Apple iPhone XR Review



After a brief delay following the launch of the $1000+ iPhone XS and XS Max, Apple has finally released its new device for the masses, the successor to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

It's just one phone that tries to accommodate all iPhone users looking to upgrade this year, to something that's not so mercilessly bank-breaking like Apple's higher-tier line. This is the iPhone XR – a $750 product that promises to deliver almost everything the iPhone XS has to offer, at a considerably lower price point.

There must be a catch, right? Of course there is, but that doesn't mean the iPhone XR isn't a good phone in itself. In fact, it's a great phone that will probably sell like hot cakes. Here is why...

Design



Unlike the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus from last year, the iPhone XR finally bid farewell to the aging iPhone 6-like design in favor of the new bezel-less aesthetic introduced by the iPhone X. The XR's design is interesting because it's like a cheaper version of the X's design. Actually, it is just that. The polished stainless steel frame has been replaced by a very matte aluminum one (same as on the iPhone 8) that doesn't feel as nice, but still has a high-quality look to it. Meanwhile, the glass on the back is supposed to be a bit weaker than what's used in the iPhone XS and XS Max. Be careful not to break it, as those repairs are said to be quite costly!


Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The iPhone XR comes in a bunch of fancy colors, such as yellow, blue, red, coral, black and white. They all look great when you look at them side by side in the store, but picking just one and living with it for a couple of years could be tricky. If any of the colors Apple proposes is or is really close to your absolutely favorite color in the world, then your choice may be easy. Otherwise, you might want to consider the white or black models, as those will go with everything and will most probably take longer to get bored of. Besides, you can always switch looks by using different cases.

Display


As this is the first ever LCD screen that we see properly integrated into a bezel-less design with rounded corners, Apple saw it fitting to give it a new name – Liquid Retina Display. It sounds cool, but more importantly – it looks cool, too! Despite reservations about the 828 x 1792 px resolution, the screen is great. Not only is there enough resolution, but color accuracy is on point too.


Compared to the OLED displays used in the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, the XR’s IPS LCD is not quite as impressive. It doesn’t have the perfect blacks, and there’s a tiny amount of motion blur, which is typical for LCDs, but not seen on OLED. Despite all that, the IPS LCD tech on the XR is still a great thing to look at – if you don’t necessarily want the best of the best when it comes to your smartphone’s screen, the XR will be more than satisfying.

The iPhone XR is a big phone with a big screen. If you're coming from an older iPhone, like a 6, 6s, or 7, either regular- or Plus-sized, the XR's design and display will be huge upgrades. If you are a current iPhone 8 or 8 Plus owner, well, that's some tough luck you got there, as your phone is still plenty powerful, but stuck with a considerably older-looking design. However, it's also true that if you just don't want to use such a large handset, there's currently no substitute for the compact iPhone 8. The iPhone XR is very large, and we expect Apple might want to fill that gap next year, with a smaller version of the XR.

Interface and Functionality


The appeal of the iPhone XR is found in that it has all the features of the iPhone XS. From the TrueDepth front camera with Face ID, to portrait mode, to the incredible A12 Bionic chipset. It supports every software feature that you can have on the more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max.

Notable mentions here are the new Memojis – virtual avatars of yourself which can be created within the Messages application. You can customize your Memoji to look like you, or in some other, completely different way – it's up to you! There's also Screen Time – a wellness feature designed to give you insights into how you use your phone, as well as help you limit your screen-on time. No idea who wants that sort of thing, but it's there if you need it.

The same improvements we saw in the XS are also found here, such as the faster Face ID, image search and other Neural Engine-enhanced procedures.

Performance


The iPhone XR can do all that the XS does thanks to having the same powerful chipset inside, the A12 Bionic. This chip improves performance over the previous generation by up to 15% for processing power, and up to 50% for graphics power. It’s a screamer, delivering outstanding performance throughout the system and in games.

JetStream Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 265.47
Apple iPhone XS 267.92
Samsung Galaxy S9 61.834
LG V40 ThinQ 65.759
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 59.7
Apple iPhone XS 59.7
Samsung Galaxy S9 43.33
LG V40 ThinQ 23
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 4819
Apple iPhone XS 4806
Samsung Galaxy S9 3709
LG V40 ThinQ 2007
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 11529
Apple iPhone XS 11416
Samsung Galaxy S9 8814.66
LG V40 ThinQ 8310

The increase in power is a welcome thing for advanced operations like Augmented Reality; and while Apple doesn’t provide much AR functionality out of the box (except for the Measure app), developers are continuously adding more and more apps in the App Store that take advantage of this emerging technology.

