Apple iPhone XR Review

There must be a catch, right? Of course there is, but that doesn’t mean the iPhone XR isn’t a good phone in itself. In fact, it’s a great phone that will probably sell like hot cakes. Here is why…

Design

Apple iPhone XR Review
Apple iPhone XR Review
Apple iPhone XR Review
Apple iPhone XR Review
Unlike the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus from last year, the iPhone XR finally bid farewell to the aging iPhone 6-like design in favor of the new bezel-less aesthetic introduced by the iPhone X. The XR’s design is interesting because it’s like a cheaper version of the X’s design. Actually, it is just that. The polished stainless steel frame has been replaced by a very matte aluminum one (same as on the iPhone 8) that doesn’t feel as nice, but still has a high-quality look to it. Meanwhile, the glass on the back is supposed to be a bit weaker than what’s used in the iPhone XS and XS Max. Be careful not to break it, as those repairs are said to be quite costly!

iPhone XR next to iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 - Apple iPhone XR Review

iPhone XR next to iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8

iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS - Apple iPhone XR Review

iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS

iPhone XR, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 - Apple iPhone XR Review

iPhone XR, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9

We find the biggest giveaways that this is a cheaper product in a few other visible areas. First, the XR is a bit thicker than the XS, and then there’s also the wider bezel around the screen. The bezel is… OK. After a few hours of usage, we stopped noticing it, just like with the notch. And the phone itself looks very good – Apple has made sure to get those perfectly rounded screen corners corresponding to the actual rounded corners of the device. No one has ever achieved this with an LCD display before – if you look closely at other phones with LCD screens attempting the rounded screen corner thing, they all have some sort of imperfection in the curves.

So, Apple managed to get this just right, which is great; however, a small imperfection eventually made its way to the iPhone XR’s design, and that is the slightly offset Lightning port on the bottom. If you look closely at it, you’ll notice that it’s ever so slightly offset in relation to the speaker and microphone holes, which are perfectly centered, as usual. This is the first iPhone where we see such a compromise, and it feels bad. This may sound like nitpicking, but it’s a significant compromise considering Apple’s high standards for design and build quality, and we hope that’s the last time we see this on an Apple phone.

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