Is Apple’s iPhone XR the Best Premium Phone Value of 2018? — Mashable Reviews

Is Apple’s iPhone XR the Best Premium Phone Value of 2018? — Mashable Reviews


It’s coming a month later than the iPhone XS and XS Max, but the iPhone XR is now here to complete Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup. With many of the same shared features as the XS and XS Max, the XR is honestly the iPhone for most people who don’t want to shell out a
thousand bucks on a new phone. After using the XR for a
week, I can confidently say, you’re not giving much up over the XSes. The XR is every bit an excellent member of the iPhone X family. Let’s start with the
similarities between a XR and XS, because they really
have the same core DNA. Both phones run iOS 12, and are powered by Apple’s blazing-fast A12 Bionic, which remains the fastest mobile chip, way faster than any
flagship Android phone. You will not see much of
a performance difference between the XR and XS for basic things like flipping through
Instagram or browsing the web or even playing rich 3-D games. The A12 Bionic really makes the XR fly, and you’ll feel it all throughout iOS 12. The XR supports wireless
charging just like the XS. The iPhone XR also supports
two mobile networks for those who want to have
two numbers on one phone. The XR has the same faster
True Depth camera system on the front for things like Face ID. And the XR also has louder and wider stereo playback
like on the XSes. Seriously, the speakers sound really great even at higher volumes. Okay, now for the differences, which I don’t think will be
deal breakers for most people. The biggest difference between the XR and XS is the display. The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which is larger than the 5.8-inch XS but smaller than the 6.5-inch XS Max. The displays look the same,
stretching edge to edge, but the underlying
screen tech is different. The iPhone XR uses an LCD
Liquid Retina display, and the iPhone XSes use an
OLED Super Retina display. That means the XS produces deeper blacks. But unless you’re a screen geek,
the XR’s display looks great. It’s really bright, looks
wonderful at different angles, and the colors are superb. I thought the thicker bezels around the screen would
bother me, but they didn’t. I asked non-techies, and none of them cared about the bezels. At least there’s no bottom “chin” bezel like on many Android phones. Compared to the iPhone XS’s
thinner stainless steel frame, the XR has an aluminum body. The rear glass is stronger
than an original X, and the front glass is as
durable as a XS and XS Max. The XR is a little thicker, but it’s not so fat that
it’ll cramp your hand. The XR is also not as
water-resistant as the XS. It has an IP67 rating,
which is good for submersion in up to three feet of
water for up to 30 minutes. So unless you’re dropping
it in a lake or an ocean, it’s plenty liquid proof. And don’t you worry,
it’s also beer proof too. Just be sure to dry out the
port before charging it up. Another big difference is the rear camera. Unlike the XS and XS Max, which
have a dual camera system, the iPhone XR only has one back camera. It’s the same 12-megapixel
wide-angle camera with smart HDR processing
as on the iPhone XSes, but it can still take portrait photos without a secondary camera. Apple says it trained the XR’s
on-device machine learning to only identify people and
then isolate their backgrounds. While portrait photos aren’t as clean as on the iPhone XSes, they’re still pretty damn good. When the camera can’t detect
the person in portrait mode, it’ll tell you. So if you want more flexibility
shooting with portrait mode for pets or for playing
with a depth of field, the XSes have the more advanced cameras. And of course, you still get
depth control with the XR, which lets you adjust
the background blur after the shot’s been taken. Besides good portrait photos, the XR also takes fantastic regular shots. Whether it’s in the sunny outdoors, in low light or at night,
or close-ups or selfies, the XR’s camera takes great photos and does so very quickly. One feature I personally
feel is a real downgrade from the XSes is Haptic Touch. Yes, I know most people
don’t even use 3D Touch on their iPhones, but I really like it. Haptic Touch is similar but
not quite like 3D Touch. When you long press on something,
you’ll feel a vibration. But unlike 3D Touch,
which works on app icons and within apps, Haptic Touch
only works in some places, like when you’re long
pressing the flashlight and camera buttons on the lock screen, or the shortcut buttons in Control Center. I think most people won’t lose sleep over the loss of 3D Touch though. The iPhone XR’s best feature,
however, is battery life. Apple says the XR lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus, which was able to last a day and a half. Your mileage will be different, but I found the XR lasted
about the same as the XS, and a few hours longer
than even the XS Max. If battery life is a top priority, the XR seems like the best iPhone to get. And while the XR supports fast charging, the necessary power adapter and cable aren’t included with it. Neither is a headphone jack adapter. As an iPhone XS owner,
I didn’t think the XR would be enough for my power-user needs, but I was proven wrong. Despite being larger than my XS, the XR is still a good size, and the bigger screen is really nice. The longer battery life is a huge plus, and the premium construction,
best-in-class performance, app ecosystem, and cameras
only make it better. I didn’t even mention colors. The XR comes in six really fun colors like this yellow, coral,
and red, and blue. The XS has the new gold and the tried-and-true
space gray and white, but, like, how boring. At $750, the XR is truly
Apple’s new value iPhone. It’s less than the new Pixel 3, and yet is more powerful. It’s the Goldilocks of iPhones. If this sounds like your next phone, do yourself right and pay the $50 to double the 64-gigabyte storage to 128. You’ll thank me later. Oh, and by the way, this whole video? It was shot on iPhone XR.

