iPhone XR Would it be worth upgrading to the iPhone XR if I have a 8+ ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Yogosans14, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. Yogosans14 macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    I have a silver 8+ t mobile told me it would be 0 down for a 64g XR upgrade should I make the jump? Why or why not?
  2. dmk1974, Oct 28, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018

    dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
  3. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    If I were to buy a new iPhone today, without hesitation I'd buy the 8 Plus. I have an older Plus. That's the iPhone I want and I've read waaaay too many threads & seen all the fake reviews on YouTube about the new phones.

    Ultimate screen sharpness, screen width, no notch, Touch ID are really important to me. Face ID won't work for how I often use my phone.
  4. TravisPNW macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2017
    Renton, WA
    iPhone 8 Plus
    • 1080p Display
    • Higer DPI (401 vs 326)
    • Touch ID
    • 3D Touch (I do actually use for some apps)
    • Dual Rear Cameras
    • $50 less ($699 vs $749)
    iPhone XR
    • Narrower form so easier to 1-handed text
    • 1.5 hour longer battery life
    • Faster Processor
    • Better camera capabilities
    • Slightly lighter weight
    Narrower form? Who cares, I already use the 8 Plus one handed and love the screen size.
    1.5 hr longer battery life? Who cares when it already lasts all day.
    Faster processor? You'll never notice the 2 milliseconds it loads something faster.
    Better camera? I have a dedicated camera that is better than any phone.
    Slightly lighter weight? How many grams are we talking about?

    There's my reasons for keeping my 8 Plus. None of the new phones this year offer big enough upgrades over what I currently have. The OLED screen is great in my home theater but it's not something I care about on my phone. The biggest reason is OLED is best viewed in a dark environment and that's not how I use my phone 99% of the time. Touch ID still works great and overall the phone still performs just as efficiently as it did when I bought it a year ago. I still have 230 of 256GB free as well.

    Will consider an upgrade in 2019.
  5. chanerz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2010
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    My Counter question, would be why would you want to upgrade from your iPhone 8+ to the XR? What value do you find in the XR? Is it Face ID, the form factor, all dispay, ect. Those are all considerations I would compare side-by-side if you think it’s justifiable, even though, I do think both phones share some similar features, what advantages do you find with the XR? (Rhetorical)
  7. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    I don't think it's worth it to upgrade phones one year in. But if I had to choose, the XR is a much better phone to me.
  8. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    Keeping up with the joneses is a trap many people fall into. Big TVs, Fast cars. The latest measure seems to be what phone you have. Specific reasons for upgrading need to be justified by the individual... personally I think your 8 plus is fine and the XR doesn’t have a lot to offer you.

    Seeing that you don’t list all your possession in your signature like some members in the form, I sense your not trying to let your possessions define you. Keep the 8 plus and enjoy next years (and beyond) iPhone.
  9. Yogosans14 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    The new design and gestures...I don’t want to be stuck with the big bezels forever and XS to expensive
  10. firewire9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2015
    The 8 Plus looks like a joke next to the XR. Hard to believe that they only have 1 year between them.
  11. Friscochris macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2009
    Worth it is subjective. My plan last year was to buy the 8+ and possibly switch to the new phone this year because all the rumors pointed at the time that there would be a larger X phone.

    So I went to the store and played with the XS Max and at one point I was two clicks away from walking out with it. I decided that going from the 8+ to the XS Max wasn’t worth it because the price and because I had not seen the XR yet. I’ve been eyeing a red iPhone ever since they started making them.

    XR came out on Friday and went to the store to play with it. The screen wasn’t quite as nice as the 8+, but it was a very minimal difference. I did like the smaller form factor though. I decided to Yolo and get the XR on release day in store. Had to go with the 64gb because that’s all they had. That is my one and only regret.. should have ordered a 128gb. No biggie though. I stream all my music and d/l only the essentials.

    Outside the gb size I am very, very happy with my decision. Face ID is a game changer IMO. The larger screen is legit. The red.... Woooooo! So glad I finally have the aids phone. The camera is definitely better, but you can’t go wrong with the 8+.

