XR, XS or XS Max: Which iPhone to choose


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XR iPhone from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) goes on sale tomorrow, October 26. This means that the entire new lineup will be: iPhone XS and XS Max went on sale almost a month earlier.

If you are thinking about to buy one of the new things Apple, this article will help you make the right choice. Quartz specialists conducted a comparative analysis of the three new smartphones, given screen size, battery life and other features that excite the users most.

So, what will be right for you XR iPhone, iPhone XS or XS Max?

Screen size

  • iPhone XS Max: 6.5 inch
  • iPhone XS: 5.8 inch
  • iPhone XR: 6.1 inches

If you need the large display, the choice is obvious: iPhone XS Max. It is equipped with a massive 6.5-inch Super AMOLED high definition. The IPhone display is slightly inferior to XR in the diagonal (6.1 inches), but it is based on LCD technology, not OLED, as in XS, Max and XS, and this means that the resolution will be much lower. This is the best option, if size matters to you, but you don’t want to splurge.

Battery capacity

  • iPhone XS Max: 3174 milliampere-hour (mAh)
  • iPhone XS: 2658 mAh
  • iPhone XR: 2942 mAh

Considering the figures, it is not surprising that the iPhone XS Max has the largest battery capacity, because it is the largest of the three phones, and he needs a good charge to maintain operation of the screen.

According to the Apple website, XS should work for half an hour, and XS is Max — about 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X. On a single charge XS provides approximately 20 hours of talktime, and XS Max — 25 hours, according to Apple. By results of the conducted tests Quartz Max, the phone can easily last the entire day (and some following) on a single charge.

XR with regard to iPhone, Apple compares it with the iPhone 8 Plus (which in General is quite illogical), arguing that the first needs to work 1.5 hours longer than the second.

There’s no clear winner, as Apple does not give a comparison of their smartphones according to a single criterion, but all three phones are just as powerful batteries, and considering that the iPhone’s XR not need to spend a charge to power a brighter AMOLED display, it perhaps avoids other two devices.

All three phones can charge on the wireless induction module, and all have the function of quick charging (up to 50% battery in 30 minutes) if you have cable with Lightning connector USB-C and USB charger module-C.


  • iPhone XS Max: dual camera 12 MP
  • XS: iPhone: dual camera 12 MP
  • iPhone XR: one camera 12 MP

At XS, Max and XS are essentially the same camera, which for the most part removed with the same result. The second camera on the back panel increases the sensitivity of the device to the depth perception and opens the way for impressive portrait photography and zoom.

From XR’s only one camera on the back panel, for portrait shots in this phone software is used in the more expensive “brothers” this feature is stitched in the hardware. In the preliminary review States that the result will be quite decent if you are willing to sacrifice the ability to zoom pictures.

All three phones can also shoot video in 4K HD at 60 frames per second and include special technology of face recognition FaceID from Apple. This allows you to protect devices by scanning the faces of the owner — and that means that all three phones are available Apple Memoji and Animoji that the user could style yourself your device.


  • iPhone XS Max: 64/256/512 GB
  • iPhone XS: 64/256/512 GB
  • iPhone XR: 64/128/256 GB

Here between smartphones differences a little, you can choose any. If you are used to photographing or store music on the phone, you can choose a phone with an average amount of memory in each configuration (this is more than enough unless you plan to wear under the hand of musical ENCYCLOPAEDIA). If you shoot video, though high resolution, the 512 GB will be for you at the time.


  • iPhone XS Max: 4 GB of RAM
  • iPhone XS: 4 GB of RAM
  • iPhone XR: 3 GB of RAM

All three phones feature the latest Bionic A12 processor from Apple that can handle the huge number of daily tasks. If you play a mobile game, choose speed XS and XS Max — although it’s unlikely that any of these phones can be called slow in the foreseeable future.


  • iPhone XS Max: $1099-1449 (97-128 thousand rubles)
  • iPhone XS: $999-1349 (88-119 thousand rubles)
  • iPhone XR: from $749-899 (65-78 thousand rubles)

Here is exactly the iPhone stands out XR. Although he is on the screen slightly less clear picture and only one camera, Apple more than anything this device is not cheated. Judging by early reviews, this phone is likely to be a favorite because of the price and minimal differences with the iPhone XS.

A couple of years ago, the average iPhone selling price ranged between $650 and $700 close to the price of the iPhone XR (the introduction of larger and more expensive models have since led to the growth of the total cost). So it is likely a comfortable price for most customers. In addition, XR is presented in several bright colors, in addition to subdued shades of metallic, which is limited to other members of the line (on the day of release you can even buy a red).

If you don’t need a huge display and you are satisfied with the fact that XR a bit more XS, it is likely that this is it — your new iPhone. However, most people are unlikely to understand what you have in hand, XR, XS, or last year’s iPhone X.

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