How Users and Crit­ics are Re­spond­ing to the iPhone XR

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On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, the iPhone XR was re­leased to a largely rap­tur­ous re­sponse. In­deed, in the run-up to the hand­set’s re­tail re­lease, Ap­ple went as far as shar­ing a roundup of pos­i­tive re­ac­tions from crit­ics.

Dig­i­tal Trends, for in­stance, has hailed the “stun­ning” col­ors, “great” bat­tery life and “in­dus­try-lead­ing” Face ID tech­nol­ogy – and with all of this be­ing avail­able from just $749, the iPhone XR has also been deemed great value for money. Dar­ing Fire­ball called the XR, in this re­spect, “al­most cer­tainly the best iPhone Ap­ple has ever made.”


Nonethe­less, what such ef­fu­sive com­ments as the above per­haps fail to high­light is that the iPhone XR is, at its heart, a cu­ri­ous beast com­pared to what we have come to ex­pect from a new iPhone. It has much in com­mon with the flag­ship iPhone XS and XS Max, in­clud­ing slim bezels and the TrueDepth cam­era sys­tem en­abling the so­phis­ti­cated Face ID and Animoji fea­tures. Like those mod­els, the XR also houses the A12 Bionic chip with two per­for­mance cores, mak­ing it 15% speed­ier than the A11.

How­ever, there re­main quite a few key ways in which the XR de­parts from the XS series. The price is per­haps the most no­tice­able, given that pric­ing starts re­spec­tively from $999 and $1099 for the XS and XS Max. With the XR, Ap­ple has made a few com­pro­mises to help jus­tify its lower pric­ing – with, to list two ex­am­ples, OLED screen tech­nol­ogy and 3D Touch be­ing omit­ted. How­ever, the XR is avail­able in a higher num­ber of color fin­ishes, six: white, black, blue, co­ral, yel­low and PROD­UCT(RED).

When all of the in­cluded fea­tures – and for that mat­ter, those left out – are taken into ac­count, it does raise quite a few ques­tions. Is the iPhone XR worth buy­ing over the XS or XS Max, for ex­am­ple, and do the XR’s omis­sions re­ally make a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence to the user ex­pe­ri­ence? For­tu­nately, the In­ter­net is awash with re­views and re­ac­tions from not only press out­lets and tech jour­nal­ists, but also reg­u­lar users – and what we have gleaned from the early sales fig­ures tells an in­ter­est­ing story, too.

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