Apple iPhone XR Review

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.
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194 Comments

177. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You really are poor at this, experts say you can see the difference, the evidence you yourself put forward reviewers too, I can and none of us need binoculars or microscopes to do it. I am not an expert, but obviously now a lot more than you. As someone who cannot do basic addition, changes his argument with the wind and comes out with stupid lines like "Everybody could use binoculars or microscopes with their phones", you were clearly not at the front of the queue when brains were handed out. As for lies, the only ones are those coming from your mouth and you do not even know what a troll is. Still, at least you are consistently seeing your posts on other articles.

178. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, there are differences when you hold the phone closer to the eyes; holding it at normal distance there is no difference between 324 and 326 ppi. Anything else, you lying troll?

179. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Again changing your tune and just repeat the same rubbish over and over. Lets's get this straight. I HAVE agreed that seeing the difference between 326 and 324ppi is not something a user would notice. I have NEVER said that they could. I HAVE repeated this over and over, yet you pathetically keep repeating it. I HAVE said you can see the difference between a 324pp LCD and 570ppi Oled screen and provided overwhelming evidence that I am far from the only one. You are the only one coming out with this notion, while completely ignoring the discussions were you have been proved completely wrong. You can call me a lying troll all you want, it will not make it true, it does prove though, you do not even know what a troll is and you are the lier.

180. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I have never talked about "570 ppi oled", dude, I have asked you (againg, I asked you at least 3 times) about a difference between xr (or other LCD iPhones) and xs - you have said you can see it. Xr has 326 ppi, xs has 458/324/324 so you have lied and lied and lied and..., because you're just someone that knows absolutely nothing about technology, you're biased and you're just too chicken to admit you have been wrong (don't worry you're just like every other pussy out there that comments on the internet). You could have at least went to a store and put the freaking phones next to each other to see you dumb ass assumption. For me (at least) Xr is a bad phone when compared to xs, but not because of the resolution, which is pretty much the same. Anything else you want to ad, you lying troll :)?

181. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Do you ever read what people write? You asked me to compare to the XR. I could have easily lied and said yes. but I did not. I told you very clearly I had compared other LCD iPhones with resolutions more or less the same as the XR to Samsung flagships. One of the many comments NO 155 is an example:- "The answer to your question 8i I have not seen the XR, but having seen the iPhone 4, 5, SE 6s, 7 and 8 all models against models like the S8, S9 and of course I can see the difference" Yet you continue to say I lie, because it is almost impossible for anyone to see the difference and insist I am lying as a 2ppi difference is too small. Can you not see that is you spreading falsehoods? As a further Note, I have watched a good few XR reviews the last few days and everyone is saying when reading text it is not as clear or sharp as the leading flagships. They can see a difference, just as I do. So until you stop telling lies and can justify a case, without blowing your case with your own evidence, you should refrain from posting. You really are not capable of offering anything but lies and deceit.

182. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Me: #145 You also see a difference in resolution between XS and XR (or 8)? #152, 154 Now let's get back to xr VS xs You: #155 having seen the iPhone 4, 5, SE 6s, 7 and 8 all models against models like the S8, S9 Me: #156 (I clearly say I don't care about Samsung, I only care for you to compare XR or 8 with X or XS) I'm sure you have seen differences, but my question is about those between XR (8, or 7, or 6s) and XS #158 the differences that you are seeing between the resolutions of XR and XS And you finally say: #159 having seen the iPhone 4, 5, SE 6s, 7 and 8 and many others (all with low resolutions around 326ppi), against models like the X, XS ... I can clearly see the difference So, you have said that your eyes are capable to see a 2 ppi difference between a 326 ppi display (from 8, or 7, or...) and a 458/324/324 ppi display (from X or XR). I don't give a f**k about you and what you think, I don't care if you will use a Note, a Max or a 1100, I don't care if you hate Apple and/or its products, but I would very much like to know why do you feel the need to lie about seeing differences (why it is so important for you that XR display is considered pixelated when looked at it from a normal distance - even though it is not) and why didn't you went to a store and put the 2 phones one next to another to see if, by any chance, I was right?

183. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

This post further reinforces the fact that all you can do is lie and make very poor attempts to deceive. It is very clear that you have claimed in no uncertain terms that by far the majority of users cannot see the difference in resolution over 300ppi. An example of this is shown in your comment 152 :- "I should have said "no human with normal vision or worse - about 7 billion people or more - can't distinguish a density over 300ppi", but I made this clear over the numerous messages I've written." NOTE - 7 billion is virtually the population of the world and you admit you have repeated numerous times. You cannot, therefore, choose one phone to compare too, nor limit it to only a few phones from one supplier. If you can see the difference between a S9 with a 570ppi screen and a 324ppi iPhone 8 or 326ppi iPhone XR, then your statement is incorrect. I have said I can see the difference between the likes of the S9 and iPhones with 324 or 326ppi. I have NEVER said I can see the difference between a XR and IP8, nor does any of your extracts above say that. I have not compared to the XR, because they are not available in my country yet, do you expect me to get on a plane to please you, when I can use other models to prove my point? Just keeping on repeating I have said that my eyes are capable of seeing a 2ppi difference is just a lie and proof you are sadly desperate to prove me wrong. It is just a ruse to take away from the fact that I have proved that "no human with normal vision or worse - about 7 billion people or more - can't distinguish a density over 300ppi" is not correct, even using your own words. As long as I and others can see the difference between flagship levels of resolution, even with glasses, contacts or corrective surgery, then there is a benefit and noticeable difference to lower resolution phones that make up the majority of iPhones in recent history and this is the point of this whole discussion ........ or are you just trolling which makes you a lying troll! So NO YOU ARE NOT RIGHT, JUST DELUDED AND DESPERATE

184. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

This post further reinforces the fact that all you can do is lie and make very poor attempts to deceive. It is very clear that you have claimed in no uncertain terms that by far the majority of users cannot see the difference in resolution over 300ppi. An example of this is shown in your comment 152 :- "I should have said "no human with normal vision or worse - about 7 billion people or more - can't distinguish a density over 300ppi", but I made this clear over the numerous messages I've written." NOTE - 7 billion is virtually the population of the world and you admit you have repeated numerous times. You cannot, therefore, choose one phone to compare too, nor limit it to only a few phones from one supplier. If you can see the difference between a S9 with a 570ppi screen and a 324ppi iPhone 8 or 326ppi iPhone XR, then your statement is incorrect. I have said I can see the difference between the likes of the S9 and iPhones with 324 or 326ppi. I have NEVER said I can see the difference between a XR and IP8, nor does any of your extracts above say that. I have not compared to the XR, because they are not available in my country yet, do you expect me to get on a plane to please you, when I can use other models to prove my point? Just keeping on repeating I have said that my eyes are capable of seeing a 2ppi difference is just a lie and proof you are sadly desperate to prove me wrong. It is just a ruse to take away from the fact that I have proved that "no human with normal vision or worse - about 7 billion people or more - can't distinguish a density over 300ppi" is not correct, even using your own words. As long as I and others can see the difference between flagship levels of resolution, even with glasses, contacts or corrective surgery, then there is a benefit and noticeable difference to lower resolution phones that make up the majority of iPhones in recent history and this is the point of this whole discussion ........ or are you just trolling which makes you a lying troll! So NO YOU ARE NOT RIGHT, JUST DELUDED AND DESPERATE

185. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, are you f**king stupid? You said - in #159 - that your eyes can se differences between 8 (or 7) and X (or XS) - eks or eks es -, meaning you see differences between 326 and 324. Believe what the f**k you want to believe, what the f**k do I care? I should have known that there can be no reasoning with a dumb hater. Have a nice life!

186. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

No, you are the stupid one and you put your foot in it every time you post. "I have answered several times you should read properly, see comment 155 for example. I will repeat - I have not seen the XR, but having seen the iPhone 4, 5, SE 6s, 7 and 8 and many others (all with low resolutions around 326ppi), against models like the X, XS, S8 and S9 and from this I can clearly see the difference, comparisons to the XR will be the same. Everyone I have discussed this with can see the difference too." My post from 159:- 1. Proving I have told you I have not seen the XR; 2. I mention MODELS LIKE the X,XS,S8 and S9, meaning higher resolution phone in general, not specific models. On Apple's own website the X has a relatively low resolution for a flagship at 458ppi, while the phones I have owned or still do have 570ppi. Now are they 2ppi difference or are Apple and Samsung lying to us? 3. Even if you could not see the difference between the X and XS, there only has to be one model with a higher resolution and your theory is blown apart. Are you saying you have looked at an S9 and the XR or pre X iPhone and cannot see clearer sharper text? Now you demand I answer your questions, so why don't you answer mine........ Who is the hater? It seems you are the one losing it, I am calm because my case is overwhelming yours. Clue 570-326 DOES NOT EQUAL 2.

187. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Well, out of your #159, I chose to only take "having seen the iPhone... 8... against models like the X, XS" and chose to ignore Samsung (because I have never asked you about its phones, I only asked about iPhones). And that proves that your claim is just a rubbish rant, because 8 has 326 ppi and X has 458/324/324 and you just can't see a 2 ppi difference between 8 and X. Last time I had my eyes examined, I was at 6/5.7 (my own vision, without glasses). The last phones from the 2 mentioned manufacturers, I put side by side, were 7 and S8 (I own an A5, but that is not a phone to compare with iPhones) and looking at both from a normal viewing distance (35 cm) there is absolutely no difference in the resolution/surface, there is however a difference in gama - S8 has more pleasing colors while 7 has more natural ones.

188. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You cannot pick and choose which phones you want to compare when you are saying it is impossible to see a difference in resolutions above 300ppi. Yet another quote from you comment 122 - "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. So you see you are not talking about specific phones, but all! Now you admit you ignored what I have repeatedly said, should you not apologise for repeatedly calling me a liar? I was correct all along, it is you that has been lying. Even if you accept you are wrong and limit your comparisons to the X, XS and XS Max, all have a ppi of 458, not 324 or 326. 458-326 is 132, 458-300 is even more 158 ..... NOT 2. So please answer these questions:- 1. Is Apple lying by saying the resolution is 458ppi? 2. Is everyone lying who are saying they can see the difference between sharpness and clarity of text between phones around 300-346ppi and phones 450-570ppi? Including reviewers many of which are iPhone fans.

189. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"all have a ppi of 458, not 324" Yawning, get back to me when you will learn more about amoled. 1. Nope, that's the top characteristic of the display; learn more about amoled and you'll understand more. 2. No; some of them probably have been using their phones at 20 cm or less, some are just as biased as you. The prove are all the blind tests that are being made between iPhones and other phones where users are not able to tell a difference; other prove is that almost all the respected reviewers are saying that, WITH NORMAL USAGE, the user is going to be just as satisfied with XR resolution as it would be with the on one X or Note.

190. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Stop trying the old “learn more about OLED” crap. It has 458ppi that’s not 2ppi diiference! You cannot say on one hand Apple says it is 458ppi, then in the next sentence say it has 324ppi. It is one or the other. Either Apple is lying or you. The Samsung has 570ppi and is OLED, are saying that Samsung is only 2PPi difference? I can clearly see text is clearer and sharper, no lies, just facts. So what is your point? The theory of the limit a human eye cannot see any difference above 300ppi deals with ppi not type of screen. I can say to you can see the difference, but you are lying, what does that prove? I can say you are looking at it too far away, what does that prove too? When large numbers of people say they can see a difference the likelyhood is they can. You are just in denial and so biased you cannot see a simple truth.

191. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Talking about the number of green light sources on Oled is just like talking about the 8 cores of a modern chip: they are there, but that doesn't mean s**t, unless you have an idea what happenes behind the scenes. "When large numbers of people say they can see a difference the likelyhood is they can." When a large number of people support something stupid, it only means that there's a large number of people that are acting stupid. For instance: Pluto is not a planet, the great wall of China is not visible from space, we use most of our brain not only 10%, eyes with 6/6 vision are not able to tell a difference between displays with more than 300 ppi when looking from 35 cm. I'm starting to feel pity for you, because you are just a slave of your biased paradigms...https://amp.fastcompany.com/40528587/why-your-brain-clings-to-false-beliefs-even-when-it-knows-better

192. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

So you are saying Apple does not know what is going on behind a phone they supposedly designed? They state the resolution is 458ppi which is the pixel density of the screen. On the XR it is 326, the difference is not 2! How each screen works behind the scenes may affect the quality of the display, but the resolution does not change. I am beginning to think you are a "flat Earther", supporting a notion that is just not supportable in the light of overwhelming evidence. When I say I can see the difference, I can see the difference. I did one thing over the weekend that proved my theory correct. I have 2, 4k TV's a 43" Samsung and 55" Sony, differing tech, but both quality TV's. I calculated the distance that the display becomes "retina", the distance you say a display is so sharp that the human eye is unable to distinguish between them. Link to sitehttps://www.designcompaniesranked.com/resources/is-this-retina/. I set my viewing distance to match this, then viewed SD vs HD and 4K resolutions, using different sources to display the same content. For example, sat tv provides SD and HD versions of the same content. Without a shadow of a doubt the higher the resolution, the better the viewing experience was. 6 people all with varying degrees of eyesight agree 100%. Now, having excluded screen tech from the equation what another conclusion can one come to, other than you can see the difference in resolution at a distance Apple and you say you cannot. One of my guests also had an iPhone 8 plus and we compared to my S9 plus at a normal viewing distance a page of text and again everyone agreed the text appeared sharper and easier to read. Note at a closer distance the sort of distance many read at while in bed, the difference was even more marked. One was a teenager and also mentioned he plays VR games and the difference there is huge! So you see resolution really can make a positive difference to a user experience, so higher resolution on phone displays is an advantage, which is where this discussion started from. Your link I believe very much applies to you

193. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

So you are saying Apple does not know what is going on behind a phone they supposedly designed? They state the resolution is 458ppi which is the pixel density of the screen. On the XR it is 326, the difference is not 2! How each screen works behind the scenes may affect the quality of the display, but the resolution does not change. I am beginning to think you are a "flat Earther", supporting a notion that is just not supportable in the light of overwhelming evidence. When I say I can see the difference, I can see the difference. I did one thing over the weekend that proved my theory correct. I have 2, 4k TV's a 43" Samsung and 55" Sony, differing tech, but both quality TV's. I calculated the distance that the display becomes "retina", the distance you say a display is so sharp that the human eye is unable to distinguish between them. Link to sitehttps://www.designcompaniesranked.com/resources/is-this-retina/. I set my viewing distance to match this, then viewed SD vs HD and 4K resolutions, using different sources to display the same content. For example, sat tv provides SD and HD versions of the same content. Without a shadow of a doubt the higher the resolution, the better the viewing experience was. 6 people all with varying degrees of eyesight agree 100%. Now, having excluded screen tech from the equation what another conclusion can one come to, other than you can see the difference in resolution at a distance Apple and you say you cannot. One of my guests also had an iPhone 8 plus and we compared to my S9 plus at a normal viewing distance a page of text and again everyone agreed the text appeared sharper and easier to read. Note at a closer distance the sort of distance many read at while in bed, the difference was even more marked. One was a teenager and also mentioned he plays VR games and the difference there is huge! So you see resolution really can make a positive difference to a user experience, so higher resolution on phone displays is an advantage, which is where this discussion started from.

194. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You know too little on the subject. Just read about amoled VS super amoled plus and get back (today Samsung made displays are only amoled). When you encode "the same content" for different resolutions the quality of the output is different; the right thing to do is looking at the same content, from the same source, on the same display, changing the display resolution (you can do that with a blu-ray and a pc monitor).

195. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It seems I know a lot more than you look back at our conversations here. Thank you too for confirming my little experiment, I did exactly as you mentioned. Source was the same, viewed on the same TV, just at differing resolutions. I did the same on two differing TV's so you could not use the differing technology argument.

196. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as you have no idea what is "324" when it comes to XS, you don't know enough for me to waste any more time, talking to you on this subject. I'm sure you and your friends are able to spot differences but the rest of Earth population can't. I'm getting bored so I'm out.

197. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

PPI on the XS is 458 not 324, I get my info from the Apple website and it agrees with all the reports both on video and in print I have seen. You are the only one who says 324. You really have a "flat earth" mentality. You are correct, anymore time spent on this is wasted, you have failed to counter any arguments and have changed your tune over and over to try to cover your errors. Do not forget it is not just my friends and I that can see the benefits of higher resolution even your own data you put forward proved that, billions of others can according to you. It seems you have been hypnotised by Apple marketing so much you do not even believe their own quoted specs now!

198. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple's website also says ios is the "world’s most advanced mobile operating system" yet you dare to say otherwise... That, if you ask me, is just lack of consistency.

199. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Stop being so desperate and stupid. Apple may have an opinion of what is the worlds most advanced mobile system or even the strongest glass on any phone, it is just that an opinion. I could easily put forward an argument to counter this, but it is an opinion. Specifications are different, they either as stated or incorrect. A 5v power supply is just that a 5v power supply. As is a screen, stated at 458ppi. Are you saying the dimensions of the iPhone as stated are incorrect, or the diagonal on the screen or number of cameras .........? You really need to get real Leo.

200. Leo_MC

Posts: 7214; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yawn! After you learn about samoled and samoled+ we can talk some more.

67. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

not for me for avg people who dont care so much about things like ppi using a magnyfying glass , I like samsung displays the best so ill stick to phones that come with high end oled screens. But you have to give it to Apple they knew where to cut corners the added battery life and better performance is something everyone will notice as time goes by this phone will offer a better user expereince to avg users.

112. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

The chart speaks for itself, it isn't as accurate when it has a color temperature over 7000 K (dead on color temperature would be 6500K). And enough with the great battery life, Mrwhostheboss ran a battery life yesterday and it only got 5hr SOT, behind the OP6T, Note 9, XS Max and Mate 20 Pro by around 2 hrs. Most multimedia consumption and dark themed games don't favor LCD displays, however they have the upper hand while browsing and reading.

116. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The only joke here is those that have been trained to think they need crazy high resolution on 6” screen.

118. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I guess people are just trying to justify the price. It’s natural for people to demand higher and it also natural for some people to defend their religion.

9. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

A phone with 720p resolution and such high price in 2018 , doesn't deserve a 9.0 . With Similar spec and price , Android would have get 7-7.5 .

28. chrismichael83

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

If you knew the actual specs its not a 720p, its more like a 820p 828 x 1792. The 8 LCD was 1334-by-750. Its def higher then that. Even though its not a full 1080 display, most will not care as its by no means a crap display.

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