Apple's lower-cost iPhone XR has no apparent durability issues, rigorous test reveals


Now that we know exactly what lies beneath the surface of Apple’s “affordable” new iPhone XR, it’s time to talk a little bit more about the colorful design of the 6.1-incher. Specifically, its apparent robustness and presumed durability.

Enter none other than professional smartphone destroyer, popular YouTuber, and, well, Apple hater Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything, who may not be able to physically harm this arguably overpriced iOS handset, but whose words often hurt more than his signature bend tests.

By the way, the iPhone XR naturally passes that examination with flying colors, proving to be just as structurally sound as its costlier siblings. In terms of scratch resistance, there’s also no noticeable difference between this LCD panel and the sharper AMOLED on the XS and XS Max.

Furthermore, everything that’s not made of glass is sturdy metal, making an unbearable sound when scratched, but otherwise looking very promising from a durability standpoint. The front top, bottom, and sides of the phone are all anodized metal, and all the buttons, grills and the earpiece are also impressively solid at a first glance.

So what exactly is wrong with the iPhone XR? A number of things, according to Nelson, but very few of them actually related to the handset’s build quality. For instance, in case common sense is not your forte, you should remember to avoid direct flame contact. Also, the rear camera lens is not as scratch-proof as Apple advertises, but that’s nothing new.

Basically, if you don’t mind the low-res screen and high price, you’ll probably want to get this thing. Durability is clearly not an issue... as long as you keep that precious glass out of harm’s way.

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iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh(25h talk time)

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42 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"So what exactly is wrong with the iPhone XR?" Screen resolution. Zack mention that several times in his video.

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Its not sharp? you cant read small words on screen? are games more pixilated on XR vs any other phone?

8. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Games are more pixelated on android phones since they are not developed for the native screen resolution of those phones which is a waste of hardware, phones like this and the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and 8 have better graphics than the note on some games because developers don’t make the most of that hardware, of course I’ll wait for the deflective replies from butthurt android trolls who can’t accept that fact, I just can say, just do your search on google and YouTube, you’ll see I’m right ;)

13. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are the only one here trying to start crap by bring up the note in this article, lol.

17. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

That’s ok, but you can’t prove me wrong, now sit down lady

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

That is false! Unless you are talking cheap games, most games on Android support 800p as a minimum because most Android phones are at least 800p or higher. Android supports all standard resolutions all the way up to 4K. In fact their are $200 Android phones with a higher resolution than the $800 XR. Your claim about Android is a complete lie. And no we have zero pixelation. The reason we have zero pixelation is because Android evenly upscales graphics to fit any resolution properly. Why? Because all Android apps are required to have the scaling bitmap for all app pages. That's why when you open an app that make have been done in 1080p on a 1440p display, it still properly fills the screen. You are a complete brainless twit who knows nothing about a platform you dont even use. Have you even even seen the Android SDK? When you make an app, as of Android 4.0, all apps must include bitmap for resolutions all the way up to 2500x1600 and as of Android 7.0, you have to I close bitmap up to 4K. Stop trying to bring a real advanced OS down to the breadcrumbs of your cheap overpriced iOS garbage. This is why Apple gets over on their customers. As he stated, Apple taking advantage. Y going down in sowcs and yet increasing prices is wrong. You keep cheerleading them though because you are to dumb to do otherwise. But if Samsung did this, which they wouldnt; you guys would be all over them.

21. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

That’s ok Techie, now shut up

34. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Apple users are more about quality over quantity. Android users are more about quantity over quality..

37. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Actually we get both quantity and quality. NOTE 9 comes with charging cables that are stronger and heavier than the one included with iPhones which break and shred easier. Fast charger is in the box. Headphones are braided cable and is heavier and stronger and resists tangles, unlike Apple cheap headphone cable. The headphones have far better sound quality too. And the charger is a faster charger for its supporting phone. Oh and the adapters are all included. Comoarebthatbto Apple dude. You're getting ripped off and you dont even care. Yes dude, if I oay $1000 for a frikkin phone I want both quantity and quality. I mean isnt that why you oay more? Why do you pay more for a luxury car vs any other car? Why do bigger houses cost more than smaller ones? Why does silk cost more than cotton? Wake up dude. If you wouldn't accept less in any other product category, why goi doing it for this one?

36. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Please kindly see this and close your mouth: https://blog.gamebench.net/does-the-samsung-galaxy-s9-give-you-an-advantage-in-arena-of-valor https://blog.gamebench.net/game-studios-are-capping-android-frame-rates-even-on-samsung-galaxy-note-8 https://youtu.be/fGRW9q3a9qc https://youtu.be/C_3nPykRCsI https://youtu.be/AlNhxMSrGqI https://www.phonearena.com/news/NBA-2K19-Android-released_id110115 I have to use kind words with you since Phonearena moderators protect you, you’re like one of their biggest click drivers, and please don’t come with a list of specs, I know the specs of all the phones you like and everything you’re saying, but real life is what I’m showing you on the links above, and those are just few examples, you can do your research and see that I’m totally right

38. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I dont care about benchmarks dude. That's really all you got? We know the iPhone is a toy. I dont play games much. They are not why I buy an expensive phone.

41. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lmao, Techie did you even open those links? Those aren’t benchmarks you ignorant, game bench tests games for many companies and they have found that still this year the games on android aren’t optimized, they aren’t developed at native resolutions for those high resolution screens on android “flagships”, even the iPhone 7 has better graphics and resolution in games than your beloved Note 8/9, do you even know how many games on android support Vulkan? How many games support Metal API on iOS? Make the comparison, you would cry rivers, we were talking about games and now you deflect when you’re exposed as an ignorant, now stfu and get off you annoying psycho troll

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The iPhone does not have better graphics than the Note. The GPU kn the iPhone yes dpee offer some benefits, but side by side you can't even see the differences. Please stop with your Andrpid and Samsung BS hate. You sound exactly like most fans. Have zero technical knowledge. Oh and according to facts, the SD actually in most games have far better graphics capability than the GPU in the iPhone. All Android apps since 4.0 all require native support for all standard resolutions up to 4K. So there is never pixelation on android phone wver. You're such a liar and ap full of bill trying to justify Apple garbage

35. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Maybe there is no pixelation but the drop in frame rates on Android phones. The issue stems from the GPU not being powerful enough to push those pixels around which gives iOS users that impression of Android. You get what you pay for.

39. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So what! All phones drop frames. The iPhones do to. Without active cooling the chips get hot and frames drop because the hardware can't continue a sustain peak flow. Stop it dude. Your lame excuses are just, well lame!

14. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

The XR has the same pixel density as other non-Plus LCD iPhones: 326 ppi. The screen resolution itself is 828 x 1792; it's in between that of a 4.7" iPhone and a Plus iPhone. As long as you don't mind the display of LCD iPhones, the display of the XR shouldn't be a problem.

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

There is still a problem. You can't even view native content the way it is suppose to be seen. Even if you take a photo or video with the XR, you can even view the stuff you took at 1080p.....FOR $800. It is a problem of quality and getting whatbylu pay for. The fact you dont have an issue with it, shows Apple has you right where they want you. IFans welcome to the twilight zone!

3. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

There is nothing wrong with it, since the human eye cannot distinguish pixels above a certain density. High resolution means low efficiency and worse battery life just for marketing sake. High resolution is only useful for VR, which is not the case here. But there is something wrong with all iPhones: the addictive factor. Lack of a notification LED or always-on display makes people check their phones very often, ruining productivity and also lowering battery life.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

VR on 6” needs at least 4k displays so 2k displays for VR are just as rubbish (meaning that the image will also be pixelated) as 1k or under 1k displays.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

There are very few android phones with either of those.

16. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

iPhones don't have a notification LED or always-on display to mirror how iOS emphasizes simplicity. I think that most iPhone users don't care that their device lacks these features.

22. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Again you dont understand. Stop repeating that BS that Steve Jobs said. It's not about whether you can see the pixels. Yi sound like a frikkin stupid commercial. Whatbitbis about is seeing original content the way the originator intented. What good is for the cameras on the phone to be above 1080p, when you can't even see it in 1080p? That's what you dont understahd. You sound like a. Brainwashed fan who keeps repeating BS that matters to know one, except people like youbwhonrepeat Apple marketing BS so you can excuse them. If I send you a 1080p video and you played it on the XR, because rh2 display is lesser in resolution, you would see a lesser quality video or photo even if it was only 1080p. Which means, if I sent you a 1440p photo or video, or a 4K photo or video, those would look even worse. You can't eve. Watch a YT video in original quality unless you lower it to 480p or 720p. Yes at 720p it will be clear. As clear as watching rwgukarvTV. But if you decide to watch a FHD movie, it will look like complete pixelated garbage and added articafact due to down sampling ro the lower resolution. But you are ok with paying a flagship price for such quality. You guys are relentlessly stuff in your narrow vision of ignorane.

31. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If 1080p is so great, why do OnePlus’ 1080p displays look blurry compared to my iPhone 8’s display?

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Bit on Galaxy you can lower the resolution if you want or need too. Paying $800 for 720p? Lol Its not about what your eye. An see, as we can see you are a delusional fan. Its about paying $80] for it. If Apple was charging $499 for it, then that would be acceptable. But $800? For 2012 specs? Really?

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You must have gotten an idea about the difference in screen resolution after you have numbered the individual pixels on so called "high resolution" displays (like XS, Note, V etc) and this one (or 8, or 7, or 4s). So what is the difference - in pixels/inch - between those phones (one of them that you know of) and this phone (also one that you know of) that your eyes have seen (I'll give you a hint: don't look at the specs sheets, because you won't find the numbers there)?

25. Vokilam

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

LoL, I’ve noticed that they keep doing this, but I not bother explaining.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The comments on resolution and how you have to go to another device to see your own pictures in full res are hilarious. Welcome to 2015 folks.

7. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Lower cost is costing 750$ still plastic and very low resolution display. Even more than 4 year old htc m7 has better resolution display.

9. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Plastic? Do some research before you troll, don't make yourself look like a joke.

10. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Don’t expect more from a person whose IQ must be 80 and can only work cleaning toilets or something similar

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