iPhone XR iPhone XR - Underrated

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I finally pushed the upgrade button from my iPhone 7 to the XR (64 GB) black & here's my random thoughts about what I think is a very underrated phone:
  • In a case (and if you get a black XR) you don't notice the bezels. Admittedly, you might if you didn't use a case, however...
  • This thing is pretty heavy and covered in glass front and back. You need a case!
  • The size. I thought I'd not be able to get used to it, but I am slowly doing so. The screen size and battery life are worth it. I never thought I'd say this, but Apple really knew what they were doing when they picked its size.
  • It's fast. The A12 is pretty amazing and the XR is incredibly smooth to operate. I've not seen any slowdowns yet.
  • I've forgotten all about the home button on older iPhones. Did they really used to have them? To that matter, what even is Face ID? My phone just unlocks automatically, so do password protected apps etc.
  • The screen. It's great Not all of us like the searing glow of OLED (and I suspect that I might have PWM intolerance) and prefer the more natural looking look of LCD. True Tone is fantastic and I could now never use a phone without it. Yes, the screen is the same resolution as the 7 (and older phones) but it's leagues ahead. And you can only really make out individual pixels if you go looking for them.
  • The battery life. Wow. This thing is awesome. I'd heard it was but nothing prepared me for what a monster it is. Putting the phone on battery saving mode and using it a moderate amount at work results in the battery only just dipping below 80%. The battery life is incredible on this thing. You're going to have to try very very hard to have battery issues on this.
  • The camera. I've not really used it too much. It's a shame not to have a dual lens. Maybe next time around.
  • After 5 days of using it, when I see people with the iPhone 7 around London, it seems super tiny - how did I use that thing for 2 1/2 years?
 
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The iPhone XR is a big upgrade from the 7 (or the 6s in my wife's case).

The loss of the 2X lens is a big downer to me though since I have the 7 Plus, and I would have preferred a higher PPI screen like the 7 Plus (which I'm now very used to).
 
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I went from 7+ to the XR and absolutely love it. The battery life and camera sold me. You can get amazing photos (I'm an iPhoneographer) with this lens and don't listen to anyone saying you need a dual lens setup for portrait mode shots. I accomplish them easily by letting the camera focus and setting the aperature (f. exposure) I have the Spigen clear/Red case with a popsocket and it feels perfect. Enjoy it!
 

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The iPhone XR is a big upgrade from the 7 (or the 6s in my wife's case).

The loss of the 2X lens is a big downer to me though since I have the 7 Plus, and I would have preferred a higher PPI screen like the 7 Plus (which I'm now very used to).
The two items you mention are obvious candidates for Apple to add to the XR2, this year.
 
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The broader point is a lot of people complain about the X series (myself included) perceived shortcomings until they actually try the device. After that it's hard to go back to the 6-8 series.
 
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The two items you mention are obvious candidates for Apple to add to the XR2, this year.
I’d be surprised if XIR got a higher PPI screen, because most don’t care.

I could see it getting a dual-lens camera though.
 
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How does this make the phone underrated?

That’s a negative point, not positive at all.
The battery capacity on the XR is higher than any other model in the iPhone lineup, with the exception of the Max.

Most people consider the weight, but don't link it to battery capacity.
 
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How does this make the phone underrated?

That’s a negative point, not positive at all.
Overall I think it’s a great phone. We all want lighter and thinner phones that are both powerful with amazing battery life, don’t we? That’s the point I was making.
 

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The XR is a solid phone. If you don’t take many pictures, it’s a no brainer compared to the higher priced phones. The Max is obviously the better phone, but if photography isn’t important to you then it loses a lot of its perks. Being able to get a phone in 128gb is a huge deal. 64gb isn’t enough for many people, but 256gb is also overkill for most. My 8+ is holding out fine, but if it broke today I would replace it with an XR.
 

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The battery capacity on the XR is higher than any other model in the iPhone lineup, with the exception of the Max.

Most people consider the weight, but don't link it to battery capacity.
Hmm the fragile glass front and back should also be linked to the battery capacity as well then.
 

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I changed my iphone X to the XR and im amazed of all this phone can do it feels so much better in all ways i do not miss the stainless steel, if you get it you wont regret it :).
 

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The only gripe I have with the XR is simply that it’s missing 3D Touch. Altogether, when you compare the XR to the XS side-by-side, they’re literally identical in terms of the features that Apple included in the XR for $250 cheaper. I just find the most pivotal feature that I use the most on my iPhone is 3D Touch (And the dual camera isn’t _that_ important to me), and I’m not exactly sold on the ‘software version’ of 3D Touch for the XR. Altogether, the XR will continue to be priority for Apple in the future.
 

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Good to hear.

