iPhone XS vs iPhone XR: Which iPhone Should I Get?
One of the hottest and all time favorite mobile device brand that you will see in the hands of most consumers these days; Apple. Each year, Apple has been releasing new mobile devices or enhancements made to their previous models to customers. With iPhone X introduced in the late 2017 last year, “X” being pronounced as “ten” in the roman numeric system, also marks the tenth anniversary for the iPhone series. Fast forward to this year, Apple has decided to make their naming convention for the smartphones that much easier by introducing their 2018 iPhones namely; iPhone XS and iPhone XR which we are all excited and thrilled about.
Year to year, Apple has been constantly making enhancements when it comes to their smartphones, pushing themselves to integrating up to date technology or resolving issues that most of their users are facing. Surpassing and pushing themselves above the previous’ years phones as benchmarks. But what happens if Apple decides to launch 2 new iPhones altogether back to back? Leaving consumers spoilt for choices.
Well fret not, here we would be pinpointing and making comparisons between both models; XS & XR to better this painful decision making process when it comes to which iPhone model you should be getting.
At first glance, iPhone XS has an almost identical look and feel to the iPhone X. Many would say that there has not been any radical changes made at all. But when it comes to its hardware, camera, display and battery life, there has certainly been modifications made to them.
Colours available: Silver, Space Grey & Gold
Launch Date: 21st September 2018
With an almost similar technology compared to the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR differs in its finish as it has larger bezels, aluminium framed instead of a stainless steel which gives it a more premium, prestige finish. The trade off that potential XR users would have to give up is pretty much insignificant.
Colours available: Blue, Silver, Black, Yellow, Coral, Red
Launch Date: 26st October 2018
The Difference, Making the Comparison
DISCLAIMER: These are certain aspects of an iPhone which we thought is worth making comparisons and is in no way a promotion for any of the models provided above.
Every product would logically have a price tag to it. Do not spend more than you can afford as Apple have raised the bar for the iPhone models in recent years, there have been complaints when it comes to owning a piece of Apple product. But it is only fair that with that much technology compressed into a small handheld gadget, Apple wouldn’t ask for any price lesser.
The starting price of an iPhone XS – S$1,649
The starting price of an iPhone XR – S$1,229
A difference of approximately S$400 between both iPhone models.
The iPhone XS has a more premium finish with a stainless steel frame vs the XR which has a aluminium frame. The iPhone XR has more pronounced bezels but is still thinner overall as compared to other OLED competitors. When it comes to display, the XR has a estimated 5% more screen space than the XS. One main factor that XS users has to come to terms with is that in order to fit the LCD display screen into a premium stainless steel body, it has to be somewhat thicker and bulkier to fit perfectly.
Another noticeable difference between both phone models would be that the XS model has a dual lens build whereas the XR is only single. XR users can make up to the lack of this dual camera feature by simply getting nearer to the object to shoot it instead of zooming in at ease with the XS. Other than that, both XS and XR will be getting an enhancement when it comes to low light picture taking with a larger pixel size rear camera, it allows more light flow and both models supports a new mode of image processing; ‘Smart HDR’ where images are being processed through a series of numerous photos that is being taken at individual exposures, integrating them into a single photo to overcome the iPhone’s scope of dynamic range and historical weakness.
Battery life is always the main concern for many as when you are compressing that much of technology, battery life would be crucial as it is needed to support the performance, graphics, camera, talk time, internet browsing etc.
When it comes to the difference between the XS and XR, clearly the XR has a slightly longer battery life no matter when it comes to standby time, talk time, internet browsing or audio playback.
The iPhone XS has a built in 4GB worth of RAM compared to the XR which has a RAM of 3GB. When it comes to multitasking and opening several apps at one go, the XS would perform slightly better and another reason for the additional 1 GB of RAM for the XS is to support the dual camera function.
The difference between the XS and XR is a mere 1 metre depth when it comes to how deep the iPhone can be submerged into water. Certain Apple users may find this feature useful if they are doing lots of water activities or if they find a need to it.
Long Story Short
With both iPhone XS and iPhone XR launched back to back, Apple certainly has left their consumers flustered as to which is the go to model for the year 2018. It is no surprising news that with every iPhone launch year after year, Apple’s sales would easily outpaced most of their competition with the fact that most Apple users are brand loyal and it is hard to sway an apple user with just aesthetics or lower price tags alone. With that marginal and tight features when pitted against each other, it will leave many buyers to be in a nerve-wracking situation.
However, you should ask yourself certain questions such as:
- Am i looking for a better phone overall?
- Am i looking for a smartphone with a better camera?
- Am i looking for a phone that has a larger battery life?
- Am i looking for a smartphone that has a better hardware performance?
- Am i looking for a state-of-the-art smartphone but there are budget limitations?
These are just some questions which will fasten your decision making in the midst of choosing between the XS or XR model.
When it comes to purchasing a smartphone, there can never be “the perfect smartphone” for instance if you want a thinner phone aesthetically, battery life would inevitably be compromised etc. While making the selection between both iPhone models, if price is of the concern, you should definitely go for the XR model as it has similar look when placed beside the XS model. Furthermore, it is also worth mentioning that it has a larger battery capacity than the XS, forsaking a slight difference in terms of state-of-the-art technology. With a wide array of colours to choose from, it would make more sense to purchase the iPhone XR than the XS model.