iPhone XR Reviews Roundup: Best LCD Display Yet, Decent Single-Lens Camera, Excellent Performance and Battery Life

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The first round of iPhone XR reviews were published by media outlets this morning. Below we've highlighted some of the key takeaways from around the web ahead of Apple's official iPhone XR launch day this Friday.

    Priced starting at $749, the iPhone XR is Apple's lowest-priced flagship iPhone and is available in several colors. It features Face ID, an edge-to-edge LCD display, a single-lens camera, a glass body for wireless charging, and an A12 Bionic processor.


    On the 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display:
    [*]The Verge's Nilay Patel:
    [*]Matthew Panzarino writing for TechCrunch:
    On the iPhone XR's single-lens camera:[*]Engadget's Chris Velazco:
    [*]Wired's Lauren Goode:
    Regarding Haptic Touch:[*]iMore's Rene Ritchie:
    On the A12 Bionic processor's performance:
    [*]Pocket Lint's Stuart Miles:
    On battery life:
    [*]TechRadar's Gareth Beavis:
    [*]Mark Spoonauer writing for Tom's Guide:
    Be sure to check back, as we'll be adding more links below to online reviews of Apple's iPhone XR as the day goes on.

    Article Link: iPhone XR Reviews Roundup: Best LCD Display Yet, Decent Single-Lens Camera, Excellent Performance and Battery Life
  2. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
    Seriously, we need a smaller hand-friendly version of this design.
  3. BvizioN, Oct 23, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2018

    BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    The YouTube stars are getting ready for scrutiny in a hope for a new "gate"!
  4. gigapocket1 macrumors 68000

    Mar 15, 2009
    I think people should just give it up. It’s not going to happen.
  5. acblue94 macrumors regular


    Jul 26, 2011
    New York, NY.
    The XR should of been the iPhone 7. The iPhone X should of been the iPhone 8. And the XS should of been the iPhone 8s.

    The iPhone 7 and 8 were a waste of phones. Just another iPhone 6.
  6. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Just read Gruber’s review at daring fireball. Really enjoyed his breakdown on the differences between the XR and XS.

    Actually what’s very interesting is how the XR uses the wide angle camera (it’s only camera lens) for portrait shots. It ends up getting much better portrait shots in very low light compared to the XS (as it’s using the telephoto lens which has a much smaller sensor).

    Essentially what I was expecting. Excellent option for anyone not needing the additional luxuries of the XS (SS, OLED, 3x retina as opposed to 2X4, retina and telephoto camera sensor).
  7. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Oct 2, 2013
    Sounds like this will be a hugely successful line. I'm even considering downgrading from my XS Max to an XR if they can't get their LTE reception/speeds figured out. I haven't had LTE speeds this bad since... well, since before LTE was even a thing. I thought the problem was overblown, but then I started noticing it more and more. It's bad.

    Glad to see the battery reports are everything we hoped they'd be. Not to mention that this has the most performance of any phone, on a per-pixel basis, by a landslide :D
  8. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    As long as you haven't already been using an OLED screen, you won't miss what's not there.
    For anyone who is coming from an iPhone 6s, 7, or even 8 this phone is a massive upgrade.
  9. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Xr really is the phone to get (especially the memory upgrade pricing). Only tech obsessed people should go for the small improvements in the Xs series.
  10. motm95 macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    I know there is a fragmentation argument against the growing number of iPhones and size and storage options, but I actually think Apple has done a good job of making three excellent phones with well thought out differentiators to provide something for just about everyone.
  11. CentralOffice macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Would be nice if Apple updated XS line to offer option to use wide angle sensor for portrait - I find the need to be closer to get shot a limitation in general of that otherwise awesome feature.
  12. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Still laughing at the pricing - $749 for the basic version of an "entry level" phone? Talk about about taking the piss!

    But lots of people will buy it . . .
  13. SBG88 macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2003
    Yup, I don't see the big phone fad letting down anytime soon. I love the size of my SE but bought the Xr.

    What's cooler than to have a computer you can put in your pocket. The phone has become secondary.
  14. dewski macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2011
    I think it will eventually. Not in the next couple of years, though. Everything is cyclical. This fad of big will wear out. They will also need something new to bring to the table design wise after a few years. Maybe we can get one then. I just got my new SE after seeing what apple has to offer.
  15. indiekiduk macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Hmm no peak and pop could be a problem for me. I got quite used to hard pressing a google search result link to bypass Google's 5hitty Amp pages.
  16. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    That was very interesting. Basically the only time my phone camera fails to capture an adequate picture is low light. Having an advantage in that situation is huge. But after reading this I now know to never turn on Portrait mode in low light situations on my XS. I shoot a lot of my pictures in portrait mode so this is important to keep in mind for me.

    He also points out that you can get the storage size you need (128gb) for $450 less than the Max's 256gb. Since one should pretty much never buy any model at the 64gb (if only for the resale value to be high), this is a very big difference. And you get two features of the Max in screen size and battery life in the XR. Seems like the Max is really going to be the phone left out in the cold in 2019 when it has to compete against the XR.
  17. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2014
    Trouble is there are a lot of people who believe that the real “taking the piss” is the iPhone XS & MAX. I have a friend who is still on an iPhone 6. She earns over £100,000 per year and has just spent £40,000 on a new car. So money is hardly the issue. When I asked why she hasn’t upgraded yet the answer is basically - “£1,000 or more on a phone. And no 128GB version. That’s taking the piss!”. She is getting an XR. I think that there a a lot of people like that.
  18. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    iPhone 7 at $449 is the entry level Apple currently sells.
  19. Geert76 macrumors 68000

    Feb 28, 2014
    the Netherlands
    I have got the 2019 iPhone Xs Mini primeur; oled edge to edge screen in an iPhone SE casing :D:D


  20. Narcaz macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013
    Massive is correct. It's a very big smartphone. And for (6S) 7, 8 Plus owners, the upgrade path isn't so great. PPI Downgrade, loss of 3D Touch and dual cameras. And outside of the US it is priced in the premium segment. I have trouble recommending this model to friends and family.
  21. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Sounds like a clear winner for Apple and people looking for a more budget conscious iPhone. It's better than any Android phone out there also so I am anticipating it being a big seller with switchers also.
  22. kodos macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    Since lots of people are buying it, cue the picture of Tim Cook laughing at you laughing at the pricing :)

  23. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    Frankly, I've tried 3D Touch on my iPhone X and it's not as useful as I thought. Most iPhone users won't miss it on the iPhone XR.
  24. DaveyVigs macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2016
    This! I had the 6plus and then 7plus but eventually grew tired of them downsized to the SE and love it but got an XR for more screen in a slightly smaller than plus package. I got my cases in and they feel great. Can’t wait for Friday!!!!
    Plus no PWM from OLED for me bonus! My SE will become my iPod touch for yard work and runs/bike rides.
  25. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    Love the design... no thanks on that screen though.

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