I’m trading my X in for an XR in a few weeks
I feel like this is a perfect place for me to chime in...

I am an iPhone OWNER! I have been since the iPhone 4 and have not looked back(minus 2 little hiccups). I am and ALWAYS will be the upgrade every release guy. When I SAY EVERY release I MEAN everyone.. iPhone SE included. I also had the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. The only ones I can subtract would be the Product Red releases of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

With all that said... I bought the X on launch weekend in November of 2017 after buying the iPhone 8 Plus in September of 2017. That goes for every iPhone released even prior to that.

As I type on this forum right now I have an iPhone X space grey 256GB, I have an iPhone XS Max in gold 512GB and I Have an iPhone Xʀ in black that is also 256GB. The only X mode that I do NOT own is the regular iPhone XS. This means that I bought the iPhone XS Max on September than the iPhone Xʀ in October. When the phones were announced my wife tried to get me to just wait for the Xʀ and if I didn’t like it so could always buy the XS Max then. Well I’m a man and I obviously do NOT listen well. I used the iPhone XS Max for about 6 weeks and I loved it. The screen size was great I thought. However one thing I had noticed when using the X throughout 2018 was I would get like light headaches. When I switched to my 8 plus throughout the year I wouldn’t have them. I’m not saying I am sensitive to PWM because I’m not sure, but I do know IPS panels are better on my eyes personally. That’s one thing about the Xʀ that I did like. Also, I have come to find that while I enjoyed the 6.5” screen on the Max that the 6.1” screen on the Xʀ is my perfect size. Certain people complain about the bezels on the Xʀ, but honestly they’re not noticeable and I have all 3 of these devices sitting next to one another. Maybe it’s because I have the Black model and they’re more subtle IDK.

I have honesty used my XS Max very few times since October. Now I plan on using this phone until September and I honesty believe I may go with the R mode this next time as well...
 
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Simply because they have priced so many people out of their XS models.
Apple needed a ‘middle ground phone’, it’s that simple. The Xs is too costly for the majority consumers to find value in phone like that The reality is, without the XR, it would only alienate consumers further away fthat cares about smart phones for that price point, not to mention, the XR is much needed in China’s commerce, which is likely one of the reasons the XR exists to begin with.
 

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Apple needed a ‘middle ground phone’, it’s that simple. The Xs is too costly for the majority consumers to find value in phone like that The reality is, without the XR, it would only alienate consumers further away fthat cares about smart phones for that price point, not to mention, the XR is much needed in China’s commerce, which is likely one of the reasons the XR exists to begin with.
Pretty sure China doesn’t really care about apple. Definitely not to the extent apple made this phone with them in mind. Maybe things are changing.
 

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Pretty sure China doesn’t really care about apple.
That’s interesting, can you elaborate why China doesn’t care about Apple? (And I’m not referring to the competition that’s cheaper under Apple), specifically, what don’t they care about? Also, keep in mind, China is Apples second largest market.
 

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That’s interesting, can you elaborate why China doesn’t care about Apple? (And I’m not referring to the competition that’s cheaper under Apple), specifically, what don’t they care about? Also, keep in mind, China is Apples second largest market.
Seems pretty low to me.
 

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The only gripe I have with the XR is simply that it’s missing 3D Touch. Altogether, when you compare the XR to the XS side-by-side, they’re literally identical in terms of the features that Apple included in the XR for $250 cheaper. I just find the most pivotal feature that I use the most on my iPhone is 3D Touch (And the dual camera isn’t _that_ important to me), and I’m not exactly sold on the ‘software version’ of 3D Touch for the XR. Altogether, the XR will continue to be priority for Apple in the future.
1. The XR and XS Max are the nearly identical ones. The XS displays considerably less information on-screen compared to the XR. The XS displays 375x812 display points. Both the XR and XS Max show 414x896 display points, or 22% more on-screen information than the XS.

2. 3D Touch is dead. Apple has been adding feature parity to long press, and I suspect that none of the 2019 iPhones will have 3D Touch. Hopefully the silver lining is that it will allow Apple to lower prices, but I'm not counting on that.
 

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I changed my iphone X to the XR and im amazed of all this phone can do it feels so much better in all ways i do not miss the stainless steel, if you get it you wont regret it :).
isnt that the downgrade ? no OLED screen and size and weight too are more than than of X..
 

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isnt that the downgrade ? no OLED screen and size and weight too are more than than of X..
I think that just depends on what type of screen you like, for me i prefferd lcd because i cant live with the fear of getting burn in (that will happen) the battery now is so good and with the added weight it feels more like an iphone 8 plus i love the bigger screen also.

i really dont know why people call it downgrade if the diffrence is the ppi and the double lens :(.

EDIT: FOR ME