iPhone XR iPhone XR has arrived

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I took the plunge and my new 128GB XR is here..

First impressions:
- felt heavy at first but after 10 mins I’m used to it
- size an issue so need to try it out for a while to see if I can get used to it. I probably have slightly smaller than average hands for a man of my height so this may take some getting used to/be a deal breaker
- Face ID is absolutely superb
- screen is very good, albeit no different to the 6
- camera is a slight improvement on the 6
- love the screen size and the bezels don’t bother me; yes, they are there and very noticeable but next to my 6 it’s a huge improvement and I won’t be comparing side by side with a x/xs so not really an issue.
- web browsing isn’t massively quicker than the 6, which is disappointing.

Initial thoughts - 60:40 against keeping it at the moment due to size. If I return this I’ll be opting for a sim free x as I refuse to go up to £1,149 for the Xs 256gb.
 

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I guess you're not totally sold on XR.. Is it still feeling heavy and big.. I am used to 7 size.. Didu put it in a case yet ?
 
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I took the plunge and my new 128GB XR is here..

First impressions:
- felt heavy at first but after 10 mins I’m used to it
Agreed - when I pick up my work Moto G, it almost goes flying as it's so light
- size an issue so need to try it out for a while to see if I can get used to it. I probably have slightly smaller than average hands for a man of my height so this may take some getting used to/be a deal breaker
I'm a little gutted I can't one hand use it anymore, but over time I'll get over it.
- Face ID is absolutely superb
Still not 100% on it, I feel TouchID was still more convenient
- screen is very good, albeit no different to the 6
I came from a 7 and like the bigger size, but I can't tell an objective difference.
- camera is a slight improvement on the 6
In the right lighting I've found the XR to really capture more detail, but low-light is not as improved as I hoped.
- love the screen size and the bezels don’t bother me; yes, they are there and very noticeable but next to my 6 it’s a huge improvement and I won’t be comparing side by side with a x/xs so not really an issue.
- web browsing isn’t massively quicker than the 6, which is disappointing.

Initial thoughts - 60:40 against keeping it at the moment due to size. If I return this I’ll be opting for a sim free x as I refuse to go up to £1,149 for the Xs 256gb.
Comments in bold, on the whole i'm happy with my upgrade overall, but I do share some agreement with you.

I do find myself missing 3D touch, or should I say that Haptic touch was half-assed implemented on release, but at least with 12.1.1 on the way they're saying more features will be added.
 

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Camera is probably much better than 6, not slightly better. 6's camera doesn’t even have OIS if I remember correctly.
 

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I guess you're not totally sold on XR.. Is it still feeling heavy and big.. I am used to 7 size.. Didu put it in a case yet ?
I am getting more sold though. I do like the bigger screen. Going to use it for the day today to see how it feels to carry around all day in pockets etc. Will also be trying it with a case.

Xs is the sweet spot but I’m just not willing to succumb to the additional £350 it would cost to get a higher storage xs.
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Comments in bold, on the whole i'm happy with my upgrade overall, but I do share some agreement with you.

I do find myself missing 3D touch, or should I say that Haptic touch was half-assed implemented on release, but at least with 12.1.1 on the way they're saying more features will be added.
Yeah, can relate to your points. Let’s not beat around the bush though, it’s a great upgrade on the 6 and one i’d happily use for 3 years. My question to myself is “what will my 6 perform like for the next year and do I want to stick with it?” To which I know the answer. Depending on sales, I imagine Apple will stick with these sizes for next year admit they know they’ll trap enough 6/7/8 upgraders into paying loads more for the xs (and whatever the 2019 equivalent is) due to the much bigger screen but same overall size.

No idea what 3D Touch is as never had it so not missing it.
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It's just fine in a case,even an Otterbox Defender. I came from 6S+ in Defender case.
It’s natural to feel fine to you then as it is smaller than the +.
 
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I took the plunge and my new 128GB XR is here..

First impressions:
- felt heavy at first but after 10 mins I’m used to it
- size an issue so need to try it out for a while to see if I can get used to it. I probably have slightly smaller than average hands for a man of my height so this may take some getting used to/be a deal breaker
- Face ID is absolutely superb
- screen is very good, albeit no different to the 6
- camera is a slight improvement on the 6
- love the screen size and the bezels don’t bother me; yes, they are there and very noticeable but next to my 6 it’s a huge improvement and I won’t be comparing side by side with a x/xs so not really an issue.
- web browsing isn’t massively quicker than the 6, which is disappointing.

Initial thoughts - 60:40 against keeping it at the moment due to size. If I return this I’ll be opting for a sim free x as I refuse to go up to £1,149 for the Xs 256gb.
I came from a 6S Plus - the Xr is an upgrade in every way mate! The camera is far superior, so I have no idea what you have been doing to say its not. Also it has more RAM and I think you'll find apps open and close faster and general operation is much smoother than your 6.

I bought the 256Gb Red Xr and I am very happy. I am an Apple power user, running pretty much all of the Apple systems in the place I work (MMU) and I can say that I am happy with my choice over the XS/Max. I honestly like value for money, and this is better value than the XS models, in my opinion. I guess if you were a pro photographer you might prefer the better camera/screen of the XS.
 

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I came from a 6S Plus - the Xr is an upgrade in every way mate! The camera is far superior, so I have no idea what you have been doing to say its not. Also it has more RAM and I think you'll find apps open and close faster and general operation is much smoother than your 6.

I bought the 256Gb Red Xr and I am very happy. I am an Apple power user, running pretty much all of the Apple systems in the place I work (MMU) and I can say that I am happy with my choice over the XS/Max. I honestly like value for money, and this is better value than the XS models, in my opinion. I guess if you were a pro photographer you might prefer the better camera/screen of the XS.
Starting to agree with you. Regards the camera, I’d only taken a few pics so not a great sample size but can now see how much better it is.

