Our colleague Gareth Beavis over at T3's sister site TechRadar has had some serious hands-on time with the iPhone XR and these are his thoughts. Photogs that are upgrading to the iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR can also pre-order the new Photo Case for those devices starting today. Most battery cases require a cable to get juice to your iPhone, but Moments case takes advantage of the iPhone X's wireless charging to cut the cord.
Price (duh): The iPhone XR isn't cheap, but it's not a $1,000 phone, either.
Apple's iPhone XR pricing strategy shows the company is pushing users onto a more secure authentication, signaling that Apple Pay enhancements are coming, Goldman Sachs says.
Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed.
Screen technology: The 6.1-inch screen is just fine on its own, but it has a much lower screen resolution than either iPhone XS and uses an LCD display instead of OLED. Beavis believes this is where most of the cost saving has been generated for the model. It features an edge-to-edge display and a faster processor than the $699 8 Plus. Features like post-editing Depth Control and Smart HDR will also be supported on the iPhone XR. Do you believe the new products are as good as we expected them to be? The XR has a 6.1-inch screen, which lands it right between the XS and XS Max in terms of size.
Both of these factors might explain Apple's thinking.
I've been using Moment lenses with my iPhone X pretty much all year and they're absolutely wonderful.
We got to test the phone out in person, and reckon the display (which lands right in the middle, size-wise, of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max) might not reach the dizzying heights of OLED, but it remains a handsome smartphone display in its own right.
By pricing the XR at $749, Apple will ring up a lower average selling price than Goldman has predicted, Hall said.