For those who don’t want to spend $1000 on an iPhone XS and still want a powerful new iPhone, the iPhone XR has been touted as the best alternative option for consumers. From a short distance, the XR looks almost identical to the XS, uses the same processor as the XS, and has the same Face ID feature.
The XR also has a water resistance rating of iP67 and, unlike the iPhone XS, comes in several different colors. However, it doesn’t have a dual-lens camera like the XS, and the biggest difference is that the screen only has a 1,792×828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi (pixels per inch). For some, the screen, which is an LCD display rather than the OLED one on the XS, may be a deal killer. The difference in resolution between this model and the higher-end models is most noticeable when viewing text.
However, many casual users won’t notice the resolution difference, or simply won’t care that the XR resolution isn’t quite “Retina,” but smartphone fanatics will. In any case, the XR has received the stamp of approval from most media outlets.
The Verge claims that the new iPhone XR is “better than good enough.”
“Personally, I would pay the extra money for a better OLED screen in a heartbeat because I am extremely picky about displays. But I think most people can find way better ways to spend $250 than on things like infinite black levels and 60 percent wider dynamic range when viewing photos. And in that case, the iPhone XR is a no-brainer upgrade.”
CNET gives the iPhone XR four-and-a-half stars, calling it the best value for an iPhone in years.
“The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for the price, delivering most of the advantages of the iPhone XS for hundreds less.”
The reviewer adds that the only thing he really missed was the dual-lens camera. He also says that the battery life is better than it is on the iPhone XS, which also has a shorter screen (5.8-inches compared to the XR’s 6.1-inches).
The New York Times, USA Today and Pocket-lint have all given the iPhone XR top-notch reviews as well. The iPhone XR is available for pre-order now and will be shipped for delivery on October 26 — the same day it will be available in the stores. Because of its affordability, the XR will likely become Apple’s most successful iPhone in years.