I am due for an upgrade from my 6s and was excited to get an XS when they announced it, then XR was announced and I decided to wait a month for me to check it out and actually see whether extra $250 is worth spending. I was super excited to check out XR, but now I placed an order for XS and I think I made a great choice. Nothing has to do with paying the premium, if you get the xs to impress people that you have a better phone than them, then I am wishing you good luck in life. It is just a phone in the end and you got to have bigger things in life to focus on than who has the coolest phone (unless you’re a kid ) Here’s what really made me decide on XS over XR after spending 30 minutes at the apple store trying to decide. 1. First thing is display, I really did not see difference to be honest with you all, so that win goes to both phones 2. Size difference... I did not know that the XR would be not just noticeably heavier, but also thicker and the bazel seemed to me going much further into the display. With case, the XR will be another story. 3. I have a 6S and I tried to hold the phones and the XS fit my hands just perfectly while XR is just bigger. 4. The price difference is worth it to me personally and just a few significant features to me outweighs the extra $250, even though I am a college student, but I can afford it. It might not be very serious reasons, but to me I believe the size and weight just killed it, although I really loved the red, coral, and every color and would get an XS red if there was one. Display - Really do not see much of a difference and that wasn't a deal breaker to me. They are both great phones and you won’t go wrong going with any of them as long as it fits your needs and I keep my phones for 3-4 years, so I hope this one will serve its purpose. Placed an order for the XS gold and pretty excited.