    The differences between the 8+ and XR are minimal, but for me those minimum changes are very nice (mainly face ID). If you don’t switch you’re doing fine. If you like an even easier iphone experience and the newest tech I say go for it. Get the color you want and probably 128gb and enjoy the hell out of it. Pretty cool going from a home button iphone to Face ID.
  12. Yogosans14 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    Thanks everyone for the replies but I’m upgrading I want the new design without paying 1000$ :)
  13. dazz87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2007
    For me. The price would be $240.00 more if I switch over from 8 plus to XR. Not worth it for me.
  14. TravisPNW, Oct 28, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2018

    TravisPNW macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2017
    Renton, WA
  15. coachingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2003
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    This is what I did. The Xr is a better phone in every way(except the telephoto). My wife has her 8+, and after looking at and playing with my Xr, she wants to upgrade as well...

    People are making a Mountain Out Of a Molehill over the screen specs... Comparing the screens of the 8+ and the Xr... Both my wife and I think the Xr looks better... Now we're not pulling out the magnifier to look at the pixel level... But using it the way you normally would, the screen is amazing.

    The Xr is Faster... At everything.

    FaceID is... awesome.

    It's easier to hold as well, the narrowness of it - even if slight, makes it easier to hold and use in 1 had that the 8+ or any of the + iPhones...

    And the Battery... So far it's been amazing in each of the days I've had it, it's been used moderately 12+ hours a day and it's still been at 60% or better...

    The only thing I miss is the telephoto... But I've got a Canon 70D with good glass to take care of that.

    I'd recommend the Xr to anyone.

  16. Yogosans14 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    The only thing that worries me is that the XR apps look messed up with Snapchat and instagram...I’m hoping Snapchat can fix with an update?
  17. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    Face ID is no joke. I'm often amazed at how quickly it works when I forgot to even look at it directly. The only time it struggles is when I was wearing a hoodie and sunglasses, and even then it eventually got me. And the battery life is insane. I'm just now charging it for the first since getting it and topping it off Friday.
  18. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    I'd switch to the XR. Oddly enough, I can't stand the bezels of the 6, 7 and 8 series. Just like I cannot stand wired headphones anymore.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 28, 2018 ---
    Of course! Those apps are very popular. You may even see an update this week.
  19. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    When I joined, most members listed all Apple stuff they owned, so we wouldn’t have to ask over and over again which model someone was discussing. I was on an goldfish forum once. We listed our goldfish. We were hardly crass materialists over a bunch of fish. It’s just for reference.

    Anyway, the 8 Plus is an excellent phone and certainly not outclassed yet at all. However, I got an XR because I wanted stereo audio recording and the camera improvements, even though there are trade offs. I get better hdr performance and no longer have to put up with blown highlights as much, but I lose 2x zoom and some portrait mode perks, especially for non humans subjects.

    I find the displays to be comparable. I think videos look really good on the Xr. Text can be fuzzy on some of my older apps and side by side I can see a slight bit more graininess to text. I have to look for it to see it. Most of the time I don’t notice, but I think my eyes relax best reading text on the 8 Plus display.

    Also the display is more narrow on the XR. That bothers some people. I’m fine with it.

    I don’t miss the home button but I do prefer Touch ID to Face ID, most of the time.

    The two models do make for a tricky comparison. It would have been easier if they’d kept the dual lens and high ppi display.
  20. vince22 macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2013
    hands down iPhone XR, very fast cpu, better camera, 6.1 screen, longer battery, etc, here's my iphone 8 plus compare to my iphone XR side by side photos.
    IMG_6142.jpg IMG_3898.jpg

    iPhone XR on top of iPhone 8 plus

  21. DJ_Smith macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2018
    No.1 Reason
    Display is 326 ppi

    No dual camera
  22. Yogosans14 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    I have 25.5gb left on my 8+ do you think I’ll be fine with 64gb again?
    --- Post Merged, Oct 28, 2018 ---
    It looks so good compared to the big bezles on the 8+!!

    Any case/tempered glass screen protector recommendations?
  23. MrInquestador macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2015

    The 8+ is far superior. If you want real upgrade from the legacy design, Xs Max is the only best choice unless you can't stand the notch .
  24. Friscochris macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2009
    I have around the same space left on my phone and usually stay around that mark. For $50 more though I’d go 128gb. If it was $100ish or more I’d most likely stay at 64gb. If you decide to keep the $50 though I don’t blame you. To be honest upgrading my gb size would probably just make me lazier on my photo transfers from phone to PC.

    I went with the insignia $13 screen protector and currently have a lifeproof next case. I’m going to get a wallet/folio case soon. Just looking for the right one.
  25. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    the screen on the XR: is it really bigger than even a 5.5" 8plus screen? It looks quite a bit narrower. Surprised that a 6.1" screen is still narrower than a 5.5" screen.

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