If you don’t mind me asking, did you go sim free or on contract? Everywhere I read it suggested that the former is cheaper but all my pricing up suggested that this was not the case so went for a contract which is not a huge deal as I plan to keep it for 3 years.

Totally agree on value for money; if I’d wanted additional storage xs it would have cost £350 more which, frankly, isn’t on.
 

Hicksmat1976

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Starting to agree with you. Regards the camera, I’d only taken a few pics so not a great sample size but can now see how much better it is.

If you don’t mind me asking, did you go sim free or on contract? Everywhere I read it suggested that the former is cheaper but all my pricing up suggested that this was not the case so went for a contract which is not a huge deal as I plan to keep it for 3 years.

Totally agree on value for money; if I’d wanted additional storage xs it would have cost £350 more which, frankly, isn’t on.
I did buy sim free. I got the 256GB version on iPhone Payments, over 20 months. At the end of that I'll have skipped the 2019 models and I'll then pick up something from the 2020 line up. I am with EE, I get a great retentions deal, so I pay around £13 for 20GB of data and unlimited mins/texts. To me it worked out cheaper sim free. I imagine though some contracts will be able to offer some good deals, but I still don't think I'd have got it cheaper.
 

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I went from an iPhon 6+ to a Google Pixel 2 then finally back to the iPhone with the XR.

I can tell you from personally experience even going from the Pixel 2 to the iPhone XR was a nice leap. I don't care what Pixel fanboy crowd say the camera is as great as they say it is. I don't use the iPhone for my camera use for I use a MILC (Sony 7RII) for my main photography, but the iPhone XR is a nice camera when I'm lugging around and want to snap a picture. I bought the Coral (Orange) iPhone XR and slapped a plastic case on it just to protect it from scratches and I glad I did for the very first day I put a nice scratch in the case. I'm sure it would had a least put small scratch on the XR had I not been using the case. I do find it a little heaver than the Pixel 2, but it's not too bad consider I lug around my camera gear that makes the iPhone XR seem like a feather. :D I know people say the screen resolution is terrible on the XR, but I personally think it rather good. Though I kind of old school and remember old computers and game consoles that had primitive screens, but the games were fun to pay and the applications did what they were supposed to do. I still remember the days where people were amazed at an 8-bit sprite dancing around a screen on an Atari 2600.
 

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I came from a 6S Plus - the Xr is an upgrade in every way mate! The camera is far superior, so I have no idea what you have been doing to say its not. Also it has more RAM and I think you'll find apps open and close faster and general operation is much smoother than your 6.

I bought the 256Gb Red Xr and I am very happy. I am an Apple power user, running pretty much all of the Apple systems in the place I work (MMU) and I can say that I am happy with my choice over the XS/Max. I honestly like value for money, and this is better value than the XS models, in my opinion. I guess if you were a pro photographer you might prefer the better camera/screen of the XS.
Same from/to for me. Totally agree with 1st paragraph. And IF they were a pro photographer,they'd have cameras to do serious work.Best value handset in a while.
[doublepost=1541818151][/doublepost]I simply don't understand the "too heavy" complaints. What are we talking,an ounce or two? Let's put this in perspective.
 
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I did buy sim free. I got the 256GB version on iPhone Payments, over 20 months. At the end of that I'll have skipped the 2019 models and I'll then pick up something from the 2020 line up. I am with EE, I get a great retentions deal, so I pay around £13 for 20GB of data and unlimited mins/texts. To me it worked out cheaper sim free. I imagine though some contracts will be able to offer some good deals, but I still don't think I'd have got it cheaper.
Makes sense and a good deal. And the iPhone payments includes apple care for 2 years, doesn’t it?

That is good, worth sticking with them. Mine worked out at £31/month +£349 up front for the same deal, however mine was through affordable mobiles.co.uk so I doubt I get anywhere near the same level of cover (standard 1 year guarantee from apple, I assume).
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Same from/to for me. Totally agree with 1st paragraph. And IF they were a pro photographer,they'd have cameras to do serious work.Best value handset in a while.
[doublepost=1541818151][/doublepost]I simply don't understand the "too heavy" complaints. What are we talking,an ounce or two? Let's put this in perspective.
Agree with that. For the first hour it felt heavy and really thick as I’ve been used to the 6, but now I hardly notice it and have only used it for a day. Still getting to grips with the size but I think that’ll be fine. I’m glad I tried the 8 plus back in the summer because had I not I think I’d have decided that the xr is too big, but in fact I think it is on the borderline whereas the + had been tipped over the edge size wise.
 
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Makes sense and a good deal. And the iPhone payments includes apple care for 2 years, doesn’t it?

That is good, worth sticking with them. Mine worked out at £31/month +£349 up front for the same deal, however mine was through affordable mobiles.co.uk so I doubt I get anywhere near the same level of cover (standard 1 year guarantee from apple, I assume).
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Agree with that. For the first hour it felt heavy and really thick as I’ve been used to the 6, but now I hardly notice it and have only used it for a day. Still getting to grips with the size but I think that’ll be fine. I’m glad I tried the 8 plus back in the summer because had I not I think I’d have decided that the xr is too big, but in fact I think it is on the borderline whereas the + had been tipped over the edge size wise.
And there are bigger iPhones,too! Let's get back to calling them phablets again.
 

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If I was gonna carry a heavy big phone, I’d get the max.
Yeah go pay $450 more dollars.. just what you need to do! Because that Max they don't sell them in 128gb, so you'll have to go to 256gb if 64gb isn't enough. It's the worlds dream to give Apple all our money.
 
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