- Excellent building quality
- Gesturing is awesome
- Incredible battery life
- Premium experience at the price of the price
And what we do not
- The camera is only "good enough"
- The LCD screen is not as rich as OLED
- Siri is still Siri
- Seriously, even though I & # 39; m struggling to think of other disadvantages, this is a really good phone
Most people know me like an "Android guy", which I have ever used as a hallmark. And while I wrote about my time with iPhone 8 earlier this year, I decided to try something new with XR's release: I used it as my headphone.
If you read my aforementioned "touch on iPhone," then you know that I have recently been comfortable with Apple's ecosystem. But even then it was still a secondary experience for me – I had either a Pixel or Galaxy S9 as my headphone.
However, when I pre-ordered XR, I knew it was time to give Apple a real chance. I told my Pixel 2 XL that I loved it and I would see it again soon, pulled the SIM card and switched to iPhone full time. In the first few weeks, I do not even carry an Android phone as my secondary line. I wanted to make sure I had no choice but to use the iPhone.
So while my first iPhone tag was more of a look at iOS from an Android user's perspective, this is especially about XR. This is my review of iPhone XR after spending a month with it every day.
Build: Attention to detail at every turn
The Pixel series of phones is "iPhone of Android," As it's Google's vision of what an Android phone should be. It's the amazing, premium Android experience. It's my starting point for how a premium handset will feel.
When I first took XR out of the box, one thing was shown immediately: this is heavy in the best possible way. It's nicer and heavier in a way that most other phones are not, it feels loud. Although Apple's "budget" handset is, it's a hot little package.
The overall building quality is impeccable again, in a way that I did not expect. I have reviewed many, many phones over the years (mostly Android, of course), but I became convinced of the iPhone XR. Even in comparison with iPhone 8, this is a tangible, noticeable and significant upgrade. The building of this phone is defined by clean lines, smooth curves and seamless transitions. The glass flows beautifully into the aluminum frame.
I usually have a rule when it comes to most phones: if it comes in black, buy it in black. As I said, I have a soft spot for red-deeper shades of red-so I decided to drift away from my normal "all black all the time" mentality and go to Project Red XR.
Despite the back and sides are two different materials and are slightly different in color, the material and aesthetics between the glass and the aluminum look (and feel) so good. There is a level of detail here that is hard to express in text – that's something you have to see to really understand. Without being too far in front of myself, I have found this statement to cover the iPhone X experience as a whole: you need to know on .
Around the front of the device is the "Liquid Retina" display, which originally raised concerns due to the "720p" resolution (in fact, it is 1792 × 828). However, the pixel density reaches 326 ppi-the same as in iPhone 8 and in no way can be seen by the human eye. It is very tight.
This screen also differs from X / XS / Max because it's not an OLED panel, but rather LCD-exact what Apple used in their phones for several years before iPhone X. The biggest difference between LCD and OLED is how They show "lighting work" The OLED panel allows each pixel to light individually, while the LED panel uses backlight on the entire screen.
In practical terms, it means two things: OLED is more energy efficient and also has deeper black because these pixels can be completely turned off when you show black. These are the main reasons why people prefer OLED panels.
The good news is that if you come from an earlier iPhone (like 6, 7 or 8) you will not notice a single difference in the display quality. If you come from an iPhone X (which is an unnecessary move in my opinion) or something else with an OLED screen, the color of the XR panel may look a bit different – not as saturated.
No matter, it's a nice screen. Apple does a great job of calibrating its screens so they look very good (and very similar) across the board, and the XR's Liquid Retina panel is no different.
Performance: Desktop Power in a Smartphone
It's no secret that mobile chips become so powerful that they start overcoming desktop processors in raw benchmarking, so it's no surprise that XR is a speed demon. Apple's A12 chip in XR (and XS, XS Max) is a chip of a chip, and XR flies at each task.
Flipping through recently-used apps is a breeze (especially with the latest app navigation on gesture-based input, which is unbelievable) and closing / opening applications are flashing fast. This phone (and, in the long run, XS) should never leave you who want something. It's fast and consistent. What more could you possibly want?
In terms of performance, I want to talk about FaceID for one minute. Like many users who come from an iPhone with a home button, I was skeptical of (read: completely opposite) FaceID. This was to be an Android user before my assessment of how to unlock a device with my face because the Android implementation of this feature a few years ago was horrible.
Since it was my baseline for some kind of face unlock, I had no high expectations of FaceID. Honestly, I should have known better – Apple is not a company that just releases anything without first doing it and FaceID is no exception.
