Cheap and cheer­ful

The lat­est iPhone is an­other X se­ries model, but it’s sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than you might ex­pect.

The Gulf Today - Time Out - - TRAVEL - David Phe­lan writes

Last month, Ap­ple launched two hand sets, thei Phone XS and iPhone XS Max. These were the se­quels to last year ’s ground­break­ing iPhone X and were in the same, (very high), price range as the X. X, you’ll re­mem­ber, is pro­nounced ten in this con­text.

So, what if you can’t af­ford £999 or more for a smart­phone? Well, irst, you’re not alone. Sec­ondly, the usual iPhone route is to buy the last-gen­er­a­tion iPhone at a lower price.

You can do that — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are still avail­able at lower prices than be­fore, though the iPhone X has now gone.

But in its stead, Ap­ple has done some­thing dif­fer­ent: it’s launched a new phone with all the hall­marks of the iPhone X and XS phones, such as a full-screen front and fa­cial recog­ni­tion in­stead of a in­ger­print sen­sor.

The dif­fer­ence with the XR (say Ten Arr, please, and I won’t men­tion pro­nun­ci­a­tion again, I prom­ise) is that it comes in at a much lower price than the XS or XS Max. At least £250 cheaper, in fact.

As a re­viewer, I don’t nor­mally bang on about price at this point, but, well, this is un­usual.

To be clear, the iPhone XR is phe­nom­e­nal value. It’s not the cheap­est iPhone you can buy, that would be the iPhone 7 which starts at £449, but for what it of­fers, the XR is hard to beat.

To put it an­other way, for the price of the iPhone XS Max with its big­gest-ca­pac­ity me­mory (512GB) you can al­most buy two iPhone XR hand­sets. The ex­act price com­par­isons are £1,449 for the iPhone XS Max and £749 for the iPhone XR.

Any­way, here’s what you get with the iPhone XR.

De­sign: This is a big one. With Ap­ple, de­sign is al­ways para­mount, as are build qual­ity and in­tu­itive use. But Ap­ple has ex­celled it­self in a whole new way this time.

The iPhone XR sits in be­tween the XS and XS Max size-wise, with a 6.1in dis­play in­stead of the 5.8in and 6.5in screens on the other two, re­spec­tively.

Be­cause it’s an edge-to-edge dis­play, al­most, the dis­play is big­ger than on the iPhone 8 Plus, but in a sub­stan­tially smaller hand­set which will it smaller hands bet­ter - it feels very good in the hand.

Colour is the stand­out in the de­sign, with six, yes, six dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the iPhone XR avail­able. There’s the in­evitable black (Ap­ple calls it Space Grey) and white, which is rather glam­orous. But there’s also yel­low, co­ral, blue and (PROD­UCT)RED.

Co­ral is the best: acidic with­out be­ing coarse, vi­brant and lips­mack­ingly tasty. A close sec­ond is the cool-but-sear­ingly-at­trac­tive yel­low that falls some­where be­tween egg yolk and le­mon. Blue is el­e­gant and punchy while (PROD­UCT)RED is a shiny, op­u­lent look.

In short, you can’t go wrong. But there’s a rea­son co­ral and yel­low are do­ing well in pre-sales: they’re at­trac­tive and they make a state­ment, in a way that only Ap­ple can. And this is no mean achieve­ment: tra­di­tion­ally it’s only black, white and sil­ver that re­ally do the num­bers. With this phone, Ap­ple could buck that trend.

For this phone, de­sign isn’t lim­ited to the colour on the glass back of the phone. No, the metal edge matches the main colour and even, if you look in­cred­i­bly closely, ev­ery other part of the hand­set: peep into the Light­ning socket and you’ll ind the metal in there is colour-matched, too. Lit­er­ally no other brand goes to this amount of de­tail.

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