First look at the iPhone XR: the iPhone that most people should buy in 2018?

Finally, one month after the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR is a cheaper alternative to Apple's flagship devices. I say "cheaper", but at £ 749 / $ 749 it is far from the budget that many expected the iPhone before launch.

Instead, take the formula set by the iPhone XS (and the iPhone X) and adjust it slightly adjust the lower price. There is only one camera in the back, for example; the stainless steel rim has been replaced by aluminum as the iPhone 8 and the LCD replaces OLED as the technology used on the screen.

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Release date of the iPhone XR – When did it run out?

The iPhone XR is now available from Apple directly and on networks such as EE, O2 and Three. See our best deals on iPhone XR for more information.

iPhone XR price: How much does the iPhone XR cost?

The iPhone XR starts at £ 749 / $ 749 for the 64GB model. £ 799 / $ 799 for the 128GB version and £ 899 / $ 899 for the high-end 256GB model. Each of the available colors (coral, blue, yellow, black, white, (PRODUCT) RED) can be collected in all sizes and at the same price.

iPhone XR screen

The function is the screen for most people who have worried about the iPhone XR. Not so much because of the change back to LCD instead of OLED, but because of the apparently low resolution of 1792 x 828. This gives the same 326ppi as the iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but is far from the 1080p resolution of the Plus range of iPhones.

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Apple calls it a liquid Retina the screen and after using it for a prolonged period, honestly, I think it's fine . If you come from an iPhone 7 or 8, you will feel at home and if you have an iPhone X, then you probably are not thinking about getting the XR.

The LCD screen lacks striking colors, perfect The blacks and the support for Dolby Vision / HDR10 OLED possess in the iPhone XS. But in normal use, colors are still nice and you can not detect individual pixels unless you're really looking for them. In my opinion, the screen is a bit more yellow than the OLED on my iPhone XS Max, however, that could be the real tone (the setting of the Apple software that makes colors softer in certain environments). Technology does it too. Busy.

Impressively, Apple has managed to ensure that the curves at the corners of the screen and around the protruding notch are perfectly uniform, with no missing pixels or blurry edges. Look at any Android phone with LCD screen and curved corners and you will notice irregular edges.

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  iPhone XR vs IPhone XS

The screen bezel is larger on the iPhone XR vs iPhone XS (iPhone XR on the left, XS on the left)

I handed you the iPhone XR to a couple of people (people who have used iPhones only in recent years) and none of them noticed the resolution drop compared to an iPhone XS. What they did notice, however, was the thicker bezel that runs through the screen. Since the LCD requires a physical backlight (OLEDs are individually illuminated pixels), Apple needed more space to fit on the screen and this is the result. Having sides of color also makes the black bezel stand out more prominently.

iPhone XR – Camera

The other notable difference between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR is the camera. While the iPhone XS has a 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto camera on the back, the XR limits it to the wide-angle camera only.

Retains a 12 megapixel sensor with an f / 1.8 lens, OIS and Smart HDR to obtain excellent photos reliably. It's exactly the same as the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, and the photos I've taken so far seem almost indistinguishable from those of their more expensive brothers.

  iPhone XR Camera

Losing that secondary telephoto lens does not mean you can not zoom without loss to approach a subject without sacrificing quality, and it also limits the operation of the portrait mode. The portrait mode remains on the iPhone XR, but where the dual-sensor iPhones would build a depth map to differentiate more accurately between the background and the subject, the XR does it all through the software. The effect still looks good in my pair of test shots, but I'll need more time to see how it compares to the Pixel 3, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and other iPhones.

Interestingly, the portrait mode here only works with human faces. . If you are filming animals, you will encounter a message & # 39; No face detected & # 39;

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There is an 8 megapixel camera on the front and support for 4K (24 fps, 30 fps and 60 fps), slow motion video recording and 1080p.

iPhone XR – Design

Where I think the iPhone XR exceeds the XS is in design. It's not a "class" feel, but the aluminum band is less slippery than stainless steel and the 6.1-inch screen size feels like a good compromise. There is glass on both the front and the back and it has an IP67 rating, which means it can be submerged in a variety of liquids for up to 30 minutes.

I find it strange that even though Apple is positioning this as the iPhone's default option, it is not offering a smaller version. I know many people who still find the iPhone 8 too big and crave something more for the pocket; the iPhone XR is not.

Just being able to pick up this phone in a variety of colors makes it a bit more interesting. There is an orange-red, bright red coral (part of Bono's red line of products) and a couple of shades of pastel blue and yellow. Also, there is black and white if you want something a little more conservative. The range of colors is excellent and there is not one that stands out for being ugly. All are well colored and each one reacts a little differently when the light hits the glass.

iPhone XR – Performance and battery life

Powering the iPhone XR is the A12 Bionic Soc, 3GB RAM 4 GB on the XS, but just like the X) and the performance should be as impressive as it was on the iPhone XS. The XR is not lost in the fastest LTE gigabit, but maintains the functionality of double sim. It also benefits from the fastest face identification system.

Apple says that the battery life has been improved with respect to the iPhone 8 Plus and Qi wireless charging is maintained. Stay tuned for the full review to see in depth the resistance of the XR battery.

 iPhone XR Back

First impressions

The iPhone XR seems to be a great mix of features extracted from the iPhone XS and the removal of items that most people do not will lose A £ 749 is not cheap, but it's much cheaper, both without a SIM and with a contract, than the iPhone XS and Android phones like Google Pixel 3.

This will be the iPhone that most people will gravitate to 2018 and 2019 and I do not think they'll be disappointed.

The first aspect of the iPhone XR: the iPhone that most people should buy in 2018. It first appeared in Trusted Reviews.

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