Why you should probably get the Xr

by Volker Weber

Let's get this out of the way first: the iPhone Xs is the best iPhone that Apple ever made. Whether you prefer the Xs or the Xs Max is your personal preference. If you have the money to spend, you should get an Xs.

However, if you want to play it smart, you should probably get the Xr. You won't get the telephoto lens, you won't get an OLED display, but my guess is that you will miss neither one. In return you get to save at least 250 and you will have better battery life. Don't trust the specs on paper. The LCD is fantastic, and whether it is full HD or almost full HD, let alone quad HD does not matter at all. Watch the video above for some folks choosing the Xr display over a pretty good 1080p display. And they really tried picking the best one. Caveat: they did not pick Xr over Xs. Side by side, the Xs wins. But if you just hold the Xr in your hand, it's fantastic.

And this is again a personal taste: I think the Xr looks way better than an Xs. Plus, it makes you look smarter.

Comments

My daughters new and shiny Red XR is the best looking phone I have ever seen. Except the Silver edition Passport.

Horia Stănescu , 2018-11-03

I have a theory about the Passport Silver Edition. It was supposed to be the Porsche Design P'9984, but then they pulled the plug and BlackBerry sold it as the Silver Edition.

Volker Weber, 2018-11-03

I was going for the Xr but after reading a lot and finally going to the apple store to check against Xs Max and my 8+ I finally went for the Xs Max. The missing ability to use portrait mode on anything else than what the AI thinks is a face is a big disadvantage. But the bummer was the missing Tele lens. I wasn’t expecting that because I didn’t feel like I was using it a lot but as I use the portrait mode a lot, this is the focal length that is used in the end. Making bokeh pics with the wide angle isn’t good enough for me.
The picture quality is great in all of them though, had a hard time finding differences with normal lighting in the store.

Samuel Orsenne, 2018-11-03

Well, there is something the Xs cannot do: portraits in low light. You need the wide angle lens to do that, and Xs can only shoot portraits with the telephoto lens. The result is that indoor portraits are actually better on Xr than Xs.

It's complicated. :-)

Volker Weber, 2018-11-03

It is really complicated, indeed. Xs can not do lowlight portraits - but Xr only can do portrait mode on real human portraits (faces) - no portrait mode on dog, cat, things or even on a complete person. That Xs is using the f2.4 tele for portraits is something out of the software - maybe some third party photo apps will change that in near future, if this is really something that makes a difference to enough user. On the other hand the portrait limitation on Xr is a software thing too - so same hope for third party apps which will solve that - or maybe in a later IOS Update. (can someone have a look into his crystal ball for what will happen?)

Out of my current provider contract extension I've got offers for XR 256GB for 549€ and XSmax 256GB 945€ - 400€ difference ... or in other words, buy the XR and Watch4 for the same price of a XS max ... guess that would be something like "Vowes advice" here ;o).

Michael Witzorky, 2018-11-04

Correct. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2018-11-04

Habe das XR gestern das erste Mal in der Hand gehabt. Obwohl ich mit dem X zufrieden und bestens versorgt bin, war ich sehr angetan. Die Größe finde ich perfekt, besser als das mir (noch) zu große XS Max und als das für meine Augen inzwischen fast etwas zu kleine bzw. zu schmale X(S). Das Display ist super, sehe da qualitativ keinen Unterschied zum X. Und das matte Aluminium-Gehäuse gefällt mir viel besser als der glossy Edelstahl des X(S). Wann kommt Dein Test, Volker?

Jochen Kattoll , 2018-11-04

q.e.d. zu meinem Post von gestern "...On the other hand the portrait limitation on Xr is a software thing too - so same hope for third party apps which will solve that ..."

Aus den letzten Update für ProCamera.:
[+] PORTRÄT MODUS FÜR iPHONE XR
Ab sofort können Sie auch mit dem iPhone XR beeindruckende Porträt-Aufnahmen mit Schärfentiefe-Effekt erstellen. Doch das ist noch nicht alles! Mit dem einzelnen Objektiv des iPhone XR können Sie in ProCamera fast jedes Motiv vor einem weichgezeichneten Hintergrund inszenieren – nicht nur Menschen bzw. Gesichter.

Ich schau mir das Xs max und das Xr trotzdem nochmal im Laden an.

Michael Witzorky, 2018-11-05

Ja, Halide kann das auch.

Interessant sind die Tricks. Die nutzen Dein Zittern für die Tiefenerkennung. Wenn Du nicht genug zitterst, steuern sie die Kamera-Stabilisierung, um verschiedene Blickpunkte zu bekommen.

Volker Weber, 2018-11-05

Das obige Video ist erstaunlich, naja, vielleicht doch nicht ganz so erstaunlich.

Ich habe heute im Apple Store FFM mir das XR nochmal angesehen. Das Display ist top, die geringere Auflösung merkt kein Mensch, erst Recht nicht bei einem Video. Aber auch als Bildbetrachter etc. ist das Display top. Und Gelb ist in echt ja noch viel toller als erwartet. Das XS Max daneben war noch ein Stück größer etc, aber die Farben beim XR! Also wenn ich mir jetzt ein neues kaufen müsste, dann ein gelbes XR, ganz sicher.
P.S was interessiert mich mein Geschwätz von gestern.

Karl Heindel, 2018-11-05

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