iPhone XR: spec-obsessed reviewers are overrated
Just switched from the iPhone X to the XR. I was facing a costly repair and figured trade-in values for the X are probably right around their peak after the holiday season. The XR is a seriously impressive phone, and I think partially overshadowed by the XS/Max phones.
The features I’ve given up for the XR (3D touch, 2x zoom, OLED, less bezel) are things that I’ve noticed less and less as I’ve used the phone more. Haptic touch is a reasonable substitute, and it is nice to not accidentally trigger a 3D touch command when I didn’t mean to. The 3D touch command I find myself missing occasionally is peek-and-pop for quick copying photos for a message. As a former plus owner, the only display gripe I notice every once in a while is Apple’s opting to use a 326 ppi display instead of the 401 previously used for plus-sized displays. But don’t let that get you down.
The single biggest reason I chose the XR over the XS: **the battery**. For the first time, I can make it through a whole work day without a charger – even with heavy use. I continue to be impressed how good it is even on days where my use is much lighter.
I’ve seen other posts on here with questions about the iPhone XR, and I just wanted to give my two cents to those who have been on the fence about upgrading to the 2018 iPhones. Stick to the reviews where people have actually held and used the phone, rather than judge it based on a spreadsheet of specs. Reviewers also jump too quickly to recommend the flagship iPhone XS over the XR. While the XS has quality improvements over the XR, you’ll really ask yourself if the R’s missing features are really worth the extra $250-350. Besides, it also may be more future-proof over the XS since the processor is less taxed by the LCD over the OLED.
Tl;dr – Upgraded to the XR from the iPhone X: Or, How I Learned to ignore YouTube ‘reviewers’ and love the phone