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iPhone XR Review Roundup: Great LCD Display, Good Single-Lens Camera, Top-Notch Performance

iPhone XR Review Roundup: Great LCD Display, Good Single-Lens Camera, Top-Notch Performance

Apple has shared some of the reviews of the company’s new iPhone XR, which will hit user’s hands on Friday. The reviews shared by Apple are all glowing, but we’ve also included a bit more of the reviews’ content

Digital Trends
“The colors are stunning, battery life is great, Face ID is still industry-leading technology, iOS gestures are intuitive, the camera is superb, and performance is fantastic. This is the iPhone to buy.”
“That’s good, because the XR has a large 6.1-inch LCD screen with 1,792 x 828 resolution. Apple calls it the Liquid Retina Display, and while the screen resolution may sound a little low, it looks sharp at the distance you typically hold your phone. Look closer and pixels will start to be visible. We think Apple could have added at least a 1080p screen here — you’ll hardly find an Android phone in this price range with such a low-resolution screen. Even the $530 OnePlus 6 has 2,280 x 1,080 resolution.”

Daring Fireball
“Dollar for dollar, the [iPhone] XR is almost certainly the best iPhone Apple has ever made.”
“People who are looking for some way that iPhone XR purchasers are getting screwed have it backwards. If anyone is getting screwed on pricing, it’s XS and XS Max purchasers, who don’t have the option of buying a 128 GB device for just $50 more than the baseline 64 GB models. You can buy a 256 GB iPhone XR for $100 less than the price of a 64 GB iPhone XS — 4x the storage for $100 less.”

Tom’s Guide
“iPhone XR delivers fast performance, great cameras and longer battery life than other flagship phones, all in a colorful and affordable package.”
“In terms of ruggedness, the front of the iPhone XR has the same durable glass as the iPhone XS, but the back is not as tough, so you may want to get an iPhone XR case.”

“[iPhone] XR arguably offers the best blend of size and usability. Build quality is up to Apple’s usual standards, which is to say it’s impeccable.”
“And then there’s the screen, which has become a lightning rod in certain corners of the internet. At 6.1-inches, Apple’s Liquid Retina display feels like the right screen size for most people. The thing is, it runs at 1,792×828 — that’s well below either of the premium phones that Apple just released, not to mention lots of midrange Android phones released this year. Apple says this the “most advanced” LCD screen anyone has every squeezed into a smartphone but does that really matter when it isn’t as pixel-dense as most of the other phones in this price range? Well, in a word: yes.”

The Verge
“Apple’s also done some extremely detailed work to make the rounded corners of the LCD perfectly match the corners of the phone itself — work I desperately wish other companies would do.”
“The only major performance difference between the XR and XS is LTE: the XS supports Gigabit LTE speeds, and the XR does not. Gigabit LTE can provide faster network speeds if your carrier supports it, but even if it doesn’t, phones with gigabit are traditionally better at holding onto a connection in weak signal areas. I’m not equipped to test this head-to-head, but if network performance is a concern to you at all, it might be worth spending more for the XS.”

“Even though the [iPhone] XR is Apple’s mid-range iPhone, the feel is very much that of a piece of nicely crafted jewelry. It’s weighty, with a gorgeous 7-layer color process laminating the back of the rear glass, giving it a depth and sparkle that’s just unmatched in consumer electronics.”
“The iPhone XR’s screen is an LCD, not an OLED. This is one of the biggest differences between the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS models, and while the screen is one of the best LCDs I’ve ever seen, it’s not as good as the other models. Specifically, I believe that the OLED’s ability to display true black and display deeper color (especially in images that are taken on the new XR cameras in HDR) set it apart easily.”

The iPhone XR can be pre-ordered on apple.com and in the Apple Store app. The device will also be available starting Friday, October 26, from apple.com, in the Apple Store app, and Apple retail stores, as well as Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

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