- Regular, timely software updates
- Great battery life
- Dual SIM is finally an option
- Excellent cameras
- Best-in-class performance
- Fast charger not bundled
- First-party apps not great in India
- Dual SIM support is limited
- Low-resolution display
this is a special review of the Apple iPhone XR, so let’s take a look at Apple’s cheapest iPhone of 2018 .
this is the first time since 2014 that the entry-level iPhone gets a whole new look, after four generations of iPhones, this is also the first time that Apple’s use the letter R on an iPhone name and Apple hasn’t officially said what the R stands for but my guess is since it’s one letter before s it represents one step down from the higher-end versions .
of course there are a few things that the Apple iPhone XR does not have that the Apple iPhone XS does, the clearest difference is there’s only one camera on the back instead of two .
there’s a different display type it’s an LCD instead of the AMOLED which also accounts for that extra bezel around the screen, and there’s no 3d touch and I’ll let you know what that means later .
otherwise the Apple iPhone XR has the same notch display as the other iPhones which means face ID and gesture navigation is the new golden standard for all iPhones moving forward . Read More : Apple iPhone X Full Specs
the battery percentage also has permanently moved to the control center since there’s no longer space in the cramped status bar, the left side has the standard Notification switch and the volume keys while the right side has the power button and a sim tray .
the new generation iPhones support both nano SIM and built-in Isim, so it’s technically a dual sim, however the Chinese and Hong Kong versions of all the new iPhones can physically hold to nano SIM cards .
the bottom has the Lightning charger port and a loudspeaker, which complements the other speaker in the earpiece for dual stereo audio .
the speakers sound surprisingly good and are acoustically well tuned and loud, it received an excellent score in our loudness tests .
the frame around the phone is well rounded like the other iPhone 10 models, but the Apple iPhone XR uses anodized aluminum instead of a polished stainless steel frame, so the finish is matte .
it feels great in the hand and I do prefer how the matte finish looks and feels over the polished stainless steel, around back every one of the six colors are made of glass which comes with its pros and cons .
one of the pros is qi wireless charging support and the other plus is that the glass makes the back look nice and sophisticated, Apple has made the glass really embody the color that you choose .
our yellow version isn’t as yellow as I thought it would be, I was expecting more banana and not banana pudding, but that’s okay Because the color is starting to grow on me now . Read More : Top 10 Smartphones 2018
the display is 6.1 inches and sits somewhere between Apple iPhone XS and the Apple iPhone XS Max and size, the Apple iPhone 10 r’s resolution is 828 x 1792 pixels, which is closer to 720p than Full HD and it sits at 326 PPI .
which is the same pixel density as last year’s iPhone 8, and the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 5, my point is that this pixel density is starting to feel dated .
after all Apple announced a Retina display on the iPhone 4, the display is honestly not a deal-breaker, sure it’s not as high-res as the other more expensive iPhones but when you start comparing prices 250 dollars for a smaller but higher resolution screen on the Apple iPhone XS might not seem worth it .
like the other more expensive iPhones, the Apple iPhone XR has faced ID and it works just as well, 2018 marks Apple’s full transition to face ID for all iPhones, so face ID is the biometric standard from here on out .
setting it up is pretty easy and while it usually does work well in most situations, I found that it’s more cumbersome when I try to unlock it on a desk or when the screen isn’t facing me directly .
when Apple first introduced face ID I didn’t think this was the direction that mobile pastors needed to go because there’s nothing wrong with the fingerprint scanner .
but Apple might have its own reasons for making the transition, after all the home button does take up a lot of space, but last time I use an iOS phone was the Apple iPhone 6s and after 3 months of using it I got tired of looking at the same home screens and I didn’t like how Google Apps behaved in an iPhone, they took second priority after Apple’s offerings with maps and music and this is still kind of true but it’s gotten much better .
I can’t say that I won’t get bored of these home screens at some point after all they really haven’t changed over the years and they can’t be customized as easily as you can install an aftermarket launcher on an Android phone .
but where Apple really knocks out of the park is in gesture navigation, by now I have to say that this is the most fluid and polished gesture controls that I have ever used and this might be the reason why I’m enjoying the iPhone so much .
it feels effortless to flick between windows and slide back to the home screen so easily, I find it feels more natural than tapping on screen navigation buttons .
but I don’t think that everyone shares the same feeling, I think that many longtime Apple they’re hesitant to switch to anything past the iPhone 8 because there’s a learning curve that’s required for them to learn a whole different navigation system .
and I know that the average smartphone user does not like change this big, iOS 12 brought a bunch of new changes like screen time, group FaceTime, improved stability, a better do not disturb mode with more controls and options and a group to notifications .
which now neatly stacks notifications from the same app rather than give you a long list of chronological alerts, it only took Apple 11 years to figure this one out .
as mentioned before the Apple iPhone XR does not have 3d touch, but considering how limited its functionality is in the first place, it’s not a deal breaker at all .
the closest thing the 3d touch there is is tap holding action on the shortcuts on the lock screen or just tap holding all thumbnail and Instagram to preview .
it screen time is another late addition to iOS that lets you manage daily time limits for apps downtime and you can see how much time you’ve wasted on social media .
the Apple iPhone XR is powered by the same 812 ionic chip as the Apple iPhone 10s, but the Apple iPhone 10r has three gigabytes of RAM instead of 4 gigabytes on the Apple iPhone 10s .
in any case the Apple iPhone 10r blows away any Android phone in performance, face ID is also quicker thanks to a faster algorithm on the a12 chip which processes information from the true depth camera system way quicker .
although the Apple iPhone 10R is the cheapest one it has a comparable battery life to the Apple iPhone 10s Max, even so the Apple iPhone XR still that better browsing and video scores than the Apple iPhone 10s.
