Last year, Apple announced two new iPhone models; iPhone XS and iPhone XR. While XS costs $ 250 more, it is totally worth spending extra money to get XS instead of XR. This is why.
Despite the price difference and the resulting connotation that the iPhone XS is the luxury model over the iPhone XR, XR is just the more practical iPhone for most users in economic sense, not the functional sense, To be sure, we found that XR was a real one solid value.
I do not consider myself a luxury-focused user at all and I also bought XS without a doubt for a number of reasons. In fact, the telephoto camera is actually very useful, the size is perfect for my little hands, and the OLED screen is really amazing.
The telecom camera is actually really useful
I've heard so many people talk about comparisons between the iPhone XS and XR, and how the XR is a good phone for the price, especially since the screen still looks amazing and it has better battery life. But the only thing left out of these arguments is the camera. Specifically, the second telecom camera on XS tends to go indefinitely.
If you are not familiar with the camera, it is a second camera on some iPhone models that lets you zoom in up to 2x but distorts the picture quality. It is a natural zoom ("optical zoom" is the technical terminology) rather than a fake digital zoom created by the camera software.
The telecom camera was first introduced on the iPhone 7 Plus and continued to be a feature on all Plus models of the iPhone. There has now been a standard feature on all new iPhones since the iPhone X.
So why doesn't it seem the most common? Maybe users can see it as a trivial feature or just for portrait mode? In that case, I would say that it really under-performs the function. The camera on the iPhone XS is actually very useful, and I do not consider myself a photographer or even a photo enthusiast to begin with.
It turns out that many photos I take with my iPhone XS are taken with the camera, and it is not only when I need to zoom in on a far away object. Here's a simple, non-zoomed shot in my living room using the standard angle lens on the iPhone.
Taking only normal pictures with the camera makes it possible to get together on a subject and capture more detail than to handle a general overall shot that doesn't really give much detail to the subject. Plus, images taken with the camera look more like what you normally see with the human eye.
Even if you still need to use the digital zoom to zoom in even further on an object, the extra image that the camera gives will make the image more sharp (when you zoom in with real optics and not with software).
Here is an example of a simple (albeit boring, thanks to the winter) outside the shot showing exactly the same tree in two pictures. To the left is the usual wide angle shot and to the right is telephoto. Both images are cropped only to show the tree and you can see, even here, the difference between the quality. Even with less than ideal shooting conditions, the telephoto example is sharper with better contrast.
But my little living room test shot and a bare tree are hardly an indication of how cool the setting is in the wild. If you want to see more pictures taken with iPhone XS, PetaPixel has some good examples. You can also browse lots of photos on Flickr taken with iPhone XS. It's the same amazing camera I love, but in the hands of people with a little more photo function.
iPhone XS is a little smaller
It sounds like a disadvantage, but I think the smaller iPhone XS is more desirable than the larger iPhone XR. I don't mean the XR is too big, but there are still some iPhone users who prefer smaller iPhones, and I'm part of that camp. Because XS is the smallest of the newer models, it is of course the most desirable model for those who want the newest but smallest iPhone.
Of course, the size difference is a little negligible and the XR clamps a little larger battery on the inside that many XR users are very pleased with. So there are definitely some advantages to a larger phone than a larger screen.
However, the iPhone XS is just the right size for me, and I don't really want it bigger.
OLED screen is great for Nighttime Reading
Perhaps the biggest arguments I heard about the iPhone XS vs iPhone XR were whether the OLED display on the XS was worth it over the traditional LCD screen of XR . It seems to be an irrelevant argument for most available users, but as someone who is not a big monitor, I have to say that the OLED screen is really good looking, especially for night vision. 19659003] I know it's pretty unhealthy to use my phone at night before bedtime, but unfortunately I do it anyway (and I'm definitely not alone in it). Enabling Night Shift helps safely, but when looking at an app in dark mode (if available), the OLED screen makes it so much easier in the eyes, because the black pixels are not lit on OLED screens. Thus, the display is slightly dimmer.
It's not just a bedtime though. The black and black OLED effect is just as sharp. If you only have experienced screens with muddy and imperfect blacks, you see a monitor where the black parts of the picture are inky jet blacks are pretty amazing.
The iPhone XR is definitely the model targeted at most everyday users, while the iPhone XS is seen as a "luxury" model of varieties. But the features you get with XS can actually be very useful for many different users, not just those who want luxury.
There is no single feature on the iPhone XS that makes it worth spending extra $ 250 on over the iPhone XR, but all the smaller, better features of the XS are completely combined, making the $ 999 price tag worth it over the XR. And finally, it's easy to make the jump to the nicer phone when you think of it as something you will use a lot over time. If you assume you are holding the phone for two years, framed as "Would I pay about $ 10 extra a month to get a phone with a better camera and a beautiful screen?" It's a light sale.