100 thoughts on “Is Apple’s iPhone XR the Best Premium Phone Value of 2018? — Mashable Reviews

  1. Most people do use 3D touch

  2. Help. At 1:53 "…unless you're skreeky…". Skreeky? Squeaky? What is this word and what does it mean?

  3. Damn that Xr recording ?

  4. Google assistant, google drive, google photos, google keep, youtube and other google apps on an iPhone. Maybe get the Pixel 3 with an AMOLED display instead?

  5. When he dabbed, thats when i decided to subscribe and like.

  6. Why those supposed tech guys keep comparing latest iPhone with pixel 3..both are overpriced and sucked

  7. Fuck crapple! You're a fucking idiot using limited iOShit

  8. could have done without that dab at the end but overall nice video

  9. Yellow iphone xr giveaway please ???????

  10. Ohk I’m thinking of getting this one cause I just love yellow???❤️ but I love the size of the “max”???‍♀️confused!!!

  11. Iphone is KING?!!!

  12. the ending really wows me. i though it was shot in dslr or other cameras. cool though

  13. Best phone value and Apple… hmmmmm two different ways. iSheep business.

  14. Alright so this is the best iPhone XR review without any doubt. I mean, just look at the way he told us how well the camera can shoot video 😉

  15. That background music is really distracting and inappropriate

  16. Red is dope.. But Yellow is so unique. I like it most!

  17. This phone releace in my country tommorow and after this video I will buy it

  18. Not the best phone the iPhone in Canada is 1229 dollars is that cheap not

  19. Should i buy 8plus or Xr?

  20. NOTCH=DEATH
    NO ESCAPE

  21. Value? Lol

  22. You deserve a big thumbs up for the plot twist at the end

  23. Wow I did not se that happen 5:40

  24. No, no, no, hell no, no!

  25. The backgroundsound is driving me nuts!

  26. This guy is so awesome!!

  27. So for everybody:
    This phone is good. But worth 400$ or so.
    You can’t make difference between a chineese oppo or whatever uses plastic, lcd screen. Really LCD SCREEN? It’s 2018 man

  28. Apple and Value doesn't go together

  29. What a loaded question. Nice Apple ad. The screen, ram, and nonmultitasking ability makes it so outdated. Whatever dude. My last iPhone was the iPhone 5. Somehow they are still selling the same goddam phone a decade later.

  30. How is the low light photos? And does the lcd display make a difference?

  31. againt its support dual sim?????

  32. im from android user. i will change to iphonexr if its support dual sim card slot

  33. There are many better android phone out there for this price range, guess you can only fool fanboys

  34. The YELLOW is awesome

  35. Superb video
    …great job! ?

  36. What is that awesome background music??

  37. No, it is not

  38. Crap phone, too expensive and terrible display..

  39. I mean, if you pause at 1:36 you can see a decent difference in the screen. I don't think that would bother me, hell, it might be better for me in the long run since I look at my phone to damn much anyway.

  40. The Iphone XR is actually really good. When the IPhone X was released, everyone who wasn’t an Apple user complained about it’s price. Then when the XR was released, everyone complained about all the features it lacked. It is almost like they just want to attack the company no matter what.

  41. Tbh I don't like Apple but i rather buy this phone than google pixel 3 or other android manufacturers who are "Apple wannabe".

  42. It's a great phone but the best value flagship phone is still the OnePlus 6

  43. Great vid Buddy !!

  44. “It’s also beer proof to” Me: takes beer and pours it on the phone

  45. I was thinking of going with the yellow, but this video helped me decide not to. Definitely want this phone though, just in white or red instead ?

  46. Very nice video review.

  47. The lack of 3D touch and a 1080P display is a huge deal breaker. I'll just get last year's X

  48. Premium phone with a 828p screen resolution? – hahahahahahahahahahhahahhahaha

  49. I ? Liquid Retina ?

  50. The guy at :24 secs looks like he's about to punch you in the back of the head and take off with your phone… my iPhone 6 is still motoring along but I suspect this will be my next phone.

  51. Bring back the home button like we've got on the iPhone 8 Plus, it might not be like the home button on the 6S Plus but at least it's a home button and touch id was legendary. Face id is crap. Also bring back some type of headphone jack so I can charge my phone and listen to music on the headphones, if no headphone jack then give me a usb port to plug my usb headset in, I don't want to decide to charge the phone or listen to music on headphones, I want to do both! Apple stop trying to fix what was never broken because all you ended up doing was breaking things and pissing people off!

  52. Also learn to fix the accessibility bugs for the disabled of which there are many of them! Reporting feedback to the apple site does nothing as they either don't look at the feedback like they claim to do, or they actively ignore it

  53. 02:42 is it bukakke test?

