Shortly after the launch of the pricey new iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Apple has released their new device for everyone with a more budget friendly mindset. It is a phone that tries to meet all iPhone users right smack in the middle when it comes to performance and price. This is the iPhone XR.
Unlike the previous year’s model of the iPhone, Apple has decided to say farewell to the old design with the home button and introduce a new generation of bezel-less phones. The iPhone XR is quite interesting because it aesthetically looks the same but is cheaper. It took the stainless steel framing from the higher quality siblings and replaced it with matte aluminum, which is almost the same as the ones found on the iPhone 8. The XR does have a glass back, just like the Xs and Xs Max but it does appear to be a tad weaker.
The iPhone XR comes in a several bold colors such as yellow, coral, blue and red along with the standard black and white. They all seem to look fantastic but picking a phone that you are going to have to live with for potentially the next two years can be a tricky one. That is why going with the black or white colors may be the safest choice. And if you decide that you are going to be using a case, then get whatever color floats your boat.
The screen is the first ever LCD display to have the rounded corners and the bezel-less design. Apple is calling it the Liquid Retina Display. Despite lacking in the pixel density compared to the Xs and Xs Max, it looks really good. The colors are accurate and the screen pops out at you. The only way to tell that the screen is lower in quality is to compare it to the more expensive OLED models. But for the everyday iPhone users who do not care about those kinds of details, this display will be more than enough.
As far as performance is concerned, the iPhone XR is awesome. It does almost everything the Xs can do, and that is because of Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. This chip increases the performance of the phone by up to 50% in graphics and 15% in processing.
The camera is where most users will see the biggest change compared to the Xs and Xs Max. It has a 12 MP single camera. It can still do things like Smart HDR and Portrait Mode but that is it. It does not come with the telephoto camera like the Xs and Xs Max does thus eliminating the option to do the 2x optical zoom. But it does allow you to take photos and all the blur effects so that is a big plus.
Maybe Apple has finally hit a home run with combining most of the things that iPhone enthusiasts love about their phones and packaging them into one $750 device. Expectations are that this will be a great selling phone so the best way to find out if it is for you is to go and test it out for yourself.