iPhone XR Review

by birtanpublished on May 11, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and finally an iPhone to match my outfit no but one of the really standout features of the iPhone 10 R is the fact that it is available in different colors some of them pretty darn pretty and jolly but the other neat thing about it is when Apple has made a so called affordable phone option like with the iPhone se it was usually a generation behind and processor and camera all that sort of thing so this affordable version of the iPhone for 2018 is $750 starting price for the 64 gig iPhone and with that you get the same processor you get the same starting 64 gigs of storage that you

Would in the more expensive $1,000 and up iPhone 10s and of course in 10s max also this one is the in-between size 6.1 inch display so for those who can find the iPhone 10 or 10s now size at five point eight inch is just kind of smaller than you want it but the max still is a huge phone too big for you well this is the inbetweeners size phone lastly when it comes to having current technologies this time around it's a good thing because we get face ID on this phone so for those of you who are ready to make that jump because face ID really has worked out well since Apple is

Introduced it with the iPhone 10 and it's a lot more easy and seamless for many of us in the using touch ID you can't that here we're gonna look at it now so what's gotta get what's different here obviously it's $250 less well you get an aluminum frame instead of a stainless steel frame or on the edges which is the same thing Apple does with their watches to the aluminum is the base model and then the stainless steel is the next step up stainless steel is more durable it looks a little more premium but the aluminum allows them to do those pretty colors but it's

Pretty hard to die or anodized stainless steel so that's why they can do this also it's 0.6 millimeters so just slightly over a half a millimeter thicker can you tell is that more than the thickness of a glass screen protector no not really so I really wouldn't worry about that too much in terms of durability it should be about the same this is glass front and glass back just like the iPhone 10s and the 10s max speaking of that you probably want to use a case you could say well then you know I won't see the pretty colors

Well there are clear cases out there too that's what I do if I really want to see the beauty of my phone and thanks to our sponsor Claude Abbi who makes minimalist yet protective cases I actually like their cases a lot the sheath and the veil XT in particular are very thin yet protective from scratches and even from drops as well thanks to our sponsor again I've been using their case in fact for my last year's model iPhone and it's held up quite well also the display is the difference for those who are OLED snobs and you really love oled displays this is an LCD they call it their liquid

Retina display I guess but liquid crystal display that's what LCD stands for it's 326 PPI which was the same pixel density for iPhones for a long time back when they started calling them retina so yes it's less than the pixel density of even higher resolution olette iPhones you can see the resolutions on screen to help you figure that one out in terms of OLED or not OLED it's really still a very pretty display Apple does not make crappy displays ever I'm really not seeing a whole lot of off excess viewing shift some people have said oh it looks less bright you know all

Displays do discolor and get a little less bright off angle but it's not bad and it looks pretty good next to the our iPhone 8 plus as you can see as well so you know if most people just walked into a store and saw them side-by-side I don't think they'd go crap and wonderful looking at the iPhone 10 are versus the 10s still at 1792 by 8:28 it was a widescreen resolution display still whether or not so it's not quite 1080p and some people really want to have at least 1080p resolution for watching their video so I get it if you want the more expensive model with the higher

Resolution and the more popping colors and significantly higher contrast because OLED has near infinite contrast there is a reason why Apple can upsell you to the more expensive phone as well the bezels are bigger that's the nature of LCDs versus öhlins with all LEDs each pixels individually lit so you don't have to worry about a backlight array or anything around the edge of the frame to help with backlighting so this doesn't have egregious those we don't have the big chin and the big forehead that iPhones used to have the iPhone 8 generation in previous but the bezels

Are bigger so it has less of a cool look there's no 3d touch here who cares nobody you get it LTE 4G here it's not the faster gigabit LTE that you'll get on the 10s and the 10s max models I don't think that's gonna make or break your day it's still fast enough LTE but something that might make a difference and if you're considering upgrading from a previous iPhone model that's fairly recent here well you get a single 12 megapixel rear camera it's pretty much the same main rear camera as you would have on the 10s and it is a step up from the iPhone 10

