Jun 16, 2020 Reviews
iPhones have always been known for their premium-ness and how top-tier their smartphones are. They always have resided in that luxury segment of the smartphone market since its launch, and if anyone actually has the money to buy them, they’d mostly rather go for the Apple mobile instead of any other companies. However, perhaps for the first time, Apple has actually listened to their mid-range followers as well, and with the introduction of the XR, they’ve given their fans an actual usable phone at almost half the price of their regular flagships. We feel like the XR is the best deal on an iPhone you can get right now, and we’ll let our review speak on that matter.
There’s a lot to like about this phone, and one of the first things is its funky design. The XR is unlike its older brothers; it doesn’t really follow the usual, minimalistic, and simple design on the flagships from Apple. Instead, it has 6 different punchy colors to choose from, including the much loved red design, which you can surprisingly get without paying extra for it. Moreover, you also get a decent sized phone for 2020, with a screen size of 6.1”. It’s a little smaller than most screens today, but it’s still a well-sized phone and most users will surely love the way the phone feels in the hand and for day-to-day use.
Another positive to take from the phone is the flagship level performance that it comes with. Apple has taken it upon itself to give all of its devices the same top-notch processor, be it the XR or the XS Max - all the phones from 2018 by Apple have the A12 bionic inside, which in 2020 is still an incredibly powerful chipset. The XR will easily power through day-to-day tasks and run all heavy games on the app store without any issues. If you’re into gaming, then you won’t be disappointed at all with this phone.
The next point is going to be expected; the cameras. Any iPhone, be it a cheaper model or even one from 2016 is going to have an above-par camera. The XR follows suit and gives excellent quality of pictures even with a singular camera setup. Taking portrait shots or just of the sky, you’ll be amazed at how close the photos turn out to be to the flagship iPhones of even today.
The battery life is actually great on the XR as well, something you wouldn’t expect on an iPhone. Thanks to its LCD display, you can get around 9-10 hours of screen-on time, which is way above the average battery life of phones.
The only thing we can actually criticize the XR about is the subpar screen quality on the phone. The iPhone XR has an LCD display, which isn’t the worst in the world, but it isn’t great either. You won’t really feel that much of a difference in day-to-day use, but if you pay more attention and try really hard, then you will find the disadvantages of the lower resolution and the lack of colors popping.
All in all, the XR is a great value at around 450 dollars. You get top-level performance, cameras and battery life, and the experience of an iPhone at half the price of its usual flagships. If you’re not really a screen enthusiast, then go for this phone at all costs!