iPhone Xs and Xs Max have a lot going for them. Lashed with high-end specs, Apple’s flagship 2018 iPhones are designed for power users. However, what’s catching more limelight right from the word go is neither Xs nor Xs Max. So, which smartphone seems to have crashed the party of the more fancied iPhones?
As amazing as it sounds, the competition is not from outside but from within. The mid-budget iPhone XR has been getting plenty of traction for more than one reason. And just in case, you think that the iPhone XR vs. iPhone Xs and Xs Max battle is lopsided, there are a few fronts where the budget smartphone has the edge over the flagship iPhones.
Having taken a close look at the review and the feedback from experts who have already forecasted bumper sales, I’ve picked out the five things that make iPhone XR a better shot than the XS and XS Max. So, if you are toying with the idea of getting a better deal, do check them out!
5 Reasons to Buy iPhone XR Rather than iPhone Xs or Xs Max
#1. Better Battery Life than iPhone XS and XS Max
If you always like to have the luxury of plenty of extra juice left in the tank, you would be glad to know that iPhone XR has got better battery life than any other iPhone.
Even though the budget iPhone has just a slightly bigger battery (2,942 mAh) than that of iPhone Xs (2,658 mAh), it’s able to beat out even XS Max that comes with a bigger (3,174 mAh) battery.
According to Apple, the LCD iPhone can deliver a talk time of up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 15 hours, video playback of up to 16 hours, and audio playback of up to 65 hours. While the iPhone XS offers talk time of up to 20 hours and Internet use of up to 12, the iPhone XS Max can provide 25 hours of talk time but only 13 hours of Internet use.
Wondering how iPhone XR is able to deliver such an efficient battery life?
Well, it’s mainly because of the lower PPI (1792×828 – 326 PPI) that is nowhere near Xs Max’s display resolution (2688×1242-458 PPI). Even though the LCD panel is known to be more power hungry than OLED display, what puts the budget iPhone in good stead is that its CPU and GPU have to put less effort while pushing the pixels to the display.
“This is, as you would expect, an exercise in compromise: the XR retains the high-performance A12 chipset and delivers the best battery life we’ve ever seen in an iPhone in some time.” – Engadget
#2. Can Capture Better Portrait Mode Photos In Very Low Light Conditions
I don’t think many of you would believe that iPhone XR can actually capture better portrait mode photos in low-light conditions. And that too despite having a single lens. So, how is it possible?
The iPhone Xs and Xs Max use the f/2.4 telephoto lens to snap portrait images, while the XR uses f/1.8 wide-angle lens to shoot portraits. There are a couple of things to note. First, the f/1.8 lens works a bit faster than the f/2.4 lens.
And the second, the wide-angle camera on the new iPhones has a larger sensor that’s able to gather up to 50% more light. The XR makes the best use of the bigger sensor and faster lens to shoot better portrait shots in the low-light environments.
“The iPhone XS and XS Max shoot portraits using the f/2.4 telephoto lens. The iPhone XR does Portrait Mode using the f/1.8 wide-angle lens. A f/1.8 lens is about one full stop faster than f/2.4. The wide-angle camera shared by the XR and XS also has a significantly larger sensor, which can gather up to 50 percent more light. By using the camera with the faster lens and bigger sensor, Portrait Mode on the iPhone XR works significantly better than on the XS in very low light scenarios.” Daring Fireball
So, if you have a liking for bokeh effect shots, the low-priced iPhone can live up to your demand to a good extent.
Of course, it does have some limitations like it doesn’t have the support for Stage Light or Stage Light Mono lighting modes. Besides, the camera won’t capture portraits, if it doesn’t detect a face. Despite these limitations, I find the smartphone a pretty good bet for shooting photos with blurred background.
#3. Packed In With Most Big Ticket Features
The presence of these top-notch features makes the LCD iPhone a great deal. And if you are moving from an older iPhone like iPhone 5s or 7, you would find the smartphone a pretty hot gadget.
Moreover, XR comes at a much lower price–whopping $250 less than iPhone Xs and $350 less than iPhone Xs Max. You can use the saved money to buy several must-have accessories for the smartphone and prevent your budget from breaching the $1,000 mark.
Clearly, if you are willing to have a more cost-effective option, XR is the right way to go.
#4. Less Repair Cost
Oh, this one could be a big deal for most folks as well. Apple charges $199 for the iPhone XR (without AppleCare+) screen repair. Comparatively, the screen repair cost of iPhone Xs is $279 and $329 for Xs Max.
The repair price for other damage is $599 and $549 for Xs and Xs Max respectively. You will have to pay a bit less $399 to fix the other damage to your iPhone XR.
If you don’t want to pay slightly higher repair charges, the budget iPhone seems to be a safe bet.
#5. More Color Options
Love flaunting attractive dark colors? If yes, you would really like using XR. The smartphone comes in as many as six charming colors including red, blue, yellow, white, black, and coral.
Comparatively, iPhone Xs and Xs Max come only in three colors like gold, silver, and space grey. Though they look good, they seem to be more geared for the folks who prefer professional design.
That’s why I find the mid-budget iPhone a hot deal for the eyes that always want to be the center of everyone’s attention. Pair the smartphone with a matching colored case or an ultra-clear suit, and it would be ready to turn heads!
So, these are the things that help XR beat out its most fancied rivals on some fronts. If you are planning to go for the lower-priced smartphone, do consider the above points.
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