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The New iPhones: Are they worth the upgrade?

The new iPhones have been controversial, to say the least. In September, Apple released three new iPhones. Those devices were the iPhone XS, XS Max, and finally the iPhone XR. The price-tag for the luxurious XS and XS Max can range from $1000 to $1450 depending on which storage size you decide to select. All three phones share the same high-end A12 processor by Apple and Face ID. The main differences between the higher end XS and XS Max and the XR are the following: The iPhone XS and XS max feature OLED displays, which gives the phone a higher resolution screen. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, has an LCD display with a resolution of about 720p. This is the main question that everyone is talking about: A 720p screen in 2018?

There are many different pros and cons with the iPhone XR’s screen, but the cons can change people’s minds when making the decision to upgrade or not. The pros about the iPhone XR are the battery life (it is better than the XS and XS Max), the fast wireless charging, and the price which is only $750 over the course of two years instead of over one thousand dollars.

The pros and cons about the iPhone XS and XS Max are: The screens (the OLED display), the insanely large screen size on the iPhone XS Max at 6.5 inches, the cameras which are capable of a newly designed portrait mode, and the overall design.

Now we run into the main question: Are these phones worth the upgrade?

I think that if you are coming from last years phones such as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, then you should wait another year or two. If you are coming from an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, or earlier, then I do think it is worth the upgrade. You are getting so much all in one phone, and the all screen display is a lot nicer than the two thick bezels that exist on the older phones. Also, if you are looking for overall performance and not necessarily screen or camera quality, then the iPhone XR is the right iPhone for you (and it is significantly cheaper). On the other hand, if you are looking for screen quality, camera quality, and you want a bigger screen, then the iPhone XS and XS Max are worth the upgrade for you.


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