Used iPhone XR vs. XS; Which One is the Better Choice?

Let us help you choose between the refurbished iPhone XR and XS

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Comparing Two Used iPhones

Drake vs. Kanye. NYC or LA? Some people think these are some of the biggest rivalries in the United States, but here at Back Market we argue about other topics—like whether the used iPhone XS is a better phone than the used iPhone XR :D

With any refurbished iPhone—or any product in general—it usually comes down to which product is a better fit for you.

NOTE: We used the words “used” and “refurbished” interchangeably, since all refurbished products are also used products. All of Back Market’s used iPhones have been refurbished by certified professionals.

Camera Quality

So when it comes to which one has a better camera, it should be obvious that the more expensive iPhone will probably be the better performer. And it is. The camera on the XS has more features—one of them being multiple lenses to change focal lengths.

When both of these phones were released in 2018, the XS was significantly more expensive—$999 for the base version versus $749 for the XR. Even though $999 is a lot for a phone, photography with the XS was industry-leading back in 2018. Despite the incredible camera performance, though, not everybody could validate paying over $1000 for a phone.

But now thanks to Back Market, you don’t have to pay this much for a refurbished iPhone XS. As a matter of fact, the price gap between a used iPhone XR and XS has significantly decreased. At the time of writing this, you could get both refurbished iPhones for under $500 on Back Market. And because the two are so similar in terms of price, I think the iPhone XS is the clear winner in this category.

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Battery Life and Performance

Since both of these phones have the same Apple A12 Bionic chip inside, you can expect the same performance and speed from both. Battery life, however, is another story.

Since the iPhone XR is bigger, it’s able to house a slightly larger battery. The difference won’t be huge, but you can get an extra couple of hours of use from the refurbished iPhone XR. So if you’re a heavy user that spends a lot of time on your phone, the used XR wins this category.

Used iPhone XR deals

Screen Quality and User Experience

The refurbished iPhone XS has a better screen because of the fact it uses newer OLED technology in its display. We’re not going to get into what exactly this means, but colors will look slightly more vibrant on the used XS. What’s even more interesting, though, is the fact that the XS feels better in the hand. Apple got the dimensions of this phone just right, this really is the perfect size for an iPhone. It’s easy to use one-handed, it fits nicely into pockets, and it’s easy to grip so you don’t drop it. The winner for this category is the refurbished iPhone XS.

The Overall Winner: Refurbished iPhone XS

Why does the XS win this little competition? Because it’s honestly such a steal at under $500. I do believe that it was overpriced when it was first released at $999, but with Back Market you won’t be paying anywhere close to that. If you care about value for money and want one of the hottest iPhones, the refurbished iPhone XS is your perfect match.

By Andre, Content Manager

The kind of guy that likes technology a little too much and can't stop talking about it. Good thing I work at Back Market :D

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