Apple iPhone XR: Unboxing & Review (All Colors!)

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a brand new iPhone 10 are in all six colors now the iPhone 10 R is the first time Apple has produced an all new design that slots below its flagship smartphones I think it's the most interesting new iPhone of the year it starts at 749 and gives you a design and performance experience very similar to the flagship switch start at $1000 so we get three capacity options 64 128 or 256 gigs and the most you can spend on an iPhone 10 R is $8.99 but of course the signature new feature of the iPhone 10 are our color options much more vibrant than the ones you get on the

Stainless steel iPhone 10s and 10's max so when it comes to unboxing these iPhones you have to take a moment to admire this packaging especially with all colors side-by-side so you can see each color of the iPhone Illustrated on the top of the box with that wallpaper which matches the phone and of course those wallpapers are available on the phone itself and we'll get to that even the text and the Apple logos on the side of the box have a metallic color which matches the aluminum finish of the iPhone so the speed this up the first thing I have to do is remove the plastic

Surround the inch box there's a pull tab on the side and all I have to do is pull that and the peels off pretty easily no knives need it so once we get the plastic out of the way we can go ahead and lift the lids of all of these boxes the first thing we see here of course is the paperwork packet and the one that stands out right away is the product red version so all of these packets are the same except for the product red version which gets an additional pamphlet so that product red flyer just tells you about the product red foundation so when you purchase one of these phones a

Portion of the proceeds goes to that foundation the rest of the paperwork is identical for each box we get a QuickStart guide a sim ejection tool and a set of white Apple stickers so with the paperwork out of the way we can see all six of our iPhones nestled in their boxes of course because this is an iPhone 10 design most of the display is all black until it's turned on but you can still see the vibrant colors of the aluminum surrounding me bezel so as we remove the plastic you can see the design is somewhat similar to the iPhone 8 cross with an iPhone 10 you have the

Aluminum frame with a glass back panel which allows for wireless charging but that glass back panel is also the most vibrant color on the phone the aluminum science an anodized metallic finish which is a little lighter than the more vibrant colors on the back now the accessories are the same ones we get with other iPhones we get a 5 watt travel charger even though the iPhone 10 our supports rapid charging but you have to buy that charger separately we also get a set of ear pods with an inline remote control and microphone along with a lightning

Connector so even though we don't have a headphone jack you can use the Lightning port for audio and lastly we have a USB a 2 lightning cable setup with iOS 12 is extremely simple I have to do is hold your old phone next to the new phone and you'll be prompted to transfer your information from the old phone to the new phone the process is pretty simple I have to do is scan a code on the front of the new phone and they pair together and handoff all the login information you would otherwise have to do manually you're also prompted to set up face ID for the first time and it's a two-step

Process you basically scan your face twice by rolling it around kind of coaches you through the process and they have sped up the performance of face ID thanks to faster algorithms and a faster secure Enclave also during setup is a demonstration of the true tone display so once again this is a technology that matches the displays color temperature to the ambient lighting the rest of the setup will talk you through Apple pay and setting up Siri we're also given the option to select standard or zoomed view now we're only seeing this with larger screen devices so the iPhone 10s doesn't

Offer this but the 10s max does and so does the 10 R so basically you can choose whether you want larger fonts or smaller fonts bigger icons smaller icons now personally I prefer standard and that's what I'll be demonstrating taking the close look at each color starting with blue we've never seen this blue color on an iPhone before unless you take a look at the iPhone 5c and it's kind of similar it's not exactly the same but you can see it's in that same sort of family it's more of a pastel blue or sky blue so it's quite light if you take a look at the edges of the

Phone you'll see that aluminum again has that sort of metallic anodized finish so it's not as solid as the color on the back overall I think it's one of the best-looking colors and certainly one of my favorites yellow is one of the most vibrant colors to pick from and it's also kind of a pastel color just like blue and coral now the yellow here is a little darker than the yellow from the iPhone 5c which was more of a lighter pastel yellow this is a little closer to a mustard-yellow the aluminum sides also have that more metallic lighter yellow

