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All iPhone X, all the time

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by bohous, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Funny, I use it approximately 100 times a day for various apps, open links, etc.
     
  2. Bowhemian

    Bowhemian Member SoSH Member

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    I have dropped my iPhone 7 probably 50 times since I got it a year and a half ago. I have just a basic case with no screen protector. I dropped it face down this morning on the sidewalk, and smashy smash, screen is busted.
    I am going to upgrade, but not sure what to get. I don't want a giant phone, so I am debating between the X, XR, and XS.
    XS is 41.66/month
    XR is 31.24/month
    X is 37.49/month

    Looking at the verizon website, it looks to me like the XR is the better phone. Slightly bigger screen, better battery life, and better reviews. I am not too concerned about the monthly price, the 5-6 bucks a month won't kill me. So which is the better option here?
     
  3. B H Kim

    B H Kim Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I bought a Xs, but found it too small for my tastes, having used the plus models for the last few years. My wife and daughter have Xr's and I considered switching to a Xr, but two months of the OLED screen had me hooked on the screen qualify, so I sold the Xs and bought a Xs Max. I think it's great, but that's because I have always preferred a bigger phone. The only drawback on the Xr that I can see is the screen, but it's the same screen as the 7, so if you're fine with it, that's the phone I'd recommend.
     
  4. Rudi Fingers

    Rudi Fingers Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    If you are happy with your 7, a $149 screen replacement at the Apple Store is also an option.

    But since you are looking to upgrade...also consider the additional costs.

    The Apple Store is running a promotion now, if you're going to buy a XR or XS, where they will give you $100 in trade-in value for a 7 with a busted screen, or $250 for a 7 with a good screen.

    AppleCare+ is also cheaper for the XR ($149) than the X or XS ($199). Also, screen replacement if you don't have AppleCare is cheaper for the XR ($199) than the XS ($279).

    Don't buy an X from Verizon - it has an older processor - you're better off with an XR or an XS.

    I personally have the XS, which is an amazing phone - the best that money can buy IMHO (and also almost the same size as the 7), but would be *more* than happy to have an XR. Both phones share the same processor and main camera (both are superb). The XR has better battery life than the XS, but the XS battery life is also very good.

    Reasons to spend more on the XS - if they don't matter to you, buy the XR:
    - the OLED screen is top-notch (pun sorta intended) - color quality, really black blacks, higher resolution, etc.
    - Telephoto lens - doesn't exist on the XR
    - latest generation of shatter-resistant glass on the front and back (the XR has older glass on the back)
     
  5. Seven Costanza

    Seven Costanza Fred Astaire of SoSH SoSH Member

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    Rudi's (and BH's) reasons to spend more (or not) are spot on. Unless those things matter to you, the XR is a great value and probably the best iPhone on offer in terms of value for the majority of people. Note of caution- it is larger and slightly heavier than the X or XS. That took a few days to get used to, but I don't even notice anymore. The battery life is absolutely insane (which I never imagined saying about an iPhone).

    I'm a big Apple stan and generally upgrade every year, but I have no regrets about getting the XR versus the XS. Either way you'll be good.
     
  6. Bowhemian

    Bowhemian Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks guys. I am leaning towards the XR, I think I would be plenty happy with it. I have never been one needing to have the latest and greatest technology wrt the XS
     
  7. Bowhemian

    Bowhemian Member SoSH Member

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    Brought home a new Xr. Pretty cool that you set it up by holding your old phone near it. iTunes not required.
     
  8. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    Yeah they started doing that, even with Apple TV. It’s super easy and handy.
     

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