Other New to iPhone. X or XR?

rockncountry101

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Hi. I have never had an iPhone but I like the idea of a unified platform. Lately it seems Android phones are all over the place in terms of apps and their compatibility between manufacturers. So here it is. I can get a brand new iPhone X for $699 or a brand new iPhone XR for $749. I also have the option of getting an Amazon.com renewed iPhone 8 Plus for $489 with tax and shipping. I'm not as concerned about super duper cameras as I am performance. I will mainly be using it for apps and perhaps a few games. Some say the A10 is vastly superior to the A9. Some say there is not that much difference. I also would like a really nice display. What would you guys recommend to a first timer? Thanks!
 

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Hi. I have never had an iPhone but I like the idea of a unified platform. Lately it seems Android phones are all over the place in terms of apps and their compatibility between manufacturers. So here it is. I can get a brand new iPhone X for $699 or a brand new iPhone XR for $749. I also have the option of getting an Amazon.com renewed iPhone 8 Plus for $489 with tax and shipping. I'm not as concerned about super duper cameras as I am performance. I will mainly be using it for apps and perhaps a few games. Some say the A10 is vastly superior to the A9. Some say there is not that much difference. I also would like a really nice display. What would you guys recommend to a first timer? Thanks!
The A9 and A10 are not found in any of these phones so their usefulness is irrelevant. :)

The 8 and X have the A11 bionic chip and the Xr has the A12 bionic chip. More than likely you will not notice a difference in performance with either of these.

All 3 have 'good' cameras, but I've heard the Xr is noticeably better than the others but lacks the dual cameras of the X and 8 plus.

If the display is your main concern then the X is probably better than both the Xr and 8 (OLED plus higher resolution in the X) although all 3 have nice displays and the difference may be negligible for you.

The XR is notably taller and wider than the X and 8 (which are similar but not quite the same size) and is also heavier. Edit: I noticed you actually said 8 plus which is bigger than Xr

All 3 are good phones and should work fine for years to come. Your best bet is to go into a store and look at all 3 if possible. I personally chose an X a few months back and love it. I almost bought an 8 but decided it wouldn't be much different than my 6s so I went with the new form factor. The Xr is too big for my taste.
 
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rockncountry101

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Jun 21, 2019
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The A9 and A10 are not found in any of these phones so their usefulness is irrelevant. :)

The 8 and X have the A11 bionic chip and the Xr has the A12 bionic chip. More than likely you will not notice a difference in performance with either of these.

All 3 have 'good' cameras, but I've heard the Xr is noticeably better than the others but lacks the dual cameras of the X and 8 plus.

If the display is your main concern then the X is probably better than both the Xr and 8 (OLED plus higher resolution in the X) although all 3 have nice displays and the difference may be negligible for you.

The XR is notably taller and wider than the X and 8 (which are similar but not quite the same size) and is also heavier. Edit: I noticed you actually said 8 plus which is bigger than Xr

All 3 are good phones and should work fine for years to come. Your best bet is to go into a store and look at all 3 if possible. I personally chose an X a few months back and love it. I almost bought an 8 but decided it wouldn't be much different than my 6s so I went with the new form factor. The Xr is too big for my taste.
I'm sorry...I got it mixed up. I meant A11 and A12. Ugh...just mind-blown because of the many choices.
[doublepost=1561167053][/doublepost]Thanks for the replies!
 
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ericwn

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I'm sorry...I got it mixed up. I meant A11 and A12. Ugh...just mind-blown because of the many choices.
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They are all good phones. As mentioned, it’s also a matter of the interface that works best for you - can you check them out in a store? Pick the one with the screen you like the most.
 

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iPhone X has the worst battery life ever. Get the XR. It’s cheaper and newer and has good battery life.
 

torqueflight

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I’ve had the X, the XR and now the XS. I’d go back to the X without hesitation. Better connectivity than the XS, better screen than the XR and camera was just fine. Didn’t have a problem with battery life. My XS has data issues even though showing 2 bars or more. I didn’t like the XR size/screen res after having an X.
 
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I'm with @maerz001.

Still rocking an 8 as like that it fits in pockets, hand and workout sleeves easily. One hand operation. Will hold onto it for another year, at least. Maybe another year past that as iOS 13 is promised to be more efficient re: binary size and processor usage.

XR is basically an old Plus sized phone. XS is old 6/7/8 sized with OLED and better camera.

X/XS feels fine in hand, just not keen on price for OLED and camera not important. So no value add for me.

XR felt too Plus like when I handled it.
 
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Relentless Power

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Hi. I have never had an iPhone but I like the idea of a unified platform. Lately it seems Android phones are all over the place in terms of apps and their compatibility between manufacturers. So here it is. I can get a brand new iPhone X for $699 or a brand new iPhone XR for $749. I also have the option of getting an Amazon.com renewed iPhone 8 Plus for $489 with tax and shipping. I'm not as concerned about super duper cameras as I am performance. I will mainly be using it for apps and perhaps a few games. Some say the A10 is vastly superior to the A9. Some say there is not that much difference. I also would like a really nice display. What would you guys recommend to a first timer? Thanks!
For $50 more, I would just purchase the XR. Also, that ‘iPhone 8 Plus’ that you’re considering refurbished off Amazon, I would also make sure that’s refurbished from Apple directly and not some other third-party that’s not using Apple OEM parts.
 
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The-Real-Deal82

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If you can handle the slightly bigger size I would get the XR. It has a the newer processor, best battery life or any iPhone and has a decent camera. The X isn’t a bad phone either and if it’s cheap then great but from what I’ve seen it’s still around the price of the XR.
 
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aakshey

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That’s what I’d say too. If you can manage the larger size of the XR, it is the better phone. But the size is enough to be a deal breaker for me so as to not be able to use the XR comfortably.
 

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Hi. I have never had an iPhone but I like the idea of a unified platform. Lately it seems Android phones are all over the place in terms of apps and their compatibility between manufacturers. So here it is. I can get a brand new iPhone X for $699 or a brand new iPhone XR for $749. I also have the option of getting an Amazon.com renewed iPhone 8 Plus for $489 with tax and shipping. I'm not as concerned about super duper cameras as I am performance. I will mainly be using it for apps and perhaps a few games. Some say the A10 is vastly superior to the A9. Some say there is not that much difference. I also would like a really nice display. What would you guys recommend to a first timer? Thanks!
If you plan to play intense graphics games get an XR, newer processor and graphics chip, plus bigger battery to help cope with gaming sessions.
 

TotalMacMove

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Really depends like others said... I went with the XS cause i wanted a better camera, better screen, and not the slightly larger XR.. also the processor is slightly better so it might hold up better long term with new updates. But the XR does have a better battery so theres that.