Color and because as metallic it's almost like a gold color but if you compare this to one of the yellow Gold's that Apple use on some of its earlier iPhone designs you can see it's not really that similar at all so it's still a pretty distinct yellow color product red is not a new color but what's new this time is the fact that it's available at launch instead of halfway through the year and limited edition so it's kind of nice to see this always available otherwise the color scheme here is identical to what we saw with the 8 plus so we have the same sort of

Red glass on the back and the dark red frame coral is one of my surprise favorites it's kind of an orange color but it's more toward the salmon it's not as pink as I think a lot of people assume it is so you definitely want to spend some time with it if you're not clear on what this color actually is it is somewhat similar to the iPhone 5c color but it is a little more toward the orange or peach side but again you have that sort of metallic aluminum color on the side which I think complements the back color quite a bit better than it does on some of these other colors at

First glance white looks like the same white we get with other iPhones but in fact it's quite a bit more white if that makes any sense compared to something like the iPhone 8 so if you compare that side-by-side you can see that this is a much brighter or cleaner white we still get that raw aluminum finish along the side which is pretty classic Apple but that white color is so much brighter than what we've had before and lastly we have black otherwise known as not space great but they're actually kind of similar so if you look at the iPhone 8 in space grey next to the black iPhone

10 are you see that the glass on the back has that same sort of a dark gray black color but if you look at the aluminum the 10r is much darker than the space grey on the iPhone 8 so with all of the phones booting up to their home screens you can see just how vibrant the new wallpapers are that match the colors looks pretty impressive side-by-side here now there's actually two versions of the wallpaper here the one you see on the box cover and the one that's on by default so basically each color has two wallpaper options now Apple use three methods to

Reduce the price of the iPhone 10 as to give us similar specs and a cheaper form factor so the big difference really comes down to the LCD display which is lower resolution than the displayed on the 10s or 10s max we also get aluminum construction instead of stainless steel and we only get one camera on the back it's the same wide-angle camera on the 10s and 10's max but we lose the telephoto camera there's a few other compromises so for example instead of an ip68 rating for the 10s we have an ip67 rating for the 10 are the $10.00 also did not pick up

The gigabit LTE speeds of the iPhone 10s so it did not get those revised antennas in terms of size the 6.1 inch iPhone 10 are slots right between the 5.8 inch and 6.5 inch 10s and 10's max now I think that's a little confusing to many shoppers because most people assume a larger phone is more expensive that's not the case here the 5.8 inch 10s starts at $9.99 versus 749 for the 10 arm so what's the difference and why should you care the big difference here is LCD versus OLED OLED has those deep blacks and vivid colors but there's a few other things here such as resolution

So the LCD display of the 10r has a resolution of 1792 by 828 so that's good for 720p video that delivers a very familiar 326 PPI that's the same retina pixel density we've seen since the iPhone 4 it's also on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 but 326 is still quite a bit lower than the 450 PPI on the 10s and 10's max both of ampuls LCD and OLED displays have the same brightness around 625 nits both phones are color calibrated for the wide color spectrum of the DCI p3 spec but the iPhone Tanner doesn't fully support the HDR specs like the iPhone 10s one of the things you

Might notice about the iPhone 10 R is that it does have a noticeably thicker bezel than the iPhone 10s and 10's max now LCD is not as flexible as Ola because it requires a backlight so that backlight has to be designed to evenly light the entire panel which gets a lot more difficult with rounded corners and smaller bezels and even though LCD is not a bendable display technology like oh that they've been able to tuck the display drivers underneath the display so you can get that edge to edge LCD design so even though the bezels are slightly thicker than the OLED phones

This is still quite an achievement now because we don't have the pixel density of the OLED displays on the iPhone and 10's max you notice that the corners have kind of an interesting solution for that so because we have these radii around the display in order to make it as smooth as possible Apple actually change the aperture of the pixels so they sort of fade out toward the corners so does a good job making those rounded corners look rounded instead of jagged even though it's not OLED apples LCD displays are some of the best out there and there's a number of reasons for that

