So you’re looking to get a new iPhone, huh? Good choice. Hopefully you like making choices too, because there are still a few more to make. If you’ve managed to narrow it down to the XR and the XS Max you really can’t go wrong, but you’re probably wondering...what’s the big difference? It depends on what you’re looking at. In some cases they’re the same, and in others they’re pretty different. Let’s dive in shall we?
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First, let’s look at the things the phones REALLY have in common. They both have Siri, they both support Apple Pay, they both have Face ID, etc. Their front cameras are also the same, so your selfies are going to be top quality no matter what. You can see all the comparisons on the Apple website, but let us take you through some of the big things people generally look for.
The XR is the most “basic” of the X series, if you can really call any iPhone basic. It’s still an incredibly good option with standout specs. If you’re looking for a powerful phone with decent photo options and good battery life, then the iPhone XR is a great choice.
Colours: Available in blue, white, black, yellow, coral, and Product Red
Display: 6.1” Liquid Retina HD Display
Cameras: Wide lens
Battery: Up to 16 hours of video playback, up to 65 hours of audio playback, up to 50% charge in 30 minutes
Water resistant: up to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
Storage: available with 64GB or 128GB storage
Chip: A12 Bionic chip
iPhone XS Max
If the XR is the most basic of the X series, then the XS Max is the most complex. It has a bigger display with more camera capabilities, plus it’s available with more storage. The battery life is a little weaker than the XR, but if you’re looking for a great photo phone with a big display, the XS Max is the way to go.
Colours: Available in silver, space grey, and gold.
Display: 6.5” Super Retina HD Display
Cameras: Wide and telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom range
Battery: Up to 15 hours of video playback, up to 65 hours of audio playback, up to 50% charge in 30 minutes
Water resistant: up to a depth of 2 metres for up to 30 minutes
Storage: available with 64GB, 128GB, or 512GB storage
Chip: A12 Bionic Chip
Your phone choice is personal, you’re the one who will be using it after all. So figure out what features and functions you really rely on and go from there.