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?