Starting today, you can now get the iPhone 11, 11 pro, and the 11 Pro max, and they all feature the A13 bionic processor, a lot of rear cameras, and updated cameras and the video tricks. But, since they’re out, that doesn’t mean the older models are obsolete, and the XR is still one of the better options if you want a bigger phone, but you don’t want to pay almost a grand for the latest models. It has the A12 Bionic chip, the variant color options, and cameras that are on part with the XS, without the ridiculous price tag.
But, the iPhone 8 plus, which is 50 bucks less than the XR, still is a great classic iPhone. It still sports that classic design, with the physical home button, and while it is an older model, this one has so many advantages as the XR does as per new iPhone reviews.
So which is better for you? Well, read below to find out the differences in designs, hardware features, and of course the camera to help you figure out which phone fits your lifestyle the best.
XR: The modern Choice
If modern choices are what determine your iPhone choices, then the XR is the better option. It’s only 50 bucks more than the 8 plus, but it’s a wonderful phone in it of itself. It has a very long battery life of almost 20 hours, has a giant screen, very comfy body, a faster performance than others, and of course, wireless charging, and a camera that’s as good as the XS in many cases.
The 8 Plus: a better Deal
However, this one is so much cheaper than the XR, and this one is now 50 bucks cheaper, and it definitely is a lot cheaper than it was t launch, with almost $250 knocked off of that. But, it is good because it does have a decent system that still works. But, it doesn’t have a longer battery life, the processor isn’t as advanced, and e camera isn’t as good it also doesn’t have the dual-SIM capabilities that the XR has. However, the 8 plus still has a good 12 MP second camera, and of course, for those of us who prefer the classic models, we will like this since it still has the friendly home button. And of course, while it might just be delaying the inevitable if you choose it for that, if you’re someone who still likes this user-friendly feature, then I suggest this one.
Vibrant Colors Vs. the Home Button
This is probably two of the biggest differences in this. The XR of course sis bigger, but it is slimmer, and it actually is smaller than the 8 plus, and a bit lighter as well. But of course, the XR also has the color advantage, including a red, yellow, blue, and coral design that you can get, and of course the standard black and white. The iPhone 8 in contrast only comes in white, black and gold, half the choices compared to this one.
But the iPhone 8 Plus still has an amazing advantage over other phones even in this current generation. It’s got an impressive 5.5-inch display, and it’s actually sharper in some cases than the XR, with a higher resolution, and of course, more pixels per inch, and unlike the XR of course, there isn’t an ugly notch there, but it does have the classic home button, and you also get the fingerprint scanner too for good measure.
Of course whether or not you like the iPhone 8 plus’s home button is considered a personal preference though. The button is of course, more familiar, and it will let you return to the home screen with just two little tas, and you can use it to call up the recent apps. Of course, without the home key, you need to learn the awkward gestures for navigation with the XR, and if your’e someone who doesn’t really embrace the change of this on iPhones, you might prefer the latter.
The XR, of course, has the front-facing camera that senses both depths and maps your face out. You can unlock this directly with your phone, or authorize the saved passwords with Face ID, instead of a fingerprint, and you can make emojis that are animated to mirror the facial movements.
But, unlike the other iPhone X-series phones, the XR doesn’t have the secondary telephoto lens, so there isn’t the 2X optical zoom, and instead, you use a digital zoom, and the portrait photos are rendered through software, and not enhanced with the telephoto lens.
The iPhone 8 plus is seen to take better pictures with the dual-camera setup, but it actually doesn’t, and there is a noticeable smudge in many of the pictures.
And while it does render the portrait photos with one singular lends, the effect looks just as great, if not better on the XR than it does on the 8 plus. On the XR, the fallout between the fore and the background is very smooth, with skin tones looking more and more realistic, and the blue effect, of course, looks more natural.
The zooming 2X on the XR works just as well as on the iPhone 8 plus. The objects that are there are clear, and smaller details have finer lines of focus as well.
What about Performance?
The obvious answer, in that case, should be the XR. It’s got a super long battery life and has the same processor as the previous generation, so it’s pretty strong. But, there aren’t any real discernible differences in speed, and when you do daily tasks such as launching the apps and firing the camera, both of these phones appeared to perform pretty darn well in most cases.
But the XR is indeed the faster on paper option, and of course, that’s because of the A12 option with the processor. The iPhone 8 is still running the A11 chipset, and you’ll notice that it does put a lot of power out still. It’s a good phone, ut what’s pretty amazing is that they actually are very similar in performance, I’m talking a difference of less than a thousand in many cases, which means that even though it is running the A11 processor, it still isn’t nearly as good as say the other options, and the A12 isn’t really that different from the A11
There is a lot of battery life to be had.
You also should consider the capacity and dual-sim. The XR and the 8 plus have the 64 GB options available, and the XR has more storage options, and you should consider which works for you.
So who is the winner? The answer is that it actually is not a clear answer. There are good, and some not-so-good factors in this phone and most don’t realize just how important it can be to have a phone that works well. Both of these phones are strong contenders, it’s mostly a debate between having a phone with more battery and a faster processor but doesn’t have the home button, or the cheaper option, with a camera that isn’t as good, and a home button. The answer on whether one is better than the other is ultimately up to the users.