The price is great, but are there too many compromises?
We were excited when we heard Apple were releasing a new budget iphone, mainly because Apple’s last foray into saving customers money was the brilliant iphone SE. It lacked a bit in screen size, but that wasn’t far off the only compromise. You see, Apple don’t really do budget. Or maybe the term ‘budget’ is a bit of a red herring. The iphone XR – hopefully you’re keeping up with all these naming conventions – still costs £749/$749 to buy it outright. But that is not far off 25 per cent cheaper than the lowestpriced entry in the iphone XS range, and that makes it potentially the most exciting iphone Apple have released this year. As long as the compromises aren’t too drastic.
The main compromise is with the display. Instead of the HDR Super Retina OLED display that you’ll find in the flagship XS range (or Samsung and Google’s high-end phones for that matter), iphone XR sports a traditional LCD display. Now there is a difference –
Apple says about £250/$250’s worth – but it all depends on how much you value display quality. Because if you’re upgrading from, say, an iphone 7, then an iphone XR will keep you more than happy. It’s still a very good smartphone display, packing in 326 pixels per inch. Colours are vibrant and images natural.
Apple has called its new LCD Liquid Retina – a bit of a fancy name, but we can’t really find fault. It isn’t as good as the OLED iphone XS display, but put Liquid Retina side by side with last year’s iphone 8 and performance looks identical. All in all, that’s not really much of a compromise is it?
The LCD has forced a slight redesign, and it is a striking difference from the iphone XS models. Because the LCD requires a single backlight, Apple has packed it into the bezel, which is rather big and noticeable. It gives the handset a less premium feel, but unless
iphone XR comes in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral (above) and (PRODUCT)RED