The release of the Apple iPhone XR is mere days away. For some, the excitement of the iPhone XS has yet to die down. While the XS was Apple’s flagship device, the XR is marketed as a “budget” or “affordable” solution. The XS starts at USD999 (~RM4,159) and the XR starts at USD750 (~RM3,122). Budget indeed.
Many people still consider the XR a worthwhile purchase because it brings about 80% of the functionality of the XS for about 75% of the price. Let’s look at the differences between the two.
The XS is Apple’s flagship, so it will have all the bells and whistles that comes with that status. Dual 12MP camera on the rear paired with AMOLED screen means you get the best photography and display that Apple can offer. The XS will also have 3D Touch, which the XR will lack. The XR will also have 3GB RAM compared to the 4GB RAM on the XS models. The only thing that the XR will top the XS is in the battery department, the XR will have a 2,942mAh battery compared to 2,658mAh on the XS.
So why would anyone choose the XR over the XS?
For one, the XR will be using machine learning software to do portrait photography while the XS will use its hardware dual camera lens. Google has proven this is possible and quite successfully so, with its Pixel 2 series. Some consider this to be a win, since more lenses means the cost of the phone goes up.
And 3D Touch is something that has quite a varied history. Some will swear by it, and others will say they hardly use it. For us, we found the feature to be quite nifty, but in day-to-day use, was something that we forgot to use.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.