iPhone XR: What You Need to Know and How Does it Compare to the iPhone XS
Apple has announced three new additions to the iPhone family this year: iPhone XS, iPhone XS MAX (which launched September 21st) and their newest addition to the lineup – the iPhone XR – which released October 26th. The first question many may have is – what’s so special about the newest released iPhone? Well to make that decision we have to break down its features and how it compares to the other models.
Price can be the biggest consideration for most apple consumers, and the iPhone XR has the iPhone XS beat in affordability. Priced $250 cheaper than the iPhone XS for starting (64 GB) but cost up to $899 for 256 GB of storage. The iPhone XS MAX starts at $1,099 for 64 GB of storage and cost up to $1,449 for 512 GB of storage. Of course, when you’re looking at something such as storage you really need to decide on which GB to commit purchasing based on your individual needs. The average person simply doesn’t need nor use 512 GB of data, so for the simple iPhone users that just don’t want limitations when it comes to usage, iPhone XR’s 256 GB plan gives you plenty of room to run as many apps as you need and take as many photos to your heart’s desire, while sticking to an affordable plan.
The iPhone XR is available in six different colors: Black, White, Yellow, Red, Blue, and Coral. Apple offers the iPhone XS and XS MAX in three color options: Silver, Space Grey, and Gold.
For those of us who use our phones to stream movies and videos or just want to be able to enjoy a larger display, the iPhone XR offers a larger screen than the iPhone XS with a 6.1 LCD display, compared to the iPhone XS’s 5.8-inch OLED display. While the iPhone XR isn’t as gargantuan as the 6.5-inch display shown on the iPhone XS MAX, both phones do run on the same 7 mp true depth camera on the front to further improve and power face ID. The iPhone XR may have a single lens camera, but the rear camera is near-identical as the camera system as the iPhone XS. The iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS MAX all feature the same 12-megapixel wide-angle lens on the back. Other identical features include optical image stabilization, smart HDR, and approximate portrait mode. The only difference between the phone’s camera is their zoom, the iPhone XR can only achieve 3x digital zoom due to the lack of a telephoto lens. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX do contain the telephoto lens letting them achieve 2x optical zoom and another extra 6x digital zoom. The iPhone XR does, however, lack the portrait lighting effects “stage” and “stage mono”.
Apple has finally acknowledged the cries of so many Apple consumers that demand a phone with longer-lasting battery life with the iPhone XR. The phone features a battery life that is 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 plus and two-to-three hours more than the iPhone XS and XS MAX. For anyone that has ever been in the unfortunate position of having their phone run out of battery when you are nowhere near a charger, these two-to-three hours make all the difference.
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