But it's only a single camera so for those of you who really enjoyed the telephoto lens which I personally do I like to take a lot of sorts still life photography portraits and all that sort of thing you're losing that second lens first so for those of you who are have an iPhone 10 or maybe an iPhone 8 plus model consider that and think about the kind of pictures that you take and you're using you lose those fancy portrait modes you know the ones that do that fall off light dark backgrounds and that sort of thing they do use computational photography not unlike the

Google pixel 3 family of phones the drawback here is it's used in conjunction with the telephoto lens aunts on the 8 plus and on the 10s family iPhones in on the 10 as well so here you're gonna have to use your feet to zoom as we say in photography if you want to do a portrait of somebody you're gonna have to get physically closer to them to get that tight framing without having a lot of background in the back also that computational portrait mode only recognizes people which is too bad the pixel actually can do this in the samsung galaxy family uses two cameras

To achieve this of course but if you're not taking a picture of a person you want to take a portrait of your cat for example it's gonna say no person found so it's not going to trigger that software feature to say a little bit more about the camera it's still a very good camera phone and it should be right even if $750 is now considered the not very expensive phone that's an expensive phone people right and it really does take lovely photos I don't think anybody's gonna be saying oh I really wish I had some other phone is it the best camera phone on the market clearly

Not the pixel of three and three Excel probably still win that award when it comes to video though the iPhones typically do a little bit better there than the pixel family of phones and this one still takes lovely video including 4k video at 60 frames per second super slow-motion video all those usual things it's very pleasing it does a good job in low-light not as good as the fiercest competition again pixel free would be the very best but I don't see it really falling behind for those sorts of things versus the 10s because really you're looking at the

Same main camera there it's just a portrait stuff that you're lacking lastly this has three gigs of RAM like iPhones a gold if you had an iPhone 8 or an iPhone 10 or anything previously had three gigs around but with the 10s family we've moved up to four gigs of RAM makes multitasking a little bit smoother fewer applications running in the background get killed again this is not something that you're going to notice lighten day but it'll make it feel just a little bit more responsive in terms of benchmarks synthetic benchmarks give me a hint of how the

Phone feels but that's about it interestingly though it does score a little bit lower on Geekbench 4 compared to the iPhone 10's even though they're running on the same CPU but the numbers are fairly close battery life is good news here even though the battery isn't quite as big as the 10s max battery's physically smaller phone you can see the battery capacities for comparison on the screen it actually runs a little bit longer even than the tennis max which shows the biggest battery of all why probably because the display is lower resolution even though OLED is usually

More power efficient depending on how much black versus white you're showing white takes more power than black to show with an OLED display but so I'm seeing about 20 minutes to 30 minutes of actual use time longer on the iPhone 10 are Schwing which is pretty darn nice as usually you just have that lightning port you get the 5 watt slow charger in the box this does support wireless charging it is water-resistant as well so you can take it for a little scrub-a-dub-dub in the tub with you and it should survive just fine so if you're in the

Market for a new iPhone and particularly if you're not doing that upgrade every year carrier payment plan that kind of high does the true cost of the phone makes it a little bit less painful still this could be as cheap as 10 dollars less a month even if you're doing that sort of thing yeah it's very nice phone it's not lacking I don't feel like it's a horrible step down from the 10s in the 10s max unless you want that humongous tennis max display right but if you're thinking about grading certainly if you're coming from iPhone 6 or 7 or anything like that this will be a huge

And lovely upgrade that will cost you less if you have a phone 10 already I don't know unless you're looking for a slightly larger display I probably wouldn't do that you've already got the nice OLED on the iPhone 10 you've got the double cameras going on you've got plenty of performance there if you have an iPhone 8 or 8 plus well I don't know a face ID is really very enjoyable and I like that I prefer that I kind of miss it when I don't have it so that's something that I enjoy over the 8 plus the 8 plus still gives you in the dual cameras oh so it

Gets a little bit but you know I think Apple pretty much figures that most people who have iPhones are gonna be upgrading every other year so they're probably not thinking so much and this is designed to replace your 8 or your 8 plus anyway so that's the iPhone 10 are and if you're an iPhone person an iOS person and you're on a budget you just want the nifty colors you don't want to spend crazy amounts of money like $1000 plus you're not on one of those carrier payment plans that makes it a little bit less painful yeah then certainly this is the phone to buy an amazing for mobile

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