The iPhone XR comes in a bunch of fancy colors, such as yellow, blue, red, coral, black and white. They all look great when you look at them side by side in the store, but picking just one and living with it for a couple of years could be tricky. If any of the colors Apple proposes is or is really close to your absolutely favorite color in the world, then your choice may be easy. Otherwise, you might want to consider the white or black models, as those will go with everything and will most probably take longer to get bored of. Besides, you can always switch looks by using different cases.
As this is the first ever LCD screen that we see properly integrated into a bezel-less design with rounded corners, Apple saw it fitting to give it a new name – Liquid Retina Display. It sounds cool, but more importantly – it looks cool, too! Despite reservations about the 828 x 1792 px resolution, the screen is great. Not only is there enough resolution, but color accuracy is on point too.
Compared to the OLED displays used in the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, the XR’s IPS LCD is not quite as impressive. It doesn’t have the perfect blacks, and there’s a tiny amount of motion blur, which is typical for LCDs, but not seen on OLED. Despite all that, the IPS LCD tech on the XR is still a great thing to look at – if you don’t necessarily want the best of the best when it comes to your smartphone’s screen, the XR will be more than satisfying.
The iPhone XR is a big phone with a big screen. If you’re coming from an older iPhone, like a 6, 6s, or 7, either regular- or Plus-sized, the XR’s design and display will be huge upgrades. If you are a current iPhone 8 or 8 Plus owner, well, that’s some tough luck you got there, as your phone is still plenty powerful, but stuck with a considerably older-looking design. However, it’s also true that if you just don’t want to use such a large handset, there’s currently no substitute for the compact iPhone 8. The iPhone XR is very large, and we expect Apple might want to fill that gap next year, with a smaller version of the XR.
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Interface and Functionality
The appeal of the iPhone XR is found in that it has all the features of the iPhone XS. From the TrueDepth front camera with Face ID, to portrait mode, to the incredible A12 Bionic chipset. It supports every software feature that you can have on the more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max.
Notable mentions here are the new Memojis – virtual avatars of yourself which can be created within the Messages application. You can customize your Memoji to look like you, or in some other, completely different way – it’s up to you! There’s also Screen Time – a wellness feature designed to give you insights into how you use your phone, as well as help you limit your screen-on time. No idea who wants that sort of thing, but it’s there if you need it.
The same improvements we saw in the XS are also found here, such as the faster Face ID, image search and other Neural Engine-enhanced procedures.
The iPhone XR can do all that the XS does thanks to having the same powerful chipset inside, the A12 Bionic. This chip improves performance over the previous generation by up to 15% for processing power, and up to 50% for graphics power. It’s a screamer, delivering outstanding performance throughout the system and in games.
The increase in power is a welcome thing for advanced operations like Augmented Reality; and while Apple doesn’t provide much AR functionality out of the box (except for the Measure app), developers are continuously adding more and more apps in the App Store that take advantage of this emerging technology.
One area where the Apple iPhone XR doesn’t get the same amount of love as the XS is system memory. Instead of the 4 GB of RAM in the XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR gets 3 GB. This is the same amount as in the iPhone X and 8 Plus, and seems to be more than enough at this point. It’ll probably be perfectly sufficient for at least two or three years down the line, so there is no cause for concern.There’s nothing surprising when it comes to the storage situation. The base configuration will get you 64 GB of internal memory, but should you need more, there are also 128 GB and 256 GB variants available. Unlike with the XS and XS Max, there is no 512 GB option with the XR.
The 12 MP camera on the Apple iPhone XR is interesting, as it’s just a single camera, but it can do fancy stuff like Smart HDR and Portrait Mode photography. This is basically the same camera from the XS and XS Max, but it’s not complemented by a second, telephoto camera, and thus you cannot do 2x optical zoom.