  54. I'm thinking about getting this but im only worried about the 720p screen resolution…

  55. Just preordered mine got the blue 128 gig I'll have it Saturday I can't wait

  56. Everyone is downplaying the 720p resolution and the fact that the screen has the same ppi as the iPhone 4, shitty move Apple

  57. That huge bezel is a no go…

  58. Wow that's dope (”this whole video, it was shot on the iPhone Xr”)

  59. for USD 750 + a shiny colorful piece of shit. NO OLED screen, NO 3D touch, NO 1080 p. For half of this price you can buy much better smart phones. You know it exactly, shame on you that you promot this and help apple to fool customers.

  60. I still have a 5s… I think I should upgrade ?

  61. I want the iphone xr or the x max in gold or the xr in yellow

  62. I'm sorry but 750 for no OLED is just silly. This is a good phone, wouldn't call it premium though.

  63. Sounds to me like Unbox therapy fanboys are Screen Geek where they invest on Screen and nothing else 😛

  64. Wow! I thought you used a professional camera but it was shot on the XR! Amazing!

  65. Never had an iPhone but this will definitely be the first one I get it's an upgrade from my galaxy j7 halo. Got to get my job first though lol

  66. I got mine today, and the screen IS amazing! Everyone who moans about the screen specs, should see it for themselves. It’s fast and the camera is fantastic. I actually can’t believe how much controversy this phone had from butthurt Android users, who aren’t even going to get it anyway. But excellent review and very well shot!

  67. Just picked up the xr today! I got it as an upgrade from my 6s and I really like it!

  68. I'm buying this today. Coming from a Samsung S7,.

  69. Yo which phone is better the XR or the iPhone 8

  70. Thanks. This helped me.

  71. 0:24 what are you doing

  72. I will stop buying iPhones. My daughter walks into my house with a cheap Samsung toy phone her mom bought her & EASILY screen mirrors on my TV wirelessly. MY DUMBASS EXPENSIVE IPHONE CANT DO THAT. Noooo… You gotta have an APPLE TV. IPHONE SUCKS. Always trying to fix things that AREN’T broke. Making its own adapters that don’t jive with other systems. Selfish money company.

  73. Great review. Thank you!

  74. Welcome to 720p lol
    He goes to describe the display but leave out the actual resolution.
    Soo lame..yet this phone is perfect for apple fanboys who will buy anything from Apple, even if it means that an Iphone 4 has better resolution.
    Also it's funny how Apple tweaked the global settings to trick Apps to show as 1080p yet the display is not capable of such resolution.

  75. my apple watch S4 cost more than the XR lol

  76. am i the only one that got the 5c feeling from the colors

  77. I would be doing you alllllllll a huge favor by telling you to go try this phone before you buy. I was about to buy one and went to Bestbuy today to get a feel for it. I saw on some other reviews about it being top heavy and I must say that they were 100% true. Pick it up with one hand and try to use and then pick up the iPhone Xs beside it and try it one handed. The weight distribution is wayyyyy off on the Xr. They screwed the pooch on the Xr. There is no way you can use that phone with one hand not because of the reachabiltiy but rather how top heavy it is. I will either keep my SE or get the even balanced Xs. To use the Xr you have to grab it up at around the power and volume buttons then it too far of a reach for your thumb to reach the bottom to swipe up.

  78. Good job, especially on shooting the video on a XR.
    No doubt, made much easier because it can record more than 5 mins of 4k60 or 10 mins of 4k30, Lol. ?

  79. 0:24 nigga wondering if he should rob your ass ?

  80. Currently have an android and was deciding to move to apple but the XS is way too expensive and honestly deciding between the 8plus or the XR any suggestions?

  81. Where my iPhone 7 gang at???

  82. Thanks for not going ham on this phone like most people reviewing it making it seem like the worst apple phone ever when it's really a good day to day everything phone for an amazing price!

  83. I wish they made the xr in purple also. Still getting the blue one with 64gb soon!

  84. Damn… whole video shot on xr…. nice

  85. i had i phone X, i want blue XR .. that blue color is sooooo cool…..

  86. Best iPhone xR review ever! Nice background music also!

  87. Does anyone know if the XR is closer to the 5c’s pastel/creamy custard yellow… or is it more of an electric/lemon yellow?

  88. I have the black XR the phone is dope.!

  89. Wow… the ending of this video… I felt like I fell down the Inception rabbit hole. WHAT FILMED THE FINAL SHOT? ?

  90. your REVIEW is OUTSTANDING others.rocksolid???

  91. A nice upgrade from my i phone.>>>>>>>ur2.pl/1256 Working exactly as advertised, with excellent screen and more intuitive interface.

  92. OnePlus

  93. Premium garbage with 828 pixel display from 2013 even my 2013 smartphone ie better then this cheap garbage iCrap XR ?

  94. 1:10 lol 😀

  95. plzzzzzz get a filter for ur vids like a cool blue

  96. This makes me want one even more when I know I'll never get one

  97. I got yellow one it’s beautifully made?

  98. I have the yellow one and the white one I love them

  99. this dude biased asf

  100. Broooooooo !!!!!! thanks to your video I'm getting this one now since it's cheaper LOL

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