iPhone XS and XR review: Six months in, here's how they're holding up.

Over the last few months since the iPhone XS, XS Max and arrived, I've been cycling through them all.
But the phone landscape has been crowded with much sexier stories recently: 5G is beginning to rear its head, wild new transforming folding phones are capturing people's imaginations and there are phones studded with more cameras than you can keep track of the iPhones from late 2018 are not so interesting in comparison. But that's also to their credit. After all, when Verizon launched its 5G network it turned out to be spottier than expected, Samsung's Galaxy Fold phone is already breaking, and some of those camera-studded phones don't do quite as much as you think. The iPhones, meanwhile, feel pretty flawless, which is quite un-newsworthy. They're clearly Apple's most polished and perfected products right now. But that doesn't mean they couldn't use improvements. 
The phone industry is accelerating so fast that Apple's phones are inevitably going to change with it. But where they are now is a very solid, stable place if not an exciting one. Good news: Whatever iPhone you picked last year if you picked one that is, you're just fine. (You're also fine if you have the iPhone X or iPhone 8 or iPhone 7, too!) Each model has its advantages and drawbacks. My favourite is still the iPhone XR. It has the best price-to-value pick, its battery life is great and its smaller size is ideal for me. And the iPhone XR's LCD screen, while technically not as good as the iPhone XS' OLED, isn't perceivably different in everyday use. But, I appreciate the added antennas, durability and, in particular, the dual rear camera of the iPhone XS models. I use the 2x zoom for on-location shoots and closeup shots of my kids all the time. 
A dual-camera iPhone XR this year seems like an inevitability, especially if the new premium iPhones get three rear cameras. The XS and XS Max still feel too expensive (not as expensive as a folding phone, though). The iPhone XS and XR do a great job in everyday use, and their cameras are really good. Video capture is particularly excellent too. But there are other phones that can do things the iPhone can't. The newest Samsung Galaxy S10, for example, has three rear cameras, offering an ultra-wide-angle lens that the iPhones don't have.
It's a common trend, and the more lenses you have the more framing options you have. Although some phones edge out the iPhones in photo quality based on CNET tests, it's really one specific feature from one specific phone I envy the most Night Sight on the Pixel 3. After trying Google's low-light mode on Pixel 3, I immediately loved what it did for my photos. The iPhone can handle well without flash most of the time, but Night Sight is on a different level. It's the sort of feature that either iOS 13 or the next iPhone should have.