Is the iPhone XR worth it in 2018?
The $749 iPhone is here, but is it any good?
A lot of people had been patiently waiting for the new iPhones ever since the iPhone X was announced last year. Though a lot of people have been left disappointed by this year’s new iPhones. But there’s a silver lining to this cloud. For the first time in the history of new iPhone launches Apple has come up with a budget option i.e. the iPhone XR.
The iPhone XR is almost similar to the new iPhones i.e. the XS and the XS Max. It features the same processor as the newer iPhones i.e. the A12. It’s the first time that an iPhone has a 7 nm processor.
Before tearing this product apart any further or any logical discussion lets first talk about the specifications of this device first.
Apart from the A12 Bionic processor, this device comes with 3 GB of RAM, 64/128/256 GB of storage options and it also packs a 6.1 inch LCD display.
Although Apple has claimed that this is the most advanced LCD display they have made till date, many would disagree. They have a new fancy name Liquid Retina for this display but with a meagre resolution of 1792×828 px @326ppi it isn’t the highest res display around. And for the exorbitant price of the iPhone you can easily get two Android phones with AMOLED displays and much higher resolution than the iPhone XR
The display is short of the Full HD resolution mark and does not come with a higher resolution like the iPhone XS and the XS Max.
The body also is made of Aluminium as opposed to Steel. Cost cutting measures abound on the iPhone XR.
It has a single camera sensor unlike the dual primary camera setup present on the XS and the XS Max. It features a 12 MP primary sensor, which is the wide angle sensor present in the other newer models too. It comes with a f/1.8 aperture with support for digital zoom up to 5x. It comes with the newer Portrait mode with advanced depth control features.
OIS and smart HDR features are also supported. The front camera is the same as the other models and is a 7 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and newer features.
One of the biggest cons with the design of the iPhone XR is the fact that because of the LCD display it does come up with a huge chin at the bottom.
We made a video explaining why this happens in the first place, have a closer look to understand the root cause of this problem.
Another major factor that will deter a lot of users from buying the iPhone XR would be its exorbitant price.
It does cost $749 in U.S. and with upgrade/carrier plans the overall cost can come down to quite a lower one. But in markets like Europe and Asia consumers have to pay a lot of taxes and import duty and hence the final price comes closer to the $1000 mark.
For example in India the smartphone would cost around 76K INR and that’s too high a price to pay for a smartphone with an LCD display and many users would rather opt for something like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for even lesser price.
So is the iPhone XR worth it in 2018? Frankly, the higher price, lack of some key flagship grade features and few other issues make the iPhone XR a less than lucrative product for a lot of people.
One the positive side you still get one of the best smartphone experiences out there, an all day battery life and the fastest smartphone chip till date, so if you are someone who wants to get into the Apple Ecosystem irrespective of the compromises you might have to make then the iPhone XR can be taken into consideration.
This was our take on the whole issue. Our full iPhone XR review and unboxing video would also be out next month.
What do you think? Is the iPhone XR worth it in 2018? Do let us know your opinion in the comments section below!
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