There is a common trend in the smartphone market nowadays where manufacturers are trying to offer more for less. The iPhone XR, while having a few compromises here and there, is still one of the best buys Apple has to offer. The XR’s price tag is around $750 which is cheaper than the XS but costly than Samsung Galaxy S9. If you're upgrading from an iPhone 7 or 8, then you’ll fall in love with Apple iPhone XR, which was released on October 2018.
Apple iPhone XR Review Design
Apple took a different route in terms of design in the XR. The rear is made of glass that comes in a variety of colors, including yellow, red, white, black, blue and coral. The downside of a rear glass is that it can easily break or scratch if dropped. But with such pretty colors, you’d be better off not covering the iPhone with a case. Compared to the XS, the XR is a bit wider, taller and thicker, but offers a nice blend of usability and performance in its class.
The body build is what we’ve come to expect from Apple, which is flawless. At that price tag, it’s a bit of a disappointment that the iPhone XR only comes with a single-lens camera. But, you don’t need dual-lens cameras to take stunning photos as this wide-angle camera will give you professional shots that you rarely find on other smartphones. Although an aluminum frame engulfs the 6.1-inch LCD screen compared to the stainless steel used in iPhone XS and XS Max, the good thing is that aluminum is lighter, doesn’t attract fingerprints, and is also dust-resistant. It is also worth mentioning that XR is IP67 water-resistant, which means it can withstand up to three feet deep in water for about 30 minutes.
The XR has a larger 6.1-inch LCD (‘Liquid Retina’) screen that curves towards the edges. According to Apple, this is the most advanced LCD screen ever developed and has a faster 120Hz touch response. And while the resolution might not be that high at 326 PPI (1,729 x 828), the fact remains that the screen has brilliant colors and wide viewing angles. The shots taken by the XR are absolutely stunning, and unless you're a phone geek, you won't even tell if the resolution is lower than that of an iPhone XS. The screen is well laid between what appears to be thicker bezels, but barely a bother.
As we stated earlier, you don’t need a dual-lens camera to capture cool pictures as the 12-megapixel wide-angle camera delivers lovely images. The colors are superb and there is a lot of detail in the resulting photos. Even in low light, we must admit XR’s camera is top of the range. Not forgetting the clever tricks that Apple has thrown into the works. Take Apple’s Smart HDR for instance. The feature helps to improve dynamic range in high-contrast scenes so that some parts of your pictures aren’t blown out. However, the lack of a telephoto lens means that you won't get the same picture quality in high-zoom photos. The 7MP TrueDepth front-facing camera is exactly the same as that of the XS. That’s to say it offers greater detail for selfies. Besides, the face ID is quicker to unlock than iPhone X and iPhone XS models.
Battery and Performance
As far as speed and capability go, the XR uses the A12 Bionic processor, which is touted as the fastest processor ever made for mobile phones. This makes the XR a pretty fast phone whether you're playing games or performing resource-hungry tasks on the phone. iPhone XR features 3GB of RAM and you can select either the 64G, 128GB or 256GB of internal memory. You get a 2,942mAh battery, which is not quite as generous as Android phones like Samsung S9 which packs a 3,500mAh battery. Overall, battery life is quite impressive and under normal usage, it can go for 15 hours of internet use and 16 hours of videos.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Given, the LCD screen and camera might not be as top-notch as other high-end phones, at a lower price than XS, those are some of the compromises you’ll have to forgo. However, performance and power are top-of-the-range and if you're upgrading from iPhone 7, XR’s vivid colors and bright display is truly appealing.
XR’s single-lens camera might not be technically superior compared to dual-lens cameras found in the likes of iPhone XS, but the images are crisp, clear, lively, and full of colors. Its design is a winner and it’s the perfect blend of premium features without the premium price tag.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“Excellent upgrade to iPhone 6 Apple has definitely made some much needed changes in future proofing the IPhone. The XR is a sweet addition to IPhone’s line up. It has a new powerful processor, updated camera with additional photo options, and a larger screen to add to the mix. It falls right in between the XS and the XS max but adds more colorful options. This phone is durable, looks expensive, and is clearly made of quality materials unlike the previous “C” models that were added in the past. If you are in the market for a new cellular device I highly recommend the latest Line up of iPhones. Due keep in mind that these phones come at a cost, and although made of good materials they are definitely overpriced. Check out the XR if you want to save a few bucks but it still will set you back! I would have gave the phone 5 stars but then that would mean that it was perfect, and although the phone is great there is some room for future improvements and the phone is overpriced.” (Wilassain on Best Buy)
“Do not buy it!! This phone is locked phone. I thought it was unlocked. It requires to have simple mobile plan for 1 year to make it unlocked” (Ahmed on Amazon)
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