XS or XR?
Before you roll your eyes at what appears to be a repeat of the same question asked by a lot of people over the past few weeks, please hear me out. I happen to be an expat living in a country with a rather unfortunate import tax on electronics. As a consequence, I’m in a somewhat annoying situation where a 128GB iPhone XR in the country I’m residing in costs about as much as a 64GB iPhone XS in the US. And since there doesn’t seem to be a SIM-free unlocked version of the XR available for pre-order in the US, I kind of have to choose either to get a 128GB XR here, or a SIM-free unlocked 64GB XS in the US.
As it stands, I’m vacillating over whether I should just get the iPhone XS with the better hi-res OLED display and overall better specs, or if I should go for the XR with double the storage capacity and significantly better battery life. On one hand, I’m generally the type of person that wants to get a phone and not upgrade it for as long as possible (basically 5 years), so I am inclined to just swallow the electronics tax and get the XR for the storage capacity just in case. Plus, I like the idea of a larger display and better battery life.
On the other hand, I also like the idea of having a better, sharper, higher-res OLED display that would actually allow me to see HDR content in all its glory. And besides, while 326 ppi is good enough for most people, 458 ppi is still noticeably better. And I suppose there’s also the telephoto lens, but I’ve never used one and generally don’t know how valuable it would be to me.
I suppose I could also wait for a SIM-free unlocked version of the XR to be released in the US, but who knows when that will happen?