Memory



One area where the Apple iPhone XR doesn’t get the same amount of love as the XS is system memory. Instead of the 4 GB of RAM in the XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR gets 3 GB. This is the same amount as in the iPhone X and 8 Plus, and seems to be more than enough at this point. It’ll probably be perfectly sufficient for at least two or three years down the line, so there is no cause for concern.

There’s nothing surprising when it comes to the storage situation. The base configuration will get you 64 GB of internal memory, but should you need more, there are also 128 GB and 256 GB variants available. Unlike with the XS and XS Max, there is no 512 GB option with the XR.

Camera


The 12 MP camera on the Apple iPhone XR is interesting, as it’s just a single camera, but it can do fancy stuff like Smart HDR and Portrait Mode photography. This is basically the same camera from the XS and XS Max, but it’s not complemented by a second, telephoto camera, and thus you cannot do 2x optical zoom.


If you haven’t heard of Smart HDR on the iPhone XS, it’s a new feature which harnesses the power of the more advanced Image Signal Processor and the Neural Engine to achieve brighter, yet balanced images. Think HDR, but taken to a more extreme place. Smart HDR is a big step forward as it allows for better exposure of dark subjects without compromising on image information in highlight areas. This technique is similar to what Google has been doing with its Pixel phones.

So how can the iPhone XR take those fancy portrait mode photos with nice background blur effects? Well, all the new hardware and powerful software processing have allowed Apple to achieve a pretty satisfying bokeh effect using just a single camera. The big difference versus Apple’s dual-camera phones is that you don’t get the narrower, more focused field of view of the second camera. Instead, portrait mode photos from the iPhone XR are normally wide, but still feature this pleasant separation between subject and background through the use of custom-modelled bokeh effects.


The XR also gets the new Depth Control slider, allowing you to tweak the intensity of the background blur effect after the photo has been taken. (you need to open the photo and tap on Edit).

Image quality



The iPhone XR’s rear 12 MP camera is great. Thanks to the new sensor and further improvements like Smart HDR, photos that come from it are often superb. They impress with their crispiness and composure — detail levels are top-notch, colors are natural (albeit a bit warm at times), and there’s just a sense of depth that makes them attractive.

The XR’s camera excels at setting the right contrast and exposure so that subjects are properly illuminated. Sometimes, a tap on the subject is needed to help the camera know what you’re going for, but more often than not, the experience is pretty much ‘point and shoot’ — the phone takes care of the rest.

However, if you do end up with with a somewhat messed up photo, it’s good to know that the built-in Photos app has some really powerful editing features that will easily let you tweak the color balance or the exposure.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 1.16
1.2
No data
No data
Apple iPhone XS 0.9
1.4
No data
No data
Samsung Galaxy S9 0.7
1
No data
No data
LG V40 ThinQ 1.7
1.8
No data
No data

Video recording


You can go all the way up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second when recording video, and while shooting considerable amounts of video at such resolution will mercilessly fill up your storage space, the result is probably the most terrific footage you can capture with a smartphone. Details are plentiful, colors and exposure are representative of the real thing, and there are absolutely no issues with things like the stabilization or wobbly rolling shutter. On top of that, there are helpful features like Cinematic Video Stabilization which make the footage very nice and smooth.


Call quality


The earpiece speaker of the iPhone XR is remarkable. As you know, Apple uses it as the left speaker when you listen to stereo audio. It sounds really good and powerful and these qualities translate to phone calls. If the network conditions are favorable, you can enjoy loud and clear phone calls, and while calls through the cellular network can never really impress with any particular depth or realism, it feels like the iPhone XR’s earpiece is making caller voices sound as good as they can.