First and foremost, it's crazy quick and accurate. But here's what shocked me the most: it works from a wide range of angles. You do not need to keep the phone and look directly at it or some kind of awkward shit so just use it naturally and let the hardware handle the rest. You have to be a fairly extreme angle because it will not work, so the transition has been quite seamless to me. I prefer now to the home button … with a pretty big margin.
My favorite forms of biometric are still a backlit fingerprint sensor (a la Google Pixel phones), but FaceID is an easy second in that race. It's great – if you've been reluctant to move to an X Series iPhone because of the TouchID or home button engagement, do not worry about it. Seriously, both the gesture and FaceID are incredible. And the adjustment period is so small; The learning curve is almost zero.
Software: IOS, Gesturized
While the X Series iPhones are definitely different in shape, they are still very similar in function. The biggest difference is how the interface is navigated: with gestures.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, many people are skeptical about moving away from the home button, which is understandable – change can be difficult. This is especially true when you have used the same system for many years (like the home button).
I've used Andriod's back-home latest apps configuration as long as I can remember (and before that, the physical buttons), but when Google introduced gesture-based navigation for Pixel phones earlier this year, I have a shot. And that's terrible.
Thus, FaceID and Android (terrible) Face Unlock feature was my starting point for gesture-based navigation. Nevertheless, Lowell (HTG and RG's editor-in-chief) spoke Apple's recorded gestures, so I was a bit less skeptical than FaceID.
It turns out he was right. Walking navigation on iPhone XR (and other X phones) is not only a great way to navigate the operating system, it's the best navigation system I've ever used, hands down. Google can take some notes from Apple on this (read: they should only steal it sweep-for-sweep).
All the gestures are quick and intuitive, but the movement between the driving programs is by far my favorite. The Android button for double-tap the keys to switch between two apps is fast and I use it often, but sweeps at the bottom of the screen to move between multiple apps are better and faster. It's killer. The only thing I've used to come close is the gesture option on OnePlus phones, and while it's much better than Google's system, it's still not quite as good as Apple's. This gesture system is basically perfect.
Otherwise, it's still iOS when you're used to it. It's good, kind and familiar. If you're already an iOS user, you'll really feel at home in the rest of the operating system.
Camera: Not the best but good enough
At this time, smartphone war "can be defined by a feature: cameras. Performance, building quality and the like are almost equal to all flagship phones now – Small differences are the only comparisons to make. Phones are just so powerful that it's hard to take them down.
But the camera? It's a completely different story. Apple had by far the title "Best Smartphone Camera" – Years after years ago, it was almost impossible to outperform Apple's cameras, but then Samsung did it. And then Google surpassed Samsung. Since then, Google has been the smartphone camera master with its Pixel phones. 
While XR's camera easily can not beat what Pixel can, it still has a good camera. Unlike XS, XR has only a camera on the front and one on the back, m An Apple has still incorporated most of a dual system, such as Portrait Mode. It does the same as Google does with Pixel cameras: with machine learning.
With and without portrait mode on the front camera.
For most photography needs, XR's camera is more than good enough – especially in good lighting. The weakest link for XR is low-light environments (which can be said for almost any other smartphone outside Pixels with Night Sight).
Battery life: Damn, Dude
M & # 39; Tell me something: As an Android user, I've become accustomed to the fact that a secret battery life is part of life in one place or another. While the Pixel 2 XL has the best battery life I've ever had from an Android phone, it does not light up the XR battery. It is insanely .
In the last month when I used the phone as my daily driver, I only had to load it on average every other day. There are a few hours of use every day, with intermittent car charging (via CarPlay) on most days. But otherwise charging is simply not something I've ever thought of with the iPhone XR, which I've ever been able to say about any Android phone. Not even Pixel 2.
I can not stress enough: I never thought about charging. I did not starve at the battery or shut down the control center continuously to check the battery. There was only no concern in any way, which is an unprecedented feeling for me. It has never been a time in my life as mobile users that battery life was not a problem.
Until iPhone XR. It's cool.
Conclusion: 98% of the experience, 75% of the price
Here's the store: iPhone XR is the "cheapest" of the current generation of iPhones, but it's still not "cheap" phone. And if you want to get the iPhone X experience without an iPhone X budget, then this is.
At a $ 750 redemption fee, it's 25% cheaper than iPhone XS and almost 35% cheaper than the iPhone XS Max input with an equal size display. Despite some of the cost-saving methods used in the XR camera (LCD panel), it still offers 98% of the premium XS experience.
It's a good deal you can ask 19659070] Excellent building quality