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eyeseeyou

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Current 64gb iPhone X user here seriously considering switching to an xr for the following reasons but primarily for cost of personal feature requirements:

  • 128gb (more than 64gbs)
  • Long battery life
  • Single lens, wide angle portrait mode pics
  • Most future proof processor
  • Bigger and better camera sensor

My concerns:
  • Resale value
  • Might be too bulky like my previous plus iphone was
  • Might end up missing true 3D Touch experience(most likely won’t)

My personal use cases are:
  • Pics of family and products to sell online
  • Editing RAW photos
  • Editing video
  • Browsing and social media
  • YouTube sessions
 
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akash.nu

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I’d highly suggest to keep your iPhone X at this point. You’ve already spent the money for the X, so cost is a moot point to begin with. All of your other requirements can very easily be achieved with the X. I feel you’ll just be wasting money for no reason. Bit of course it’s your money and you can choose however you like to spend it.
 

eyeseeyou

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I’d highly suggest to keep your iPhone X at this point. You’ve already spent the money for the X, so cost is a moot point to begin with. All of your other requirements can very easily be achieved with the X. I feel you’ll just be wasting money for no reason. Bit of course it’s your money and you can choose however you like to spend it.
How can I get better battery life and solve my storage issue without spending a lot more money on the XS/XS max?
 

eyeseeyou

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64GB with iCloud optimise storage turned on. No issues with storage anymore. Paying for local storage don’t make sense to me when cloud storage is so dirt cheap.

You know what’s strange I set my music optimization to 4gbs and it shows I have 6+gbs downloaded.

Maybe there’s a bug but I had to spend an hour + deleting a bunch of locally downloaded content just to get more than 4gbs of extra space.

Plus I take a lot of pics and don’t want to worry about my storage getting filled up with raw files and video files.
 

akash.nu

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You know what’s strange I set my music optimization to 4gbs and it shows I have 6+gbs downloaded.

Maybe there’s a bug but I had to spend an hour + deleting a bunch of locally downloaded content just to get more than 4gbs of extra space.

Plus I take a lot of pics and don’t want to worry about my storage getting filled up with raw files and video files.

If your iCloud backup is turned on and optimise storage for everything is turned on then it should all just be fine. I have never worried about storage and I have over 7k pictures at my disposal whenever I like.

Maybe the optimise storage stuff is not working properly for you. Try some troubleshooting steps rather than spending all that money to buy another device which will hardly get you anything. Fix the issue rather than pushing it behind. If you know what I mean.
 

eyeseeyou

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7k pictures at my disposal whenever I like.

Can you confirm they’re actully downloaded or are most of those 7k pics just the thumb nails that need to be downloaded before actually viewing them.

This is my case. I have over 10k but a lot of them need to be downloaded before actually viewing them or before I’m able to download them.
 

akash.nu

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Can you confirm they’re actully downloaded or are most of those 7k pics just the thumb nails that need to be downloaded before actually viewing them.

This is my case. I have over 10k but a lot of them need to be downloaded before actually viewing them or before I’m able to download them.

Yes that’s how it’s supposed to work. They’re on iCloud and gets downloaded when you tap on them. How else is it supposed to optimise storage?!
 
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eyeseeyou

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Yes that’s how it’s supposed to work. They’re on iCloud and gets downloaded when you tap on them. How else is it supposed to optimise storage?!
Guess I’m paying for workflow optimization. I really don’t want to wait for iOS to decide on what should be kept locally and what I need to download especially when I’m mixing raw files with video files which are large files.
 

akash.nu

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Guess I’m paying for workflow optimization. I really don’t want to wait for iOS to decide on what should be kept locally and what I need to download especially when I’m mixing raw files with video files which are large files.

In that case you’ll always be short of space. The more space you buy, the more you’ll eventually need. That’s just how we are as a species. But yeah if that helps then by all means.
 
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eyeseeyou

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In that case you’ll always be short of space. The more space you buy, the more you’ll eventually need. That’s just how we are as a species. But yeah if that helps then by all means.

My previous phone was a 128gb 7 plus and I didn’t have storage issues with that.

64gb is like the new 16gb imo if you’re taking advantage of the camera of you’re iPhone.

4K videos and raw files take up a lot of space.
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No regrets for me. Hell of a phone (coming from someone who had the X and XS Max)
Do you miss the 2nd lens or high res screen?
 

eyeseeyou

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Ditto here.

YMMV because you’re coming from an iPhone X.

Battery life is incredible. Adapted to weight/size almost immediately coming from an iPhone 7.

I've lived with a plus for a while and started to almost hate it lol. I'm sure I'll be fine with the XR
 
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eyeseeyou

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If you’re doing product photography, the Halide app can use portrait mode for non-people thingys, so the extra long lens may be good for you. That might be a big thing for you, but IDK. @akash.nu is giving you good advice.

One use case I would want to do is use my set of moment lens along with the single lens portait mode to get even more options. Halide app + portrait mode + moment lens.

I completely understand what he is saying and like I've said before I don't want to have to worry about manually moving files to the cloud to free up space nor do I want to have to download them when I want to use them.

I'd like to avoid "not enough storage" is available during photo or video shoots plus my iphone starts to really hang when storage is almost full.
 
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