So for example it has a very even backlight there's no splotchiness or edge leaking that's completely uniform the other technology that makes this display look so fantastic is dual domain pixels it's the same technology they use on the iPhone 8 so that display technology solves some of the problems of LCD and maintains contrast and color accuracy off access so when you tilt the phone it does a pretty good job maintaining the brightness and color uniformity of the display you're still gonna notice the backlight on the dark screens so for example if you're looking

At the photograph that's surrounded by black you'll see that the screen does show itself but it's not too bad it certainly it looks a lot worse in my demonstration here because I have the exposure ramped up on the camera to kind of magnify the effect I'm trying to show you one that the other ways Apple has made this display cheaper is by removing forced touch and replacing it with haptic touch now force touch was pressure sensitivity on the display and every other iPhone has it except the all new iPhone 10 arm so haptic touch replaces it by using long presses and

Tactic feedback to replicate the same feature now the haptic feedback feels identical to 3d touch on the iPhone 10s or 10s max the only drawback is that it's slower than 3d touch and it hasn't completely replaced the gestures that 3d touch offered but hopefully iOS will be updated in the future to incorporate more features for the most part the pixel density isn't really an issue the only time I really notice it is with black text on a white background and usually only at certain sizes or with certain fonts so it's more noticeable in certain situations than it is in others

Another interesting size comparison is between the iPhone 8 and 8 plus so the overall size is right between them and it's smaller than the iPhone 8 plus but the screen is quite a bit bigger so we have a 5.5 inch screen versus a 6.1 inch screen unfortunately the iPhone 80 plus is a true 1080p display with a higher pixel 401 verses 326 so it does look a bit sharper another benefit of this display is that it's more energy efficient than the larger higher resolution only displays that gives the 10 are the longest very life of any of the iPhones

It has the second largest battery at just under 3000 milliamp hours which is a little smaller than the 3200 in the 10s max for the most part battery life is very similar to the 10s max until you start measuring screen time but you get up to 90 minutes more very life than you do in the 8 Plus which has a much smaller battery there's quite a bit going on at the bottom of these phones we have a lightning connector which very cleverly has a color matching insert so they paid a lot of attention to details but with the exception of black the speaker grilles and screws are just

Silver on all of the other colors unlike the 10s we do get symmetrical speaker and microphone grilles but if you look closely something you might have notice is that the Lightning port is not aligned at the center of the edge instead it's sort of shifted away from the display we haven't really seen that before with an iPhone but that's because they needed the room for the display just above it of course there's more substance to talk about here so we do get a new set of microphones which can pick up stereo audio for video but we also get a stereo speaker designed very

Similar to the 10s so we have a speaker on the bottom and the speaker in the earpiece for full stereo sound like the 10s these speakers have been totally matched so they have a much wider stereo sound in fact they sound basically identical to the iPhone 10s max just like the iPhone 10s we have an extra large side button which replaces the home button for many functions such as Siri we have our volume controls on the left side along with the mute switch sim trays normally aren't that interesting but they're kind of interesting here in terms of the 10r because the tray is so

Much lower than it is compared to other iPhones so it's pretty far down on the right side but just like the iPhone 10's the 10r also gets a dual sim thanks to an electronic embedded sim or Nissim alongside this nano SIM tray another feature completely carried over from the iPhone 10 S is the true depth camera which is used for face ID and facial mapping for features like an emojis and me emojis but face unlock is obviously the most useful feature because this allows you to quickly unlock or authenticate passwords or Apple pay just by looking at your phone

This technology uses an infrared camera and a dot matrix projector so I actually maps your face with invisible dots now you can see it thanks to my camera's infrared filter but normally you don't see this in fact any flash you see at the top of the phone is because my camera is picking up it's not actually visible we also get the same new and improved FaceTime HD camera now recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second although the iPhone 10 R loses the telephoto camera of the 10s it does keep the same 12 megapixel camera from the 10s which has the new

Upgraded sensor which is larger so we get larger pixels and deeper trench isolation for better low-light performance we still have everything that camera has such as optical image stabilization we also have the new and improved quad led true tone flash and we get even more focused pixels which gives us faster and more accurate auto focusing those focus pixels are actually used as an alternative to the depth perception of the dual camera phones so thanks to the powerful isp in the a12 chip alongside facial recognition the camera system can crunch the data to