The same thing is true for the bottom speaker. When you’re listening to YouTube videos or music using the speakers, you get that really strong stereo effect, which is really cool. More importantly, the speakers themselves are incredibly powerful and full-sounding (for phone speakers). It’s not like you’ll be enjoying actual quality audio from phone speakers anytime soon, but it’s good to see that Apple continues to make progress in this space with each new iPhone generation.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 0.42
Apple iPhone 8 0.995
Apple iPhone XS 0.42
Apple iPhone XS Max 0.42
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 79
Apple iPhone 8 77.9
Apple iPhone XS 76
Apple iPhone XS Max 78

Battery life


With its sizable battery of 2942 mAh and reasonable screen resolution, as well as the efficient A12 processor, the iPhone XR is one of those phones that can easily last up to two days if your foot isn’t too heavy on the gas.

To get the technical lingo out of the way: unlike the X, XS or XS Max, which have those fancy L-shaped batteries, the iPhone XR has a good old rectangular juicer. That hasn’t meant a compromise on battery capacity, because the phone is big and not particularly slender, allowing Apple to load up a large enough unit.


Our real-world experience with the iPhone XR leads us to believe that the phone can easily venture into two-day territory, similarly to devices like the iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus. And, the results from our custom battery test confirm this! In line with Apple's promises that the XR should actually last more than the 8 Plus, the XR managed to run through our battery test for 11 hours, which is about 30 minutes more than the iPhone 8 Plus. It is an excellent result, indeed!

On the flip side, Apple is again bundling a weak, 5W charger in the box, which takes quite a while to charge the iPhone XR. If it’s possible, we recommend that you invest in something like the 12W iPad charger that can be found on Amazon for $15 – it’ll be way faster to charge the XR.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone XR 11h 1 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS 8h 37 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9 7h 23 min (Good)
LG V40 ThinQ 6h 21 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone XR 192
Apple iPhone XS 185
Samsung Galaxy S9 107
LG V40 ThinQ 109

Conclusion


The iPhone XR is a very interesting new iPhone. That it is a terrific smartphone is certain: it has a great display, best-in-industry performance and camera – almost everything in it is no-compromise.

Is it a great iPhone, though? This has been the question on my mind ever since I started working on this review. I now think I have the answer: yes! It’s just too good to ignore. It’s definitely not as nice as the X, XS or XS Max – if you have any of these and the XR to compare side-by-side, the XR will immediately hit you as the more “budget” offering. Be it for the thicker bezel around the screen, the matte aluminum frame, the juvenile colors or the slightly offset charging port — or maybe the combination of it all — that gives away its somewhat more affordable nature.


Then again, it’s just too good to ignore. While Apple did have to make a tiny compromise here and there, the fact remains the iPhone XR is almost universally outstanding, be it in the design, performance, or camera department. There are also a ton of extra quality-of-life features supported, such as wireless charging, Face ID, Portrait camera mode, portrait selfie mode, True Tone display with wide color gamut… the list goes on and on.

With smartphone prices (not just iPhone prices) consistently going up, it’s good to know that there’s still a reasonably priced iPhone we can turn to. Not exactly cheap, the $750 Apple is asking for the iPhone XR is still in expensive territory, but when you consider the rest of the landscape, and the fact that the XR is so full-featured, it’s hard to say no.

Pros

  • Very large display
  • Intelligent design and fresh colors
  • Industry-leading performance
  • Exceptional camera
  • Superb speakers
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • There is no compact option
  • Screen resolution could be higher
  • Bundled charger is SLOW

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

9.7
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194 Comments

2. Cat97

Posts: 1862; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Best video footage I have seen from a smartphone with almost no rolling shutter. Pictures are also great. Finally Apple caught up and even exceeded the best Android flagships. Too bad it doesn't have a notification LED, I can't afford to waste my time waking up the phone periodically in search for pending notifications.

3. w1000i

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Not even FullHD and get 9.0. what a joke

7. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

ppl in the tech community r bigger sheep than avg consumers they go blindly by numbers, lower resolution has several advantages too , smoother performance, more fps and much better batterylife, even samsung agrees by making the lower res default on their phones. these guys still don't understand also that bigger numbers doesn't always mean better , remember camera megapixels. sure this display cant match samsungs OLEDs but few can they r the best of the best..... but its a Dci-p3 display ,plus has manual color calibration making it the best LCD in terms of saturation and brightness n colors. go see it in real life its pretty darn good compared to a XS. is it as good as samsung oled ? no ofcourse !!! but Go see a LG IPS display or a xiaomi ips display n come back.... they wont even hold a candle to this XR's LCD. and yes LG probably makes the display for Apple , but for whatever reason they use god awful displays on their own phones. despite being 2k or 1080p

33. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If that resolution/ppi is enough or better for you, then why does the XS and XS Max have higher resolutions? Please explain without contradicting yourself.

62. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

They (XS and Max) don't have higher resolutions; they actually have a lower number of light sources/inch than the XR ;). The difference in quality comes from the deep contrasts and not the difference in resolution.

68. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

You really are full of BS Leo_MC. You are the typical blind Apple sheeple. "They (XS and Max) don't have higher resolutions; they actually have a lower number of light sources/inch than the XR ;)." Please tell me that you don't believe the crap you are spewing out? Please tell me you don't believe in your lies. The density of the displays for the XS and XS Max is 458 DPI. The XR is 326 DPI. The resolution for the XS is 2,436x1,125 and the XS Max is 2,688x1,242. All your doing is showing the world how ignorant you really are.

73. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

XS and Max only have 458 green light sources; red and blue are way less (less than in XR); the same is true for Note although the numbers are a bit different.

120. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

You are referring to sub-pixel density, a quantity that no longer matters over 400 ppi. And by this , I don't mean the "Retina" display thing where you can't see individual pixels when phone is at a distance of 10-12 inches(*don't remember the exact distance*) , but people with good vision, like me, are able to discern betwen a quality QHD display vs FHD/HD. This is subpixel density, each pixel further being split....biologically impossible to discern over 400 ppi. But it was a big deal when Galaxy S2 was launched. I still remember , S2 has RGB subpixels for each pixel whereas another phone , Moto Driod Razer used a high resolution (960*540 qHD) display , but appeared more distorted / less sharp than Galaxy S2. At that time in sharpness, iPhones were in a league of their own.

121. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, sub-pixels and it's 300. It is biologically impossible for a normal human being to see a difference in pixel density over 300 ppi from a 30-40 cm distance; I can't see it, you can't see it, NO HUMAN can see it. You might not trust science and medicine, but maybe you trust YouTube more so here you go, one of numerous experiments that prove XR resolution is just fine:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcFXEXJicgc

123. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I was already aware of this video and have seen it in its entirety. The comparison is with Pocophone F1, a sub $300 phone. Huge corners were cut to make it a 1080p FullHD display. I am aware that between the Poco and the XR , latter has way better display properties. Also, the true differentiation in pixel density comes to the fore when you compare fine text and when the user is allowed to play with the phone. Sure, if two phones are kept in a box and I am just seeing a couple of video clips being looped, I will not be able to make out the difference. It is a totally different case when I have the phone in my hand and am using it to see both video and text as per my usage. Like the calendar, easy to make out the difference there. Another place would be the timer / clock app. Also 30-40 cm is a very subjective distance, most people hold their phone closer than that. What I would like to conclude with is, if given the XR and the XS/XS Max for 5 minutes, just a free-to-pay-around-with display, most people with good vision would make out that XS/XS Max is, hands-down, the better display. Holds true with other $750 phones like Galaxy S9 or the OnePlus 6T even($629 top tier version). Definitely, Apple cut corners in the display department, but I guess it is sort of fair, otherwise the XR would have eaten away at the sales of XS/XS Max.

124. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, if the comparison were to be made between XR and a 800€ phone with the same resolution display - 1080p - and quality as pocophone, do you think the result would be different? A 800€ phone uses the exact same body parts, the only difference is that the manufacturer has marketing costs, physical stores, employees etc. You are right: the differences are noticeable in texts - btw, can you zoom the text in calendar or clock apps, both in iOS or Android (with normal usage, not accessibility tools)? - but giving the test subjects the opportunity to use the phones they would just been biased (look at the faces of some of them, look how hurt they feel because they admitted the iPhone is better). XS and/or Note have better displays than XR, but not because of higher number of green light sources in their pixels but because the latest oled technology produces higher contrasts and better color reproduction. The resolution is fine on all of them and, no matter how much you lie yourself that your eyes can distinguish between 2 displays that have more than 300 ppi, you just can't see no goddam individual pixel.

125. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

*) A 800 euro phone with the same quality and resolution as Pocofone F1: That would be stupidity on the manufacturer's part. I don't think any such phone exists at present or will ever in future. It would, for sure use something better in this cut-throat world of technological competition. That is why there is a clear difference in build quality of flagships and relatively cheaper devices. The difference exists between the XR and XS as well. Tech chaps will notice of any such incidence. A $300 phone like Poco does not use expensive series 7000 aluminium or glass back or an OLED display precisley to keep the costs down. The argument " A 800€ phone uses the EXACT SAME body parts, the only difference is that the manufacturer has marketing costs, physical stores, employees etc" is fundamentally flawed and has no real basis. *)I can see pixelation on the calendar and the clock app without zooming(not sure if there is a zooming option). And by giving the test subjects phones to use , I meant to do it while keeping the identity of the phones hidden. *) Like I mentioned in a previous comment, OnePlus 6T has a better display than the XR, and it keeps the cost lower than the XR. Also , you contradict your initial premise by saying "XS and/or Note have better displays than XR, but not because of higher number of green light sources in their pixels but because the latest oled technology produces higher contrasts and better color reproduction" This is exactly what I wanted to say, sub-pixel density does not matter around 400 ppi. *) I don't think you recognize the difference between "pixelation" and "seeing individual pixels". There is an observable amount of jagginess and fuzziness which I observe on the calendar app / clock app , particularly on these apps because they use small iconography for their fonts (btw, zooming would counteract on the lower pixel density i.e. remove the fuzziness). This is similar to saying that you cannot differentiate between 60fps and 120fps in games, just because you can't see each individual frame. People perceive, does not mean that they have to see the tiniest units.

126. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Also, just to be clear, I never said that XR's display is bad. If someone can't see / doesn't care about this, then it is fine. Good for the buyers. But it does not mean that no human can perceive the lower resolution during usage. I just want to say that for an asking price of $750 , Apple could easily have put a better display on the XR. I also don't mind if people, such as you, are biased towards Apple. In fact I envy it. So much easier to make a purchase decision when you have a bias. Just stick to one thing, you have expectations that have already been met by the brand, and there are no nasty shocks. Me, since I am perceptibly unbiased as of now, have to juggle with multiple factors before landing on a phone. Also need to manage expectations of people who drop money on a phone which I recommend. Makes it that much harder :)

128. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'll reply to both your messages here. Sony Xperia XZ2 (2018 phone) is about 600€ but it was almost 800€ when it was launched. Of course there are differences in build quality but the essential parts are the same (there was a video on YouTube, explaining why Xiaomi is able to build and sell such a cheap and powerful devices). iOS controls are so different from Android's that it's impossible to keep the identity of a phone hidden when given to someone to play with; the apps are different, the interfaces are also different; I think the video was the best choice. I'm not going to go into a debate about the screen resolutions, because it's biological impossible for human beings to see pixelation on the XR; the only thing you see is the difference in contrast (the text is darker on OLEDs). A pentile OLED display needs at least 428 ppi to be just as crisp as the LCD of the XR (over 450 to match its sub-pixel number - the magic number for XS). Don't ask me why Apple decided to use this display (I personally don't think it's because of the money), it just did and it's a good display; I also don't know why a phone cost as much as it does, I only decide to buy one or not. "To be biased" means "to have preconceptions", to judge before you check the facts; I have never - not even once - post an opinion about anything I did not knew. I have never hidden the fact that I like Apple products and I have always explained WHY; I have never dissed a product, I only dissed the bad way in which a product fulfills a task (for instance, Samsung phones are great, but they don't get timely updates - love the product, hate the feature; Apple's products are also great, but their charging times are hellish - love the product, hate the feature); some things I can live with (for instance, the resolution of the XR - or my 7) other things I can't (for instance the lack of 3Dt on the same XR). I have absolutely no bias, I just know what I want and I know that FOR ME Apple offers the phones with the least compromises I am willing to make; you have your own subjective preferences and I will respect them all, but what I will not respect is the thrashing of a device because of subjective and biased reasons (like a resolution no human being is able to see, a bezel, the amount of base memory, its price etc). Peace!

129. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Are you saying that the display on the XZ2 is the same as the display on Poco F1 ? Because they are world apart. The only common thing between them is the resolution. Sony’s phone uses many advanced technology like X reality Engine, Triluminous display , quantum dot tech etc. Go ahead, you will find a YouTube video on these. Meanwhile the lab test of both displays on GSMArena shows that the Sony phone you mentioned has a max brightness of 618 nits and a sunlight contrast ratio of 3.58. Meanwhile , Poco has a peak brightness of only 450 nits and contrast ratio only a litlle over 3. Clearly the panels are not the same. Same processor and ram does not equate to same phone. There are several ways to keep the identity hidden. The most basic one would be to have participants walk of the room while switching apps and also switch the positions of the phone itself (several iterations, random switch). There are other more complex methods to do so. A OLED display needs 458 ppi to be as sharp as LCD with 300 ppi just because of 1 subpixel difference (1g for 2 r and b subpixles) ? So on one hand you say that human eye cannot make out differences 300 ppi , but on the other you claim to make out a difference between subpixels ? That makes no sense. Also zero info exists on how you arrived at the “458” figure. Bias is not only preconception . Bias also means refusal to acknowledge what’s perceivable. I clearly told you that I can perceived the difference between the 300 ppi and the 400+ ppi displays ,given sufficient freedom of usage. There are several others who also can, including MKBHD (its in one of his videos). To say that pixel density is not perceivable but subpixel density is , is like saying that you canoot differentiate between 1 metre but can see the individual centimeres within the metre. Logical fallacy. Plus, I neither have any easy means onr the will to prove that what I say is the truth. Perhaps someone else reading comments will vouch for what I say but again, the chances are slim since this thread is old. But here is a link which busted 300 ppi myth :https://www.ubergizmo.com/what-is/ppi-pixels-per-inch/ Anyway having lookes at your previous comments, I can see that you took my impression of XR’s display as *thrashing*, inspite of me admitting that it has a very good display, except its sub par ppi issue. Thus, since the argument deviates from the tech aspects to blind support, I cease this conversation here. Enjoy your purchase.

130. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm just saying that Sony is a "stupid" manufacturer that put a 1080p LCD display in a 800€ device. Yes there are many ways, but that was the fastest and cheapest; you do another one. Dude, when a display has less than 300 sub-pixels, it means it also has less than 300 pixels and the naked eye can see a difference. You have zero info, I based my numbers on the measurements. The definition of bias is "having preconceptions" - you just can't change the meaning of the word as you see fit. I'm sure you see all the pixels and I can fell your pain, bro... too bad nobody built you a phone, but when you'll grow out of puberty you'll be plenty happy with a Retina resolution (that's just life and we have to accept it). Yes, most of us see differences but only when we hold the phones close to our noses, the rest of the time we are concentrated on what we are doing. You have only thrashed the resolution, which is just wrong because it is just fine. I am enjoying my 3y old iPhone 7 (which has the same resolution); I most probably won't buy any iPhone this year.

132. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

So Sony is stupid for putting a good 1080p display in its €800 phone but it is okay for Apple to put 828p display in its €750 phone. Bias confirmation. You too have just thrashed the resolution for Sony phone, but calling it stupid. You are worse than blind Android fanboys too. I never talked about 300 subpixels. Only about pixelation. Introducing irrelevant new false information. Bias confirmation. You have fallen to cheap insults like a troll. I am sure more are coming from your end , but it is my bad...I though you might be reasonable enough but it is clear that you are a blind fanboy. Bias confirmation. Btw , puberty has nothing to do with vision. You would know that if you would have hit puberty yourself. It would be a piece of cake to shut down a troll like you but then other trolls might miss your company. Lastly , zero interest in what you buy. Not sure even if you own an iPhone 7.

134. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"A 800 euro phone with the same quality and resolution as Pocofone F1: That would be stupidity on the manufacturer's part." That's what YOU said, which means YOU are the one that thinks Sony is stupid for putting a 1080p display in a 800€ phone, I have only shown you how wrong you are, thinking that. A pixel is made of... sub-pixels (you can't have a pixel unles it has at least 3 sub-pixels). Normal vision is 6/6 (or 20/20 for those that still use an archaic system), the exception being in preteens and very few - usually sick - adults; if you're not a preteen, I hope you get better soon. As long as we talk tech, I will be in this dialog, but I'm sure nobody wants to read about my phones and they sure as hell don't care if you have doubts about them.

131. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I can support your comment, there is no way that suddenly at a magical 326ppi the human eye cannot see a difference. Saying categorically that at 300 you can see and at 326 you cannot is ridiculous, what about 325 to 326? The fact is that there is no globally agreed level at which the human eye can see a difference. What we can say with a high level of confidence is the level varies from person to person and for sure many people can see the difference between 326ppi and over 400 and 500ppi, I can for sure and my eyes are far from perfect!

133. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Thanks Wickedwilly ! But it is very clear that leo_mc is a troll. I thought of having a conversation with him but he has descended into cheap insults, so just giving you a heads up. I have met many reasonable supporters on this site who are actually intelligent , like meanestgenius, crispen_ratza( misspelled I think) , Venom and several others. Today I meet a troll. Btw , what phone do you have ?

135. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Whatch out for the donkey that cums on stupid people's faces that are calling me names. btw, if you think meanestgenius - which is one of the kings of illogical thinking - is reasonable, then there's not much to be said. PS: anytime you think of calling me names, remember the donkey.

141. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Your trolling effort is pathetic. What is the first sentence even supposed to mean (logically, oh but wait, you are a troll...) ? Just some cheap insults, shows your level of thinking. And the correct spelling is *Watch. Like I predicted , it was only a matter of time before you descended to cheap insults. As you can probably can (or can't) make out, I haven't stooped to your low level. And I won't. I have mentioned some other names except meanestgenius too, and I have many more, but I am sure you believe everyone is illogical except you right ? Smh .. I am calling you for what you are , a moronic troll. It is not an insult, it is the truth drawn from your comments. That's your new name from today. MORONIC TROLL. PS : Is that supposed to be a threat ? Feeling brave behind a keyboard today ? Sad.

143. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as I am talking about tech, even if you consider I am wrong, you have no right to call me names; by doing that you only show how limited you are.

146. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Sorry Troll, puberty and donkey cum does not fall under tech. Let's see who started with insults first.... Till now I was interested (remotely, with interest waning with every reply) but now I am bored of you, please do reply to this comment, so that I can have the pleasure to ignore your response.

149. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That donkey only appears when some stupid schmuck calls me names.

138. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I have a Galaxy S9+ (main phone) and a Xiaomi Mi6 at the moment.

140. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Yep, that is why you understand the difference. Because you have a QHD+ phone with high ppi. Leo_MC probably has never owned a QHD phone for long, so he does not understand the difference. Coupled with his poor vision and even poorer trolling skills, it quickly becomes apparent why he is trying to justify the 828p display on the XR. It is bad even for genuine Apple fans, because only when the consumer makes the effort to demnad better, the company will give better products. Apple is a trillion dollar company and all, but this year's phones are lackluster except camera improvements and the usual A12 speed enhancement. iPads are relatively better this year.

142. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

justify the *PIXEL DENSITY* of the XR.

136. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's actually 300 for a 6/6 vision. Just talk to an optometrist to find out why.

137. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I did ...... Michael Gordon, Optical Engineer, Ophthalmic Surgical Instrumentation R&D "A human with normal vision (20:20 on a Snellen eye exam) can resolve details as fine as 30 line-pairs per degree. At a viewing distance of 12", this means a person with 20:20 vision will be able to resolve 140 line-pairs per inch. People with worse vision will see a uniform gray rather than separate bright and dark lines. In order to display content with this level of detail, more than two pixels* per line-pair are required. The display on the first Retina iPhone had a pixel density of about 320 pixels per inch, just enough to be resolution limited by a viewer with 20:20 vision at 12" viewing distance. A 27" diagonal 4K computer monitor positioned 24" away will have similar pixel density. Most people are capable of appreciating resolution far beyond that however. A large majority of people have visual acuity sharper than 20:20 after corrective lenses. Many users, particularly younger users, can also accommodate viewing distances closer than 12". Someone who has 20:15 vision and holds their phone at 8" away can resolve 280 line pairs per inch, meaning over 560 ppi would be needed to match the retina resolution. Users that fit this criteria are not uncommon, and phones with this resolution do exist. For example the Samsung Galaxy S6 has 577 ppi. However, the limit for detecting incremental improvement is even further past this. When viewing high contrast still images (e.g. something like Google Maps, or black on white text) the eye is able to perceive details far beyond than the optical resolution limit of the eye." I personally can see the difference between an Apple LCD iPhone at 300-325ppi and a Galaxy Note 9. The higher number of ppi makes the display look more sharp, detailed and undistorted. My eyes are not perfect, I use glasses so obvious others can see it too. You need to look past Apples marketing which takes a very narrow view to suit their own ends and open your eyes and look properly.

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