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raythepa

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I know there are "no case" purist out there but for the rest of us I'm wondering if you thought the XR was borderline too big only got worse when you added a case. Even if it was the slimmest of cases!
 

UnifiedMelody

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Nov 17, 2017
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I rather protect the damn phone than go caseless and pay more via applecare personally. the case serves as a super cheap applecare to me at 12-36$... with the XR its' by no means a 1 handed device so case or no case, makes no difference.
 

Ketsjap

macrumors regular
Jan 5, 2007
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I just bought the Spigen Liquid Crystal Clear case. Granted, it adds a little bit of bulk, but not tremendously. It’s clear so you can see the heavenly blue color of the XR, and it feels protected.

I’d rather add some millimeters of bulk than see my expensive phone shattered.
 

Mojopin

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Apr 7, 2011
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I had the XR for a few days coming from an X. I had mentioned in other threads that the tricky part of weight/size changes with cases and glass screen protectors. So the first thought when you try some of these bigger phones in store is "oh this is not that heavy". I had gotten a Max and then an XR and I felt both, after they had cases and protectors on, were a bit too big for me. I have had + phones before but I believe these two phones are the heaviest of all iPhones since they went to glass backs for wireless charging.

Over extended periods of time I def got pinky fatigue on them and it bothered me. I use minimalist cases as well and it still annoyed me enough to go back to the X (plus the screen on my X was superior and speed was negligible). Sometimes it can even be the actual case you choose and how the bottom of it sits on your fingers. So personally, even having used + phones, I still found both those models too heavy.

I also felt this odd conundrum with the colors. I had picked a blue as it felt boring to go with black again. But, I cannot deal with the greasiness/fingerprints and non-matte feel of clear cases. So, I felt it was pointless to get this nice colored phone and put it in say a black matte case that didn't match it and hid the color. Maybe Apple or a third party will release cases that are exactly color matched.
 

PBandJon

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Jun 27, 2018
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I understand what you mean - I like the XR naked and any case DOES at bulk. However, I found a silicone-type case that greatly improves "handling" in one hand since it's grippy, so I actually prefer it WITH the case now.
 

Rick America

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Sep 1, 2007
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I understand what you mean - I like the XR naked and any case DOES at bulk. However, I found a silicone-type case that greatly improves "handling" in one hand since it's grippy, so I actually prefer it WITH the case now.

What case did you choose?
 

DaveyVigs

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Sep 28, 2016
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I rather protect the damn phone than go caseless and pay more via applecare personally. the case serves as a super cheap applecare to me at 12-36$... with the XR its' by no means a 1 handed device so case or no case, makes no difference.
Am I the only one that can use the XR one handed? I used the 6+ and 7+ one handed as well and typing one handed is easier on the XR than those two were.

But that being said I do have a clear case on it giving it a better grip to hold that way too for what it’s worth.
 
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AlexJoda

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Apr 8, 2015
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After checking the Spigen clear case I found the XR too big, ugly and it felt awful in the hand with this smearing plastic. After that I decided to use a second glass protector for the back and a bumper (thin aluminum with PTU inside). That felt and looked much better plus it is much smaller and lighter than before....
 
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cub4bearin

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Mar 20, 2009
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After checking the Spigen clear case I found the XR too big, ugly and it felt awful in the hand with this smearing plastic. After that I decided to use a second glass protector for the back and a bumper (thin aluminum with PTU inside). That felt and looked much better plus it is much smaller and lighter than before....
Can you share the details on the rear tempered glass brand and the bumper? Greatly appreciate. Thank you.
 

scotsmandc

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Sep 26, 2015
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I use cases similarly to the ones like totallee but the cheap eBay versions which to me are the same but for a fraction of the price.
 

AlexJoda

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Sarngate

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May 15, 2010
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I had the XR for a few days coming from an X. I had mentioned in other threads that the tricky part of weight/size changes with cases and glass screen protectors. So the first thought when you try some of these bigger phones in store is "oh this is not that heavy". I had gotten a Max and then an XR and I felt both, after they had cases and protectors on, were a bit too big for me. I have had + phones before but I believe these two phones are the heaviest of all iPhones since they went to glass backs for wireless charging.

Over extended periods of time I def got pinky fatigue on them and it bothered me. I use minimalist cases as well and it still annoyed me enough to go back to the X (plus the screen on my X was superior and speed was negligible). Sometimes it can even be the actual case you choose and how the bottom of it sits on your fingers. So personally, even having used + phones, I still found both those models too heavy.

I also felt this odd conundrum with the colors. I had picked a blue as it felt boring to go with black again. But, I cannot deal with the greasiness/fingerprints and non-matte feel of clear cases. So, I felt it was pointless to get this nice colored phone and put it in say a black matte case that didn't match it and hid the color. Maybe Apple or a third party will release cases that are exactly color matched.

I’m not sure your argument stacks up. The XR is 194 grams which is only a few grams heavier than the 7 plus and 6S plus, both of which are larger in footprint than the XR.
 
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Mojopin

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Apr 7, 2011
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I’m not sure your argument stacks up. The XR is 194 grams which is only a few grams heavier than the 7 plus and 6S plus, both of which are larger in footprint than the XR.

it's possible my arthritis has made me less tolerable of all heavier phones and I long for the SE
 

WhiteWhaleHolyGrail

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Nov 14, 2016
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Reality really seems to be kicking in now for XR owners. You must have known the phone was big to start with and that a case would only make it bigger? I always think the XR looks like it's permanently in a case due to the bezels.

What do I know though, I'm just a decadent XS owner
 

doboy

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Jul 6, 2007
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Reality really seems to be kicking in now for XR owners. You must have known the phone was big to start with and that a case would only make it bigger? I always think the XR looks like it's permanently in a case due to the bezels.

What do I know though, I'm just a decadent XS owner
Nope, not that big compared to my plus phone.
 

PeteS1963

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Sep 19, 2014
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Every since the iPhone 5 this too big issue seems to come up. I had an iPhone 7 Plus. With a Mujjo leather case (it’s very similar to Apples leather cases) the XR is still smaller. In fact I kind of wish it was a little bigger.
 
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