blacks on OLED. Xr LCD is just fine! I call BS on anyone that would call it lower end. Lower resolution does not equate to lower quality or low end to put it in your words.
     
  20. Ralfi macrumors 68020

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    That’s the thing. People aren’t going to be looking at an OLED for an extended time after getting the XR. They’re not going to be looking at an OLED for a short period of time...they’ll be happily looking at their XR’s LCD instead.
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I like the XR, it has more than enough features and capabilities to compete against the XS in the average consumers eyes. The only drawback for me, was the Lack of 3D Touch. (And yes, that is a crucial feature for my uses in the iOS experience.)
     
  22. LeeW macrumors 6502

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    I bought the Xs a few weeks back, I really wanted to go with the Xr for the exact reasons the OP did but it was just too big for my hand.
     
  23. Hicksmat1976 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks so much. I really appreciate that. I think most people who replied competed missed the point of the thread but I feel you did not. This was never about bashing phone models.
     
  24. Gudi macrumors 68030

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    Do you miss 3D Touch specifically or do you miss Haptic Touch in those places where it’s not available?

    Because I could live with a long press, if it opened the same context menus.
     
  25. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604

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    I was comparing the Max to an XR yesterday and for the life of me could not see any clear difference between the screens. I couldn’t see any difference between the XR and my 8+ either. You guys obviously see something but I really don’t see it and that’ll probably be the case for a lot of consumers too.
     

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