Bring the portrait camera effects to the 10 arm the only drawback with the system is that it needs to recognize a face in the shot in order to apply the blurred effect around it that's not the case with 10s which can work with any foreground subject unlike the dual camera setups the 10r uses the main wide-angle camera for portrait mode while the dual cameras use the telephoto camera so not only is low-light performance better on that wide-angle camera but it also means you don't have to stand this far back to get the shot

We also get the portrait lighting effects on the iphone 10 are just like on the 10s but it's limited to three of them so we get natural white contour light or studio light but what we're missing from the dual camera iPhones is stage light and stage light mono ten are also picks up the depth controller of the iPhone 10 s so you can change the blurred background effect as you change the aperture so it's a virtual aperture but the effect is pretty convincing so for example not only does the blur change in intensity but the bokeh also changes so for example the optics of the

Bokeh will get wider as the depth gets shallower camera performance is identical to the 10 s which makes us one of the best cameras you can buy on any smartphone at any price and one of the biggest innovations with the 10 s is something called smart HDR which is actually baked into the isp of the a 12 Bionic chip so this is able to combine a more images to sample both the contrast brightness and color of an image to make sure it's completely evened out while still preserving a lot of detail just like the 10s we also get 4k video recording up to 60 frames per second or

Slow-motion up to 240 frames per second now because the tree that the camera is identical to the 10s we don't lose any features on the 10r so that means we get portrait mode with depth control along with all of the portrait lighting effects 10 R also gets the a 12 Bionic CPU the same 7 nanometer chip inside the 10s and 10's max the only spec difference between the 10s and 10 R is RAM so the 10 R gets three gigs versus four gigs for the flagships ultimately this means we get the exact same performance of the 10s on the much cheaper 10 R so checking out the

Interface for the iPhone 10 R we do have raise to wake or we have tapped awake so I have to do is tap the screen to wake it up scans for your face automatically I didn't have to act upon that at all so it's extremely quick and seamless so tap the screen scans my face swipe up to get to home now on the lock screen we have quick shortcuts for the flashlight and the camera app and instead of 3d touch we now have haptic touch so basically it's a long press which is a little slower than forced touch now from the home screen you swipe down from Center to get to your notifications

Which are stacked on top of each other in iowa's 12 swipe down from the right corner to get to your control center we do have haptic touch here as well so you can long press on some of these items to expand them out even though this action is a little slower than 3d press it's actually kind of nice to do a more light press in order to get to these controls not a huge loss but haptic touch doesn't replace all 3d touch features so for example we lose app quick actions so for example if I 3d touch on the iPhone 10's max here I get to these quick actions for the iPhone 10

R I just get to the editor another area I use 3d touch a lot is on the keyboard so I can activate my cursor and move it around just by force touching on the keyboard to enter this trackpad mode very useful now we still have the same feature here we just use the spacebar so you hold long press on the spacebar and then you have the same function now because we do not have a home button you just swipe up to get to home and you can also swipe up again and hold to get to your recent apps you can also swipe up to dismiss those apps you can also just swipe across the

Screen like so the switch between your recent apps in terms of useful button combinations you long press to get to Siri or you can use the wake up command to take a screen grab hold the volume up key and side key down at the same time and release and to power down the hold the volume down key and side key at the same time so in the end there are many ways in which clever engineering and simplification have delivered almost all of the same features of the flagship phones we get haptic touch replacing 3d touch they've even been able to retain portrait mode for the single camera some

Of these cost compromises actually come with some added benefits such as that more colorful aluminum design along with a slightly thicker foam which gives you room for a larger battery that gives us some of the best battery life among all of the iPhones beyond that we're still left with an iPhone that adopts the stunning modern design and user interface of their flagship phones while maintaining almost all of the same performance and features of a much more expensive phone and unless you focus entirely on pixel density as a metric you won't find many other phones that

Can match the 10r on performance cameras or the technologies such as face ID but more to the point I phone users finally have an affordable upgrade option that doesn't leave them feeling left out and behind alright guys hope you enjoy this look at the iPhone 10 R if you guys enjoyed this video please let me know with a like and I'll see you again in my next video

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