iPhone XS/XS Max vs. Xr

With the large range of iPhone releases in 2018, it’s sure to be confusing when choosing a new device. Apple always introduces brilliant features and functionality with their latest phones, but up to now, it’s been rather easy as they only release a single device at a time.

The iPhone X already presents a whole world of new functionality and features, which takes us away from the regular iPhone as we’ve seen with the 8 and 8 Plus. However, the changes have been welcomed, and the new devices are bound to impress again.

Today we look at the iPhone 10s, the 10s Max (Plus) and the 10r. All of them are similar to the standard iPhone X that was introduced last year, but now we get the advantage of new features, screens and much more. Below, we look at the differences and see why you would choose one of these devices.


When choosing a modern phone, size has become a major attraction as bigger screens are simply better. However, if you have smaller hands, the big phone might not be ideal, which is why we’re covering this section first.
With the 10s Max device, you’re sure to see a major difference in size as it offers a 6.5-inch display. Even though the screen is almost as big as that of a small tablet, the overall device size is relatively small as it’s an edge to edge display.

The slightly smaller iPhone 10r offers a 6.1’inch screen that still gives you the huge beautiful display but is a lot easier to handle when considering stretching over the screen with one hand. Then, of course, the standard 10s is the smallest with an impressive 5.8-inch screen.


While on the subject of screen sizes, we might as well get into the quality of these displayed as well. The new iPhones deliver incredible quality with each of the devices, but the company also offers various options to choose from.

The iPhone Xs Max is the biggest and also offers the best screen with a True Tone OLED screen with a body ratio of over 84% and 458 pixels per inch (2,688 x 1,242 pixels).
The iPhone Xs is second in line with a True Tone OLED screen offering the same 458 PPI as the bigger phone, but with a body ratio of just under 83% (2,436 x 1,125 pixels).
Finally, we have the iPhone Xr, which is the inbetweener with size but falls a little behind with screen quality without making it a poor screen. In fact, the liquid retina provides a brilliant interface with 1,792 x 828 pixels (326 PPI).


Other than the displays, there really isn’t much different in these choices. The sizes of the phones are the biggest differences. Of course, the Xs models are available in 512gb as well while the Xr only does up to 256gb.

When it comes to performance, they all run the same A12 Bionic chipsets, offering Bluetooth 5.0 and record in 4k. The Xr only offers 3gb ram while the others include 4gb and the cheaper Xr has a water resistance of 67, and the more expensive models are rated at 68.