We have three iPhones in Sep 2018, and due to lack of innovations, the sales didn’t go well for Apple last year. But I think iPhone XR is The Best Value iPhone in 2019.
It’s also your best entry iPhone which allows you to experience the full-screen design on iPhones, iPhone X might be a bit pricy for some of us!
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(iPhone XR, inside the box)
Product: iPhone XR
Display: 6.1” Retina HD display (1792 x 828 pixels)
Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 64/128/256 GB
Camera: 12.0 MP Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR
Front Camera: 7.0 MP HDR
Battery: 2,942 mAh and support Qi wireless charging
Other Features: IP67 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes)
Design & Display
“Does it come with a phone case?” is my first thought when I hold iPhone XR on my hands. The black matrix seems much thicker than iPhone Xs & Xs MAX.
The alternative for this issue is choosing the black color then the bezel won’t look that obvious like other colors.
Apple offers 6 colors for iPhone XR, such as red, yellow, white, coral, black, blue. People said that many color choices make iPhone XR feel like the full-screen versIon of iPhone 5C, but more powerful.
From iPhone 4 till iPhone XR, “Pixels Per Inch” on retina screen is always the same 326 ppi, people mentioned that it’s the biggest compromise for the price to obtain more users for iPhones 2018.
Although LCD is not that ideal as Apple’s OLED screen, it does has some other advantages. For example, iPhone XR’s LCD screen doesn’t have the notorious PWM issue, and it’s better for your eyes and protect them from getting damaged in the low-light environment.
PS. PWM means Pulse Width Modulation, it’s the way OLED screen to control brightness and it will flicker at lower brightness levels.
So it harms your eyes and makes you eyestrain after a while you stare at your phone a bit longer. For sensitive users, it might be uncomfortable. So, be careful about your eyes!
(LCD screen does not have PWM issue!)
Another advantage is it won’t have burn-in marks on LCD screen which is the also a big issue when you have an OLED screen phone. The LCD screen doesn’t affect much for my daily use, but if you are heavy video game players and also care much about the color contrast or color saturation, you might go for the iPhone Xs & Xs MAX directly. People tend to go for iPhone Xs for a whole better experience since the price gap is only USD$250.
PPI for iPhones:
(iPhone XR is with thick black matrix.)
The single-camera iPhone XR is mostly compared with Google Pixel 3. It takes the best photos with one single camera, and it combines lots of software enhancements by A12 Bionic Chip.
Although iPhone XR only gets one camera, the photos were taken by it still look amazing. It proves that a good camera on your phone nowadays needs more than just sensors and lens, but also with the advanced software and a powerful chip.
There is another highlight of iPhones in 2018 called “Smart HDR“, it brings more highlight and shadow details to your photos.
You could also use the front camera to take selfies with “Portrait Mode” which make your photo like a pro, although we are not.
With iOS 12 update (now, it’s iOS 13), you may choose from “Studio Light” to brighten facial features, “Contour Light” for more dramatic directional lighting, “Natural Light” (no need to explain, right?)
There are no “Stage Light” to isolate your subject in the spotlight or “Stage Mono” for stage light in a classic black and white in the rear camera of iPhone XR.
But with the front camera, you still have these two light mode choices.
(With the software enhancement and A12 Bionic Chip, iPhone XR still takes good photos in the daylight.)
What my experience told me the three lightning modes is enough since I don’t take selfies that much. The Bokeh mode by iPhone XR front camera(TrueDepth camera) gets better than the previous iPhones, and it looks natural.
(Bokeh mode looks naturally in iPhone XR, you could adjust the background blur as you want.)
In the daylight, the performance of iPhone XR & iPhone Xs is almost the same, no big difference since both get A12 Bionic chip. At night, iPhone XR does a “so so” job for night photos.
If I have to pick up something bad about the single-camera of iPhone XR, it must be the night mode. I take scenic photos a lot which also include many night photos. But every time I look at the results, I delete them often. This is really something Apple needs to work harder.
After iPhone X brings this great feature, people accept the idea – “Your Face is your password!” It works 90% quite well, as for the rest 10%? I mentioned this 10% in my iPhone X review.
“Imagine I am in a meeting with important customers, I need my phone to check something maybe the time for next meeting or another schedule, it’s not possible to lift my phone and face me and do the unlock process…” I will take a step back to use passwords to unlock my phone instead, this is the 10% situation.
I also tried this year for the FACE ID learning path, it gets quicker and quicker to recognize my face. No matter I wear a mask when I am on my way to work, or sunglasses on a sunny day, it almost recognizes my face and unlocks instantly.
(There are Dot Projector, Flood illuminator, and Infrared Camera in the notch of iPhone XR.)
A12 Bionic Chip
A12 Bionic Chip is the most powerful chip in the smartphone industry. A12 delivers extraordinary performance with a next-generation Neural Engine.
It houses a 6-core CPU, with two of these works for performance, the other 4 works for efficiency. With A12 Bionic Chip, iPhone XR is running 15% faster and 50% energy saving.
(A12 Bionic Chip houses 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, Neural Engine etc.)
That’s the reason people call iPhone XR lasts the longest among all the different iPhones. There is Neural Engine on A12 Bionic Chip, it is just like you and me. It develops to recognize patterns, make predictions, and learn from experience.
(The powerful A12 Bionic chip helps AR experience become so easy and fun.)
Top#01 NO 3D Touch
The 3D touch is gone with iPhone XR. After people get used to 3D touch, Apple decides to remove this feature from the new iPhones.
It is used for people to preview apps and replay some messages quickly like Apple first introduced in 2015 with iPhone 6s, and I used it a lot to launch some functions in different apps quickly to save more time.
Top#02 Heavy Weight
Normal phone ranges from 150 gram to 180 grams, but iPhone XR weighs 194 grams. Just imagine you buy an iPhone XR case to protect your phone, and the total weight will become…?
Weights of iPhones:
–iPhone Xs MAX: 208 grams
–iPhone 8 plus: 202 grams
–iPhone XR: 194 grams
–iPhone Xs: 177 grams
(iPhone XR weights 194 grams, and it’s quite heavy if you also have a nice and proper iPhone case.)
iPhone XR is not equipping dual camera as iPhone Xs & Xs MAX, so it does not allow you to use optical zoom for your perfect photo.
Although we know iPhones in 2018 all get A12 Bionic Chip, you could use iPhone Xs for a 10x digital zoom while iPhone XR only allows 5x digital zoom.
It seems that iPhone XR lasts the longest among all the iPhones, but I kind of hope the battery could be larger like the famous ASUS zenfone 6‘s 5,000 mAh.
I need to give a big thumb that Apple uses A12 Bionic Chip for iPhone XR instead of using the last version A11 Bionic to make it less flagship. But, the larger battery the better battery life!
iPhone XR is never a cheap phone to me since it gets almost everything that iPhone Xs & Xs MAX get. It’s definitely The Best Value iPhone so far!
What I don’t like the most about it is only the performance for a night photography. If Apple could update iOS 13 with “Night Mode”, iPhone XR will still be very competitive in 2019.
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about iPhone XR or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.
(All photo: Apple)
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