Apple still shamelessly includes the original 5 watt charger which is way behind other fast charging technologies, for convenience sake the Apple iPhone XR does support qi wireless charging .
although there’s only one camera on the Apple iPhone 10R, you can still take some really nice shots with it, the only difference is that the Apple iPhone XR’s single camera cannot do two zoom like the iphone 10s’s dual camera because of the telephoto lens it’s missing .
even without a second camera the Apple iPhone XR can still take really nice portrait photos with two differences, the Apple iPhone XR can only take portrait when it recognizes a face so you can only take portraits of people .
the other difference is that the camera won’t zoomer crop in when taking a portrait because there’s no telephoto camera to do it .
the blur effect is pretty spot-on and you can only adjust it before taking a picture, the default simulated aperture is 2.8, photos taken with the Apple iPhone XR are very good, details look great and colors are neutral and lifelike .
I was very impressed by how well this camera can balance exposures, even though their HDR photos they aren’t too high in contrast or sharpness which makes them ideal for manually editing later .
Apple’s new smart HDR kicks in much more often but the results are fantastic, these low-light City shots look excellent and you don’t really notice any over processing can compensate for noise, I mean unless you zoom in .
there’s a 7 megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture and like the main camera this one also exposes very well for selfies, I took this selfie with the Sun literally behind my head and you can still see everything in the frame and details stuck around in the areas behind the subject .
the front camera uses the face ID set up to take portrait photos, you can adjust the blur effect here and you can also use the portrait lighting feature to make the lighting more dramatic .
while these portrait lighting shots is generally looked good, you’ll need lots of light all around to get the best results, otherwise regular portrait selfies look very convincing and the liner on the subjects blur is barely noticeable, this is one of the best selfie cameras I’ve used this year .
lowlights selfies look pretty good too, but they do look very soft as it gets darker, the Google Pixel 3 is still the best phone for taking selfies in the dark .
the front-facing flash is a great help but if you do use it make sure you take your glasses off first, when it comes to video the Apple iPhone XR can take up to 4k at 60 frames per second with the main camera and up to 1080p at 60 frames with the front camera which also now has image stabilization .
like the stills details and colors are excellent in video, keep in mind that videos shot at 30 frames in 4k have more dynamic range than the 60 frame video, on the same note 30 frame 4K is also electronically stabilized and finally all videos now record with stereo sound .
so what’s the verdict, Apple made a cheaper iPhone that undercuts the price of the higher-end ones while making a few minor compromises .
this year Apple hasn’t seen a strong demand for the iPhone 10R compared to previous years, but that could be attributed to a couple of things .
first of all iPhones ever rising price keeps going up every single year for the entry-level iPhone, and the other thing is that people are generally keeping their phones much longer between upgrades than they have in the past .
another thing I’ve noticed is that many people have expressed that they don’t want the iPhone 10 models because there’s so much more different than the older ones, there is no home button, there’s no fingerprint scanner and they might be a little bit uneasy about a phone that can 3d scan your face .
well I’m here to tell you as a longtime Android user this is the best iPhone I have ever used, sure the resolution is low compared to some other models but when the price difference is 250 dollars for a smaller screen with a higher resolution it’s very easy to overlook .
I would say this phone is for anybody who wants to give iOS another try, or for anybody who’s looking to switch from something like an iPhone 6 or older .
but I’m also going to tell you to give the gesture controls a try, once that learning curve is done the gesture controls are just so much better and more fluid, than having a home button .
so please let us know what you think about the iPhone 10R or any other phone that you might be considering In the comments box below .
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Specification: Apple iPhone XR
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
CDMA 800 / 1900, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
Available. Released 2018, October
150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
194 g (6.84 oz)
Front/back glass, aluminum frame (7000 series)
Nano-SIM, Electronic SIM card (eSIM)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified), IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio)
828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)
Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
|Other screen features||
120 Hz touch-sensing, True-tone, Wide color gamut
iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 12.1.3
Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
|Memory Card Slot||
64/128/256 GB, 3 GB RAM
12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF
Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
Yes, with stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
2.0, proprietary reversible connector
Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation
Fast battery charging 15W: 50% in 30 min, Non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, USB Power Delivery 2.0
Up to 25 h (3G)
Up to 65 h
Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, Coral, White
About 850 EUR