Apple iPhone XR
Check out reviews and articles about other iPhone smartphones and other smartphones at Kenya #1 phone dealer website Phone Place Kenya. This article is for the October 2018 Apple iPhone XR which was announced together with the Apple iPhone XS and XS Max. as to what XR denotes I do not know.
But it is here, it is the XR and I sure do know quite a number of (other) things about it hence the need for this review. First we shall take a quick look at its features, see what really makes this phone, or rather what this phone is made of – either way we shall have an in depth look at it to give insight of what to expect when you buy this Apple addition for example. So below, the list.
- GSM (2G), CDMA, HSPA (3G), EVDO, LTE (4G) network technology
- Nano-SIM and e-SIM
- IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)
- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
- 6.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen
- 828 x 1792 pixels resolution
- Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating protection
- iOS 12
- Apple A12 Bionic
- Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
- Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- 64/256/512 GB, 4 GB RAM storage and memory
- 12MP primary camera
- Quad-LED dual-tone
- 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
- 7MP selfie camera, 1080p@60fps
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- USB 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
- Face ID
- Non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery
- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min
- Qi wireless charging
- Available in Black, Red, Yellow, Blue or Coral
To me, this looks a like an attempt by Apple to make a “mid-range” smartphone. I say so maybe because of a few features (like dual camera in 2018) have not been included here. But looking at the purchase price of this phone, I beg to stand corrected. That second camera may be absent but, every other detail feature of this phone is high end and plays the flagship’s league really. Nevertheless, below is my review of the Apple iPhone XR.
Design and build
I was quite excited when I say this phone. Why because I expected it to look everything like the iPhone X. But no. that is not the case here. It does boast independent looks this phone. The front and back glass build may be the same and that notch on the front as well, but very easily one can tell the XR from the X.
See the back of this phone is the differentiating factor really with a single rounded primary camera on the top left corner. And there is that flash right below it. This alone makes the difference really as you will learn. So there is no vertical dual camera placement on the back this time. That Apple logo is still as shinny as you would expect on the middle back. Button placement hasn’t changed at all so do expect that familiar line-up here.
Also to note is that this phone is IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins) and has Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified) for shopping convenience. This beauty of a phone stands at 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm tall, wide and thick respectively weighing about 194 grams. I call it a beauty because it is. Maybe after we learn of its performance we might just brand it a beast as well.
Display and camera
Aren’t we used to OLED display on high end iPhones by now? Well, this time we get an IPS LCD capacitive touch screen 16M colors and multi touch support. It is a 6.1 inches display panel that covers 90.3 cm2 of the face of this phone. That is quite some estate considering its ~79.0% screen-to-body ratio.
Pixel count is at 828 x 1792 pixels and you can count on a more bright display here really all because of its rather low ppi which is at 36. This for me in a thumbs down to be honest, Apple could have done better. But generally it is an okay display that you will mostly enjoy interacting with because of its size. Video watching and game playing for example will be entertaining.
I love that regardless of this all, it still is Scratch-resistant glass with oleophobic coating to ensure its durability. Other features to note her include True-tone display, Wide color gamut display and 120 Hz touch-sensing.
Unlike more recent Apple smartphones, we only get two cameras here, which is okay by the way just in case it sounds like I am about to complain. The main / primary camera is a 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF lens while the front facing lens is a 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm shooter. They are both very impressive at their function best believe that.
This is one (of many) department iPhones will always nail. Video recording is 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound recording for main camera and 1080p@60fps for that video call lens, selfie camera if you wish. You will get impressive performance here really. And to think I haven’t even mentioned Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) are also on board.
Performance and memory
What should we expect here? Let us see. It runs iOS 12 of course. What’s the point buying a new iPhone not running Apple’s latest software? With Apple A12 Bionic chipset, an Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest) CPU and Apple GPU (4-core graphics) you get top draw performance. A smooth and seamless phone that works as fast as you would expect it to. I will tell you what not to expect here, lag, stutter or any random performance glitch. Even multi tasking here is a breeze.
All versions with respect to internal storage run on 3GB of RAM. And they are 64/128/256 GB. There is no support for SD card here, and this doesn’t come as a surprise, we are used to this already.
Its Non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery good enough? Yes it is as you will learn. Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min and Qi wireless charging are on board here in case you run out of juice.
|*Good battery life
*great build and design
*great platform performance.
Apple iPhone XR is available in colors Black, Red, Yellow, Blue or Coral. Buy today at Phone Place Kenya.