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iPhone XR Introduction And Hardware:
The iPhone XR (XR) is being billed as the cheapest iPhone of the year. Thus the reason why I believe that this may be the most popular iPhone this year.
Apple had to make some compromises to keep the cost down. Will you still be interested in getting the cheapest iPhone of the year when you find out what has been compromised?
If you’re comfortable with the compromises, then this may be the phone for you. The XR is available in the following colors black, white, blue, coral, red, and yellow.
The sides of the phone are made of aluminum. The bezels on this phone are slightly thicker than that of its siblings, however, most iPhone users may not care about this.
The XR comes with an attractive 6.1-inch LCD display screen which is relatively bright and colorful.
There are three variants, there’s the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants. However, unlike the XS and XS Max, the XR does not have a 512GB option.
So if you need more than 256GB of internal storage, you may not be interested in this phone. There is no physical home button on the XR. So if you’re an avid iPhone user who has never used an iPhone without the physical home button, you will have to adapt to this.
iPhone XR Design:
With the release of this year’s iPhones, Apple wanted to give people an affordable iPhone to choose if they are looking for something more economical.
Thus the reason for the XR, when you look at the XR in comparison to its siblings, you will notice that it’s not quite as attractive.
As I mentioned earlier the bezels are thicker around the display screen, this makes it look slightly less attractive. But when you hold the phone you will notice that the edges of the phone aren’t made from the same type of aluminum as its siblings.
The iPhone XS and XS Max are 7.7mm thick while the XR is 8.3mm thick, so the XR is thicker than its siblings. There’s no headphone jack adapter on this phone.
However, the headphone jack is present and the phone comes with the bundled earbuds in the box, these earbuds have a Lightning connector at the end. Everything else on the XR’s design is very similar to that of the iPhone X.
iPhone XR Display Screen:
The main selling point for this iPhone is the display screen that it possesses. Apple managed to keep the cost down by using LCD technology instead of OLED.
The 6.1-inch display screen with thicker bezels is currently the only phone to have a Liquid Retina display screen. Apple developed this technology specifically for this phone.
Even though it may be technically lower quality, the color reproduction is not bad at all. Even though this is a big phone which has a big display screen. It’s relatively easy to manage it with one hand and it’s easy to carry it.
However, if you’re upgrading to this phone from an older iPhone you must know that the aspect ratio of the display screen is roughly 18:9.
This is slightly more narrow than the usual 16:9 widescreen that’s present on the older iPhones.
The difference in the aspect ratio will only be an issue when you’re watching movies in landscape mode or using apps.
The small notch at the top of the display screen which houses the TrueDepth camera, speaker and sensors will be in the way when you fill the display screen with content.
This may be an issue for some people, while other people may not care about this.