iPhone XR XR and XS screens look like this or is it exaggerated?

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  1. gaanee macrumors 65816

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    XR and XS screens look like this or is it exaggerated? Here the XR screen looks like it has some filter applied over it. Haven't seen both side by side in person, so asking for opinion.

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  3. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I was in the EE shop yesterday and compared the XR straight out of the box to the XS. The difference between OLED and LCD was night and day when placed next to each other. By itself, the XR screen looked lovely however when you see the XS, the XS whites were whiter than white whereas the XR was more beige yellow. I showed the girl and said to her, 'Can you see the difference between OLED and old fashioned LCD?'.
    Here in the UK, the XR is only £10 to £15 per month cheaper than the XS on a contract. Personally, I'd rather pay the extra and go for the XS and for me, it's a nicer size. The XR was way too big for my taste and i'm not a fan of aluminium.
     
  4. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. Direct comparisons really highlight the differences in screen vibrancy. Then again, in normal usage such comparisons are academic unless your memory is as vibrant as the XS screen
     
  5. chabig macrumors 603

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    Unless you're looking at two devices side by side, you'd never notice.
     
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    NJHitmen macrumors 6502

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    I won't argue that there's a difference between OLED & LCD. But I don't think you'd see that difference in whites. At least, you shouldn't. The XR should absolutely have white whites. If you saw a unit displaying yellowish whites, then either TrueTone is on, or that particular phone is calibrated incorrectly. Which does certainly happen on iPhone displays - to both LCD & OLED screens (there's a huge thread in this forum on the subject).

    The most obvious difference between OLED & LCD should be the blacks. Black on an OLED is truly black...not so on an LCD, because the backlight is still working.
     
  7. ExcelsiorActual macrumors newbie

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    This is absolutely TrueTone turned on vs. turned off. The default is turned on when activating the device.
    I did a comparison yesterday with an Xs Max, and their whites are pretty spot on when adjusted correctly. It's the blacks where the OLED really makes the difference.
     
  8. PBz macrumors 68020

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    I have been doing a lot of comparison between the XS and XR. I have examined with TT on and off.

    The screen of my XS is noticeably warmer than the XR. I like a warm screen but I have to say that I prefer the ‘temp’ of the XR. TT on the XR seems to work better and is less aggressive.

    My thoughts on the two.. I have shared in other threads.

    - The screen on the XR is VERY nice.. and the text looks as good as my old 8+. Video also looks very good. I have compared the XS and XR side by side for at least an hour in multiple apps, with TT on and off, and the XR screen is very impressive.

    - The color-shift of the OLED screen is not slight and as someone who edits photos on my phone it is a concern. I trust the colors/WB MUCH less on the OLED as the color is different based on angle, with TT on and off.
     
  9. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

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    This is my observation as well. One thing I instantly noticed on my wifes Xr is that the TT is far far less aggressive in trying to produce a warm tone. To be honest I would actually leave TT on with the Xr, I absolutely hate TT on the XS.
     
  10. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a

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    TrueTone on my XS Max makes the screen yellow. Not warm, yellow. It had to go.
     
  11. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

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    The best way I can think about it is if you've ever been in a vehicle that has been heavily smoked in and you are looking out through the windows. it all has a very yellow/smokey look. That's how I would explain true tone.
     
  12. ckip10 macrumors newbie

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    I have had an X, which was great. I moved on to the XS Max and it was equally fantastic. But to be honest I was intriqued by the XR, the colors are beautiful and the value is incredible for what you get. I just couldn't get used to LCD after all that time with OLED, and the LCD on the XR is outstanding. I think it's partially true the difference is most striking when the XR is right next to an OLED model, but if you get used to watching videos on the OLED you will notice the blacks are nowhere near as good on the LCD. Just my opinion and obviously if you suffer from PWM it's a moot point but I think once you are used to OLED it's really hard to to back.
     
  13. Harthag macrumors 6502a

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    That photo looks like mine (left). There is variation among panels. I decided to return my XR because it was much warmer than -every single- display model XR I compared it to. At least 6 in two different stores. Even the Apple employees saw it instantly and encouraged me to exchange it. I took a refund instead.
     
  14. Ffosse macrumors 68000

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    I had to turn tru tone off on my X Max - it was way too yellow and not far off what night shift is like.
     
  15. Soba1 macrumors regular

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    That’s exactly why I chose the Xs
     
  16. mprime_17 macrumors newbie

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    Yes, LCD looks a bit washed out compared to OLED.

    In this video the XR looks like the 7, meanwhile the 8 plus looks a bit better (although the brightness was higher on this)

     
  17. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    On my Samsung S9+ blacks are actually ruined by black crush. It makes darkened scenes that should have had smooth gradients look like gifs. It was so bad I couldn’t watch movies on my S9+ until an update improved the situation, though it did not totally fix it. The OLED on my Pixel 2 was atrocious with black crushing

    The iPhone XS/XS Max OLED on the other hand, does do a beautiful job with blacks. I did a side by side comparison between my Xr and my husband’s Max and his display definitely made mine looked washed out in dark scenes. Apple did a fantastic job working with Samsung to get a beautiful OLED display.

    However, at times the incredible contrast on his OLED display did darken details in shadows to the point they weren’t visible on his display but were on mine. In bright daylight scenes my Xr display had an advantage in scenes which had lots of motion or panning. There is a very slight jerky stutter that shows up on OLED in that case. I think there’s a thread about it here. I’m sure eventually that will be fixed, though.
     
  18. Soba1 macrumors regular

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    Another reason why I went for the XS Max is because I wanted the most screen real estate I could possibly get
     
  19. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    Oh you’ll definitely get that! :D Someday when Apple is able to get rid of the notch it’s going to be incredible. The new iPads look fantastic.
     
  20. shrutte macrumors newbie

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    Uniformity is not good on couple xs max units that I tried. You can see that OP's max has green/yellow shift on the bottom of the screen which is what I see as well. Its hard to take a picture of, but it possible to see when lowering brightness and looking at 90% black. It can be reproduced with ScreenTest app from app store (free). In real life it manifests as annoying pink to yellow shift in mail, calendar etc.
     
  21. majkom macrumors 65816

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    Omg, no problem going from oled to lcd phone. I do have oled tv and have no problem with lcd macbook or iphone...
     
  22. PBz macrumors 68020

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    I take it all of these screen-elitists don’t own, or plan to own, an iPad. Can’t slum it with the horrible LCD. :)
     
  23. apolloa, Nov 4, 2018
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    Totally fake! If you turn on True Tone on the XR and the XS Max, the XS Max looks horrible and yellow whilst the XR looks fantastic, with it turned off they look the same.

    I do wish people would stop believing all this endless utter BS about the XR screen on the web..

    GO AND LOOK AT THE IPHONE XR SCREEN YOURSELF!!!
     
  24. Never mind macrumors 6502

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    Why don’t you show both screens with True Tone off then post a picture.
     
  25. PBz macrumors 68020

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    Agree. TT on the XS is aggressive. It looks much more balanced on XR.
     

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