iPhone XR is Apple’s return to the mid-range market for the first time since iPhone SE which launched in 2016. iPhone XS and XS Max have been available in the market for a while now but the iPhone XR will start shipping to consumers and going on store shelves from October 26. Pre-orders had started from October 19.
The phone sports the same A12 Bionic Chip that power Apple’s latest flagships and has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display. It also has a TrueDepth Camera for Face ID and splash, dust and water-resistance rated IP67. It also has a single lens camera that comes very close to the experience offered by the XS, with Portrait mode and Smart HDR being the stars of the show.
A number of websites and YouTubers got some hands-on time with the new iPhone XR at a private event hosted by Apple. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the impressions shared by them.
Pete Pachal from Mashable gave iPhone XR a thumbs up and said that it’s well worth the purchase despite some minor compromises on features.
Pocket Lint is fairly impressed with the device saying that it is worth the price if you are looking for an experience close to the iPhone XS without breaking the bank. It has some good camera performance and the A12 Bionic chip make this a match made in heaven for anyone who loves taking photos as a part of their daily routine.
Stuart Miles for Pocket Lint writes:
“…From what we’ve seen so far, the iPhone XR is a great value device that only makes a couple of minor compromises compared to the top-of-the-range XS models. Unlike the iPhone SE that always felt a little stifled, Apple’s decision to pack this out with the A12 Bionic chip means the iPhone XR is no pushover.”
Tyler Stalman got a feel for the phone and felt the price was the key deciding factor. He applauded the scratch resistance and feel of the device in his hand. Despite a single lens, the camera is no pushover as it delivers comparable quality to its premium counterparts. There is no compromise on overall performance which makes it a solid purchase decision.
CNET also backs the iPhone XR, saying it is worth the 2 to 3-year commitment similar to that of a laptop, and even calling it a hit of the iPhone family.
Scott Stein from CNET Writes:
“I only tried the XR for a few minutes in a crowded demo room, but I kept thinking about it, even with the XS and XS Max in-hand. iPhones are laptop-priced now. You need to choose carefully — for most consumers, this is a minimum two- to three-year commitment. To that end, the XR is well worth waiting for. I wish I could review one now, but in a week or so we’ll know how good it is — or, perhaps, where it really does fall behind the iPhone XS.”
CNET’s Bridget Carey emphasizes on the price gap of $300 for pretty much the same features and does not lament the lack of 3D touch since most of the bells and whistles are already in the XR to begin with.