Since the release of the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, Apple has released three new models of iPhone, making the older models the more affordable option. The two devices can be difficult to tell apart but there are a few key differences.

These differences can make it hard to choose which phone is right for you or if you should save money and choose the cheaper option. For example, the iPhone XR got released a few months after the iPhone XS, which is newer technology.

So how do the two phones differ?

1. Design

The iPhone XR consists of aluminum and glass, while the iPhone XS has stainless steel and glass. The aluminum on the iPhone XR may be more prone to scratches and dents than the stainless steel on the iPhone XS. The stainless steel on the iPhone XS is also more likely to show fingerprints.

2. Price

The phone price varies depending on storage size and carrier, but generally, both phones fall into a similar price range. However, if you’re looking for an even better deal, definitely consider buying a Reboxed iPhone, as the price of the iPhone XR will be up to 40% cheaper than new.

3. Cameras

The Refurbished iPhone X and the iPhone XR have the same front view cameras. However, the rear-view camera on the iPhone XR is only a single lens, while the iPhone Xs has dual-lens. This means that the photos taken with the rear-view camera on the iPhone XR may not be as clear. 

4. Display

The iPhone XR has a 6.1 inch LCD, while the iPhone Xs has a 5.8 inch OLED display. The iPhone XR’s display may not be as crisp as the iPhone Xs’, but it has a wide color gamut. The iPhone XR also has True Tone, while the iPhone Xs does not.

5. Water Resistance

The iPhone XR is water-resistant up to a depth of one meter for thirty minutes, while the iPhone Xs are water-resistant up to two meters for up to thirty minutes. That means that the iPhone XR is more water-resistant.

6. Colors

The iPhone XR comes in six colors: white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and RED. The iPhone X comes in three colors: space gray, silver, and gold.

7. Storage Capacity

The iPhone XR comes in three storage capacities: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. The iPhone X comes in two storage capacities: 64 GB and 256 GB. It means that the iPhone XR has more variety in storage capacity than the iPhone Xs.

So Which Phone is the Best?

The answer to this question depends on your needs and wants. For example, if you are looking for a phone with a better display, a faster processor, or a better camera, the iPhone Xs would be the better option. However, if you are looking for a more resistant phone to water, has a wider color gamut, or comes in more colors,  the iPhone XR would be a better choice.

Anika Trey