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iPhone XR Vs. iPhone Xs Max – What Really Matters

How does the iPhone XR compare to iPhone Xs, Xs Max?

Breaking down the iPhone XR Vs. iPhone Xs Max. Let’s skip all that technical talk and get straight to the point. Straight to what really matters and see if the iPhone XR is worth getting.

The differences between these phones are how Apple was able to cut down the price for the iPhone XR. Don’t think for one second that you are getting a “bootleg cheap” version of a new iPhone. If you aren’t a hard core techy person then it doesn’t even matter and the iPhone XR is probably best for the majority.

Battery Life

Mix reports indicate different results, but at the end of the day the iPhone XR has a longer battery life than the Xs series.

iPhone Xs Max – 13 Hours Internet Usage
iPhone Xs – 12 Hours Internet Usage
iPhone XR – 15 Hours Internet Usage

Screen Size

Compared to the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR has an LCD screen. To be honest it really doesn’t make a difference and if your not a hard core user that cares about every single detail on your phone especially for gaming, then this isn’t a big deal.

iPhone Xs Max – 6.5-inch OLED
iPhone Xs – 5.8-inch OLED
iPhone XR – 6.1-inch LCD

Also Read – Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks iPhone Xs With GMA


I probably should have put this first, right? The iPhone XR has a single camera compared to the Xs series which has a dual camera. Overall the biggest difference you will see is with Portrait style photos. On the iPhone XR you will get a more wider portrait photo as with the iPhone Xs series you get a more up close portrait photo. Also the iPhone Xs series produces a more detailed photo, but not enough of a difference or perhaps nothing that can’t be fixed with a filter.

One negative worth mentioning is if you love animals, portrait mode only works with humans on the iPhone XR. Also it does not work on objects.

iPhone Xs Max – Dual Camera
iPhone Xs – Dual Camera
iPhone XR – Single Camera


The iPhone XR comes in smaller storage sizes compared to the Xs series. So if you are too lazy to save your photos onto your computer or you’re scared to use iCloud as a backup than you should think twice about the iPhone XR.

iPhone Xs Max – 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
iPhone Xs – 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
iPhone XR – 64GB, 1258GB, 256GB

Size & Weight

In this case size doesn’t really matter. There isn’t much of a difference in size or weight between the iPhone Xs and iPhone XR. The iPhone Xs Max obviously with a bigger screen size is the bigger of the three.

iPhone Xs Max – 6.2-inches Width, 3.1-inches Height (7.3 ounces)
iPhone Xs – 5.7-inches Width, 2.8-inches Height (6.2 ounces)
iPhone XR – 5.9-inches Width, 3-inches Height (6.8 ounces)


I don’t know about you but I think the color options won me on this debate. The iPhone XR comes in more color options than the Xs series. Does it really matter or can you just purchase a color case such as this one iPhone XS/X Case, Luvvitt Clarity Back Cover with Light and Slim Flexible TPU Rubber Protection for iPhone XS/X (2017-2018) Red/Teal / Black/Clear Colors – 4 Pack Bundle?

iPhone Xs Max – Gold, Silver, Space Gray
iPhone Xs – Gold, Silver, Space Gray
iPhone XR – Coral, Yellow, Blue, Product Red, White, Black

The Back Of The iPhone

This for many is very important. The back finish design of any smartphone. The iPhone Xs series has a durable glass finish on the front and back. The iPhone XR on the other hand has an aluminum frame and a not so durable glass back finish. What does this mean? You drop your phone and it will most likely break right away! You would definitely want to invest in a case such as X-Doria Defense Shield Series, iPhone XR Case – Military Grade Drop Tested, Anodized Aluminum, TPU Polycarbonate Protective Case Apple iPhone XR, 6.1″ inch LCD Screen (Iridescent).


Now, finally the price! Most of us do not pay full price for our phones. Through our carries we pay our phones off via monthly payments. So, does price matter? Yes! Although you are paying monthly, obviously you wouldn’t want to pay more than you should monthly. Also, when the new iPhone comes out next year you wouldn’t want to have a high balance to pay off for an early upgrade.

iPhone Xs Max – Starting @ $1099 (Average Of $43/month)
iPhone Xs – Starting @ $999 (Average Of $41/month)
Staring @ $749 (Average Of $31/month)


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