If you’re looking for a good iPhone for 2022 without breaking your budget, then iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max are what you’re looking for. These iPhones are no longer manufactured by Apple but you can always find the refurbished set and secondhand on the market. In this article, we’ll help you decide which of these iPhones best suits you.
iPhone XR vs. XS: Design and size
When it comes to iPhones, Apple believes that larger is better in 2018. The iPhone XS is the smallest phone in the lineup, with a 5.8-inch display. Although the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max isn’t quite as large as the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max, it’s still a big guy. However, because it’s the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, it doesn’t feel as big in the hand. Apple just removed the bezels.
Consider the 6.1-inch iPhone XR if you’re searching for a design that falls somewhere in the middle, one that Goldilocks would describe as “just perfect.” This phone is also made of a different material, instead of stainless steel, it is made of aluminum. The iPhone XR comes in black, blue, coral, red, white, and yellow, while the iPhone XS comes in gold, silver, and space grey. Apple produces and sells its own transparent protective case for the iPhone XR if you anticipated a case to cover up your colorful iPhone.
In terms of what these phones have in common, they all share Apple’s notch, which was first introduced with the iPhone X. Furthermore, because none of these phones feature a home button, you’ll need to learn how to dismiss applications on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
iPhone XR vs. XS: Display
Not all iPhone displays are created equal. The Super Retina OLED displays on the 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max are brighter than the screen on the iPhone X. Apple calls the 6.1-inch iPhone XR’s LCD screen the Liquid Retina display.
You’ll probably be OK staying with the LCD-based XR and its less brilliant colors if you’ve never upgraded to an iPhone X (or seen one in person). If you ever see an OLED iPhone in person, you’ll notice the more perfect blacks and broader viewing angles.
The 6.1-inch screen on the iPhone XR has a resolution of 1,792 x 828 pixels, which is less sharp than the Super Retina panels on the 5.8-inch iPhone XS (2436 x 1125 pixels) and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max (2688 x 1242 pixels), though we doubt you’ll notice.
iPhone XR vs. XS: Cameras
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max both include dual 12-megapixel cameras, one with a wide-angle (/1.8 aperture) lens and the other with a telephoto (/2.4) aperture. A single 12-megapixel wide-angle (/1.8 aperture) sensor is used in the iPhone XR.
The iPhone XS and XS Max have 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom thanks to the dual cameras. The iPhone XR has a digital zoom of up to 5x.
However, in terms of gimmicks, these phones are really similar. Both have Smart HDR, which means your photographs will have more depth and color. In comparison to the iPhone X, the XS and XR iPhones both have Apple’s Depth Control modification option. This allows you to change the depth of focus after shooting a portrait mode shot. You may also change this option while shooting.
iPhone XR vs. XS: Battery life
The iPhone XS Max has the biggest smartphone battery Apple has ever delivered to power its 6.5-inch screen. On our web surfing test, the XS Max lasted 10 hours and 38 minutes. The smaller XS lasted only 9:41, which is somewhat less than the 9:48 category average. The iPhone XR has the best battery life, lasting 11 hours and 26 minutes in the battery test. Yes, the “low-end” model has adequate battery life to compete with the model for which you would require a loan.
Each new iPhone supports fast charging, with all of them recharging half of their battery in 30 minutes (with Apple’s 30-watt and 87-watt USB-C power adapters). Note that those accessories aren’t included and must be purchased separately; although the iPhone 11 Pro ships with a USB-C fast charger, previous versions came with slower 5-watt chargers.
Apple is now selling Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR if that isn’t enough. The XR case is rated to increase talk time to up to 39 hours, while the XS Max case is rated to increase talk time to up to 37 hours, and the XS case is rated to increase talk time to up to 33 hours.
iPhone XR vs. XS: Performance
It will be difficult to choose a winner in our iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR face-off if speed is your top priority since these devices are all equally appealing (except in one facet). The XR, XS, and XS Max all use the same A12 Bionic CPU, which has 6.9 billion transistors and is the industry’s first 7-nanometer chip (it beat Huawei’s Kirin 980 to launch).
The phones have a 6-core CPU with twin high-performance cores and four efficiency cores, as well as a 4-core GPU. Apps will launch up to 30% quicker than on the iPhone X and iPhone 8, with improved real-time machine learning. Better AR apps are also on the way, with 60 frames per second and enhanced low-light performance.
iPhone XR vs. XS: Outlook
The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR look to be more similar in terms of performance and cameras than their pricing imply (except in mobile data speeds for the slower iPhone XR). The most significant changes are in price and size, with the iPhone XS Max charging a premium for having the largest, boldest display. Another significant change is that the iPhone XR’s camera lacks optical zoom.
In terms of battery life, the iPhone XR beats both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. The XR is the phone to consider if you want a modern iPhone design without paying a fortune — but unless you’re looking to save every cent on your next smartphone, we don’t think you should choose it over the iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 without a deal.
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