Ehhh I keep seeing people saying zoom, but let’s be real when you start using the zoom when taking photos you’re reducing the picture quality. I really wouldn’t think of zoom as a proGood summary, but I’d add one item to the XR list above: superior (main) camera. Of course the X will be better whenever zoom is necessary (as you noted), but I think generally, most people take more photos with the wide-angle lens. The XR’s camera has the larger sensor, and the A12 supports Smart HDR - which is pretty impressive in action.
The display in the XR is fine, especially if he’s coming up from a 6, 7 or 8 there’s no obvious differenceX hands down! It’s not even a question. Take both in your hands at night and watch a video. No comparison! Different strokes for different folks but the display on the XR is absolutely unacceptable at that price point IMHO.