What is the (new) iPhone XR worth? Review complet

iphone xr sizes A very nice Lite version of the iPhone, despite an LCD screen and not OLED

Welcome to our notice and Review devoted to the iPhone XR. Released on September 12, 2018, this is the “Lite” version of the iphone XS and XS max. It is available in 3 different storage capacities, 64, 128 and 256GB. Like the iPhone 5c, it is available in 6 multi-color versions. The advantage of this new smartphone is clearly its price, made more attractive by dropping well below the 1000 euros mark for a starting price of 860 euros. But is he up to the task? Does it display performance similar to that of the iPhone XS? 

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Review | IPhone Xr , the new iPhone at a more attractive price?

The first thing you notice is the multitude of colors presented to us. For this new iPhone that has come to compete with high-end smartphones, the Apple brand is offering its new model in 6 different colors, for a glass coating for the back side and a aluminum frame :

  • We find warm and clear colors such as blue, yellow and orange (coral)
  • Deeper colors with the traditional black, white and red appearing (for the red, part of the proceeds will be donated to the global AIDS fund).

here is a Picture gallery of the’ Iphone xr 128gb coral we have tested :

What’s IphoneXr sizes so that she autonomy ?

The dimensions of the iPhone XR are superior to that of the iPhone XS by displaying a 6.1 screen inch (against 5.8 inches for the Xs). The handling is easy but you will have to appreciate large smartphones which are less convenient to carry. However for a man of average height, the iPhone, once in the pocket knows how to be forgotten including with the addition of a transparent shell official Apple.

You can sit down and be free to move around without feeling any discomfort, thanks to a 194 gram weight, located between the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs max (which are respectively 177 and 208 grams).

For autonomy, the latter is equipped with a 2942 mAh battery, one of the best performances on the market according to Apple. These figures must be put into perspective because the size of the screen being larger, the battery will discharge faster, even if we note that this new model actually holds up more over time, we notice 20% extra battery compared to the iPhone XS with the same type of use (HD movie, same call time, use of applications, downloading, etc.). In short, plenty to keep more than 15 hours.

Back side, coral color, stereo outputs are correctly aligned with the iPhone Xr

A screen LCD retina (with edges) and not OLED

The screen is quite surprising, here we are facing a IPS LCD display, Liquid Retina and non OLED, for a resolution of 1792 X 828 and 326 pixels per inch, where the competition from Android systematically integrates high-resolution panels (2436 X 1125) in high-end smartphones. The least we can say is that the difference is not obvious when you are on the menu, you have to really approach less than 5 cm to start seeing the pixels.

On the other hand there or the difference can be noticeable for a trained eye, is when watching movies and photos on an iPhone XS. The image is brighter, the contrasts better defined, the blacks are deeper and the whites brighter. Note, however, that the 3 models (XR, XS and XS max) all 3 integrate the function HDR.

The screen of the XR still displays one of the best screens on the market, which, thanks to a perfectly finished calibration, displays a good light with a rate of 578 cd / m², and doesn’t leave much room for reflections. The contrast ratio of 1328: 1 is also an excellent rate for a slab of this type.

The difference in quality of the image between the 2 iPhones are not obvious either, but it is noticeable.
This will be the main real difference between the XR and the XS, which otherwise are similar in many ways.

Let’s tackle the screen size which is 6.1 inch for the XR, and 5.8 inches for the iPhone XS. Note that in terms of the image display space, they occupy exactly the same surface, the fault of the edges 3 mm on the XR and an LCD panel that cannot bend, so we lose ergonomics for an overall wider iPhone with the same display distance.

IPhone Xr back view

A camera really high end?

Regarding the quality of rear camera, Apple integrates a 12-megapixel stabilized sensor with a wide angle lens of f / 1.8 which is exactly the same as that of the iPhone XS. The main difference is that it does not integrate a dual sensor, which does not allow the use of an X2 optical zoom but a digital zoom, which is less faithful in the reproduction of details. But overall the electronic processing of the image is exactly the same, the dynamic range is good, which results in great shots.

For the portrait mode, we have 5 different formats and 3 lighting effects (lighting natural, studio and outlines). You can adjust the depth of field for a blur effect in the background, the famous Bokeh effect more or less pronounced according to your wishes.

The front camera True Depth embeds a goal of 7 Megapixels with a wide angle lens of f / 2.2. The video can be shot in 60 frames per second with a 1080P resolution. The main difference is that the depth of field can only be done with humans. On the other hand in low light, we notice that it is enhanced and therefore offers better quality than the XS.

For video, we note that the iPhone displays excellent performance with a fluid image, in 4K, 60 frames per second and excellent optical stabilization. It also incorporates a smart HDR combined with an excellent shutter for sharper shots and a more defined image. You can even shoot underwater at a depth of 1 meter because the XR complies with the IP67 standard.

front view of iphone xr

The better performance of the market ?

So there, we must admit that we are pleasantly surprised, we find the same 6-core A12 Bionic chip than the XS with 3 Gigas of oars which will allow you to view multiple applications at the same time, or even play resource-intensive games like NBA 2K 18.

The level of framerate (the number of images per second) there is no slowing down even when the image is extremely animated, it even surpasses its elder by one image per second.

For the stereo sound on the other hand, it located only on the side of the front panel. So you will not have no stereo when you watch a movie for example in landscape mode. Too bad… especially since we are starting to see this type of design appear on Android smartphones. The sound, however, remains good audio quality.

Glass surface and back and aluminum surround

Some others novelties ?

  • The wireless charging (present since iphone 8) will be done by means of a wireless charging base which will allow you to charge your smartphone with a simple contact with the device thanks to its glass surface. Count 2h30 to fully charge the XR.
  • Another novelty, the iPhone splash resistant and even has the luxury of being able to be introduced at a depth of 1 meter thanks to its compliance with the IP67 standard, it is also totally resistant to dust which considerably improves its lifespan.
  • We also find the Animojo and Memoji present on the XR. These are animal figures that reproduce your facial expressions using the front camera. You can send them to all your contacts, when you want to show a sinister face or a brilliant smile for example.
  • Face ID (present from iphone X) is a very practical facial recognition system, more secure than a simple code but less than fingerprints. It instantly recognizes your face and unlocks your iPhone in less than a second. A very practical option, you will no longer need to enter your code 15 times / day.

VERDICT

Apple delivers us a auspicious iphone for those who do not wish not exceed the 1000 euros mark, which can largely be understood. The big difference with the XS is the quality of the screen, LED only, but which delivers excellent performance for a minimal difference, all made possible thanks to controlled colorimetry.

We find the features present on the XS with technical, photographic and video performances similar to its predecessor even if it is true that we lose the optical zoom.

This new iPhone offers a good value for money with a starting price located at 860 euros, a few concessions here and there, it has above all the advantage of offering a better autonomy and more vibrant colors.

The positive points
  • Good autonomy
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Ease of use
  • 12 Mp photo sensor
  • Good value for money
The negative points
  • HD screen
  • No optical zoom
  • No 3D Touch

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