How highly do we recommend the iPhone XR? We summarized its features and specs

Created date: 11/18/2018, 02:12:05, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 08:18:05

Detailed review of iPhone XR's features

We did a detailed review of the iPhone XR's capabilities, specs, features, and ease-of-use. You can check our reviews on each aspect of this device, and our how much we recommend it when compared to other smartphone. This is a consolidated and detailed review of the iPhone XR's features.

Review of the product design of the iPhone XR

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an iPhone XR, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the iPhone XR around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The iPhone XR is easily held with one hand, and its size allows it to be firmly held. It is small enough to be held in one hand together with things like a wallet, but this may be a bit difficult for ladies with small hands.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the iPhone XR in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

Sometimes taking the iPhone XR out of your pocket doesn't go so well as it gets caught on fabric easily. It's safe to assume that some people will find it stressful that it is difficult to take it out smoothly.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The iPhone XR is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the iPhone XR by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

To many people, the iPhone XR is of a size which allows it to be operated with one hand. Still, for people with small hands, it may be a bit difficult to do so. It becomes slightly larger when a case is added, and depending on the person, I think this may make it slightly harder to operate with one hand.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The iPhone XR feels too heavy to operate with one hand, so the device wouldn't be a good choice even if you are just going to use it for a short period of time. We suggest that you hold it tightly with both hands as it may hurt your hands if you use it with just one hand for an extended period of time.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

Holding the iPhone XR with one hand tends to feel unstable when buttons are displayed on the edge of the screen. The size of the buttons doesn't make it impossible but it does make it more likely that you will drop it so take care.

The size of the buttons on the App

The buttons on the iPhone XR are displayed quite large. Because of this, it is difficult to press something by mistake and it feels very easy to use. Even with games that use small buttons, it's difficult to press something by mistake making it very easy to play.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

Keys on the iPhone XR can be pressed even when held with one hand, but your grip may weaken when trying to flick the buttons at the edges. As a result, it may become unstable in the hand when flicking quickly, but it won't be easy to drop as long as you are careful.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the iPhone XR with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the iPhone XR is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

Because the display of the iPhone XR is much larger than ordinary phones, characters are displayed quite large. Therefore, it is suitable for reading long bodies of text and exchanging long messages while doing research.

Ease of reading sentences

Since the iPhone XR displays characters smoothly, it can display them beautifully. Even when viewing small characters, the jaggedness of the character outline is not at a level seen during normal viewing and is displayed very naturally. Because of this, it is difficult for your eyes to become tired and make the phone suitable for reading long bodies of text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The iPhone XR can display photos and videos beautifully. While people with good eyes can see jagged outlines when they look at the display up close, it is not really something of concern.

Ease of writing sentences

The iPhone XR has enough screen space even when typing and the screen is hidden by the on screen keyboard. Because the sentences being typed can be seen clearly, the phone's screen size makes it suitable for typing and editing large bodies of text such as office documents.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

Whether it be a phone call, mail, or during a chat, the iPhone XR provides smooth performance. Even when using the phone in demanding situations, you can use the phone comfortably since there will usually be no lag.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

If it is just SNS such as Facebook and Instagram, and some internet searches, the performance is enough. As a result, you will hardly ever find yourself frustrated or annoyed when using this phone.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

Even if you start multiple apps at the same time or switch between apps frequently, you will have smooth performance. It can be said that the performance is more than enough if you just do research and SNS.

Summary of iPhone XR performance and functions

The size and weight of the iPhone XR

The body of the iPhone XR is 3.0 inches (75.7 mm) wide, 5.9 inches (150.9 mm) long, and 0.3 inches (8.3 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 6.1 inch, and it weighs 194 oz (194 g). Compared to normal smart phones, it has quite an impressive size. It is easy to see and operate due to the large screen, but you can almost forget about using it with one hand. It is quite heavy and not really suitable for operating with one hand.

iPhone XR
iPhone X 64GB
iPhone 8 Plus 256GB
iPhone XRiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
ColorBlack/Red/Yellow/Blue/Coral/Whiteー/ ーー/ ー / ー /
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)3.0 inches (75.7 mm) x 5.9 inches (150.9 mm) x 0.3 inches (8.3 mm)2.8 inches (70.9 mm) x 5.7 inches (143.6 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.7 mm)3.1 inches (78.1 mm) x 6.2 inches (158.4 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.5 mm)
Weight194 oz (194 g)174 oz (174 g)202 oz (202 g)
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Display of the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR has a Liquid Retina IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 828 x 1792. Compared to normal smart phones, its screen is relatively beautiful. It shows great images even when up close, such as when using it for VR.

iPhone XR
iPhone X 64GB
iPhone 8 Plus 256GB
iPhone XRiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
Display size6.1 inch5.8 inch5.5 inch
Display typeLiquid Retina IPS LCDTrue Tone ー HDR Super Retina HDTrue Tone ー Retina HD
Screen resolution (width x height)828 x 17921125 x 24361080 x 1920
Pixel density323 ppi462 ppi400 ppi
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The battery life of the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR has a battery capacity of 2942 mAh. The battery's capacity is slightly larger than standard smart phones.

The processing capability of the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR uses the Apple A12 Bionic CPU with 2.5GHz+1.6GHz×6(Hexacore). The memory capacity is 3GB. Its CPU has better performance than normal smart phones. While this level of performance may be excessive, it is something that would be appreciated when enjoying 3D games. In addition, it has slightly more memory, which is more than adequate for general use. Most games can probably be comfortably enjoyed. Although I feel it may be slightly inadequate for 3D games, overall, there is no problem.

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iPhone X 64GB
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iPhone XRiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
ChipsetApple A12 BionicApple A11Apple A11
CPU specs2.5GHz+1.6GHz×6(Hexacore)2.39GHz+2.39GHz×6(Hexacore)2.39GHz+2.39GHz×6(Hexacore)
RAM size3GB3GB3GB
Storage size256GB64GB256GB
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The camera of the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR has a back camera with 12 MP. The front camera has 7 MP. Its rear camera has slightly better performance compared to normal smart phones. While there are times when I feel it is lacking, it is able to take pictures with satisfactory quality almost all the time. The front camera performance is also roughly the same as a standard smartphone. The image quality for longer distance photography is less than satisfactory, but on the whole, there are no issues with short distance photos.

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iPhone XRiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
Rear-camera resolution12 MP12 MP12 MP
Front-camera resolution7 MP7 MP7 MP
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